Archive for February, 2009

Photos of critically endangered Saharan cheetah

(Friday, February 27th, 2009)

The Saharan cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus hecki) or Northwest African Cheetah is an extremely rare form of cheetah, whose hide is very light with sparse spots, lives mainly in Algeria, Togo, Niger, Mali, Benin and Burkina-Fasso. It is usualyl considered that there is now less between 200 and 300 animals only of this semi-nomadic big cat.

The Office du Parc National de l’Ahaggar (OPNA) organised the photographic trap campaign to try and understand better the habits of this population, its size and its area of dispersal. The result is particularly interesting with a few photo shots from Central Sahara.

The research was undertaken by the Zoological Society of London, Office du Parc National de l’Ahaggar (OPNA) and Université de Béjaïa, with support from WCS and Panthera.

Sources: Zoological Society of London & NewScientist.

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Buffalos attacking lions and lion cubs

(Wednesday, February 25th, 2009)

In most cases, the buffalo is fair game for a lion’s family. The lion pride can hunt an adult buffalo despite the risks, or try and catch an isolated young or a wounded adult. But the buffalos are usually found in large groups and commonly exhibit very aggressive behaviours which are part of their defensive strategy: fight back.

In this video, you will see that sometimes, this strategy not only allows to protect the buffalo herd, but can create a real havoc and danger for the lion pride. Specifically, when lion cubs are caught in the middle of something much bigger than they are (litterlally).

Buffalos Attack Lions.The most amazing videos are a click away
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A nice fractal lion

(Friday, February 20th, 2009)

Fractalius is a Photoshop plugin allowing to create exceptionnally interesting pictures like the following “fractal lion”.

Fractal Lion

Fractal Lion

Jaguar back in Mexico

(Monday, February 16th, 2009)

Jaguar (SINC / Octavio Monroy-Vilchis et al)

Jaguar (SINC / Octavio Monroy-Vilchis et al)

It was thought that jaguars had completely disappeared from Central Mexico since the beginning of the XXth Century. But here is one of these predators taken by a photographic trap in the Sierra Nanchititla Natural Reserve.

In total, there were three photos shot and scientists also found jaguar feces in this region.

It is supposed that if the animal has not been observed (yet) by human beings, it’s because of the fragmentation of its habitat forces it to walk out of view and in high-altitude mountainous zones that are not easily accessible.

Nevertheless, jaguar (Panthera onca) is still an extreemely fragile animal, whose survival is strictly not made certain by the mere presence of one isolated individual (maybe not completely alone, but it is considered that several dozen indiduals are needed to allow the difficult perpetuation of a wild species).

Hunting tiger, lion and leopard (Peter Paul Rubens)

(Saturday, February 7th, 2009)

I just discovered an interesting web ste presenting classical paintings in a totally enthralling way. You can zoom in, zoom out, watch, admire, detail.

Hunting tiger, lion and leopard, on Artliste.com

Hunting tiger, lion and leopard, on Artliste.com

Tiger vs. Lion (videos)

(Wednesday, February 4th, 2009)

Fights between these two species are not usual in the wild because tiger and lion do not share a large area. The only places where they could meet today are either some parts of India or the zoos.

However, men have been organizing such fights between lions and tigers from the highest Antiquity (we have accounts of Roman Games including such confrontations in the circus, along with gladiator fights).

Anyway, today, it happens that such situations are found in zoos and some of them are caught on video, leading to some kind of interest for them. This is probably the reason why I found so many of these videos on Internet. I am sharing some of the best ones (removing those which are so badly shot that it’s not worht the click to start the video).

Actual fight in a circus on the verge of bankruptcy.

Link to DailyMotion

Link to Youtube

YouTube link

Link to YouTube
Link to Google video

Interestingly, many people (from Korea and all over the world) seem to be willing to find which species is the dominant one. They draw conclusions out of fights and confrontations mostly organized by Man.

Wouldn’t it be even better to assume that there is no real competition between them (out of what is staged by somewhat sick human minds) and that we should worry about the best way to save them from extinction.


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