Sunday, 23 April 2017

ARTICLE: Counting the Tiger, Correctly: Will the Govt Use the New Method?

Researchers at the Indian Statistical Institute, Bengaluru, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have come up with a new methodology that has the potential to revolutionise the way tigers and other big animals are counted over large geographical areas.

How many tigers are there in India?

According to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, in 2006, the number was estimated at 1,411 and in 2010 it was 1,706. In 2016, the world rejoiced when India announced that it had nearly 2,500 members of this critically endangered big cat.


VIDEO: Stunning Rare Footage Reveals Elusive Snow Leopards

The snow leopard scented the herd of Siberian ibex on the strong wind blasting over the ridgeline at more than 11,000 feet, high in the Altai Mountains of southern Siberia, on Russia’s remote border with Mongolia, China, and Kazakhstan. With its gray coat and black spots, the big cat was nearly invisible against the rock of this arid landscape. It padded confidently toward its quarry through deep snow on wide, insulated feet, watchfully moving down an eroded draw above the frozen Chaganburgazy River.


Thursday, 20 April 2017

NEWSLINK: As Tony the truck stop tiger's health fails, his advocates fight harder to free him

Efforts to free Tony, a Siberian-Bengal tiger who is being used as a living attraction at a truck stop in Grosse Tete, La., have been going on for years, but things just took an urgent turn over concerns that his health is failing.

Tigers have been an unfortunate feature at the Tiger Truck Stop since the 1980s, but over the years Tony’s owner Michael Sandlin has racked up numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), ranging from mishandling tigers and failing to provide veterinary care and proper shelter to unsanitary feeding practices and not having properly trained employees – and he may soon be facing more.


SIGHTING, UK: Warwickshire 'panther' video and photos

The "panther" was seen by a mum enjoying some sunshine at Crowcombe Park Gate, in Somerset's Quantock Hills.

The 32-year-old, who was with her daughter, 14, said sunlight was glinting off the animal's fur and it prowled through a patch of long grass.

The woman, who did not wish to be named, said she immediately took a photo of it.


NEWSLINK: Tigers are on cold shower, special diet to beat heat

As the temperature in Mumbai soars, spare a thought for the tigers and lions of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) and Byculla Zoo. And the authorities who take care of the animals are doing their best to keep them cool.

“We are giving regular cold water showers to the tigers, lions and leopards that are in cages,” Vikas Gupta, director of SGNP, told Free Press Journal.

The park is not just a habitat for animals, but is also the green lungs of Mumbai city as it acts as a purifier for much of Mumbai’s pollution.


VIDEO: Family of big cats cross a busy road bringing cars to a standstill

A pride of lions stunned motorists when they brought traffic to a standstill by crossing a busy road.

Drivers were left speechless on Saturday night when they spotted the big cats crossing the Pipavav-Rajula highway in Amreli, a district in the Indian state of Gujarat.

Once they appear on the highway from the nearby Gir Forest National Park, the world's only natural habitat for Asiatic lions, the big cats patiently wait on the highway for the vehicles to pass by.


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Hero mother Bary boosts population of rarest cats in world with 2 healthy cubs

In recent years, the Siberian - or Amur - leopard almost died out: in 2007 there were as few as 30 in the wild.

Recent estimates suggest a figure of 80 of these big cats in the Russian Far East as they edge their way back.

These cubs, caught by a wildlife camera, are the first proof that leopardess Bary - aged 4 - has given birth in the Land of the Leopard National Park, set up by the Russian government to ensure the survival of the most threatened cat species on the planet.


NEWSLINK: Key leopard population 'crashing', study warns

The leopard population in a region of South Africa once thick with the big cats is crashing, and could be wiped out within a few years, scientists warned on Wednesday.

Illegal killing of leopards in the Soutpansberg Mountains has reduced their numbers by two-thirds in the last decade, the researchers reported in the Royal Society Open Science journal.

