An Epic Battle Breaks Out Between Lions Mere Feet Away From Tourists

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: February 4, 2024

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Two male lions fighting
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The battle of who is king of the hill is no children’s game in the wild. To be able to defend one’s territory in the wild is the very lifeline and ability for animals to appropriately survive. And the lion is a fierce protector of his territory in the wild. Seeing a one-on-one battle for territory is not all that unusual. However, the video above shares three lions fighting for the same territory. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime action!

Lion Pride Sighting in Kruger National Park 

The YouTube video captured at the top of this blog post takes us to the Kruger National Park in Africa. The Safari Snippets YouTube page appropriately grabbed this video to share with their followers. Their most recent footage is of lions, elephants, African wild dogs, buffalo, hyenas, and wildebeests

Lion Pride Defends Territory 

As the video starts out, we want you to pause the video for three seconds. The image displayed of the male lion sitting upright with his chest puffed out shows that he is definitely the king of this territory. Surrounding him are multiple lionesses who are watching him feast on the prey they have caught. 

Suddenly, the male is alerted to the presence of a male lion approaching from the forest ahead. This is a threat. But, before he even has the time to respond, a third lion charges in from the other side, and the two lions up ahead begin to fight. It’s not until after they are done their squabble that the king of this territory is then engaged in a final fight for his territory.

While the lionesses hung back from this fight, there are studies completed that show that adult females will assist with defending territory by cooperation.

How Do Lions Mark Their Territory?

Big male lion scent martking next to the road

Male lions can weigh up to 550 pounds.

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When we want to mark off our land, we typically do it with fences, signs, or cameras. However, animals don’t have this type of luxury. They guard their territory, but they can’t be everywhere at once. So, they will mark their territories in a variety of ways.

According to the San Diego Zoo, “They spread their scent by rubbing their muzzle on tufts of grass or shrubs, and they rake the earth with their hind paws, as the paws have scent glands, too.” In addition to doing this, they will also urinate on trees and grass as well. While the males typically mark their territories by themselves, females are also known to assist with roaring and urinating.  

The video above shares that these two lion invaders knew they were approaching another’s territory. But, they were willing to risk it all if they could have taken it over. But, this king of the jungle proved himself worthy to defend his pride and territory.  


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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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