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Zoo News Digest May-June 2009


Panda cub turns one month old tomorrow

First, there will be a very big cake measuring 1.2 metres wide and 1.7 metres long. Then, students from 10 schools will sing "Happy Birthday" to the fluffy female cub in front of her cage.The baby panda is also set to get many birthday presents. As the cub will be on public display tomorrow, visitors are being encouraged to bring along presents or something the cub will be able to play with. The presents may be wooden toys or rocking horses. "They can be playthings for the baby when she is a few months old," panda project chief Prasertsak Boontrakulpoontawee says. The baby, which now weighs more than 1 kg, was born in Thailand on May 27 to Lin Hui and her mate Chuang Chuang. Lin Hui has proved to be a

Thai elephants just have to grin and bear it

The Ayutthaya Elephant Kraal has painted Plai Panlan, a 5-year-old male elephant, in the panda colours of black and white to remind the public that elephants have needs, too.The watercolour is harmless, and the elephant did not seem to mind. Kraal staff are gently mocking the national craze over the female panda cub born to Lin Hui and Xuang Xuang at Chiang Mai zoo.Kraal manager Itthipan Kaolamai said staff were striking a blow for Thai elephant causes. Many of the beasts were still in need of state help, but in all the fuss over pandas

Zion is cleared to open

Zion Wildlife Gardens - closed after a keeper was killed by a tiger last month - has been cleared to reopen for public tours today.It's given everyone a real positive lift that they needed. We were still grieving. This reopening is what Dalu would have wantedSara Reid, Zion spokeswoman World-famous Whangarei big cat park Zion Wildlife Gardens - closed after a keeper was killed by a tiger last month - has been cleared to reopen for public tours today.The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) and the Department of Labour yesterday approved the reopening from 9.30am today with rules in place to prevent staff from having direct contact with adult animals among the park's 40 lions, tigers and leopards.Zion keeper Dalu Mncube d

More than a zoo

When an American journalist asked him "what attracts you personally to the desert?", TE Lawrence responded: "it's clean". Now, the Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort, formerly known as the Al Ain Zoo, is planning to show visitors that there's much more to enjoy in the desert.This project is not about building a traditional zoo or resort. Rather, it seeks to transform the idea of what a zoo or resort can be. The 900 hectare wildlife park plans to be the only place in the world where visitors can experience life in various deserts around the world, such as the Kalahari or the Sahara. It's an ambitious attempt that will put Al Ain on the map for the "hottest" zoo in the world. But the vision goes beyond that. By breeding endangered species and recreating threatened desert environments, visitors

Mysore zoo to have a few exotic species soon

The century-old Mysore zoo has succeeded in its efforts to procure exotic species of animals and birds from the zoos abroad with the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MEoF) reportedly giving its consent for its exchange programme. Accordingly, the zoo will exchange animals and birds with the prestigious Singapore Zoo and Zoo Zlin in the Czech Republic.The last exchange of animals by the zoo with a foreign zoo was in 1996. Since then, the zoo did not achieve success despite submitting several proposals to enrich its collection.The "never quitting attitude" of one of the oldest and biggest zoos in the country finally paid off with the Union Ministry giving its approval for exporting and importing animals and birds.With this, the zoo authorities are making efforts to obtain permission from the agencies concerned.In a few weeks, those visiting the zoo may see some rare and endangered species of animals and birds from Singapore and the Czech Republic.Sources in the zoo told The Hindu that

City zoo fire is treated as arson

A fire which destroyed the Mountain Tea House at Belfast Zoo is being treated as arson by police.None of the animals were injured in the blaze. Intruder and fire alarms were set off at the cafe in north Belfast shortly after midnight on Tuesday. Firefighters were called to the scene at Bellevue. Zoo spokeswoman Joy Bond said the zoo would be open to the public but the area around the blaze was cordoned off. "The tea house has been significantly damaged. There is very little of it left. We are pleased to say that our animals are ok," she said. "We do worry that fires may spread

Death of animal handler at Zion an accident waiting to happen?

The Zion Wildlife Park reopened over the weekend - not quite a month after animal handler Dalu Mncube was mauled to death by a white tiger.Campbell Live has been investigating Mr Mncube's death and asking whether it was simply terribly bad luck, or an accident waiting to happen.Our research suggests the latter.Campbell Live has talked to two people with strong views on the operation of the park.First – a former staff member who argues the culture instituted by the Lion Man, Craig Busch, became unmanageable after he left – sacked by his mother Patricia.Demetri Price was a handler at the park, and a qualified supporter of Craig Busch.Mr Price resigned earlier this year and returned to Australia.Campbell Live strenuously asked Patricia Busch for an interview, but she declined.Tim Husband is the highly experienced consultant

Valley Zoo calls for phones to save gorillas

The Valley Zoo is calling on Edmontonians to help save a rare gorilla habitat.And it's as simple as dropping off your old cellphones for recycling.Cellphones contain a mineral called Tantalum, found in an ore called Coltan, officials said today.This ore is mined in the Congo, where the endangered silver back gorillas live.The mining is destroying rare gorilla habitat.Officials said the gorilla population in the Congo has dropped 90% in the past five years.Cellphones and accessories donated to the Valley Zoo will be directed to an organization called ECO-Cell – the "premiere cell phone recycling program for environmentally-minded fundraisers," according to the group's website.Zoo officials believe that will help eliminate the need for increased mining in gorilla habitat.ECO-Cell will also return a portion of the proceeds from the phones to the zoo, which will be directed to conservation efforts, officials said."This is a great opportunity to help save wildlife habitat and dropping off a

London Zoo's flamingo chicks have an unusual fear -- the color pink

Two flamingo chicks at the London Zoo are making life difficult for their keepers with their bizarre aversion to the color pink.The chicks, named Little and Large for the obvious reasons, are being hand-raised by zoo staff. Since Little needed to gain some weight, keepers tried to encourage him to eat by feeding him through a lifelike-if-your-brain-is-the-

size-of-a-walnut pink sock meant to resemble

Wild monkeys under threat

Monkeys, some of them protected by law, are being trapped and sold as pets and, worse, for their meat.This is occurring at the Tudan Resettlement Scheme in Kuala Baram, near here, where some 6,000 squatters have been relocated.The whole area was forested 10 years ago and filled with wildlife but recently, more than 1,000ha of land has been cleared for squatters to set up their resettlement homes.And the wildlife in the area has become

Saving rhino gets government backing

The Pandeglang regency administration and legislative council have voiced their support for plans to expand the habitat of Javan rhinos at Ujung Kulon National Park (TNUK) in Banten province, on the western tip of Java. Regent Dimyati Natakusumah said the local administration and council hoped the TNUK would become a source of pride for the nation and also a world-renowned site that could pull in international revenue. "We've sent a letter to the Forestry Ministry to request an upgrade to the status of the TNUK to a World Wildlife Park, but they haven't responded yet," he said over the weekend, after a meeting in Pandeglang with representatives of international donors. To attain World Wildlife Park status, a park must have several water reservoirs and a fence encircling it to keep the rhinos within the park area. The regency council speaker, H.M. Acang, backed

Zoo officials hunt swimming horse

OFFICIALS of the TT Zoological Society were on Wednesday called out to Dhein's Bay, in Chaguaramas, to rescue a horse swimming in the waters off the western coastline.It was initially reported that the horse had drowned but fishermen fishing off Five Islands said they saw the horse taking a swim. Up to late Wednesday, the horse had not been found. Head of the Zoological Society, Gupte Lutchmedial told Newsday they received a call at about 7 am, from an official at the Paddock of the Arima Race Club indicating that they should go to Dhein's Bay to retrieve the carcass of a race horse which had drowned while taking a bath. Lutchmedial said when zoo officials arrived at the bay, the horse was no where to be seen. Curator of the Emperor Valley Zoo, St Ann's, said,102732.html

'Miracle' gibbon birth at Swedish zoo

A nearly 40-year-old gibbon has given birth to a healthy baby at a zoo in central Sweden, much to the surprise of zoo officials who just a few months ago thought the mother may be dying.Last winter, zookeepers at the Parken Zoon in Eskilstuna thought the female gibbon appeared lethargic and feared that death was knocking on her door.But subsequent tests revealed she was pregnant, and

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo clocks its one millionth visitor
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo has become one of the most visited attractions in Dubai.This leisure attraction at The Dubai Mall recently welcomed its one millionth visitor, a landmark achieved in less than seven months of its opening. Having over one million paid visitors - who have experienced the aquarium tunnel and underwater zoo - complements the several thousands

Outrage over decision to bring more animals to Limassol zoo

AMID JUBILATION that the year-long efforts of animal rights activists lead to the removal of a family of leopards from Limassol zoo, Limassol Municipality has announced its decision for the centre to continue operating, undergo an €300,000 upgrade and bring more animals including kangaroos, llamas and monkeys. The decision has infuriated animal rights group ARC/KIVOTOS which has threatened to take legal action against the zoo for operating without a licence for the past seven years."We are making all these efforts to repatriate the animals and succeeded in taking them to a better environment at no cost for the authorities. But it is inconceivable that we struggle for decades to do this and then they want to bring more animals in. "We will be taking legal action because Limassol Zoo has been operating illegally without a licence from Veterinary Services for the past seven years," Kyriakos Kyriakou, Director of ARC told the Cyprus Mail."When you get a parking ticket, you go and pay it without protesting. But the state has been breaking the law for years without any sanctions. Enough is enough," Kyriakou added.At present, the wild animals remaining at Limassol zoo include two baboons, one langur monkey, a zebra, a raccoon, porcupines, a moufflon, exotic birds, as well as hawks and eagle owls."These animals live in desperate conditions. The racoon, for exam


