Lion Rescue in Europe,

The 13-year-old lion Zhaku looks out from inside a transportation cage being loaded into a truck by the animal-welfare association Four Paws at Tirana Zoo in Albania in May, 2019, as part of a transfer, along with two other lions, to the Felida Big Cat Center in the Netherlands.
The three lions, rescued by Four Paws in October from a zoo where they were kept in deplorable conditions, were transported to the Netherlands, where they will be placed in an establishment imitating their natural habitat.
Image Credit: Photograph by Gent Shkullaku / AFP / Getty
Source: Photos of the Week: Lion Rescue, Chihuahua Run, Allosaur Debut – The Atlantic

To Stay Alive Leopards have to be Crafty Big Cats.

Where there are people, expect to find few leopards. That’s because the apex predator suffers from man hunting for their pelts, from habitat loss and fragmentation, and from retaliatory killings due to real or imagined losses of human or livestock lives.
Similarly, where there are tigers, expect to find few leopards. In this case, it’s because the two big cats compete for the same prey, and in most cases the tigers are socially dominant to the leopards.
Despite the odds stacked against them, leopards are actually quite widespread, ranging from Africa up through the Middle East and into southern and Southeast Asia.
So how do leopards manage to eke out their existence when they’re forced to contend with competition from other cats and a mix of aggression and habitat loss from humans?
New research from National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center researcher Neil Carter and colleagues suggests that leopards employ different strategies to deal with the different sorts of threats posted by humans and by tigers.
The study took place in Nepal’s Chitwan National Park, which contains leopards and tigers as well as a veritable buffet of prey species on which the cats regularly dine: spotted deer, muntjac, hog deer, sambar deer, gaur (also known as Indian bison), and wild boar.
Carter collected his data primarily by using camera traps in the dry seasons of 2010 and 2011, deployed both within the park and within a forested area just outside the park in the “buffer zone” between the park and human settlements.
Read on further via To avoid multiple threats, leopards have to be crafty cats – Conservation.

Black & White Pics of Big Cats.

Joe-Zammit-Lucia01Portraits of animals in solid black backgrounds that puts them in an elegant light and captures their unique traits and personality.
Zammit-Lucia applies the techniques of human portraiture to animals to explore issues related to animal individuality, human-animal relations, and environmental and species conservation.
Joe-Zammit-Lucia08via Faith is Torment | Art and Design Blog: Photos by Joe Zammit-Lucia.

Two White Tiger Babies, Yunnan Zoo.

Two of a group of white tiger sextuplets are photographed at the Yunnan Zoo in Kunming, China.
Image Credit: Photograph by Veg/Getty Images,
According to the zoo, white tigers usually give birth to two or three cubs, and the sextuplets are considered very rare.
via 22 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week

Big Cats and their ‘Rosettes’.

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Large spotted cats have preyed on primates for millennia. Even today leopards cause many human deaths in Africa and the Indian subcontinent.
A rosette is a rose-like marking or formation found on the fur and skin of some animals, particularly cats of the family Felidae. Rosettes are used to camouflage the animal, either as a defense mechanism or as a stalking tool.
Predators use their rosettes to simulate the different shifting of shadows and shade, helping the animals to remain hidden from their prey. Rosettes can be grouped in clusters around other spots, or may appear as blotches on the fur.
Rosettes can appear with or without central spots.
Leopard (Smaller and more dense compared to those of a Jaguar and without central spots).
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Shot by Steve Winter in Sabi Sands, South Africa.
via Discover and National Geographic.

We’ll be Big Growly White Lions one day.

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Some absolutely beautiful and very young newborn white lion cubs taking it easy at the Taigan Safari Park in the town of Belogorsk, Crimea.
Image Credit: Photograph by Alexei Pavlishak/Tass.
Source: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and some chilli eaters: today’s unmissable photos | News | The Guardian

Jaguar’s fishing skills on display.

A jaguar hunts a fish as it swims in its enclosure at Pessac Zoo on the outskirts of Bordeaux in July 2017.
Two jaguars—Mato and Catalina, one and two years old respectively—are on display at the zoo for the first time in Europe.
They have an enclosure which includes a pool of some 100 cubic meters where members of the public can observe their predatory aquatic abilities.
Image Credit: Photograph by Mehdi Fedouach / AFP / Getty
Source: Photos of the Week: 7/15–7/21 – The Atlantic

Tiger ‘Explosion.’

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The subject’s name is Busaba, a well cared for Indochinese Tigress whose home is at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Thailand.
I had taken many portraits of Busaba previously and it was becoming more and more difficult to come up with an image that appeared any different to the others.
Which is why I took to observing her more carefully during my visits in the hope of capturing something of a behavioral shot.
The opportunity finally presented itself while watching Busaba enjoying her private pool then shaking herself dry.
In all humility I have to say that Mother Nature smiled favorably on me that day!
Photo and caption by Ashley Vincent/National Geographic Photo Contest
via The Big Picture –

Leopard, Southern Africa.

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by Jaco Marx
I am a full-time dentist in South Africa, but photography and conservation are my passion!
Every day animals are under pressure due to human population growth and development.
Even more African predators are hunted in many African countries without any control, and large numbers are killed.
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I have put together a series of pictures I have taken in the wild of Southern Africa, just to enjoy them while they roam free, who knows if we will be able to see them in fifty years?
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Drinking Leopard Cub
More info: marxphoto
http://goo.gl/d6KUNq
See more Images via Appreciate And Protect Africa’s Predators | Bored Panda.

Kai and Sita on Tiger Island.

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Kai, a six-week-old tiger cub, nuzzles 16-year-old Sita on Tiger Island at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
Kai was the first tiger in seven years to be born at the Dreamworld Complex.
Image Credit: Photograph by AAP: Dave Hunt
Source: Tiger cub – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)