Leopards are very rare to see in the wild, and leopard cubs even rarer. Found hiding in their hide-out at the Talek River, Masai Mara.
Photographing leopards in the wild requires great patience. Don’t be deceived by the many “action” photos shot in front of dusty or stony backgrounds that you can find on the Internet. These photos are mostly of tame leopards taken on farms in Namibia or South Africa. I am followed the mother until they identified where she was likely to have sheltered her babies. Although there was no view of the cubs, was “contact calling” – a very distinctive sound. I returned to that den site every day, and every day we would turn around and retreat after no sightings of the tiny animals.
Cheetahs and the Maasai Mara hold a special place for me and this reflected in my pictures and my books. Cheetahs are officially listed as a vulnerable species, and their numbers are on the decline. I am were therefore very excited to hear about the new Maasai Mara Cheetah Project launched by the Kenya Wildlife Trust http://kenyawildlifetrust.org
He faced out, that the Masai Mara reserve has had one of the most stabile cheetah populations in Kenya with more than 60 individuals over the last decades, but now, they have an dramatically decline down to only 25 individuals. And in Masai Mara National reserve, no cheetah cub has survived over last two years. The Kenya Wildlife Trust’s Mara Cheetah Project aims to determine the status of Cheetah in the Mara and identify the major threats to the current population. This study will have important implications for cheetah conservation both in Kenya and in the rest of Africa and will be the foundation for a long-term research project of the highest calibre.
The cubs that survive start following their mother at around 6 weeks. They practice hunting though play with each other. After a year and a half, their mother leaves them to breed again. The cubs stay together until the females reach sexual maturity at around two years. At that point, other male cheetahs chase the male cubs off. But the male offspring often stay together for life, forming a group called a coalition. Coalitions are beneficial because they help male cheetahs gain territory.
These photos were made possible only with special permission, thanks my good friend James Sindiyo. Because, unfortunately, more and more tourists disturb the animals in the Masai Mara just because of the photos. Of the three babies, unfortunately, has survived only one babies .... well that's unfortunately the nature. I'm very proud of this family have watched so closely, and thus to show you these unique pictures to.
Photographing rhinos (and especially black rhinos) in the wild is largely a matter of luck. What is it that makes these enormous beasts so fascinating? I think it is
simply their behavior, which is completely diff erent from that of almost all of the tired-looking specimens that we know from zoos around the world. Rhinos are
extremely timid, very cautious, and rare. Only a handful of the thousands of black rhinos that once populated East Africa survived the massed hunting and
poaching of late 20th century. The surviving animals were also seriously endangered until a young bull from the Serengeti joined the crater population, proving that the animals still follow long, thousand-yearold migratory routes in spite of the modern park borders. There are now about 60 black rhinos living in the wild in the Ngorongoro Crater and the rest of the Serengeti.
The rhinos were hunted and poached for their horns, which were (and unfortunately, still are) prized as dagger handles by Arab potentates and are ground to a powder that is supposed (predominantly in China) to enhance virility. The animals’ corpses were left to rot once the horns had been stolen and, even today, a single horn is worth 100 times the average East African annual wage. For this reason, the remaining animals are protected around the clock by park rangers.
Rhinos can be dangerous although, as Professor Grzimek proved, they often mount fake charges. Sometimes, even the people whose job it is to protect them have been fatally injured by rhinos charging at 25 mph. They have weak eyesight but can scent other animals over distances of many miles.
Woah, Dad's a bit scary: Heartwarming footage of the moment a papa lion meets its baby cubs for the first time. The heart-warming first encounter shows six-month-old lins cubs in the Masai Mara, photographed by my last wildlife photography workshop.
Lions may be one of the world's deadliest predators - but this male quickly assumed the role of caring father when meeting his cubs for the first time.
The heart-warming first encounter shows six-month-old lions cubs. The lions babies full of youthful intrigue as they bound towards their dad hoping he wanted to play. And aware of his new role he was quick to ensure they knew who was boss - giving them a gentle roar if they overstepped the mark or a light pat with his paw to calm them down.
11. April up to the 29. Juny 2014 the Natural History Museum Paderborn, Germany presents more than 60 of my pictures and collages in big size prints from 24 to 32 inches up to 40 to 120 inches on original ©Canson Museums-Canvas.
Last year 20.000 people visited the exhibition in Bonn ... children with wondering eyes (the lions, cheetahs, wildebeest ... ) Photography can change the world. Conservation and photography go hand in hand!
Africa’s western black rhino is now officially extinct according the latest review of animals and plants by the world’s largest conservation network. The subspecies of the black rhino — which is classified as “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species — was last seen in western Africa in 2006. The IUCN warns that other rhinos could follow saying Africa’s northern white rhino is “teetering on the brink of extinction” while Asia’s Javan rhino is “making its last stand” due to continued poaching and lack of conservation. “In the case of the western black rhino and the northern white rhino the situation could have had very different results if the suggested conservation measures had been implemented,” Simon Stuart, chair of the IUCN species survival commission said in a statement. This update offers both good and bad news on the status of many species around the world. “These measures must be strengthened now, specifically managing habitats in order to improve performance, preventing other rhinos from fading into extinction,” Stuart added. The IUCN points to conservation efforts which have paid off for the southern white rhino subspecies which have seen populations rise from less than 100 at the end of the 19th century to an estimated wild population of 20,000 today ... read here the full article.
