Chat With Legendary Wildlife Photographers

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Dramatic Lion and Elephant Encounter on the Chobe River

It was mid morning in the Chobe National Park in northern Botswana, when John Landos, a safari-goer from the USA, spotted a herd of elephants crossing the Chobe River. What happened next was one of those sightings that you could never have predicted or even imagined. Here he recalls the events that unfolded: “One of the young…

Human Land Cover Affects Dispersing Wild Dogs

Post submitted by Andrew Jacobson.

Africa’s Imperiled Wild Lions Don’t Need Petting and Walking Operations – Os Ameaçados Leões Selvagens de África Não Precisam de Festinhas e Passeios

Attempts by “walking with lions” or “cub-petting” operators to establish new commercial ventures in Mozambique and Zambia under the guise of “lion conservation” should raise serious concern among our environmental and governmental leaders. Authors: Paola Bouley & Dr. Rui Branco – Projecto Leões da Gorongosa, Mozambique.;  Dr. Colleen Begg – Niassa Carnivore Project, Mozambique.; Dr. Matthew…

Phantom of the Forest: Could the Cougar Again Haunt Eastern U.S. Woodlands?

The phantom, it’s been called, this big cat that now prowls western North and South America forests from the Yukon to Patagonia. It has dozens of monikers, from panther to puma to mountain lion, catamount to deer tiger to cougar. However it may be known, could the feline, long gone from the U.S. East but…

Faster Than Life? How Cheetahs Cope With Relocation

Post submitted by BCI Grantee Florian J Weise. The world is getting smaller as more and more people put pressure on wildlife habitats. This is particularly true for large predators that require vast areas. Africa’s fastest big cat, the charismatic cheetah, can outrun its prey and Usain Bolt without trouble, but it cannot outrun human…

How Pumas Communicate Through Scent Marking

Post Submitted by Max Allen of the Santa Cruz Puma Project.

Overlapping Mountain Lions

F61 and F51, adult female mountain lions (Puma concolor), also called cougars, followed by Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project were both four years old when they gave birth to their first litters of kittens within a month of each other in 2011. The pair of big cats were neighbors in adjacent and overlapping home ranges in…

This Deadly-Looking Leopard Is Actually Fun to Photograph

National Geographic photographer Steve Winter comes face-to-face with a family of leopards as part of his work to help protect these stunning creatures.

Where Do Pumas Den?

Submitted by Max Allen of the Santa Cruz Puma Project.

OPINION: Botswana’s Hunting Ban Deserves Better from the New York Times

By Maraya Cornell

A recent article in the New York Times casts Botswana’s hunting ban, enacted just under two years ago, as the disastrous move of a nation acting under the spell of Western animal rights activism.

The author, Norimitsu Onishi, who is the paper’s bureau chief for southern Africa, blames the ban for swelling the number of dangerous animals that terrorize villagers in Sankuyo, where his story is set. And he claims that Sankuyo’s land is “peripheral,” too remote for photo tourism to make up for the income the village lost when trophy hunting ceased.

Both of these conclusions are dubious at best.

Northern Botswana Summer Field Trip

Post submitted by Andrew Stein Northern Botswana provides critical habitat for one of the largest remaining intact populations of wild lions in the world, yet regional conflicts between villagers and lions have threaten its viability. Recent poisoning events have indiscriminately targeted lions and killed spotted hyenas, jackals and vultures as well. The ‘Pride In Our…

Anu’s Tale

Snow Leopard Trust researchers have been able to follow and observe a young female snow leopard named Anu over the course of four years as she grew up, dispersed from her mother and later had cubs herself twice in her mountain habitat in Mongolia’s South Gobi. Recent camera-trap photos show Anu followed by three small…

A Secret Life

She moves in the comfort of the night, between the ancient spires of rock and stone, along the dark valleys that lead to the Cape of Storms. Nobody ever sees her, because we broke her trust long ago. Then, one evening, something triggers the camera trap. Out of the cold grey, a warm face appears. Curious,…

Big Data for Big Animals: Citizen Science Helps Mozambican Wildlife

I check the ‘Talk’ forum on WildCam Gorongosa every day to see what’s new. “Is this blurry antelope at night a bushbuck or a reedbuck?” This is a tough one even for the most expert ecologist. As a scientist who spent several years studying herbivores in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique,  I plan to chime in, but…