Part mud, part water, this one-time savanna makes for tricky travel. Equipped with a thinner fur for the desert's elevated temperatures, Kalahari lions are specially equipped to handle their home's harsh climate. They can go for months without water -- a fact that allows them to survive the area's often lengthy dry season. Feasting on mice, badgers, rabbits, foxes, and whatever other wildlife they can kill provides them with moisture. During the dry months, a lion pride will break up, the females heading off with their babies, the males left to fend for themselves. Despite the protection, however, cub mortality rates in the Kalahari are much higher than in more temperate zones.