Sep

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 It's the dry season in Tanzania. The rivers are low and the animals have to come to the river to water. The lions wait at a bend in the river where there is a steep hill near the water. The zebras approach the water. The lion waits for the zebra to get into the situation where it is boxed in by the river and the steep hill. The zebras two escape routes become boxed like in a chess box in. The river slows the zebras ability to bolt, and the hill prevents escape up the hill. The lions waits for the set up. The wait may takes hours or days. The lion only has about three days before starvation.

This strategy works for dry season and in low river water. Other strategies apply for different seasonal cycles. In the wet season the animals don't have to come to a small river, so the strategy must change.


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