Two rare Amur leopards born at Twycross Zoo

BBC News - Two rare Amur leopards born at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire

A pair of Amur leopards, which are said to be the rarest big cats in the world, have been born in Leicestershire.

Twycross Zoo said its new cubs were born in June and could one day be reintroduced into the wild.

There are about 50 wild Amur leopards in China and south-eastern Russia but they are close to extinction because of poaching and illegal logging.

Read more… BBC News – Two rare Amur leopards born at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire.

Can drones help tackle Africa’s wildlife poaching crisis?

An eye in the sky that can help catch wildlife poachers is the dream of many conservationists in Africa.

That dream is closer to becoming a reality thanks to rapid advances in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), or drone, technology.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a Kenyan 90,000-acre reserve specialising in protecting white and black rhinos, has teamed up with San Francisco-based tech company Airware, which specialises in drone autopilot systems.

Read more… BBC News – Can drones help tackle Africas wildlife poaching crisis?.

Luxury African safaris: the 10 best

Brian Jackman has chosen his selection of the 10 best safari holidays in Africa.  Do you agree, or can you suggest better?

  1. Best for ultimate luxury: Segera Retreats, Kenya
  2. Best for beach and bush: Zambia and Malawi
  3. Best for a family safari: The Ant’s Nest, South Africa
  4. Best for seeing big cats: Masai Mara, Kenya
  5. Best for scenic setting: Singita Grumeti, Tanzania
  6. Best for exclusivity: Serengeti mobile safari, Tanzania
  7. Best for adventure: Namibian heli-safari
  8. Best for a romantic setting: Jack’s Camp and Mombo
  9. Best for a Big Five safari: Royal Malewane, South Africa
  10. Best for a unique experience: Elephant back safari, Botswana

Luxury African safaris: the 10 best – Telegraph.

Wildlife photographer David Yarrow uses Old Spice Aftershave to attract lions to his camera.

A Wildlife photographer has come up with a novel way of getting up close and personal with the lions he wants to snap: by luring him with his Old Spice aftershave.

David Yarrow, who was photographing the big cats in Africa, used the smell to attract the animals to his remote cameras to take his pictures.

“After some unsuccessful mornings, we covered the camera casing in Old Spice stick aftershave, as my guide knew that lions were attracted by that smell because the local Masai and indeed colonialists have worn it for years.

“It worked, and the lioness came straight towards the camera against a clean backdrop. A second after this image was captured, the lioness took the camera casing in her mouth and walked 700 yards into the bush.”

Read more: Lion photos: Wildlife photographer David Yarrow uses Old Spice Aftershave to attract lions to his camera in Africa – AOL Travel UK.

Astonishing moment curious cheetah jumps onto car bonnet.

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.

Perhaps northern Borneo’s last remaining wild rhino captured for breeding project.

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 fake sex sounds to attract females

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.

Wildlife tourism in numbers: the benefits (and potential losses) of wildlife tourism to a country’s economy.

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.

11 wildlife experiences that could vanish in your lifetime.

11 wildlife experiences that could vanish in your lifetime - CNN.com

CNN’s list of the 11 great wildlife experiences could disappear within your lifetime.

1. Witnessing the wildebeest migration
2. Coming eye-to-eye with a polar bear
3. Counting the stripes on a tiger
4. Swimming amid live coral on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
5. Tracking gorillas in the mist
6. Seeing the creatures of Galápagos as Darwin saw them
7. Hanging around with orangutans
8. Watching sea turtles nest
9. Spotting Africa’s Big Five
10. Swimming alongside whale sharks
11. Be awed by a giant panda in the wild

11 wildlife experiences that could vanish in your lifetime – CNN.com.