Most of the world’s big predators are in decline, but there are some happy stories out there. This week, WWF announced that the Amur leopard population has grown to a total of 65-69 cats. This represents a more than doubling of the population in eight years. Still, the Critically Endangered subspecies remains perilously close to extinction.
“There’s still a lot of work to be done in order to secure a safe future for the Amur leopard, but these numbers demonstrate that things are moving in the right direction,” said Barney Long, the Director of Species Conservation for WWF-US.
Read more… Photos: Amur Leopard Population Hits At Least 65
In 2012 Valentin Gruener rescued a young lion cub and raised it himself at a wildlife park in Botswana. It was the start of an extraordinary relationship.
Now an astonishing scene is repeated each time they meet – the young lion leaps on Gruener and holds him in an affectionate embrace.
“Since the lion arrived, which is three years now, I haven’t really left the camp,” says Gruener.
“Sometimes for one night I go into the town here to organise something for the business, but other than that I’ve been here with the lion.”
The lion he has devoted himself to is Sirga – a female cub he rescued from a holding pen established by a farmer who was fed up with shooting animals that preyed on his cattle.
Read more (and video)… BBC News – The lion hugger.
A portrait of a rare Amur tiger family captured on film in the wild has provided clues that the notoriously solitary male big cats may play a role in rearing cubs.
Scientists have long believed that the large adult males tend to leave females to raise their young and they are known to even attack and kill cubs when they come across them.
However, in an astonishing new set of images captured by a camera trap in the Sikhote-Alin Biosphere Reserve in eastern Russia, a large male Amur tiger is seen leading a family of three cubs and their mother through the snowy forest.
Read more: Picture captures rare family portrait of Amur tiger couple with their three cubs | Daily Mail Online.
Photos of a frog riding a beetle have been flooding the Internet over the past month. Think it looks cute and adorable? Reactions to the series of photos have been split between blind praise and outrage over the authenticity of the photo-story and welfare of the subjects.
So, did this scene really occur naturally as claimed? Read more… A Frog Riding a Beetle: Is This a Real Wildlife Photo or a Bunch of BS?.
Goias, Brazil is known as the heartland of the country’s agriculture. With thousands of acres designated to sugar cane, soy and cattle, it might not be the typical environment for the endangered Jaguar. According to a research conducted by Leandro Silveira of the Jaguar Conservation Fund, this magnificent predator continues to adapt to a changing ecosystem.
“Before we started this study there was no knowledge that jaguars would inhabit this kind of environment,“ Silveira said.
The study used GPS technology and trail cameras to track the movement of the big cats. His data concluded jaguars can in fact survive within an agricultural landscape.
Read more… The endangered Jaguar makes a comeback in Brazil | CCTV America.
Stunning black-and-white images of African wildlife and the the decline of their habitats are the focus of a new book by David Gulden. Shooting mainly in Kenya over a 15-year period, Gulden’s photographs are intimate portraits of animals as individual characters, rather than representative of their species.
See more… African wildlife photography by David Gulden – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian.
After more than 30 years behind the lens, award-winning wildlife photographer Paul Souders decided to let someone – or rather something – else do most of the hard work for him.
The 53-year-old American snapper has traveled to every conceivable corner of the world in his quest to capture animals in their natural habitat, but for his latest shoot Paul put decided to put his feet up and put his trust in a drone.
Paul traveled 10,000 miles from his home in Seattle to Chobe National Park in Botswana for the shoot, which he took using his DJI Phantom Vision 2+drone operated via a hand-held remote control.
Photographer Paul Souders drone captures images of Botswanas wildlife | Daily Mail Online.