£50k appeal for Mercedes the polar bear to move home

AN APPEAL has been launched to raise £50,000 to pay for the UK's only polar bear to move to a better home.The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) hopes to transfer Mercedes the polar bear from Edinburgh Zoo to a larger enclosure at the Highland Wildlife Park in Kingussie, near Inverness. However, RZSS, the charity that runs both

Tigers burn bright with new cubs

Three rare Amur tiger cubs born at the Highland Wildlife Park, near Kingussie, have been given their first public showing.The litter are the offspring of two adults transported from Edinburgh Zoo last October. The pair named Yuri and Sasha have previously reared six cubs. About 500 are thought to remain in the wild and the park owners - the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland - said the species remains under threat. The cubs were born in May, but are only now being shown to the public. Amur tigers, also known as Siberian tigers, live

Oregon Zoo Shows Off Plans For New Elephant Area

The Oregon Zoo gave a tour of its elephant facilities Tuesday, to show its plans for a new enclosure. Kristian Foden-Vencil reports.Voters passed a $125 million bond measure for the zoo last fall. The money will be spent on everything from a new enclosure for polar bears to improved veterinary facilities. $30 million is earmarked to increase the elephant enclosure from three acres to six acres. Zoo deputy director, Mike Keele, says the bull elephants will also get a 200 acre

Iowa zoo says 35-year-old monkey sets age record

The Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines says a 35-year-old snow monkey known as "Baldy" is the oldest female ever with a confirmed birth date. The monkey, officially a Japanese macaque, was born June 16, 1974, at the Texas Snow Monkey Sanctuary, then moved to the Minnesota Zoo. She came to the Blank Park Zoo in 1985. The zoo's animal curator, Jeff Dier, says snow monkeys usually live 20 to 25 years. They are threatened in their homeland due to deforestation and the loss of habitat Baldy remains healthy and an active member of the anim,0,1562724.story

Riverbanks Zoo Takes Extra Precautions After Gorilla Escaped

Extra precautions were taken at Riverbanks Zoo, this weekend, after a gorilla briefly got out of his habitat, Friday, and into the public area of the park.Zoo staff inspected all mammal habitats before the park opened, Saturday, and removed any underbrush or landscaping that they thought were too close to an exhibit.Meanwhile, the gorillas remain in their barn while the outdoor habitat undergoes a thorough inspection.They should be allowed back into their yard, later this week…don't worry though…the gorillas each have their own playroom in the 3,000 square-foot barn and are getting extra food until they can go back

Geri Halliwell adopts white lion cubs - Singer sponsors animals at Paradise Wildlife Park

Geri Halliwell has adopted a pair of white lion cubs.The former Spice Girl saw the animals at Paradise Wildlife Park near her home in Hertfordshire.Geri goes to the park quite a lot and fell in love with them so she decided she must have them,' a source tells the Sunday People.`She will receive an adoption certificate

Could the orang-utan be our closest relative?

THESE days, we tend to accept without question that humans are "the third chimpanzee". The term, coined by author Jared Diamond, refers to the notion that our closest relatives are the two chimpanzee species - the common chimp and the bonobo. But could we actually be "the second orang" - more closely related to orang-utans than chimps?That is the controversial claim made this week by Jeffrey Schwartz of the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania and John Grehan of the Buffalo Museum of Science in New York (Journal of Biogeography, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2699.2009.

02141.x, in press)The idea flies in the face of mainstream scientific opinion, not least a wealth of DNA evidence pointing to our close relationship to chimps. Schwartz and Grehan do not deny the similarity between human and chimp genomes, but argue that the DNA evidence is problematic and that traditional taxonomy unequivocally tells us that our closest living relatives are

An unfortunate Orangutan in Malabon Zoo. I will publish a hub on this collection in a few days. - Peter

Do feed the animals: Zoo promotes interaction

Five-year-old Josh Ghigo stared wide-eyed at the towering giraffe a few feet away. The giraffe batted her long eyelashes and stretched her neck over the railing as she zeroed in on the leaf of lettuce Josh held in his left hand. The boy put his arm straight out and winced as the giraffe bent down and slurped the lettuce from his flattened palm with her 18-inch, blue

Knife-wielding gorilla photos overblown: Calgary Zoo

The Calgary Zoo is dismissing photos taken by a visitor that appear to show a female Western Lowland gorilla holding a knife menacingly toward a troop mate.Some visitors were alarmed on Tuesday morning when Barika, the dominant female, picked up a knife that had been accidentally left by a zookeeper during his regular cleaning duties of the outdoor exhibit.Heike Scheffler took photos as she watched the brief situation unfold with her husband, Joe, as well as several students, teachers and parents.Barika picked up the knife by

Panda love calls could help conservation efforts

When a female giant panda's thoughts briefly turn to love each year, her ears perk up. The solitary animals can discern the love calls of different suitors, new research suggests.Hear the bleat of a male panda looking for loveThis skill could help females, who are fertile only two or three days out of the year, decide which males to mate with, says Ben Charlton, a biologist at Zoo Atlanta, who led the new study. Gaining a better

Namibia Center Aims To Conserve Dying Cheetah Population

Volunteers at a conservation center in Namibia are working to protect endangered cheetahs, which are often killed by farmers because they are deemed threatening.Namibia is home to the largest population of the world's fastest land animal. Volunteers at the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) are working to reverse recent downward population trends.Leigh Whelpton, a CCF volunteer, told AFP of three cheetah cubs that were brought to the center by a farmer who had killed their mother."The farmer who killed it, noticed movement in the stomach of the cheetah, cut it open and found three perfectly shaped cubs in the womb, alive," she said.The cubs now live at the center, but they will never be able to survive in the wild because

First-ever International Day of Action For Elephants in Zoos is Saturday

In Defense of Animals and Animal Connection of TX are inviting the public to the First-Ever International Day of Action for Elephants In Zoos to be held at the Dallas Zoo Saturday, June 20, 2009 from 10:30 AM to noon (by the big by the giraffe statue.)Here's your chance to take action for elephants by attending a local rally as part of a bigger global event.The objective is to bring mammoth attention to the plight of elephants in zoos and

Prague Zoo Ranked as the 7th World's Best Zoo

I hadn't been to the Prague Zoo for a few years and didn't remember it as anything special. It was badly damaged in the 2002 flood and when I was there a year or two later, there was lots of reconstruction and new construction going on. Lots of promise in the air, but a pretty bare place at the moment. When I recently revisited, I was surprised not only by how different the zoo looked and felt, but mainly by the modestly displayed sign listing the top world zoos selected by Forbes Traveler Magazine in November 2007. The Prague Zoo was highlighted at line 7.What an unbelievable achievement for the small, even intimate `garden' that was hit so hard by disaster only seven

Elephant-size loopholes sustain Thai ivory trade

Legal loopholes and insufficient law enforcement mean that Thailand continues to harbour the largest illegal ivory market in Asia, says a new report from the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC.The report also raises concerns that legal provisions governing trade in domesticated elephants are providing cover for illegal trade in wild-caught, highly-endangered Asian elephants from both Thailand and neighbouring Myanmar.TRAFFIC's survey documented over 26,000 worked ivory products for sale in local markets, with many more retail outlets dealing in ivory products than were observed during market surveys carried out

Public get behind Zion Lion park

Less than a month ago the controversial and cash strapped Zion Wildlife Park seemed to have been dealt a final knockout blow after the fatal mauling of a keeper.It is fair to say the in-fighting at Zion had not endeared it the local community.But now with the future of the park in crisism, the nearby township of Kamo is rallying to try and keep the park open and the lions fed.Michael Holland with a community

Zoo might cut hours, staff to bridge deficit

The San Francisco Zoo is considering layoffs and reducing park hours to try to make up a $2.2 million revenue shortfall.The fatal tiger mauling of a 17-year-old on Christmas Day 2007 has had a ripple effect that caused donors to pull back and visitors to stay home, and led the zoo to spend on safety upgrades. It's a triple whammy in one of the worst recessions on record.The zoo is projecting a $17 million

Thai Navy Launches Sea Turtle Conservation Program

In Thailand...The navy is protecting thousands of baby sea turtles from being killed by humans before they can swim out to sea.When the sun sets at Khram Island, dozens of mature green sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.The isolated island, 30 kilometers from the busy tourist beach town of Pattaya, is the largest nesting site of sea turtles in the Gulf of Thailand.A green turtle has to mate with at least five partners before nesting.But once that happens a turtle can carry up to 170 eggs throughout the year, always returning to the island

Binder Park Zoo named one of America's best zoos

Michigan's very own Binder Park Zoo was recently recognized as being "One of America's Best Zoos" in a book titled America's Best Zoos by authors Allen W. Nyhuis and Jon Wassner. The book features 60 of America's top zoos. Binder Park Zoo was selected based on their "diverse animal collection, excellent exhibits, special programs for visitors, and knowledgeable and committed staff." In addition to this recognition Binder Park Zoo's award winning exhibit Wild Africa was credited as one of the top 25 exhibits in the nation! Come meet author Jon Wassner at the Zoo on

Calgary Zoo defends itself after gorilla finds knife in enclosure

We love gorillas from afar but certainly wouldn't want to run into one in a dark alley. How much more terrifying would it be, then, to encounter a gorilla wielding a knife?It sounds crazy, but just such an event happened this week at the Calgary Zooin the Canadian province of Alberta. A female western lowland gorilla named Barika apparently found a paring knife that had been left in the enclosure by a keeper who'd been cutting hoses and ropes. "He dropped it," zoo spokesperson Laurie Herron told the Calgary Herald. "One of the other keepers or a volunteer came and told him that the gorillas

Details unveiled for zoo makeover

A new Arctic exhibit, primate enclosure and horse barn will join a new polar bear enclosure as part of the redevelopment of Assiniboine Park Zoo.The Assiniboine Park Conservancy announced a long-term zoo revitalization plan that will include new exhibits and enclosures as well as a new main entrance along Corydon AvenueThe centrepiece of the new zoo will be the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre, which will encompass both an exhibit and and environmental education centre.The centre plans to coordinate a rescue program for orphaned bears, which may include temporary placement in Winnipeg.Right now, Assiniboine Park Zoo can not house polar bears because its existing enclosure does not meet Manitoba Conservation

