WWF is committed to keeping wildlife protected as well as the world’s forests and oceans. The goals is to keep nature safe from poaching, habitat destruction and climate change. With such a monumental challenge, it sort of goes without saying that WWF will need help. This beautiful blue planet with its astonishing wildlife faces serious threats and this means the organisation’s work is more important than ever.
Most solitary big cats like leopards may well be happy to hunt moderate sized prey, but lions which are a social species can be very ambitious when it comes to the type of species they take on. Thanks to hunting as a pride and the need to feed every member, the big cats have been known to be willing to take on buffalo bulls and even elephants. One of the more sizeable meal options for lion prides are giraffes but taking one down is by no means an easy task.
The African elephant may well be the largest land mammals on Earth but for their babies who haven’t yet reached adulthood and their maximum weight, a riverbank that is steep or a slippery watering hole may pose a significant challenge. Fortunately for the little critters a helping trunk is always on hand. Timothy Van Vuuren managed to shoot some spectacular footage of a herd of elephants acting as a single unit
If you need a fix of adorableness today, then check out this super cute video of an elephant calf playing with homemade football in South Africa’s Greater Kruger Park. Dylan Royal who serves as a guide at a couple of different lodges shot the footage whilst he was showing tourists around Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Mr Royal learned there was a leopard in the vicinity so was on the hunt for the big cat when he chanced up a herd of elephants.
Every year World Octopus Day is celebrated in October and there are memes aplenty when it comes to the celebration of this strange and wonderful species. Last year Octolab released footage of a captive cephalopod named Arnold was captured on video seen squeezing his body through an extremely narrow slit in his tank in order to reach a treat that was on the other side of the tank. The octopus successfully manages to squeeze his 1.8-kilogram body though a 2-centimeter gap.
For those of us who spend eight hours a day in an office, any error, such as accidentally forwarding a personal email to the boss or using a colleague’s coffee mug is not the difference between life and death. However, if you happen to be working as a field worker in a game reserve, making a mistake can mean you end up standing in the middle of a lion pride. Recently a safari guide who was serving as a host for a game drive for a streaming service spotted a fresh set of lion tracks.
Tero Pylkkanen found that patience is a virtue after spending hours hunkered down in a hide in Kumho Finland. The photographer found he was able to capture some wonderful footage of brown bears brawling in the woods. He says he was with his family in the bear hide when two bears appeared that had been following one another for a couple of hours and decided to get right in to it in front of his hide. It was an hour before the first bear appeared in Finnish forest patch where the photographer and his family were camped out.
Mogens Trolle was in Indonesia’s Tangkoko Batuangus Nature Reserve recently photographing Celebes crested macaques when one curious critter decided it wanted a better look at his camera. Mr Trolle says the primate stood behind his camera, peering into it, checking out the button, turning it around as if it were a professional photographer. The equipment was not damaged by the macaque and following its inspection of the camera it quickly returned to more important monkey business.
Victor Devalles a photographer who recently happened to be snorkelling off the Spanish coast managed to capture a shot clip of a jellyfish that was accidently caught in a 15-second long spin after coming into contact with an air-filled bubble ring. Mr Devalles was actually responsible for creating the bubble ring but never meant for the jelly fish to be sent into a high-speed whirl. He says his intention was to capture footage of a jelly fish swimming through the bubble ring.
We all know that every day rhinos die so you would be forgiven asking why the world mourned the loss of Tam. Well the answer to that was Tam was the last surviving male Sumatran rhinoceros in Malaysia and is believed to have passed away in his 30’s as a result of old age. That is actually quite old for a Sumatran rhino. Tam was transferred from the wild back in 2008 to a sanctuary in Malaysian Borneo. His health had been rapidly deteriorating since April this year and he finally passed away back in May.