Lion: One of the big cats in the genus panthera and member of the Felidae family. It's the 2nd largest living cat after the tiger. Wild lions reside in sub-Sahara Africa & India but in ancient times they flourished everywhere like North Africa, Greece, southeastern Europe, and Eurasia. In the Pleistocene period around 10,000 years ago. Lions were more widespread than humans at that time. They can live between 10-14 years and inhabit savanna, grassland, bushes, & forest/jungle. They are usually social compared to other cats, being a part of a pride that consist of related females, off-springs, & small group of adult males. The lion's closest relatives are the other species in the Panthera. The tiger, snow leopard, jaguar, and leopard. The majority of lions in captivity are hybrids of different species determining 77% of their genetic is unknown. The origin of lion comes from Latin "leo" but also was mentioned in Greek and Hebrew. #lion#everywhere#leo#panthera#bigcats#animals#africatreasure#zoomixing#facts#alwayssomethingnew#gotantherone
The elusive snow leopard has adapted to live in the high altitudes of the Himalayas (16,400 ft elevation) and other mountainous ranges throughout Asia. Their deep chests allow for effective breathing where the air is thin allowing them to hunt and take down prey 2-3 times their size. Snow leopards cannot roar and are most active during dawn and dusk. The strong silent types. Deep breathers who have adapted to the harshest of environments. We can learn a thing or two from these majestic beasts. #humpday#mountainday
Even if the torture stops, I’ll die. And you’ll die too, for when love leaves the world, hearts are still. Tell them of my love and tell them of my pain and tell them of my hope, which still lives. For this is all I have and all I am and all I ask.
'Explosion!' One of the greatest moments of my life!!! This was the day my love, my obsession for leopards, went through the roof, as this was the very first leopard sighting that I ever had in Cape Vidal, iSimangaliso Wetland Park's Eastern Shores back in February 2009 and it sparked such a passion for the leopards in this park, that 5 years later, we ended up embarking on a two year study on these cats. The details of which we would still love to share in future.
This was in the campsite.... it was an amazing story... of which the full version will come at a later stage.