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|Zoo News Digest July-Aug 2016|
Zoo News Digest
Dubai’s $5.9m crocodile park to open by 'end of 2016'
Dubai Municipality’s Crocodile Park is set to open by the end of the year.
Construction on the $5.9 million project, to be built over an area of 20,000sq m, started last summer.
Located near Mushrif Park, close to the Dubai Safari project and the pet market, the project will endeavour to create a habitat that is as natural as possible for the crocodiles, according to Dubai Municipality.
Dubai Media Office tweeted a picture of an artist’s impression of what the park will look like, announcing that Dubai Municipality has said 75% of Dubai Crocodile Park, which is set to open end of 2016, has been completed.
Crocodiles all set to move to new Dubai home
Get ready for snapping neighbours, as crocodiles are expected to soon make Dubai their new home.
Construction on the much-anticipated Crocodile Park is making headway, as Dubai Media Office have confirmed that the coming attraction is set to open by the end of 2016.
From raising gibbons to chasing escaped penguins ... Welsh Mountain Zoo founder's son shares his fifty-four years of animal magic
When Nick Jackson first arrived at the Welsh Mountain Zoo in his early teens, he had no choice but to muck in.
His father Robert, an avid wildlife enthusiast, had moved the family from Cheshire to pursue his dream of working with animals, setting up the Welsh Mountain Zoo in 1962.
Despite the early days presenting plenty of challenges, the attraction went from strength to strength, recently welcoming its eight millionth visitor.
And Nick is still closely involved, fifty-four years since he first set foot there.
Talking exclusively to the Daily Post, he recalled some of his treasured memories, from rearing gibbons, to the night five penguins escaped from their enclosure and wandered down to a bus stop to be found by a lorry driver.
Orangutans Can Predict Their Cocktail Preferences, Just Like Humans
Humans love to believe that we’re unique. Yet every year, it seems like a host of abilities once thought to be possessed solely by people are found in other species. Take the very important ability to predict what a cocktail might taste like, for example.
By providing an orangutan named Naong with his own personal (non-alcoholic) cocktail bar at Furuvik Zoo in Sweden, researchers discovered that he possessed a type of predictive thought once believed to be exclusive to humans. Naong was given apple cider vinegar and three different kinds of fruit juices: cherry, rhubarb, and lemon.
He was quickly able to learn and remember the distinct flavor of each beverage. What was most surprising however, is that Naong could also predict whether he would like the taste of combinations he hadn’t already tried.
Smithsonian Sends Extinct Antelope Back to Africa
The scimitar-horned oryx has been resurrected from the dead. It's been 30 years since the antelope was declared extinct, and now, thanks to the Smithsonian National Zoo, it's headed back to the Sahelian grasslands of Chad where it once roamed.
Scientists have spent decades resurrecting the species, which had gone extinct in the wild and was kept in existence by a few animals in captivity. Now, the oryx is headed back to the wilds of Africa, and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and Zoological Society of London are "leading post-release satellite-tracking efforts that will result in the collection of one of the most comprehensive datasets for any wildlife species returned to its native habitat," according to a Smithsonian statement.
Reintroducing the Black-fronted Piping-guan in Brazil
A routine check-up in 2010 revealed that only one Black-fronted Piping-guan was left in the mountain range of Sierra do Mar, São Paulo. Wasting no time, the team of SAVE Brasil built huge enclosures camouflaged in the Atlantic Forest to breed the species and start a reintroduction programme. Five years later, the situation is being reverted: the birds are adapting and the locals are making sure their homes stay intact.
Expert offers suggestions on improving zoos, aquariums
These developments make clear that the zoos of the future will look different from those of today. To help us think about how, we asked experts on zoos from various fields to write about where zoos are headed - or should head.
This submission comes from David Grazian, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and author of "American Zoo: A Sociological Safari." He lives in New York City.
"Having spent four years volunteering at two major zoos and visiting countless others in preparation for my book, I have had the opportunity to see the very best and worst that American zoos have to offer. Captive zoo animals often live in cramped conditions, with some suffering from psychological stress or depression. Even the most endearing animal exhibits often fail to inspire visitors to care about wildlife and habitat preservation, biodiversity loss, species extinction, global warming and other ecological issues.
Exploris aquarium reopens after £2m refurbishment
Northern Ireland's only aquarium has reopened after a £2m refurbishment, having been closed for almost two years.
Exploris in the County Down town of Portaferry was threatened with permanent closure in 2013.
But a rescue package backed by the Northern Ireland Executive and Ards and North Down Borough Council, which owns Exploris, secured
CHINESE BILLIONAIRE ACCUSED OF KILLING PANDAS TO MAKE FUR COATS (SPOOF ARTICLE)
The Chinese real estate mogul, Wáng Ming-húa, was arrested yesterday by officers of the People’s Armed Police, for allegedly sponsoring the illegal killing of dozens of giant pandas.
More than three hundred policemen took part in an extensive raid on Mr. Wáng’s luxurious 400-acre property, looking for proof of his illegal activities. The search led to the arrest of nine people, including Mr. Wang himself, and also led to the seizure of 39 coats made of giant panda fur, as well as lots of pelts
‘Trojan horse’ of Namibia’s rhino poaching crisis?
The ‘one chop’ chief
“My name is Vaino Kalimpwe. Kalimpwe means ‘just one chop’,” said the elderly Ogandjera headman with the red beret in fluent Afrikaans, his right hand cutting through the air into his left hand with a loud smack to illustrate what he meant. “Net een kap (Just one chop),” he repeated with a wolfish grin.
Behind him, the more senior chief, Sakarias Shikongo of Okahao, took a cagey approach: no name was given, as we were expected to know who he was – the official successor to the current Ogandjera “king” – and someone accustomed to deference.
Chief Shikongo was quite keen on the idea of elephant hunting, although “…we were told our elephants here are a little too small still”, he informed us.
Australia’s rarest tortoises get new home to save them from climate change
Twenty-four of Australia’s rarest tortoises have been released outside their natural range because climate change has dried out their remaining habitat.
The natural range of the critically endangered western swamp tortoise, Pseudemydura umbrina, has shrunk to two isolated wetlands in Perth’s ever-growing outer suburbs, and a herpetological expert, Dr Gerald Kuchling, said reduced rainfall and a lowered groundwater table made those areas increasingly untenable.
The juvenile tortoises – between three and four years old – were released at Meerup, 360km south of Perth, and int
USDA penalizes Catskill zoo for animal welfare violations
Cramped cages, deteriorating fences and sad chimpanzees. That's what Catskill resident Harry Matthews said he saw when visited the Bailiwick Ranch and Animal Park.
"It was not a happy sight to see," Matthews said. "The cages were really flimsy and didn't look like they were being taken care of."
Visits to the Catskill zoo by Times Union reporters found animals with open wounds and rusty and feces-filled enclosures. Federal inspectors have put the heat on the family-run zoo, which has enclosures an expert believes may lead to injury or to an animal escaping.
In July, Bailiwick was fined $1,350 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture after the zoo "failed to maintain housing facilities in good repair to protect the animals from injury and to contain them."
Animal attraction: Life of a zookeeper and other tales
It was her day off, but Ashley Richmond rushed to work filled with excitement and anxiety when she got the Saturday evening call.
It was a day unlike most others, but every day is a wild day for some local residents who recently shared their experiences working at the Detroit Zoo.
For Richmond, the call that came on Aug. 6 was to tell her the zoo’s 7-year-old giraffe, Kivuli, was in labor. Just three and a half hours later, the Farmington Hills resident who cares for Kivuli, as well as her mate Jabari, 8, and their nearly 2-year-old son, Mpenzi, watched the birth of the newest giraffe family member, a 5-foot tall, 166-pound girl named Zawadi.
“Just the people she knows were there, we don’t want it to be stressful,” said Richmond, who was also present for the birth of Mpenzi. “You wait 15 months and hope for everything to go well, for mom and baby to be healthy. It was sort of an out-of-body experience, I was in a daze watching…
EXCLUSIVE look inside Dubai Safari Park
Building work at Dubai Safari Park is in its exciting final stages, and Time Out Dubai has been given the pictures to prove it.
The site in Al Warqa, opposite Dragon Mart, is, every single day, looking more and more like a miniature man-made version of South Africa’s Kruger National Park or Chobe in Botswana. From the thatched terraces to the huge elephant and giraffe replicas, it very much is Dubai meets Africa. And don’t worry, there will be real animals.
The Dhs1 billion project, which has been built on top of a landfill site in Al Warqa'a, has provoked plenty of discussion since it was first announ
Gaza's 'worst zoo in the world' to close
a southern Gazan cage will soon make a cross-continental journey from the Middle East to South Africa, as Four Paws, an international animal rights organization, rushes to close the “worst zoo in the world.”
Along with the 16 other animals still residing at the Khan Yunis Zoo, “Laziz,” the tiger, is set to leave his desolate home in the coming days, the Vienna-based Four Paws group announced on Thursday. The operation follows a long series of negotiations with the various relevant authorities, and will involve several veterinarians and a logistical support team, the organization said.
Group that ran elephant center with Disney ties ceases operations in Florida
Several months after an elephant refuge with ties to Walt Disney World sent away its last pachyderm residents, the group that operated it has ceased doing business in Florida.
The National Elephant Center this month filed a notice of withdrawal with the state's Division of Corporations. "This corporation is no longer transacting business or conducting affairs in the state of Florida," paperwork filed with the state says.
The center's Facebook page is also no longer active.
Board members could not be reached for comment.
Disney's Animal Kingdom helped found The National Elephant Center, which ran a refuge for elephants in Fellsmere.
WAZA and TRAFFIC join forces to combat illegal wildlife trade
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and TRAFFIC today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to intensify collaboration to combat illegal wildlife trade by jointly supporting its prevention and enhancing public awareness of wildlife-trade related conservation threats.
The MoU commits the two organizations to share knowledge and expertise relating to the illegal trade of species from the wild, with an emphasis on threatened species. This includes information about allegedly captive bred specimens, illegally sourced specimens, suspect animal and plant dealers, breeding and propagation programmes or other relevant information. An important part of the collaboration will be that zoos and aquariums will provide their visitors with educational information on how to avoid purchasing illegal animal products and report suspicions of illegally traded animals.
Two Komodo Dragons hatch from hidden eggs at Virginia Aquarium
Two baby Komodo Dragons hatched from eggs in a hidden nest at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, Thursday.
The aquarium's beloved Komodo Dragon, Jude, died last July. Jude mated with Teman, the male Komodo Dragon, in the fall and produced these eggs. The staff was unaware of the eggs since Jude buried them in the exhibit in secret.
"We are thrilled that Jude and Teman bred successfully, and that Jude was able to lay her eggs and bury them, in true Komodo form," said Rachel Metz, Director of Live Exhibits. "Everyone on staff was heartbroken to lose Jude and this is an emotional moment for all of us. The birth of these two Komodos gives us back a little part of her."
Though 18 eggs were produced, only two have hatched so far. Several of the eggs are showing promising signs and are now being monitored in an incubator. The staff is cautiously optimistic for the eggs future.
White tiger cubs ‘are Persian cats’, claims detained Chinese motorist
A motorist has been detained in eastern China for allegedly trafficking white tiger cubs, which he claimed were a litter of Persian cat kittens, according to a news website report.
The three white tiger cubs were discovered in a small van on Monday night at a highway services area in Huzhou in Zhejiang province, Zjol.com.cn reported.
INTERNATIONAL CHARITY RESCUES ANIMALS FROM GAZA ZOO
An international charity is rescuing animals from Gaza Strip's main zoo that it has dubbed "the worst in the world" and transferring them to better lives abroad.
Zoo owner Mohammad Eweda said on Friday the animals are being "donated" because the zoo doesn't "have the ability to give them anything."
In the past, his zoo turned to taxidermy to keep its deceased animals on exhibit while another zoo in the strip painted stripes on donkeys to try and make them look like zebras.
The Four Paws charity said tortoises, an
The invention of the aquarium transformed the way humans think about the ocean
For most of human history, people knew very little about what was happening beneath the ocean’s surface. Ancient myths and sailors’ yarns depicted the sea as both a source of life and a foreboding world teeming with Krakens, hydras, and other monstrous creatures.
But with the invention of the first diving helmets and suits in the early 19th century, people finally had a chance to get a good look at underwater life. It wasn’t long before naturalists and scientists came up with the idea of using aquariums to allow the public to similarly observe animals up close–in the process forever changing the way we think about marine life.
One of the first aquariums was created by French marine biologist Jeannette Power de Villepreux. Around 1830, she was conducting research on argonauts, also known as paper nautiluses, in Messina, Sicily. Power had a special wooden box constructed in which she kept the animals brought to her by fishermen. Her laboratory by the sea used rubber hoses to pump salt water in
Girl bitten by camel at Virginia Safari Park to receive $155K settlement
The family of a 10-year-old girl bitten by a camel at the Virginia Safari Park has reached a $155,000 settlement with the drive-through zoo.
Madison Holland suffered serious injuries to her forearm during a May 30, 2015, visit to the Rockbridge County attraction, according to a court settlement approved Monday.
Visitors to the safari park drive their cars or ride on wagons through the 180-acre property, where antelopes, camels, llamas, zebras and other animals often approach the vehicles to be fed from buckets of grain provided by the park.
Holland, of Franklin County, was on a wagon ride when the camel “went to obtain food and bit [her] arm,” according to a settlement appr
You wouldn't believe how much we spend on bananas! Digit the gorilla has lived with a French couple for 18 YEARS
When Pierre and Eliane Thivillon adopted Digit the gorilla, she weighed just four pounds and six ounces.
But you would struggle to get her on to the scales now, with the huge primate eclipsing her two owners.
Despite her size, Digit is still a softie and remarkably has lived with the couple nearly all of her life.
OPERATIONS AT PARYS LION 'SANCTUARY' QUESTIONED AFTER FATAL MAULING
Animal welfare foundation Four Paws has questioned whether the Otavi Lion Sanctury near Parys should still be allowed to operate after a child was mauled to death by a lion on Thursday.
The organisation says it’s confirmed the incident involving a farmworker’s child with police.
It is believed the boy was killed when he entered a lion enclosure with one of the employees.
Referring to Otavi as a ‘self-proclaimed’ sanctuary, Four Paws says the sanctuary’s Facebook page indicates that they are a not for profit organisation.
The organisation has expressed condolences to the family in a statement.
New video showcases footage of 50-strong otter population in Singapore
If you can't get enough of adorable otters, a new YouTube video to commemorate National Day has provided a further glimpse into Singapore's wild otter population in their natural element.
Produced by otter watcher Jeffery Teo, 45, the five-minute clip combines footage taken by fellow enthusiasts over the past year.
The video opens with Bishan's now-famous otter family - fondly named the Bishan 10 - swimming and gambolling about at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.
Feng Limin follows the lives of China's scarcest wild cats like a soap opera fan. He has never encountered one, but thanks to a network of motion-sensing cameras in the forests along China's borders with Russia and North Korea, the biologist has glimpsed a total of 27 Siberian tigers and 42 Amur leopards as they breed and prey on deer and wild boar. The spying has paid off for the big cats. What Feng and his colleagues at Beijing Normal University (BNU) have learned has helped convince the central government to create a 15,000-squarekilo-meter national park—60% larger than Yellowstone—that could s
Common cold viruses originated in camels -- just like MERS
There are four globally endemic human coronaviruses which, together with the better known rhinoviruses, are responsible for causing common colds. Usually, infections with these viruses are harmless to humans. DZIF Professor Christian Drosten, Institute of Virology at the University Hospital of Bonn, and his research team have now found the source of "HCoV-229E", one of the four common cold coronaviruses--it also originates from camels, just like the dreaded MERS virus.
The Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus was identified in humans for the first time in 2012. It causes severe respiratory tract infections that are often fatal. Dromedaries were confirmed to be its animal source some time ago.
"In our MERS investigations we examined about 1,000 camels for coronaviruses and were surprised to find pathogens that are related to 'HCoV-229E', the human common cold virus, in almost six percent of the cases," says Drosten. Further comparative molecular genetic analysis of common cold viruses in bats,
Chinese trial over snow leopard deaths
Five people have stood trial in a northern China court for the illegal poaching, killing and sale of rare snow leopards.
A zoo in Qinghai province offered 30,000 yuan ($A5855) for three cubs allegedly captured by the suspects in neighbouring Gansu province in July 2014, the Xinhua news agency reported.
The cubs died of suffocation en route to the zoo in December, Xinhua said.
The court would announce its ruling at a later date, the state-run agency reported.
The Qinghai zoo was not named in the report and there was no indication if the buyer was also being prosecuted.
The alleged poachers face fines and a ma
We need to stop sanitizing everything and let bacteria back in our lives
Pets in the household alter microbiomes even further, for both better and worse — although studies have shown that dogs, who come with their own set of allergy-suppressing microbes, are the most beneficial to a household’s microbial health, helping to strengthen the immune systems of its children.
Gov`t Formulating Standard Zoo Guideline
The Environment and Forestry Ministry is preparing a standard zoo guideline for zoos in Indonesia.
"We are working with PKBSI (the Indonesian Zoo Association)," said Director General of Conservation of Natural Resources and Ecosystems of the Ministry Tachrir Fathoni in Jakarta, Sunday (14/8).
Tachrir added that the guideline includes several aspects, including the management of cages, zoo area, number of animals that populate the zoo, zoo management, human resources, food, and animal welfare.
The guideline is still in the process of completion, he added.
Tachrir also acknowledged some zoos in Indonesia still have poor management.
The management of ten zoos under the supervisory of regional government, he said, is still not optimal, for example Bandung zoo.
New Dubai zoo chief no Dr Do-little
Tim Husband, the director of the upcoming Dubai Safari park, is not afraid to get his hands dirty. Like all zookeepers, he started at the very bottom of the ladder – shovelling dung in a big cat pit.
His career has been marked by the hands-on realities of working in a modern zoo. This includes the highs of chasing escaped lions and giving a baby lion cub a life-saving Heimlich manoeuvre as it choked on meat.
He’s also had low points, including witnessing a keeper being killed by a tiger in New Zealand. Along the way, he says he’s witnessed natural habitat destroyed
Haldwani to get country’s first ‘carbon neutral’ zoo
In a major step towards ecological conservation, a zoo being planned in Haldwani will be the country's first carbon neutral zoo. The 400 acre complex will be run using renewable resources such as sun, wind and water. The zoo is likely to be ready within two years, said officials, adding that animals will be 'immersion exhibits', where the environment will resemble the animals' natural surroundings as closely as possible.
The zoo-cum-safari will be an independent one, unlike the earlier decision to make it a satellite of GB Pant High Altitude Zoo in Nainital town. The zoo will have 19 segments, including a botanical garden and biodiversity park, according to officials. Moreover, construction materials will include wood and other 'green' components, with less use of bricks and other subs
Stupid Stuff *I'VE* Said…To A Guest
I'm sure we've all got great stories of silly/ridiculous/obnoxious things guests have said to us as animal caretakers.
But what about the ridiculous stuff we say to them?
Come on, admit it. You've slipped up every now and then. You've flubbed a line on mic during a narration, you've accidentally said "What the hell" instead of "Golly gee willickers", you've said "pool" instead of "habitat". It happens, because we're human. And most of the time, your guests don't care about your mistake. Golly gee willickers, they probably don't even realize what you've said.
