Archive for the 'Panthera' category

Playing with lion cubs…

(Sunday, September 18th, 2016)

Kevin Richardson appears to have found a way to approach African lions in total security. Today, we can see him with a lionness which let hime handle her cubs.

Don’t try this at home. Or with your own Fido, not with Nala…

Traffic delays at Kruger Park

(Tuesday, June 28th, 2016)

Traffic jams are always a bit difficult to manage, but those ones…


An American dentist killed Cecil the lion

(Wednesday, July 29th, 2015)

Once upon a time, there was in Zimbabwe a lion known of nearly all the country: Black mane, Cecil.


This lion was killed by a “poacher”. It was lurd out of the safety of the reserve where it was protected (Hwange National Park), then seriously wounded by a poisoned arrow, and finally shot by the rifle of a tourist.

Is there anything dirtier?

The tourist has been tracked and found. He paid $55,000 to leave with the skin and head of the superb animal who was loved and admired by all (bar one). It was an American dentist, Walter James Palmer (first suspicions were wrongly looking toward a Spanish touist).

Even in his country, he is now reviled. At least, not all the North American are not this kind of a-hole. I specially appreciated Jimmy Kimmel’s reaction on his TV show: He is asking what reason could draw a normal man to such an act: The Vox: Jimmy Kimmel’s emotional monologue about Cecil the lion.

Let all lion hunters know that they are often out of the law and they are all the dirtiest of the dirtiest, not worth being part of the human society.

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Difference between Panther and Leopard

(Thursday, July 23rd, 2015)

It is most common to describe Panther and Leppard (or Leopard) as two distinct species. However, this is more a misconception in the wider public than a recognized biological classification. Both words should be used interchangeably even if old habits never die (For all the kids, Bagheera will always be the black panther of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book and cannot become a black leppard).

More importantly, if the common leopard/panther really is an identifiable species (Panthera pardus), many other species holding a leopard name belong to à completely different order:

  • The Snow leopard should probably be called Uncia (Panthera uncia).
  • The Clouded panther is actually a Neofelis nebulosa and belongs to a distinct genre (Neofelis) which is only remotely linked to lions, tigers and true leopards.

As a matter of fact, the most attentive (or trained) eye could distinguish morphologies between those animals even without looking at their pelt colored patterns (which is still very distinctive for most of them).

Only the China Panther is of the same family as the common leopard and keeps most of its characteristics.

Eagle vs. leopard (in a tree)

(Tuesday, May 12th, 2015)

It is quite usual to see a leopard in a tree. After all, these big cats climb up there quite commonly and often bring their dead prey into the high branches to protect them from the competition (like a wandering hyena). But it is quite rare to see a leopard hunt in a treee. When, it is confronting an eagle, we reach great heights of weirdness.

Anyway, Paul Steyn observed such a behaviour (a leopard female trying to enter the nest of an eagle). But, in the end, even if the eagle flew avoding any risk, the leopard did not catch anything.

Acrobatic Leopard Raids Eagle’s Nest

Tiger vs. robot camera

(Tuesday, May 6th, 2014)


A tiger is really a big big cat. But it’s also as curious as any kitten.

Never turn your back on big cats

(Monday, April 21st, 2014)

The big cats are wild hunters and killing machines, even when held in captivity for a long time. See how these ones (lions, tigers, and all) behave once they notice that a possible pray is not looking.

Ready for a kill at any time.

Tame, you said?

Friendly battle with the lions

(Sunday, February 16th, 2014)

Kevin Richardson is well known for his success in approching lions enough to share games with them like if they were big kittens (obviously very big, too). This time, with the help of a portable video camera on his head, you will be able to experience some of what is happenning to him when a big male lion runs to him.

Listen to Kevin explaining that the back of the ears have the smoothest fur.

Then, you’ll also be able to admire spotted hyena friend of Kevin (they aren’t cats, but they are much nicer than what you’d believe).

And remember what Kevin says at the end: “If we carry on along the same path, we’ll not see lions in twenty years”.

Is it really necessary to mention that you should not try this with lions not from your own home?

21 gorgeous photos of lions

(Wednesday, January 1st, 2014)

Most of these photos (from LightStalking) are taken in zoos, but they look gorgeous anyway.

Happy new year to all big cat lovers.

Tiger drawn with a ball pen

(Thursday, March 29th, 2012)

Sarah Esteje has made pretty impressive drawings using only a cheap ball pen. Like this tiger.


Tiger - Copyright Sarah Esteje


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