Friday, 29 April 2016

NEWSLINK: Tanzania: Revenge Hunting Threatens 'Big Cats'

Normally the lion remains the 'King of the Jungle' until the ferocious cat comes face to face with the sharp end of a hunters' spear.

For the case of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the spears in question are usually wielded by male members of nomadic pastoral communities who would be out for revenge following common cases of lions attacking and eating their livestock.


Thursday, 28 April 2016

NEWSLINK: Abused Circus Tiger Gets Fairy-Tale Ending

Alongside crates of asparagus, Hoover the tiger will be airlifted Friday from Peru to Florida, where he’ll settle into a new home in Tampa after a lifetime of suffering.

Hoover has spent his entire nearly 12 years performing tricks with a traveling circus in Peru. His harrowing journey to a new life reads like a bestselling thriller.


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

NEWSLINK: Three Park County Cats Diagnosed with Plague

Three Park County cats have recently been confirmed as infected with plague, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). No human cases have been identified.

All three cats lived in Cody, off the South Fork Road. The illness was confirmed in the first pet by the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory in Laramie on April 12th, with confirmation of the third on April 20th.

“Plague is a serious bacterial infection that can be deadly for pets and for people if not treated promptly with antibiotics,” said Dr. Karl Musgrave, state public health veterinarian with WDH. “The disease can be transmitted to humans from ill animals and by fleas coming from infected animals. We want people to know of the potential threat in the area the cats were from as well as across the state. Dogs can also become ill and transmit the disease.”


VIDEO: Watch a snow leopard effortlessly parkour across a wall

Just like your average daredevil house cat companions, snow leopards like to have some fun too! 

Captured by Facebook user Adam Mitchell, it appears that this particular snow leopard — Ada — has one cool trick that looks just like it’s practicing some intense parkour moves in preparation for chow time.


Tuesday, 26 April 2016

NEWSLINK: Lion kept at private farmhouse mauls man painting it's cage

A lion being kept at a private facility in Memon Goth area mauled a man who was painting the cage of the big cat, depriving him of the full function of his right arm, health and wildlife officials told The News.

The victim, Nizamuddin, had been painting the cage of a pair of lions being kept at the Rani Empire Farm House in Memon Goth, Malir, when one of the big cats attacked him and seriously damaged his right arm.


NEWSLINK: Florida keeper broke rules before tiger killed her, zoo says

A keeper killed by a tiger at a Florida zoo this month broke the rules when she entered the big cat's enclosure, zoo officials said.

Stacey Konwiser, 38, died after the Malayan tiger attacked her. She was the lead tiger keeper at the Palm Beach Zoo.

The 13-year-old male tiger was tranquilized and remains at the zoo.


Tuesday, 19 April 2016

ARTICLE: The Lynx Effect

The lynx effect could prove to be the final straw for Cumbrian sheep farmers, it is claimed.

A new report released by the National Sheep Association (NSA) argues that the consequences would be far greater than just a few sheep lost each year to the hungry lynx.

The report claims that the release of lynx into the countryside would result in sheep being killed maimed and stressed.


NEWSLINK: Zambia government issues new guidelines on big cats hunting

The Zambian government has put in place new guidelines on the hunting of big cats to regulate the hunting of the animals, a senior government official has said.

Minister of Tourism and Arts Jean Kapata told a meeting on big cats hunting that trophy hunting could contribute significantly to wildlife conservation and to the socio-economic wellbeing of people if properly regulated.


Monday, 18 April 2016

UK SIGHTING: Man claims this is a picture of Worcestershire's black panther

A dedicated panther spotter claims this is a picture of the beast prowling near Croome Court.

Granted, it is hard to make out what is exactly in the picture - but Paul Kear, from Worcester, is adamant he has seen the large black panther five or six times.


ARTICLE: 6 Reasons We Should Still Worry About Tigers

This week’s update of the number of tigers estimated to live in the wild, which increased the count from 3,200 to 3,890 big cats, earned headlines around the world. But despite the potentially good news, all is not well for tigers. They still face a highly uncertain future—so much so that the iconic felines will undoubtedly disappear in several countries over the next few years.


Sunday, 17 April 2016

NEWSLINK: India may relocate tigers to Cambodia to grow global population

Tigers from India could be relocated to Cambodia as part of a plan to increase the animal's global population.

The decision to relocate tigers was agreed to in principle at a ministerial meeting in Delhi of 13 Asian nations with tiger populations.


NEWSLINK: Countries with tiger populations reach pact to save habitat

Countries with wild tiger populations have agreed to do more to protect tiger habitats that are shrinking drastically because of deforestation and urban sprawl, conservationists said Friday.

Representatives from the 13 Asian countries with tigers, meeting this week in New Delhi, issued a resolution acknowledging that the forests in which tigers live are inherently valuable themselves and worthy of protection.


Tuesday, 12 April 2016

NEWSLINK: USDA Cracks Down on Roadside Zoos

The battle against roadside zoos — where animals are exhibited for entertainment, handled throughout the day by strangers and abused by facility staff — has been a long one.

While the Association of Zoos and Aquariums oversees inspection, accreditation and standards maintenance at zoos and aquaria across the United States — including rigid requirements for animal welfare – roadside zoos are subject to no such regulation.


PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Update on 4 Cougar Kittens That Were Tragically Orphaned

The Wildcat Sanctuary (TWS) in Minnesota is renowned for its breathtaking rescues of orphaned, injured or neglected big cats. Since it was founded in 1999 by executive director Tammy Thies – who gave up her corporate career to devote herself to the sanctuary – it has improved the lives of countless lions, tigers, cougars, bobcats, and other large felines who have endured the effects of human cruelty.


Monday, 11 April 2016

PHOTO: Spot the Leopards!

It looks like a wonderful viewpoint of a beautiful national park.

But virtually hidden in this photo of South Africa’s stunning Kruger National Park lurks great danger.

Hidden in the trees are two leopards, their famous spots hidden by the trees.


UK SIGHTING: Is the beast back? 'Amazing' sighting of big cat near Tamworth.

A Drayton Bassett woman has spoken of her excitement after she spotted a panther-like big cat in fields behind her home.

Heather Milner, aged 51, was looking out of the window when she spotted something black moving in the field adjacent to Heathleys Lane.

She fetched her binoculars and says she spent ten minutes watching the beast.


Thursday, 7 April 2016

NEWSLINK: Tigers declared 'functionally extinct' in Cambodia.

A plan to repopulate the dry forests of Cambodia with tigers after they have been declared 'functionally extinct' in the country has been revealed in a joint statement released by the Government of Cambodia, WWF and the Wildlife Alliance.


PHOTOS: Big cats popped up for a drink from a swimming pool at Tshukudu Game Lodge, South Africa

This thirsty cheetah fancied a change from its usual drinking hole...and slouched over the edge of a swimming pool to take a sip.
The thirsty big cat and his brother had spent the day in the South African heat hunting impala and wandered up to a lodge's swimming pool to quench their thirst.