African lions seem to exemplify the conflict between genders. A coalition of males will defend their right to exclusively breed with a group of females against intruding males, who won’t think twice about killing all the cubs in order to hasten the siring of their own with the females.
But in a subspecies of lion, infanticide and sexual coercion are much rarer – and much of it appears to be due to the savvy mating strategy of the females.
Read the whole story at my Animal Minds blog: Who’s the Daddy? For Lion Cubs, It’s Safer Not to Know.