Wildlife Rescue in Cambodia (Video)

Where animal traders run wild

Kuwait carried out its first animal confiscation last month, seven years after signing up to an international convention to clamp down on the trade in endangered species, a move hailed by conservationists as an important step towards stemming a growing tide of animals trafficked into the Gulf state. The animal, a Eurasian brown bear, was seized from a home in Kabed, on the outskirts of Kuwait City, by officials from the government's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the police after a tip-off from K's Path (the Kuwait Society for the Protection of Animals and their Habitat). K's Path, a non-governmental organisation, had mounted an "undercover investigation" to monitor and photograph the bear after receiving calls from the public that the animal was on sale for 2,000 Kuwaiti dinar (Dh25,500), said John Peaveler, the managing director of K's Path. The bear was chained by the neck to the inside of a tiny, sun-exposed cage and fed on rice and meagre amounts of water, their website said.The society took their

Johor, Pahang Transit To Smuggle Exotic Animals

Unscrupulous syndicates are using Johor and Pahang as transit to smuggle exotic animals to a neighbouring country for lucrative gains.In revealing the modus operandi of the syndicates, Wildlife and National Parks Department's deputy director of laws and enforcement Celescoriano Razond said they would store the exotic animals in several isolated areas in the two states before smuggling them to a neighbouring country via land or water.He said this in a press conference at the department's district office here Friday.While Razond refused to reveal the intended

Group demonstrates against treatment of elephants at Toronto Zoo

A week after an elephant died at the Toronto Zoo, a small group of people stood outside the zoo on Saturday demonstrating against what they said was a mammoth problem.About half a dozen people held signs reading "elephants suffer in zoos" and handed out pamphlets to people driving into the facility as they denounced the treatment of animals in captivity.Security prevented protesters from entering the grounds."Elephants are dying prematurely in zoos. They're only living to about half of the age they should," said Jamie Rivet from In Defence of Animals.He said the death of an elephant at the zoo last week would not have happened if the animal lived in the wild.Tessa, a 40-year-old elephant, died after being shoved by a dominant member of her group looking to steal food."Elephants that are kept in zoo enclosures can become abnormally aggressive or hostile," said Rivet, who added elephants also suffer from

Frogs species discovered living in elephant dung

Three different species of frogs have been discovered living in the dung of the Asian elephant in southeastern Sri Lanka. The discovery—the first time anyone has recorded frogs living in elephant droppings—has widespread conservation implications both for frogs and Asian elephants, which are in decline. "I found the frogs fortuitously during a field study about seed dispersal by elephants," Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz, a research fellow from the National University of Singapore, told "I thought it was an interesting phenomenon and commented it with

More than a zoo

When an American journalist asked him "what attracts you personally to the desert?", TE Lawrence responded: "it's clean". Now, the Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort, formerly known as the Al Ain Zoo, is planning to show visitors that there's much more to enjoy in the desert.This project is not about building a traditional zoo or resort. Rather, it seeks to transform the idea of what a zoo or resort can be. The 900 hectare wildlife park plans to be the only place in the world where visitors can experience life in various deserts around the world, such as the Kalahari or the Sahara. It's an ambitious attempt that will put Al Ain on the map for the "hottest" zoo in the world. But the vision goes beyond that. By breeding

Visitors flock to see over 135 new aquatic species added to Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is offering fascinating new viewing experiences for visitors with numerous species added on to enhance the diversity of aquatic animals.From over 220 diverse species, visitors can gaze at over 70 species in the main aquarium tank, including Sand Tiger Sharks, Rays and Giant Groupers. There are now over 150 species at the Underwater Zoo such as Caiman Crocodiles, Leafy Seadragons, Humboldt Penguins, Piranhas, Otters, Harbour Seals, Water Rats, Terrapins and

Unnatural Habitats: Rethinking the Modern Zoo


A VICIOUS stabbing in his own home has haunted zoo boss David Gill for the past two years. Now the South Lakes Wild Animal Park chief is planning to leave the zoo and town behind and start a new life. PLANS to expand Dalton zoo could be scrapped, owner David Gill has confirmed. Mr Gill told the Evening Mail that he is "at a crossroads" in his life and is considering other options, including moving to France. The abrupt u-turn comes just a fortnight after he announced plans for a £3.6m expansion, which would involve acquiring land surrounding the zoo and introducing new breeds including elephants and tigers. The entrepreneur, who built up the park from his own private collection, listed a number of reasons why he'd quit the helm. But he stressed that South Lakes Wild Animal Park will not close. Seeking to allay the fears for his 100 employees, Mr Gill said he's looking to stand down from his role as director and transfer responsibility to his management team. He said: "I'm at a crossroads and I don't know what to do. At this moment in time I'm thinking of giving it all up. "Not giving the whole thing up, but giving up the pressure and saying to my staff, somehow or other, you've got to take on the mantle and run it and develop it and I will act as an adviser." Mr Gill said health concerns, bureaucracy and personal reasons have put doubts over his future at Dalton zoo. He has been in hospital through stress and says he's still traumatised after being stabbed in his Dalton home in 2007. The 48-year-old said: "I'm not content because the more successful I've been the more difficult it is to hold family life together and hold things together at home. I don't enjoy living in Dalton any more. "My life has not been the same since the day I got stabbed. "I would never have dreamed that would happen in my own house with my son next to me. "It ruins your outlook on life. You

MB sees world-class status for conservation centre

The Perak government wants to transform the wildlife centre here -- currently the habitat of pheasants, deer and seladang -- into a world-class conservation centre. Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said he would discuss the possibility of enlarging the area with the help of the Department of Environment."It's now used for breeding but I see that there is great potential for the centre because only 20ha of the 2,900ha of the forest reserve has been developed." On average, the centre has recorded less than 200 visitors every month, with only 2,180 people visiting last year.National Parks and Wildlife Department state director Shabrina Shariff said yesterday it would take up to five years to upgrade the centre, adding they were not ready for eco-tourism yet. She said visitors should be careful not to disturb the animals, especially the seladang. While walk-in tourists are allowed into the premises, visitors should give a week's notice to the department for wildlife officers to make time to give a tour.Besides breeding deer and seladang, the centre has a few hornbills and 82 pheasants. Shabrina said conservation centres were different from zoos and visitors could learn more about efforts to breed or conserve various species.The Sungkai Wildlife Conservation Centre is 15km

Magical Night Zoo Launched at Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort

See the animals in a whole new light and beat the heat. The Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort (AWPR) is preparing for the Night Zoo, which launches on June 12th. Open from Saturday to Thursday 4pm-10pm and Fridays 10am-10pm, the Night Zoo creates a magical nighttime experience. Exhibits are lit with spotlights to reveal the beasts lurking in the shadows. Preparing for the night zoo is no easy task. Animals have been slowly acclimatized behind the scenes to ensure that they are wide awake for their nocturnal visitors. Animal feeding schedules and staff working hours have been re-arranged and exhibit lighting installed and tested. To celebrate the launch of the Night Zoo and to encourage the local community and supporters of the zoo to join in, Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort will be organizing a range of family activities and

Crikey! Tim Mullany is WA's Steve Irwin

TIM Mullany runs a wildlife park, loves playing with dangerous creatures and is banned from wearing khaki to his wedding by his animal-loving fiancee.He humbly plays down comparisons to the late wildlife crusader Steve Irwin, saying no one can ever replace his childhood hero, but is continuing Irwin's legacy. The straight-talking 22-year-old, who owns and manages Marapana Wildlife Park in Baldivis with his partner Beth Sheehan, will make a hands-on, Irwin-style documentary in WA next year. ``Steve had a natural ability to keep people interested and educate them about conservation at the same time,'' Mr Mullany said. ``Our plan is to do exactly that and get the cameras right up in the animals' faces, catching all the action. It'll be me and some mates on a road trip, all the way from Esperance to Kununurra. And we'll spend 4-6 weeks driving and filming every bit of wildlife we come across. ``I do like the dangerous animals, the crocs and venomous snakes. I think it's the element of risk and that they're misunderstood.'' In true wildlife warrior fashion, Mr Mullany isn't afraid to put his body on the line when rescuing animals from homes and has the battle scars to prove it. ``When trying to help wildlife, you have to put your body at risk,'' he said. ``I've been in hospital with stitches, broken ribs -- these things happen.'' Mr Mullany's dream came true at the age,27574,25620626-2761,00.html

Rare white Bengal tiger joins lions and bears at Naples zoo

As the black bears took center stage making their Naples Zoo debut, another creature quietly came on display without all the fanfare.A rare white Bengal tiger will be showcased at the zoo through Labor Day.The four-year-old tiger arrived from a private animal owner north of Ocala. He is being displayed in the Malaysian tiger enclosure next to the bear exhibit. The two Malaysian tigers are off display for the summer, spending the next three months in a behind-the-scenes area.This week the zoo began a daily meet-the-keeper program at the white tiger cage. During this program guests can watch the tiger eat chunks of red meat, splash in a pool to cool off and ask the keeper questions.Heidi Hauch is one of the zookeepers in the program. She said she wants guests to learn more about this rare addition to the zoo."These are very rare," she said. "A lot of people think they are Siberian because they are white, but they are not. White tigers don't live very long in the wild because they don't camouflage well. They kind