Poaching and lack of conservation have made a subspecies of Africa's black rhino extinct - One quarter of mammals on IUCN Red List are at risk of extinction. What is the next lions, cheetahs, elephants????
Des parlamentarischen Ausschusses für Land, Umwelt und natürliche Ressourcen Tanzania warnte gestern das die Elefantenpopulation im Land in den nächsten sieben Jahren aussterben könnte. Der Ausschussvorsitzende James Lembeli (Kahama-CCM) erklärte gestern in der Nationalversammlung für das Ministerium für Naturressourcen und Tourismus, dass die Rate der Elefant Wilderei alarmierende Ausmaße im Land in den letzten Jahren erreicht hat, und fragte dabei die Regierung "Es scheint als schliesse die Regierung die Augen vor dem Abschlachten der Elefanten".
Unter Berufung auf Forschungsergebnisse von Tansania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) sagte Lembeli, dass die Zahl der Elefanten im Jahr 2009 unter 70.000 im vergangenen Jahr von 109.000 sich verringerte. "Vierundzwanzig Elefanten wurden innerhalb von 10 km in den letzten drei Monaten erschossen. Dreißig Meilen von hier sind weitere 26 Elefanten tot aufgefunden wurden. sagte Pratik Patel.
Safari-Tour Betreiber versuchen Alarm zu schlagen, "wenn wir nach Süden Tansania gehen ich kann Ihnen zeigen 70 Kadaver an einem Tag," sagte er, unter Bezugnahme auf die Selous, dem weltweit größten Game Reservat.".
"Elfenbein ist äußerst wertvoll und wie bei Diamanten, es ist wird nicht nur zur Finanzierung von Bürgerkriege und Stammes-Kriege innerhalb von Grenzen Afrikas verwendet, sondern auch durch terroristischen Organisationen. Blut-Elfenbein wird genutzt, um internationale Terroristen, einschließlich Al-Qaeda, Al Shaabab und Lord's Resistance Army zu finanzieren. 30.000 Elefanten - das ist die Anzahl der afrikanischen Elefanten, die im Jahr 2012 für ihre Stoßzähne. getötet wurden" (African Wildlife Trust).
The continent's lion population has shrunk by 75% in the past two decades, according to wildlife experts. They are currently "vulnerable" on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's list of threatened species. In west and central Africa lions are classified as "endangered".
Trophy hunting, human encroachment, poaching, lion poisoning, and human/lion conflict have become a grave concern. In Asia, lion bones have become a popular commodity for healing and traditional purposes. This is a huge concern as the market is increasing for lion bones... to make lion soup or lion wine. Its properties were believed... to provide medicinal remedies, which is medically unfounded.
The expanding agricultural sector has led to lions confining themselves to isolated areas, increasing their risk of extinction (read here my article from the Masai Mara). Every year more lions die as they are forced to make room for Africa's growth. In Botswana alone over 100 lions are killed each year in an attempt to protect livestock.
An iconic scene from East Africa – an elephants family in the foreground and the snow capped Mt. Kilimanjaro in the background. While the mountain is in Tanzania across the border, it can be viewed clearly from Amboseli, Kenya.
Ngorongoro district authorities are investigating the killing of more than 40 rare wild dogs in the controlled area of Loliondo Game reserve allegedly by people claiming that the animals killed 157 goats and 4 cows which belonged to them.
According to reports from the area, the people lit fires in the caves in which the dogs live along Kertalo and Orkiu villages near the Serengeti National Park border in the district. Reports from Loliondo said that the people are alleged to have put bundles of firewood inside the caves and set them on fire, after which they blocked the entrance to the caves with stones leaving the animals burning inside.
Ngorongoro District Commissioner Elius Wawa confirmed the incident saying that the investigation to establish the people behind the ruthless act was in progress.
“It is true, the incident has happened… the defense and security organs are currently investigating the matter,” Wawa said.
Speaking to journalists, the villagers said that a few days before being killed, the dogs invaded and killed 157 goats and four cows belonging to the villagers.
One of the villagers, Mbaaryo Papalai said the dogs have been a threat to their livestock and that whenever their animals were killed they were not compensated. “Personally I don’t know who killed these dogs …but whoever did it has helped us because these animals were a threat to us. They have eaten my 16 goats this year and I have not been compensated,” Papalai said. Another villager who resides at Kertalo, Mesiaya Ole Tome said that the government should investigate and come up with a strategy which would put an end to the killing of wild animals. “These killings are done by unknown people …I call upon the government to conduct an investigation which will involve speaking to the villagers so as to rescue the lives of these animals,” said Ole Tome. He said the wild dogs have been entering the residential areas in packs of ten to twenty and attacking their animals, thus creating fear among the villagers. There has been a spate of killings of the wild dogs since 2007 when 25 of them were killed by poison.
