Millions of salmon spawn each year at Kuril Lake in the southern part of the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia, attracting large numbers of brown bears.
Marco noticed how curious these two brown bears were and was able to capture the moment when they both stood up on their hind legs to watch what he was doing. The rain falling onto the lake added an extra atmosphere to the scene.
Image Credit: Photograph by Marco Urso/Natural History Museum.
Jude Marks writes,
It’s a pity we can’t catch up on 27 November.
I understand that our dear Alex Riley is trying to organise a normal Legends Luncheon sometime in March, 2021. Let’s hope it’s third time lucky.
Our beautiful Dusty Tycoon is getting ready for her next challenge on 5 December at Doomben.
She is a stunner and has come a long way from her days at the breaking in Farm. She always had spirit.
Dusty Tycoon has enjoyed her week out and has returned into the stable in great order.
Keep Safe over Christmas, Jude xxxx
A lone male cheetah is set upon by a pack of African wild dogs.
Peter Haygarth had been following the dogs as they hunted in Zimanga Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
On first encountering the cheetah, the dogs were wary, but as the rest of the pack arrived, their confidence grew and they began to encircle the cat.
Peter kept his focus on the cat’s face.
In a few minutes the spat was over as the cheetah fled. (Behaviour: mammals category)
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The Male Gaze
Your Shot photographer Tim Bryan made eye contact with this male lion in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.
“I will never forget his piercing gaze,” he says. With more than 2,500 lions living in its borders, the park is one of the largest lion refuges in the world.
Image Credit:Photograph by Tim Bryan, National Geographic Your Shot.
A baby tamandua, or anteater, named Poco sticks out its tongue at the ZoologicaL Society of London Zoo.
The Zoo is celebrating the creature’s surprise birth after they found a male to be the companion of its mother Ria last October.
Image Credit: Photograph by ZSL London Zoo/PA
The pygmy marmoset is a tiny primate that is native to rainforests of the western Amazon Basin in South America.
At just 100 grams, the pygmy marmoset is known to be the smallest known species of monkey in the world.
It averages at about 15cm in height with a 20cm long tail behind it.
The pygmy marmoset has sharp claws which make it excellent at climbing trees and the long tail of the pygmy marmoset gives this little monkey fantastic balance when jumping between tree branches.
The low weight of the pygmy marmoset allows the pygmy it to reach the canopy of tree tops, a place where many of the larger species of monkey cannot reach.
They are also able to turn their heads 180 degrees, an adaptation which allows them to scan the environment for predators while vertically clinging to a tree.
Gilbert’s potoroo was only rediscovered in 1994. (Credit: Bill Hatcher)
She’s known simply as 216. But she’s unquestionably special, and as the small, black bag is peeled back to reveal her long snout and large dark eyes she’s greeted with a hushed ripple of reverential “oohs” and “aahs”.
This is the 216th Gilbert’s potoroo to be counted since the species was rediscovered in 1994 after a century on our list of extinct mammals.
One of just 100 that remain, this is arguably the world’s rarest marsupial: a rabbit-sized, wallaby-like, ball of soft fur that lives almost exclusively on native truffles.
We’re in a bush enclosure near Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve, on the south coast of Western Australia.
And the small audience being given this rare viewing includes volunteers who’ve been labouring to maintain the 8.2km predator-proof fence surrounding a new 380ha reserve, where 216 will eventually be released.
“It’s such a privilege,” whispers Jonica Foss, of Perth, here to pull plants from around the fence to stop cats clambering over. “To think there are so few left and we’ve just seen one.”
The man who’s headed the recovery program since it began in 1999 is Dr Tony Friend, a scientist with Western Australia’s Department of Environment and Conservation. When we last spoke to him about the potoroo’s plight (AG 88) there was little good news.
The only natural population, at Two Peoples Bay, had been secured but was at maximum capacity of about 30.
The species still hung on a knife edge with the real threat that one fire could wipe it out for good.