Gorilla injures 1 during brief escape at SC zoo

A 390-pound gorilla grabbed some low-hanging bamboo to scale a wall at a South Carolina zoo Friday, escaping his enclosure and tackling a worker before returning to his pen about five minutes later.The gorilla at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens ran into a pizza-stand employee who curled up and played dead to try to avoid further injuries, officials said. The man, who works for Aramark Corp., was taken to a hospital and released a short time later with cuts and bruises.Zoo executive director Satch Krantz said the worker heard a strange sound, saw the gorilla outside the enclosure and turned to run."Then the gorilla did what gorillas do," he said.The animal quickly closed the 30-foot gap between them and knocked the worker down. Two minutes later, the gorilla went over another wall and back into his enclosure."By then, the gorilla realized he was probably somewhere he shouldn't have been and wanted to go home," Krantz said.The culprit is believed to be a 16-year-old western

San Francisco Zoo opens up lion and tiger house, but won't show off feedings

The San Francisco Zoo has reopened its Lion House to the public for the first time in about two years, zoo officials announced today. The Lion House, home to Siberian and Sumatran tigers, African lions and snow leopards, opened Thursday afternoon and will remain open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for public viewing, according to the zoo. Zoo Executive Director Tanya Peterson said the opening was to commemorate the zoo's 80th anniversary this year, and because of its popularity with visitors. "The Zoo's mission is to connect people with wildlife, and the Lion House provides visitors with that personal connection with these majestic animals," Peterson said. Public big cat feedings will remain closed to the public

Rare Micronesian kingfisher hatches at Lincoln Park Zoo

A Guam Micronesian kingfisher, one of the world's most endangered birds, hatched June 2 at Lincoln Park Zoo's birdhouse, becoming one of fewer than 100 individuals of the species still alive.The zoo, which announced the hatchling Friday, has seven of the surviving birds: the new chick and three breeding pairs. All surviving members of the species now live in captivity.The kingfishers had been a common bird on Guam until the late 1940s, when poisonous brown tree snakes arrived as stowaways on lumber boats,0,2094011.story

The last line of defence for wildlife

The Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team have been battling the illegal wildlife trade for eight years - and with huge success. Experts say they are a model for other conservation initiatives. ON a Thursday morning last month, workers at restaurants near Thmor Roung Waterfall in Koh Kong province relaxed in hammocks as they waited for the lunch crowd to trickle in. Late in the morning, two vehicles containing five military police officers and two Forestry Administration (FA) officials suddenly arrived on the scene, and restaurant owners were informed that their establishments would be searched for illegal wildlife products. The team was part of a government task force known as the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT). Run by the FA with support and training from the conservation NGO Wildlife Alliance, the 12-member WRRT works to stop the illegal trade that conservationists say is decimating the Kingdom's wildlife population.A search of four restaurants recovered five kilograms of wild boar meat and the carcass of a marbled cat. Referring to the boar meat, Heng Kimchhay of the FA said its texture, as well as the lack of fat directly underneath the skin, were clues that it was not from a domestic pig. After interviewing restaurant owners and drafting

Zoo owner in court on drink drive charge (one I missed earlier)

THE owner of Dartmoor Zoological Park in Sparkwell has been charged with drink- driving.Benjamin Mee, aged 44, of Sparkwell, Plymouth, is charged with driving in a public place while being almost twice the legal limit.The offence is alleged to have happened on March 11 at the Tesco car park in Ivybridge.Mee, director of Dartmoor Zoological Park, was not required to appear before the court in Torquay yester

Elephant Dead At Toronto Zoo, Knocked Over By Another Animal

A beloved elephant has died, the Toronto Zoo announced on Sunday.It's the second elephant to die at the zoo in nine months. Tessa, who was born in the wild but taken in by the institution in 1974, was knocked over by a more dominant member of the herd.Despite the best efforts by staff, she was not able to stand back up on her own. She was 39 years old.A zoo keeper saw the unexpected attack on Saturday and staff quickly sprang into action. Heavy equipment and a sling were used, and employees kept the elephant comfortable with water and food, but it was too late.Tessa died during rescue efforts."There was too much weight on her organs," marketing director Shanna Young explained. Elephants, like people, form strong social networks, the zoo outlined

Zoo will be 'second to none,' says curator

Expert to focus on animal enrichmentThe Calgary Zoo's newest curator says he plans to increase the focus on animal training and enrichment as he takes on his new role.Giant anteaters and Asian elephants alike fall into Tim Sinclair-Smith's portfolio as curator of Eurasia and behavioural husbandry at the zoo, a post he took up April 20.With a zookeeper father and marine mammal trainer mother, Sinclair-Smith said he was practically born into the business.He has more than two decades of experience working with wild animals in a number of wildlife parks and zoos in Australia, East Africa, and British Columbia.But he said he still has a lot to learn from the Calg

Ad has all the poop on new Columbus Zoo ranking

An Ohio zoo is celebrating a No. 1 ranking with a new commercial all about getting rid of "number 2" — the other kind. A cast including Columbus Zoo celebrity zookeeper Jack Hanna shovels and sweeps animal waste to lyrics such as "Lots of scoopin' all their poopin'" and "No more number 2." It's the zoo's way of promoting its designation as the country's top zoo by USA Travel Guide. The Columbus Zoo is more accustomed to being rated the No. 2 zoo after San Diego's.
The spot closes with the line: "No. 2 is gone. Now we're No. 1."
The ad agency says the commercial

Family could get $500,000 after gorilla attack at zoo

Dallas council members will vote next week on a proposed $500,000 settlement for victims of a 2004 gorilla attack at the city zoo.
Dallas-Fort Worth television station KTVT reported Friday that two families will share the money for injuries they suffered in an attack by a 340-pound western lowland gorilla named Jabari. Attorney Ray Jackson, who represents one of the families, confirmed the settlement amount.
The 13-year-old gorilla was loose for 40 minutes after jumping over a 12-foot wall inside its enclosure. Jabari bit one toddler and two other people before police shot and killed him.
Nine-year-old Rivers Heard still has scars

Uncertain future for thousands of animals

"Canned" lion hunting - the commercial shooting of captive-bred lions for trophies - appears to have been finally canned itself by a Bloemfontein High Court decision.
While last week's decision has been welcomed, questions are being raised as to what will happen to the 4 000 captive-bred lions in South Africa which have now lost their trophy value for commercial hunting, which was anything between $22 000 and $60 000 an animal.
The court action was brought in May, 2007, by the South African Predator Breeders Association and two breeders, Matthys Christiaan Mostert and Deon Cilliers. The three parties sought to overturn legislation promulgated by the for

Flu fears for chimps at Wellington Zoo

There is concern over the threat of swine flu to Wellington Zoo's chimpanzees.
The capital now has 26 confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus, with the national total standing at 100.
Wellington Zoo's conservation and veterinary science manager Katja Geschke says Chimpanzees and great apes are highly susceptible to the normal influenza virus.
"We don't really know at this point around H1N1, if it infects other a

Workers at the only Sri Lankan zoo strike, animals miss lunch

As a result of the unruly human activities, all the creatures in the only zoological garden of Sri Lanka today missed their lunch.
Workers at the Dehiwela Zoo are on strike since this morning over several issues including status of employment, promotions, and salary anomalies.
. M. D. Sarath, Secretary of the Independent Workers' Union of Zoo said that they have commenced this strike to get the immediate attention of authorities over their issues.
The officials of the Zoological Garden have denied the journalists

Chester Zoo's new walk-through aviary opens

THE first outdoor walk-through bird aviary at Chester Zoo has opened its doors.
The aviary – themed around the Tsavo National Park in Kenya where Chester Zoo supports conservation projects – includes a number of new bird species.
Von der Deckens hornbills, White-bellied go away birds, Lilac breasted rollers, Hottentot teals, Weaver birds and Superb starlings are some of the species that have already made their home in the new enclosure, the Tsavo National Park Bird Safari.
Up to 15 different species will eventually be in the Tsavo aviary which al


Peoria Zoo Ready For Africa Opening

It's taken close to a decade to get to this point, but the Peoria Zoo's new Africa exhibit officially opens on Saturday, and it's been creating quite the buzz."We've been getting nothing but compliments," says Dawn Petefish, curator of collections for the Peoria Zoo. "I don't think people expected it to be quite as large as it is, with as many species as we have."At seven acres, the new exhibit doubles the size of the zoo and provides many opportunities to see everything from rhinos and

Orangutan hospital draws flak

A MALAYSIAN orangutan sanctuary where baby apes wear nappies, sleep in cots and are cared for by nurses dressed in masks and starched uniforms has drawn the wrath of environmentalists. At Orangutan Island in Malaysia's north, tourists snap photos as they file past large windows looking onto a facility billed as the world's only rehabilitation and preservation facility for the endangered primates. Behind the glass, adorable baby orangutans like two-month-old Tuah lie swaddled in nursery sheets and cling to baby rattles. 'He is separated from the mother because his hands got entangled in the mother's hair and was unable to breastfeed,' says the facility's chief veterinarian D. Sabapathy. Tuah lies calmly in his cot with his eyes wide open and hands across his chest, hooked up to cables monitoring his heart beat and oxygen levels, ignoring the passing parade. But the care lavished on the animals, which are fed every two hours by a staff of seven nurses on duty round the clock, is lost on environmentalists who say this is no way to treat wild animals facing the threat of extinction. Managers of the 35-acre island, which is part of a resort hotel development, say they aim to return the animals to their natural jungle habitat, but so far none have been released. 'It is ridiculous to have orangutans in nappies and hand-raised in a nursery. How are they going to reintroduce the primates back in the wild,' said senior wildlife veterinarian Roy Sirimanne. Mr Sirimanne, who has worked in zoos in Southeast Asia and the Middle East over the past four decades, said baby orangutans need to be with their mothers to learn survival skills. 'Keeping the orangutans in captivity on an island is not a conservation programme. It amounts to desecration (of the species) as it is nearly impossible to reintroduce them back to the forest.' Experts say there are about 50,000

Newborn and cranky, baby rhino conceived through artificial insemination debuts at Madrid zoo

