Wildlife News

Search Our Site

Big Cats

Aug02

Cecil the Lion’s Death and Blood Lions Movie Spark Global Outrage and Debate over Trophy Hunts

Sunday, 02 August 2015 Hits 7239 Categories Wildlife News | Big Cats

Cecil the Lion’s Death and Blood Lions Movie Spark Global Outrage and Debate over Trophy Hunts

Cecil the lion is dead, killed illegally in Zimbabwe by Walter Palmer, an American dentist and recreational big-game hunter who paid about $55,000 for the privilege. The details of Cecil's killing are disturbing — and they're important for understanding why this has become such a controversy. The majestic lion was lured out of a national park with food, shot with a crossbow, tracked for 40 more hours, then finally killed with a gun the following morning, before being beheaded and skinned.

Jan29

Windhoek Ophthalmologist Helps Save Young Cheetah’s Eye

Thursday, 29 January 2015 Hits 2544 Categories Big Cats

Windhoek Ophthalmologist Helps Save Young Cheetah’s Eye

OTJIWARONGO, Namibia – Dr. Léart Petrick, a Windhoek eye specialist with a practise focused on serving humans, recently travelled to Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) to perform an operation on a different kind of patient. Khayjay, a four-and-a-half-year-old cheetah that has lived at CCF since he was three weeks of age, successfully underwent a 45-minute surgery to address a chronic, debilitating eye problem.

Nov30

Join the International Cheetah Day Celebration on December 4, 2014

Sunday, 30 November 2014 Hits 3822 Categories Big Cats

Join the International Cheetah Day Celebration on December 4, 2014

Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is reaching out to elementary and middle-school-age children and their parents with an awareness campaign designed to inspire the next generation of conservationists, International Cheetah Day. This year, Dec. 4, 2014 marks the fourth annual day of observance, which honours the cheetah for its iconic status as the fastest mammal on Earth and calls attention to its plight as the most endangered of all African big cats. According to Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder and Executive Director of CCF, the fate of cheetahs rests with our children. 

Mar14

Global March for Lions ready to roar against canned lion hunting

Friday, 14 March 2014 Hits 5306 Categories In Focus | Big Cats

Global March for Lions ready to roar against canned lion hunting

On the 15th March 2014, people across the globe are marching for Lions. The aim of the march is to raise awareness about the South African “canned hunting” industry. Canned hunting is a practice that is legal in South Africa, where lions get bred in captivity, hand reared for use in the cub petting industry, then when these tame lions are big enough, shot in an enclosure often drugged, for a large sum of money.

 

Mar03

Global March for Lions - Sustainable Use has become Sustained Abuse

Monday, 03 March 2014 Hits 8866 Categories Wildlife News | Big Cats

Global March for Lions - Sustainable Use has become Sustained Abuse

On 15th March a Global Protest March for Lions will take place in cities around the world. This MEMORANDUM OF PROTEST explains why. This document will be printed out and handed over by marchers in 55 cities. 

Jan26

Lion Cubs Born in Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia – A Major Milestone in Lion Restoration Programme

Sunday, 26 January 2014 Hits 14139 Categories Wildlife News | Big Cats

Lion Cubs Born in Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia – A Major Milestone in Lion Restoration Programme

African Parks is delighted to announce that two lion cubs have been born in Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia - the first birth of lion cubs in the park for well over 10 years. They were born three to four weeks ago to the protégé of the park's famous lioness, Lady Liuwa. The lioness has hidden her new cubs in thick bush making it difficult to take photographs, however park management has managed to view them.

Oct25

Avaaz wins Historic Court Case over Censorship in South Africa Lion Bones Campaign

Friday, 25 October 2013 Hits 6261 Categories Big Cats

Avaaz today welcomed the news that South Africa's High Court has ruled that Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) acted unconstitutionally when they censored Avaaz's advertising campaign at OR Tambo International Airport which called on President Zuma to stop the trade in lion bones.