Cub petting and the Lion Park controversy
The old and the new are like chalk and cheese. The old Lion Park near Lanseria was a run-down private zoo. The new Lion Park is a world class facility which is more a zoo park.
The lions no longer hang around by gates in utter boredom. They have natural big camps where they can hide from the vehicles if they so choose. There are no self-drives anymore due to the safety concerns.
The property is enormous and very picturesque, with a rich cultural history. Management are busy reintroducing species that were endemic there hundreds of years ago.
There are genuine research projects on the go. Not the bogus lion ones we know so well, but important ones. Two, for instance, are on Leguaans and Black Backed Jackals. They are also involved with Vulpro and the vultures
Kathmandu's Leopard Catcher
When Radha Krishna Gharti, a senior veterinarian at Nepal’s Central Zoo, is in his office, the adrenaline level in his blood stream can easily go from ‘zero to sixty’ in a matter of few seconds. Saturday, May 17, 2014 was one such day. The vet, who is one of the handful of doctors in Kathmandu, who can sedate a leopard, got a call early morning. A leopard had been seen at a home in Kapan in north-eastern Kathmandu, where cases of leopard sightings have been on the rise for the last few years. Gharti and a vet from the zoo rushed to the scene on the zoo’s pick-up truck, used to rescu
Zoo staff strike for 20 minutes yesterday for demanding pay hike
Permanent and outsourcing staff of Nehru Zoological park when on strike yesterday and stopped the work for 20 minutes. They say that they are not getting leave and their working conditions are not satisfactory. They were demanding pay hike.
Ticket collectors, Animal keepers, Gardeners and Drivers protested in front of administrative office yesterday. The visitors had to wait for 20 minutes for getting admission tickets.
Curator of the zoo, Ms. Shivani Durga told that the issue has been resolved. The outsourcing employees complained that they have been for the past five years or more but they have not been made permanent for an area of 380 acre, the staff of 180 members is insufficient. They told that Zoo spends Rs. 25 la
We went to Longleat, but even paying £83 could not make the lions appear
bought three tickets (total cost £83.55) for my family, including my 10-year-old grand-daughter, to see the lions of Longleat in July. The website promised a drive-through safari tour “wilder, furrier and growlier than you ever dared imagine”. Her father drove slowly but they saw nothing beyond a couple of monkeys that jumped on the car. There were no lions walking free when they went through and the only sighting was the very top of three lions’ heads quite a distance away. I contacted Longleat to ask for a refund and received a short email saying that animals follow their natural instincts and might have been lying down and/or asleep.
But when I said £83.55 was a high price to see nothing, I was directed to its website which said it was redeveloping its carnivore section, “that may result in animals being off show or in their smaller paddocks”. So not so much a natural instinct as a redevelopment.
Reinforcement in boxes!
Imagine this, you have animals who we know like certain types of food but you can’t give this to them or animals who seem to be ”happy” when they get a particular fruit.Hmm
I do think we all agree on the fact that training will go faster and easier with reinforcement the animals seem to like. I mean first strategy we all try or I guess most of us is to find out what food reinforcer the animals motivate so we can train them. It’s a topic never really addressed;
Nutrition in animal training.
When we are in school to become a zookeeper or any other animal care taker we get a certain degree of animal nutrition, what is very important for the health of the animal. I mean trying to make a giraffe eat meat might not work very well. While this works perfectly fine for vultures. I do have to say I didn’t pay to much attention in these classes now they were boring to me but back then “you know when you are young”. In Kolmårdens Djurpark we have our own nutrition
Myths surrounding Isle of Man’s wild wallabies
Throughout the duration of the wallaby project last year, I encountered some Manx myths surrounding the origin and impact of the wallabies. One of the most mysterious aspects of the wallaby story is their origin. When talking to some people about where the wallabies came from, they are firm in their belief that they originated from a private collection or from Glen Helen Zoo, rather than from the Wildlife Park. As part of my project, I spent a lot of time going through the newspaper archives at the Manx Museum and was unable to find any substantive source for these claims. Certainly, there was one wallaby at Glen Helen Zoo, named ‘Rufty Tufty’, but this wallaby was never reported as having escaped. There were numerous wallaby escapes reported from the Curraghs Wildlife Park, including ‘Wanda’ the wallaby who escaped shortly after the park opened and returned later that year. One of the most documented incidents occurred in 1989 when eight wallabies dug under their enclosure and escaped. Unfortunately, the story of the wallabies thins out from 1989. Both wallaby escapes and sightings were infrequently repo
The menu at Dublin Zoo includes rose petals imported from Holland with elephants eating the most
Dublin Zoo spent over €550,000 a year feeding the 400 animals at the zoo.
Dieticians carefully prepare all the food on the menu with some animals even given rose petals which are imported from Holland.
Asian Elephants in the zoo get through 200kg of food a day each.
Their diet takes up most of the yearly budget with €231,000, is spent on vegetation including branches, hay and straw.
Elephant Nandi stuck in Sri Lanka
There's an elephant in the courtroom and Auckland Zoo's not saying a word.
Five-year-old Asian elephant Nandi should already be in her new home at the zoo after being gifted to Prime Minister John Key by Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena in February.
But legal action by more than a dozen community groups has delayed, and may even prevent, her from leaving her current home at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
The Dharmavijaya Foundation is one of 18 groups who have petitioned the Sri Lankan Court of Appeal in an attempt to keep Nandi in the country.
Their petition reportedly states that Sri Lanka is one of few countries home to the rare and vulnerable elephas maximus species, and that exporting elephants like Nandi to be displayed for commercial purposes is ill-conceived.
A decision was expected this month, but the court has now ordered Nandi remain in Sri Lanka until at least after the next court appearance on September 27.
Lion confined after mauling Canadian zoo employee, staff in shock
An employee at the Canadian Granby Zoo located east of the city of Montreal suffered serious injuries as she was attacked by a female lion. The animal was confined, a zoo official said adding that the zoo staff is in a state of shock.
One of the zoo’s three lions assaulted a female worker Monday morning as she was preparing to feed the animals and entered the lions’ enclosure. The zoo was not yet open to the public at that time.
The animal backed off when another employee came to the worker’s rescue, using a fire hose. The woman suffered a cervical fracture and several cuts on her back. She was immediately hospitalized. Stephan Scalabrini, head of Granby's ambulance services, said the woman is now in stable condition and conscious.
Rare giant panda cub born at Vienna zoo - mother's fourth
Another giant panda cub has been born at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo - the fourth time that mother Yang Yang has conceived naturally.
Such an event is very rare - most panda breeding centres resort to artificial insemination.
The cub's sex is not known yet. The tiny pink creature - born at 05:05 local time (03:05 GMT) - is just 10cm (four inches) long and weighs 100g (3.5 ounces).
Yang Yang's other cubs are now in China, where an estimated 1,864 live in the wild.
The zoo's panda area has been closed to let Yang Yang rear her cub in peace and the father, Long Hui, is being kept away for the cub's safety.
Zoo director Dagmar Schratte
Putting the King of the Sea in Cages
PHRI Officials in North Bali Wants to Build Mid-Ocean Cages to Captivate Dolphins for Tourist Visits
The chairman of the Buleleng chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), Dewa Suardipa, is suggesting that middle ocean dolphin cages be built in offshore locations near Lovina in order “optimize” the attractiveness of dolphin tours promoted to North Bali tourist visitors.
Currently, hundreds of domestic and international tourists visiting Bali’s north coast pay local boatmen to take them out on early morning boat tours in search of the pods of dolphins that live in the area.
Suardipa has the view that local boats chasing after the wild dolphins cause stress on mammals and that would be remedied by turning wild dolphins into captive dolphin held in offshore cages. Continuing to describe his vision, Suardipa told Bali Post that the caged dolphins then could be summoned with whistles and pieces of fish t
Former aquarium temp worker: 'I didn't know' flipping switch was hurting fish
A switch that controls the life support systems for the Great Ocean Tank at the South Carolina Aquarium were turned off several times last month, and now police are looking into the issue.
Employees say it happened the week of July 9, after a temporary worker was hired onto the aquarium's janitorial service. Police report says the man was caught flipping the switches after aquarium officials set up a surveillance camera.
Employees noticed on July 10 that breakers had been switched off. Two alarms activated -- one signifying a sand filter was down, another showing one of the pumps was off.
According to the report, the electrician at the aquarium could not find any electrical issue, and was able to rule out all issues except "manual manipulation."
Lion Bites Worker In Canadian Zoo And Is Put In Isolation
A lion bit a Canadian zoo worker in the back on Monday as it was being prepared for exhibition and has been put in isolation until the zoo decides what to do with it, an official said.
The worker at the Granby Zoo east of Montreal had a fracture, but was conscious and in stable condition in hospital, director general Paul Gosselin told reporters.
Gosselin said the zookeeper was bitten in the back.
"At this point we don't have the exact diagnosis," he said.
It was not immediately clear how the attack occurred, though Gosselin said the employee had been preparing the female lion for exhibition before the incident. The zoo worker is in her 20s and has been with the organisation since 2011, Gosselin said.
Zoo releases last summer batch of threatened butterflies
The Oregon Zoo has released the last batch of its zoo-raised Oregon silverspot butterflies into the wild as it winds up a summer program aimed at boosting the numbers of the once-common yellow-and-black butterfly in coastal habitats.
The zoo has transported nearly 450 butterfly pupae to four sites along the Oregon Coast in the past month. There, the butterflies finish their metamorphosis in “pupae pockets” inside protective mesh, the zoo said in a statement Monday. They flit away when they emerge.
“It was the perfect time of year to be out there, right in the middle of the flight season,” said zoo conservation research associate Karen Lewis.
The silverspot was once common in coastal grasslands from northern California to Canada. It is now listed as threatened due und
SD Zoo Global Awards Australian Zoos for Wildlife Conservation
San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG) honors two major Australia zoos for their work on wildlife conservation on the global scale.
On Monday, Aug. 8., the San Diego Zoo Global staff presented representatives from Zoos Victoria in Melbourne and the Taronga Conservation Society Australia in Sydney with the San Diego Zoo Global 2016 Conservation Partners Medal.
At the awards ceremony, SDZG praised Zoos Victoria’s incredible contributions to wildlife conservations and its intense focus on saving species. Zoos Victoria is actually an organization of zoos comprised of the Melbourne Zoo, the Healesville Sanctuary and the Werribee Open Range Zoo.
According to SDZG, one remarkable program from Z
Religious month affecting fish diet for penguins in Mumbai zoo reveals poor planning
Shraavana is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar which begins in late July and continues till the third week of August. For many Hindus, it is the month of fasting. Many people also avoid non-vegetarian food during Shraavana.
In Mumbai, this year's Shraavana would have been like any other if eight Humboldt penguins were not involved.
Eight Humboldt penguins were brought to the Byculla zoo. News18Eight Humboldt penguins were brought to the Byculla zoo. News18
In July, eight Humboldt penguins had been brought to the Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan — better known as the Byculla Zoo.
Penguins almost exclusively live in the Antarctic. They are also carnivores. Although their main diet is fish, they also eat krill and squid. They are also found on every continent in the southern hemisphere, abundant on many temperate and sub-antarctic island.
According to this report in The Times of India, the variety of fish in the market has become limited due to the month of Shraavana.
The report also said that the penguins were being fed fish like smelt, Bombay Duck and eel till now, adding that the appetite of the penguins had increased since they had been brought to the Byculla z
Zoos forced to register after Big Cat fight
Two zoos at the center of a government crackdown on illegal trade in big cats in Lebanon have taken the first steps to legitimize their status, but activists warned that there was still a ways to go to safeguard the welfare of exotic animals in the country. “They have started to collaborate with us,” Dr. Ali Romih, acting head of the Veterinary Health Service at the Agriculture Ministry, told The Daily Star Wednesday. “It’s a good sign.”
Lebanese zoos were given a deadline of Aug. 11 to register with the Agriculture Ministry as a key part of the “Last Chance for Big Cats” campaign launched by the NGO Animals Lebanon. The campaign aims to end the trafficking, sale, and mistreatment of lions, tigers, cheetahs, and other big cats in Lebanon.
According to the decree delivered to Animal City Lebanon and ZaZoo City zoos, registration requires that they present a list of their animals, along with their medical records, passports and a report from a veterinary office.
Expert visits Chandrapur for leopard safari plan
The Maharashtra State Zoo Authority (MSZA) took its first major initiative by working on a proposed leopard safari in Chandrapur district, hometown of forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar.
On Tuesday, MSZA managing director Anurag Choudhary and former chief wildlife warden of West Bengal and well-known zoo expert Dr Brij Raj Sharma visited the proposed leopard safari site on Chandrapur-Ballarpur Road.
Mungantiwar, in the last state budget, had announced setting up of two leopard safaris. One is to come up in Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGN
Shocking Plans Reveal Motivation in Push for Sea Pens – It Is Brilliant!
Woman attacked by lion at Granby Zoo should make full recovery: director
The head of a Quebec zoo says an employee who was attacked by a lion should make a full recovery.
Granby Zoo’s Paul Gosselin says the woman in her early 20s had surgery on Monday night after a “minor” neck fracture.
The 14-year-old female lion that attacked her will not be put down because it did not show any abnormal behaviour before or after the attack.
Gosselin says Kao felt threatened on its turf and acted consequently before a second employee sprayed the animal with water from a hose
400-year-old Greenland shark is the oldest vertebrate animal
She was born during the reign of James I, was a youngster when René Descartes set out his rules of thought and the great fire of London raged, saw out her adolescent years as George II ascended the throne, reached adulthood around the time that the American revolution kicked off, and lived through two world wars. Living to an estimated age of nearly 400 years, a female Greenland shark has set a new record for longevity, scientists have revealed.
The discovery places the lifespan of the Greenland shark far ahead of even the oldest elephant in captivity, Lin Wang, who died aged 86. It is also far longer than the official record for humans, held by 122-year-old Frenchwoman Jeanne Louise Calment.
“It kicks off the bowhead whale as the oldest vertebrate animal,” said Julius Nielsen, lead author of the research from the University of Copenhagen, pointing out that bowhead whales have been known to live for 211 years.
But the Greenland shark doesn’t scoop all the gongs – the title of the world’s longest-lived animal is held by Ming, an Icelandic clam known as an ocean quahog, that made it to 507 years before scientists bumped it off.
Rare tarantulas hatch in ‘world first’ at Chester Zoo
Invertebrate keepers at the zoo are the first in the world to successfully breed the Montserrat tarantulas, marking a crucial step towards discovering more about the mysterious species.
Native to the Caribbean island of Montserrat, very little information is known about the tarantulas and how they live.
Human Ginger Gene Linked To Orangutan
ARE you a ginger? Do you or any of your family members have red hair? Well, if so, you may be related to one of the cleverest monkeys on the planet, the Orangutan.
Scientists taking part in a study of genetic make-up at Trinity College Dublin have proved this week that red haired people directly descended from Orangutans, who also have flowing, beautiful auburn hair.
Orca calf dies under the amateurish handling by Dr. Ingrid Visser
In their Facebook page, Delfinarien-Info has published a comment of an expert, which we wanted to share with the general public taking into account constant and ungrounded criticism by extremist animal groups, with the support and encouragement from Ingrid Visser, towards the orcas kept in Loro Parque.
It turns out that in reality Mrs. Visser, who has recently undertaken to give care to the stranded orca calf, has committed unthinkable number of blunders, including not having performed a post-mortem study of the animal, which could have been a very important opportunity to obtain vital data to help other orcas and whales in the future.
What happened in New Zealand has caused a lot of commotion in recent days. However, I have not given my opinion about it because we are not like those who hate dolfinariums hysterically, nor are we activists for animal rights. Secondly, I use this report to demonstrate to this completely unprofessional and radical woman how a true scientist works: you wait for the results before you publish anything
Animal activists urge Wingham Wildlife Park to halt import of lab chimps despite blessing of expert Jane Goodall
Animal welfare campaigners are urging a wildlife park to halt its efforts to bring seven laboratory chimpanzees from America to a new home near Canterbury.
Wingham Wildlife Park has already built a £1 million enclosure for the apes and say they are confident the chimps will be happy in their new home.
It will be a huge change for the animals, which have spent years at the Emory University’s Yerkes National Primate Research Centre in Atlanta.
Asia’s Darkest Secret: Impending Elephant Extinction
The magnificent elephants are revered in Asian culture and seen as the embodiment of Lord Ganesha himself. Yet right now in the name of religious festivities that also serve as lucrative tourist attractions, elephants are separated from their families, beaten, shackled and enslaved in order to tame and control this powerful, intelligent animal.
Director Sangita Iyer created the documentary film God in Shackles as an expose of the dark side of treatment of elephants for festivals and temples in Kerala, South India. It reveals the pain and torture the elephants go through under the guise of culture and festivities that generate money from unwitting tourists.
Elephants should live as long as 70 years but in captivity they often die much earlier, either from cruelty or exhaustion. Figures obtained from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reveal the numbers of elephants left in Asia is estimated to be a mere 40,000.
What a wacky safari: On the lookout for cheetahs, giraffes and endangered oryxes... in the middle of the Arabian desert
What the Sheik desires, the Sheik will have — the tallest skyscraper in the world? No problem. A Louvre-like gallery in the desert? The architects and auction houses will do the rest.
Just over 100 miles south-west of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is an island retreat that demonstrates a different kind of ambition; one that even by the standards set in this part of the world is a little barmy.
Sir Bani Yas recreates the African safari experience in th
Gov`t Formulating Standard Zoo Guideline
The Environment and Forestry Ministry is preparing a standard zoo guideline for zoos in Indonesia.
"We are working with PKBSI (the Indonesian Zoo Association)," said Director General of Conservation of Natural Resources and Ecosystems of the Ministry Tachrir Fathoni in Jakarta, Sunday (14/8).
Tachrir added that the guideline includes several aspects, including the management of cages, zoo area, number of animals that populate the zoo, zoo management, human resources, food, and animal welfare.
The guideline is still in the process of completion, he added.
Tachrir also acknowledged some zoos in Indonesia still have poor management.
The management of ten zoos under the supervisory of regional government, he said, is still not optimal, for example Bandung zoo.
"We've reprimanded the management," Tach
Could the Pill save the polar bear?
Conservationists tend to spend their time worrying about protecting forests, catching poachers or keeping carbon out of the atmosphere. But all these things (and more) are driven by humans. Given that it’s easier and cheaper to reduce the human birth rate than it is to address these other issues, why aren’t conservationists more concerned about keeping our population down?
After all, it is estimated that more than three-quarters of the world’s ice-free land has been modified by people. We are already overstepping the planet’s boundaries and our actions are causing climate change and the sixth mass extinction.
By 2050 human population growth alone will threaten a further 14% of the planet’s species; this is on top of the 52% decline in numbers of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish over the past four decades.
Only 13 years ago, we were 6 billion; just seven years later, we hit 7 billion and by 2100 we could be as many as 12.3 billion people. Shockingly, with each child a woman has, her carbon emissions legacy is increased six-fold. It cannot be denied that our size, density and growth rate all increase wildlife extinctions.
But all is not lost. Fertility rates decline the longer a girl spends in school. By simply providing better female education, th
Orangutan trading syndicates uncovered
Demand for protected species, including orangutans, on the black market has remained high despite the authorities’ continued campaign for their preservation.