"If things don't change, we predict leopards will essentially disappear from the area by about 2020," lead author Samual Williams, a conservation biologist at Durham University in England, told AFP.


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

NEWSLINK: SGNP officials help big cats cool down even as mercury continues upward swing

Residents are not alone in their struggle to cope with the rising mercury and humidity. Officials of Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) said the big cats housed in the park are also showing signs of heat stress.

"The first thing we did this year was to install a digital thermometer in the cages of all big cats, including leopards, lions and tigers. We have been able to monitor heat levels, and take immediate action if temperatures soar," said Dr Shailesh Pethe, Veterinary Officer, SGNP.


NEWSLINK: Leopard scare in Maharashtra village after people find half-eaten calf

Panic spread across Vedi village of Palghar district after a villager discovered a half-eaten carcass of a calf preyed upon by a leopard. However, the forest department officials have asked the villagers to stay clam and alert. They said the big cat might have strayed into the village looking for water and food, as the number wild boars, its natural prey, is dwindling in the wild.

“The calf belonged to Jitendra Mhatre, a resident of Vedi village, and its half-eaten body was found a few metres away from his field,” said Dinesh Desale, range forest officer, Saphale.


Sunday, 16 April 2017

VIDEO: Former circus lions making themselves at home in Alpine

A rare, male white lion and two female lions who spent their lives as circus entertainers have a new home this week at a sprawling animal sanctuary in Alpine.

The big cats arrived at Lions, Tigers and Bears Wednesday night after being picked up from north of Los Angeles where they were being boarded while awaiting the trip.


NEWSLINK/PHOTO: UK 'big cat' sighting a domestic tabby, says wildlife expert

An animal expert has poured cold water over possible sightings of a big cat on the outskirts of Inverness.

Douglas Richardson from the Highland Wildlife Park believes the black cat spotted in Milton of Leys this week was a domestic tabby.

He said: “The posture, tail position and apparent thickness, size of the animal and its apparent shoulder height in relation to the grass are consistent with this.


Thursday, 13 April 2017

SIGHTING/PHOTO: Elusive Arkansas mountain lion is spotted again

A photo was sent to me this week of an obvious mountain lion that had wandered in front of a game camera in Randolph County. The validity of the photo looked real, as did the source, therefore I tend to believe it was a real cat sighting.

I forwarded the photo along to my contact at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) for them to verify and they had already been in contact with the originator of the photo. If verified, this would be one of about 10 confirmed sightings of mountain lions in our state.


NEWSLINK: Will Congress Finally Step Up to Protect Big Cats?

Animal advocates are applauding members of Congress for taking action to protect big cats from cruelty, abuse and neglect by reintroducing a big bill that would make it illegal to keep them as pets in the U.S.

It’s currently estimated that there are more than 10,000 privately owned big cats in captivity across the nation. While some states have laws banning the private possession of big cats, others have weak or no laws in place at all, leaving big cats to suffer in any number of situations that can range from simply not meeting their needs to being downright abusive.


NEWSLINK: Mountain lion transient but making presence known in state

Although mountain lions were common in Oklahoma and elsewhere in the plains prior to European settlement, they were eradicated during the 19th century.

As the countryside was settled and developed, the large predators were shot. People also killed almost all of the deer, the mountain lions’ primary food source.

Because mountain lions are reclusive animals, it’s hard to know exactly when and where they are present.

Most mountain lions in Oklahoma are transient — just passing through. There is no evidence of residential mountain lions in our state. They can come from the Dakotas and tend to follow river systems down through Colorado and the panhandle of Oklahoma and continue into New Mexico.


NEWSLINK: Forest dept confirms five tigers at Mhadei

The Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary of Sattari is again in the news for the presence of almost five tigers in it. 

This area is not easily accessible and has tough geographical terrain and using camera trap techniques was a big challenge. The camera trap technology used by the forest officials of wildlife division took pictures of five different tigers.This time the authorities, with the help of trekkers, put the camera trap in areas where tiger movements were most likely. 

