The enemies of lions include elephants, buffalo and hyena. Humans and nature are also enemies of the lion and other big cat populations.Know More
Lions formerly roamed through Africa, and parts of both Asia and Europe, but the numbers of lion prides have dwindled in time. Most populations of lions are found in parts of sub-Saharan Africa. One pocket of Asian lions continues in the Gir Forest of India. Humans are considered the worst enemies of the lion, particularly from cattle ranchers who poach, poison and hunt them to protect their herds. Lions are also hunted for sport, which diminishes their numbers.
As human populations expand and agricultural endeavors increase, the lion's natural habitats are lost, which leads to diminished populations. An indirect enemy of lions is climate change, which causes increases in distemper outbreaks. Researchers discovered that during two major outbreaks, both lions and their prey became infested with ticks that carried the canine distemper virus.
While man is considered the lion's worst enemy, the greatest enemies within the lion's natural habitat include larger animals, such as elephants and buffalo. Lions have been known to bring down and kill both animals but lions have also been killed by them. The spotted hyena has been deemed the most deadly within a lion's habitat.Learn more about Large Cats
Coyotes are not apex predators and do have enemies. Wolves often drive away or kill coyotes that invade their territory, so coyotes tend to avoid areas where wolves live. Farmers and ranchers often regard coyotes as a nuisance and actively exterminate coyotes, and some people hunt coyotes for recreation.Full Answer >
Primary predators of porcupines include coyotes and bobcats who like their large body size and ample supply of meat. Some wolves and owls also hunt porcupines. Relative to other rodents, porcupines have a small number of enemies because other animals don't like to deal with their sharp quills.Full Answer >
Predators of the bearded dragon include the gull billed tern, goannas, black headed pythons, dingos, birds of prey, cats and foxes. Bearded dragons occasionally eat other bearded dragons. Bearded dragons are also plagued by various parasites.Full Answer >
Besides humans, the blue whale's enemies are killer whales and large sharks. Adult blue whales are much larger than any individual killer whale or shark, so these animals tend to attack calves. Few creatures are capable of subduing a healthy adult blue whale, which is the largest creature on earth. Blue whales feed mainly on krill.Full Answer >