Syndicates illegally trading in orangutans originating from Mount Leuser National Park (TNGL) have been uncovered following the recent seizure of five orangutans ready to be traded in Jakarta and Medan, North Sumatra.
Daniek Hendarto, the coordinator of the Center for Orangutan Protection (COP), said the seizure of the five orangutans within the last week indicated that the illegal trade in protected animals was still
“Just in a week, five orangutans were seized. This is a big number and proves that the orangutan trade is still there in the community,” Daniek told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.
He said the five orangutans were seized from two separate places by a team from the National Police together with a number of non-governmental organizations, including COP.
Daniek said one of the orangutans was seized from Kampung Rambutan in Jakarta on Sunday. It was a one-year-old orangutan and was to be traded by suspect HN, 33, currently in police custody.
Two days later, he added, the same team seized
Feds taking fresh look at wildlife petting, photo-ops, 5 years after Zanesville animal disaster
Five years after a Zanesville animal keeper triggered panic by unleashing tigers, lions and bears in Ohio's countryside, the federal government is looking anew at restricting the public's ability to pet and pose for pictures with young, potentially dangerous animals.
The risk to humans from petting an adorable 5-week-old tiger cub at a roadside zoo is not so much the issue. But to make tiger and bear cubs available for cuddles, ooohs and aahhs, wild animal parks rely on a breeding-and-handling ecosystem that animal-rights activists say results in cruelty and abandonment.
If the government would eliminate your right to snuggle with a big cat while that cat is still little, the activists say, then the larger ecosystem -- the one that helped Terry Thompson acquire 56 wild, dangerous animals that he released from cages before killing himself in October 2011 -- could be quashed.
Some people say this is overkill.
The federal government, which in March began tamping down on public handling of baby lions and tigers, wants to hear more from the public about proposed restrictions.
What it's about:
The move to restrict handling of wild animals by anyone other than professionals in accredited zoos or wildlife sanctuaries grew heated after Thompson, deeply in debt and reportedly despised by some neighbors, released 56 animals from his 73-acre Muskingum County farm, th
40 years, and a lot to ‘croc’ about!
It has been 40 years since The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology opened its doors for the public. Started in 1976, the crocodile bank has grown from a place that had only a trickle of visitors, to one of the main attractions of tourists who come to Chennai. As the croc bank celebrates their eventful journey of 40 years, we join them on a trip down memory lane, and also get a low-down on their current activities.
The founder of the crocodile bank, Romulus Whitaker says that it all started with the increase in popularity of the Chennai Snake Park Trust after it was moved to Guindy from Rajakilpakkam near Tambaram. "The tremendous success of the snake park made a couple of us think about other reptiles and their con
Fears for big cats: Could tigers soon become EXTINCT thanks to BRITISH tourists?
Two reports to mark Global Tiger Day show how the animal's impending oblivion is being accelerated by tourism.
Travellers' remarkable lack of understanding about Far East tiger farms is jeopardising the fragile future of an animal down to as few as 3,900 individuals left in the wild.
Although this figure is 700 more than the last count six years ago, it is dwarfed by the huge number of tigers languishing in captivity. As many as 8,000 of the animals are kept on Asia’s tiger farms.
The Emerging Role of Asia in Wildlife Conservation Practice
The practice of solving conservation problems for wildlife has presented more and varied challenges for researchers and practitioners in Asia, especially over the last quarter century. While human populations have grown, lands available for wildlife have steadily decreased and habitats have been degraded.
Yet as conservation practice has matured, researchers are striving to make their science relevant to the issues at hand and practitioners have better tools and information available to implement solutions.
Legalization of tiger product trade slammed by environmentalists
Friday marks the International Tiger Day, just days after two big cats at a Beijing safari park attacked two women, killing one.
China's newly amended law on wild animal protection, approved this year, has been controversial as it allows the limited commercial exploitation of tigers, which are sought after by the traditional Chinese medicine industry due to their supposed medicinal properties.
On July 23, tigers at Beijing Badaling Safari Park attacked two passengers who got out of their car while driving through the tiger enclosure. This has sparked heated discussion online, with some criticizing them for breaking the rules and some accusing the park of lax management.
Park staff told Global Times on Wednesday that the incident is still under investigation and the two tigers were not "executed."
"Many of these safari parks in China should be banned because they train tigers in a cruel way to entertain visitors or sell tiger products," Mang Ping, a professor from the Central Institute of Socialism and a founder of the Zoo Watch animal protection NGO, told the Global Times.
But the treatment tigers face in captivity goes beyond just cruelty.
Xionglin Xionghu Villa of Guilin, a safari park and baijiu company based in Guilin, the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is allegedly the world's biggest breeding base for tigers.
On its website, there are various types of baijiu with "medicinal properties made from the bones of a rare species animals" for sale. They do not say what animals are used.
Work to begin on Dhs 151m main building at Dubai Safari
Approval has been granted for work to begin on the smart main building of Dubai Safari at a total cost of Dhs 151m ($41m).
State news agency WAM quote Dubai Municipality deputy director general Essa Al Haj Al Maidoor as saying the building would include smart, secure and environmentally friendly services.
These include the use of treated water renewable energy, interactive software features for visitors, surveillance cameras, and free wi-fi.
The building, which is due to be completed at the end of the year, will also feature a theatre for hosting events to accommodate a thousand people, a clean energy production garden and an interactive garden for children.
The Dhs 1bn ($272.2m) Dubai Safari
Al Ain Zoo’s lowland gorilla Lady dies aged 41
She may have lived alone since her long-term partner died in 1998 but keepers caring for Lady the lowland gorilla, who passed away aged 41, insist she had plenty of friends at Al Ain Zoo.
When her male companion Maxi, also a lowland gorilla, passed away from natural causes, Lady found comfort from watching her favourite TV show - Barney and Friends, featuring tales from the purple dinosaur, and by mixing with other animals at the zoo.
Lady, who was the zoo’s oldest inhabitant and arrived in the country as a four year old, adopted a tan-coloure
Can we agree? An ongoing dialogue about where retired research chimpanzees should live
A couple of weeks ago we wrote about concerns for the health and wellbeing of chimpanzees moved from dedicated research facilities in the US to the only federally-supported sanctuary, Chimp Haven (“Do politics trump chimpanzee well-being? Questions raised about deaths of US research chimpanzees at federally-funded sanctuary” 7/14/16). The impetus for this particular post was a compelling article written by Dr. Cindy Buckmaster (“Dr. Collins, please save our chimps! Lab Animal, Vol 45, No 7, July 2016). The article was about the deaths of 9 of 13 retired research chimpanzees who had recently been transferred to the federal sanctuary from the National Center for Chimpanzee Care (NCCC; University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Bas
Mexico City Zoo builds germplasm store to spare exposed species
In a laboratory in Mexico City’s Chapultepec Zoo, veterinaries have been working to extract and preserve “seeds” from 20 species of endangered animals, according to an official.
In the reproduction laboratory, gametes from national protected species such as the Mexican wolf, the California condor, the volcano rabbit, the Mexican salamander and the jaguar are being studied and preserved, Fernando Cortes Villavicencio, technical and research director at the General Directorate for Zoos and Wildlife in Mexico City, told Xinhua on Saturday.
The scientists are also working with specimens of exotic animals from other latitudes that live in zoos, like the snow leopard or some primates, said Cortes Villavicencio.
“We have at least preserved 20 different species which are
Ministry, zoos work on portal for animal exchange
The Environment and Forestry Ministry and the Indonesian Zoos Association (PKBSI) have agreed to set up an online portal to facilitate animal exchange among conservation institutions.
Animal exchanges are considered crucial for the preservation of genetic diversity of animals outside their original habitat.
The ministry’s director general of ecosystem and natural resource conservation, Tachrir Fathoni, said the portal would help stakeholders find the animals they needed for breeding and genetic improvement purposes.
So far, he said, for breeding purposes the conservation institutions could either borrow, exchange or obtain animals through grants. These three options, he added, would also be included in the portal.
“The point is that by using the online portal, unnecessary expenses will be eliminated,” Fathoni told a workshop on animal management guidelines in Jakarta recently.
Fathoni also said exchanges of animals were needed for research purposes and revival of particular species. An
A Homecoming for Hellbenders, the Biggest Salamanders in North America
German study finds Lyme in mosquitoes
Researchers have found the pathogens that cause Lyme disease in mosquitoes for the first time in central Europe.
Lyme disease or Lyme borreliosis is a vector-borne infectious disease caused by spirochetes of the Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato complex.
In the present study, adult as well as larval mosquitoes were collected at 42 different geographical locations throughout Germany.
This is the first study to analyze German mosquitoes for the presence of Borrelia spp.
The team found Borrelia DNA in ten Culicidae species of mosquito, comprising four distinct genera (Aedes, Culiseta, Culex, and Ochlerotat
Melbourne Zoo’s elephant calf dies after battling infection
Melbourne Zoo staff are mourning elephant calf Willow, who has succumbed to a deadly blood infection just seven weeks after she was born.
The zoo's head veterinarian Michael Lynch made the decision to euthanise the baby calf yesterday after a scan revealed the life-threatening infection had worsened.
"We took her for some specialised scanning down at Melbourne University vet school and that demonstrated quite clearly to us the damage to her joint, on her hind leg, was so severe that she would not have a normal life afterwards," Dr Lynch said.
Willow was taken back to the zoo to be with her mother Num-oi before being euthanised last night.
The zoo today released a touching
Nagoya zoo’s ‘hot guy’ gorilla featured in book to boost awareness of endangered species
A celebrity western lowland gorilla from Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Nagoya is involved in another promotional blitz — this time a picture book for children has been published to help raise public awareness of the need to protect endangered species.
Dubbed an ikemen, which means “hot guy,” due to his well-defined facial features, Shabani the gorilla at Higashiyama Zoo is attracting throngs of visitors. A photo book featuring him has already been published.
The new picture book, titled “Shabani Daisuki” (“Big Love for Shabani”), is a story in which the gorilla invites a boy and a girl to his home and play together.
Author Shingo Okada said he hopes children will learn more about the endangered species through the picture book and think about what we can do to protect them.
Publisher Sankeisha Co. is leadin
The orangutan trap
An orangutan steals crops from a poor farmer in Indonesia and is shot in retribution. Who is to blame?
When Ricko Jaya first laid eyes on the orangutan, it was crouched in a jackfruit tree and stinking of rot. Even from the ground below, Jaya, a veterinarian and the coordinator of the Human and Orangutan Conflict Response Unit (HOCRU) on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, could see the animal’s festering wounds. This was a large male with prominent cheek pads that indicate dominance. He’d been hanging around the orchard for at least a week, nursing his injuries, before one of Jaya’s field operatives caught wind and called headquarters.
Now rescue was here and the orangutan wasn’t going without a fight. He clung to a branch and glowered down at the humans below. Jaya shot him with a tranquiliser dart, and the orangutan – later nicknamed Raya – fell down onto an outstretched net. The injuries were bad, with gashes on shoulders and torso, abdominal bullet wounds, and a badly swollen face. Jaya and his colleague and wife, Yenny Jaya, loaded Raya into the back of their van, hooked him up to an intravenous drip and started the tedious 12-hour drive back to an orangutan rehabilitation compound on the outskirts of Medan, a swarming, sprawling port city on Sumatra.
There, in the centre’s specially designed clinic, they sedated Raya again and pulled out more than a dozen air-rifle bullets – which, to their horror, had been sharpened at the tip for maximum penetration. Raya had been beaten so badly that X-rays revealed a broken jaw and fractured skull. The Jayas had res
Summary of Wildlife Farming in Vietnam
IUCN Lion Report Raises Questions
Earlier this year, the IUCN published their “much awaited” (and about 2 years late) Red List report on the status of Africa’s lions.
Well, it was “much awaited” by some – including organizations like CITES, the EU, perhaps the USFWS, etc – but we should have known what was coming.
You can read the entire report here – it is not all that long. The report is about Indian and African lions – strange as the two populations face very different conservation requirements. I’ll focus only on the African lions.
Basically, the report on the status of Africa’s lions is based on 45 “relatively well monitored populations” and their trends from 1993 to 2014. From those numbers, the report mentions that lions in those sample populations DECLINED by 66% in western and central Africa (actually, not one single central African population was examined, something the IUCN seems to have overlooked), DECLINED by 59% in eastern Africa and INCREASED by 8% in southern Africa. Overall, lion populations were predicted to have declined by about 43% based on observed rates in sample populations – and that number is important.
You see, a 43% decline over three generations is not quite enough to list lions as “endangered” on the IUCN Red List. Of course, the 66% decline in the western (and central?) African lions certainly places them on the “endangered” list, and maybe the 57% decline in the eastern African lions will also confer an “endangered” listing, but overall, the African lions were saved by the increase in southern African lions and to some extent by the positive trend in the Indian lions.
Sighs of relief from the trophy hunters – they can still hunt in Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique, an activity of which the IUCN approves.
Zoo claims oldest captive American alligator
In the Belgrade Zoo, special treatment is reserved for one elderly resident.
Muja, an American alligator, is the oldest animal in the Serbian capital’s small zoo. Moreover, the zoo boasts that he is the world’s oldest American alligator in captivity.
Aleksandar Rakocevic, who takes care of Muja, said Friday that information available from other zoos and animal rights groups support the claim that the alligator is the oldest of his kind in captivity.
At least 80 years old, Muja arrived fully grown from Germany in 1937 — one year after the zoo opened. He has become one of
Microchip all big cats in captivity, experts say, after hunt for escaped lynx takes three weeks and fears of lion on loose
All big cats held in captivity in Britain should be microchipped, experts have urged after an escaped lynx spent three weeks on the run and amid rumours of a lion on the loose in Cornwall.
The British Big Cats Society is calling for all large and exotic cats held under licence to be fitted with the trackable GPS devices.
It said that the lynx that went missing from Dartmoor Zoo in Devon on July 6 would probably have been caught in less than 24 hours if it had one of the implants.
Missing wild cat Flaviu was finally caught
Elusive Arabian sand cat spotted after 10 years’ disappearance
Blink and you’ll miss it. The sand cat is a shy and secretive animal only seen in the desert at night.
It’s a nocturnal hunter perfectly adapted to its desert home. It doesn’t need to drink water as it can get all it needs from the small birds, reptiles and mammals that are its prey. Special hairs in its ears and on its paws keep the sand out.
Despite its wide distribution across the deserts of North Africa, Arabia and Central Asia, little is known about this elusive species.
“There’s an absence of scientists working on sand cats and very few assessments are being made to assess the behaviour, population and status of the species,” says John Newby of the Sahara Conservation Fund.
Lack of records and difficulty in spotting it mean
7 Lessons We Really Should Be Learning From Zoos
Why Some Male Lions Don't Have Manes
Like a cheetah’s spots or a zebra’s stripes, a male lion’s mane is perhaps the animal's most iconic feature. But there is actually a significant amount of variation in the king of the jungle's 'do, from voluminous golden locks to none at all.
For years, scientists identified different lion species and subspecies, in part, by the length of their locks. They believed that mane length was a genetic characteristic, passed down from generation to generation.
But a study by Bruce Patterson, the curator of mammals at the Field Museum in Chicago, reveals that the length can largely be attributed to climate. According to The Field Museum, the temperature of the zoo li
Malaysia goes to battle for Godzilla-like lizard
A bizarre-looking monitor lizard found only on the island of Borneo is in urgent need of international protection from the black-market trade in wildlife involving Japan and other countries, according to documents submitted by Malaysia ahead of a major conference on wildlife trade.
Malaysia’s proposal to totally ban commercial trade in the Bornean earless monitor, by listing it on Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or Cites, is set to be taken up in late September when delegates from the convention’s 182 parties meet in South Africa.
The species, described as a “holy grail” for reptile collectors because of its rarity, uniqueness and Godzilla-like appearance, is in a “precarious” situation in the wild and there is “strong justification” to totally ban international trade in it, the supporting document says.
“The impact of trade is inferred to be great,” it says, noting that earless monitors are increasingly turning up for sale in countries like Japan and Germany, which are among the most lucrative markets for exotic pets and illegally obtained wildlife.
In Japan, where a pair once sold for ¥3 million (S$39,558), the lizards became popular several years after being featured on
An English mining company is keeping an entire species from extinction in Mexico
Conservationists go to great lengths to save a species from extinction, and in the case of a small Mexican fish, to great depths as well.
For the past 12 years, London Zoo has been breeding a rare fish with crucial help from a large commercial manufacturer. British Gypsum supplies the zoo with gypsum, a mineral it mines in Brightling, southeast England. Gypsum is normally used as a fertilizer and in building products, but in this case it’s the only way of keep the mineral balance of the water just right for the peculiar needs of the checkered pupfish.
London Zoo runs conservation programs in more than 50 countries that are crucial to the survival of several thousand species, but the checkered pupfish has been particularly tricky. It only exists in one Mexican state, San Luis Potosí, and mostly in a single lake called Media Luna. The fish’s environment is being threatened by agriculture, tourism, and invasive species. And Mexico has no government-led conservation program to protect it.
Keeping species alive is a comple
HOW TO UNDERSTAND ZOO ENRICHMENT
Sometimes, when you visit a zoo, there’s seemly random stuff in the exhibits for animals to interact with: huge plastic balls in with the tigers, hanging wire baskets stuffed with leaves for the giraffes, sometimes even silly pinatas or cardboard boxes painted like cake if an animal is having a birthday. Something a lot of guests don’t know is that these “toys” given to the animals aren’t random - they’re part of a carefully structured facility-wide behavioral enrichment program that is geared towards keeping animals active and engaged with their surroundings. Enrichment is omnipresent in modern zoological facilities, but sometimes it’s sneaky or implemented behind the scenes. Knowing how to spot enrichment and figure out what it’s used for - or knowing what questions to ask a staff member to learn more about their enrichment program - will enhance the quality of your visit to a zoo or aquarium and help you form a more educated interpretation of the quality of care a facility provides.
Eating wild animals: Commonplace, cultural, complicated
No matter where you live, it’s likely that if you try hard enough (and are willing to pay the price), you can get your hands on some monkey meat.
Bushmeat markets are most prominent in Africa, Asia and Central and South America, but globalization has spread the (often illegal) sale of wild animal meat across borders and into major cities on every continent.
Due to high extraction rates, the hunting of bushmeat has been termed unsustainable in most of the places around the world where it is practiced. This overharvesting of animals is becoming a growing issue not just for conservationists, but also for the people who rely on forests for their food. In Central Africa, the supply of wild meat is expected to drop 81 percent by 2050 due to overhunting.
However, the consumption of bushmeat — and the trade that makes it possible — takes place amid complex economic, geographic, political and cultural realities that make it incredibly difficult to regulate
Meet the Rare Swimming Wolves That Eat Seafood
They move like ghosts along the shorelines of Canada's Vancouver Island, so elusive that people rarely see them lurking in the mossy forests.
British filmmaker Bertie Gregory was one of the lucky ones: He saw coastal wolves—also known as sea wolves—in 2011.
"There is something about being in the presence of a coastal wolf—they just have this magic and aura around them," he says.
That experience inspired him to return and document the animals for National Geographic’s first YouTube series, wild_life with bertie gregory, which launches August 3.