Rare baby rhino debuted at Madrid's zooOnly a month old and already in a bad mood, a baby white rhino conceived through artificial insemination is delighting keepers at a Spanish zoo.The male rhino was born in late April and unveiled this week, and is only the third in the world to be conceived with that technique, zoo veterinarian Enrique Saez said Thursday. The other two were in Budapest, Hungary, over the past two years.The animal weighed about 140 pounds (65 kilograms) at birth and now tips the scales at 220 pounds (100 kilograms). Its mother, named Marina, gave birth after a 509-day pregnancy.Artificial insemination is rarely attempted on rhinos because

Further ibex from Czech zoo to be released in Alps

Four young Alpine ibexes, raised in the Chomutov zoopark were transported to the zoo in Innsbruck, Austria, last week in order to be later released in the wild in the Alps, zoopark spokeswoman Martina Pelcova told CTK Thursday.The first similar "ibex consignment," three male and three female ibexes, was delivered from Chomutov to Austria two years ago."The ibexes are part of the reintroduction programme that is to support their return to the wild and the preservation of their wild population," said Pelcova.Apart from ibexes, the Chomutov zoopark has been participating in the reintroduction of wisent, another endangered species.The first couple of wisents from Chomutov were

New bird found in Koshi Tappu

Ornithologists have found yet another species of bird in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve area in Sunsari. The new bird has been identified as Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus). According to a press statement issued by Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN), ornithologists Tika Giri and Barry McCarthy found the bird for the first time in the country in one of the islands of Koshi River on December 25, 2008. Since then Giri has seen this bird at least three times again. Giri has recorded around 750 bird species in the country -- more than any other ornithologists´ total for this country -- so far.The bird forms part of a large bird family known

White tiger at Abilene Zoo

A white Bengal tiger named Havar is ready to greet visitors at the Abilene Zoo.The 325-pound male tiger, which was donated to the zoo by Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Florida, arrived earlier this week. Havar is approximately 8 years old.The Abilene Zoo is located in Nelson Park

Who's who in the zoo Head curator Paul Hamilton shows off some of the sea life on display at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. (Video)

Bird traders complain of receiving cold shoulder from govt

The Birds and Animals Business Association (BABA) has complained that the government continues to neglect the matter of the preservation of their businesses, while a letter has also been written to President Asif Ali Zardari to appeal for help in this regard, The News has learnt.BABA comprises breeders, local buyers and sellers, exporters and importers, carpenters engaged in making wooden crates, boxes, packers (skilled and unskilled labour), transporters, forwarding agents and (bird) feed sellers. Officials from the association alleged that the discouraging attitude of certain government officials and unnecessary propaganda has resulted in their businesses being ruined. "We have been repeatedly requesting the ministries and departments concerned to consider our request through various letters and reminders, but we have been unable to get a response from their side," said the letter written to the president, which bears the signatures of BABA President Abdul Raheem and General Secretary Syed Airaj Ahmed. According to the letter, the export business of exotic birds was a source of foreign revenue till a few years ago, while thousands benefited from the employment

Wildlife Conservation Society supports world's first study of egg-laying mammal

A Wildlife Conservation Society research intern working in the wilds of Papua New Guinea has successfully completed what many other field biologists considered "mission impossible"—the first study of a rare egg-laying mammal called the long-beaked echidna. The WCS-supported study—which consisted of thousands of hours of grueling field work in Papua New Guinea's Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area—took Muse D. Opiang, now of the Papua New Guinea Institute of Biological Research,,26f631/srt,0/?v=161&i=5962&SW=&PSW=&POS=0&CID=3

Zoo officials blame rubber ball for lion's death

A 10-year-old lion at the southern Nevada zoo has been euthanized after falling ill in the span of just a few days. Zoo director Pat Dingle says he believes the lion's illness was a result of eating a rubber football. The half-eaten ball was discovered last week in the lions exhibit. The animal, named Midas, was housed in an exhibit that borders a thrift store run by Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada. Dingle says store employees have a history of tossing

Black Rhino Translocated from Czech Republic to Tanzania

On Friday last week, Tony Fitzjohn, the Field Director of the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust - who has been working with the Government of Tanzania for 20 years in Mkomazi National Park - took delivery of three black rhino from the Dvur Kralove Zoo, Czech Republic.The three rhino had earlier been crated at Dvur Kralove Zoo in Czech Republic and then carefully transported on a 1,000 km road trip to Amsterdam.They were accompanied by Dr. Pete Morkel (probably the best rhino vet in the world), ex Head Rhino Keeper of Port Lympne Berry White and the Dvur Kralove rhino keeper Honza were with them.The animals then rested for the day at Schipol Airport in a privately set-aside hangar.They were loaded that night and flew through the night to Kilimanjaro International Airport. The Martin Air agent advised us that the aircraft

Conservation team fear tigers under further threat

SOUTH Cumbrian animal conservationists fear that the rare breed of tigers they protect are now under even greater threat – with human lives also at risk.Paper manufacturers have got permission to clear an area of natural forest in Indonesia, which caused dismay at South Lakes Wild Animal Park, which funds the Sumatran Tiger Conservation Programme.Visitors to the Dalton zoo last year alone helped raise £100,000 to help protect the endangered species.However, a joint venture company of Asia Pulp & Paper/Sinar Mas Group recently got a licence to clear the largest portion of natural forest remaining outside the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park.David Gill, zoo owner and chairman of The Sumatran Tiger Trust, says the national park is vital for an estimated 100 of the last 400 critically endangered Sumatran tigers left in the wild.Mr Gill said: "Sumatran tigers are on the brink of extinction and Bukit Tigapuluh is one of the most important habitats remaining for them. Tigers already struggle to survive and

Racine zoo monkey celebrates record birthday

A monkey at the Racine Zoo is believed to be the oldest of her species in the world. Julie, a patas monkey, was born in May 1982 and has lived at the zoo her entire life. Jay Christie, president and CEO of the zoo, says zoo officials have concluded that she's the oldest in the world. He says it's unlikely that a patas monkey would reach age 27 in the wild. The zoo celebrated Julie's birthday last month by giving her a layer cake made of mashed primate biscuits layered with bananas and grapes and frosted,0,3201176.story

New manager: park will be open again in three months

Zoo troubleshooter Tim Husband has been hired to sort out the Zion Wildlife Gardens in Whangarei, where a keeper was killed by a tiger last month.He has a three-month contract to iron out safety concerns and get the place reopened for customers to see its 40 big cats.After keeper Dalu Mncube's death on May 27, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry closed the wildlife park until it was satisfied the place was well managed and the animals' welfare was not compromised.The Department of Labour has also served Zion management with two improvement notices; one requiring the park to meet MAF standards for fencing and the other concerning measures to protect staff where segregation from animals is not possible.Mr Husband was raised in Whangarei. He and wife Wendy have operated a New South Wales-based Zooworks business, doing consultancy work in Australian and Asian zoos.He has a reputation as a hard-headed administrator."I don't muck around. I was called the aggressive

Chimp chomps Berlin zoo director's finger

Director was feeding walnuts to a male chimpanzee named Pedro
Doctors say the Berlin Zoo's director will likely lose the finger a chimpanzee nearly bit off as he tried to feed it.Director Bernhard Blaszkiewitz was feeding walnuts to a male chimpanzee named Pedro on Monday when it bit his right index finger almost completely off.Doctors say Blaszkiewitz underwent an eight-hour operation to reattach it, but it became infected. Surgeon Andreas

Baby tiger born prematurely, taken in by zoo director

Germany's Aschersleben Zoo is home to more than 100 animal species, but the flavour of the month is a two month-old white tiger cub. The cub has been making its debut appearance at the zoo this week. The cuddly animal which owes its striped white fur to a genetic condition was already compared to Germany's famous ice bear Knut. The director of Aschersleben zoo, Dietmar Reisky kept his new star secret for the first eight weeks, due to the low chance of survival. The tiger's mother gave birth prematurely to four tiger babies on April 5th, with each weighing 800 grams.That's less than half of the usual weight of a ne

Seoul Zoo Tigers Can Now Mate Worldwide

The tigers at Seoul Zoo have been listed on an international studbook. Seoul Zoo in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province on Monday said it has registered 52 tigers on the international tiger studbook, a worldwide breeding register recognized by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums and managed by Leipzig Zoo in Germany. Currently, 24 tigers live at Seoul Zoo. WAZA asks zoos around the world to register 148 species of wild animals which are in danger of extinction on the register supervised by the Committee for Inter-regional Conservation Coordination. Seoul Zoo became a full member of WAZA in 2000 and joined the International Species Information

Anthony Browne: gorillas in his midst

The award-winning author and illustrator is the new Children's Laureate — and his mission is to champion picture story-booksAuthors of children's books can usually be relied on to promote their work with enthusiasm, but Anthony Browne is more game — some might say reckless — than most when it comes to getting his message across to young readers. His best known book is a modern classic, Gorilla, and primates crop up often in his work. Years ago, not long after two keepers had been killed by a tigress owned by the late John Aspinall at Howlett's Wild Animal Park, a TV producer thought that it would be a good idea for Browne to talk about his books while sitting inside a gorilla enclosure. As he entered the cage Aspinall threw in some rose petals, which gorillas apparently regard as a treat. This seemed to excite them and one sank its teeth into Browne's leg. "It was the most horrendous pain I have ever felt in my life." The beast was kicked away and the cameras rolled. "I had jeans on and they were fairly tight and holding my muscle in place. I didn't know what to do. I was terrified of the gorillas and I was

African Safari picks zoo director

African Safari Wildlife Park, the Midwest's only drive-through safari, has named Everett Harris zoo director.Harris has more than 35 years of experience in the zoo community. Harris graduated from Indiana University, and started his career as a zoo keeper at the Indianapolis Zoo. He has managed several institutions, including Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, Mich.; Hattiesburg Zoo, in Hattiesburg, Miss.; and most recently, Louisiana Purchase Zoo, in Monroe, La.African Safari, a 100-acre preserve

