Harrowing Photos Capture Tense Encounter Between Baby Baboon And Lion

While on a game drive in northern Botswana, a married couple witnessed a dramatic scene involving a troop of baboons fleeing from a pack of lions. What they saw next was completely unexpected — and showed the surprising tenderness that can be exhibited by even the most ferocious of animals. » 4/07/14 12:25pm 4/07/14 12:25pm

New species of lion discovered at Ethiopian zoo

Naturalists in Africa have long noted that some lions in Ethiopia look a bit different than regular lions, mostly on account of a dark mane that extends from the head, neck, and chest to the belly. They're also smaller and more compact. It wasn't known, however, if they represented a distinct species. But now, a… » 11/27/12 6:30am 11/27/12 6:30am

In the 1930s, daredevils would drive up walls with lions for passengers

Last week, we met a lion tamer who used his powers of persuasion to transform his cats into a stately throne. Today, we will examine the defunct practice of corralling large, semi-unpredictable cats into motordromes, training them to sit in sidecars, and tearing ass up perilous inclines with these apex predators in… » 8/27/12 8:15am 8/27/12 8:15am

In 1929, the most important article in the history of zoology was…

This honor goes to the above blurb from Modern Mechanics magazine (click to enlarge), wherein naturalist Harry C. Ostrander foisted blatant pro-Babar propaganda upon an unsuspecting audience. Duplicitous trunked pretender! For more old-school taxonomic comedy, see J.W. Buel's biological tableaus of humans being… » 5/22/12 1:10pm 5/22/12 1:10pm

This plucky "Beetlecam" photography droid gets in hungry lions' faces

To capture the lions of Masai Mara on camera, British wildlife photographer William Burrard-Lucas devised with an ingenious solution — his wheeled, shielded, and camouflaged Beetlecam. After teasing out the kinks of his first model, he set this new version to roam around the Kenyan savannah. As you can see above,… » 3/08/12 12:10pm 3/08/12 12:10pm

Grooming a lion is an adorable, nerve-wracking process

How do you beautify a feline apex predator? Allow animal handler Alex Larenty to demonstrate on Jamu, his big cat test subject. Jamu's lion aftershave treatment was filmed last August at the SA Lion Park in Johannesburg, South Africa. All in all, "lion beautician" is right up there with "lion autodrome driver" on my… » 12/30/11 6:30am 12/30/11 6:30am