On the tropical grasslands of Africa, there are loads of large carnivores. Lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas and wild dogs are all found, sometimes, in the same place. I was wondering, why is it that there are so many species of large predator in the same place? Wouldn't competition drive all but one species to extinction?
Obviously, this means that each of the predators fills a special niche. So, could anyone tell me what these ecological niches are? What makes the position in the food web of lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and wild dogs different to eachother?