Perak's ambition to upgrade wildlife scene

The Perak Government wants to transform the wildlife centre here — currently the habitat of pheasants, deer and a few seladang — into a world-class conservation centre. Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said recently that he would discuss the possibility of enlarging the area with the Department of Environment.He said: "It's now used for breeding, but I see that there is great potential, because only 50 acres (20ha) of the 2,900ha of the forest reserve has been developed." On average, the centre recorded less than 200 visitors every month, with only 2,180 people visiting last year.National Parks and Wildlife Department state director Shabrina Shariff said yesterday it would take up to five years to upgrade the centre,

Chinese renege on promise of three rare monkeys for L.A. Zoo

After hiring a feng shui expert and spending more than $7.4 million on a special exhibit, Los Angeles will not be getting three rare golden monkeys from China promised in a 2002 trip led by former Mayor James Hahn, officials said Wednesday. "It was a decision by the Chinese government and we're disappointed," said Councilman Tom LaBonge, whose district includes the Greater Los Angeles Zoo. "But, it is not a waste. We have a beautiful facility and we will put other animals on display there." The agreement to bring in the golden monkeys, identifiable by their blue faces and long flowing blond hair, was developed by Hahn during his trip to China. He went to China hoping to win a panda exhibit for the zoo, but came back with what was seen as a consolation


Four baby orangutans await foster parents

Four baby orangutans at the Taman Safari Indonesia II Zoo in Pasuruan, East Java are waiting for foster parents to help them develop.Zoo manager Michael Sumampau said on Sunday that anyone could be a foster parent to the cubs."The baby Kalimantan orangutans, which are around two to seven months old, are currently being taken care of in the zoo's animal hospital," he said, as reported by Antara state news agency.Michael said by becoming a foster parent one will have the honor of naming the chosen baby and of visiting it at any time at the zoo."Foster parents will also have responsibilities, including that of donating Rp 3 million (US$ 282) once every three months to the conservation fund," he said.The zoo had separated the cubs from their mothers to speed up the growth of the orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) population."By doing so however, the costs for nursing the orangutan babies increase, which is why we need foster parents for them," he said.Environmentalists reported the population of Kalimantan orangutans in the wild was only around 54,000 in 2004 and warned that if no measures were taken to protect the animals, they would face extinction by 2015. There have been efforts to protect the orangutan species in the country since

Letters: Return orangutans to their mothers

I find the article about Taman Safari Indonesia safari park seeking adoptive parents for four baby orangutans (The Jakarta Post, May 3) very troubling and sad. There are enough orphaned baby orangutans in rescue and rehabilitation centers without the zoo artificially creating four more orphans. Orangutans share 97.5 percent of the same genes that humans have. Unfortunately, they lack the ability to speak a language that humans can understand, but it is well-known that female orangutans and their babies share the same intense bond that human mothers and babies have for one another. As in humans; the forced separation of a mother from her baby causes a great deal of anguish, a sense of loss, pain, longing and depression for both. An orangutan baby nursing from its mother gains, from her milk, a resistance to various illnesses and diseases that cannot be gained from being raised by humans. The intense bond between an orangutan and her baby lasts approximately eight years during which the mother teaches her baby invaluable lessons on surviving in the rainforest. Where to find food and when, what is safe to eat and what isn't safe, what branches will hold their weight and which ones won't, how to make a nest and how to react to and socialize with other orangutans are just a few of life's lessons that a mother orangutan teaches her baby. Humans make a very poor substitute for an orangutan mother, her love, attention and training. The safari park manager states that the baby orangutans have been separated from their mothers "to speed up the growth of the orangutan population." Orangutan rescue and rehabilitation centers are already overflowing with orphaned orangutans and orangutans ready to be released back into the rain forest but with no place to release them, so I see little purpose and little to gain from intentionally creating yet four more artificial orphans. The reason orangutans are endangered is not because of a breeding problem, but rather one of habitat loss. Speeding up the growth of the orangutan population as Taman Safari Indonesia would have us to believe they are doing, does nothing but contribute to the problem of more orangutans than there are places for them to live in the wild. The baby orangutans should be returned to their real mothers as soon as possible, not "adopted" by humans who will give them nothing that their own mothers can give them! Like human mothers, the orangutan mothers will recognize their own babies and be happy to have...Dave Weidman Jakarta

There are further letters re the above

Louisville Zoo train derails, injuring at least 20

At least one person was seriously injured and 19 others were taken to hospitals, including several children, after a train carrying Louisville Zoo visitors derailed Monday, an emergency official said.Kosair Children's Hospital chief nursing officer Cis Gruebbel said 16 children had various injuries.The open-air train, pulled by a small engine circles the zoo. It was carrying about 30 passengers when three cars and the engine fell off the rails near the gorilla exhibit. A person briefly trapped was able to be freed, said zoo spokeswoman Kara Bussabarger.Those injured were from 2 months old to senior

Oregon Zoo's elephant expert will be interim director

Veteran animal keeper, administrator and elephant expert Mike Keele has been appointed interim director of the Oregon Zoo. Keele, 56, will take over for Tony Vecchio on July 7. Vecchio is leaving to become director of the Jacksonville, Fla., zoo. Keele has worked at the zoo for nearly 38 years and was immersed in the zoo's successful elephant breeding program. He currently is deputy director of living collections, which includes overall supervision of animal health and care. Keele said he hasn't decided whether he'll seek the directorship, but said the interim position would give him a feel for the job. Metro, the regional government that operates the zoo, plans a national search for a new director. The job is likely to generate a lot of attention in the relatively small universe of zoo administrators, said Metro Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan. The Oregon Zoo is considered a successful facility, having set attendance records nine of the past 11 years. The new

Kids can monkey around at the zoo for FREE this summer

Phoenix Zoo is offering free daytime admission to kids 12 and under for the entire summer.The Zoo is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays so kids and parents can take advantage of the cooler morning temperatures."We know that families are looking for fun and affordable things to do and we always want to be the best option," said Executive Vice President Jim Brewer.The Yakulla Caverns is also

Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort to Show Case Project at The Abu Dhabi Holiday and Travel Show - Seyaha 2009 Announces record increase in visitor numbers

Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort (AWPR) will be showcasing the unique and multi-faceted leisure and learning destination, the first of its kind in the region, at the Abu Dhabi Holiday and Travel Show (Seyaha 2009) which is set to take place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre from June 2nd to June 4th.Visitors will have the opportunity to view the master plan first hand, learn more about the project and the various initiatives being undertaken, including The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre which is a premiere example of Estidama's high environmental standards combining active and passive energy efficient systems. The AWPR animal conservation team will also be on hand to answer any questions relating to AWPR's breeding and conservation programmes.AWPR also announced that visitor numbers to the park have increased exponentially over the past few years. Over 305,000 people from across the UAE have visited the park during the first five months of 2009, and AWPR predicts that this figure could go up to 800,000 by the end of the year.Established in 1968 by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nayhan, the Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort will include more than 900 hectares of land and is home to 4,300 animals, 30% of which are considered to be endangered. Following

The Zion Wildlife Gardens near Whangarei on Tuesday hosted the funeral of the zookeeper who was mauled by a rare white Bengal tiger.

Dalu Mncube, originally from South Africa, died when he was attacked while cleaning the animal's enclosure last Wednesday.The wildlife park was shut following Mr Mncube's death.About 300 people gathered for his funeral on Tuesday morning.Mr Mncube's body was greeted with a powhiri and a haka by local high school students.African dancers and members of Mr Mncube's family, including his brother and widow, also played a part in the service.Park spokesperson Sara Reid says there have been numerous messages of support despite the tragedy.Zion staff hoped to know by the end of the day

Red Panda leaves her island home

A two-year-old Red Panda that "touched the hearts of local visitors" has left her home on the Isle of Man.Maggie, who was orphaned when she was just one-month-old, has arrived at the Whipsnade Zoo in Luton so she can be paired off for breeding purposes. Hand-reared by a keeper at Curraghs Wildlife Park on the island, her only family have been the staff at the animal sanctuary. Wildlife park owner, Nick Pinter said she made a "big impact on the park". The panda, one of just 30,000 worldwide, was orphaned when her mother died of bone cancer just over two

House Passes Bill Banning Ownership Of Dangerous Animals

The state House of Representatives today revived and approved a previously-stalled bill prompted by the Stamford chimpanzee attack that would ban private ownership of potentially dangerous animals as pets including gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans.The measure, a scaled-back version of the original, is now headed to the Senate for possible final legislative approval before a midnight deadline. The action came a day after state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal decried the fact that "lawmakers failed to pass my proposal" in the wake of February's vicious attack on a woman in Stamford.House members this afternoon unanimously approved the bill in an unusual 151-0 vote, with all members in attendance. The measure was drastically pared back from an earlier version that would have added a much longer list of new animals to those already banned under existing law.The new bill would add only gorillas, chimps and orangutans to the list of wild animals already prohibited under an existing law: lions, leopards,0,3986413.story

