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This may be the grandest wildlife adventure anywhere for those who are lovers of the BIG CATS - lions, tigers, and leopards!India is not typically known for having lions, as they are normally associated with an African safari. Lions at one time roamed from southern Africa all the way to India. That band no longer exists and today lions typically roam only south of the Sahara in south and east Africa. There is however a small pocket in northwestern India where lions still roam in the wild. This remote and seldom-visited region features Gir National Park where we will search for the rare Asiatic Lion.Our itinerary includes visits to three national parks in search of a myriad of wildlife including the Royal Bengal Tiger. Seeing a tiger in the wild must certainly rank as a true wildlife highlight for even the most seasoned traveler. We also search for a third big cat, near the area of Bera - the leopard. We challenge anyone to find a wildlife safari where you can find lions, tigers, and leopards!Our adventure also includes New and Old Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur, Jawai Dam, and the erotic temples of Khajuraho.




Lions, Tigers and Texts



Two of the 39 tigers, seen last year in Colorado, rescued from the big-cat facility once owned by Joe Exotic and now owned by Jeffrey and Lauren Lowe. Marc Piscotty/Getty Images hide caption


Inspectors observed rotting animal carcasses in some of the big cats' cages and a pile of rotting carcasses elsewhere on the park's grounds. The failure to properly dispose of the bones has attracted flies and other pests that routinely bite and attack the lions, tigers and other animals, according to court documents.


Visit Lions Tigers & Bears - San Diego's ONLY accredited big cat and bear sanctuary! Embark on a 2-hour guided educational visit of the sanctuary and see the animals in their habitats. Home to more than 65 animals, representing 19 species, the ranch has a rich history for you to soak in and explore. Meet lions, tigers, bears, and other big cats like leopards, bobcats, mountain lions, servals, along with rescued ranch animals - all while learning about their incredible rescue stories and how you can make a difference.


Despite numerous barriers to transmission, zoonoses are the major cause of emerging infectious diseases in humans. Among these, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), and ebolaviruses have killed thousands; the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has killed millions. Zoonoses and human-to-animal cross-species transmission are driven by human actions and have important management, conservation, and public health implications. The current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, which presumably originated from an animal reservoir, has killed more than half a million people around the world and cases continue to rise. In March 2020, New York City was a global epicenter for SARS-CoV-2 infections. During this time, four tigers and three lions at the Bronx Zoo, NY, developed mild, abnormal respiratory signs. We detected SARS-CoV-2 RNA in respiratory secretions and/or feces from all seven animals, live virus in three, and colocalized viral RNA with cellular damage in one. We produced nine whole SARS-CoV-2 genomes from the animals and keepers and identified different SARS-CoV-2 genotypes in the tigers and lions. Epidemiologic and genomic data indicated human-to-tiger transmission. These were the first confirmed cases of natural SARS-CoV-2 animal infections in the United States and the first in nondomestic species in the world. We highlight disease transmission at a nontraditional interface and provide information that contributes to understanding SARS-CoV-2 transmission across species.IMPORTANCE The human-animal-environment interface of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is an important aspect of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic that requires robust One Health-based investigations. Despite this, few reports describe natural infections in animals or directly link them to human infections using genomic data. In the present study, we describe the first cases of natural SARS-CoV-2 infection in tigers and lions in the United States and provide epidemiological and genetic evidence for human-to-animal transmission of the virus. Our data show that tigers and lions were infected with different genotypes of SARS-CoV-2, indicating two independent transmission events to the animals. Importantly, infected animals shed infectious virus in respiratory secretions and feces. A better understanding of the susceptibility of animal species to SARS-CoV-2 may help to elucidate transmission mechanisms and identify potential reservoirs and sources of infection that are important in both animal and human health.


Devoted to meditations on three of our planet's most charismatic mega-fauna, this ambitious book explores through numinous texts and some striking monochrome photographs, humankind's historical and contemporary relationship with lions, tigers, and polar bears.


