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What Lions Look for in the Perfect Prey

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What Lions Look for in the Perfect Prey

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For lions hunting buffalo in the Manyeleti, calculation is always at play: An adult male buffalo may be harder to bring down, but offers 500 pounds more meat than a female.

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There is much more to the African savannas than just predator and prey. Here, some of the most remarkable trees provide its inhabitants with two fundamentals: food and shelter. In the Manyeleti Game Reserve, one tree stands out above all others: the marula. It feeds many herbivores, from the smallest insects and rodents to the largest land mammal on Earth. See the integral role it plays over the dramatically extreme seasons in South Africa, and see why this tree is undeniably a tree of life.

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