Vitthal Shelke, an activist with Wildlife Rescue in Sattari said, "There is no doubt that tigers moving in the Mhadei region are residents, since repeated camera trap pictures have indicated that the area is a favourable natural habitat for the big cats". We had planned our strategy to protect and conserve the tigers.


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

NEWSLINK: Sabre-toothed tigers in ice-age Los Angeles had bad back trouble

The big sabre-toothed cats that roamed Los Angeles 12,000 years ago had bad backs and shoulders, it seems.

Meanwhile, the other apex predator that shared its southern California habitat, the dire wolf, was more likely to suffer from headaches and leg pain.

The discoveries come from an analysis of thousands of bones from skeletons of these extinct creatures, with the injuries probably sustained as a result of their dining habits.

Like other cats, the sabre-toothed Smilodon fatalis ambushed its prey and wrestled them into submission. Modern big cats suffocate their prey, by either biting down on the victim’s snout to clamp it shut or squeezing its throat to crush its trachea so it can’t breathe.


NEWSLINK/PHOTOS: Secret heartache of Longleat cheetah cubs

Their little mohicans are growing out fast and they may have longer limbs but these two adorable cheetah cubs are as mischievous as the day they were born.

Twins Poppy and Winston are the first cheetah cubs to be born at Longleat Safari Park, in Wiltshire, and were part of a breeding programme to boost numbers of the big cats.


Sunday, 9 April 2017

ARTICLE: A history of North East big cat sightings - and why 40 years of them could soon come to an end

Big cats still prowl the North East - but for how long will be they be spotted?

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the event which many feel led to the spate of sightings which have captured the public imagination.

However sightings seem to be less numerous these days and some wonder if the animals, which were always limited in number, and the few offspring they had are dying off.

It was in 1977 that the Dangerous Wild Animals Act came into force to deal with the fashion then of people keeping interesting or exotic pets which were often from the more dangerous species.


NEWSLINK: Ghodbundar, India: ‘Leopard has become a part of our neighbourhood’

A week after the incident wherein a leopard fell into the broken rook of their hutment in Ghodbundar Village, it's life as usual for the Wede family as well as their neighbours, who continue to live in perfect harmony with their feline neighbours from the SGNP.

As the locals of this area who are all accustomed to seeing the big cat as it leaves its territory and visits Retibundar area at night for a sip of water from the creek or an easy catch as the area has plenty of dogs, cats and rats. The locals were not very startled when the big cat fell into the roof of the hutment of the Wede family late last Sunday.


Thursday, 6 April 2017

NEWSLINK: CAT Publications meets Big Cat Sanctuary

CAT Publications staff took a paws from the office to pay a visit to the Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent as part of the company's milestone 30th anniversary.

News, sales and marketing staff from CAT Publications were taken on a private tour of the facility - which is home to 15 species of big cats including lions, white tiger, jaguar and lynx - to see first-hand the positive work that is being carried out.

The Kent facility is the key charity partner for CAT Publications #CATis30 campaign, through a number of initiatives. The sanctuary breeds big cats, the majority of them in fast-declining numbers, and takes in castaways from zoos or circuses.


NEWSLINK: Dead tiger suspected to be 'celebrity' big cat 'Prince'

A tiger which was found dead in Kundkere range of Bandipur forests on Sunday is believed to be Prince, the celebrity big cat which had attracted thousands of tourists.

The dead tiger's stripe marks and those of Prince match 90 per cent, according to Forest Department. The forest authorities said they will carry out a combing operation for 4-5 days from Wednesday to confirm whether it is Prince or not.


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

NEWSLINK/EVENT: Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Set to Celebrate 25 Years of Rescuing Big Cats and Exotics

Mark your calendars, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) is celebrating their 25th anniversary on Sunday, April 23, 2017. 

