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Archive for May, 2010


Jaguars of all colors

(Wednesday, May 26th, 2010)

Most people know that leopards may have a nearly completely black hide (they are often named black panthers, but it’s the same animal). As a matter of fact this comes from a small genetic variation (a receessive allele) quite common in big cats. And we tend to forget that this can happen in many other big cats species.

Here is a femal jaguar, Lolo, and her newborn cub in Jordan’s zoo, in Canada. And, as you can notice, the young cat, proud of his spotted hair, is pleased to crush his mother under niceties and small bites.

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Via Winnipeg Sun. Photos Ali Jarekji/REUTERS.

Serval babies

(Wednesday, May 19th, 2010)

Three baby servals born at the Adelaide zoo.


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Cheetahs play, then free the antelope

(Wednesday, May 12th, 2010)

Actually, the story is not as simple as it may seem, but this is the way it was presented in the Daily Mail.

As often happens in the wild, young cheetahs (or other young predators) have to learn how to catch and how to kill. In many cases, this goes very fast (think about the birds learning to fly when they first try). But cheetahs are known for spending some time at it. Mothers may catch a prey and teach young ones how to kill. Things may take time and the animals seem to be playing with the prey.

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The Daily Mail just forgot to provide the real end of the story: The baby impala did not leave the premises alive. It may happen sometimes, not often, but here it was finally killed and eaten.

The photos were shot by Christine and Michel Denis-Huot, clearly some of the very best wildlife photographers in France (Christine is also commonly leading some photo safaris in Africa, you may find information on their web site).

Note: Impalas are really the most common food for cheetahs, probably because of their size (and large numbers in many parts of East and South of Africa).

25 “Big Cat” Pictures

(Wednesday, May 5th, 2010)

WebEcoist assembled some nice photos of the nicest big cats.

  • Tiger
  • White Tiger
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Black panther
  • Cheetah
  • Puma
  • Snow Leopard
  • Lynx
  • Caracal

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