Earlier this month, Cecil the lion – one of the most treasured lions in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park – was found shot, beheaded and skinned. This week it was reported that an American man paid a local $55,000 for the opportunity to hunt down Cecil and kill him. The idea was that Cecil would be lured out of the protected park and onto a local landowner’s property to escape any legal ramifications.
Photographers sure have guts. Atif Saeed is a nature photographer in Pakistan and had quite the run-in with a lion who really wasn’t in the mood to be photographed that day. While photographing animals at a safari zoo park near Lahore, Saeed came across a beautiful lion he just had to photograph and risk his life for.
With up to 700 people attacked by lions every year, it’s safe to say it’s a tad frightening to see one racing towards you in a public place like the park or a shopping mall. Which is what truly makes this video prank all the more funny.
South Carolina-based photographer Vincent J. Musi must have nerves of steal. In order to produce this striking series of images he put himself in an intimate studio setting with some of the most dangerous predators on the planet.
A zoo in China’s People’s Park of Luohe has reportedly been attempting to pass off common species as exotic species. One such attempt involved a Tibetan mastiff masquerading as an African lion, but as you might guess, nobody was fooled. As a result of the lion scandal, the zoo is currently under fire from, well, everyone.
What’s the mane feature of a lion? This wacky art project has the king of the jungle styled like a rock star. We think ‘Afro Lion’, by the Japanese artist Mountstar is definitely going to be the look for the runways of the savanna this spring.
What can you get for a cat that lacks nothing? Well, Seattle-based Etsy shop, Nestasnest, has just the thing to transform him or her into the king of beasts: a lion hat rimmed with synthetic fur, plush felt ears and cotton-lined for comfort. If a leopard complex is what the cat’s got instead of a lion complex, you can get a leopard hat instead from the same store.