Join them for a day filled with fun, food, family, and felines. Come visit with the TCWR team, current interns, past interns, and many individuals who have made the last 25 years possible. Celebrate all of their accomplishments and see the amazing animals that they have saved through their mission and dedication.


NEWSLINK/PHOTOS: Black panthers exist in Australia, expert says

Topics reported last week about the elusive and mysterious black panther.

There’s been loads of sightings of big black cats around the Hunter, according to readers.

These sightings have been at places including Minmi, Wallsend, Munmorah, Freemans Waterhole, Morisset, Swansea, Kurri Kurri, Cessnock, Singleton, the Watagan Mountains, Medowie and Stroud.


Friday, 31 March 2017

NEWSLINK: Trap and cage Aarey leopards: Shiv Sena minister's shocker

Ravindra and Ravindra are giving Shiv Sena a bad name. The party was left red-faced yesterday by the outrageous behaviour and words of not one but two of its problem children. While on Wednesday, MLA Ravindra Waikar had demanded that all leopards be ousted from their natural habitat, yesterday Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad thrashed an Air India staffer with his sandal, and then unabashedly bragged about it.


NEWSLINK/VIDEO: Exotic ‘Savannah Cat’ Found Roaming The Streets Of Paterson, NJ

An exotic feline was resting Thursday, after being found out and about, prowling around Passaic County.

Snuggled up inside a cage at Wildlife Freedom Animal Rescue in Wanaque, was a newly acquired, exotic Savannah cat.

It was picked up Thursday morning, by animal control after it was found behind a pool on Mill Street in Paterson.

Residents saw the spotted animal — unsure exactly what kind of cat it was.


PHOTOS: Big Cat Rescue welcomes 2 bobcats from failed Alabama Zoo

Two bobcats rescued from a failed zoo in Mobile, Alabama are arriving at their new home at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa Friday morning.

The cats were rescued along with several other animals during a secret raid of The Mobile Zoo. The zoo was shut down and its license revoked by USDA in November 2016. Last week the owner of the zoo was arrested on 28 counts of animal cruelty.


NEWSLINK: Water sprinklers and frozen food for Maharajbagh zoo inmates this summer

It's still March and temperature in the city has already crossed 40 degrees. Obviously, it doesn't augur well for the coming months that are looming large, with monsoons still quite far away. In such a situation, when humans are seeking resort in chilled drinks and staying indoors, the inmates of Maharajbagh Zoo are also being pampered in special ways


NEWSLINK: Finding a new home: Tigers from highly-congested Corbett park to be relocated

The big cats of Corbett will soon find a new home in Uttarakhand.

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has asked the state forest department to speed up the ground work for relocation of four tigers from the highly congested Corbett landscape to Rajaji National Park, which has 15 felines.

Once the step is taken, most probably by the end of the year, it will be the first relocation of tigers in India to a habitat that already has big cats.


Thursday, 30 March 2017

NEWSLINK: Slaughterhouse crackdown in UP: Uttarakhand’s leopards too on a chicken diet

Poor Ruby is on a forced diet of poultry — kinda chicken feed for a grown-up girl who needs at least 6kg of protein-and fat-rich meat, either buffalo or goat, to keep her fit and agile.

The eight-year-old Ruby and six fellow leopards at Uttarakhand’s Chidiyapur animal rescue centre, on the outskirts of holy town Haridwar, are off their favourite diet after the crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.

And, a shoestring budget doesn’t allow the forest department to buy goat meat or mutton — more expensive than buffalo meat and poultry fowls, for the full-grown leopards in an age bracket of seven and nine years.


ARTICLE: Big cats & dogs: Can they co-exist in Buxa?

A never-before experiment in Bengal — to reintroduce tigers in a forest that has not reported a steady sighting of the big cat for nearly three decades — has raised questions about the pitfalls of tinkering with nature.

