Picture of a Lion Chasing a Hyena

Other Predators

When people think of the great hunters of the Serengeti, Lion's, Leopards and Cheetahs are usually the first carnovores to come to their minds. On the contrary, there are plenty of other predators who share the same hunting territories and prey as their feline counterparts. Consequently, all these creatures often see each other as rivals in an ongoing predatory free-for-all.


The term "Big cats" refers to large wild felines of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe. The lagest cats are members of the of the genus Panthera. One definition of the term includes only the four species of Panthera (lions, tigers, jaguars and leopards). Members of this genus can roar while other cats cannot. As a result the ability to roar is sometimes considered a distinguishing characteristic of big cats.

By Marcel Raphael.
Voice over by Dr. Brian Child, associate professor of the Department of Geography in the University of Florida.
Copyright 2006.