The only advantage that hyenas have is that the lions are tired after such a big kill and another thing is that hyenas have come in a big group. Generally, when the hyenas attack the lions, they do it in a huge group so that they can outnumber the lions.
Though the Lions are considered as one of the most powerful animals, but still they are also forced to face competition from the hyenas and it is mainly for the food. The problem is that both the lions and hyenas hunt similar preys, cover almost the same ground as well as are the scavengers of the same animal remains, therefore, both possess competition for each other. Whoever wins the duel can feast on the huge meal.
Hyenas and the African Lions Comparison
|Animals|| African Lion|| Striped Hyena|
|Average Head & Body Length||6 ft 1 inch||33 to 51 inch|
|Tail Length||3 ft 2 inch||9.8 to 15.7 inch|
|Shoulder Height||3 ft 8 inch||24–31 inch|
|Average Weight||180 kg||35 kg|
|Area||Africa||North and East Africa, the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent|
|Average Life Span||13 years||12 years|
The interesting part is that they do not kill each other to meet their requirement of food, but what they do is fight with each other to get the possession of a big meal that has already been hunt down. Lions are bigger in size than the hyenas and have great strength too as compared to that of hyenas. A male lion can grow up to the weight of almost as much as 500 lbs and its length can go up to 8 ft.
Moreover, the African lions are hardly found alone, making it even more difficult for any predator to hunt them down. So, their big size and walking together, though makes them unbeatable, but at times a big group of hyena can kill a lion. The pride of a lion can be of 2 members or they can go up to 40 members as well. The lioness can easily camouflage and go into the herds of animal without their notice and when a target is set, they spring attack all of a sudden. The maximum speed that they can attain is near about 50 mph despite their huge size. They are quite agile and they do not have any problem in sprinting long.
In case of the hyenas, they can go up to the length of 5ft. A single hyena might not scare any prey, but when they are in a group they are a herd to be scared of. The hyenas pride is just the double of lions that is a group of hyenas consists of 80 animals. They have quite a powerful jaw and when they attack in a group they are the most deadly creature on the face of the earth.
In the hyena clan you will find the female hyenas to be more dominating and active. Hyenas can quite easily eat the hooves and bones of the prey because of the strong jaws that they have. Though they consume everything, but they are not able to digest the hooaves and the horns completely, therefore, these are broken into small materials. Don’t go over the size of the hyenas because size alone cannot define the immense power that the hyenas possess as a predator. They put up a strong fight against the mighty lions.