Animals that Can kill Lion


Like other apex predators, lions strategically target the sickest and most vulnerable prey, a method that supports evolutionary progression. This approach aligns with the giraffe's substantial size and range, making it a sensible choice for the lions' hunting strategy.


Usually, these species don't interact, but territorial conflicts can arise over large carcasses. Crocodiles have been observed preying on lions that venture too far into watering holes.


Lions exhibit selective predation on black rhinoceros, and the individuals with greater selectivity tend to have longer lifespans. While lion hunts on rhino calves are common, attempts to take down adult rhinos are infrequent, even when multiple lions are involved.


As the largest land mammal, elephants require the collective effort of an entire lion pride to have any chance of successfully bringing one down using their claws and teeth. It comes as no surprise that elephants can overpower and kill lions.

Black Mambas

There are multiple recorded cases of black Mambas killing lions. The snakes are generally peaceful and only strike when they feel threatened, and likewise, lions know not to tangle with snakes, but no system is perfect. Encounters occur and, it doesn't always go well for the lions.


Although porcupines may not appear appetizing to us, they offer succulent meat that can tempt predators like lions during times of scarcity. Lions that live longer tend to learn to avoid engaging with porcupines, while younger males of the species often attempt and fail to hunt them.


Hyenas and lions have a lot in common, but their shared habits and habitats make them fierce adversaries. Hyenas are known for eating their prey alive to prevent their kill from getting poached by lions or other larger predators and they're also known to scavenge the kills of lions.


Despite their seemingly gentle appearance, hippos are responsible for more human deaths annually than lions. Lions typically respect their territorial boundaries. Despite weighing over 3,000 pounds, these massive mammals can achieve impressive speeds of up to 35 miles per hour.

Water buffalo aren't the largest prey that lions are known to pursue, but that doesn't make them any less deadly. Lions take advantage of the large herds that these animals travel in and strike from behind to avoid their brutally sharp horns.

Water Buffalo