The National Tiger Conservation Authority, a wing of the Union ministry of environment and forests, and the state have decided to relocate at least six Bengal tigers from Assam to the Buxa tiger reserve (BTR) in north Bengal. But Buxa has not had an officially recognised tiger sighting since the early 1990s and this vacuum has been filled up by a host of smaller predators, like leopards, clouded leopards and wild dogs.


Wednesday, 29 March 2017

NEWSLINK: Panther Kittens Have Been Seen Outside Their Florida Territory for the First Time Since 1973

For the first time since 1973, endangered panther kittens have been spotted north of Florida's Caloosahatchee River - evidence that despite all odds, these big cats are actually expanding their range.

Until now, only male panthers have been spotted north of the river, and for decades it was assumed that the females refused or were unable to cross it. But new images of healthy kittens have revealed that the Florida panther population could still be maintaining its unlikely increase.


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

SIGHTING, UK: Photos of 'big cat the size of a Labrador' on the loose near a busy road in Scotland

A postman has spotted a 'big cat' roaming the fields on the outskirts of Inverness.

Paul Dawson took a picture of the black cat with his 300mm long-lens camera at the weekend in a field close to Milton of Leys in the Scottish Highlands.

He says he was standing around 600yards away from the animal with a long black tail that appeared much larger than a domestic cat when he pictured it.


PHOTOS: Tiger Cubs: A Sign of Hope in Thailand

Every success in the conservation world is worth celebrating—no matter what species, location or size of impact. But some feel more significant than others… and the recent news out of Thailand is a perfect example.

In Thailand, Panthera has partnered with the Thai Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) and Freeland Foundation to study, monitor, and protect the country’s tigers. As part of our research, we recently conducted a survey in the Thailand’s Eastern Forest Complex to estimate the area’s tiger population—the first survey of its kind in this location.


Sunday, 26 March 2017

NEWSLINK: China Is Creating a Huge Sanctuary to Save Endangered Big Cats

In an effort to step up its existing protections for big cats, China has announced plans to create a 5,600-square-mile nature reserve.

In the past, China has been criticized for not doing enough to protect its last remaining big cats from human encroachment, land clearing and poaching. Tigers, for instance, are particularly vulnerable to wildlife trafficking, fetching large sums of money on the black market.


NEWSLINK: NTCA begins probe into tiger's death

The National Tiger Conservation Authority today began its investigation into the death of a tiger allegedly due to injuries sustained while it was being captured by forest guards.

The three-member NTCA team, which arrived yesterday, has already begun its probe into the death of the tiger at Nainital Zoo recently, Chief conservator of Forest Digvijay Singh Khati said.

The tiger which had killed two persons in Bailpadav range of Ramnagar forest recently had died at the Nainital Zoo hours after being captured by the forest department, he said.


Friday, 24 March 2017

NEWSLINK: 14yr old boy is savaged by a cheetah at South African safari park ‘that allows visitors to STROKE the killer big cats’

A kiwi boy was mauled by a cheetah after being allowed to pet the big cat – and he was only saved when his dad wrestled it to the ground.

Isaac Driver, 14, had been allowed to stroke two of the animals at a South African nature reserve.

But as he tried to walk away, a cheetah ran at him and knocked him to the ground leaving him injured.

He was only saved when his dad Dave tore into the cheetah, pinning it to the ground and holding it down at the Emdoneni Safari Park in Zululand KwaZulu-Natal province.


SIGHTING, UK: Father and son, 5, startled by two big cats near Welwyn Garden City

A startled walker has told of his encounters with two mysterious big cats in Times Territory.

The 37-year-old man, who wished to remain anonymous, was on a customary evening walk around Tewin with his five-year-old son about six weeks ago when the toddler excitedly pointed into the distance and asked what it was he could see.

Standing in the open field about 400 metres away were two large “dusty, sandy coloured” big cats, coming to just below waist height, with long, dark tails.

Startled, the observer said did not know what they were, but was “100 per cent” sure they were big cats from their movements.


