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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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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Wildlife Activist Kuki Gallmann Shot in Kenya

Well-known Kenyan citizen Kuki Gallmann was shot in the stomach by tribal cattle herders while patrolling her 98,000 acre wildlife sanctuary. She was rushed to hospital for treatment.

Her husband and son died in accidents within a few years of one another, and a lodge on the property was mysteriously burned to the ground a few years ago.

This is yet another example of armed herders attacking residents and wildlife in their attempt to expand their cattle grazing territories as part of a continuing tribal expansion effort at the expense of other tribes and settlers. These terrorists are usually armed with AK47’s, very easy to get anywhere in Africa.

Kuki Gallmann is a well-known wildlife animal activist, author and poet who moved to Kenya with her husband years ago and became a citizen of that country.

Policing and security in Kenya needs some serious attention as poachers, armed herder expansionists and terrorist seem to operate at will against a government unwilling or unable to establish and maintain  a regular sense of order.

Help to put pressure on the government to bring about more substantial order to that country. Write to the Department of Tourism stating your concerns:   http://www.tourism.go.ke

Global Wildlife Falls By 58% Since 1979 — Natural History Wanderings

The BBC reports Global wildlife populations have fallen by 58% since 1970, a report says. The Living Planet assessment, by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and WWF, suggests that if the trend continues that decline could reach two-thirds among vertebrates by 2020. The figures suggest that animals living in lakes, rivers and wetlands are […]

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SAVE SOMETHING! Lots of our animal friends need our help…

Tigers, Leopards, Cheetahs, Elephants, Rhinos, Turtles, Amphibians, Snakes, Bears, Wolves , Bees, Butterflies, Gorillas, all these, and more,  are under siege in some part of the world. Certain of these face extinction  totally or in some territories and habitats. The oceans are not exempted from these threats with some species populations plummeting to dangerously low levels…

Population growth, habitat loss to farming and development, pollution, global warming resulting in weather pattern changes, plastic refuse, self-service and just not caring are largely the obvious causes.

We’re in a lot of trouble with some of these animal, birds and fishes, and we’re not doing nearly enough to try to turn some of this stuff around.

WHY CAN’T WE GET MORE SERIOUS AND CONCERNED? It’s getting very late in the game for some…

ARABIAN WILD CAT

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Found now only in the United Arab Emirates and northern Oman this aggressive wild ball of fur ekes out a living on the eastern Arabian peninsula in semi-desert and rocky terrain feeding on birds, rodents and insects.

This small population is threatened by human encroachment, road kills ,and interbreeding with domestic cats  compromises the original wild gene pool integrity. A few of these animals are also found in zoos, as per the above-noted photo which comes from a zoo in the Czech republic.

The Arabian Leopard Trust is a voluntary organization founded in 1993 to promote increased awareness of UAE wildlife species and to promote protection of many of these including the Arabian Wild Cat and the Arabian Leopard.