By John R. Platt | December 27, 2011 | 6
After coexisting for thousands of years, humans and African lions (Panthera leo) are on a collision course. Lion populations have dropped from 450,000 animals 50 years ago to as few as 20,000 today. Most of that decline has taken place over the past two decades, and experts are now predicting that the big cats could actually go extinct in as little as 10 to 20 more years.
Threats to lions come on many fronts—including hunting by American trophy seekers, poaching Read More
Potter Park Zoo is caring for two new lions that have been added to the park. The additions came just in time, as the zoo announced a 22-year-old lion died Wednesday.
22-year-old Amboseli called Potter Park Zoo her home since 1989. The African lion was being treated for kidney failure for a few years, but finally lost her battle.
"With the treatments that we were doing and the way that we were managing them, we got to a point where she wasn't feeling well and we couldn't treat her anymore," said Dr. Harrison, Veterinarian at Potter Park Read More
Plans by MGM Grand to close its lion habitat at the Strip hotel received praise Thursday by a high-profile animal rights group that also criticized the lions' owner for wanting to put them on exhibit at his 7.5-acre ranch in the south Las Vegas Valley.
A letter from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, thanks Murren and Chief Operating Officer Corey Sanders "for your decisions to close the lion exhibit ... and to offer our assistance in helping to relocate the lions to a reputable Read More
Considered to be the king of the animal kingdom, lions are also considered as superpowers and yet, they will not kill or hurt a human being unless provoked.
As per deputy conservator, Gir forest, Sandeep Kumar who has been studying the behavioural patterns of lions since three years, the lion is a social animal. “Lions are extremely social animals and therefore, the human populace (locals) living around Gir is not so afraid of this animal. They would not attack any human intentionally and therefore, the humans around the forest and Read More
Wild lion captured in Tulsa finds home in Kansas zoo
The large cat was captured from the back yard of a home in the 1400 block of North Quanah Avenue on April 23 and was taken to the zoo’s holding facilities in the veterinary hospital where she was treated for hookworms and roundworms, which caused anemia and poor appetite, as well as ticks and fleas. Courtesy
By SARA PLUMMER World Staff Writer
Published: 1/4/2012 10:32 AM
Last Modified: 1/4/2012 10:32 AM
The mountain lion that was captured in Tulsa in April has found a new home Read More
Rampaging leopard in India kills former journalist, scalps labourer Pintu Dey
Agence France-Presse Jan 9, 2012 – 2:46 PM ET
A file picture shows a leopard (Panthera pardus) attacking and wounding a Pintu Deyan, an Indian labourer in a residential neighbourhood of Silphukhuri area in Guwahati on January 7, 2012. Three people were seriously injured in the leopard attack before the feline was tranquilized and taken to Assam state zoo. Pintu Dey, in his 40s, is recovering in a hospital in India's northeastern Read More
MADIKERI: The tiger, which attacked and injured three buffaloes on Friday, killed a cow on Saturday night at Netkundh near Birunani in South Kodagu. Chottangada Rohith found the half-eaten carcass of his cow near its shed.
People in South Kodagu are fearful because the tiger, which claimed several livestock in October and November last year, has resurfaced. A forest department team had kept cages to capture it. These men were relieved when the tiger's pugmark was seen about 500 metres from the Kallalla forest touching Nagarahole on Nov. 9. Read More
Guwahati, January 9: Assam forest and environment minister Rockybul Hussain on Monday announced that the Royal Bengal tiger population in Assam has increased to 143 in 2011. The last tiger census in wildlife protected areas was completed in December last.
“We used camera trapping method in tiger census in the state. The method is internationally recognized. In Kaziranga National Park KNP), we have 118 Royal Bengal tigers. It has the highest density of royal Bengal tiger in the country”, said Hussain.
In the KNP, there were two incidents of Read More
The day I met a Mountain lion
Posted Monday, January 9, 2012, at 2:31 PM
The Mountain lion waits to recover completely from sedation after it was examined by Wildlife Biologist Jeff Beringer at Current River Conservation Area. (MDC photo by Candice Davis)
An element of surprise can make an exciting day even more meaningful. Had I known Thursday morning what was in store for me that day, I would have hopped out of bed with a bit more pep. But, expecting a casual day at the office, I began the day with the usual grumbles.I put Read More
KOLKATA: The first tiger rescue centre of the country will be ready to welcome big cats in three months. Being developed at Jharkhali in the Sunderbans, the centre will provide asylum to injured and straying tigers that are either brought to Kolkata for treatment or released in far corners of the mangrove forest. Even though fenced off from the rest of the jungle, the centre will be contiguous to the main Sunderbans and allow tigers to roam free in the wild. They will, however, not be able to leave the centre which will be fenced off.
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