Jan 132017
 
POLL: Should the UAE's exotic pet ban be adopted by other countries?

Cheetahs sitting in fancy cars. Tigers running on the beach. Lions playing with chew toys. It’s easy to find images on social media of pet owners in Gulf countries flaunting their exotic animals—but in the future there likely won’t be as many posted in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The country has banned residents from […]

Oct 272015
 
On The Hunt with land's fastest predators

“Malaika is really special. I have never worked with a cheetah like her before. She is a wonderful mother and she is hunting every day.” These were the first encouraging words from Sammy Munene, as we sat beside a relaxed cheetah and her four cubs. The sun was just rising above Kenya’s Maasai Mara game […]

Feb 042015
 
New photos offer rare glimpse of the mysterious Saharan Cheetah

The Saharan cheetah is one of the world’s rarest big cats. At face value, that isn’t all that surprising. Deserts are harsh environments that support few large herbivores, which means there are even fewer carnivores around. But if we’ve learned anything about ecology, it’s that healthy ecosystems require the survival of apex predators; they keep […]

Dec 302014
 
Video: What's the Difference Between Rabbits and Hares?

Hares and rabbits look similar, and some may hop to the conclusion that they’re the same animal. Not so fast. Our Weird Animal Question of the Week comes from Tristan Ishtar, who asked: “What’s the difference between a rabbit and a hare? And is that where ‘hare brained’ came from?” The short answer: A lot, […]

Nov 272014
 
Video: On safari in Zimbabwe – with poachers turned gamekeepers

At dawn the bush comes to life. Birds sing, a lion roars and a tiny deer steps gingerly past my veranda. As the first rays of light touch the acacias, there is a soft voice by the canvas and a tea tray is set out. Soon after sunrise, I grab my camera and climb on […]

Oct 112014
 
Cheetahs Lie Around Like Housecats, Saving Energy for Big Kills

Like your pet kitty relaxing at home, cheetahs and mountain lions exert as little energy as possible and rest up for bursts of activity, two new studies reveal Thursday. Perhaps more surprising, though, cheetahs spend only about as much energy in a day as a person does, the scientists found. The studies are the first […]

Sep 262014
 
Zambia ends trophy hunting ban, elephants fair game

After 20 months, Zambia has lifted its ban on hunting, allowing trophy hunters to target numerous species in the wildlife-rich country including elephants. The announcement was made by the country’s Tourism and Art’s Minister, Jean Kapata, who stated that the ban had resulted in a loss of revenue to the Zambia Wild Life Authority (ZAWA). […]

Sep 022014
 
World's last wild Siberian tigers threatened by illegal logging, global warming, disease (Part II)

This is the second part of series examining the impact of forest loss on Siberian tigers. Part I discussed overall forest loss in the region and its major drivers. The very fact that there are Siberian tigers in the world today is something of a miracle. In the 1940s, just 20 animals remained in the […]