Lions’ same-sex sexuality, video


This video from the USA says about itself:

Lions Don’t Care If You Approve Of Their Bromance

21 April 2016

Belgian photographer Nicole Cambré recently released several photos that appear to show that lion sexuality, like almost all animals, is highly fluid. National Geographic tried to debunk the photos, claiming that some female lions have manes that make them appear male, which can be true. Cambré then debunked their debunk by posting a video of the supposedly female lion mounting another lion. Cenk Uygur and Hannah Cranston (ThinkTank), hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Nicole Cambré, a lawyer and photographer from Belgium, recently took some photos in Botswana that shot like a comet across social media over the weekend. They showed two lions, both with lush manes, cuddling at sunset in the tall grass and mounting each other…

Interpreting homosexual behavior in animals, which has been observed in upwards of 450 species but is far from common, remains tricky territory for researchers. And proclaiming it as a reflection of human sexuality is something most anthropomorphism-allergic scientists are loathe to do.

“It’s a bromance, not ‘Brokeback Mountain,’” Craig Packer, a University of Minnesota professor who is one of the world’s top experts on African lions, said of the behavior in the photos. But, he added, “I don’t think you have to look at animals to justify what humans do. Our biology is far more complicated.””

Read more here.

Genetic diversity, evolutionary history and implications for conservation of the lion (Panthera leo) in West and Central Africa: here.

Three lions attack black rhino, video


This video, from the Kruger National Park in South Africa, says about itself:

3 Lions Attack Black Rhino That’s Stuck in Mud

14 March 2016

The most incredible video of a black rhino stuck in a mud pool, when 3 nearby lions decide to take their chance to get a meal.

Leopard kills warthog, lion steals it


This video from the Kruger National Park in South Africa says about itself:

23 February 2016

Amazing video of a leopard killing a warthog next to the road when the calls of the dying warthog attracts a nearby lion. Watch what happens next!

South Africa bans leopard hunts due to uncertainty on numbers. Hunters’ association questions government data behind temporary ban on hunting secretive and nocturnal big cats: here.

Lion discovery in Ethiopia


This 1 February 2016 video is called Lions rediscovered in Ethiopia‘s Alatash game park.

From New Scientist:

1 February 2016

Hidden population of up to 200 lions found in remote Ethiopia

In the savannah of Alatash National Park, the lion sleeps tonight.

This remote part of north-west Ethiopia was considered a possible habitat for lions, but it is seldom visited by people.

Now an expedition by the University of Oxford’s Conservation Research Unit has discovered that lions are indeed alive and well in the park – a rare extension of their known range.

“During my professional career I have had to revise the lion distribution map many times,” says Hans Bauer, who led the expedition. “I have deleted one population after the other. This is the first and probably the last time that I’m putting a new one up there.”

To spot the lions, Bauer and his team set up camera traps on a dry river bed.

“While I was walking to find some trees to put the camera on, I already saw some footprints,” says Bauer. “That was the eureka moment when I was sure that there really are lions.”

Caught on camera

Then it was a case of catching them on film, and on the second night, the lions obliged.

Alatash is adjacent to a much larger national park in Sudan, Dinder National Park. Bauer believes it’s likely there are lions there as well, with perhaps 100 to 200 individuals in the two parks combined.

About 20,000 lions are left in the wild across Africa. Lion populations in west and central Africa are declining, and may halve in 20 years.

Bauer thinks the lions of Alatash face fewer threats than many populations.

“The situation is fairly positive,” he says. “I think the fact that the Ethiopian government recently made it a national park is a giant leap forward. Now we have to support them in improving park management, but I think they’re taking it very seriously.”

Read more: Last of the lions

Stop lion trophy hunting, first step


This video is called African Lions-lions documentary 2015 –National Geographic HD.

From LionAid:

Tuesday 22nd December 2015

The listing of African lions by the USFWS is a welcome step forward for lion conservation.

For the first time, lion trophy hunting will be assessed as to whether it has a positive impact on the conservation of the species.

LionAid believes that these stricter rules imposed on US trophy hunters, who currently are responsible for over 60 per cent of African wild lion hunts, will have a significant positive impact on lion populations which have for far too long been hunted without due care to a species already in catastrophic decline.

A fantastic way to end the year!

Thank you Daily Express for your coverage of this important news item.