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Chinese Zoo Thinks Visitors Can't Tell the Difference Between a Dog and a Lion

Chinese Zoo Thinks Visitors Can't Tell the Difference Between a Dog and a Lion Aug 16th, 2013 at 10:30AM: Flickr user Mastino0100 A similar dog was used as a lion stand-in. Angry zoo patrons howled, but the world roared with laughter after a Chinese zoo was caught trying to pass off a large dog as an African lion. The subterfuge was discovered when the pseudo-lion started barking in its cage. Afterward the zoo, located in the in the People's Park of Luohe in the central province of Henan, was found...

Police Hunt For Lion In English Countryside (And Fail To Find One)

Police Hunt For Lion In English Countryside (And Fail To Find One) Aug 27th, 2012 at 1:00PM: A mysterious beast stalks the fields of Essex, England. Over the weekend local police received calls from a number of eyewitnesses who claimed to have seen a lion in the fields near the village of St. Osyth. One person even snapped a predictably blurry and inconclusive picture of the beast. I'm not a wildlife expert but it looks like a house cat to me. Police took the sightings seriously...

The worst zoo I ever saw

The worst zoo I ever saw Apr 21st, 2011 at 9:00AM: I feel sorry for my Harari friends. During my stay in Harar, Ethiopia, they were so hospitable, so eager to ensure I had a 100% positive impression of their city and country. For the most part I did, and I left for the capital Addis Ababa with lots of great things to say about Ethiopia. They should have warned me not to visit the Lion Zoo in Addis Ababa. It's billed as a natural wonder,...

Tiger escapes zoo enclosure in Turkey, kills lion

Tiger escapes zoo enclosure in Turkey, kills lion Mar 8th, 2011 at 8:30AM: A Bengal tiger escaped his enclosure at a zoo in Turkey's capital city of Ankara, killing a lion in the adjacent area. The lion was killed in a single swipe to the jugular vein. The tiger had previously wounded the lion last year. Ankara Zoo officials say that the tiger reached the lion through a hole in the fence between the animals and did not knock down the fence. The zoo has a remaining six...

Favorite lion shot in Namibia

Favorite lion shot in Namibia Nov 8th, 2010 at 2:00PM: A black-maned lion nicknamed "Old Boy" has been shot in Etosha National Park, Namibia. This is the second lion to be killed in the park in the past five months. Both lions were collared, meaning park rangers were studying and protecting them. "Old Boy" had been a favorite among visitors for years because he lived near Hobatere Lodge. Conservationists believe he was the most frequently seen...

Namibia clamps down on poaching in national parks

Namibia clamps down on poaching in national parks Apr 13th, 2010 at 9:00AM: There's been a rise in poaching in Southern Africa in recent years. Hunters are killing rare animals and selling their pelts, ivory, and other body parts to a multibillion dollar international network of dealers. The southwestern African nation of Namibia, however, has managed to avoid this trend. This is due to strong criminal penalties and new measures implemented by the Ministry of...

South African safari lion reminds people to lock their doors

South African safari lion reminds people to lock their doors Nov 17th, 2009 at 11:00AM: Imagine this - instead of sitting in your car, slowly driving through the Lion Safari Park in Johannesburg, one of the cast members decides to pay you a personal visit. The 300lb lion was able to open the rear door with his teeth, and right as he was about to climb aboard for lunch, the driver hit the gas and drove off. A car behind the vehicle was able to catch the incident with his camera,...

Extraordinary wildlife video: Buffaloes unite to fight lions and save baby

Dec 9th, 2008 at 12:30PM: Browsing through YouTube last night (taking advantage of it before it gets blocked here in Dubai, just like Flickr is), I came across this astounding video that some lucky travelers at Kruger National Park in South Africa were eye witnesses to. It has been viewed over 39 million times and has almost 43,000 comments. They have managed to get live footage of a baby water buffalo being caught by a...

What's The Silliest Thing In Your Pack?

What's The Silliest Thing In Your Pack? Sep 21st, 2007 at 7:39PM: I'm loving the new "What's In Your Pack?" series, although I'm feeling a mix of awe and sympathy for Nick Hawkins and the incredible range of gear he lugs around the planet. Another highlight has been Martha's disclosure about Lamby, her furry erstwhile travelling companion. It got me thinking about what else we throw in our packs for tradition or good luck. I've got a little cartoon lion in a...

African Wildlife Photos

African Wildlife Photos Jul 2nd, 2006 at 10:07AM: I expect to hear a collective series of jaws drop when eyes out there feast upon the sumptuous, majestic images of African animals by photographer Nick Brandt. These are some truly incredible pictures, and even more so because the shots appear to have been taken in the animals' natural surroundings (i.e. Africa) rather than, say, some studio at a zoo. Take a look and keep on scrolling. Photo after...

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