Stories tagged leopard

Yeah! Leopard fight!: fight fight fight fight!
Yeah! Leopard fight!: fight fight fight fight!Courtesy ktpupp
Yes! You've done it again, world!

With nothing else to do during its summer vacation, Nature has pitted two of its most fearsome predators against each other, and Science, in its unrelenting efforts to get all up in Nature's grill, snapped some raw photographs!

A leopard fighting a crocodile! Chick it out!

Oh, right, science blog... Um... Um... See, you've got, like, two... top of the food chain predators... whose ecological niches overlap just slightly, and... shrinking prey species... or habitat... they totally fight it out! Yeah!

Jun
07
2007

Can you hear me know?: Wildlife managers in India are using cell phone ringtones of chickens, goats and cows to draw troublesome leopards into villages to be trapped and moved to safer locations. (Photo by Sunshine Hanan)
Can you hear me know?: Wildlife managers in India are using cell phone ringtones of chickens, goats and cows to draw troublesome leopards into villages to be trapped and moved to safer locations. (Photo by Sunshine Hanan)
How do they deal with bothersome leopards in India? Call them up on a cell phone.

Indian villages with chronic leopard problems have turned to cell phones as a solution. Callers set their phone to have a ringtone that sounds like a chicken, goat or cow. Then at night, they have someone call that phone. The bothersome leopard hears the artificial animal call, comes in closer to investigate and walks right into a live trap.

The trapped leopards are then taken deeper into area forests where they won’t be a problem in the every-day-life of the villagers. Encroaching development into traditional leopard habitats has driven some of the cats into settled areas.

It’s not too bad a deal for the leopards, that’s for sure. You just might want to be sure you don’t have a chicken, goat or cow ringtone on your phone if you’ll be traveling to India anytime soon.

Mar
16
2007

Clouded leopard: Photo by fuzuoko
Clouded leopard: Photo by fuzuoko


Scientists working for the World Wildlife Fund have recently “discovered” a new species of cat, with the longest teeth in the feline world. The Borneo clouded leopard has fangs that can grow up to 2 inches long. Only the extinct saber-tooth tiger of North America has longer chompers.

The interesting thing is, scientists have known about the clouded leopard on Borneo for over 100 years. But it wasn’t until recently that they compared its DNA to that of clouded leopards on mainland Asia. When they did, they discovered some 40 differences – making the island cat as different from its continental cousin as lions are from tigers.

The Borneo clouded leopard lives in an inaccessible jungle, a part of the island which scientists have only recently begun exploring for the first time. So far, they have found 50 new species, just from this one area.