It’s no great surprise to find Lions on a list like this. Ranking amongst the planet’s foremost predators, this is a beast built for hunting. The African Lion prefers other animals to people. But that doesn’t mean that the threat should be taken lightly.
Far from it, in fact. Fierce and fast, Lions kill around 250 people a year in Africa. This is a powerful animal indeed — making it ironic that the greatest danger to human life is thought to come from the sick and the elderly.
Lions that are older and/or infirm are unable to hunt their natural prey as effectively, making people — a relatively easy kill — an attractive alternative. For those unfortunate enough to cross paths, running is not an option, the Lion fast on its feet and prone to pounce the minute your back is turned. Cornered? Stand your ground, show no fear — and keep your fingers crossed.