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Pictures_wild_cats_sad_lion.jpgI've found that most people who love domestic cats also love wild cats. So I wanted to tell you about the Lion Guardians Blog. It's run by Antony Kasanga, Assistant Director or the Lion Guardians program and he writes about the events of the lions in the area of Kenya he protects.

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Lion Guardians was started in 2006 in response to the slaughter of over 150 lions since 2001. The Lion Guardians, teach people about the lions and to monitor the movements of the lions. They are trying to equip each lion with a GPS tracking unit so they can map out where the lions go.

I've always wanted to get up close to a wild cat, cheetahs in particular but I know that will never happen, and probably shouldn't ever happen because wild cats are unpredictable.

Just like our little "wild" cats that live with us who are are unpredictable at times. You know what I mean, those sudden outbursts of energy that has your cat racing around the house and jumping on furniture, defying gravity. Wild cats are exactly the same except hundreds of pounds heavier and a thousand times stronger. I certainly wouldn't want to be around when a 400 lb lion gets a burst of energy like that!

But it is painful for me to think that people are out there who kill these beautiful, intelligent and compassionate animals for sport, religion or medicine. In some cases people have encroached on the wild cat's territory so much that suddenly there are wild cats in people's backyards. Forced out of their territory, these cats get caught in a maze of people, houses, gunfire and in some cases spears. Imagine what that must be like, one day you are hanging out with your pride and then next minute you're being shot at, simply because you were at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Thanks to people like Antony, whoare helping to preserve these precious wild forms of our in house lovey dovey domestic cats. So check out the Lion Guardian Blog to find out what is going on with African Lions in Kenya.

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I know the Florida Panthers haven't had the greatest season, but I sure hope Obama has better things to do than worry about hockey! Don't get me wrong, I'm up for a good hockey game, just like any other red blooded Canadian, but I'm talking about the actual animal that the Florida Panthers were named after. Yep, you guessed it, the Florida Panthers.



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There are less than 80 Florida panthers left in the world and they all live in South Florida. The only hope for the panthers is to get Obama's support to designate a specific area that the remaining panthers can live in protected.

CF9E4305-BA6A-464A-B6A7-A88A03DBD7B3.jpgYou see the problem is there has been controversy over where exactly the Florida Panther likes to live. They have been found living in forests, prairies, and swamps. So instead of conserving a little bit of every type of habitat, or setting aside a little bit of one type of habitat, only a small parcel of land has been conserved. Not enough has been done.

Authorities have argued and argued about it but no land has been designated to them. Because of the controversy, developers have stepped in and build indiscriminately and destroyed their habitat until there is no where left for them to go.

But they wouldn't be in this mess if Florida Panthers hadn't been hunted. Up until 30 years ago it was not uncommon to hear of panther hunting in Florida. Now, they are trying to do everything they can to save the once hunted panther.

E559A87C-C76A-498B-B5B4-E550CB98595E.jpgAnd the really sad thing is the fact that vehicles kill more panthers now than any other cause of death. 3 panthers have already lost their lives in 2009 due to vehicles. Pretty sad.

I'm sure Obama has a few things to take care of now that he has taken office, but I hope he can help save the remaining panthers before it is too late.

The San Diego Wild Animal Park has a program that lets visitors meet a Cheetah named Majani and his dog Clifford. The Zoo paired the two up to help Majani feel more comfortable with the crowds of people and new situations.

48289D0B-9585-4DD7-B59D-E654CF24C787.jpgI don't agree with using wild animals for human entertainment. It's an accident waiting to happen. No matter how tame a wild cat is, they are unpredictable and act on instinct which means that they can hurt people by accident. Then in most cases where humans are hurt, the cat is killed. The cat was acting like a cat but a human got hurt in the process so the cat suffers for what is usually the human's mistake. Anyway, that's a topic for another day.

But in this case, I think the San Diego Zoo is on to a good idea. What the San Diego Zoo has done is domesticated a Cheetah kitten named Majani and paired him with a dog named Clifford. Because Cheetahs are skittish and very unpredictable, having a dog who is more comfortable with people helps the cheetah feel more at ease.

3CD1943A-EB5B-4CFD-9BFB-E17739CD8980.jpgThe idea came to the cheetah trainer six years ago when they were walking to an event and Majani saw a big green garbage can for the first time and was afraid of it. Clifford ran right up to the garbage can and sniffed it, Majani saw this and immediately felt at ease and walked on fearlessly. Since then, Clifford has accompanied Majani on all of his appearances.

Some domestic cats love dogs and it seems quite logical that a wild cat would take to a dog too. When you think about it, their personality traits are well suited to one another. Cheetahs are cautious and worried about hunting and unusual things in their environment, and dogs generally are more relaxed and trusting. Opposites attract even in the animal world!

