Swamp Lion Defeated by Swamp

Swamp Lion Defeated by Swamp

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


6 - 12+


Biology, Geography, Physical Geography

Big Cats Initiative

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.

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Dani Orth
Mary Ford, National Geographic Society
Elizabeth Wolzak, National Geographic Society
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Dr. Luke Dollar, Conservation Scientist
National Geographic Channel
Last Updated

October 19, 2023

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