Cecil’s mate and his adolescent cubs are surrounded by 9 hyenas after making a kill. This is a classic battle in the wild savannah of Africa.

Cecil was a male Southwest African lion that lived in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. He was famously killed by an American big game hunter on July 1, 2015.

Since the killing of Cecil, this species of lion has been put on the endangered species list, and worldwide awareness of illegal hunting has spurred countless new initiatives, ensuring the protection of these awesome animals.

lion v hyena

But that doesn’t mean lions live without any threats.

Lions and hyenas are both apex predators in Africa. While lions are known as the ‘King of the Jungle’, hyenas have bone-crushing biting abilities, and a ferocious tenacity. Things look grim for the lioness when the hyenas decide to attack, however Cecil’s mate is now doing much better. Park officials report that the lioness had survived the attack – albeit with a broken ear, but had rejoined her pride and is still doing well and has since had new cubs.