The Huffington Post‘s Green blog recently published a letter by Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter, on the deadly impact of snares on big cats & other wildlife @ http://huff.to/Ioiwvj. Read what Dr. Hunter had to say about Ngoye, a leopard close to his heart that recently fell victim to a wire snare in S. Africa & who was saved by Panthera’s field staff. More on Panthera’s Snare Removal campaign @ http://bit.ly/JltgqE
A male leopard, who strayed into Dhondegaon village in the district, apparantly in seach of water and food, attacked a youth yesterday.
In another incident in the district, a femal leopard died after falling into a 50-ft deep well.
Forest officer P P Bhamre said a four-and-half years old leopard attacked Yadav Bendkule, a local youth, and was later spotted in the field of Madhukar More at Dhondegaon yesterday.
Forest officers reached the spot with tranquiliser and a cage, but the animal escaped.
At village Dahingule-Shivar, a female leopard was found dead in a 50-feet deep well in the field of Hiraman Bagul.
Officers said that she must have been searching for water.
Published on Apr 26, 2012 by londolozigamereserve
Footage from Londolozi Game Reserve of the three new lion cubs that are part of the Sparta Pride. We believe them to be in the region of seven weeks old (born early March 2012).
by Adam Bannister on April 29, 2012
There is nothing as special as looking into the dark eyes of a lion cub.
Even at this age they have razor blade teeth – Cindy Matthews
It is always a very special time to have lion cubs on the reserve and we just hope that their mother can protect them during this vulnerable stage. I’m sure, that you can appreciate that with animals still so small, we at Londolozi, are practising the highest levels of sensitivity. We appreciate your patience when it comes to more footage and news on these wonderful additions.
Moving around under the watchful eyes of mom.
Whatever glimpses we can get of these three animals is a real privilege. We are not 100% sure of the age of these cubs but we think they are in the region of 7 weeks old. The reason we say this, is that on around the 4th March, the tracking team found one of the Sparta lionesses with new born cubs. To reduce impact, the area was immediately zoned; sadly the cubs were not seen again. We all presumed that they died. It looks likely now that she just moved them to another location, and those are the cubs we are seeing now.
The black tips to the ears; a delightful addition to these little cubs.
- “African Cats” is a new film documenting the lives of Kenya’s lions and cheetahs
- The filmmakers spent more than two years following the great cats as they struggled to survive
- During the course of filming, they got to know the distinct personalities of their subjects
- They hope the film, billed as a “real-life Lion King,” will spur audiences’ interest in conservation
London, England (CNN) — Filmmaker Keith Scholey has a PhD in zoology and three decades of experience filming and photographing wildlife. Yet when it came to predicting the behavior of the lions and cheetahs of Kenya’s Maasai Mara Nature Reserve, all that proved of little use.
“You’re constantly surprised,” he said. “When you start following wild animals, you’re initially an incredible expert. And the more you follow them, you realize you’re less and less of an expert.”
For his new film “African Cats,” Scholey led a film crew documenting the lives of individual lions and cheetahs over the course of two and a half years. “The only thing we had control over was the selection of the characters — we had no control over the plot,” says Scholey.
The Disneynature film, which is narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart, debuted in the UK Wednesday, with a royal premiere attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Duke gave a speech calling for an end to wildlife poaching in Africa after the screening.
Describing their filming routine, Scholey said each morning, the crew would wake in their camp before dawn, and set out to where they had left the cats the night before.
If they managed to find them, the crew would then follow their adventures through the 1510-square-kilometer reserve, one of the few remaining places where the three big African cats — lions, cheetahs and leopards — live in large numbers and in close proximity.
Keith Scholey, director of “African Cats”
It led them to unforgettable sights — all captured in high definition and slow motion — as the animals engaged in rivalries and constant struggles for sustenance and survival, earning the movie a billing as the “real-life ‘Lion King’.”
“The most remarkable scene was two lions swimming across the flooded Mara River and one being taken by a croc and getting away,” recalled Scholey. “We didn’t know crocs would go for lions — and now we know. You can see why lions are really unhappy to go in that river.”
As the crew followed their subjects, the animals’ individual personalities gradually revealed themselves.
“You don’t want to anthropomorphize, yet they do have distinct personalities that come out,” said Sophie Darlington, the movie’s principal photographer. Some were brave, others cowards. Some were leaders, others followers. And some had developed specialist skills — like the lioness who had mastered a unique technique for suffocating her prey — that others lacked.
As a species, lions also had their own particular character — dramatic, charismatic, and occasionally unintentionally comic — which the crew grew to appreciate.
“There’s nothing funnier than a lion doing a pratfall,” said Darlington.
Explained specialist photographer Simon King: “It’s their — sometimes false — sense of confidence, in everything. They don’t think they can put a foot wrong and they frequently do, and it’s amusing to watch.”
The crew were safe observing the animals — sometimes at extremely close quarters — from the sanctuary of their vehicles, although lions and elephants sometimes wandered through their camps at night. On one occasion, a bull elephant, drawn to a fruiting tree, rolled over one of the crew’s vehicles that had been parked nearby.
Sophie Darlington, principal photographer for “African Cats”
Generally though, their presence did not bother the animals, who were used to vehicles entering the reserve.
“Do they care? Some of the time we’re undoubtedly an asset, because we’re shade on a hot day,” said King. “In the past I’ve had 13 lions under my car. They’re very flatulent, and then they try to bite the brake tubes.”
The film’s producers hope that by engaging audiences in the real-life narratives of the great cats, they can encourage people to protect the species. Cheetahs, the world’s fastest land animals, are endangered, while lions are classified as vulnerable.
“It’s important not to convey a finger wagging message in every single production because that would be counterproductive,” said King. “A movie like this is a celebration of other lives that I hope will get people thinking, so when they next hear that tigers, lions, cheetahs, elephants, rhino are under threat, they do something about it.”