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Google+ Hangout: Get to Know India’s Curious Big Cats

As part of Big Cat Week on Nat Geo Wild, several National Geographic big cat researchers, photographers, and conservationists (including me) are joining together for a live video chat via Google+ Hangout Wednesday, December 3rd at 1 p.m. EST (6 p.m. UTC). This is your chance to get your questions about these beautiful, fascinating, and highly endangered animals answered by those of us…

Big Cat Week Google+ Hangout: A Life Among Lions

On December 3 at 1pm ET, join Dereck and Beverly Joubert and other big cat experts for a live video chat via Google+ Hangouts and ask your questions about photographing, protecting, and living with big cats in the wild.

Photos: Hot-Pink Slug And 5 Other Rosy Animals

The newly identified hot-pink slug is just one of nature’s rosy critters—check out a pink hippo, grasshopper, and more.

July 29, 2012: Adventures of “Jungle” Jack Hanna, Forest Fires Threaten Homes, and More

This week on “National Geographic Weekend,” join host Boyd Matson as we pepper spray a bear in Glacier National Park, survive Colorado’s largest forest fire, ride along America’s “Enchanted Highway”, dive for three thousand year old wrecked ships in Turkey, meet Botswana’s Unlikely Leopard, park a $2.5 billion vehicle at 13,000 miles per hour on Mars, eat red beans and rice in New Orleans, and learn America’s dying languages.

Panthera and NG Team Up to Save Big Cats

National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative has teamed up with Panthera, the world’s leading organization devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world’s 37 wild cat species. Together, we aim to further the global fight to save big cats in the wild.

South Africa’s Enigmatic Big Cats Under Growing Threat

Leopard and cheetah are two of southern Africa’s most enigmatic cat species. But both are under growing threat from livestock farmers, trophy hunters and both the legal and illegal trade in wildlife species. Now conservationists are pushing for tighter controls.

On the Conservation Frontline in Africa’s Big Cat Country

National Geographic Big Cats Initiative grantee Anne Kent Taylor sent another dispatch from the field in Kenya’s Maasai Mara region. Her account details life among Africa’s wild big cats and the growing conflict between humans and animals competing for the same resources. Anne Kent Taylor’s National Geographic grant supports her work in providing chainlink fencing…

Paying Homage to Marta, Queen of Chicago’s Lion House

By Jordan Schaul In November, my colleague and friend Anthony Nielsen, a head carnivore keeper at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, graciously offered me, my sister and my four-year-old niece a behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo’s famed Lion House. On prior visits to the Lincoln Park Zoo, I always visited the Kovler Lion House, a historical landmark…

Why the Leopard Got its Spots

Why have big cats evolved such beautiful and intriguing variation in their colors and markings? British scientists have worked out some answers. NGS stock photo of leopard by Chris Johns Detailed patterning of the spots or stripes of big cats evolved for camouflage, researchers at the University of Bristol, UK, said today. Analysis of the…

Eight ways to save Africa’s last wild lions

If cats really do have nine lives, the big wild cats of Africa are probably down to their last one or two. But help may be on the way, in the form of an ambitious new program to explore, test, and develop successful strategies to restore and safeguard the continent’s lions, cheetahs, and leopards. The…

Good fences make good neighbors of Kenya’s lions and herders

The National Geographic Big Cats Initiative funds researchers and conservationists attempting to restore and protect big cats in the wild. In this third post from the field, Big Cats Initiative grantee Anne Kent Taylor wraps up the account of her recent visit to herders in the Masai Mara district of Kenya, where she has been…

U.S. Congress urged to help save world’s last wild cats and dogs

Can wild cats and dogs be the guardians of vital sources of freshwater and other natural resources for humans? Conservationists pressing for urgent protection of the world’s last big cats and rare canids in the wild think this is one of many good reasons why the U.S. Congress should help protect such keystone species before…

Big cats, other carnivores avoid African croplands at night, camera traps show

Not much has been known about the distribution and range of some of Africa’s most secretive predators, including leopards and other big cats that hunt at night and sleep during the day. Where do they prowl after dark? Do they steal across farms when everyone is asleep? By using a network of more than 400…

Jouberts, NatGeo Launch Big Cats Initiative

Wildlife filmmakers, conservationists, and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert appeared with Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today Show this morning to announce the Big Cats Initiative—a campaign to rally public support and bolster conservation efforts for lions, leopards, and other large feline species in the wild worldwide. “The bad news,” said Dereck, is that…

Seattle Zoo Seeks Name for Snow Leopard

Help choose the name for this furball and be eligible for a prize by taking part in a poll to name one of the newest snow leopards born at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo. The naming poll kicks off today and continues through midnight, August 12. To vote, visit and click on “Name a Snow…