“Coastal wolves are such a unique predator, and they are hunting in this absolutely epic landscape,” says Gregory. Roughly the size of Maryland, the island and its remote western fringes are still a wild frontier in the Pacific Northwest. (Read "In Search of the Elus
People Keep Dying At This Wildlife Park
A woman visiting a wildlife park in Beijing, China, was killed over the weekend after she tried to save her daughter from a tiger attack. Her daughter sustained severe injuries from the incident.
Badaling Wildlife World is a park that lets people drive through its Siberian tiger exhibit to view the captive animals.
And this isn't the first time human blood has been spilled on the park's premises. One employee was killed by an elephant in March, a security guard was killed by a tiger in 2014 and a hiker was killed by a tiger in 2009 whe
SeaWorld blames ongoing attendance drop on flailing Latin American economies
SeaWorld Entertainment may need a decade to recover from the image problem caused by the documentary “Blackfish,” a top theme park consultant told The Post on Thursday.
Dennis Speigel, president of International Theme Park Services, said that while SeaWorld executives blame poor second quarter attendance on a drop in tourism in Florida, where it runs five of its 11 parks, it is likely it is also still feeling the impact from the 2013 documentary.
“The imagery issues have not had enough time to go away,” Speigel said. “This is a ten-year turnaround.”
Speigel made his comments hours after SeaWorld reported attendance was off 7.6 percent in the quarter, to 5.98 million, resulting in a 5.2 percent drop in revenue.
Charging RHINOS smash into family's car in West Midland Safari Park terror
A dad told of his terror after a pair of RHINOS charged his family’s car as his two young daughters sat in the back.
Stuart Hall’s girls, four-year-old Alexi and Isabella, nine, screamed out as the massive beasts – which can weigh up to two tonnes – careered into their Volvo as they fought.
Isabella, was sent flying by the impact at West Midland Safari Park , near Bewdley in Worcestershire .
Suspected speed-breeding in tiger tourism industry
A “cruel” practice of speed-breeding cubs in Thailand’s tiger entertainment industry is suspected following a secret investigation by World Animal Protection.
It is already widely reported that tigers at many entertainment venues endure lifelong suffering, often chained and confined in barren cages and subjected to harsh training processes to perform for tourists.
But WAP claims its report – Tiger selfies exposed: a portrait of Thailand’s tiger entertainment industry – is the first comprehensive analysis of the business in Thailand.
Thoughts for Behaviour: Species and individuals who prefer to flee… Where do you start?
You know this one animal, or these species who are extremely afraid of humans? In the marine mammal world, we do have these individuals who are more sensitive than others. In the zoo world we have many species who are afraid, or are flight animals by nature. With these animal’s reinforcement strategies work very different. This most likely because they value their behaviour of fleeing over what you decided to provide them after they did a good job. It’s up to the trainer to discover what is the best reinforcer for that particular specie, that individual and even the scenario
N. Korea completes construction of nature museum, remodeled zoo in Pyongyang
North Korea has completed the construction of a nature museum and remodeled a zoo in Pyongyang, the country's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Monday.
The KCNA said that an inaugural ceremony took place on Sunday and was attended by Premier Pak Pong-ju, along with Choe Thae-bok and O Su-yong, both vice chairmen of the Workers' Party Central Committee.
Pak said in an address that the successful construction of the Nature Museum and the Central Zoo was the "fruition of the wise leadership of Marshal Kim Jong-un who is devoting his all to the work for providing the people with the world-level base for cultural and leisure activities," according to the KCNA.
In Bojnice zoo, bear escapee was put to sleep
It was visitors themselves who pointed to the animal running loose, being separated from them by just a fence.
The animal – allegedly nameless as it arrived at Bojnice only about a month ago – aged 6 and coming from the Czech zoo in Tábor, was caught soon afterwards. Later, it turned out he was called Balú (after the bear in the Jungle Book) in Tábor, and never showed any signs of being aggressive.
Then, the reports on what happened differ: “A vet first used a tranquilizer gun, but without success; thus, we had to kill the animal – in the name of security of everyone,” Andrea Klasová of the Zoo’s marketing department told the Pravda daily, adding that the bear has been aggressiv
Orangutan Green Team guides buying land to protect Borneo's wildlife from palm oil threat
A small group of Indonesian tour guides are buying up forest lands in a bid to protect wildlife, including sun bears and orangutans, in the world's top palm oil-producing country.
With the help of money from tourists, the 28 local guides, known as the Orangutan Green Team, are buying land along the river opposite Kalimantan's Tanjung Puting National Park, in the heart of Borneo.
Leaving the port at Kumai, tourists board their traditional river boat or klotok, gliding through the wide river before turning down narrower dark brown r
THE WOLF AT THE DOOR
Wolves are breeding rapidly across Europe. In central Greece, Adam Nicolson finds shepherds and conservationists at odds over how to deal with their incursions
t is not often that you see wildness erupting into a man’s life, but it happened in front of me. Sotiris Stamoulis, a shepherd who keeps his 300 breeding goats in the beautiful blond wood pasture of Mount Gerania outside Corinth in central Greece, was only 18 inches away from my face but shouting his distress and rage, a gale of frustration and worry blowing out of him.
Below the trees were the distant, wind-stirred waters of the Gulf of Corinth; beyond them the mountains of the Peloponnese. Warm resin and wild oregano drifted past on the wind. Even in the daytime, nightingales were above us singing broken snatches of their song.
New virus strains found in hunters bitten by gorillas
Scientists from the Institut Pasteur and the CNRS have identified two new strains of the HTLV-4 virus in two hunters who were bitten by gorillas in Gabon. These findings, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, support the notion that gorillas represent a major source of infectious agents that can be passed on to humans.
Many of the viral pathogenic agents that have emerged in humans in recent decades are of animal origin – including SARS coronavirus, avian influenza virus, hantaviruses, Ebola virus, Marburg virus and Nipah virus. After the initial contact between species, some of these viruses used a variety of evolutionary mechanisms to adapt to their new human host. Scientists from the unité d’Epidémiologie et physiopathologie des virus oncogènes (Institut Pasteur/CNRS), directed by Antoine Gessain, are working on a group of RNA viruses known as HTLV retroviruses. In 2 to 8% of cases, HTLV type 1 resul
Mass killing of elephants: Will the EU go on turning a blind eye?
Every year, 30,000 elephants are killed for their tusks according to Fondation Franz Weber, a Swiss-based NGO campaigning against the ivory trade for over 40 years, writes Willy Fautre.
Willy Fautré is the Director of Human Rights Without Frontiers.
However, the EU continues to turn a deaf ear to the calls for a total ivory trade ban. On 1 July 2016, the European Commission decided that a global ivory trade ban did “not seem justified” and encouraged the Council to take a position against “a general closure of domestic ivory markets.”
This recommendation comes ahead of the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the 1976 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which will take place in South Africa from 24 September- 5 October and in which 182 member states of CITES will participate.
Manatees from Singapore zoo head to Caribbean in first repopulation scheme
Singapore’s zoo said yesterday that it will send two manatees to Guadeloupe as part of the world’s first repopulation programme for the animal, which became extinct on the French Caribbean island in the early 20th century.
Males Kai, seven, and Junior, six, will be the first manatees – also known as sea cows – on the island since the species died out.
Another 13 manatees of both genders from zoos around the world will follow the pair to the Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin, a 15,000 hectare (37,000 acre) protected bay, the Asian city-state’s zoo operator said.
Any offspring from the group will be reintroduced into the wild as part of the repopulation programme.
The species is listed as “vulnerable” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species, with the West Indian variety becoming extinct in the Caribbean due to overhunting.
During the 30-hour journey, the ma
Flying tigers over Vietnam with CV alive
Four endangered Indochinese tigers were transported from their origin in the Czech Republic to Luxembourg and then onwards to a new home in Vietnam by Cargolux for exhibition in the Hanoi Zoo.
The tigers were carried on a Cargolux 747 freighter via “CV alive,” the carrier’s live cargo transportation service. Over the years, Cargolux has transported a wide range of exotic animals, including giraffes, alpacas, white tigers and white rhinos. In this instance, the tigers were kept in a carefully ventilated and temperature-controlled environment that the airline says can replicate any natural environment from 4˚C to 29˚C.
Gorillas in Democratic Republic of Congo Have Strong Connection to Metro Detroit
The executive director of the Democratic Republic of Congo-based Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center, or GRACE, will speak next month at an event organized by the Detroit Zoological Society, one of its partners in the worldwide effort to save the highly endangered Grauer's gorilla, formerly known as the eastern lowland gorilla.
Dr. Sonya M. Kahlenberg will speak at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14, in the Ford Education Center at the Detroit Zoo. The presentation — titled “Saving Gorillas from Extinction” — is open to the public at a cost of $25, with all proceeds benefiting GRACE.
GRACE is the only facility in the world that provides rescue and rehabilitative care for orphaned Grauer's gorillas – considered one of the world’s most endangered primates. The organization was founded in 2009 by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and is now led by a board of directors chaired by DZS
The San Diego Zoo's panda interpreter
The sign at the beginning of Panda Trek at the San Diego Zoo says the wait is 35 to 40 minutes. Might be nice to have something that will help pass the time.
That’s where Kay Ferguson comes in.
She’s a panda interpreter, and from her chair in one corner of the exhibit, she speaks through a microphone to give visitors information about the popular black and white bears: what they eat, what they weigh, how old they are when they first start climbing. Even how often they poop.
Ferguson has been doing this for about 20 years, in shifts that last four to six hours, and she knows the pandas so well that when Xiao Liwu begins to settle in for a nap in a tree, she calls out his moves before he does them.
“Put the paws up,” she says, and Xiao Liwu does, onto a branch.
Phu Quoc Island’s Safari Zoo welcomes more species
After six months of operation, Vinpearl Safari, a wildlife park off the southern province of Kien Giang, has successfully bred more rare species.
The Vinpearl Safari park, covering 500 hectares of the province’s Phu Quoc Island, has added a number of new species to its brood, including antelopes, servals, kangaroos, peacocks, and pheasants.
Early last month, two Bengal tigers gave birth to four pups.
Le Hong Nhat, head of the animal care group at Vinpearl Safari, said that two months after their birth, the baby tigers’ weight had increased to between 5 and 7 kilograms from 0.7 kilograms at delivery.
According to Vietnamese realty conglomerate Vingroup, the safari’s management unit, Vinpearl Safari will eventually house and protect more than 2,000 animals of 140 different species.
The list of animals there includes common waterbucks, striped hyena, royal pythons, chacma baboons, bat-eared foxes, common elands, greater kudus, gemsboks, dromedarie
Shock twist as Dalton zoo founder David Gill and his wife reappointed as sole directors and four bosses 'terminated'
SOUTH Lakes Safari Zoo founder David Gill and his wife have been reappointed as sole directors of the zoo - with the four new directors being terminated from their positions.
In a strange twist, despite vowing that Mr Gill would no longer be involved in the running of the zoo at a formal licensing meeting just three weeks ago, the company has yesterday terminated the four directors and reappointed Mr Gill and his wife Frieda Rivera-Schreiber.
The previous four directors - Karen Brewer, Jayne Birkett, Claire Lambert and Stewart Lambert have all been terminated. Mrs Brewer had been head of the new management structure appointed to take over the running of the zoo to comply with inspectors' and Barrow Borough Council's concerns about Mr Gill.
Massive flock of egrets causing problems at Kansas zoo
Officials at a Kansas zoo say a flock of nearly 5,000 egrets are causing problems.
The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/2aeAfc7 ) reports that the federally protected birds have taken up residence in a corner of the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita.
Zoo bird curator Scott Newland says he's been dealing with the flock for about two years and that eggs, chicks and nesting twigs have been falling onto public pathways and into animal exhibits. Newland says it's posing a risk to animals. The egrets moved to the zoo after their rookery was torn down in November 2014 to make way for duplexes.
The egrets have mostly been concentrated in a three-acre area on the southeast corner of the zoo.
Mysterious New Whale Species Discovered in Alaska
Like many good mysteries, this one started with a corpse, but the body in question was 24 feet (7.3 meters) long.
The remains floated ashore in June of 2014, in the Pribilof Islands community of St. George, a tiny oasis of rock and grass in the middle of Alaska's Bering Sea. A young biology teacher spotted the carcass half-buried in sand on a desolate windswept beach. He alerted a former fur seal researcher who presumed, at first, that she knew what they'd found: a Baird's beaked whale, a large, gray, deep-diving creature that occasionally washes in dead with the tide.
But a closer examination later show
SeaWorld's Middle Eastern expansion will not include orcas, says CEO
SeaWorld’s first attraction outside of North America will also be its first not to include killer whales, Attractions Management can exclusively reveal.
The company, which pledged its current generation of orcas would be its last in captivity earlier this year, has firmed up plans for a Middle Eastern expansion – rumoured to be coming to either Abu Dhabi or Saudi Arabia.
“We have moved to a definitive agreement stage, money has changed hands and we’re currently designing the park, but we haven’t made a public announcement of where and who – something we hope to to in the fall,” said SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby, speaking to Attractions Management.
Under Manby’s stewardship, SeaWorld has spent the last year-and-a-half redefining itself as a park that cares and one that wants to create memorable experiences.
Wildlife park may not be held legally responsible for deadly attack, DOESN'T put tigers to death
On Saturday, tigers at Beijing's Badaling Wildlife Park mauled two women after they exited their car inside the safari zone, killing one on the spot and seriously injuring the other. Legal experts say that the park will not bear liability for the attack if it can prove that it fulfilled its obligations of warning and protecting visitors.
The incident happened after a family drove inside the Siberian tigers' enclosure as part of a safari-style tour. The husband of the injured woman claimed that she did not realize that they were inside the enclosure when she got out of the car. Netizens speculate that he may have said this to place blame on the park.
When a visitor is hurt in any zoo, the legal liability goes first to the zoo, according to Chang Sha, a lawyer from the King & Capital Law Firm. However, if the zoo can prove that its facilities were not flawed and the staff fulfilled all obligations of warning visitors against dangerous beh
Orangutan learns to mimic human conversation for the first time
An orangutan has shown an ability to emulate human speech for the first time — a feat that gets us closer to understanding how human speech first evolved from the communications of ancestral great apes.
‘Rocky’ the ginger ape has astonished experts by producing sounds similar to words in a “conversational context”.
“This opens up the potential for us to learn more about the vocal capacities of early hominids that lived before the split between the orangutan and human lineages to see how the vocal system evolved towards full-blown speech in humans,” says lead researcher Adriano Lameria, from the University of Durham, UK.
Playing the game
His team conducted a game in which the ape mimicked the pitch and tone of human sounds and made vowel-like calls.
Fatal Tiger Mauling Shows What's Wrong With Animal Parks
Surveillance video at a wildlife park in northern China shows the horrifying moment a woman is attacked by a captive tiger. The woman survived, but her mother was killed after she rushed to defend her daughter.
The woman's husband also came to his wife's rescue and was not hurt.
The deadly encounter took place Saturday at Badaling Wildlife World outside Beijing. Yet the incident could have been prevented and is a reminder of the danger—and questionable track record—of such captive animal experiences, says Luke Dollar, a conservation biologist who directs National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative.
"Lack of awareness and lack of respect for wild animals can sometimes be very expensive, and unfortunately it cost a woman her life," Dollar says.
John Goodrich, the senior program director fo
Bronx Zoo breeds a little penguin for first time in 120-year history
New York City's Bronx Zoo has bred a little penguin for the first time in its 120-year history.
The zoo is now exhibiting the chick , which can be seen on its YouTube channel. The chick hatched on May 10.
Zoo animals are starving to death at Venezuela's zoos
Venezuela is no stranger to crisis. In recent years, the South American country has been on the brink of economic collapse.
A drastic fall in oil prices, which provides almost all of Venezuela's foreign income, has been followed by a severe recession and widespread food and medicine shortages.
For Venezuelans, the scarcity has led to choosing between waiting in hours-long lines for basic food supplies or succumbing to sky-high prices on the black market.
That scarcity has now spread to Venezuela's zoos, where food shortages have left some animals emaciated or even dying.
Rabat Zoo Seems to Deny Responsibility over Death of Child
The Rabat Zoo has denied responsibility for a young girl’s death on Tuesday after an elephant threw a stone out of its enclosure that struck her on the head.
The official statement from the zoo today noted that the elephant enclosure met all international standards. It asserted: “Accidents of this type are rare, unforeseeable, and unusual. Accidents of this nature happened in international zoos, most recently in Disney World Orlando and the Cincinnati Zoo in the United States.”
A video posted by Jadid24/7 depicts the girl receiving medical care from passerby and a man who appears to be in uniform. However, the commentator of the video notes that the accident had occurred over five minutes ago and an ambulance had still not arrived.
SeaWorld San Diego drops lawsuit over breeding ban
SeaWorld San Diego has dropped a lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission that challenged the agency’s right to impose a ban on the breeding of killer whales at the theme park.
SeaWorld, facing pressure from animal-rights groups and others, announced in March that it would no longer breed its captive orcas.
“Fantastic news,” Coastal Commission Vice Chair Dayna Bochco said of the decision to drop the lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of California in San Diego. “This finally closes the chapter on captive orca breeding in California.”
SeaWorld and the Coastal Commission clashed when the theme park applied with the state agency to expand its orca holding tanks, saying it wanted to give the whales more room to swim and create a new opportunity for research.
The state agency approved the project in October but added the condition that SeaWorld stop breeding its whales. The conditio
Former Dartmoor Zoo owners accuse current boss of destroying their legacy
The family who once ran Dartmoor Zoo have launched a scathing attack on its current owner, accusing him of destroying their legacy.
Ben Mee bought Dartmoor Zoo from the Daw family in 2006 after they had owned it for 36 years.
But Lynne Daw, aged 64, who ran it with her former husband Ellis, says she is distraught at how he has run things – and were devastated he had let a big cat escape from the grounds.
They have also accused Mr Mee of neglecting the health and safety of the animals in lieu of promoting himself.
Construction of large zoo in Yekaterinburg to begin in 2018
The investor plans to begin construction of a new zoon in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg in 2018.
Within the first phase, the construction site will occupy an area of 34,7 hectares in the Novokoltsovsky micro-district located near the “Yekaterinburg-Expo” exhibition center, the local media reports on Thursday.
Erection of the first phase of the zoo is planned to be completed by celebrations on the occasion of the 300 years anniversary of Yekaterinburg that will be held in 2023
Animals in the zoo will be represented in accordance with the continents, where they inhabit: Asia, North America, South America, Africa, Australia, Antarctica.
The second phase envisages the creation of a scientific and
Close all tiger farms, WWF tells Asian states
The World Wildlife Fund on Thursday called on Asian states to close their tiger farms to boost the fight against the black-market trade in animal parts.
The conservation group said there remained 200 tiger farms in Asia, mostly in China, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.
The tiger population in farms is about 8,000, more than the estimated 3,900 living in the wild, WWF said in a statement ahead of the July 29 International Day of the Tiger.
Many tiger farms have been implicated in the hugely lucrative but illegal trafficking market.
The so-called "Temple of Tigers" in western Thailand was closed in May after Thai wildlife officials discovered dozens of dead cubs inside a freezer.
The universal closure of such farms was crucial, WWF said, because
PLEASE, LET TRUSTING THE DODO AS A SOURCE GO EXTINCT.
