Today, the 29th of July, is International Tiger Day. It was founded in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in Russia, to draw worldwide attention to the severely declining native populations of tigers and their ecosystems, as well as the organisations who are working to save them.
To date, just over 3,000 tigers still survive in the wild, and despite there being a strong international effort to protecting them, they are still heavily threatened from poaching, habitat destruction, confrontation with humans and being sold on the illegal wildlife trade market.
For more information on tigers, their current plight or to find out how you can help, please visit these organisations:
(Photo by dickysingh)
A female leopard takes down an impala by Martha van Rensburg
The famous Langklaas leopard of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa was visited by a lone lioness and her young cub, a day before she passed away. Whilst it’s common for lions to kill leopards, especially their cubs, this lioness decided to leave Langklaas be. The leopard, who was in very bad condition, died on the 8th of May 2014, after a suspected infection caused by an undelivered placenta. She was eight years old.
Photo by Willie Visagie