Healthcare of zoo animals now a top priority

As captive creatures in America's zoos grow older, the need for regular and preventative healthcare, has become critically important. Timbo, 47, the Dallas zoo's oldest lowland gorilla, didn't get to be a senior citizen without good healthcare. Preventive medicine, in the zoo setting, used to involve a tranquilizer gun. "We would have had to shoot a very powerful and painful dart," explains Ken Kaemmerer, the zoo's curator of mammals. "[That would] knock the animal down. That process is stressful to the animal and the staff. And then [we would] take the animal to the hospital, just for a simple blood draw or x-rays, or anything like that." These days, that trauma and risk is no longer necessary. Without domesticating the animals, keepers are training zoo creatures to present their body parts, on demand, for examination. The animals are completely awake and perform the tasks voluntarily. "Every time [the chimpanzee) does what I ask him to do, we make that (clicking) noise and that just gets him to associate he did it right. And after that, he gets a reward," says mammal keeper Cristina Powers, who works with the chimpanzees. Building up to even a small touch takes a lot of practice and respect. The second step is pressing syringes and stethoscopes to the animal's body in a simulation of an examination. Cristina Powers used a paper clip tip to simulate the poke of a needle against 19-year-old Patrick's arm. Patrick is a lowland gorilla. The keepers eventually can perform a real exam, listening to an animal's pulse, drawing blood, giving vaccination, or even clipping fingernails - all without needing potentially dangerous anesthesia. "He has a root canal that was done, so we check that, too," says Powers, as Mookie, a male chimp opens his mouth. He received a frozen strawberry in return for completing the task. Trainers have ventured beyond mammal training. Flamingos and other birds have been taught to present their wings, or show their claws for an exam. Even tigers voluntarily participate. Batu, who weighs 370 pounds, willingly lets a keeper pull his tail and then poke it with a needleless syringe, for practice. "It's just mimicking what the vet would do - feeling for the vein and scrubbing on his tail with alcohol or whatever, just so he's used to those sensations," said mammal keeper Becky Wolf. Zoos committed to cradle-to-grave

Gay penguins rearing chick in German Zoo

A gay penguin couple living in a German zoo have hatched a chick which they are now rearing as if it were their own child. They're one of four gay couples living in the zoo. Z and Vielpunk were handed the egg by staff at the Bremerhaven zoo after it appeared to be rejected by its actual parents., northern Germany, says the adult males -t - were given an egg which was rejected by its biological parents. The baby penguin is now four weeks old is apparently doing well.In 2006, the zoo controversially imported four Swedish penguins to seduce three other gay penguin couples in order to test their sexuality.But the temptresses' advances were met with a frosty reception by both gay rights activists as well as the penguins themselves. One couple remain devoted to and nurse pebbles as if they were eggs.The gay males were separated from each other and one by one the females were introduced. The males pined for each other until they were reunited.In 2008, another pair of gay penguins in a zoo in China stole eggs from straight couples in an attempt to become 'fathers'.The three-year-old male penguins who are kept in Polar Land in Harbin, north-east China attempted to conceal their theft by placing stones at the feet of the parents before waddling away with their eggs.The deception however was noticed by the other penguins and the couple were soon ostracised from the group.Keepers have decided to segregate

New Research on Malaysia's Odd, Elusive Tapir

In the Malaysian and Sumatran rain forests, tapirs are rarely glimpsed. Ponderous, powerful herbivores, weighing about 650 pounds, tapirs have faces like anteaters, with a incessantly sniffing mobile snout. In dim rain forests, smell and hearing are the important senses. The animals have black and white shape-disrupting camouflage and make a whistling noise, sounding almost more bird than mammal. The Malay tapir, the largest of the world's four tapir species, remained largely invisible to science until recently. The other three species of these odd, endearing animals all live in South America. There was just one scientific study from the 1970s on the Malay tapir. Then, in 2002, the Malay Tapir Conservation Project was created, supported largely by the Copenhagen Zoo, and field biologists began filling in another blank page in zoology. Great swaths of the rain forest in Malaysia and Sumatra had been destroyed for palm oil plantations and through illegal logging, and scientists had begun to worry that the tapir could slip silently toward extinction. A conservation center was set up within the Sungai Dusun Wildlife Reserve, an hour's drive from Kuala Lumpur, and researchers like Carl Traeholt, a Danish-Malaysian biologist, began to gather

Blind tiger insists on feeding cubs herself

A female Siberian tiger insists on feeding its two cubs on her own although she's been blind for years.The tiger gave birth to the two cubs on May 13 in the Badaling Safari Park of the Great Wall in north Beijing but cannot produce enough milk for the cubs.When zookeepers took her cubs away for artificial feeding, the

Wildlife busts down across region: ASEAN watchdog

IN the first three months of 2009, some 5,410 animal seizures and 38 arrests were made by wildlife law enforcement agencies across Southeast Asia - a sharp decline compared with last year, according to recently released statistics from ASEAN's Wildlife

Cooperation leads to Tanzanian arrests in VN's biggest ivory seizure case

On 5 March this year Vietnamese customs authorities in Hai Phong port confiscated 6,232 kilograms of elephant tusks hidden in 114 boxes of plastic waste inside a container which had been transported from Tanzania via Malaysia.Vietnamese officials believe that the African elephant tusks, estimated to be worth $US10.5m (15 billion dong), were on route to China when they were intercepted in Hai Phong. The officials, from the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), were arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes from smugglers and

Snake-bite chicken 'off the menu'

China's health authorities are reported to be putting a stop to restaurants serving chickens which have been bitten to death by poisonous snakes.The dish, which is served by a small number of restaurants in Guangdong and Chongqing, is billed as detoxing. But it has generated a storm of controversy in the media and among bloggers after a video of its preparation was circulated online. The video shows a cook holding a snake and forcing it to bite a live chicken. A week of intense internet discussion has reached the near-unanimous decision that it is cruel to kill

'Crazy Turtle Woman' transforms graveyard into maternity ward

With its white sand and clear, blue water, Trinidad's Matura Beach looks like a postcard. It's a far cry from its recent past, when leatherback sea turtle carcasses littered the ground and kept tourists away. "Twenty years ago, this was a graveyard," Suzan Lakhan Baptiste said of the six-mile stretch of beach near her home. "The stench was horrendous. You could smell it for miles," she said.Saddened and frustrated, Baptiste launched a crusade to help end the slaughter of the gentle giants. Today, she and her group are succeeding: What was once a turtle graveyard is now a maternity ward -- one of the largest leatherback nesting colonies in the world.It hasn't been an easy fight for Baptiste or the turtles.For 100 million years, the creatures have traveled the world's oceans, outliving the dinosaurs. Over the last 30 years, they have become critically endangered worldwide

The Consolation of Animals

When I'm heading off on assignment as a wildlife writer, to study spider webs in Costa Rica, or chase lemurs in Madagascar, people often say, "You're going where? You're going to do what?" Doubtfully, they add, "And somebody's actually paying you for this?" Then they ask if they can come along. Secretly, my neighbors suspect that I am a hit man. Lately, though, I've been traveling less, because of a book deadline and also because the magazines that employ me are feeling the economic pain like everybody else. (Heck, even the murder-for-hire business has gone all wait-and-see.) So I've been thinking more about what used to be my stock reply: You don't have to go anywhere to see animals do interesting stuff. Or rather, you just have to go outside. I live near Long Island Sound, and one day this past fall, a school of Atlantic menhaden swarmed in close along a rocky shoreline. Unless you get excited about fish oil, menhaden, also known as pogies, aren't too sensational. A government agency once summed up their special charm in a pamphlet with the title "Menhaden: Soybean of the Sea." But this little school was terrified, flashing across the shallows first one way, then another, their flanks breaking the surface like a silver cloudburst of second-place medals.I climbed out onto a rock, and right at my feet, I could see the source of their terror. The big dark bluefish came sharking in among them, their dorsal fins slicing the surface. A bloom

New rainforest reserve protects more than 1,000 bonobos!

The Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI) joins the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in announcing the official establishment of the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve, a community-managed protected area which harbors one of the largest known wild populations of the endangered bonobo. The Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve is the pilot and model site for the Bonobo Peace Forest, a proposed constellation of community-based nature reserves supported by sustainable development. Larger than the state of Rhode Island, the 1,847 mi2 (4,875 km2) rainforest reserve delivers essential ecosystem services to the world, including biodiversity protection and carbon sequestration, and benefits the local people through training, employment and community development programs. These include sustainable agriculture, a health clinic, aid for local schools, a women's microcredit program and the first institute of higher learning in the region, the Djolu Technical College for Rural Development and Conservation, established in tandem with the reserve. "The Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve is a milestone for the protection of bonobos and their precious habitat in the Congo Basin," says Sally Jewell Coxe, president and co-founder of BCI. "What began as a grassroots, community initiative now exemplifies a new model for conservation that is proving to be effective


Kerre Woodham: They are wild animals

The death of Zion Wildlife Park keeper, Dalu Mncube, is a tragedy but so, too, is the killing of Abu the rare royal white tiger who mauled Mncube to death this week.I'm sure Mncube's colleagues thought they were doing their best to save him. The Whangarei area police commander has gone so far as to say they behaved bravely in trying to rescue the mortally wounded keeper.They tried to frighten Abu away with a fire extinguisher and sticks before resorting to firepower but surely an attack of this sort is an occupational hazard you must accept when you choose to work with wild animals.Even your average domestic moggie can turn feral in a heartbeat if it's frightened, enraged or just feels like taking a swipe.Abu may have been born and bred in captivity but if your DNA tells you

Should Zion Wildlife Gardens in Whangarei be shut down?