Aug07

Conservation efforts might encourage Maasai to hunt lions

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 Hits 3920 Categories Big Cats

Conservation efforts might encourage Maasai to hunt lions

Conventional wisdom holds that East Africa's Maasai pastoralists hunt lions for two distinct reasons: to retaliate against lions that kill livestock or to engage in a cultural rite of passage. But that view reflects mistranslations of Maasai terms and a simplification of their cultural traditions and their relationship with wildlife, a team of researchers led by a University of Colorado Boulder geographer has concluded.

Jul09

First film ever about newly discovered lions in montane rainforests of Ethiopia

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 Hits 6949 Categories Big Cats

First film ever about newly discovered lions in montane rainforests of Ethiopia

Although African lions are 'King of the Jungle' they are actually never seen in rainforests, but recent photographs have revealed a population of lions living in the high forests of Ethiopia. For the first time our documentary EXPEDITION JUNGLE LION will film these secretive lions so we can discover more about them. With your help it can also raise awareness of these rare lions and help protect them from the bullet.

Jul07

New Report Finds Captive Lion Reintroduction Programs in Africa Operate Under 'Conservation Myth'

Sunday, 07 July 2013 Hits 3741 Categories Big Cats

A new report published in the international conservation journal Oryx concludes that commercial 'wildlife encounter' operations across Africa promoting the reintroduction of captive lions do little to further the conservation of African lions in the wild.

Jun19

Economics of Trophy Hunting in Africa Are Overrated and Overstated

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 Hits 3480 Categories Big Cats

A new report released today analyzes literature on the economics of trophy hunting and reveals that African countries and rural communities derive very little benefit from trophy hunting revenue. The study, authored by Economists at Large—commissioned by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International and Born Free USA/Born Free Foundation—comes amid consideration to grant the African lion protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA)

May28

World Lion Day - 10th August 2013: Saving the King of Beasts to save ourselves

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 Hits 20040 Categories Wildlife News | Big Cats

Guarding our temples, adorning our flags, decorating our coins and capturing our hearts, the lion is beyond doubt the world's most iconic species. On almost every continent, and in thousands of cultures, the lion can be found demonstrating man's fascination with this magnificent beast. Despite the lions' symbolic importance throughout the ages, today they are suffering from a silent extinction across Africa and India.

Mar28

Lazy lion king? Remote sensing sheds light on lion male hunting behavior

Thursday, 28 March 2013 Hits 8705 Categories Wildlife News | Big Cats

A recent study conducted on lion hunting behaviour suggests there is gender equality despite being a strongly sexually dimorphic species. The results help to redefine the long held belief that lionesses do most of the hunting while their male counterparts stay close to the pride.  They are, in fact, equally successful hunters, using vastly different predation strategies.

Mar06

New Report Confirms Almost Half of Africa's Lions Facing Extinction

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 Hits 2908 Categories Big Cats

 New Report Confirms Almost Half of Africa's Lions Facing Extinction

A new report published today concludes that nearly half of Africa's wild lion populations may decline to near extinction over the next 20-40 years without urgent conservation measures. The plight of many lion populations is so bleak, the report concludes that fencing them in - and fencing humans out - may be their only hope for survival.

Dec03

Malawi: Final Leopard Reintroduction to Majete Wildlife Reserve

Monday, 03 December 2012 Hits 4987 Categories Wildlife News | Big Cats

Malawi: Final Leopard Reintroduction to Majete Wildlife Reserve

The last two of six leopards from South Africa were flown to Majete Wildlife Reserve on Friday, 23 November, as part of the final phase of the park's predator introduction programme.

[12 3 4  >>  

Newsletter Signup

Sign up for email for the latest news and appeals.
Be sure to stay up to date.

Linking People & Conservation

The African Conservation Foundation is an award-winning charity focused on protecting Africa's endangered wildlife and their habitats.

Connect with us