Tag: elephant

Baby elephants

We are only baby elephants, but we’re not even afraid of the kings of the jungle! African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana, Éléphant d’Afrique) Masai Mara National Park, Kenya April 2014 Lion (Panthera leo, Lion) Masai Mara National Park, Kenya April 2014

Rock hyrax

Did you know that the hyrax is considered as, genetically, the nearest parent to the elephants? One big elephant being a cousin of an animal just a little bigger than a mouse… Rock hyrax (Procavia capensis, Daman des rochers or daman du Cap) Seronera, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, March 2013

Jaws, on firm ground

Feline teeth are their most prominent exterior feature. Since the prehistoric Smilodon (the smiling feline) and its gigantic canines, big cats use their impressive dental characteristics to hunt. On the Laelaps web site, you will find a detaileld article on feline teeth, from yesterday to nowadays: What big teeth you have. Please, also notice the…

Cheetahs and elephants roaming free in USA

Yesterday, we were speaking here about prehistoric big cats in places where they disappeared (e.g. Europe). Today, I want to point at a surprising proposal made by Josh Donlan. Recognizing that many big cats were roaming in North America tens of thousands of years ago, he want to re-introduce lions, cheetahs, elephants and other large…

Elephants protection in Africa

Elephants are -generally speaking- a species endangered in Africa. They have been vigorously hunted for the ivory of their tusks (sometimes for the mere pleasure of hunting big game) and poaching is still intense of many African countries (from de 1.5 million animals in 1970, we are now down to around 500,000 pachyderms). The largest…