Swamp lions found in the Busanga swamp, Zambia in the Kafue National Park experience defeat. Their bodies are powerful in dry terrains but are not built for high-speed races in the water.

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  • Busanga Swamp sits inside Kafue National Park in Zambia, Africa. Even in the dry season, this swamp does not dry out because small rivers run into it from higher ground. Busanga Swamp is home to many animals, including the lechwe, the waterbuck, the African bush elephant, the African buffalo, the crocodile, and the monitor lizard. The fact that this location is wet year-round means that it is difficult for lions to hunt here.

    1. What characteristics of lions hinder them from hunting successfully in Busanga Swamp?

      The lions are built for power on dry land where they can use their short, thick legs and broad, muscular chests.

    2. What adaptations give the lechwe an advantage in Busanga Swamp?

      The lechwe have long hooves, strong hind legs, and water-repelling fur.

    3. Predict ways the lions could be successful while hunting in Busanga Swamp.

      Possible responses: The lions could get as close as possible without being detected by their prey so they wouldn't have to run as far. The lions could target prey animals in the drier parts of Busanga Swamp. Over time, lions might evolve to have a waterproof coat or a smaller chest.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    ecology Noun

    branch of biology that studies the relationship between living organisms and their environment.

    Encyclopedic Entry: ecology
    lion Noun

    large cat native to sub-Saharan Africa and Gir Forest National Park, India.

    swamp Noun

    land permanently saturated with water and sometimes covered with it.

    Encyclopedic Entry: swamp