Watch Again

Africa's Predator Zones:

A Lioness Defends Her Young from a Pack of Hyenas

Watch More
back to video


A Lioness Defends Her Young from a Pack of Hyenas

Short | 02:44

When a clan of hyenas challenges a pride over its kill, Saba the lioness fights bravely to repel them. But her victory leaves her dangerously wounded.

More About This episode

It's known as the coliseum of the wild: Savute. It's a small tract of land in the corner of Africa's vast desert, where three hunting zones meet at a dead end swamp surrounded by dense, thorny desert. Here, big cats meet big prey in the harshest of landscapes, and success depends on how well the predators adapt to the tough environment around them. Enter the warzone and watch as lions battle nomads to protect their territory, hyenas scavenge for easy meals, and a wily leopard quietly profits in the shadows.

Ways to Watch

Buy this show from any of these distributors

Have Smithsonian Channel through your TV provider?

Watch this episode online now.

Return to Video Page