Lion

Will fences save Africa’s lion king?

Publication: NBC News   Date: July 30, 2013   View Article

The world’s remaining lions are in trouble. There are simply too many humans hungry for the same land the majestic cats roam. The more the human population grows, the more the lion population plummets. Only fences can keep one species from killing the other, according to a leading lion researcher.

In fenced reserves such as South Africa’s Kruger National Park, which is as large as the state of New Jersey, “the population of lions is doing just fine,” Craig Packer, an ecologist at the University of Minnesota, told NBC News from his research site in Tanzania.

“However, that is just a small proportion of the total African population of lions. The vast majority of lions live in unfenced reserves and … the trends are pretty disturbing,” he added.

Animal Photos Weekly: Rare Leopard, Tiger Cub, More

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 29, 2008   View Article

Captions for photos of animals in the news. Shots include a Far Eastern leopard, a three-headed Chihuahua, a dog in Austria’s National Day celebration, a Malayan tiger cub, and a lioness cub.

Ten scariest animals in nature

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: October 28, 2008   View Article

Boo! Halloween is a time for trickery, treats and fright. Some members of the human species transform themselves into devils, witches and ghouls. But if you’re looking for something completely different, and completely scary, let nature be your guide.

Animal Photos Weekly: Flying Pig, Giant Fish, More

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: September 24, 2008   View Article

Captions for photos of animals in the news. Shots include the Pig Racing and Diving Show in Australia, a piracuru captured from smugglers in Brazil, a puppy at a shelter in Texas, a baby lion fed melamine tainted milk in China, and cremation of a lion in India.

Animal Photos Weekly: Blind Ant, Lion Brothers, More

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: September 17, 2008   View Article

Captions for photos of animals in the news. Shots include an “ant from Mars,” a well-dressed camel, resting lions, a captured rhinoceros, and stranded fish in the wake of Hurricane Ike.

Major Lion Die-Offs Linked to Climate Change

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 25, 2008   View Article

Droughts and downpours exacerbated by climate change allowed two diseases to converge and wipe out large numbers of African lions in 1994 and 2001, according to a new study.

Lions Making a Comeback on Kenya Ranches

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: April 10, 2007   View Article

Conservation efforts on a ranch in southern Kenya have led to an “extremely encouraging” rebound in the lion population there, an African predator expert said.

The positive trend is a bright spot in an otherwise dismal situation for lions in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, said Laurence Frank, a wildlife biologist at the University of California, Berkeley.

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