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Book review: My Lion’s Heart by Gareth Patterson

Gareth Patterson’s book, My Lion’s Heart, is the incredible story of one man’s determination to give a small group of young orphaned lions a fresh start in life.

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Elephant survives attack by 14 lions

A young elephant somehow manages to bravely fend off an attack by a 14 member pride of female lions in Zambia.

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Lions take down first elephant of the season in Savuti

A pride of lions take down the first elephant of the season in Savuti.

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The king of the beasts to return to Akagera National Park

Play put on to prepare locals for the lion’s return to Akagera.

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A cat fight

A lone lioness is attacked by a pride’s dominant male.

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Lion cubs play mechanic

Lion cubs play mechanic on a safari vehicle in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater.

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The lions at Camp Savuti

The legendary lions of the Savuti

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Zebras bite the dust

Action between zebras and lions at Salvadora waterhole in Etosha.

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Europeans opposed to canned hunting explore ways of banning trophies

Conservationist Ian Michler met European lawyers, politicians, NGOs and the media this month to discuss ways of introducing a ban on the importation of canned lion hunting trophies into Europe.

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Lions at play

Wonderful photographs of golden backlit lions playing in the dust.

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Walking with a myriad of wildlife in Tsavo

Join us on a great walk through Tsavo as we come across elephants, lions, hyenas, crocodiles and much more…

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Mongoose fends off four lions

Four lions were left with their tails between their legs when a mongoose bravely took on the predators.

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A lion family in the making

Stunning photographs of a private moment in Pafuri with two young lions mating.

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Lions vs. crocodile fight

An extremely rare event, when lions take on a crocodile, is captured on camera during a trip to the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya

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Too close, too personal. This hippo was a few meters from me at one of the pools on the Biyamiti River.

Kruger – lions, kingfishers and on foot with ellies

Scott Ramsay’s travels take him to the Kruger National Park, a landmark area in the history of wildlife conservation.

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iSimangaliso to restore all original species

iSimangaliso Wetland Park intends to realise a conservation vision of restoring all historically occurring game back into the world heritage site. With the introduction of eland, the next and final species will be brought back.

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Lions in battle

During a trip to Kenya’s Maasai Mara these bloggers have some spectacular encounters with lions.

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A dramatic lion kill

Dramatic images of a pride of lions killing a buffalo.

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International rugby player speaks out about captive lions

Brumbies rugby player, Clyde Rathbone, speaks out about lions in captivity and the moral dilemma surrounding visiting them.

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Five reasons you should see wild lions

“Wild lions are Herculean” according to Michael Schwartz. In this blog he give five reasons why these apex predators are the king of the megafauna in Africa.

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Moonlight, a lion fight and a hand to hold

A wild experience involving a fight between lions under moonlight in Klaserie Game Reserve.

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Lions trap hyena inside a dead elephant

The African Impact Mara Naboisho Volunteer Project recently had an incredible encounter in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy when a group of lions trapped a hyena inside the carcass of a dead elephant.

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First photos of Liuwa’s lion cubs

Liuwa’s Park Manager has captured the first clear images of the three lion cubs, born four months ago in Liuwa National Park.

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Invention makes peace with the lions

In the Maasai community where 13-year-old Richard Turere lives, cattle are all-important. But lion attacks were growing more frequent. In this short, inspiring talk, the young inventor shares the solar-powered solution he designed to safely scare the lions away.

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‘Living wall’ fences save lions in Tanzania

A new low-tech solution is helping eliminate an age-old problem in northern Tanzania – the conflict between predators and farmers. Living walls are keeping livestock safe from attacks by big cats, and the cats safe from Masai spears.

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Modern lions’ origin revealed by genetic analysis

The origin and history of modern lions have been revealed by scientists. A genetic analysis of living lions and museum specimens confirms modern lions’ most recent common ancestor lived around 124 000 years ago

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Phenomenal big cat sightings in Klaserie

The month of March has proved to be phenomenal in terms of sightings of big cats, delighting both rangers and guests at the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve.

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Big cats take on little cat

Photos of a pride of lions attacking a tiny wild cat in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

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2 lions vs. 12 hyenas

A group of twelve hyenas take on two lions in Botswana’s Chobe National Park for their share of an elephant kill.

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Fighting for the pride

The after math of a fight between male lions can leave a lot of damage behind, this male lion may be the victor but he has the scars to prove it.

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Founder of Ewaso Lions awarded

Shivani Bhalla, a fourth-generation Kenyan who founded Ewaso Lions in 2007, has been awarded the 2013 Rabinowitz-Kaplan Prize for the Next Generation in Wild Cat Conservation.

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50‌‌‌ | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 25

Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50‌‌‌ | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 25 which airs on SABC 2 at 19h30 on 24 February 2014. Learn more about lion conservation throughout South Africa, get the inside story of the Kruger Park elephant incident and find out how to track big game on a bush walk.

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Global march for lions

South African wildlife activists have initiated a Global March for Lions that will be held in various cities throughout the world to highlight the plight of lions caught up in the canned hunting industry.

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Tragic end for the little elephant who got lost

Harrowing pictures of a lion single-handedly taking down baby elephant after a 30 minute chase.

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The Kgalagadi in summer

While everyone was driving south out of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in middle of January, going back to work and heading back to school, Scott was driving north, into the heat. Read about his summer adventure.

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6 things you’ll love about the Kalahari

The Kalahari Desert spans across Botswana, South Africa and Namibia; a total of over 900 000 square kilometres. Here are just six things we think you will love about this vast area.

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Lions and hyena share a meal

Just after sunrise in the Masai Mara, a pack of roughly 20 hyena share a buffalo kill with a hungry group of lions.

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Lions return to iSimangaliso in memory of Mandela

After 44 years of absence, lions are being introduced into the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, affording the park with Big 7 status.

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A winter wonderland at Sabi Sabi

There is something magical about Sabi Sabi in winter as the bush fades from its lush greens to dead browns, the rains disappear and the parched earth cries out for a drink.

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The WALL-E of Africa meets the lions

New Zealand photographer Chris McLennan gets a different view of a pride of wild lions in Botswana with use of a remote controlled buggy.

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Magical Mana Pools

Two Land Cruisers arrived followed by a cloud of fine-grained Africa dust. As the cruisers came to a halt doors swung open wide and an army of big smiles were ready to experience Mana Pools National Park.

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The number of springbok seen on annual game counts in the Kunene region of Namibia. Photograph courtesy of ≠Khoadi-//Hoas Conservancy.

Trophy hunting in the context of community conservation

A thought-provoking blog post about how a well-managed trophy hunting operation has a positive effect on both wildlife and communities.

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Big cat secrets to staying awesome

There is no doubt that African big cats make up some of our most impressive predators. From the maned ‘king of the jungle’, to the elusive leopard, and the fast-as-lightning cheetah, these feline beauties have precious reputations to live up

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Lions crossing the Sand River

The presence of various vulture species along the banks of the Sand River led us to a carcass. An adult Kudu had been killed during the night by a pride consisting of not only 3 adult lionesses, but also their

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A fully grown male is sought after as a trophy to adorn the walls of hunters.

How Lions go from the Petting Zoo to the Dinner Plate

It seems to be the way that human beings are wired, but as soon as something exists in all its natural magnificence, it becomes a desirable item to own. Sometimes even just a part of it will do to satisfy

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Demand for lion bones offers South African breeders a lucrative return

Original source: Guardian.co.uk “Fears of a rise in poaching as Asian traders look for alternatives to tigers as a source of ingredients for traditional medicine Koos Hermanus would rather not give names to the lions he breeds. So here, behind

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