Do lions of­ten climb trees ?

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Q&a - Sarah Hueb­ner

Not re­ally. Though in­di­vid­u­als from most prides ex­hibit tree-climb­ing be­hav­iour, they don’t do it very of­ten – in less than five per cent of ob­ser­va­tions. The pri­mary mo­ti­va­tion for head­ing up into the branches is to avoid some­thing un­pleas­ant on the ground, such as an at­tack by ele­phants or buf­falo. Th­ese skir­mishes of­ten oc­cur af­ter a failed pre­da­tion event, when the prey an­i­mals have suf­fi­cient num­bers to re­tal­i­ate. Ele­phants and buf­falo are quite ca­pa­ble of killing a cor­nered lion due to their size and strength h. Lions may also climb trees to get bet­ter van­tage points for iden­ti­fy­ing po­ten­tial tar­gets, or to avoid biting in­sects.

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