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Rarely Seen Saharan Cheetah Revealed in Incredible Photos

Saharan cheetah

It’s not easy to get a glimpse of the critically endangered Saharan cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus hecki), the rarest of the six cheetah subspecies. Only about 200 to 250 of these nocturnal cats are thought to survive in remote pockets of Algeria, Niger, Togo, Mali, Benin and Burkina Faso, making them the rarest—and at the same [...]

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Should cheetahs be reintroduced in India?

Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) may be the world’s fastest land mammal, but that hasn’t helped them escape their worst enemy: humans. The big cats have been hunted to extinction in 15 countries, and their remaining African and Asian populations currently face genetic weaknesses, such as low sperm counts and deformed tails, because of inbreeding. Now, controversial [...]

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Running Ponies

Big Cats and Cologne: “They Roll and Cheek-Rub and Just Look to be in Heaven.”


Late last year I was lucky enough to take a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the big cat facilities at Taronga Zoo in Sydney. I met one of their female tigers, plus three lions, including their magnificent male named Bruiser. All I can say is that you have not lived until you’ve seen a lion’s [...]

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