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2011-04-23 08:35:00

Seven lion cubs, born to sister lionesses Shera and Naba last year at the National Zoo in Washington DC, are about to turn seven and eight months old, and will soon be separated."We still call them cubs and we still think of them as toddlers," said lion keeper Rebecca Stites. But if their mother wasn't there for them, "they wouldn't do so well on their own."Still, their youth is short-lived. Experts will hold a matchmaking meeting in the coming weeks to decide where the lions will spend their...

2011-04-18 21:29:00

Converting Awareness Into Action NEW YORK, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new film titled Stuttering and the Big Cats featuring renowned American zoologist, conservationist, and field biologist Dr. Alan Rabinowitz is now available on DVD from the Stuttering Foundation. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110418/DC85478 ) In Stuttering and the Big Cats, Dr. Rabinowitz, president and CEO of New York-based Panthera, shares his life-long struggle to overcome stuttering...

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2011-01-24 08:00:00

Recent tests have proven a long-held belief that Borneo's Sunda clouded leopard is a different subspecies from its Indonesian relative, according to scientists. The two subspecies of Sunda leopard -- which was only identified as its own species in 2007 -- must now be managed separately, said a report by Andreas Wilting from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research and researchers from the Sabah wildlife and forestry departments. "The Sunda clouded leopard in Borneo and Sumatra is...

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2011-01-04 06:14:39

A Siberian Tiger offered to Iran last year in a swap deal with Russia has died from an illness which, according to one official, it contracted before it came to Tehran, reports said on Monday. The tiger was housed at Tehran's Eram Zoo since April after Russia gave it to Iran along with a Siberian tigress in exchange for two Persian leopards. The tiger had been infected with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), Hooshang Ziaee, an advisor to Iran's Environmental Protection Organization, told...

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2010-11-25 08:24:11

Large predators are much more vulnerable than smaller species to environmental changes, such as over-hunting and habitat change, because they have to work so hard to find their next meal, according to a new study. Scientists matched studies of predator populations to the abundance of their prey and found that the largest species, such as lions, tigers or polar bears, had much greater declines in population due to diminishing food supplies than smaller species, such as weasels or badgers. The...

2010-08-16 08:15:00

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Mirage introduced its newest additions, two 7-week-old, white-striped tiger cubs, to Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat this week. Guests can see these rare and adorable cubs in a special nursery created just for them. The sibling brothers, Mohan and Majestic, were born June 22 and weighed approximately two pounds each at birth. Their mother and father, part of Siegfried & Roy's breeding program, are carriers of...

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2010-08-05 13:54:39

According to conservationists, Myanmar has created the world's biggest tiger sanctuary by more than tripling an area designated as a reserve for the endangered big cats. Wild cat group Panthera and the Wildlife Conservation Society said in a statement this week that the move is a "major step forward" in trying to save the world's tiger population, which has fallen as low as 3,000. The groups said the valley could potentially hold several hundred tigers, but also said that illegal hunting of...

2010-07-26 12:49:00

Data from the Field Signals More Species Facing Extinction; Congressional Action Could Ensure Animals Are Not Lost Forever WASHINGTON, July 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Fading Call of the Wild, a report released today by the world's leading wildlife conservation organizations, details the increasing threats and plunging populations of big cats and rare canids living in the wild. Faced with a striking loss of habitat and prey due to over-development of land and direct killing by...

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2009-11-05 14:05:53

Despite their fearsome fangs, male sabertoothed cats may have been less aggressive than many of their feline cousins, says a new study of male-female size differences in extinct big cats. Commonly called the sabertoothed tiger, Smilodon fatalis was a large predatory cat that roamed North and South America about 1.6 million to 10,000 years ago, when there was also a prehistoric cat called the American lion. A study appearing in the November 5 issue of the Journal of Zoology examined size...

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2009-09-05 12:09:21

This is the conclusion of a study which has analyzed the persecution of birds as a result of hunting in Spain over 14 years. The decrease in this activity and the fall in the number of animals admitted to recovery centers (by a yearly 10%) are the reasons why the "war", in the sense of direct persecution, is drawing to a close in southern Europe. Researchers from the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA-CSIC) focused on the period from 1994 to 2007 to study the persecution of...


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2007-02-13 15:36:59

The South American Sea Lion or Southern Sea Lion (Otaria flavescens, previously Otaria bryonia) is a sea lion found on the Chilean, Peruvian, Uruguayan and Argentine coasts. They are perhaps the typical sea lion in appearance. They have a very large head with an upturned snout. Both males and females are orange-colored. The manes on males are lighter than females, and female fur on the head and neck is lighter than that of males. The South American Sea Lion's size and weight can vary...

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2007-01-19 19:10:49

The liger, is a hybrid cross between a male panthera leo (lion), and a female panthera tigris (Tiger) and is denoted scientifically as panthera leo x panthera tigris. A liger resembles a giant lion with diffused stripes. They are the largest cats in the world, although the Siberian Tiger is the largest pure breed. Like tigers, ligers enjoy swimming. The offspring of a male tiger and a female lion is called a tigon. Under exceptional circumstances it has been known for a tiger to be forced...

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2007-01-19 19:06:24

The jaguar (Panthera onca) (Brazilian Portuguese: onça pintada) is a New World mammal of the Felidae family and one of four "big cats" in the Panthera genus. It is in this genus along with the tiger, lion and leopard of the Old World. The jaguar is the third-largest feline after the tiger and lion. It is on average the largest and most powerful feline in the Western Hemisphere. The jaguar's present range extends from Mexico (with occasional sightings in the southwestern United States)...

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2007-01-19 15:00:55

The amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) is a rare subspecies of tiger (P. tigris). Also known as the Siberian, Korean, Manchurian, or North China Tiger, it is the largest natural animal in the feline family Felidae. The amur tiger is critically endangered. In the early 1900s, it lived throughout the Korean Peninsula, northeastern Mongolia, southeastern Russia, and northeastern China. Today, it has virtually disappeared from South Korea and is largely confined to a very small part of...

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2007-01-19 14:51:36

The Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) is found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The wild population is estimated at between 400 and 500 animals, occurring predominantly in the island's national parks. Recent genetic testing has revealed the presence of unique genetic markers. They indicate that it may develop into a separate species, if it is not made extinct. This has led to suggestions that the Sumatran Tiger should have greater priority for conservation than any other...

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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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