The World Wildlife Fund published their annual list of some of the most threatened species around the world. A list that keeps getting longer but is not a list an animal would want to be on. Sumatran tigers made the list of the 9 to Watch in 2009.

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savetigerpic1.jpgA little while ago, Wendell posted an article about the 12 cats that will be extinct by 2020. Sumatran Tigers were on his list too. The population is estimated at 400 but the exact count is not known - hopefully it could be as many as 500, but even so, that's not enough.

Poaching is the biggest problem for these tigers. Poachers have already killed off the entire populations of Javan and Balinese Tigers in the same region and it looks like the Sumatran Tiger is next.

The tigers are killed for body parts used in traditional Chinese medicine and their skins are often sold to western buyers.

Despicable.

When people stop buying body parts and skins is the day that we can truly stop cruelty to animals. I mean, I understand that Eastern medicine is deeply rooted in tradition and spiritual healing but an animal shot and killed in cold blood is not in keeping with tradition.

Chinese medicine dates back 5000 years. But the use of tigers and other animals only dates back 300 years. Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioners have successfully used herbs and other treatments for millennia so the practice of using a tiger's penis for virility or bones for soup to cure a fever is completely unnecessary, according to Dr. Henry Lee a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner.

Another reason the Sumatran Tiger population is decreasing is shrinking habitat as the human population grows. In 2004, the Indonesian Government doubled the size of Tesso Nilo National Park to help save animals and forest, but this effort hasn't stopped poachers from entering the park and loggers from destroying the tiger's habitat.

savetigerpic3.jpgThe only way we can stop the hunting of these beautiful cats is to stop the market for their body parts. If people could find alternate ways to cure their illnesses through healthful living and herbal treatments instead of boiling up the bones of an endangered animal, the world would be in a much better place.

The thing I find interesting is the the Chinese and other religions believe in animal spirits. So if that's the case, why are they killing off these innocent creatures? It goes against their believe system which makes me think that eastern medicine is no better than our western "cutem up" and "drugem up" system. The only difference is, the animals we in the west kill are in labs and the animals those in the east kill are in the wild.

I'll get off my soap box now. But it really burns me up that all this killing happens so needlessly. True Traditional Chinese Medicine does not include killing animals, they're doing it wrong - and tigers have to pay the price. Help out if you can, by adopting a tiger, or make a donation to the WWF and get a gift.

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WildlifeChristianTheLion.jpg I blogged about Christian the Lion and now the story is available on DVD. A heartwarming Holiday gift for anyone. Cat lover or not, everyone will be touched by this remarkable story. Buy the Christian the Lion DVD: Christian The Lion at World's End directly at the Born Free Website.

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The film was originally made on 16 mm film in 1972. It made a brief appearance in U.K. movie theatres and was released on VHS in 80's and on DVD in 2006. The DVD is coded Region 0 so it can be played anywhere in the world.

All proceeds and royalties go directly to the Born Free Foundation so not only are you getting a wonderful story about how this lion was raised from a cub by two very kind men and how they helped him make the transfer to the wilds of Africa, but you are helping to save wild cats and other animals all over the world.

WildlifeLionsAreFree.jpgHollywood might even make this documentary in to a full length feature film! And I've heard rumors that the book, "A Lion Called Christian" will be reprinted in March 2009 - but for now you can download the e-book and find out more about Christian at A Lion Called Christian. and visit the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust to learn about the man, George Adamson and his great work to preserve animals in Africa.

You can also get the Born Free DVD that documents the life of George Adamason and his work with lions to retrain them to take care of themselves in the wild, and it's sequel, The Lions Are Free "In this film Bill Travers travels back to remote Kenya to find the legendary George Adamson, some of the lions from Born Free and to witness Adamson's struggle to return his man-made pride to a free and natural life."

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Other posts I think you might like:

The true story of Christian the lion...

12 cats that will be extinct by 2020

The European Cave Lion was the largest cat that ever lived...

A cat's daily diary vs a dog's daily diary...

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sand_cat.jpgI saw the Sand at online for the first time the other day. I asked Melanie about this cat and she told me she discovered it online this year for the first time as well. You can read her post about the Sand Cat here. Considering that we are both big time cat lovers, it's really interesting that both of us had never heard of this cat before.

The Sand Cat as mentioned is a fairly rare cat. This species of cats avoids water holes (due to the fact it gets its water from its prey) and only congregates with others for mating. Needless to say, they're kind of loners in the cat world.

What is known about them is that their fur has a sand like color and their heads tend to be very broad. This cat is about two feet long and only weighs around six pounds.

