Lonely Planet Writer

Hot in travel: this week's interesting stories from around the world

From poisoned lions, to a dream job for a travel photographer, this is a selection of this week’s most interesting stories.

In a photograph taken by Make It Kenya 03 October 2015, a lioness from the Marsh Pride sits among grass just after sunrise in the Mara Triangle, part of Kenya's wider Masai Mara ecosystem.
In a photograph taken by Make It Kenya 03 October 2015, a lioness from the Marsh Pride sits in grassland just after sunrise in the Mara Triangle, part of Kenya’s wider Masai Mara ecosystem. Image by MAKE IT KENYA PHOTO / STUART PRICE

Eight lions from a well-known pride on the Masai Mara plains in Kenya were intentionally poisoned this week, leading to the death of two of the animals. The lions were the subject of BBC documentaries for many years and consumed a poisoned cow carcass.

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Arches National Park in Utah.
Arches National Park in Utah. Image by Lee Coursey / CC BY 2.0

The National Parks Service in the US created a lot of online buzz after posting a job vacancy for a photographer. The job pays up to almost $100,000 per annum and would require five to 10 days of overnight travel a month. However, parks staff said in the media that the job is not all that unusual for the service.

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Doug Tompkins b 1943 - d 2015. Image by Sam Beebe  / CC BY 2.0
Doug Tompkins b 1943 – d 2015. Image by Sam Beebe / CC BY 2.0 CC BY 2.0

Doug Tompkins, the founder of the North Face, died in a kayaking accident in Patagonia, Chile. The 72-year-old succumbed to hypothermia after capsizing.

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A group of ballet dancers staged a performance on moving sidewalks in a Denver airport during a layover.
A group of ballet dancers staged a performance on moving sidewalks in a Denver airport during a layover. Image by Nick Topete Facebook

A ballet group stuck at the Denver Airport on a five-hour layover decided to use that time to create a dance video on the moving sidewalks. The video of the State Street Ballet dancers of California, featuring impressive lifts and handstands, quickly went viral.

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Etihad was named the top airline of 2016 by the US-based Air Transport World publication.
Etihad was named the top airline of 2016 by the US-based Air Transport World publication. Image by Mark Harkin / CC BY 2.0

Etihad Airlines has added more luxury to its service with a private jet service. The service will allow passengers using The Residence, a three-room suite service on certain aircraft, and First Apartment, to charter a jet to connect to a long-haul flight.

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Tower of London ice-rink.
Tower of London ice-rink. Image by Dncnh / CC BY 2.0

An architecture firm is looking to bring back skating on the Thames River in London. Londoners could skate on the Thames until the 1830s in the colder months of the winter as the London Bridge could block the flow enough to let ice form. The firm would use submerged discs to help the river freeze.

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