We’ve all seen the videos of people who keep tigers or panthers as pets in their homes, or of these animals playing, and it’s easy to forget that these large animals are some of the most deadly predators out there.
“Before, when there was hunting, we wanted to protect those animals because we knew we earned something out of them.” That’s the story a man from a small village in Botswana told the New York Times; his country banned trophy hunting two years ago. How have the animals managed since?
Here’s a perspective the #CecilTheLion outrage didn’t consider. That of the people of Zimbabwe who live alongside the dangerous predators. The New York Times is running an excellent op/ed from just such a human.
Lion murderer Walt Palmer is an asshole. But, he’s also an asshole who’s contributed more money to animal conservation in Africa than pretty much anyone else. In fact, trophy hunters like him are a large part of the reason we still have animals like lions at all.
The sounds of fireworks and revelry echoed through the warm Oregon night as people throughout Portland celebrated Independence Day. It was July 4th, 1970. And among the crowds were three young men enjoying the triple pleasure of a holiday, a summer evening, and the vigor of youth.
Clear photos of wild mountain lions are pretty rare. Crystal clear photos of an entire family — a mother and her two cubs — are unprecedented. These cute little guys live in the Santa Monica Mountains above Los Angeles. http://indefinitelywild.gizmodo.com/my-dog-treed-a…
Last month we brought you footage of an African painted dog pack taking down a pregnant impala. Today, we bring you lions hunting a baby buffalo.
I always thought it was odd that lions were called the King of the Jungle when, in truth, they live on the savannah and in the bush. Still, they're definitely royalty among the African megafauna.
There aren't many predators that can kill a fully grown elephant, but a juvenile elephant is a different story. When they're young, lions can take down an elephant if they need to. And it isn't a pretty sight.
There's a lion in the San Francisco Zoo that absolutely adores rhino dung: loves smelling it; loves rolling in it. A team of Stanford students found this out during a design-build course, and you know what they did? Those undergrads developed a custom three-pronged poop-chute for the lion lair.
Right at the moment when this guy—Chacha Nyandongo—was explaining in an interview for a documentary how lions mate, two lions decided to mate right behind him. As Chacha would say that is excitement.
Sometimes nature really is "red in tooth and claw," as Tennyson famously wrote. It's also red in horn, as this lioness found out recently.
Well, it looks like a hi and then it winds into a gentle smack. But still, the lion cub who stumbled upon this GoPro camera is just so adorable that I wouldn't mind getting pawed around by the little prince of the jungle.
Nikon ambassador Chris McLennan and engineer Carl Hansen have created a small remote controlled four-wheel drive rover to roam the savanna and capture photos of curious lions, like the cute pride above. It's pretty neat. Watch it in action here.
All apologies to your domesticated furball, who I'm sure strikes adorably schizo poses chasing reflected light around your apartment, but come on. They can't measure up against a freaking lioness versus a freaking laser.
We already know that animals know an earthquake is coming before humans do. But it's still endlessly interesting to see how animals react (pre-act?) before it happens. For example, apes abandoned their food and climbed to the top of the tree-like structure
Having your face eaten by a lion probably looks a bit like this. Some wildlife photographers thought they'd lost their GoPro camera while tracking some lions—instead, those lions had made off with the camera, licking and chewing it.
Want to help save some lions in Kenya? Well, help these guys make some open source lion-tracking collars, complete with GPS and GSM on board.
Sometimes, nature's best images are not taken with the best cameras and the largest objectives. Sometimes all it takes is a load of elephant dung. The results are cute, frightening, majestic, and always stunningly beautiful.