Let’s talk today about how important it is to fact-check major publications in the realm of animal media before sharing any information they present. Specifically, let’s talk about why The Dodo is never a source on animal related issues to be trusted, because of the misinformation they perpetuate and the directly harmful ideas they propagate. Dodo articles are rife with misinformation, twisted presentations of facts, quotes from purported ‘experts’ who are well known to be biased and unreliable sources, have non-existent primary citations, and in many cases are just egregiously incorrect about things that can simply be googled.
Today, a new article showed up that I was hoping would be a valid source of information: How To Tell if An Animal Sanctuary is a ‘Fake’. It is, sadly, just as egregiously not fact-checked as everything else animal related The Dodo has produced - and what’s worse is that the incorrect information it presents is mixed in with other really valid and important points for interpreting the quality of a sanctuary. Before we break down why it’s so infuriating, let’s look at the way Dodo articles are produced in general.
Zoo workers stage protest
Alleging partiality in extending work permit for tour vehicle operators inside the Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur, workers and staff staged a protest in front of the Zoo Director’s office on Thursday.
More than 150 tourist drivers, including selection grade and special grade staff, are working in the zoo for more than 25 years.
“We have been asked to submit our documents before Wednesday,” said Iraniyappan, secretary, AAZP Staff and Workers Union.
The union was demanding extension of their work permit and upgradation of animal maintenance as well.
The protesting workers sought an appointment with Zoo Director, KSSVP Reddy, who will be retiring on July 31.
Mr. Iraniyappan said they would be fo
Guangzhou aquarium denies 'world's saddest polar bear' is sad, 500,000 sign petition calling for its release
The Grandview Aquarium, located inside a sprawling shopping mall in Guangzhou, has become notorious for its questionable treatment of its animals, in particular one very sad-looking polar bear named Pizza.
International Tiger Day
International Tiger Day is sometimes termed Global Tiger Day. It takes place each year on the 29th July. A relatively new celebration it was first initiated in St. Petersburg in 2010. As the name suggests this is a worldwide event.
The primary aim of International Tiger Day is to draw the worlds attention to the plight which tigers face in the wild AND in captivity.
This year both Good Zoos and Bad Zoos will be hosting events to raise money for Tiger Conservation in the wild. Some Bad Zoos will pocket the cash or use it for their own personal Tiger schemes. Other Bad Zoos may hand all of the money over to genuine conser
How a secret location near Sydney is helping save the Tasmanian devil
It's a little bit of Tasmania tucked away three hours north of Sydney.
Here 180 Tasmanian devils live free from the cancer that has wiped out more than 70 per cent of the wild population.
But Tim Faulkner, general manager of Devil Ark in the Barrington Tops, is worried that there aren't enough devils in captivity to ensure the long-term survival of the species.
"The Tasmanian devil is facing extinction with no cure for devil face tumour disease," he said. "There is a real ris
Woman mauled to death by a tiger in front of her family after ignoring warnings and jumping out her car at Chinese safari park
A woman was eaten alive and another seriously injured after they jumped out of a car in a tiger enclosure at a Chinese safari park.
The middle-aged woman was killed instantly after she followed the younger woman out of the car at the Badaling Wildlife World, near the Great Wall of China.
Both had ignored repeated warnings to stay inside the vehicle, according to local media.
Sohu reported that the family - one older woman, a younger woman, a child and a man - were in the park, just over an hour north-west of Beijing, on Saturday.
The younger woman and the man are understood to have had an argument, at which point she stormed out of the car.
The older woman then followed her out - and was instantly attacked by the Siberian tiger.
Beijing zoo, where tigers attacked 2 people, has been closed
A BEIJING wildlife zoo, where a tiger mauled a visitor to death and left another seriously injured, has been closed.
The incident happened on Saturday in the tiger enclosure at the Badaling Safari World, where visitors can drive in their vehicles, but they are warned not to get out of the vehicles.
But two of them did not heed the warning, the publicity department of Yanqing District said.
Sources told the Legal Evening News that the car was carrying a family of four — a middle-aged woman, a young woman, a man and a child.
Reportedly, the young woman had a quarrel with the man, and got out of the car at which point a Siberian tiger pounced on her and dragged her away. The older woman got out of the car and tried to drag her back, but was attacked by another tiger, the paper reported.
The family was rescued when zoo workers rushed to chase off the tigers. The older woman died on the spot,
Animals at 'world's worst zoo' in Gaza to get new homes
A news life awaits for 16 lucky animals who will be rescued from the Gaza Strip's Khan Younis zoo, which has earned the unfortunate moniker of “world's worst zoo.”
International animal welfare organization FOUR PAWS announced Friday that they will be shutting down the zoo and have arranged new homes for the zoo's remaining animals.
2016: So Far, Another Deadly Year for Pangolins – Especially African Species
Just one day following the release of our infographic showing the shocking volume of pangolin scales seized during the first 193 days of 2016, we received the dreadful news that an additional 7,300 kg of pangolin scales were seized today in Hong Kong.
Now, the year’s total of pangolin scales seized stands at a staggering 14.5 tonnes.1
To date, we have confirmed 51 pangolin trafficking incidents spanning 19 countries. Scales from African pangolin species *seized in Asia* currently account for a minimum of 78% of the 14.5 tonnes of pangolin scales intercepted this year. Pangolin scales comprise approximately 20% to 30% of the animal’s weight, depending on the age and species, according to pangolin expert Lisa Hywood of Tikki Hywood Trust in Zimbabwe.
In addition to the 14.5 tonnes of pangolin scales, 345 kg of unidentified pangolin bodies (“meat”) and 413 live pangolins have been confiscated this year2 as law enforcement authorities grapple with the pangolin trafficking crisis.
Baby orangutan caught under influence of drugs to be ‘deported’
A baby orangutan is on the verge of being deported after it was caught under narcotic influence. It has been referred to the Kuwait Zoo in preparation for deportation, reports Al- Rai daily quoting sources from the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR).
Revealing that the orangutan was referred to PAAAFR by Ministry of Interior, the sources explained that its owner was arrested following a traffic accident two months ago after he and his pet baby orangutan appeared under the infl uence of drugs. The owner, who was referred to the General Department of Drug Control, admitted that he used to share drugs with his pet for fun.
PAAAFR kept the orangutan in its custody for some time before sending it to the zoo.
Reportedly, PAAAFR has contacted the Embassy of Indonesia and has requested to send the orangutan to Indonesia because it is the place of origin of the
Report Finds Circus Animal Welfare Is Awful
Life under the big top might seem fun and exciting, but a recent report commissioned by the Welsh Government shows that circus animals don’t lead a “life worth living.” The report, titled “The Welfare of Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses” and conducted by Professor Steve Harris from Bristol University in the United Kingdom, consulted 658 experts and organizations from around the world. These experts included 138 circus trainers, 206 lawyers and veterinarians, 107 NGO employees, 144 animal scientists, and 58 zoo and government officials. The report found that most of the 12 welfare criteria used in the European Welfare Quality Project are compromised and minimum recommended enclosure sized for animals in circuses are just over 25 percent of the recommended size for animals in zoos. Harris says, “The available scientific evidence indicates that captive wild animals in circuses and other travelling animal shows do not achieve their optimal welfare requirements, a
TARZAN BELONGS ON SCREEN; IRL APES DO NOT
The internet is an endless portal into thousands of cute wildlife videos – but what do these videos show and tell us about the animals they depict, and the reality of their lives? How does the way media represent these animals, particularly chimpanzees and other apes, impact their well being and efforts to save them in the wild?
The Appreciated, Appreciative Zookeeper
I shouldn't complain. It's pretty awesome we get an entire week of appreciation. Some professions only get a day. Others...nothing at all.
And frankly, we get a lot of personal satisfaction from working at zoos and aquariums who put their animals first. But like any career, there are times it feels like a job. There are times we feel unappreciated. This Appreciation Week is a good shot in the arm, but also a reminder that we get to do some really, really cool and meaningful stuff.
But what are some of the challenges that typically leave us feeling unappreciated? Usually, it doesn't have to do with the animals. In fact, interacting with animals is the highlight of our day*. But a lot of our job takes us away from happy animal encounters and into situations that make us wonder if maybe we should just sort packages for UPS.
Bizarre moment an ELEPHANT is put on a raft to prove that feeding crocodiles at the world's most terrifying tourist attraction is SAFE
A terrifying tourist attraction which allows guests to feed meat to crocodiles from a raft has tried to prove it is safe - by floating an elephant on it.
Last last week pictures emerged of Chinese tourists dangling lumps of beef into the jaws of the killer reptiles at the Utairatch crocodile farm and zoo near Pattaya, Thailand.
The images, posted by a local taxi driver, sparked a safety frenzy with police and officials rushing to the facility to close it down.
My Experience At The Tiger Temple Sanctuary In Thailand
I stood in line, restlessly shifting from left foot to right as little rivulets of sweat ran down the nape of my neck. The Bangkok heat was not meant for standing. Outdoors. To take a selfie with a tiger. A tiger that’s chained to the ground. What was I doing here again?! That thought ran through my mind in spurts but I kept reminding myself, the objective was to spend some time with my cousins, whom I was traveling with on a short Thai holiday, so if we were bonding over tigers, then hey, maybe it wasn’t such a bad thing.
I’m not usually a bus tour sort of traveler. I think early on in my travel life, I recognized my desire for doing things on my own without being carted around like cattle from one sight to another with 50 other tourists oohing and aahing at something. So it was kind of surprisin
San Francisco man singlehandedly revives a rare butterfly species in his own backyard
The California Pipevine Swallowtail butterflies used to flutter about San Francisco aplenty, but their populations declined in the 20th century as more areas were developed. Now in the early 21st century, they’re incredibly rare in the city, so one resident decided to do something. California Academy of Sciences aquatic biologist Tim Wong built a butterfly home in his own backyard, and around three years later is seeing the colorful blue butterflies slowly return.
Troubled Highland zoo finds loophole to stay open without licence… By letting people in for free
A troubled Highland zoo has found a loophole allowing it to remain open without a licence – by scrapping admission charges from today.
It will mean several months of asking customers for donations to help feed the animals.
Black Isle Wildlife Park had its zoo licence withdrawn by councillors last month (JUN) after a series of inspections exposed basic failings in animal welfare.
Visitors had complained of dead animals, inadequate feeding standards and cages in poor condition.
Subsequent inspections found the zoo, at Drumsmittal, North Kessock, was “seriously below the standards required for operators to be in possession of a zoo licence.”
The 50-acre park’s owners, Eric and Maureen Maxwell, had until today to appeal but have instead decided to rebrand the place as a “petting zoo” for domestic species only which requires only a “public entertainment” licence.
It means all its exotic creatures must go. Most have already been rehomed elsewhere.
The couple have invited critics to visit the place to review the changes.
Family friend and spokeswoman Alison Gallagher confirmed that they would not appeal the loss of their zoo licence.
She said: “It will be free admission and a request for dona
Man arrested for trafficking cheetah in Qatar
An “Arab national” has been arrested for trying to sell a cheetah in Qatar, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) has announced.
According to QNA, the person violated the provisions of Law No. 5 of 2006 for regulating trade of wildlife, animals of rare species threatened with extinction and their products.
Welcome to the Avian Scientific Advisory Group (ASAG)
The mission of the Avian Scientific Advisory Group is to support Zoo and Aquarium avian programs, conservation of bird species and to serve as a resource on avicultural knowledge.
ESA Announces Finalists for the 2016 YouTube Your Entomology Contest
Since 2009, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) has held a contest called “YouTube Your Entomology,” which invites entomologists to showcase their talents and creativity through video. The popular contest has been featured in the New York Times and other media outlets, and the videos often focus on research, teaching, outreach, and other areas.
For the 2016 contest, 43 videos were submitted, and the ESA judges recently selected five finalists. A winner and a runner-up will be announced in September at the 2016 International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, Florida. All finalists will receive a Stinger Award. In addition, the winner will receive $400 and the runner-up will receive $200.
The five finalists and their videos are:
Severe Coagulopathy after Ingestion of "Snake Wine"
This report describes a patient who developed coagulopathy after ingesting snake wine, which is an alcoholic libation containing an entire venomous snake.
A 68-year-old man was admitted to the hospital 19 h after ingesting snake wine. The laboratory features upon admission included unmeasurable activated partial thromboplastin (aPTT) values, prolonged prothrombin time (PT) values, increased fibrinogen levels, modestly elevated fibrin degradation product and D-dimer values, uncorrected aPTT and PT values after a mixing test, and normal levels of aspartate transaminase and alanine transaminase. No pesticides, warfarin, or superwarfarin in the patient's blood or urine were detected. His coagulation profile normalized on the 6(th) day after admission after antivenom treatment. He was discharged 10 days later without sequelae. WHY SHOULD AN EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN BE AWARE OF THIS?: The physician should be aware that ingesting snake wine may lead to systemic envenomation. As for coagulopathy, which may develop by ingesting snake
Forms of HIV carried by chimpanzees can infect HUMANS: Study supports theory AIDS epidemic started in primates
The first strain of a virus considered the ancestor of HIV - the virus that causes AIDS - may have been passed to humans through a bite wound or scratch from a hunted chimpanzee whose blood seeped into a small cut.
Experts believe it was passed to humans in the early 1900s, somewhere near a West African rainforest.
Now a study has backed up this theory, by proving forms of HIV can cross between chimps and humans.
Bowmanville Zoo co-owner Michael Hackenberger’s pretrial on animal cruelty charges slated for Sept. 15
A pretrial date has been set for the case against Bowmanville Zoo co-owner Michael Hackenberger, charged with animal cruelty.
Sept. 15 is when the Crown and defence lawyer David Elmaleh will return. The case was carried over from a judicial pretrial conference Thursday, July 21 to allow more time for the lawyers to prepare their arguments.
Mr. Hackenberger did not make an appearance at the provincial offences court in Whitby on Thursday. His lawyer appeared on his behalf.
A publication ban is in place.
The Ontario Society for the Pr
Dr Fidgett’s A-Z of Zoo Animal Nutrition
Would you like to own a strictly-limited edition children’s book ‘Dr Fidgett’s A-Z of Zoo Animal Nutrition‘ and create a better climate for women in science? Designed to inspire the zoo nutritionist in everyone, the book includes 26 original and beautiful illustrations of wildlife, donated by wonderfully generous and talented friends. Your purchase includes the option to add a personal dedication in the book for someone you love!
Cheers to All of the Zookeepers
Cheers to the zookeepers among you.
To the people who wake up early, long before the sun rises to begin preparing the animals’ diets in the always-clean commissary. To the ones that rinse lettuce and kale for the sulcata tortoises, roll raw meatballs for the Sumatran tigers, and load bales of hay and alfalfa into wheelbarrows and trucks for the Grevy’s Zebras, white rhinoceroses, and Thomson’s gazelle that all share the same sprawling exhibit. Cheers to you who cut up squash and sweet potatoes just the way that the picky eleven-year-old three-toed sloth prefers. To those who hand feed the Magellanic penguins individual capelin to make sure each of the fourteen birds gets their fill.
AKF Dedicated Issue – Gorillas
Gorillas are managed as intensively as any species in the zoo industry. This issue highlights some of the outstanding and innovative work being performed by AAZK members to conserve the sustainability of gorilla populations both in situ and ex-situ.
A World Like No Other for Flamingos
There are alien landscapes that change as quickly as the altitude ranging from the lowland rainforest of Bolivia’s Madidi where new species are being discovered regularly to the 250-mile-wide salt desert where islands are covered in 30-foot-tall cacti.
My field trip in early April started in the altiplano, the high plains, where airplanes don’t need to descend, they just land. The adventure included a few cab rides, a puddle jumper, and a six-hour off road drive that brought us close to 15,000 feet above sea level to Laguna Colorada at the top of Bolivia. This location is one of the world’s largest breeding sites for three of the six flamingo species – Chilean, Andean, and Puna. They congregate in the tens of thousands each year to feast on the phytoplankton and look like a sea of crimson pink in the mid-day sun. Researchers and many local people came together to identify, band, catalog, and release over 1000 yearlings (year-old flamingos) in just a few hours.
It was amazing to be part of the effort to help save these
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Wild birds 'come when called' to help hunt honey
New findings suggest that the famous cooperation between honeyguide birds and human honey hunters in sub-Saharan Africa is a two-way conversation.
Honeyguides fly ahead of hunters and point out beehives which the hunters raid, leaving wax for the birds to eat.
The birds were already known to chirp at potential human hunting partners.
Now, a study in the journal Science reports that they are also listening out for a specific call made by their human collaborators.
Experiments conducted in the savannah of Mozambique showed that a successful bird-assisted hunt was much more likely in the presence of a distinctive, trilling shout that the Yao hunters of this region learn from their fathers.
"They told us that the reason they make this 'brrrr-hm' sound, when they're walking through the bush looking for bees' nests, is that it's the best way of attracting a honeyguide - and of maintaining a honeyguide's attention once it starts guiding you," said Dr Claire Spottiswoode, a researcher at the University of Cambridge, UK, and the University of Cape Town, South Africa, w
Rhode Island becomes first state to ban elephant bullhooks
Rhode Island has become the first state to ban the use of bullhooks to train elephants.
Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo on Wednesday signed legislation passed by the General Assembly that bans the hooks in circuses and traveling shows.
Dozens of cities previously banned the use of bullhooks, but the Humane Society of the United States says Rhode Island is the first state to do so.
Animal welfare advocates have pushed such measures, saying the hooks can cause trauma and injury to elephants.
Circuses including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus have stopped using elephants in their shows. But several other circuses still use them.
The new law does not apply to Roger Williams Park Zoo, which uses bull hooks as "part of our regular practice," according to a spokeswoman, who added that the zoo calls the devices "guides."
The zoo's executive director, Dr. Jeremy Goodman, said that the device does not hurt the elephants. "We love our animals, and we would never want any harm for them," Goodman told The Providence Journal on Thursday. "We use it
Zoos: obsolete or absolutely brilliant?
The statement (left) is one I hear frequently, both inside of the conservation community and outside of it. I have found that discussing zoos and conservation in the same sentence is a sure way to divide a room. One year ago, I graduated in Zoology and Conservation. Upon graduating I can honestly say that I saw zoos as a less than desirable entity. They are something that has caused internal debate for me, for many years. Without the ability to go and see animals in the zoo my passion for animals may not have grown in the way that it did. Yet, as one studies animal behaviour and intelligence you begin to question if the zoo is the correct environment for them to express all of the behaviours they should. So I chose to err on the side of insitu work with a cautionary approach to the use of zoos in conservation. Fast forward one year and I will soon have completed a masters in Zoo Conservation Biology, a course which in its very title promotes the use of zoos in conservation. Even as someone who called themselves a zoologist my eyes have been opened. Now the important part, WHY?
Should we close our zoos? You asked Google – here’s the answer
Recently, for reasons too odd to explain, I visited London zoo without intending to. I don’t go to zoos nowadays. I was quickly reminded why. A crowd were gathered by a compound. Behind a pane of glass, sitting with her back to us, was an adult western lowland gorilla. She was impossibly huge, almost too black and beautiful to be real. She resolutely refused to meet the public gaze. She looked straight ahead, into the simulacrum of a rainforest with which she had been provided. Disturbed by the sight, I took one look and left.
What is the role of the zoo in the 21st century? In the medieval past it was a menagerie, like the royal collection of heraldic beasts kept in the Tower of London, from where a polar bear would be allowed out to fish for its lunch in the Thames.
