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Archive for January, 2009


Tiger vs. Crocodile

(Saturday, January 31st, 2009)

Sometimes, a crocodile attempts to steal its prey from a tiger. This is how it may finish:


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You’d better not mess with this one…

Birth of a baby jaguar

(Tuesday, January 27th, 2009)

The Palm Beach zoo now has a new jaguar cub (a female born October 28, 2008 at 4:13:32 AM). What is further interesting is that they shot a black-and-white video of the birth itself.


Birth at the Palm Beach zoo

Birth at the Palm Beach zoo

King cheetah

(Friday, January 23rd, 2009)

The king cheetah is a very peculiar sub-species of the African cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus). Its pelt pattern is notably different from the more common cheetah’s. The spots, instead of being small and well-spread, are wide, very dark and sometimes even merged into each other (specially so, on the back).

King cheetah

King cheetah

The animal being slightly larger than the more common cheetah, one better understands its title of king cheetah.

As a matter of fact, this is a rare recessive mutation (both parents must have the mutation to transmit it in a visible way to their offspring). This is about the same thing that happens with some leopards (the black panther).

The animal was known only from pelts since 1926 (initally described as Acinonyx rex before being recognized as a variant rather than an independent species), but it was not officially observed until 1974 in Zimbabve and first photographed in 1975 in the Kruger National Park (South Africa). It has been estimated that no more than 60 king cheetahs in the world, and only about 15 living in the wild. Observing it (out of zoos) is highly unlikely out of the Timbavati region of the Kruger park. Even there, you can drive during weeks without any encounter.

Astonishing, isn’t it? But I still prefer the pelt pattern of the more common cheetah; I find it more elegant.

Elephant shoots photos

(Tuesday, January 20th, 2009)

How to shoot an extraordinairy photo of a leopard holding her cub to move it? After all, this is realtively easy: Take one big elephant and stick an automatic photo camera in its tusks. Then, wait.

Source: Daily Mail.

Amur leopard cubs

(Friday, January 16th, 2009)

Nick Jewell has shot new images of the young cubs of Marley Farm – Wildlife Heritage Foundation. These Amur leopards are growing fast and start to show their teeth.


Photo Nick Jewell

Photo Nick Jewell

Photo Nick Jewell

Photo Nick Jewell


Photograph of the year on COW

(Monday, January 12th, 2009)

Shaba, for a leopard photo in Kenya.

Copyright (C) 2008 Shaba

Copyright (C) 2008 Shaba

Close encounter

(Wednesday, January 7th, 2009)

This young leopard was met by Rémy Robin.

Copyright (C) 2008 Rémy Robin - All rights reserved

Copyright (C) 2008 Rémy Robin - All rights reserved

Copyright (C) 2008 Rémy Robin - All rights reserved

Copyright (C) 2008 Rémy Robin - All rights reserved

I love the light. And everybody can appreciate the eye color.

Happy new year

(Friday, January 2nd, 2009)

Calvin & Hobbes, resolutions


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