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2009-04-02 11:20:00

Scientists from Oxford University have uncovered the remains of giant lions that roamed around Britain, Europe and North America up to 13,000 years ago, BBC News reported.Researchers previously thought they were a species of jaguar or tiger, but have now discovered through DNA analysis they were indeed large lions.Experts believe the giant lions, which were 25 percent bigger than the species of African lion living today, would have lived in the icy tundra with mammoths and saber-toothed...

2009-02-13 13:22:06

Conservationists are sending a trained dog to Cambodia to sniff out any tigers that remain in the country's Seima Biodiversity Conservation Area. The Wildlife Conservation Society and the conservation group Panthera are spending more than $28,000 to send Maggie, a wire-haired German pointer trained in Russia's far east, to sniff for tiger droppings in north eastern Cambodia, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. A second dog will arrive later in the year. A tiger paw print was spotted in the...

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2009-01-30 09:30:00

Times are tough for wildlife living at the frontier between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Armies are reportedly encamped in a national park and wildlife preserve on the Congolese side, while displaced herders and their cattle have settled in an adjoining Ugandan park. And yet, the profusion of prey in the region could potentially support more than 900 individuals of the emblematic African lion, according to new research "“ but only if immediate conservation steps are...

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2009-01-29 17:15:00

The rapid pace of deforestation has triggered a series of so-called human-animal conflicts in Indonesia. The latest attack occurred on Tuesday, when two women were trampled to death by a pair of elephants on the northern tip of Sumatra island in Aceh province. Another six villagers narrowly escaped with their lives during the attack, which happened after the elephants entered an illegally cleared field from nearby jungle. Just days earlier, two Sumatran tigers killed a rubber-tapper in...

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2008-10-23 14:05:00

A rare white tigress being held at the Parken Zoo in the Swedish city of Eskilstuna has died from injuries it received from its mate, a zoo official says. Parken Zoo director Helena Olsson said Sasha the white tigress was attacked by her mate, Brahma, this week and suffered fatal wounds to the neck, the Swedish news agency TT reported Thursday. "It's really, really sad, but these sorts of things can happen with wild animals," Olsson said of Wednesday's attack. Brahma's attack on Sasha was...

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2008-09-01 09:30:00

By Jenny Haworth Climate change could trigger an explosion in the number of new species in Africa, according to research from Edinburgh University. The future loss of lakes and rivers in Africa would influence how species such as buffalo, wildebeest and elephants evolve, according to scientists. Large populations of animals, which need water to survive, could be divided and, over time, evolve into new species to cope with their new surroundings. An isolated population of buffalo, unable...

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2008-07-31 10:35:00

In a new study published in the online-open access journal PLoS ONE, Per Christiansen at the Zoological Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark, reports the finding that the evolution of skull and mandible shape in sabercats and modern cats were governed by different selective forces, and the two groups evolved very different adaptations to killing. The cat family comprises some of the most specialized carnivores in the history of mammals, all exclusively eating flesh. The cat family consists of two...

2008-07-07 06:00:16

By Brandon Stahl, Duluth News-Tribune, Minn. Jul. 7--People hoping to catch a glimpse of the newest residents of the Lake Superior Zoo on Sunday may have been slightly disappointed. The three lion cubs did what just about everyone else did during what was the hottest day of the year -- hide in the shade. Still, some patrons who went behind a wooden fence to get a better view of the enclosure saw the cubs -- two females and a male, all siblings -- peering back at them out of a small cave...

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2008-06-19 12:50:00

Despite tensions between their governments, wildlife experts from Iran and the West are collaborating to save endangered Asiatic cheetahs from extinction in the rugged, mountainous region of central Iran. The country is thought to host the only 60 - 100 Asiatic cheetahs that remain in the wild. The animals inhabit the unforgiving terrain of jagged peaks, gorges and arid plains in the Kuh-e Bafgh protected area in central Iran's Yazd province. Conservation groups from Britain and the U.S. are...

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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...


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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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