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First-Ever Photos Show Wild Lion Nursing Leopard Cub

While the photos are undeniably cute, an expert says the strange pairing might not end well.<p>African lions and leopards are not what you'd call friends. In fact, lions have a habit of killing leopards.<p>So it was quite surprising when a five-year-old lioness was seen nursing a weeks-old leopard cub …


Cat Experts: Ligers and Other Designer Hybrids Pointless and Unethical

There’s a dark side to feline mash-ups.<p>Ever heard of a liger? It’s the offspring of a male lion and female tiger. There’s also the tigon, which has a lion mother and tiger father. And the leopon, the progeny of a lion and a leopard—not to be outdone by the jagulep, a jaguar-leopard mix.<p>Feline …


A Local's Guide to Seychelles

This island nation is a destination of a lifetime with its laid-back vibe and gorgeous beaches that draw thousands to its cerulean shores each year.<p>I came to Seychelles 40 years ago on vacation, and when I returned two years later, it was for good. This allure says rather a lot about the …

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Thai jungle seen as breeding ground for Indochinese tigers

BANGKOK (AP) — Conservationists say they have evidence that the critically endangered Indochinese tiger is breeding in a Thai jungle, giving hope for the survival of an animal whose total population may be less than 300.<p>Thailand's Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation along …

Great White Sharks on the Rise in This Vacation Town

For the second year in a row, the number of great white sharks migrating to Cape Cod is increasing.<p>For the second year in a row, the number of great white sharks heading to Cape Cod in summer seems to be increasing.<p>A study conducted by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries found that the …

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Best Photos of 2016

Here is a gallery of National Geographic's 52 best images of the year—curated from 91 photographers, 107 stories, and 2,290,225 photographs.


The World Is Finally Getting Serious About Tiger Farms

Johannesburg, South Africa<p>Tiger farms supply the black market with skins, bones, and other parts. Now, at an international wildlife trade conference, China and other Asian countries face pressure to shut them down.<p>China came under pressure today for allowing the intensive breeding and sale of tiger …


Rich People’s Pet Cheetahs Put Wild Cheetahs at Risk

Johannesburg, South Africa<p>As more cheetahs are smuggled out of Africa into the Persian Gulf states, a global wildlife summit tackles the exotic pet trade.<p>Cheetahs: The world’s fastest land animal and the Middle East’s hottest pet. On Instagram you’ll find hundreds of photos of rich, young Arabs …


Extinct Car-Size Shark Discovered

The big predator plied the ancient waters of both the Atlantic and Pacific.<p>A big new species of ancient shark has been identified and named.<p>Likely related to the largest shark that ever lived—the infamous megalodon—the new species, <i>Megalolamna paradoxodon</i>, grew to be the size of a car. Scientists …


One Snow Leopard Needs a Protected Range Bigger Than Aruba

The big cats' home territories are up to 44 times bigger than previously thought, a new study using GPS collars reveals.<p>The snow leopard is known as the “ghost of the mountain” for good reason. The big cats are secretive, few in number, and native to craggy, high-altitude habitats of Central Asia …


Saving Sharks with Satellites

Changing Planet<p>In the past I have blogged about how the use of electronic tagging and tracking can support the conservation of marine animals. I have also addressed some misconceptions about shark tagging studies and discussed the value of such research for conservation. Building off these topics, …


Revealing a “Modern-Day Velociraptor”

Changing Planet<p>Artist and science illustrator Jane Kim puts the final touches on the southern cassowary in her new mural at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. (Photo by Danza Chisholm-Sims/Ink Dwell)<p>To celebrate its centennial, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has commissioned Ink Dwell studio to create …


Shark vs. Cameraman, Ancient Islands, More!

Changing Planet<p>A highlight of this expedition has been our interaction with the Seychellois people. I love the Seychellois—there is a sense of peaceful energy and of being at ease with nature. At the start of our expedition on the main island of Mahé we joined beautiful, experienced fishermen at …

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Great White Sharks of Gansbaai: No Hooking, No Handling, No Harm

Changing Planet<p><i>On board with Lindblad Expeditions Southern Africa and Indian Ocean tour.</i><p>March 23, 2015 – As we began our cruise up the southeast coast of Africa aboard the ship <i>National Geographic Orion</i>, we departed Cape Town, South Africa. Several of us spent the day on an outing with Marine …

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Thailand’s Tiger Temple — a conservation project or a tourist trap?

