lions

‘Love Hormone’ Oxytocin Turns Ferocious Lions Into Friendly Cats

‘Love Hormone’ Oxytocin Turns Ferocious Lions Into Friendly Cats

Oxytocin, the powerful hormone that helps individuals bond with each other, can apparently turn a massive, roaring lion into a cuddly kitten, scientists have found. Sometimes called the “love hormone,” oxytocin reinforces the attachment bonds between mothers and children, romantic partners and friends, and even people and their pets. In a study published recently, lions […]

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    Top Wildlife Photographs Include Heartbreaking Polar Bear, Heartwarming Lions

    Top Wildlife Photographs Include Heartbreaking Polar Bear, Heartwarming Lions

    The Natural History Museum in London announced on Wednesday the winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year: LUMIX People’s Choice Award. After counting 16,000 votes from nature fans, wildlife photographer David Lloyd’s shot of a pair of nuzzling Serengeti lions, called Bond of Brothers, was crowned the top image. “I’m so pleased that this […]

    What Does the World Need to Understand About Wildlife Trafficking?

    What Does the World Need to Understand About Wildlife Trafficking?

    By John R. Platt At first glance rhinos, pangolins and jaguars don’t seem to have much in common. But there are a few things that link them. For one thing, they’re all targets of poachers and smugglers, who traffic in their body parts and threaten the species with extinction. For another, all three species have […]

    Why Trump’s New Trophy Hunting Council Is a Disaster

    Why Trump’s New Trophy Hunting Council Is a Disaster

    By Elly Pepper In early November—the same week the Trump administration announced its disastrous decision to allow elephant and lion trophy imports from Zimbabwe and Zambia—the administration decided to create an advisory committee, the International Wildlife Conservation Council (IWCC), to advise Trump on how to enhance trophy hunters’ ability to hunt internationally. Yup, that means […]

    Threatened Big Cats in the Spotlight for World Wildlife Day

    Threatened Big Cats in the Spotlight for World Wildlife Day

    By Debbie Banks I recently had the privilege of being one of the preliminary judges for the International Big Cats Film Festival, the winners of which will be announced on March 2. What a luxury—to indulge my passion for big cats and watch hours and hours of some of the most amazing footage of tigers, […]