Re: lions, chimps and sticks

Harry Erwin (
Mon, 09 Oct 1995 14:06:36 -0400

In article <>, (H. M. Hubey) wrote:

> (Lynn Garth) writes:
> >very difficult for the lions to follow, that in conjunction with a large
> >group of screaming stick wielding chimps dropping limbs on your head would
> >be enough to make any lion think twice about attempting to go after that
> >prey again.
> Why doesn't someone get some chimps let loose on the African
> plains among lions and see how many survive.
> YOu can give them all the sticks they want. Naturally they'd have to
> carry them around all the time. Sticks are usually found in
> forests. And stones??? On the savannah? No stones on the plains,
> just dirt and grass.

Well, chimps and lions do live in the bush, and the only significant
predator on chimps is the leopard. BTW, neither lion nor leopard predation
acts as a significant population control mechanism for _any_ herbivorous
species in the Serengeti. The primary population control mechanism is
disease, followed by accident and old age.

Harry Erwin
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