Lion identity collared by cheetah 



Acinonyx jubatus photo © Andy Mitchell 


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The cheetah mimics the back-of-ear pattern of the lion as a protective adaptation against other carnivores. In the juvenile cheetah – which is particularly vulnerable – this mimicry extends to the pale neck-flag of the female and immature male lion.


Robin and the Honey Badger, 22 March 2016



Acinonyx jubatus ear colouration

Acinonyx jubatus ear colouration

Panthera leo ear colouration