A carnivore, meaning 'meat eater' (carne meaning 'flesh' and vorare meaning 'to devour'), is an organism that derives its energy and nutrient requirements from a diet consisting mainly or exclusively of animal tissue, whether through predation or scavenging. Animals that depend solely on animal flesh for their nutrient requirements are considered obligate carnivores while those that also consume non-animal food are considered facultativee carnivores.

File:Male Lion and Cub Chitwa South Africa Luca Galuzzi 2004.JPG
File:Male Lion and Cub Chitwa South Africa Luca Galuzzi 2004.JPG