This beautiful cat can be found in the deserts of Iran and Pakistan and have special long hairs on their paws to protect them from the hot sand. According to what I have learned about Sand Cats, they can survive extreme temperature variances that typically occur in a desert. Considering their small sizes, I would say that these cats are real troopers. There's not much difference between these cats and a typical domestic cat. Speaking of domestic cats, considering that they average around six pounds, I can see an exotic market for these cats.

According to my research, the Sand Cat was born in captivity for the first time last year at the Al Ain Zoo in the United Arab Emirates.

I couldn't find much information on this cat, if you have extra information, share below! Take care.

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Happy Saturday!

I thought I would do a post on the special Pallas cat . The breed is around the same size as a domestic house cat. They have short legs and a really thick coat. They kind of look like small sheep from behind.

These cats can be found in the Asian steppes and they can be found up to 13000 feet above sea level. They're beautiful and unique cats. I'm not sure if they can be domesticated but if they can, I'd like one.

I found it really challenging finding any information on this cat online. I did find a website called the Pallas Cat Project. This not for profit organization is focused on researching these little known animals and helping to understand why this breed has a very high infant mortality rate. They are accepting donations so if you're interested, check their website out.

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Some would say that this is an interesting video because we get a first hand account of a wild boar pushing a full grown lioness around on the savana. My explanation is pretty simple, the lion wasn't hungry for bacon that day. It seems like the lioness is irritated by the seemingly stupid wild boar. I mean really, what chance does a wild boar have against a hungry lion?!

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asiatic-lion.jpgOur friend Kishore Kotecha from the Wildlife Conservation Trust has contributed a post about the horrible circumstances facing the endangered Asiatic Lions. At the rate these beautiful animals are dying, we may not be able to see them in their natural habitat in the not so distant future.

CALL OF THE KING: The Importance of Asiatic Lions

The Gir forest, located in Gujarat (India), is the last home of rarest species of Asiatic Lion. It is classified as “Critically Endangered” by the IUCN. In the beginning of 19th century when there were about 20 lions in the wild, efforts made by the Nawab (King) of Gir saved them from extinction. Today, in spite of vigorous conservation efforts of the Gujarat Forest Department, the lion population is only at 359. Do we want our children to see these beautiful cats only in a Museum or Zoo?

Asiatic Lion face many threats like congestion, roads & religious places inside the forest, loss of habitat, man-animal conflict, genetic bottle-neck and poaching. But man made open-wells is the most severe threat that the species faces today. It is unbelievable but true that from 2001 until May 2008, 53 Open Well incidences were recorded in which 28 lions died! That number represents almost 10% of total population!

Open wells are deep pits; 60 to 100 feet deep, without parapets or boundary walls. They are dug by farmers as a source of water for irrigation and livestock. Most of the farmers in Gir are poor with very small land holdings. Hence most of them cannot afford to barricade their wells.asiatic_lion_open_well.jpg

Why do the Animals fall into Open Wells? Lions and other wild animals regularly stray outside the forest due to over-crowding and are in regular search of food. There are more than 9000 open-wells in 6km periphery surrounding the Gir Forest. Most of these wells are hidden in the thick vegetation. These wells also become slippery on the edge because of soil erosion. Wild animals like Lions, Leopards, Crocodiles, Pythons and Deer accidentally fall into such open-wells and die due to drowning. Apart from wild animals even domestic cattle and sometimes small children of the poor laborers fall into Open Wells.

Rescue Operations

The Gir Forest is a big area with poor internal roads. Thus, it is not always possible to reach the incidence spot and successfully rescue the animal. Rescued animals are seriously injured and sometimes permanently disabled. In some cases, they are not fit to be released back into the wild. One such rescued lion lost its vision and spent the rest of its natural life in a zoo in blindness.

What needs to be done?

The time has come to act fast. We need to barricade all the Open Wells as soon as possible. With a small donation of money per well, you can prevent the needless death and injury of these highly endangered animals.

An Appeal

asiatic_lion_open_well2.jpgThe time has come for us to help these precious animals. Let us leave no stone unturned in our commitment to save the last surviving Asiatic Lions in the world. I heartily appeal to everyone to generously help us in our endeavour.

Please download full presentation from www.asiaticlion.org/openwell.pps. For further information and help please contact: Kishore Kotecha, Wildlife Conservation Trust, Mob: +91 98240 62062 info@asiaticlion.org

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I saw this post featured on Digg yesterday and I thought it was awesome. The pictures of the Tiger cubs are absolutely amazing. The first picture shows a tiger gnawing at what appears to be a boy's sneaker. Exactly how long can you keep a Tiger cub in your house before he destroys it? Anyhow, enjoy the pictures:

http://olesiafx.com/news/archives/1239

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