Nowhere To Roam

WILDLIFE RESERVES ALONE CANNOT PROTECT BIG CATS. A LOOK AT NEW WAYS TO SAVE THEM

In the thick golden light of a setting African sun, under the speckled shade of an acacia tree, three young lions are feasting on a baby giraffe. The hindquarters are gone; the chest is laid bare. Dry, snapping noises can be heard across the grasslands as the animals crack the ribs of their prey to get to the vital organs. Coolly, with utter confidence, a mature lioness--the oldest of the seven-member pride--approaches. A 3-year-old male tries to scare her off with a snarl, but she lunges at him, baring her teeth and biting at his neck. After a modest show of...

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