Tigers seem pretty straightforward: stripes, sharp claws, awe-inspiring grace wielded by hundreds of pounds of rippling muscle, fondness of sugary cereal, etc. But new research on the big cats’ DNA is the latest indication that underneath that striking orange and black pelage, not all tigers are the same. Scientists…
Canine distemper virus (CDV) causes a serious illness that can threaten the lives of our beloved dogs, so many pet owners take care to vaccinate their furry buddies against it. But CDV can also infect a diversity of wild carnivore species, from coyotes to skunks and raccoons. Unfortunately, CDV has now found a new…
For the second time in the span of a year, scientists are calling for cheetahs to be placed on the IUCN’s endangered species Red List, after a new survey found that the world’s largest population of cheetahs is probably smaller, and more vulnerable, than previously recognized.
Earlier this week, a remarkable scene played out at Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area. An orphaned leopard cub, desperate for a meal, approached a lioness who happened to be lactating. It’s a rare—and extremely precious—example of cross-species nursing in the wild.
We typically think of large predatory animals like mountain lions as fearless beasts that’ll stop at nothing to procure a meal—even if that meal consists of human flesh. New research suggests that this view is wrong, and that big cats don’t like to bump into us any more than we like to bump into them. Problem is, this…
Instagram’s most famous animal rescue foundation is beloved by celebrities and millions of fans, and completely and utterly terrifying. Scrolling through the Black Jaguar-White Tiger™ feed is like seeing the beginning of Grizzly Man play out on social media.
Bobkitten or regular kitten? While both look cute nibbling on your finger, one might actually eat that finger. This is the latest litter born in the Santa Monica Mountains.
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.
In 2011, photographer Vincent J. Musi had the opportunity to shoot several of Houston Zoo's big cats on behalf of National Geographic. This week, Musi and NatGeo have been featuring select images from the series (some of them previously unpublished) on their respective Instagram pages, and they are positively…
An 11-year-old, 418 pound Asiatic lion named Lucifer who lives at a UK zoo has a sore foot. He's been given acupuncture, despite the complete inefficacy of the procedure.
The lion, as they say, is king of the jungle. More accurately, it might be called the king of the savannah. It was once thought that lions posed a serious risk to other, smaller carnivores, like cheetahs and African wild dogs, but new research suggests that things aren't quite so clear-cut.
A recent fossil discovery in the Himalayas has pushed back the clock on big cat evolution by as much as seven million years. But not only that, the discovery of this previously unknown ancient leopard shows that these apex predators arose in Asia, not Africa.
What do lions and tigers and jaguars see when they look in the mirror? Judging by the reactions of some of these cats at Tampa's Big Cat Rescue animal sanctuary, it's something pretty scary. What exactly makes a lion jump like that? Maybe he's having a bad mane day.
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.