An African lion, the first passenger of a new flight that connects Italy with Nicaragua on its first direct link with Europe, is seen in his new dwelling at Managua's Zoo on July 13, 2012. The lion came as part of an exchange agreement between the Hauptstadt Zoo in Berlin and Nicaragua.
"Argoun", a three-month-old Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) is pictured during its first time out on July 11, 2012 at the zoo in Mulhouse, eastern France. Amur leopards population is estimated to about fifty in nature around the world.
Toronto Star reader Wilson Lee shares this endearing photo he took of a family of 5 raccoons that were living under his deck in Toronto, as they were heading out for the evening. Lee says the ladder was set up by his neighbour who was doing work on his roof.
Patrick Karabaranga, a warden at the Virunga National Park, plays with an orphaned mountain gorilla in the gorilla sanctuary in the park headquarters at Rumangabo in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on July 17, 2012. The Virunga park is home to some 210 mountain gorillas, approximately a quarter of the world's population. The four orphans that live in the sanctuary are the only mountain gorillas in the world not living in the wild, having been brought here after their parents were killed by poachers or as a result of traffickers trying to smuggle them out of the park. "They play a critical part in the survival of the species" says Emmanuel De Merode, Director for Virunga National Park. He adds that the ICCN does not currently have access to the gorilla sector of the park due to the M23 rebellion.
Amurskaya, a Siberian tiger, licks one of its cub at the St-Felicien Wildlife Zoo in St-Felicien, July 18, 2012. The mother, Amurskaya, gave birth to her two cubs on May 24, 2012. The Siberian tiger is also called Amur tiger.
Rescued Magellanic Penguins from South America play in the water at the new June Keys Penguin Habitat at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.ues such as climate change and overfishing threaten their survival.