Now for the dead zebra. I am not a big fan of showing lots of gore. I don't want my painting to be a horror scene even though predator/prey interactions can be bloody. However, painting lions and zebra frolicking together would hardly be very realistic. The goal is to show the majesty of the lion without being overcome with sadness for the zebra. It's a thin line.
Most of the zebra is painted except for the highlights.