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

NEWSLINK: Big cats prowling Welwyn Hatfield, Freedom of Information request reveals

Herts Police confirmed that between 2011 and 2016 there were 26 reports of big cats prowling in the wild.

The majority (11) were of a panther, with one informant, in 2011, saying that after seeing a sheep being eaten by a panther, they “ran all the way home and our dog was going crazy, barking and yelping”.

Of the 26 reported sightings, nine were classified as unknown species, but shared similar characteristics with callers telling the police the big cats were “very large” or the same size as a Labrador, brown or gingery in colour – and in one incident, just 20ft from the informant.

A farmer in the north Hatfield area informed the police of multiple sightings on their property of a panther.


SIGHTING, UK: 'Cheetah' spotted in Barnet prompts police call

Of all the calls received by the Metropolitan Police this year, few will have been as perplexing as one reporting a cheetah roaming the streets of London.

Newly released records reveal that last January a worried member of the public dialed 999 after appearing to see one of the big cats prowling the borough of Barnet.


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

NEWSLINK: Mysterious ‘beast’ believed to be roaming Scottish Highlands stripping all the flesh off sheep and eating them

A large “cat” with a taste for mutton is believed to be roaming the most remote parts of northern Scotland, stripping sheep from their skin and leaving no trace but bones and wool.

The mysterious beast's latest catch is a hefty and healthy ewe of about 50kg. Her wool was neatly peeled off her skin before it was eaten. The carcass was found less than 100 yards from a croft in Swordly at the weekend.

The ewe belonged to Susan Mackay, who is not the first crofter to fall victim of the unknown animal.


NEWSLINK: Black panther sighting on Derbyshire border should be taken ‘very seriously’

A wildlife expert says the potential sighting of a black panther off the A38 should be taken "very seriously".

The animal was spotted by dad-of-three Matt Chambers who says he was driving back from work when he saw "the biggest cat I have seen in my life" in a field on the Derbyshire border between Egginton and Stretton.


Monday, 20 March 2017

NEWSLINK: Andhra child adopts stray kittens that turn out to be leopards

For two days, a six-year-old tribal boy was busy playing with two cats he had found in the neighbourhood, totally unaware that they were big cats. He found the leopard cubs in the bushes near his house and brought them home, feeding them milk. His parents had no inkling the ‘kittens’ their son had ‘adopted’ were cubs, until the neighbours noticed the spots.


PHOTOS: Photographing snow leopards in the Himalayas

The snow leopard is one of the most elusive creatures on the planet, living in one of the most hostile environments on Earth. Here Wildscreen Exchange and Arkive contributor Craig Jones shares with us his experience in tracking and photographing this mysterious and endangered big cat in the Himalayan mountains.


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

VIDEO: Dogs chase away leopard from apartment complex

A pack of dogs chased a young leopard out of an apartment complex at Goregaon on Tuesday night. 

The feat was captured by a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera on the premises, the forest department said.

The incident took place at Girikunj Society at Dindoshi, Goregaon (East), which adjacent to Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). Several leopards have been seen in the area in recent months but local residents said this was the first time one entered their society.


PHOTOS: Another new jaguar spotted in S. Arizona mountains

A previously unknown jaguar is prowling the mountains of Southern Arizona, officials have confirmed — the second documented within months and the third photographed here since 2012.

The big cat was photographed by an automatic trail camera in November in the Dos Cabezas Mountains, about 60 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said.

The camera data was only retrieved last week, and Arizona Game and Fish Department scientists analyzed the spot patterns on the photographed jaguar, concluding that the animal had not been previously spotted. They were unable to determine the animal's sex.


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

NEWSLINK: Chubby Siberian Tigers In China Placed On Post-Winter Diet

The Siberian Tiger Park in Harbin, Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, is helping more than 300 Siberian tigers to lose weight by adding more exercise to their daily routine and cutting back on their food intake.

