LIONS....live in the grassy plains, savannas, open woodlands, & scrubland in Africa and Asia....average 5.5 to 8 feet long with 3 - 3.5 feet tail....weigh 330 to 550 pounds....only big cat that lives in groups called "prides"....can eat up to 140 pounds of meat at a time....its roar can be heard up to 5 miles away...2 subspecies are critically endangered: Asiatic (less than 350) & West African (less than 400)....a total population of 23,000-39,000 cats in the wild
Lion cubs bred in captivity are ripped from their mothers at less than a month old. At just a few weeks old, cubs will begin to be handled by tourists for pictures, often roughly, causing them chronic stress and sometimes injury. Any aggressive behavior they display is punished using fear and pain. Tourists are even instructed to hit the lions if they act unruly. When they are not being handled, they are kept in small concrete enclosures and fed inadequately.A group of lions in a facility in
Where the Antelope Play. June 6 "We were driving around the Savute plains in northern Botswana, searching for a group of lions that had killed a very young female impala a few minutes before," writes Your Shot member Chris Schmid. "After [we'd been] observing the lions, a group of impalas got my attention. A young male was jumping around just a few meters away from the lions that had just killed one of its kind. The contrast between life and death made this moment unique. The other impalas…
Picture of two sea lions swimming right under the surface of the water above rocks Small groups of endemic Galápagos sea lions on Isla Isabela’s east coast hunt for yellowfin tuna, abundant here, by herding them into bays and then forcing them onto the rocks or dispatching them with a bite to the head. Sea lions are expected to decline as the climate changes.