Instagram’s most famous animal rescue foundation is beloved by celebrities and millions of fans, and completely and utterly terrifying. Scrolling through the Black Jaguar-White Tiger™ feed is like seeing the beginning of Grizzly Man play out on social media.
I always thought it was odd that lions were called the King of the Jungle when, in truth, they live on the savannah and in the bush. Still, they're definitely royalty among the African megafauna.
In 2011, photographer Vincent J. Musi had the opportunity to shoot several of Houston Zoo's big cats on behalf of National Geographic. This week, Musi and NatGeo have been featuring select images from the series (some of them previously unpublished) on their respective Instagram pages, and they are positively sublime.
An 11-year-old, 418 pound Asiatic lion named Lucifer who lives at a UK zoo has a sore foot. He's been given acupuncture, despite the complete inefficacy of the procedure.
The lion, as they say, is king of the jungle. More accurately, it might be called the king of the savannah. It was once thought that lions posed a serious risk to other, smaller carnivores, like cheetahs and African wild dogs, but new research suggests that things aren't quite so clear-cut.
A recent fossil discovery in the Himalayas has pushed back the clock on big cat evolution by as much as seven million years. But not only that, the discovery of this previously unknown ancient leopard shows that these apex predators arose in Asia, not Africa.
What do lions and tigers and jaguars see when they look in the mirror? Judging by the reactions of some of these cats at Tampa's Big Cat Rescue animal sanctuary, it's something pretty scary. What exactly makes a lion jump like that? Maybe he's having a bad mane day.