Photos of the tigers circulated online and received wide attention from netizens, who compared the endangered big cats to orange tabby cats such as comic-strip character Garfield.


ARTICLE: Will Africa’s Big Five become extinct in the wild?

A hundred years ago, our planet teemed with wildlife. Theodore Roosevelt saw it for himself, when shortly after leaving office as 26th President of the United States he explored Africa for months, collecting thousands of specimens for the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History. 

His expedition bagged hundreds of animals, shooting and stripping them of their hides and other body parts for salting and shipping to Washington, where they formed the basis of what is still today one of the world’s most comprehensive natural history collections.


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

PHOTOS: The “mane” event: a birthday party for lions

If a first responder does not already have Bobbi Brink, co-founder of Lions Tigers & Bears Exotic Animal Rescue Sanctuary in Alpine on speed dial they should consider it. Why? Brink is accustomed to dealing with exotic animals and if a catastrophic event happens (flooding, wild fires plus). Brink can show up and help handle the movement of that exotic animal.


NEWSLINK: Leopards, Tigers, and Dholes Coexist With Less Conflict

Researchers found in India's mountains that cats and dogs can be mutual. Wild dogs and leopards can still coexist and be mutual.

Basically, cats and dogs whether big or small species always fight upon seeing each other. One another would like to defend its territory as well as compete for their prey.

However, with the use of non-invasive cameras to record the interaction of wild cats and wild dogs, researchers were able to find out a surprising mutual interaction between the two animals, Mail Online reported. Big cats and dogs in India were found in the study getting along with each other in a mutual benefit.


Sunday, 5 March 2017

VIDEO: Big cats like head scratches too

Watch Voodoo the leopard get spoiled with affection at Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory and Education Center in Kansas. You're going to want to turn your volume up to hear Voodoo's reaction.


NEWSLINK: Florida panther hit and killed by car

Even though Florida panther numbers are slightly on the rise, the big cats are still being killed in higher numbers every year.

The Associated Press reports that on Tuesday, Feb. 28, a 3-year-old male cat's body was found on a rural road in DeSoto County, Florida.

So far, this marks the fifth panther death in 2017, with three of those deaths marked as vehicle fatalities.


Sunday, 26 February 2017

NEWSLINK: Leopard fight leads to a big cat’s death

Two leopards fought like the proverbial Kilkenny cats in Pangidi forest beat of Atmakuru-Nallamala tiger reserve leading to the death of the male during the past 24 hours.

The other big cat got injured in the incident. The incident took place at a stone’s throw away distance from the base camp at Pangidi.

The place of the incident is just 100 meters away from the Velugodu reservoir. Forest trackers found carcass of a six-year-old leopard near a thorny bush


NEWSLINK: Trump’s border wall poses ecological threats

Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S. border with Mexico threatens many kinds of life, from humans to endangered species.

Trump announced his administration’s plan to build a barrier on the southern U.S. border on Jan. 25, pursuing an oft-repeated campaign promise. He proposes to build a “contiguous, physical wall” — considered the most expensive way to secure a border — and he repeatedly has said Mexico will pay for the wall, which Mexico vehemently denies.

Construction would involve building over tribal land, in national parks and forests and on private property, as well as on rough, rugged terrain.


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

VIDEO: Rare black-maned Ethiopian lion caught on video

What would you do if you suddenly ran into the king of beasts on a dark road in Ethiopia? Scream? Run? Faint?

Not Çagan Sekercioglu. Instead, he took a deep breath and kept his camera rolling from inside his vehicle, capturing a rare video of an Ethiopian lion.


PHOTOS: Camera traps reveal undiscovered leopard population in Javan forest

In the Cikepuh area of Indonesia’s most-populated island of Java, leopards vanished long ago.

Or so people thought.

This week, the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry announced that hidden cameras had confirmed the presence of Javan leopards (Panthera pardus melas) in Cikepuh, a wildlife sanctuary along the island’s southern coast.