The crooks behind rhino slaughter
Rifle in hand, a Vietnamese man with shoulder-length hair squats next to the carcass of a rhino. It’s a photograph taken in late 2006 on a game farm in Limpopo — "the first legal hunt of a rhino by a Vietnamese national" recorded in that province. The man in the picture called himself Michael Chu, but his real name is Chu Ðang Khoa.
Today, Chu is a wealthy businessman and notorious playboy. In numerous Vietnamese press reports — each one more breathless than the next — Chu is described as a "diamond tycoon" and "mysterious character" who spent several years in SA, where he "specialised in rhino horns, ivory and diamonds". His ties to SA are such that the press have even nicknamed him "Khoa Nam Phi" or "Khoa, the South African".
Missing lynx from Dartmoor Zoo will be driven back with POO from tigers and lions
The fugitive feline will be tricked into thinking a larger predator is nearby and retreat.
Head of operations George Hyde said staff are hoping to pinpoint the pussy’s exact location with night vision motion sensor cameras.
They can then lay down a cordon of whiffy droppings from other large predators such as lion, tiger and jaguar around its location.
George said: “The scent of the bigger cats will dissuade the lynx from going further away from the zoo.
“We need to keep him as close as possible and wa
Some of the people who are supposed to be saving rhinos are helping them die out
They are supposed to save the rhino — police in Mozambique, South African soldiers, park rangers and government officials.
But the people who could help stop the species’ extinction are often making things worse, according to a report Wednesday that laid out a series of damning failures of governance and law enforcement.
The problem is part corruption, part incompetence and partly the petty refusal of neighboring governments to cooperate, as rhinos face ruthless, highly organized international syndicates, according to the report by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, an analytical group.
Diplomats or government delegations from North Korea, Vietnam and China have abused their diplomatic status to traffic rhino horn, according to the report. Rhino horn, consisting of keratin and similar to horses’ hooves, is valued in parts of Asia as a premium, status-conferring medicinal substance. Chinese citizens accused in major smuggling operations have been arrested, but granted bail in southern African co
South Lakes Safari Zoo eyes move to South Lakeland
A ZOO boss is weighing up the future of his award-winning attraction after he was denied a licence renewal and has intimated that one course of action could be a move to South Lakeland.
South Lakes Safari zoo's David Gill told the Gazette in an exclusive interview that a move to a site close to J36 of the M6 near Kendal was one option that has been floated by the management team now in charge of the day-to-day running of the Dalton business.
"The benefit to the zoo would be in South Lakeland District Council," said a surprisingly upbeat Mr Gill.
USDA Launches New Attempt to Revoke Tiger Petting Zoo License
The operator of a roadside zoo in Southern Indiana could lose his license and pay up to $1.1 million in fines under a new complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The complaint filed last week outlines more than 100 alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act by Tim Stark and his animal exhibit, Wildlife In Need. It alleges that Stark abused animals, denied them medical care and allowed an escape.
Stark faces the loss of his animal exhibitor license and a fine of up to $10,000 for each of the 118 alleged violations. Despite numerous clashes and 13 violations during USDA inspections since August 2014, the feds have so far levied no fines against Stark.
Protest planned outside Mumbai Zoo over import of penguins
Several citizens and activists have started an online campaign against the decision of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) of importing Humboldt Penguins, and have also decided to group together and protest outside the Mumbai Zoo in Byculla on July 23.
"We have received a lot of support from citizens and activists alike against the penguins import. One of the main reasons that we are against this is because a tremendous amount of water will be required to keep these Humboldt penguins at the zoo. Just two months ago, we were facing a severe water shortage all over Maharashtra, which also l
Japanese Zoo lions are now custom jeans designers
Curtis, a 19-year-old male lion, and O’Neal, a 16-year-old female, both of whom live at a Japanese zoo in the Tohoku region, are two very talented lions. They produce unique patterns of scratches and bites that are then transformed by Okayama Prefecture’s Momotaro and Japan Blue, two of Japan’s top jean manufacturers, into abstract designs for ten unique pairs of distressed jeans.
The 2016 edition zoo jeans are one aspect of a revitalization campaign for Japan’s Tohok
Tropical baboon thriving in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau
The first Hamadryas baboon, the smallest of its kind born on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, is thriving in a zoo in northwest China's Qinghai Province.
"The successful breeding of the first baby baboon on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau will be an encouragement for introducing and reproducing tropical and sub-tropical primates in high-altitude areas, where low temperatures and lack of oxygen pose a big challenge for their repro
World's greatest concentration of unique mammal species is on Philippine island
Where is the world's greatest concentration of unique species of mammals? A team of American and Filipino authors have concluded that it is Luzon Island, in the Philippines. Their 15-year project, summarized in a paper published in the scientific journal Frontiers of Biogeography, has shown that out of 56 species of non-flying mammal species that are now known to live on the island, 52 live nowhere else in the world. Of those 56 species, 28 were discovered during the course of the project. Nineteen of the species have been formally described in scientific journals, and nine are currently "in the works."
This illegal practice has overtaken trophy poaching in depleting wildlife in Zambia
When Synody Mulibehzi woke up June 27, 2012, he had two good arms. By nightfall, he would have just one.
Back then, Mulibehzi and his brother were employed on an anti-poaching team on a conservancy in Zambia, according to accounts made to photographer Benjamin Rutherford. Such teams are employed on game reserves, conservancies and farms, to protect animals from being poached and sold as bushmeat. On that day, Mulibehzi and seven others responded to a report of an early morning gunshot on the conservancy that he regularly patrolled. Armed only with a big stick, Mulibehzi charged headlong into the thick bush.
The Dartmoor lynx has ‘rewilded’ itself. Should Britain follow suit?
During the Second World War small groups of people were thinking about how wildlife and the countryside might best be conserved in the hoped-for aftermath of the conflict. From such discussions emerged in 1949 the Nature Conservancy, the first government conservation body in Britain. It sought to protect examples of heaths, meadows, moorland and coppiced woodland. These were, by then, starting to disappear rapidly as farming and forestry responded to postwar pressures to increase food and timber production.
While much was and is still being achieved by the Nature Conservancy and its successors, there has been an overall decline in even formerly common species and habitats across Britain. So as we enter another period of national turbulence, should we similarly be considering new approa
Cynthia Stringfield: Zoos save animals, try to change human behavior
In response to John Crisp's column July 6, "Era of captive animals is passing," as an animal care expert I have devoted the past 33 years to caring for animals, working in conservation and educating the public. I am currently a zoo veterinarian and college professor teaching future animal professionals.
We don't do this for the money, because it is a low-paying field. We do it because we are passionate about animal welfare and the future of our planet.
I believe many people like John Crisp (who is an English teacher) care for and want to help animals, and that is our important common ground. But unfortunately, they have been led astray by others who are either woefully uninformed, or worse are deliberately misleading people to achieve their own agendas.
Crisp uses typical clichés to make his argument for all animals regardless of what facility they live in or in which country, lumping all of them together. To understand what is best for an animal, a person needs to be an expert in that species and in the science of animal behavior, care and welfare. They also need to be an expert in the individual animal, because individual animals vary greatly due to their genetics and backgrounds.
For example, when done ethically, most animals
Signal Boost: Emo Animal People (Gabrielle Harris)
Last night, I saw an amazing blog written by an incredible person. Some of you already know her, but for those of you who don't, let me tell you a little about her.
Gabrielle Harris is an inspirational leader in the marine mammal community. She is a shining example of an experienced animal caretaker in a leadership position who has never lost sight of the animals' emotional welfare. She is a conservationalist, serving the needs of animals both in aquariums and in the wild. If you've been to an IMATA conference, you've probably seen some of her amazing presentations. Oh, and she
'Hunters with guns' trying to find and shoot missing Dartmoor lynx
Dartmoor Zoo has had reports of "hunters" with guns trying to find and shoot the missing lynx.
Two-year-old Flaviu has now been missing for 12 days and zoo staff admit they are running out of ideas.
Owner Ben Mee said there have been several false sightings and someone was spotted in the area with a gun.
"Idiots are out there trying to snare or shoot him just for a selfie next to a corpse," he told the Sunday Times.
Przewalski's mares fly from Prague Zoo to Mongolia
Four Przewalski's horse mares from the Prague Zoo left for Mongolia, where they would be transported to the Gobi B National Park and released into the wild later, aboard a military special plane in the afternoon.
After two intermediate landings in Kazan and Novosibirsk, Russia, the plane will finally land in Bulgan, Mongolia at 13:35 local time, that is on Sunday morning CEST.
This time, the Prague Zoo in cooperation with the military prepared a double transport. Apart from the four mares from Prague, the CASA military plane will also transport horses internally in Mongolia.
"Let us hope that it will go on like in the previous years. This is a complex and risky operation and serious problems may occur easily," Prague Zoo director Miroslav Bobek told reporters.
The mares, called Heia, Reweta, Nara and Heilige, were all born in 2013 and they come from various European countries. They were selected for the project since they had a high chance to multiply well.
SCIENTISTS STUDY EFFECTS OF ANIMAL LIVE STREAMS ON HUMANS
Live-stream cameras trained on a wide variety of animals in zoos, in nature preserves and in the wild allow animal lovers and procrastinating office workers the world over to observe animals 24/7. People who might never visit the National Zoo can still watch its giant pandas munching bamboo and napping on rocks absolutely whenever the mood strikes. Blissed-out sea otters are viewable all day via a stream trained on their habitat at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. AfriCam.com offers glimpses of megafauna going about their business in South Africa, Tanzania and Egypt, and GoatsLive.com offers, well, live looks at goats, if that’s your thing.
One would imagine the popularity of these live cams could correspond to a surge in affection toward these animals, and perhaps a boost in interest in their well-being. But until now, no one has really studied whether people who watch webcams form an emotional attachment to
Lions in Dubai: Safari set for completion by year-end
Dubai Safari is set for completion by end-2016, Dubai Municipality said.
“Seventy-five per cent of the project has been completed and it is expected to be completed by the end of 2016,” the civic body said.
The Dh1 billion project located at Al Warqa district will cover a total area of 119 hectares and is planned to include 10,500 animals from around the world, including 350 rare and endangered animals.
De-Extinction in Action: Scientists Consider a Plan to Reinject Long-Gone DNA into the Black-Footed Ferret Population
In 1987 only 18 black-footed ferrets were known to exist, but thanks to captive breeding and intensive management, the animals are a few hundred strong now. Yet like many species that bounce back from such small numbers, all the individuals are basically half-siblings—genetic near clones, with the same susceptibility to hereditary health problems, to potential pathogens or to environmental changes that could lead to population collapse. In an effort to boost the ferrets' genetic variability and odds of long-term survival, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is considering something extreme: a plan to reintroduce DNA that was lost to the population but still exists in long-dead specimens stored in zoos and museums. The effort may not sound as outlandish as the dream of resurrecting the woolly mammoth, but it does involve reviving genes that died with their hosts—and as such, it won't be easy.
The black-footed ferret's bottleneck was even worse than it sounds. Of the 18 individuals the FWS rescued nearly 30 years ago from the U.S.'s prairies, only seven passed their genes to subsequent generations. “Every black-footed ferret comes from seven individuals,” says Kimberly Fraser, a spokesperson for the FWS's Nationa
Melbourne Zoo's baby elephant Willow contracts severe infection
Events at Melbourne Zoo have taken another bad turn with battling baby elephant Willow contracting a severe infection, weakening her considerably.
Young Willow's infection caused concern among veterinarians as it proved resistant to the antibiotics they were administering. Zoo veterinarians have since switched to a new antibiotic.
Snow Leopard Enterprises Makes Raw Wool Valuable
It was in the thick of winter when Samat and his wife Shirin first started washing the coarse, rather dirty wool of their dozen or so sheep in front of their modest house in Ak-Shiyrak village, a community high up in the Kyrgyz Tian-Shan mountains. In the freezing cold, the pair were outside, elbow-deep in buckets of water, scrubbing and cleaning piles of wool. Until then, most people in Ak-Shiyrak had never bothered to wash and process their wool – there was simply no market for it. “Our neighbor saw us wash the wool, and called us fools”, Samat recalls. “He thought there was no point in doing this work, let alone in the cold.”
A couple of weeks later, however, when Shirin and Samat came home from a visit with friends late at night, they passed by that same young neighbor’s house. Peering inside, they saw him with his arms in a bucket of water, furiously washing his own wool! “He was doing it inside the house”, Samat says. “Perhaps because of the cold, but I think mostly because he didn’t want us to see him.”
Within a few weeks, dozens of denizen
A sneak peak at Scottsdale's Odysea Aquarium
Two million gallons of water and 200 tons of salt is all for over 10,000 sea animals that will be living in Odysea's 200,000-square feet of space.
For more than a year, construction workers have been building the aquarium's bones, while Dave Peranteau focuses on all of the creatures he's about to be in charge of.
Big cats HAVE lived in wild near Plymouth, says Dartmoor Zoo owner
Wild big cats DID live on the edge of Plymouth until as recently as 2010, according to the owner of Dartmoor Zoo.
There have been dozens of sightings of big cats over the years leading to the rise of the legend of the Beast of Dartmoor, as well as instances such as a 20-stone lion allegedly spotted on a South Hams country lane, not to mention reports of sheep being slaughtered by a beast in Buckfastleigh in 2014 - only to be later dismissed by police or animal experts.
But now, after a lynx managed to escape Dartmoor Zoo two weeks ago, owner Benjamin Mee has made the shock revelation that pumas roamed the city's outskirts undetected for more than 30 years.
He said a pack were released from the Sparkwell site during the 1980s and lived on nearby land, terrorising farmers and their livestock while feeding on scra
Ridiculously Cute Mouse Lemurs Hold key to Madagascar’s Past
Today, Madagascar is home to a mosaic of different habitats–a lush rainforest in the east and a dry deciduous forest in the west, separated by largely open highlands. But the island off the southeast coast of Africa hasn’t always been like that–a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences announces that these two ecologically different portions of the island were once linked by a patchwork of forested areas. And to figure it out, the scientists analyzed the DNA of some of the cutest animals on earth–mouse lemurs.
“For a long time, scientists weren’t sure how or why Madagascar’s biogeography changed in very recent geological time, specifically at the key period around when humans arrived on the island a few thousand years ago. It has been proposed they heavily impacted the Central Highland forests,” says Steve Goodman, MacArthur Field Biologist at The Field Museum in Chicago, who co-authored the study and has been studying Malagasy animals for thirty years. “This study shows the landscape was changing thousan
Attempt to block elephant's transfer to Auckland
A legal bid - thought to be the first of its kind - is under way to stop the transfer of an elephant from Sri Lanka to New Zealand.
Eighteen groups have presented a petition to the Court of Appeal in Sri Lanka, calling for an injunction to stop five-year-old female elephant Nandi being transferred to Auckland Zoo.
The zoo has defended its programme, saying it is not making money off the elephants it is bringing over.
Death of Four Tigers Raises Question Over Bukittinggi Zoo’s Standards
The death of four tigers in at the Bukittinggi Zoo in West Sumatra has left wildlife organizations and authorities questioning the degree of care given to the animals.
West Sumatra Deputy Governor Nasrul Abit said x-ray results indicated the tigers — two Sumatran tigers and two clouded leopards — suffered birth defects leading to a complication in their lungs.
“The analysis showed that the four tigers have been sick since birth due to internal defects. There were abnormalities in the lungs, weakening the animal’s bodies to the point of no return,” Nasrul said on Tuesday (19/07), as quoted by state news agency Antara.
He urged for better management at the zoo to prevent future incidents.
“All responsible parties must pay attention to this,” he said.
The deaths were announced by Margo Utomo, regional head of the conservation of natural resources.
Bear That Escaped Zoo Had Climbed Trees With Electric Wires
previously climbed trees wrapped with "hot wires" intended to jolt animals as a deterrent, according to an inspection report.
The exhibit wasn't open to the public when the female cub, called Joanie, scaled a 12½ foot fence with an angled top and got into a viewing area on June 25, the Columbus Zoo said. Visitors in nearby areas were evacuated as the bear was corralled and sedated. No one was hurt.
It happened as a zookeeper was monitoring how the roughly year-old cub — named for rocker Joan Jett — and another female cub were interacting with their new enclosure, which is the zoo's procedure when putting animals into new habitats. The keeper responded appropriately in trying to deter the bear's climbing with verbal commands and by shaking the fence, notifying zoo staff and initiating visitor evacuation procedures, according to the zoo.
‘Dory’ Bred in Captivity for First Time
For biologist Kevin Barden, blue tangs are an obsession that began when he was five years old and came face-to-face with one at Boston's New England Aquarium. Now 29, he has played a leading role in cracking the code to successfully culturing the popular species.
Today, the University of Florida Tropical Aquaculture Lab, in conjunction with Rising Tide Conservation, announced that blue tangs—or Dory, as fans of the Disney movie will know—have been bred in captivity for the first time.
“This breakthrough has the potential to help reduce the overexploitation of the species and continue to address wildlife crime associated with cyanide use in the saltwater aquarium trade,” says biologist Andrew Rhyne, a winner of this year’s Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge, sponsored in part by National Geographic, for coming up with a way that allows better monitoring of the marine aquarium trade.
No one knows how many blue tangs are taken from coral reefs across the Indo-Pacific each year for saltwater aquariums. No one knows how much reef is damaged annually by destructive
Historic walrus database goes live, 160 years in the making
For 160 years, seafarers have braved polar bears, storms and bitter isolation to observe huge herds of walrus gathering off the coast of Alaska and Russia each summer.
For the first time ever, all records, from aerial surveys and island expeditions to 19th Century diary entries and maps by Russian explorers, have been compiled in a single database.
"People have died making these observations," said Anthony Fischbach, the leading biologist behind the project. "This has not come lightly. It's a price you pay for working in the remotest corner of the world."
Scientists hope their data, assembled by the US Geological Survey, will give policy-makers the information they need to protect walruses, approximately 95% of which live in the Bering Sea.
Since 2007, the sea ice that females rely on to raise their pups has declined dramatically in the region, in some cases completely failing to freeze over where it was once historically plentiful.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service
Dubai Safari boss promises better life for zoo animals
The boss of the new Dubai Safari park has promised a better life for the thousands of animals that will shortly be calling it home.
On an exclusive tour of the Dhs1 billion, 119-hectare facility ahead of its October soft opening, Tim Husband told 7DAYS the park will feature state-of-the-art technology – such as rocks with air-conditioning – to ensure five-star treatment for the animals.
Auckland Zoo's Director Jonathan Wilkin on Sri Lanka's gift elephant to John Key
It's the elephant in the courtroom - a diplomatic gift of an elephant from Sri Lanka that's set to cause headaches for its government, and ours.
Sri Lanka’s President gifted Nandi, a female elephant, to our Prime Minister when he was visiting the country in February.
Now, 18 groups and individuals have petitioned Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal to stop five-year-old Nandi coming to Auckland, and the country's Attorney General has promised they'll be heard.
Kerre and Mark spoke with Auckland Zoo's direc
Animal Welfare; Petition to Develop Regulations to Prohibit Public Contact with Potentially Dangerous Animals
Support grows to close 'world's saddest zoo' in China
More than 150,000 people have signed an online petition to close what's been called a "prison for animals" at a Chinese shopping mall.
The Grandview Mall in Guangzhou is a multi-storey shopping centre which is also home to a number of animals, including polar bears, a wolf and whales, kept in enclosures where they're constantly bothered by shoppers wanting selfies.
