There are hundreds of carnivores in the food chain, but some of them are lions, tigers, hyenas and wolves. Carnivores are animals that eat meat. Obligate carnivores, like cats, must eat meat to remain healthy.
Lions and tigers are great cats. Lions are found mostly in Africa, while the larger tigers are found in Asia. Lions form family groups called prides, where the females hunt cooperatively. Tigers are mostly solitary. Other great cats include the cheetah, the jaguar, the snow leopard and the mountain lion. The cheetah is one of the fastest animals on earth and is unusual for a great cat in that it hunts during the day. It also does not roar; instead, it purrs.
Spotted hyenas are also found in Africa. Like lions, they hunt in female-dominated clans. The females not only lead the clans, but they are bigger and stronger than the males. They scavenge as well as hunt, and some people in the area where they live set their dead out for the hyenas to devour. Hyenas may resemble dogs in some respects, but they are more closely related to cats.
Wolves are a type of wild dog. Scientist believe the wolf is the ancestor of domesticated dogs. Wolves hunt in packs led by an alpha couple. Wolves have been hunted because they sometimes take livestock. Other types of wild dogs include coyotes, foxes, wild African dogs and dingos.