The complex evolution of the big cats — Why Evolution Is True

A new paper in Science Advances by Henrique V. Figueiró et al. (reference below, free download with legal UnPaywall app) resolves the contested phylogeny (family tree) of five big cat species: lion, leopard, jaguar, snow leopard, and tiger. In so doing, the researchers uncovered some interesting evolutionary history. Previously, the family tree of this group had […]

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Cougars, Social Animals!

This video from the USA says about itself: Bizarre experiment studies pumas reacting to political talk shows 21 June 2017 Scientists from University of California at Santa Cruz researched mountain lions‘ fear of humans by exposing them to clips of political talk shows. Here’s what happened. From the Panthera organisation: Pumas found to exhibit behaviors […]

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Snow Leopard at a Finnish Zoo

The snow leopard or ounce (Panthera uncia syn. Uncia uncia) is a large cat native to the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia. It is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species because, as of 2003, the size of the global wild population was estimated at 4,080–6,590 adults. Fewer than […]

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Another Palm Oil Threat to Rare Wildlife-Leopards this time!

Clouded leopards are some of the most elusive and understudied cats on the planet. They comprise two species: the Sunda clouded leopard (Neofelis diardi) and the Indochinese clouded leopard (Neofilis nebulosa). The latter felid (cat) inhabits portions of mainland Southeast Asia, China, and the Himalayan foothills – whereas the former is restricted to parts of […]

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An Interesting ‘BIG CATS’ Evolutionary Study

A new paper in Science Advances by Henrique V. Figueiró et al. (reference below, free download with legal UnPaywall app) resolves the contested phylogeny (family tree) of five big cat species: lion, leopard, jaguar, snow leopard, and tiger. In so doing, the researchers uncovered some interesting evolutionary history. Previously, the family tree of this group had […]

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Only 3000 Male African Lions Left in the Wild- It is estimated…

Magnificent dead male lion with great white hunter gloating behind

       With an estimated total African Lion population of about twenty thousand, and only 3000 of those are male lions, the species’ gene pool is at risk of becoming considerably less diversified.

Great white trophy hunters, dentists from the USA, Texas big game hunters, local agricultural and population pressures,  too many AK47’s in the hands of tribal herders and local farmers, poor local and national government management.- all this is putting huge stress on the remaining African lion populations.

The African Lion, once King of the Beasts has shrunk from much larger population base (100,000 estimated within the last ten years). In some parts of Africa lions are becoming hard to find!

 

Extremely Scary Statistics…time to really get worried!

Today’s post is dedicated to listing the current species that are under the Critically Endangered (CR) conservation status, according to the World Wildlife Fund. What does Critically Endangered (CR) mean? A: Critically Endangered (CR) is the conservation status given to a species that face the highest risk of becoming extinct. This means that a species has passed the Vulnerable (VU) status, as well as […]

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