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2008-07-20 12:00:27

By Ray Boren For the Deseret News VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe -- I hoped -- in fact expected -- during a journey with friends to southern Africa to see the "big five" from a distance: elephants, rhinos, buffalo, leopards and lions. And indeed, safari guides and their back-country vehicles pretty much made that dream come true. I didn't expect to be stroking and speaking softly to a pair of young male lions as if they were big kittens. Although they looked lionesque, with a "teenage" hint...

2008-07-08 15:00:00

A U.S.-led study suggests extreme climate change is capable of precipitating mass die-offs among lions and other wildlife. The researchers said their findings mark the first clear example of how climate extremes can create conditions in which diseases normally tolerated singly might converge, bringing about mass die-offs in wildlife. The study -- led by the University of Illinois, the University of California-Davis and the University of Minnesota -- examined outbreaks of canine distemper...

2008-06-30 15:02:34

The account of sea lion deaths by Forest & Bird's Kirstie Knowles (GreenZone, June 21-22) overlooks important facts relevant to assessing impacts of the squid fishery on the sustainability of sea lions. In 2007-08, the fishing-related mortality limit was reduced to 81 from the previous year's 93. It's estimated that 46 sea lions were killed this year, 10 fewer than last season's 56. This number is well within limits, providing high confidence that the sea lion population will remain at...

2008-06-22 09:00:12

By Dan Heath, The Press-Republican, Plattsburgh, N.Y. Jun. 22--The assembled reporters and photographers weren't the only ones focused on Parc Safari's three new white lions when they were introduced Wednesday. As Parc Safari President Jean-Pierre Ranger introduced the lions, a pack of five Arctic wolves in the adjacent enclosure howled loudly, their attention focused on the recent additions. "Those are our friends, the wolves. They are probably jealous of my voice," Ranger said. A...

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2008-02-15 06:00:00

States in the Midwest and South that have not been home to mountain lions in the past century are starting to see some migrating big cats within their borders. Wildlife officials say their numbers may increase if the trend of more females roaming into their regions continues. On Feb. 5, wildlife officials using DNA confirmed that a cat seen about 50 miles southwest of Milwaukee on Jan.18 was a lion -- Wisconsin's first confirmation since 1905. Two days later, a 100-pound male lion was...

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2008-01-17 09:05:00

Pound for pound, Australia's extinct marsupial lion (Thylacoleo carnifex) would have made mince meat of today's African lion (Panthera leo) had the two big hyper-carnivores ever squared off in a fight to the death, according to an Australian scientist. New research published in the Journal of Zoology suggests that Thylacoleo killed prey rapidly, using its "bolt-cutter" type teeth to scissor through hide and flesh to produce major trauma and blood loss. By contrast, African lions and similar...

2007-09-05 03:00:00

By Roy Wenzl, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. In rural Kansas, nothing starts a wild conversation faster than asking whether anybody has seen wild mountain lions lately. Kansans get crazy about this; it's part of our state mythology. On Tuesday, in an e-mail sent to journalists statewide, Ron Klataske, the executive director of Audubon of Kansas, claimed he has proven that the cats are back. "This shows what a lot of people have seen for years," Klataske said. On his Web site, he posted...

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2006-11-28 15:00:00

By MARCUS WOHLSEN SAN FRANCISCO - Tourists flock to Fisherman's Wharf for the seafood and the stunning views of San Francisco Bay, but for many visitors, the real stars are the dozens of playful, whiskered sea lions that lounge by the water's edge, gulping down fish. Now a series of sea-lion attacks on people in recent months has led experts to warn that the animals are not as cute and cuddly as they appear. "People should understand these animals are out there not to attack people or...

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2006-11-22 19:20:00

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Rare Abyssinian lion cubs are being poisoned at a zoo in Ethiopia and sold to taxidermists because there isn't enough money to care for the animals, the facility's administrator said Wednesday. Famous for their black manes, the lions are revered in Ethiopia, adorning statues and the national currency. Wildlife experts estimate only 1,000 of the animals, which are smaller than other lions, remain in the wild. "These animals are the pride of our country, but our only...

2006-08-08 14:34:45

By Adam Tanner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Sport hunting of mountain lions in the American West does not reduce the number of attacks by the animals, also called cougars and pumas, against man and livestock, said a study released on Tuesday "Sport hunting is nothing more than the random shooting of mountain lions for fun, it does not reduce attacks on people or livestock, as far as we can tell from any of the evidence," said Lynn Sadler, president of the Sacramento, California-based...


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Panthera leo spelaea
2012-11-16 15:34:04

Commonly known as the Eurasian cave lion or the European cave lion, Panthera leo spelaea is an extinct subspecies of lion. It is thought to have lived during the Pleistocene epoch, and may have lived in the Balkans in southeastern Europe until 2,000 years ago. The range of this cave lion would have included northwestern North America, Asia, and areas of Europe and would have extended from Germany, Spain, and Great Britain to the Yukon Territory. Its range also extended from Turkistan to...

Masai Lion, Panthera leo nubica
2012-11-16 15:20:46

The Masai lion (Panthera leo nubica), also known as the East African Lion, is a subspecies of the African lion. It can be found in Eastern areas of Africa. Males reach an average body length between 8.2 and 9.8 feet, including the tail, with a weight between 320 and 440 pounds. Masai lions located in northeastern Africa are often classified with P. nubica, which include Tsavo lions (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsavo_lion), and these are known to produce males with no manes. The Masai lion...

Transvaal Lion, Panthera leo krugeri
2012-11-16 15:10:38

The Transvaal lion or the Southeast African lion (Panthera leo krugeri) is subspecies of the lion. It can be found in southern Africa, with a range that includes the Kalahari Region and Kruger National Park. This species was named after the Transvaal region of southern Africa, where it is thought that the closely related and extinct Cape lion represented the southern population of the species. Males can reach an average body length between 8.5 and 10.4 feet, with a weight of up to 551...

American Lion, Panthera leo atrox or P. atrox
2012-04-26 06:05:05

The American lion (Panthera leo atrox or P. atrox) is also known as the North American lion, American cave lion, or Naegele’s giant jaguar. It is an extinct species that was native to North America and the northwestern parts of South America during the Pleistocene era. It lived up to eleven thousand years ago. During the last interglacial period in North America (the Sangamonian Stage), the American lion’s range included the Americas south of Alaska. The earliest fossils of these big cats...

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2007-07-16 13:38:13

The Barbary Lion, Panthera leo leo, also known as the Atlas Lion or Nubian Lion, is an extinct subspecies of lion. It was believed to also be extinct in captivity. However, possible individuals or descendants have been located in zoos and circus populations within the last 3 decades. The last known Barbary Lion in the wild was shot in the Atlas Mountains in 1922. Their range extended from Morocco to Libya and throughout Egypt in North Africa. It is considered to be one of the largest of...

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