Zoos lead the fight against animals' extinction
The recent death of the gorilla shot at the Cincinnati Zoo after a child fell into his enclosure first prompted unfair criticism of the child’s parents. Then pundits piled on by second-guessing the zoo’s decision to kill the gorilla to save the child.
That led to yet-another spate of zoo-bashing with no fewer than a dozen mainstream media outlets questioning whether zoos should exist at all.
It was as if the writers of these articles (none of them scientists or conservationists) were in a time warp that took them back decades when the focus of zoos was purely entertainment, rather than education, and when zoo animals were often in cramped cages and fed without much thought to nutrition.
BMC TO BREAK NEW GROUND WITH BYCULLA ZOO’S WORLD-CLASS AQUARIUM
With BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta already giving a go-ahead, the city is all set to get a world-class aquarium at Byculla zoo, which will be the first of its kind in the country and the sixth in the world. With close to 450 marines species, the aquarium is all set to provide an underwater three-dimensional experience to visitors.
Work on the project worth Rs 25 crore has already started after Mehta cleared plans submitted by SIVAT, a US-based company, in collaboration with M/S Highway Construction, the aquarium plans to open its doors by the end of this year. Though the initial plan was approved in March, the project took a while to begin as Tanmay Rai and SIVAT's IBrett Cavaliero proposed the building of an under-water tunnel to provide a three-dimensional experience to visitors. Mehta asked the duo to incorporate this within the same estimated cost, which took them some time to submit the final plan.
Proving crime committed against cetaceans
On yet another wet day when gardening is shelved I had intended to write a blog, but was wondering what might be relevant to summer time (summer time, try telling that to folks at T in the Park today!) Summer is probably the quietest season of the year for wildlife crime but, apart from the destruction of the nests of some birds such as house martins and swallows, one of the more unusual, and thankfully rarer, wildlife crimes that police investigate, is the intentional or reckless disturbance or harassment of cetaceans.
This is an extremely difficult offence to prove, and may well be under-reported. This short chapter on cetaceans from my book Wildlife and the Law outlines some of the difficulties encountered, and may allo
All zoos must become ‘firewalls against extinction’
What will zoos look like in the future? That’s a question several experts have tackled on Animalia during the past week. We’ve heard from a zoo director, an American zoo designer, an Australian zoo designer, a neuroscientist and a sociologist. The final submission comes from Steve Monfort, a veterinarian who is director of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va.
Zoos must focus on becoming effective conservation organizations while sustaining excellence in providing for the health and well-being of wildlife in human care. Next-generation zoos must invest large amounts of money in what’s known as “conservation infrastructure,” including much more space (on or off zoo property). These steps are essential for effectively managing genetic diversity over the long-term, and for positioning zoos as vital players on a conservation continuum that spans from intensively managed populations in human care to free-living animals in nature.
100 snakes killed in Pak. zoo ‘magic show’
Around 100 snakes have been ruthlessly killed as part of a so-called magic show at the Karachi zoo, it was reported on Tuesday.
Titled ‘The snake-eating man’, the stunt has been attracting hundreds of visitors since the first day of Eid and is likely to continue for a few more days, the Dawn reported.
The snakes are killed by a performer who breaks their necks with his teeth before skinning them, and tasting their blood dripping from their mutilated bodies.
Cherry Brook Zoo still silent on Collrin departure
The board of trustees at the Cherry Brook Zoo is still keeping quiet about the departure of zoo founders Lynda and Leonard Collrin after a closed-door board meeting Monday night on how to proceed.
A statement was expected on Tuesday morning, but when contacted to ask for the statement, Alice O'Neill, chair of the board of trustees, said, "No comment on that, but you will know."
The Collrins opened the Cherry Brook Zoo in 1978 at its current location. The zoo has expanded to include a number of new animals, a mini-golf game, and a park featuring statues of endangered animals.
Two chimps escape from Jos zoo
Residents of West of Mines in the central parts of the Plateau State capital, Jos are apprehensive over the escape of two chimpanzees from a nearby zoo.
The two chimps - a male and a female, escaped confinement at the federal government owned National Museum and Monuments, on Tuesday, Daily Trust learnt.
The circumstance of the escape was not immediately known, but it was rumoured that the apes forced their way out of a rusty cage, in search of food.
Early reports suggested that the female was lured back into the cage after hours of banters with the apes on Tuesday, while the male, named Yellow, outsmarted the zoo keepers, luring them rather into his trail but staying too far for their easy reach.
Three monkeys dead after dogs break into Baton Rouge Zoo
Three monkeys at the Baton Rouge Zoo are dead after dogs broke into the zoo in the early hours of Tuesday morning and attacked the primates as they reached out of their exhibit.
Kaki Heiligenthal, the zoo’s director of marketing and development, said Wednesday that zoo officials are still trying to figure out the sequence of events that led to the monkeys’ deaths. But surveillance videos have helped them put together some of the clues
Sinister move against Dehiwala Zoo
The Movement for the Protection of the National Zoo (MPNZ) yesterday said that there were moves by certain elements with vested interests to have the Dehiwala Zoological Garden closed.
Media Co-ordinator for the movement Shantha Jayaweera said the objective of those elements was to reduce the size of the present Zoological Garden on a 21-acre plot to around 2-3 acres.
Addressing a news conference in Colombo, Jayaweera said, "A newly formed foundation which claimed to be fighting for animal rights in Sri Lanka is spreading falsehoods claiming that animals in the Dehiwala Zoo were subjected to cruelty and some of the photographs they have posted on the Internet have been taken overseas. It has o
Monkeys in Brazil 'have used stone tools for hundreds of years at least'
New archaeological evidence suggests that Brazilian capuchins have been using stone tools to crack open cashew nuts for at least 700 years. Researchers say, to date, they have found the earliest archaeological examples of monkey tool use outside of Africa. In their paper, published in Current Biology, they suggest it raises questions about the origins and spread of tool use in New World monkeys and, controversially perhaps, prompts us to look at whether early human behaviour was influenced by their observations of monkeys using stones as tools. The research was led by Dr Michael Haslam of the University of Oxford, who in previous papers presents archaeological evidence showing that wild macaques in coastal Thailand used stone tools for decades at least to open shellfish and nuts.
Why We Are All Failing Orang-utans
On Friday 8 July the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) declared that the Bornean Orang-utan is one step closer to extinction. Upgrading the species from endangered to Critically Endangered, the Bornean Orang-utan now joins its genetic cousin, the Sumatran Orang-utan in this most desperate of situations.
The announcement, while not unexpected, has landed a very large blow to many of us working to save threatened species across the world. We are failing the orang-utans. We are letting them slip away right before our eyes. We are not heeding the calls of our children who keep telling us that they want orang-utans safe in the wild, not just in zoos.
Thoughts for Behaviour: An upgrade in history…
Operant and classical conditioning is not new as we know. The foot steps have been made a long time ago by for example Sir I.Pavlov and Sir B.F. Skinner. Skinner discovered how you can connect behaviours to causes and how you can actually train an animal with reinforcement as response from the trainer towards the animal, what is nowadays called operant conditioning. Even before B.F.Skinner in the 1800s Sir I. Pavlov discovered how animal can predict that a food source is comming by using a sound before hand, what we call classical conditioning. In the 80s K.Pryor started to introduce operant and classical conditioning in Zoological facilitys with great succes. I mean till today we still do what she introduced back in the 80s. These scientists beside a couple others changed the world of animal training drastically. Sour
For zoo elephants, social lives may be more important than space
There’s a churning national conservation about the welfare of animals in zoos, and one of the biggest debates is about elephants.
Infertility, obesity and shortened lives are common afflictions among the zoo populations of these highly social, intelligent and enormous animals. Scientists have probed, in a limited way, how captivity affects them. Some zoo managers have closed elephant exhibits, saying their facilities couldn’t adequately support the animals’ needs. Critics say elephants have no place in zoos at all.
Among the major concerns are limited exhibit space — elephants roam for miles in the wild — and social groupings that are much smaller and less complex than the matrilinear herds of wild elephants.
Dartmoor Zoo to probe 'sheep attack', as lynx hunt enters second week
A carnivorous plant has learnt how to communicate with bats
Scientists have discovered that a species of carnivorous pitcher plant in Borneo has evolved a unique way of enticing bats to roost nearby. But the end goal isn't to eat the flying mammals - instead, Nepenthes hemsleyana stays nourished by digesting their falling droppings.
So in other words, a plant has worked out how to communicate with a mammal, just to encourage it to poop in its mouth.
'Swim Away:' Zoo Keepers From San Francisco and Oakland Release Turtles
In a small seasonal pond just outside the Bay Area in Lake County, an eight-year effort to save California’s native Western Pond Turtles played out last week.
Amid the rural terrain of Lake County, teams of zoo-keepers from the San Francisco and Oakland Zoos, along with researchers from Sonoma State University toted tubs filled with the year-old turtles to return them to their birthplace of the previous year.
North Korean diplomats linked to lucrative rhino horn trade in Africa
North Korean diplomats have been implicated in 16 cases of illegal trading of rhinoceros horns and elephant tusks in the last 30 years, according to a report on international organised crime.
The report, compiled by the Geneva-based Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, says diplomats stationed in Africa have been involved in 29 seizures of contraband horns and tusks over the last three decades, with North Korean diplomats accounting for the majority of those cases.
The diplomat, identified only by his surname, Park, was arrested in May 2015 with another North Korean national in possession of more than 10 lbs of rhino horn.
Caretaker, 37, is mauled to death by Bengal tiger at Benidorm nature park
A 37-year-old woman has been mauled to death after being attacked by a Bengal tiger in a zoo in Benidorm.
The tragedy happened at about 5pm today when the victim, understood to be a worker at the Terra Natura de Benidorm nature park, was inside the animal's cage.
The pioneering Terra Natura describes itself as a 'new generation immersion park' where visitors, including thousands of Brits, can see wildlife in their enclosures through glass barriers.
Animals head for freedom as Argentina closes zoo
Animals by the hundreds are being set free as Buenos Aires closes its 140-year-old Palermo zoo.
Among the first to leave will be birds of prey like owls and chimangos, destined for a reserve along the shores of the Rio de la Plata south of the capital. They will be placed there in larger confines that will give them room to stretch and strengthen their winds before they're ready for the wild.
Others among the 1,500 animals at the zoo are destined for reserves in Argentina and abroad as their old home is transformed into a park.
The Hardest Topic For Animal Caretakers
I have a problem. And I know that the first step towards a solution is to admit that I have a problem.
Okay. Here it is:
I cannot, under any circumstance, walk into a book store without buying at least three books.
Please tell me that many of you have this tendency. Please tell me that many of you wince at the number on the register as you purchase 700lbs of Must Have reading material but it still doesn't stop you from buying them, even if that means you can't afford to buy groceries later and/or pay your electric bill on time.
Last week, I went to Barnes and Noble and bought a bunch of books on training, one on killer whales, and one that is totally sinking me into a pit of despair, but making me think
The Antwerp and Planckendael zoos ban cigarettes
The Antwerp and Planckendael zoos are preparing to ban cigarettes from their premises in the next few weeks.
In Antwerp zoo, smoking will only be authorised in 6 distinct zones from mid-July. It will be authorised in 8 zones in Planckendael from August. The Gazet van Antwerpen and Het Nieusblad reported on this story on Saturday.
The parks promise the smoking zones will be pleasant, and they will not fine those who do not respect the rules. “We are convinced peo
Last puma cub in Karachi zoo ‘mauled to death’
The city zoo suffered a major blow on Thursday when it lost its last surviving puma cub, sources told Dawn.
The cub, they said, was apparently mauled to death by adult pumas housed in the adjacent part of the enclosure, which was separated from the cub-mother area with an iron grille.
The tragic incident, sources said, happened the day when the cub, being hand-reared by the zoo staff, was to become a two-month-old.
“Initially, the staff couldn’t find the baby when they went to feed it in the morning in its enclosure that the cub shared with the mother.
“Later, its mauled body was spotted in the adjacent enclosure housing a pair of pumas,” said a zoo official on condition of anonymity.
The cub was brutally attacked; its back along with hind legs was eaten away while there were severe injuries on its throat.
Some big cats from Tiger Temple in trouble
A tiger rescued from the notorious Tiger Temple has died and some of the other 147 big cats are struggling to adjust to their new surroundings and a diet very different from the cooked food they used to...
The Deep becomes UK's first attraction to display and breed rare Mexican snake
The Deep has become the first zoo or aquarium in the UK to display and successfully breed the rare Lake Zacapu Garter snake.
On 27 June the attraction welcomed the arrival of 7 hatchlings, 3 males and 4 females. The adults (1 male, 2 female) arrived at The Deep in February 2016 and have being living behind the scenes whilst their new home is built.
This new exhibit highlights fragile river habitats
Judge: Zoo owners don't have to pay fees for group that sued
The owners of a private Iowa zoo won't have to pay the legal fees of a national group that successfully sued to force the removal of endangered lemurs and tigers
Orangutan Goes On Loose In Florida Animal Park
Visitors had to be evacuated from part of an animal theme park when an orangutan escaped from its enclosure and climbed trees.
Video footage showed the large female sitting about 20ft above a large crowd at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
At one point, the orangutan drops to the floor and climbs on to a display board, prompting screams from some of those standing nearby.
A witness told Fox News: "It climbed up out of the habitat and towards the guest area, just near the Zambia Smokehouse, which is in Stanleyville."
Some of those in the park told how they were suddenly told to move.
Bianca Guzman told the Tampa Bay Times: "They didn't really share much of what was going on. They just to
African Safari offers $5K reward in vandalism incident
African Safari Wildlife officials are offering a $5,000 reward after the park was broken into and vandalized sometime after closing Tuesday evening.
Large limbs were cut off trees and trunks were slashed, according to a news release from the park. A large, valuable pine tree outside of the fenced enclosure was completely cut down.
The release said no animals were harmed in the incident.
Charlie Cunningham, of the Danbury Township Police Department, investigated the scene after the reported break-in.
The investigation found that a fence around the property had been pried away from its posts by the unknown perpetrators. Once inside, the trees along the park’s entrance road were found to be damaged.
African Safari Wildlife Park officials said Friday they do not know if the vandalized trees will be able to survive.
Wildlife parks refuse Tasmanian Devil vaccinations as Tasmanian government persist with trials
Some wildlife parks in Tasmania and New South Wales have been refusing to provide healthy Tasmanian devils to take part in a vaccination trial for a deadly facial cancer.
But despite that, the Tasmanian Government is pushing ahead with the program.
As Felicity Ogilvie reports.
Foto finds Sun bears in a ‘19th century zoo’
Investigators from Friends of the Orangutans Malaysia (Foto) are livid at the conditions animals are forced to live in at the Miri Crocodile Farm (MCF).
In a press statement issued Thursday, its director Upreshpal Singh revealed that their investigators had recently gone to the farm after receiving numerous complaints of cruelty and exploitation of wildlife from concerned members of the public.
“At MCF, we found three Sun bears forced to live in appalling conditions. These Sun bears are visibly stressed and are suffering from zoochosis as a result of living in a concrete tomb without enrichment.”
“No readily available, clean drinking water was seen. These are conditions which resemble a 19th-century zoo. Sun bears are a protected species in Sarawak and with many bear experts calling for urgent action to prevent their extinction in the wild. These bears and other animals at the farm urgently need help.”
Whipsnade Zoo rhino accident: Gates 'should be pinned'
A zoo has been urged to make safety improvements to sliding gates after a senior keeper was injured by a rhino.
The recommendation from Central Bedfordshire Council follows an accident at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in 2014.
The incident left a senior zookeeper, in his 50s, with injuries to the chest, abdomen and pelvis.
However, the zoo said it deemed the recommendation "unnecessary", adding that no improvement measures or statuto
Correcting the Myth of the Amercian Jaguar
No evidence of Jaguar Breeding Populations in New Mexico or Arizona, after the Pleistocene Era
Centre red-flags tiger safari project in Corbett reserve
The Centre has red flagged a proposed tiger safari project in Uttarakhand's Corbett National Park and asked the state government to first comply with wildlife norms.
It cited the central government's recent decision to stop tiger safari project in Madhya Pradesh's Pench National Park citing alleged violation of rules.
The Uttarakhand forest department had in August last year sought permission of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), a statutory body under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, to start a tiger safari inside the famous national park.
The NTCA has asked the Uttarakhand government to take prior permission from Central Zoo Authority (CZA).
It may also be looked into that if the proposal is in conformity with and as per tiger conservation plan prepared for Corbett reserve, said a letter by the NTCA to the state, a copy of which was received in reply to an RTI query filed by wildlife activist Ajay Dubey.
China bans consuming of state-protected wild animals
The amended law which will take effect on January 1 next year bans the production and sale of food made from state-protected wild animals and products derived from them.
Bird wings from Age of Dinosaurs found trapped in amber
Hummingbird-sized baby Enantiornithes birds lived 99 million years ago
Ninety-nine million years ago, two baby birds met an unfortunate end and their severed wings became encased in amber.
Now those beautifully preserved wings, complete with different kinds of feathers of different colours still attached to the skin, are revealing new insights about the evolution of birds.
The amber samples containing the wings were found by Lida Xing, a paleontologist at the China University of Geosciences in Beijing who previously worked and studied in Canada, at an amber market in the Kachin province of Burma, also known a
‘Devastated’: scientists too late to captive breed mammal lost to climate change
Australian conservationists spent five months obtaining permissions and planning for a captive breeding programme for the Bramble Cay melomys. But when they arrived on the rodent’s tiny, low-lying island, they discovered they were too late.
Transnational conservation in Turkey could save six threatened bird species
In a great example of nature conservation knowing no national boundaries, Doğa Derneği (BirdLife in Turkey), with the support of the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB, BirdLife in Bulgaria), MME (BirdLife in Hungary) and the Ornithological Society of the Middle East (OSME), have launched a new protection programme for six globally Threatened bird species breeding in Turkey’s steppes.
The project – which aims to protect the Sociable Lapwing, Egyptian Vulture, Steppe Eagle, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Great Bustard and White-headed Duck – will be implemented in collaboration with locals living near the species’ habitats.
Bonobos lie about sex to keep the peace
Bonobos (pictured) are known as the peaceful ape. They’re less aggressive than their chimpanzee cousins, and when they have disagreements they’re more likely to make love, not war. Now, a new study reveals one way females keep the peace. In most primate societies, female genitals swell to advertise that they’re ready to mate, leading to fighting among males as they jostle for a partner. But in bonobos, the swellings only indicate fertility half the time, according to a study in the wild published this week in BMC Evolutionary Biology. The findings confirm what scientists have observed in captivity. The researchers behind the new study hypothesize females may have evolved the behavior to gain the upper hand in mati
Two young female pandas complete ‘survival training’ ahead of release into the wild
Two young giant pandas at a conservation centre in southwest China will be released into the wild early next month, official media reports.
The China Research and Conservation Centre for the Giant Panda in Yaan city in Sichuan province said the two female pandas – three-year-old Huayan and two-year-old Zhangmeng – had completed their two-year wilderness training programme at a facility in Wolong where they acquired the necessary survival skills for the wild, according to the China News Service.
They will be released into the Liziping Nature Reserve in Shimian county early next month, the report sa
Minister visits controversial zoo, promises decree on exotic imports
Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis said on Thursday he was looking into the possibility of preparing a decree for the regulation of imports of exotic animals to Cyprus.
