relationships and interactions between living organisms and their environment.

The purpose of this assignment is to understand relationships and interactions between living organisms and their environment.
Apply critical thinking to answer the following:
Imagine that you are a scientist studying species interactions in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Today, you are observing a pride of lions in the southeast quadrant of the park. Two lionesses brought down a large adult wildebeest. The adult females fed for approximately 20 minutes. Their cubs appeared interested in feeding but were largely kept away from the kill by the adult lions. A clan of hyenas drove the lions from the carcasses and fed for approximately 30 minutes. Two male lions drove the hyenas from the carcass, killing a female hyena. The male lions ate most of the kill; vultures fed on remains.
1. Species Interactions
• Describe the form of species interaction that was observed between members of a lion pride and between lions and hyenas.
• Explain how this type of interaction may affect the population densities of the two species.
2. Competition Between Species
• Competition occurs when organisms compete for access to limited resources. Can you think of resources that are not limiting?
3. Selection of Traits
• Do you think natural selection has shaped traits in these species that make them better competitors?
• If so, what types of traits might be involved? Explain your reasoning.
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