Workers sit on tigers at the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Pic: Ruchika Vyas.<i>One of the most controversial ‘tourist attractions’ in</i> …


#MustRead: Three important success lessons from Africa’s 3 Big Cats - Capital Lifestyle

By Lorne Sulcas<p>In the ruthless marketplace of Nature, it doesn’t matter where you are on the food chain, even for the predators, it’s fiercely …


Wonderful footage of rare big cats in mating ritual captured in Siberia

Female Amur leopard Kedrovka. Picture: Nikolay Zinovyev/Land of Leopard<p>It seems spring is finally in the air, at least for some of the rarest big …


Readers’ wildlife photographs

When I beefed that my tank of readers’ photos was low, reader Russ Collins came through in spades, with a bunch of lovely Big Cat pictures from …

Lions and tigers and bears, no more: Why countless species now face permanent oblivion

If current trends hold, our children may think of the T. rex and the rhino as co-occupants of a single Lost World<p>Maybe baby steps will help, but the world needs a lot more than either the United States or China is offering to combat the illegal traffic in wildlife, a nearly $20-billion-a-year …

Watch: Rare Tiger Family Caught on Video in China

The footage may show that Siberian tigers are rebounding in China, where the subspecies had been hunted nearly to extinction.<p>Newly captured video shows a Siberian tiger family playing—the first recorded images of the extremely endangered big cat in inland China.<p>Fewer than 400 Siberian, or Amur, …


Week's Best Space Pictures: A Giant Erupts, a Glacier Spills, and Janus Hovers

A volcano awakens after seven years, a river of ice and snow spills onto a plain, and a Saturnian moon hovers near some rings in this week's best space pictures.


Is “Extinct” Forever? Central Asia’s Caspian Tiger Traverses the Comeback Trail

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>In reeds tinged red in the Central Asian sun, a tiger once roamed. Will it again? (Illustration: Helmut Diller, WWF)<p><i>I imagine a tiger.</i><p><i>He’ll move through the forest and his days</i><p><i>Leaving his traces on the mud banks</i><p><i>Of a river whose name he doesn’t know.</i><p><i>In his world there are no</i> …


The Year of the Snow Leopard in the Chinese Year of the Sheep/Goat

Changing Planet<p>A snow leopard in the family-based M-Sayod Conservancy (Photograph by Panthera/M-Sayod/AoS)<p><b>A snow leopard couple in the Darvaz range of Tajikistan celebrated Valentine Day and the arrival of the Chinese Year of the Sheep/Goat by feasting on a very special goat, the markhor. 2015,</b> …


Oracle Visits AKTF’s Build-A-Boma Project in Maasai Mara

Changing Planet<p>The sun had risen less than an hour before, yet Anne and the rest of us at the Anne K. Taylor Fund were gathered on an earthen airstrip at the edge of Maasai Mara National Reserve. Our Anti-Poaching Team leaned coolly against their truck, its green paint matching their olive …


The Global Reef Expedition: Palau

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><i>This article is brought to you by the</i> <i>International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP)</i><i>. Read our</i> <i>other articles</i> <i>on the National Geographic Voices blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world.</i><p>Text and photos by iLCP Fellow Keith</b> …

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Week's Best Space Pictures: A Star Pulses, a Hurricane Rages, and a Planet Sucks

Astronomers catch the blue light from a pulsar, a hurricane makes landfall, and an exoplanet sucks the life out of its star in the week's best space pictures.


Inserting Captive-Bred Tigers Into the Wild: Will it Work?

Changing Planet<p><b>By Joseph Allchin</b><p><b>Dhaka, Bangladesh–</b>The South China tiger has not been seen in the wild since the 1960s. Although Chinese delegates at a global tiger conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh this week are reluctant to admit it is extinct in the wild, it might as well be, because no confirmed …


Bouncing Back: Nepal’s Tigers Survive Civil Turmoil

Changing Planet<p><b>Dhaka, Bangladesh–</b>For years the Himalayan nation of Nepal lacked a functional government. Years of war and subsequent reorientation of the state, left vulnerable the nation’s rich fauna and in particular its tigers to the rampant poaching that has decimated wildlife populations …


Water Vapor Seen on Distant World

Search for potentially life-sustaining worlds gets a boost with the ability to probe a common class of planets.<p>Astronomers have found evidence of water vapor in the atmosphere of a Neptune-size planet 122 light-years from Earth—the first time water has been identified on a planet that small, …