Archive for August, 2011

Kevin Richardson: Is he a lion or a lion’s friend?

(Saturday, August 27th, 2011)

Kevin Richardson is a friend of animals who succeeded in doing things that few people would dare to try: Be completely admitted inside a lion’s den, inside a group of big cats. These animals do not usually play with human beings, but they are highly social animals and this is what Kevin Richardson used to have them accept him – through sobmission and game.

Honnestly, even understanding the rules which allow to reach this point, even firmly convinced by the scientific bases of this approach to inter-species contacts, I would not try it.

As a demonstration, here are a few videos showing Kevin since he moved from the status of friend of lions to honorary lion (like you could speak of a “honorary citizen”).

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I let you admire the other anmials (hyenas, leopards) that also let him approach. But keep in mind that these are really big animals. Look at a male lion size. These are “Big cats”, indeed.

L'homme ami des lions, yennes, etc. par savage147
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Snow leopards in Afghanistan

(Wednesday, August 17th, 2011)

The population of wild snow leopards is very limited in our world where they suffer from an important pressure. But these animals living in high altitude valleys tend to be very difficult to observe and they may not be observed for long times when they live in isolated places.

This more or less the story of a discovery in Afghanistan: The valleys of the Wakhan Corridor, in the Eastern part of the country, not very far from Pakistan and Tajikistan, host a small group of these magnificent big cats.

The Wildlife Conservation Society organized the installation of photography traps in this area and succeeded in confirming the existence of a snow leopard group in this inaccessible mountainous region. But they do not dare give numbers yet.

Amur leopards shot in a trap

(Sunday, August 7th, 2011)

Fortunately, I am referring to a photo-video trap, not hunters’ traps.

The critically endangered Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) has been well observed by the WWF-financed counting operation in Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve and Leopardoviy Federal Wildlife Refuge (Russia). This is very good news since the species is believed to count only about 50 animals in the wild. But the Russian traps appear to have allowed the observation of nothing less than 12 different individuals (instead of the 6 that were believed to live in the area).

Maybe the Amur leopard population is (very slowly) increasing.

The video shows a female and a grown-up cub, which may be a farily good indication that the reproduction may allow a slow recovery in this very small population of Amur leopards.

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