Thursday, 19 October 2017

PHOTOS: Stunning picture of one of only 80 of the rarest big cats living in wild

Amur leopards are the most endangered cat on the planet, but this shot is seen as 'the best ever taken' of the species by a photo trap.

The scientists have been for a long period seeking to 'catch' a leopard at this spot with a magnificent background of mountain cliffs, and finally did so.

The stunning image is the pride of the Land of the Leopard nature reserve in the Russian Far East has been sent as an entry in the 2017 PhotoTrap Russian competition.

Only around 80 of these big cats survive in their natural habitat in the wild due to excessive hunting and poaching during the 20th century.


NEWSLINK: Second large cat sighting reported in MS

Blackleopard.JPGThe legend of the large cat on the prowl in north Mississippi remains strong. A second person has come forward with more proof that there is definitely something to the story.

A video of the animal was recorded in Hernando on Wednesday and quickly went viral on Facebook.

"I've never seen anything that big," he said. "The cops and everyone were like, 'Holy cow, that's not a house cat. That's a large animal.'"


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

NEWSLINK: Sabah’s Clouded Leopards are in Trouble

Clouded leopards are elusive creatures that hunt at night and spend most of their time away from prying eyes within dense forests. Thus, estimating their numbers in places like Sabah’s forests is a challenging undertaking. Yet a team of scientists led by researchers at Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) in the UK has done just that: estimate how many of these majestic predators remain in the state’s forest. Their finding: not all that many.


NEWSLINK: Are mountain lions on their way to Pennsylvania?

Cougar Chewing a Stick (18217315201).jpgAs the latest hoaxed photo of a mountain lion supposedly killed in Pennsylvania died a slow death on Facebook yesterday, the head of an organization tracking the eastern movements of the big cats was preparing a presentation for a Pennsylvania audience tonight.

Michelle LaRue, executive director of the Cougar Network and a research ecologist at the University of Minnesota, will discuss the eastern expansion of cougars from their core range in the western U.S. at 7 p.m. in Moravian College's Haupert Union Building, Bethlehem.

The Cougar Network, working with state agencies, have documented multiple mountain lions as far east as Kentucky, Tennessee and Michigan in recent years, as well as one cat killed on a highway in Milford, Connecticut, in June 2011.


Sunday, 15 October 2017

NEWSLINK: Pride of lions released in game reserve

A new generation of lion cubs may soon appear at Somkhanda Community Game Reserve in Northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Three lions were re-introduced to the reserve and rangers monitoring the daily activity of the big cats said the cats had been observed mating, as well as hunting and feeding.

The pride of one male and two females were translocated earlier this year from Phinda Private Game Reserve and kept in a boma until their recent release into the 12 140 hectare reserve.

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Sand cat kittens captured on video in wild for first time

The first footage of sand cat kittens in the wild has been captured after four years of extensive research in Africa.

Three sandy-coloured kittens aged between six to eight weeks old were spotted by conservationists in the Moroccan Sahara.

It is thought to be the first time the elusive Sand Cat’s young have been caught on camera.


VIDEO/PHOTOS: Pantanal jaguar nabs a yellow anaconda

Just days after witnessing an incredible attack by a jaguar on a large yacare caiman, photographer Chris Brunskill has struck gold again. On September 29, he managed to photograph another of the great spotted cats taking down another formidable reptile: an anaconda.
This latest action went down in southern Brazil along the Cuiabรก River, one of the drainages of the huge wetland complex called the Pantanal (which is also where Brunskill captured the jaguar/caiman sequence earlier in September). From a boat, Brunskill spied the jaguar prowling along the high riverbank, just moments before the spotted predator keyed into something in the grass. Brunskill watched as the cat reached out a paw ... and flushed out a yellow anaconda.