Description: Team photo Tags: News; team; photo; field work

Some of ALPRU's activities:

Exhausted, but gratified after a successful field trip of three days from 4-6 February 2002. Body measurements (a total of 45 variables, ranging from body mass to canine dimensions) were taken from 53 lions of both sexes and different ages.

In an improvement of the comprehensive procedure to measure the bodies of large African predators, two additional variables on the manes of male lions were added; hence 47 variables are currently measured.

 

Description: News Photo - Maned lion Tags: News Photo; Maned lion; maned; lion; news; photo
Melanie Pieterse - 31 July 2002

A heavy-maned, adult male African lion (Panthera leo). He was temporarily immobilised, ready to be measured and weighed during a routine field trip by the team.

Most adult male lions exhibit manes, ranging from well-developed to slightly underdeveloped manes (the so-called maneless lion). Lions are the only cat species exhibiting this clear sexual dimorphism in males.

A comprehensive method of measuring the bodies of large African predators is available. The procedure is also demonstrated visually with the aid of photographs - showing how to measure the bodies of large African predators - go to Products and Services for details.

Description: News Photo - lioness belly Tags: News Photo; lioness belly; male lion; belly
Daryl Barnes - 6 February 2002

Lionesses have two pairs of teats. The milk from lactating lionesses was collected during different stages of lactation and analysed in laboratories at the UFS. The milk of African lionesses have a high lipid (fat) and protein content. Milk is the sole diet of young cubs for the first few weeks until they gradually start consuming solid animal matter as part of their carnivorous diet.

Description: News Photo - Male Lion Belly Tags: News Photo; Lion Belly; lion; belly; measurements; male
Daryl Barnes - 6 February 2002

The four teats of a young adult male lion - compared to the larger, more pronounced and well-developed nipples of a lactating lionesses shown in the photograph above. Also note that in cats, the male penis is not visible from this angle.

An article on the composition of African lion milk, collected within a few days postpartum, has appeared in the Mammalian Biology 69(6), 375-383. The authors of this article demonstrates the network of individuals from disciplines such as Food Science and Biochemistry, who are engaged in the research conducted by ALPRU.

Description: News Photo Tail tuft Tags: newsphoto; tail; tuft; horny spikeDescription: News Photo Tail tuft Tags: News photo; tail; tuft

Daryl Barnes - 6 February 2002

Lions, both African (Panthera leo) and Asiatic (P. l. persica), are the only cat species that exhibit a tuft at the end of the tail. Hidden in the tuft is a bony, spiky tip.

Typical of cats, lions have the following dental formula:


3 1 3 1

[ I- C- P- M- ] x 2 = 30 [I = incisors; C = canines; P = premolars; M = molars]

3 1 2 1

Description: News Photo of lion teeth Tags: news photo; lion teeth; lion; teethDescription: News Photo of lion teeth from side Tags: News photo; lion teeth; lion; teeth; dentition

Daryl Barnes - 6 February 2002

Close-ups of the teeth of an African lion (Panthera leo) - on the left are the four (4) canines and 12 incisors; on the right is a side view of a molar in the upper jaw and a premolar in the mandible (lower jaw), forming the scissor-like shears or carnassials to cut animal tissue when eating. The cutting edge is on the inner side of the upper carnassial and on the outer side of the lower carnassial.

Description: News Photo - Undergraduates Tags: News Photo; undergraduates; undergraduate students
Willie Combrinck - 5 October 2005

The first group of undergraduate students that completed the latest introduced course (DVL444 Applied nutrition of wild herbivores and carnivores) during November 2005.

Description: News Photo - Undergraduate field trip Tags: News photo; undergraduates; field trip; field; trip

Group of undergraduate students during the field trip to Tussen-die-Riviere Reserve in October 2007 (DVL444 Applied nutrition of wild herbivores and carnivores)

Description: News Photo - Undergraduate field trip Tags: News photo; undergraduates; field trip; field; trip

Field trip to Tussen-die-Riviere Reserve in October 2006 (DVL444 Applied nutrition of wild herbivores and carnivores)

Description: News Photo - Undergraduate field trip Tags: News photo; undergraduates; field trip; field; trip

Trip to Tussen-die-Riviere Reserve in October 2007 (DVL444 Applied nutrition of wild herbivores and carnivores)

Description: News Photo - Undergraduate field trip Tags: News photo; undergraduates; field trip; field; trip

Identifying different plant species during the field trip in October 2006 (DVL444 Applied nutrition of wild herbivores and carnivores)


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