As that's such familiar territory, what differentiates this book from more conventional texts focussing on their plight? Well, it's notable for comprising an elegant fusion of mythology, folklore, and historic anecdotes of native peoples, whose wisdom reflects their respect for these iconic animals, with which they have traditionally shared their living space.


The farmers of India's Vindhya Mountains, for example, are aware of the Bengal tigers' presence but rarely encounter one, which may help to explain why the animal personifies 'maya' - the Hindu concept of illusion and concealment.


This insists that picture editors' responsibilities to select technically competent photos are not thrown into abeyance on the grounds that the book is somehow striving to convey mythic 'impressions' of nature's primal forces, or more specifically of the speed, power, and ferocity of lions, tigers, and polar bears.


However, even they are liable to quibble at the similarity of many photos in the lion and polar bear sections. Each of these, incidentally, receives double the pictorial input of the tigers - a puzzling imbalance.


According to the folks over at the Catty Shack Ranch, lions, tigers and other big cats love playing with trees! You can help the environment and the big cats by recycling your Christmas tree at the sanctuary.


Historically, a comparison of the tiger (Panthera tigris) versus the lion (Panthera leo)[1][2] has been a popular topic of discussion by hunters,[3] naturalists,[4] artists and poets, and has inspired the popular imagination.[5][6] In the past, lions and tigers reportedly competed in the wilderness,[7] where their ranges overlapped in Eurasia.[1][8] The most common reported circumstance of their meeting is in captivity,[9] either deliberately[10] or by accident.[7]


In general, the lion is a social animal, while the tiger is solitary,[2] though at times, male lions are separate from the females,[11][12] and tigers socialise, usually for mating, and rarely for hunts.[13] There are differing scenarios regarding whether tigers would beat lions in fights, or vice-versa:[7][14]


According to Colin Tudge (2011), given that both cats hunt large herbivores, it is likely that they had been in competition in Asia. Despite their social nature, lions might have competed with tigers one-against-one, as they would with each other.[19] Apart from the possibility of competition, there are legends of Asiatic lions and tigers breeding to produce hybrid offspring, which would be ligers or tigons.[20] From the fossil record, besides genetics,[2][21][22] it would appear that the modern lion and tiger were present in Eurasia since the Pleistocene, when now-extinct relatives also existed there.[1][23][24] Additionally, in the days before Indian Independence, the Maharaja of Gwalior introduced African lions into his area, which is a habitat for Bengal tigers.[25]


As of the 21st century, India is the only country to have both wild lions and tigers, specifically Asiatic lions and Bengal tigers.[2][26] Although they do not share the same territory as they did in the past,[7][13][27] there is a project which could lead to their meeting in the wilderness.[28][29]


The possibility of conflict between lions and tigers had been raised in relation to India's Asiatic Lion Reintroduction Project, which was meant to introduce the lions of Gir Forest in the State of Gujarat, to another reserve which is considered to be within the former range of the lion, that is Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh,[28] before December 2017.[30][31] Kuno was reported to contain some tigers that came from Ranthambore National Park, including one called 'T-38'.[7][29] Concerns were raised that the co-presence of lions and tigers would "trigger frequent clashes".[32] At the same, the American biologist Craig Packer and his students at the University of Minnesota considered that a group of lions (two to three males) would have a clear advantage over a tiger and a pack of lionesses (two to four females) would have a similar advantage over a tigress, despite the general advantage of the latter in weight or height. Coalitions of male lions usually fight as a group against territorial rivals, so he mentions that a tiger may have an advantage in a one-on-one encounter, but they also considered that the additional fighting experience and mane perhaps confer an advantage to a lone male lion since the tiger's fighting style evolved in the absence of a mane. Despite all of this, Craig Packer is of the opinion that for Asiatic lions to survive in an area with Bengal tigers, the lions would have to be moved there as intact groups rather than as individuals.[7] Although the habitats of Indian lions and tigers are similar means that they both live in conditions that favour solitary hunters of prey,[14] these lions are social like their African relatives,[33] and may form fighting groups, whereas tigers are usually solitary.[7] 041b061a72


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