Humans are by far the kindest, most compassionate, most creative, most violent, most destructive and most misery-inducing animal in the history of the world. We are the only creature capable of creating global problems.
I am happy that this week I didn't have to discover that my crowns and root canals were funding a man who uses my money to kill the worlds most rare and beautiful creatures. That my veneers didn't help pay for the destruction of the last few white rhinos. Or that my cavity fillings were funding the slow and painful death of a spectacular male lion in Zimbabwe.
Living free in the wild, being admired -- not killed -- for their beauty is where these species true and only value should lie. Cecil brought in significant tourist dollars as a living, breathing icon. Now he is nothing more than a sad reminder of what greed and exploitation of wildlife can lead to.
The Supreme Court's ruling may be a progressive move for Americans, but this is nothing new for animals. Did you know that at least 1500 species of animals have been engaging in homosexual activity sans judgment from their peers for eons?
I didn't know much about desert-adapted lions before my trip to Namibia. I knew they were endangered like every other lion in Africa. But that's just part of their story. It wasn't until Stander's talk that I fully understood the magnificence of these majestic creatures -- the mere 150 that are left.
I want you to keep trying -- no matter how discouraged you get. You'll be amazed at the life you can lead when you stop looking for the easy way out of life's chokehold, and instead, persevere in spite of it.
The lions were right next to us. Tom, our scout, sat on an elevated chair out on the front of the jeep, that is, until he spotted cats. Then he would jump inside next to Erich, the ranger.
We need to remember that our kids are playing in a youth rec league. They're going to get youth-rec-league-quality officiating. The bad calls are probably going to even themselves out and if these officials are not driven away, they'll continue to gain experience, they'll continue to get better, and there will be fewer bad calls.
I have known Nashipai for over 12 years. Throughout that time, this beautiful lioness has taught me everything I know about Samburu lions and has become a personal favorite of mine.
The lion was found to be a 8-year-old male, and was seen roaming around the well when it slipped and fell in. The lion waited in the water until forest officials managed to get two ropes around the animal and pull it out of the well into a cage.
This decision is a victory for lions -- until now, the species have been the only great cat not protected under the Act.
A hundred years ago we think there were over a million lions. When I was born, maybe 450,000 lions roamed these plains. Today we niggle over if there are 20,000 or 35,000 lions left and forget to look over our shoulders at history.