According to statistics Africa has 8000 wild dogs and Tanzania alone has 3,500 in different national parks in the country. According to Wildlife Conservation Society Tanzania website, Tanzania holds a critically important population of wild dogs, harbouring around 20% of the global population of the species, as well as the world’s second and third largest populations of the species in Selous and Ruaha ecosystems, 800 found in Sealous and 500 in Ruaha.
The world’s largest wild dog population is found in southern Africa spanning eastern Namibia, Botswana, western Zimbabwe, and southern Zambia and Angola.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
Lion bones are increasingly important to the Asian traditional medicine trade, largely because the tigers that used to supply bones are facing dwindling numbers and trade in tiger parts is prohibited under international law. Juan de Beer of the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency’s (MTPA) special investigations unit explained that before 2008 there was no market for lion bones. “Landowners are now digging up old bones that were buried and selling them,” he said.
Chris Mercer, director of the Campaign against Canned Hunting has said much more than just amplifying the trend, canned hunting is in fact setting the trend.
Lion bones opening up avenues for lion in the wild to be poached and their bones to be smuggled through the export supply chain undetected.
Dr Pieter Kat, Director of Lion Aid a conservation organisation based in the United Kingdom, today a lion skeleton is worth $10 000 in the Asian countries, a rapid profit jump from $4 000 in 2010.
Lion bones and rhino horn have become key trade targets!!
South Africa has facilitated the following ... read here the article
• An export of 250kg of lion bones to Laos in 2009 (previous total 2000-2008 was 0);
• An export of 586 bones to Laos in 2010 (previous total 2000-2009 was 0);
• An export of 14 live lion to Vietnam in 2010 (previous total 2000-2009 was 2);
• An export of 29 skeletons to Laos and 19 to Vietnam in 2010 (previous total to Laos 2000-2009 was 5 and Vietnam was 0);
• An export of 90 teeth to Laos in 2010 (previous total to Laos 2000-2009 was 0)
• An export of 54 lion trophies to Laos (previous total to Laos 2000-2009 was 1). (Figures courtesy of Lion Aid, 2012)
Lion hunts in South Africa are worth more than 90 million dollar (£60 million) a year says the Professional Hunters Association. 16,394 foreign hunters (more than half of which fly from the US) killed 46,000+ animals from Sept. 2006 - Sept. 2007. Trophy hunter is worth $91.2 million a year and foreign tourist sometimes pay up to $40,000 to shoot a lion. The government supports hunting because of its revenue. Provincial government sell permits to kill rhinos, lions, elephants, and giraffes ... read and help LionAid http://www.lionaid.org/
We must work together to launch a worldwide campaign for African lions!
Lions often act quickly and without warning, so you need to be highly alert when photographing their hunting patterns. Lions need the advantage of surprise because their prey is often just as fast as (if not faster than) the lions themselves. Lions, like all big cats, are opportunists. If they have the chance to surprise potential prey, they will hunt during the day too. A lion dozing in the shade can be at full speed on the tail of a potential meal within seconds. Lions, especially the more agile lionesses, often hunt alone, although I have witnessed two group hunts in the Ngorongoro Crater.
When you find your target pride, use your binoculars or telephoto lens to determine whether their manes, necks, and mouths show signs of blood, and whether their bellies appear full. If this is the case, the lions have most likely hunted successfully during the night and won’t be on the move again too soon -unless, of course, they didn’t kill enough to feed the whole group. If you fi nd a group without signs of a hunt, or which is on the lookout, or which is already targeting its prey (like the group in the photo), you should initially keep suffi cient distance to retain an overview of the situation. The next step is to search the area for the lions’ potential prey.
Gestern erhielt ich eine Brief von meinem Freund James Sindiyo, dem Chef der Parkranger in der Massai-Mara in Kenia. Er zeigte auf, dass die mit mehr als 60 Tieren seit Jahrzehnten stabilste Gepardenpopulation Kenias in der Massai-Mara dramatisch zurückgegangen ist. Die neuste Zählung weist nur noch 25 Tiere aus und kein Gepardenjunges hat in den letzten zwei Jahren überlebt.
James Sindiyo und sein Freund Dr. Erustus Kania vom Kenya Wildlife Service koordinieren jetzt ein neues Naturschutzprojekt um die letzten überlebenden Geparden der Massai-Mara zu erhalten www.masaimaracheetahs.org Bitte unterstützt die Arbeit von James und Erustus!
Yesterday i received a letter from my friend James Sindiyo, Chief Game Warden of the Masai Mara National reserve in Kenya.
He faced out, that the Masai Mara Reserve has had one of the most stabile cheetah populations in Kenya with more than 60 individuals over the last decades, but now, they have a dramatically decline down to only 25 individuals.
And in the Reserve, no cheetah cub has survived over last two years.
To save the last cheetahs in Masai Mara, James and his friend Dr. Erustus Kanga from Kenya Wildlife Service are coordinating a Cheetah Conservation Project in Masai Mara Reserve: www.masaimaracheetahs.org Please support James and Erustus work!
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