Veterinarian Thierry Petit operates on an anesthetized Sri Lankan leopard at the family-owned Palmyre Zoo in western France on Nov. 20. The private zoo greets up to 800,000 visitors a year, is home to around 1,700 animals of 170 different species, and as a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums provides funding for the conservation of endangered species—like the Sri Lankan leopard. One of the nine leopard subspecies, the Sri Lanka leopard is classified as endangered by the ICUN Red List, mostly because of two threats: poaching and habitat loss.
Football fan? These White Bean Nachos might be the perfect thing to munch on while you watch a game.
White Bean Nachos
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3 cups cooked white beans with some cooking liquid
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces mixed shredded cheese
1 cup tomato salsa
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 sliced scallion
Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over medium high heat until hot, the stir in the garlic and cumin and cook, stirring, until the garlic is golden. Stir in the beans with some cooking liquid and cook, mashing with a spoon, until the beans are coarsely pureed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Spread the tortilla chips on a baking sheet or large heavy skillet, then evenly top with the beans. Spread the cheese evenly over the beans and bake until the cheese has melted, about 5 minutes. Top the nachos with dollops of the salsa, the cilantro and scallion. Serve.
Grey seals play off the Farne Islands, near Seahouses, England on Nov. 17. Home to 23 species of seabird as well a colony of about 1,000 grey seals, the islands are owned and protected by the British conservation charity, the National Trust. Every five years the National Trust carries out a census of the islands’ population of puffins, and this year’s survey showed there were almost 40,000 nesting pairs on the islands—an eight percent rise from 2008.