A curious cheetah shocked safari visitors when it jumped onto their car and poked its head through an open window. The young male jumped onto the bonnet to look for prey but with nothing in sight turned its attention to the front seat passenger Lee Whittam, 39.
He said: ‘In 21 years of guiding, this is the first time it’s happened to me. But once we’d recovered from the initial shock we enjoyed the extremely close views and inquisitive looks from this young male as he sniffed, licked and chewed bits of the vehicle that intrigued him.’
The unusual sight was captured in the northern Serengeti, Tanzania.
Read more: Nice kitty: Astonishing moment curious cheetah jumps onto car bonnet and even gently paws passengers hand | Mail Online.
Possibly northern Borneo’s last remaining rhino has been captured and will be now used for a captive breeding programme to try to save the species from extinction.
The Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA) and Sabah Wildlife Department had known about the female’s presence in the rainforests of the Danum Valley in Malaysia’s northern state of Sabah through camera trap monitoring; however there have been no signs of any other wild rhinos in the rest of the state.
According to Dr Sen Nathan, Assistant Director / Chief Veterinarian of Sabah Wildlife Department, on Monday 10 March the rhino fell into a purpose built pit trap dug at a site on a well-known rhino trail, and has reportedly suffered no injury. Research has shown that pit traps cushioned with vegetation are the safest way of capturing Sumatran rhinos. Efforts to capture the female were stepped up last year following approval from the State Cabinet.
The female rhino will shortly be translocated to Tabin Wildlife Reserve, where it is hoped that she will breed with the Sanctuary’s last remaining Sumatran male rhino Kretam, known as Tam, who was captured in August 2008, when he was roughly 20 years old. Or the female rhino may be used in wider global Sumatran rhino breeding efforts. This is dependent on the captured female being cyst-free and reproductively healthy and fertile.
Read more Lone Sumatran rhino caught in Sabah.
Peacocks make fake sex sounds to attract females’ attention, scientists say.
The birds are known for shaking their tail feathers but Canadian researchers have revealed a further sexual tactic.
Peacocks have a wide vocabulary of calls, and during mating they make a distinctive hoot.
Biologists also recorded males making this sound when out of sight of females and suggest such deception could prove rewarding for the birds.
The findings are published in The American Naturalist.
Read more BBC Nature – Peacocks fake sex sounds to attract females.
Morkel Erasmus is an award-winning wildlife photographer based out of South Africa. He has an abiding passion for his country and its animals, which comes out in his beautiful photography that is perhaps best described as ‘intimate.’
PetaPixel recently sat down with Erasmus to talk about his work and see if he had any words of wisdom to share with the wildlife photography fans.
Read more A Passion for Africa: Interview with Award-Winning Wildlife Photog Morkel Erasmus.
As rampant poaching hits rhinos in Africa and shark finning affects the survival of sharks worldwide, this article shows how the affect on tourism can damage a county’s tourist economy.
Some of the figures:
The shark diving industry in Fiji is worth 42,2 million dollars (30,4 million euros) per year, 18 million dollars per year in Palau and 38,6 million dollars per year in the Maldives.
Whale watching globally is worth about 2 billion dollars a year.
Birdwatchers contributed about 32 billion dollars annually to the US economy.
Indonesia has just created the largest sanctuary for manta rays because it estimated that a manta ray is worth one million dollars over the course of its life.
Read more: Opinion: Wildlife tourism, a multi-billion dollar industry at risk | Africa | DW.DE | 07.03.2014.
Indonesias top Islamic clerical body has issued a religious fatwa against the illegal hunting and trade in endangered animals in the country, which the WWF hailed on Wednesday as the worlds first.
The fatwa by the Indonesian Ulema Council declares such activities “unethical, immoral and sinful”, council official Asrorun Niam Sholeh told Agence France-Presse AFP.
via Indonesian clerics issue fatwa to protect wildlife | Environment | theguardian.com.