The move comes after strong reactions to the reported poor conditions of animals at the Melios zoo in Nicosia, namely one of the two lions that arrived last year along with two Siberian tigers. Photos show one of the lions, a female, with a severe eye infection.
The Animal Party has also raised an issue on the recent import of three Eurasian lynxes to the zoo, which said the animals arrived on Wednesday. On Thursday Kouyialis went to the zoo along with two veterinary officials.
“My visit was to make sure that there are no safety issues for visitors and no issues as regards animal welfare,” Kouyialis told the Cyprus Mail. He added that it appears that there was nothing amiss but the state vet services would continue monitoring the facilities.
As regards the lion, Kouyialis said, it was being monitored by a private vet and also by the state vet services. He added that it would be given treatment.
The owner of the zoo, Melios Menelaou, told the Cyprus Mail that the problem with the lion was known to the vet services ever since it arrived on the island a year ago.
“It is a condition that was created due to its age. It is 16-years-old,” Menelaou said.
He added that the problem lay in the fact that even though he had informed the state vet services when he brought the lions and the tigers a year ago, that he needed a tra
Are petting zoos cruel to animals?
Do close interactions with the animal world make us feel more passionately about them? Do they make us want to save them or make us more proactive about their protection? On a recent trip across Australia, I was struck by how many wildlife parks and zoos offered kids and adults the experience of hugging a koala, feeding a wallaby or clicking a selfie with a kangaroo. The latest rage right now across the Aussie continent is a selfie with this delightful looking marsupial called the quokka.
While the experience of getting up close with wild animals at a zoo may leave indelible memories of your holiday with your children and make for great Facebook posts, what is it like for the animal? The question gains prominence in the light of the recent shutting down of the Tiger Temple in Thailand, where you could walk a tiger cub, click selfies with it and cuddle it.
The Plot Against Wild Animals
In 1900, John Elfreth Watkins Jr. wrote an essay for Ladies’ Home Journal in which he laid out a series of predictions for the next 100 years. He got some things remarkably right, coming close to the mark on things like air conditioning and the ubiquity of telephones. But, as invariably happens when even the brightest soothsayers predict in bulk, he got some things really, really wrong.
One thing he didn’t expect: The way mankind and wild animals would continue to coexist. Watkins Jr. assumed that if we kept up our prospecting, we’d end up conquering the whole planet in pretty short order and the natural world would be brought to heel or, barring that, a zoo.
This didn’t come to pass. Wild animals
Calgary Zoo Giraffe Delivers Stillborn Calf While Being Transported
A giraffe that was travelling from the San Diego Zoo to the Calgary Zoo prematurely delivered a "non-viable" calf on Monday.
“This is very difficult news to share with our community,” said Jamie Dorgan, director of animal care at the Calgary Zoo, in a release.
“Transporting animals is a delicate process and we take every precaution necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of the animals during their journey.”
The zoo says the mother, a five-year-old Masai giraffe, was
Columbus zoo briefly locked down after bear cub gets loose
Zoo officials confirmed the zoo was placed on lock down after a seven-month-old female black bear cub breached her enclosure Saturday.
The zoo says the cub got out around 11:15am and was sedated with a dart at 11:30am. She was taken to her sleeping quarters.
The cub is one of two orphaned wild cubs that were brought to the zoo just a few months ago.
The main zoo lockdown was lifted just before noon, but the North America region remained on lockdown until zoo staff could secure the second cub and take it into the bear building.
The black bear habitat will remain closed for the rest of the day.
No human or animal injuries have been reported.
Modernisation of zoo parks on the cards
The governing body of Zoos and Parks Authority of Telangana (ZAPAT), headed by Minister for Forests and Environment Jogu Ramanna, on Saturday decided to take up modernisation of zoo parks in the State by improving facilities for visitors and increasing enclosures of fauna.
After adopting the annual plan for 2016-17, the meeting reviewed the conditions of zoos and parks in the State and decided to increase security by installing high security fencing and continuous surveillance with closed circuit television cameras.
The Nehru Zoo P
Snow leopard forced to live in captivity in Gilgit-Baltistan
A majestic beast has been stripped of its right to live in the wild and has been forced to live in a cage in Gilgit-Baltistan for nearly four years.
“King of mountains,” as the snow leopard is called, usually lives at an altitude of 12,000 to 18,000 feet and walks around an area of around 250 kilometres. This particular cat called Lovely, was deprived of this and lost its independence in December 2012 when it was hardly six months old.
Its mother apparently deserted the injured cub after it failed to cross a river in Khunjerab National Park, one of world’s highest parks in Hunza Valley of G-B.
A field team of the wildlife department spotted it and shifted it to a rehabilitation centre, followin
Tiger and goat friendship was 'all a PR stunt', says safari park insider
The friendship between tiger Amur and goat Timur, intended as the big cat's lunch, was a fake, said former Primorsky Safari Park Evgenia Patanovskaya.
The odd couple were shown around the world after they forged their apparent bond.
The ex-PR said that said that initially when Timur was taken to the Siberian tiger, it was a 'mistake' because the predator was already well fed.
'Amur the tiger just did not eat the goat Timur, because he was not hungry,' she wrote. 'Since he did not eat it, I asked the staff of the park to feed Amur, so he would not eat Timur. That's how we held out for two months.
'They called it 'friendship' of the tiger and a goa
Israel zoo team arrives
A three-member expert team comprising a wildlife ranger, head keeper and a supervisor from Tisch Zoo, Israel arrived here on Sunday to examine the three chimpanzees that were gifted by Israel to the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park.
The Israel Nature Parks Authority (INPA) team will also conduct an awareness workshop on ‘enrichment and upgrading skills of animal keepers’ at
A crazed big-cat lover was thwarted by protective netting when he tried to jump into the Bronx Zoo’s snow-leopard exhibit, police said Saturday.The feline fanatic was prowling around the snow-leopard and red-panda enclosures when he made a wild leap for the exotic cats a little after 7:30 p.m. Friday, law-enforcement sources told The Post.Zookeepers and a police officer assigned to the zoo acted fast when the man cleared the first barrier that separates visitors from the cats.They grabbed him before he got past the protective netting into the leopards’ enclosure, sources said.The unidentified man ha
Lions and Tigers Don’t Belong in Zoos. But Some Animals Do.
Black-footed ferrets once thrived on the North American prairie, with an estimated 5 million animals occupying some 100 million acres of land from Montana to New Mexico. In the 19th century, though, America’s expansion west devastated the species. Prairie was converted into farmland and settlements. Prairie dogs, which the ferrets relied on for both food and shelter (using the dogs’ burrows for dens), were eradicated to keep them from competing with livestock for grass. Squeezed out of their habitat and deprived of their main food source, the ferrets declined and then disappeared. In 1979, the last captive ferret died, and the species was presumed extinct.
West Kalimantan to Become Hornbill Conservation Center
West Kalimantan Province will become Hornbill conservation center and captivity.“We have allocated funds to prepare for it,” Deputy Chairman, the House’s Commission IV Daniel Johan told Antaranews in Pontianak on Monday, June 27, 2016.The captivity and conservation area will be located in Paloh Sub-district, Sambas District. “But Paloh is not the only [choice of] location. The alternative is Sintang District,” he said.
The conservation area and captivity is needed as the bird is an endangered species. Hornbill hunting is prevalent for their beak
“The budget for it has been included in the re
EXCLUSIVE-U.S. charity loophole enabled trading of 1,300 endangered animalsLast year, after a Minnesota dentist sparked an uproar by killing a popular lion named Cecil while on safari in Zimbabwe, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service placed similar African lions on the endangered species list, making it illegal to import them as trophies to the United States.But for African lions and other threatened and endangered species, there's an exception to this rule: Hunters, circuses, zoos, breeders and theme parks can get permits to import, export or sell endangered animals if they can demonstrate that the transactions will "enhance the survival" of the species.Often, records show, this requirement is met in part by making a cash contribution to charity - usually a few thousand dollars. The practice has angered both animal-rights activists who say it exploits wildlife and exhibitors who describe the process as unfair and arbitrary.In the last five years, the vast majority of the estimated 1,375 endangered species permits granted by the Fish & Wildlife Service involved financial pledges to charity, according to agency documents reviewed by Reuters.For a $2,000 pledge, the Fish & Wildlife Service permitted two threatened leopard cubs to be sent from a roadside zoo to a small animal park. After a $5,000 pledge, the agency approved the transfer of 10 endangered South African penguins to a Florida theme
Four orangutans escape from Chester Zoo enclosure
Part of Chester Zoo had to be closed off this morning after four orangutans escaped from their enclosure while the Duke of Westminster was visiting.Two female Sumatran orangutans and two of their young offspring made their way out of their enclosed area today (Tuesday, June 28) just after 10am.A zoo spokesperson confirmed that Subis and her infants Tuti and Siska, as well as fellow female Indah, stayed safely within the zoo’s Monsoon Forest building while primate keepers quickly ushered them back into their enclosure.
Melbourne Zoo’s baby elephant deteriorating after feeding woes
THE condition of Melbourne Zoo’s baby elephant continues to deteriorate as keepers say they are struggling to bottle feed the calf.The young Asian elephant, born almost two weeks ago with a rare congenital condition which prevents her from standing, is currently being fed a mixture of artificial elephant milk formula and her mother’s milk.But the zoo’s head vet, Dr Michael Lynch said the young female was not bottle feeding well and was only taking about half of what she needed.“Trying to keep up her nutrition is our challenge, and we are relying heavily on an intravenous drip to provide both fluid
Anti-zoo zealots not helping the animalsAnother zoo is going to close thanks to misinformed dupes and money hungry organizations out for cash with no regard for the animals concerned.The whole idea of captive breeding zoos is to assist endangered animals from being destroyed in their own habitat.When all forms of animals start to become extinct, start blaming these protest groups that have made jobs for themselves and offer no after-care for the animals.They get money for nothing, and they are against the idea of keeping a species alive in the world that would become poached for bush meat in their own land.These groups have no idea of what will happen to the animals after these zoos are closed. Will most animals be put down and the blood lines will end forever? No doubt.Groups against zoos are basically just looking for funds to support themselves, not the animals.
Starved lion's heartbreaking 'cry for help' after being trapped in war zone zoo for months
This heartbreaking video has captured the moment an emaciated lion roars in pain from his blood-soaked cage after getting trapped in a warzone zoo.
The once magnificent creature is now under-nourished and trapped in a urine and blood-soaked cage.
Staring from behind rusted bars in the enclosure, which is barely a few feet wide, this king of the jungle almost seems to be crying for help trapped at Taiz Zoo , in war-torn Yemen.
The Middle-Eastern country has been in the middle of a bloody civil war since March last year and the human cost has already been sickening.
But in the middle of air raids and tank shells one man and a small group of volunteers cross the front line every day to go
How Zoos Lost Their Bars
In the weeks after Harambe, the lowland gorilla, was shot when a 3-year-old boy fell into his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, I began to notice peculiar news stories that otherwise wouldn’t have attracted my attention. A leopard in a Utah zoo slipped through the mesh that separated it from the public, forcing visitors to huddle in the gift shop until it was caught. A black bear cub briefly escaped its handlers while being moved between enclosures at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio (it was eventually sedated and returned). Georgian police killed a tiger that had, in its own turn, killed a man after escaping its enclosure. Just last week in Brazil, a jaguar exhibited in the Olympic torch ceremony broke free from its chains, moving freely until it too was shot after attacking a soldier. When animals and humans are close enough to one another, mishaps happen in both directions—humans get in, and animals get out. Invariably, both suffer.
British Water Testing Company Helping London Zoo Keep its Aquatic Inhabitants Safe
ZSL London Zoo has one of the largest collections of aquatic life in the UK, including some of the rarest species of fish and amphibians. This diversity creates unique water quality demands as each species often requires very specific water conditions to survive, with a slight change in conditions being potentially life-threatening. Regular, highly accurate water testing is therefore a critical part of managing the aquatic collections. To help ensure optimum water quality for all aquatic species, the Zoo has opted for water testing equipment from British company Palintest. The aquarium team utilises the Photometer 7100 for monitoring chlorine, alkalinity, phosphate, ammonia, nitrite, potassium and pH. The herpetology (amphibian) team also uses the Photometer 7100, but in addition uses electrochemical testing products, including Palintest’s Micro 600 pH meter and a Micro 800 dissolved oxygen (DO) meter as part of their water quality monitoring protocol. The feedwater for both the aquarium and herpetology se
Fresh hope for the endangered ptarmigan as 4 chicks hatched
Four ptarmigan chicks have hatched at Ueno Zoological Gardens in Tokyo, marking a second consecutive year of successful artificial incubation of the endangered species’ eggs.Ueno Zoo in Taito Ward announced on June 27 that the four chicks hatched from eggs in succession between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on June 26. They each weighed between approximately 19 and 20 grams.The four eggs were collected from nests in Mount Norikura
Elusive capybara captured after escape from Toronto zooThe adventures of two furry fugitives that broke out of a Toronto zoo came to an end on Tuesday, when the second of two elusive capybaras was trapped.The tale of the two large rodents has captivated the city ever since the animals, which resemble a heavy, tailless beaver with short legs, broke out of the High Park Zoo in late May.The search for the pair inspired the hashtag "CapybaraWatch" online, sparked parody Twitter accounts posting from the rodents' perspectives and turned the male and female creatures into social media celebrities of so
Why People Keep Taking Deadly Selfies With Animals
The photos, or the stories behind them, are horrifying.
Last week a group of lifeguards and tourists in the Dominican Republic pulled a shark from the water and posed for photos with it until it died.
It was just the latest in a disturbing new trend of people trying to take selfies with a wide variety of wildlife, ranging from seals and swans to elk and even lions.
Sometimes, as in the case of the shark, the animals die as a result of these interactions. Other times people put themselves at risk. Last month a Chinese man died while trying to take a selfie with a walrus at a zoo. A year ago—long before the infamous case where tourists put a bison calf in their car—a visitor to Yellowstone National Park was gored and tossed into the air by an adult bison while she tried to pose for a photo just six yards away from the massive animal.
What drives this risky behavior?
Part of it, it seems, is just human na
15-year-old boy savaged by a wild hyena while sleeping in a tent in South Africa’s Kruger National Park
A TEENAGE boy had his bones “crushed like a packet of crisps” after being attacked by a hyena as he slept in a tent on a family camping trip.
According to The Sun, Erco Janse van Rensburg described the sound of his own bones being crunched by the predator after it launched the pre-dawn attack on him in South Africa’s Kruger National Park in the early hours of Sunday morning.
It’s believed the savage assault only came to an end when the 15-year-old’s uncle was woken by the sound of the boy being “dragged like a blanket” past his own tent.
The boy’s uncle chased the animal away.
The teenager is recovering in hospital in Johannesburg after undergoing multiple surgeries to reconstruct his face.
Rangers at the world-famous safari park are now hunting the hyena, which squeezed through a hole in the fence that w
What It's Really Like to Work With Animals at SeaWorld
Growing up in the Midwest, thousands of miles away from the ocean, Jody Westberg dreamed of working with sea animals. A family vacation to San Diego at 12 solidified her goal: get a job at SeaWorld some day. She studied biology, spent her summers working with the farm animals in her 900-person town in South Dakota, and transferred to Cal State San Bernardino in Southern California her last year of college to be closer to SeaWorld.
More than 20 years into her career, Westberg is the stranded animal coordinator at SeaWorld San Diego, overseeing its animal rescue and rehabilitation program. The program — an integral part of SeaWorld's 10 parks — has rescued more than 28,000 distressed animals since 1964.
USDA Issues Report Into Hovatter's Wildlife Zoo; Owner Responds
Hovatter's Wildlife Zoo is under fire once again. The USDA issued a report on the business, claiming the zoo let visitors handle tiger cubs that were too large.
This all comes after the zoo was called into question in July about the care of the cubs, but the owner said this is all a misunderstanding and everything is under control.
"All this inspection that was here is me and my inspector both agreeing that we will just stop the photos for the season," said Hovatter.
That's what owner Bryan Hovatter had to say after the USDA's annual inspection into the business. The report claims that the business was allowing the public to come into contact with tiger cubs that were too large, too strong, and too aggressive. But Hovattter said that's not the case.
"There's a window of working tigers. There's really not something sketched in law that we can start a cat out at this age and you have to stop him at this age. That's not in the law books, whatsoever. We work our tigers as w
The Role Of Zoos In An Ever-Changing World
Every day, Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)-accredited zoos open their doors to the public, inviting people to witness the animals in their care. Many of the people visiting will be attending with the goal or hope of being entertained. They’d like to spend a fun day outside of their homes. They’d like to tempt their children away from screens and media. They’d like to see unusual sights — creatures they could never hope to see in their own backyards, even if, once upon a time, their backyards would have been the roaming grounds for those very animals.
It’s possible that some of these visitors will think of the zoo as a place built solely for the purpose of their entertainment. They will go into their visit expecting to be distracted from the world in the same way a movie or a theme park or a bowling alley is meant to distract them. It’s not a terrible thing, to want to be entertained. It’s not a terrible thing to be fascinated by animals, or to hope to see them closer. It’s just that those wants and needs are not the sole reason for the existence of the modern, AZA-accredited zoo, and they haven’t been for some time.
China reports H5N1 avian influenza in two African lions at Hubei Zoo
Officials with the Hubei Provincial People’s Government, in a Monday news release (computer translated), reported on two African lions at the Hubei Zoo that were infected with H5N1 avian influenza
Two African lions (1 male, 1 female) at the city zoo that demonstrated high fever and other abnormalities. They were taken to isolation to identify the cause of the illness and to get treatment. The male African lion’s condition suddenly deteriorated and he died soon afterwards. The female African lion was treated by the Changchun military Medical veterinary hospital, Huazhong Agricultural University and other emergency experts and since been recovered.
It doesn’t appear that other zoo animals were affected.
Samples were taken at thee autopsy on the male lion. The Conservancy Military Medical Veterinary Hospital detected H5N1 influenza virus that matched 99 percent to the strain of virus that that was isolated from a white tiger in 2
Four Tons of ‘Plastic’ Discovered to Be Smuggled Pangolin Scales
Hong Kong officials made one of the largest ever seizures of African pangolin scales on Thursday after discovering 4.4 tons (4,000 kilograms) of scales hidden in cargo labeled “sliced plastics” from Cameroon, according to a press release from the government.
The haul is estimated to represent between 1,100 and 6,600 pangolins and be worth $1.25 million (HK$9.8 million), according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an international conservation organization.
Pangolins, also known as scaly anteaters, are nocturnal mammals found in Africa and Asia whose populations have plummeted in recent years. They gained recognition a few years ago when wildlife experts gave them the unhappy distinction of being the most trafficked mammal in the world. More than a million pangolins have been illegally plucked from the wild during the past decade to satisfy d
FIVE important elements of animal training plans. .
In this podcast episode I re-connect with Debbie Marrin, Director of training and behavioral husbandry at San Francisco Zoo, California, USA. You can learn more about Debbie in a previous podcast episode we did together by clicking HERE. In this episode we discuss some important elements involved in writing animal training plans. We cover 5 main areas, these are as follows (See below podcast);
At this past year’s Annual Conference, Vickie Clyde shared some special news during a business lunch.
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