Five Lions Manage to Pull Off an Unbelievable Hunt and Take Down a Giant Giraffe!

Written by Hannah Crawford
Updated: October 25, 2023
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The world’s tallest land animal, the giraffe, is not invincible. They have predators who prey on them just as all other animals do. We see an extraordinary chase happen with a pride of lions and a lone giraffe. 

The Namib Desert and Surrounding Ocean

The sanddunes of the Namib desert meet the Coastline of the ocean.


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The next YouTube video posted at the bottom of this blog post takes us to the Namib desert located in Africa. The Namib desert is what’s known as a coastal desert. So the temperatures that are there will vary. There are various animals in this desert, such as black rhinos, African wild dogs, elephants, cheetahs, and oryx, to name a few. 

The Atlantic Ocean is closest to the Namib desert. It might shock you to know that the Atlantic Ocean is approximately 106,460,000 square kilometers (41,105,000 square miles.)  We can see a variety of animals in the Atlantic Ocean, such as crabs, sharks, starfish, sea turtles, whales, and sea lions. 

Lion Sighting in Namib

This video was uploaded and filmed by the Smithsonian channel. This page has received more than 4.1 million subscribers to its documentaries. And this specific video has received more than three million views. They share their description of what happened below. 

“Free from their mother’s care, five young lions must fend for, and feed themselves. Their first challenge: a giant giraffe who refuses to be caught.” 

Lion Hunting Giraffes

Longest Tail: The Giraffe

Giraffes spend most of their lives standing up; they even sleep and give birth standing up.


At the start of this video, we see a group (or pride) of lions that are getting ready to hunt in the Namib desert. They are hunting a very specific animal, the giraffe. It might surprise you to learn that lions hunt the world’s tallest animal; however, they do in the Namib desert. We see a tremendous chase from this pride to this giraffe. 

This chase is so intense that we see sand flying up behind this giraffe like a great dust storm. The lions are in close pursuit of this giraffe, but we see that they are lagging and aren’t reaching the giraffe. However, as time goes on, we see at 1:41 that there are lions just up ahead. This pride knows how to hunt, and the lions are lading this giraffe into a trap.

Finally, at 2:23, this intense chase has come to an end. The trap was a successful one, and we see this pride of lions enjoying their kill. 

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The photo featured at the top of this post is © Adalbert Dragon/

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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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