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

NEWSLINK: ‘Obese’ Siberian tigers in China zoo raise health concerns

Photos that went viral of tubby Siberian tigers at a Chinese zoo have sparked concern among animal welfare organisations after state media said it was “natural” for the animals to pile on the weight for winter.

Images of a group of the obese-looking Siberian tigers lolling around in the state-run Siberian Tiger Park in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, went viral online recently with many social media users joking that the caged cats had, like them, been too well fed over the Lunar New Year holiday.


SIGHTINGS, U.S.A: Multiple Mountain Lion Sightings Put University on Watch

Recent mountain lion sightings at Pepperdine University have prompted the school’s Public Safety Department to issue a warning asking people on the campus to not “hike or jog alone.” Even biking alone is being discouraged since what had been a rarity at the campus is now becoming much more frequent.

As recently as Feb. 1, there were two sightings (although reported by Pepperdine Emergency Information as unconfirmed) — one at 10:50 p.m. near the Student Health Center and another soon after at 11:25 p.m. on the hillside above Upper Dorm Road. However, since Dec. 18, there have been nine confirmed sightings of the big cats. All of the mountain lion sightings have been after dark. The wild animals are most active between dusk and dawn.


Tuesday, 31 January 2017

NEWSLINK: 4th Penticton cougar killed by authorities

Conservation officers on Wednesday morning euthanized the fourth and final cougar in a family of the big cats that had become a danger to the public in Penticton.

Sgt. Jim Beck of the B.C. Conservation Officer Service said the adult female was dispatched in a wooded area between Forestbrook Drive and Penticton Avenue.


VIDEO: Playful lion cubs turn a tortoise into a chew toy

The lions in southern Africa's Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park are among the toughest and strongest on the continent. But they're not as tough as this hero in a half shell.


NEWSLINK: Big Cat Refuge Celebrates Habitat Unveil Saturday

The big cats at Turpentine Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs will be introduced to their new 10-thousand square foot natural habitat Saturday morning.

The animal curator for the refuge, Emily McCormack, says the staff has been working for several months to complete this new area for several big cats, who were recently saved from poor living conditions at a former zoo in Colorado.


Monday, 23 January 2017

NEWSLINK: Scientists plan to bring back the Caspian tiger from extinction

Caspian tigers were some of the largest cats ever to roam the Earth, but they went extinct in the 1960s. Now, some scientists want to bring them back.

A new study, published in the journal Biological Conservation, lays out the plan to reintroduce the tigers using a subspecies, the Siberian tiger, which is genetically similar to the Caspian tiger.


NEWSLINK: Big cat’s big dilemma

India is now home to about 60 per cent of the world’s tiger population, and the increase has been a reason to celebrate. But with that, the danger has increased as well—India saw a huge jump in tiger deaths in 2016. Compared to 80 tiger deaths in 2015, 120 were recorded last year. Poaching isn’t the sole reason for the deaths; poisoning, natural deaths and territorial infighting are the others.


Sunday, 15 January 2017

NEWSLINK: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus shutting

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is shutting its doors for good, the circus announced on Saturday.

"After much evaluation and deliberation, my family and I have made the difficult business decision that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will hold its final performances in May of this year," Kenneth Feld, CEO of Ringling Bros.' parent company, Feld Entertainment, said in a statement. "Ringling Bros. ticket sales have been declining, but following the transition of the elephants off the road, we saw an even more dramatic drop. This, coupled with high operating costs, made the circus an unsustainable business for the company."

The last show will take place on May 7, he said.


NEWSLINK: Vet and his assistant killed by three lions

A vet and his assistant have been mauled to death by three bloodthirsty lions at a wildlife reserve.

A security official at the park in western Jordan says the deadly big cats were put down after Sunday’s attack.

He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to brief the media about the incident, which is under investigation.

Hala Akhbar, a website linked to the Jordanian security forces, identified the victims as a Jordanian vet and his Pakistani assistant.