Jonathan Scott presented a very different TV documentary on lions on BBC2 earlier in March 2011. The lion is the only member of the cat family to be social; they live in prides. Why? It is generally acknowledged that, of all the wild cats, the lions are the most successful surviving cat in the current […]
Jonathan Scott presented a very different TV documentary on lions on BBC2 earlier in March 2011. The lion is the only member of the cat family to be social; they live in prides.
It is generally acknowledged that, of all the wild cats, the lions are the most successful surviving cat in the current situation where the population of wild cats is declining dramatically. One reason has been the way lions live – they are social and live in groups or prides.
With the help of Professor Craig Packer of the Serengeti Lion Project, Jonathan went through the commonly held views why lions are the only social member of the cat family.
1. They can hunt in packs so that they can kill much larger prey like buffaloes. This did not convince Jonathan,
2. The pride can look after a crèche of cubs. They found that the mother did most of the caring and the pride was mainly secondary.
3. Craig Packer looked at the locations of the most successful prides. They were all at confluences of the streams. He concluded that the pride is formed to hold or defend their territory. The river confluence is the productive hunting area as all animals have to go there for water.
The lions live as a group (pride) so that they had the ability to defend their territory. A pride of say, 9 lions, could easily defend their territory against any group of lions. In a group, a delegate of lions could go out hunting, the rest could be back at “base” looking after the cubs and their territory.
This would not be possible with if lions were solitary animals.
The way lions behave is a result of their survival over the ages. Lions live by hunting prey. If their territory happens to have prey going all year round to a water source, would not this “territory” be in demand from other lions.
1. It was the lions that formed groups that survived better than those who did not have a group.
2. The group would survive even better if they had in their territory a good and reliable water source all year round where prey came regularly?..
3. Professor Craig Packer showed that the most successful prides had in their territory a confluence of streams. The confluence being be the most productive area for the hunting of prey.
4. In nature, it is survival of the fittest. All successful animals adapt to fit the circumstances.
This is an example of identifying a productive location based on the landform. Isn’t this using the methodology of feng shui?
Starbucks, the Seattle Coffee shop chain locate their coffee shops at intersections or junctions on the hill? Isn’t that using the methodology of feng shui? Starbucks Coffee is one of the most successful chain of coffee shops in the world.
Dr Michael Oon
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