Lions (Panthera leo) are nowhere near as fast as the cheetah. Their top speed is about 80 kph. A wildebeest can do about the same and keep it up for much longer. So lions generally hunt as a team. They set off in line abreast creeping close to the ground and as they approach a group of prey - the lions at the ends of the line move a little quicker so that they encircle the herd. Finally, these break cover, driving the prey towards the lions in the centre of the line. Such tactics often result in several of the team making kills.