The Circle of Life

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Greater Kudus are the largest antelope on Thanda. This magnificent bull was quite relaxed when we stopped near him. He continued to feed on bushes and ignored us even as we left after this early morning sighting.

Kudus are one of the major menu items for Lions. An adult Kudu weighs up to 270kg (up to 600 lbs), providing enough meat even for a larger group of Lions – as the Thanda North Pride.

The picture below shows the Lions on a Kudu bull kill and the short video clip make it clear that such family dinners are not without tension. The Kudu in this picture is not the same animal as the one in the image above.

The Kudu browsing and the Lions feeding represent two important sections of the Circle of Life!

Note: Please do not watch the video if graphic images of wildlife interaction disturb you.

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Pictures and Video by Christian Sperka – Specialist Photography Guide and Resident Wildlife Photographer – Thanda Private Game Reserve

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