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Animal cruelty allegations made against Busch

Serious allegations, including claims of animal cruelty, have been made against TV's world famous Lion Man.ONE News has obtained documents, and spoken to workers at the Zion Wildlife Gardens, about occasions when big cats were hurt and people put at risk over a period of five years.The allegations surfaced after Craig Busch publicly criticised safety standards at Zion, following the fatal mauling of a keeper last week.ONE News has spoken to staff who claim Busch cruelly killed unwanted cubs.One worker claims he saw Busch put a cub down using a rock the size of a softball."He lay the cub on the ground...he was in a standing position and he threw the rock down on the ground onto the cub. It took three or four times before he was satisfied it was dead, cause he actually... semi missed&he clipped it cause I remember

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At Cape May Zoo, cages aren't the only safety measures

The skull and crossbones on the back of the cage say it all: Do not open under penalty of death.The Cape May County Zoo does not take any chances with its timber rattlesnakes or the other dangerous animals in its collection. Only the snake handlers have keys to the heavy-duty Master locks securing the viper exhibits.This is one of countless examples of security measures de-signed to keep staff, visitors and animals safe.Keepers work in teams whenever handling the Reptile House's venomous or constricting snakes or alligators, including a 400-pound brute named Oliver who can be moved only with the manhandling of eight staff.The zoo's no-nonsense security was on display last month when it relocated Rocky, its resident Siberian tiger, for the first time in nine years. A Cape May County Sheriff's deputy armed with a shotgun supervised the move of the tranquilized cat so its exhibit could undergo renovations.Keepers have to be adaptable

Govt will ask China to keep panda here longer

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has pledged to look for ways to negotiate with China to allow a new-born panda to stay longer in Thailand.He said he will look at the details of the country's 10-year panda loan deal with China first and raise the issue at an appropriate moment. Mr Abhisit will visit China late next month. "I will try to find out where in the deal China can relax regulations. But first, the government will organise activities to celebrate the birth of the baby panda," he said.Under the loan agreement, any panda cub born in Thailand must be returned to China within two years.China lent Lin Hui and her mate Xuang Xuang to Thailand six years ago.On Wednesday, Lin Hui gave birth to her first cub at Chiang Mai zoo after undergoing artificial insemination. This was the first successful artificial insemination of a panda by a Thai veterinarian team.Prasertsak Boontrakulpoonthawee, chief of the panda research project, said a team of vets yesterday took milk samples from Lin Hui to analyse and isolate essential nutrients to produce

Brothers receive $900,000 settlement for San Francisco zoo tiger attack

The two San Jose brothers whose friend was fatally mauled on Christmas Day 2007 by a tiger that escaped a closure at the San Francisco Zoo will receive $900,000 as part of a settlement in a civil lawsuit, according to a source.Kulbir and Amirtpal "Paul" Dhaliwal originally filed a lawsuit in November that blamed city officials and the zoo for their injuries sustained during the attack and also sought damages for defamation in the aftermath of the incident. The brothers amended their complaint two weeks ago to seek additional claims, alleging that the city was attempting to bully the Dhaliwals into not seeking a civil lawsuit by threatening to issue an arrest warrant for manslaughter in the death of their friend, Carlos Sousa Jr., who was mauled to death by a Siberian tiger.Los Angeles-based attorney Mark Geragos, who represented the Dhaliwals in their suit against the San Francisco Zoological Society, City and County of San Francisco and public relations

Zion Wildlife park closed by MAF - big cats won't be killed

The Zion Wildlife Gardens has been temporarily closed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF).The move comes after keeper Dalu Mncube was mauled to death by a 260kg white male tiger called Abu on Wednesday.MAF said the park will remain closed until it is satisfied the park is able to "consistently comply with the animal welfare and enclosure requirements for zoos and wildlife parks", in a statement this afternoon.There is no intention to euthaniase any of the animals.MAF has issued two primary notices, the first requiring the park to meet MAF standards for animal enclosures.The second requires the park to institute interim safety measures to protect staff where segregation from animals is not possible.MAF says it wants to ensure "the welfare of the animals is not compromised and the park is being well managed".Earlier today, the Lion Man, Craig Busch, questioned safety measures at the wildlife park where a game keeper was mauled to death by a tiger this week.Mr Busch, who is currently involved in a hearing before the Employment Relations Authority over his dismissal from the Zion Wildlife Gardens, gave a statement to media this afternoon. Mr Busch said Mr Mncube was the most experienced employee at the park to be dealing with the male tigers while he himself was not there."I think there needs to be more experience," Mr Busch said.In a halting and emotional voice Mr Busch said he wanted to say goodbye to his friends Dalu and Abu and was sad

White tigers not endangered

Zion Wildlife Gardens says the tiger shot this week is not endangered. Keeper Dalu Mncabe was mauled to death on Wednesday by a male white tiger at the Whangarei wildlife park. Director Glen Holland says white tigers are a mutation and not a naturally occurring cat. He says they have been bred to satisfy people's need to see an unusual animal and are not endangered. Holland says white tigers in captivity have little to do with conservation of tigers in the wild. He says white tigers would never be released into the wil

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Zoo Offers Amnesty To Owners Of Exotic, Dangerous Pets

Owners of exotic, potentially dangerous or illegal pets can give them up at a "no questions asked" event held by the state Department of Environmental Protection and Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo."Exotic Animal Amnesty Day" is scheduled to take place July 25 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Zoo's Hanson Exploration Station. Reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, fish and invertebrates will be accepted.They will be examined on site and will become property of the DEP."We are looking for people to turn in exotic animals they own that may violate Connecticut's ban on possession of a range,0,4455547.story

Dalton traders split over zoo plans

Yesterday plans were revealed to increase the size of South Lakes Animal Park in Dalton.The plans for the zoo will see it expand to three times its current size and house new species of animals, including elephants and jaguars.It will also improve its visitor facilities.Zoo owner, David Gill, said he intends to remove all traffic from Dalton. But some traders feel this may prevent passing trade to smaller shops in the town.Mark Rice, who owns Part-eze, in Market Street, Dalton said: "I'm not sure how it will effect businesses, but if it has a negative effect there will be uproar."The park as it is now doesn't really attract people into Dalton, so I don't see how making it bigger will help."A lot of businesses rely on local custom and don't get too many tourists coming in from the wildlife park."But other traders welcomed the n

Rare Madagascan tortoises stolen

Four of the world's rarest tortoises have been stolen from a captive breeding programme in Madagascar.The ploughshare tortoises were being raised by The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in a bid to bolster the wild population. The species is so rare that fewer than 500 are thought to survive in the wild. If the stolen tortoises are not recovered, conservationists believe they are destined for private collections in Europe, the US or Asia. The theft took place on the evening of 6 May. The thieves entered pre-release enclosures inside Baly Bay National Park, Madagascar, where eight ploughshare tortoises were being kept under quarantine prior to being released. These enclosures were at a secret location and not accessible to the public. All four stolen animals were nearly mature animals, which Durrell had spent years raising. The four were part of a group of 44 specimens that Durrell is attempting to release into the wild. The ploughshare tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora) of north-western Madagascar is the largest of Madagascar's tortoises. Adults reach about 45cm in length. The

Zoo breeding program saves wallaby from extinction

An Adelaide Zoo team has been instrumental in saving a native species from extinction. The team, headed by project veterinarian David Schultz, has brought back from the brink the Victorian brush-tailed rock wallaby - of which just 12 are known to exist. "There were so few," Dr Schultz said. "We knew of about six in the wild and half a dozen in captivity." Combined with an extensive baiting program to rid protected areas of foxes and wild dogs, the species' primary threat, the results have been remarkable. "We've ha,22606,25537868-2682,00.html

Monkey escapes from zoo, bites five

A seven-year-old `rhesus macaque' that escaped from the Corporation Zoo at VOC Park was captured by the forest officials after a laborious five-hour effort. It is learnt that the monkey managed to escape by breaking a weak net around 3 p.m. The monkey crossed over the Central Prison campus and Dr. Nanjappa Road and strayed in to Ram Nagar and Kattoor areas. Five persons suffered bite injuries as the monkey ran amuck. Following information, District Forest Officer, I. Anwardeen, deputed a team led by Forest Veterinarian, N.S. Manoharan

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'Iconic' Goat Passes Away At Audubon ZooMiguel Was Known For His Goatee

Miguel Hidalgo, or "Miguel," as his many friends knew him, passed away Friday at Audubon Zoo at the age of 15. A registered Nigerian dwarf goat, he was born Sept. 16, 1993, at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Texas. He arrived at Audubon's Children's Zoo Jan. 23, 1994.Miguel was a favorite of keepers and visitors alike, zoo officials said. Well known for his "goatee," he was always quick to nibble

New Animals Inhabit Central Zoo

New animals came to live in the Central Zoo, situated at the foot of Mt. Taesong in Pyongyang to delight the viewers.General Secretary Kim Jong Il, who had visited at the end of last year the zoo wonderfully reconstructed to suit the requirement of the new century, sent five rare tigers to it.They are three Korean tigers and two Bengal tigers.The Korean tigers are three years old, each of which weighs a hundred and tens of kilograms on an average.The tiger has conspicuous black pattern on the forehead

Govt will ask China to keep panda here longer

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has pledged to look for ways to negotiate with China to allow a new-born panda to stay longer in Thailand.He said he will look at the details of the country's 10-year panda loan deal with China first and raise the issue at an appropriate moment. Mr Abhisit will visit China late next month. "I will try to find out where in the deal China can relax regulations. But first, the government will organise activities to celebrate the birth of the baby panda," he said.Under the loan agreement, any panda cub born in Thailand must be returned to China within two years.China lent Lin Hui and her mate Xuang Xuang to Thailand six years ago.On Wednesday, Lin Hui gave birth to her first cub at Chiang Mai zoo after undergoing artificial insemination. This was the first successful artificial insemination of a panda by a Thai veterinarian team.Prasertsak Boontrakulpoonthawee, chief of the panda research project, said a team of vets yesterday took milk samples from Lin Hui to analyse and isolate essential nutrients to produce

PETA to carry out enrichment activities in Byculla Zoo

After the death of a hippopotamus at the Byculla Zoo in South Mumbai, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has decided to work hand-in-hand with the authorities to improve the condition of the caged animals in the Zoo. "PETA along with the Zoo authorities will involve in enrichment activities for animals before the BMC-sanctioned Rs 430-crore plan is put to action," PETA's chief functionary Anuradha Sawhney told PTI here. A five-year-old hippopotamus, Shakti died recently in the Byculla Zoo after being diagnosed with a "skin infection". After Shakti's death in April, PETA had said that the enclosures are not designed to fulfill the biological needs of the animals as it does not resemble their natural habitat following which they joined hands with zoo authorities to carry out enrichment activities. Confirming the development, Dr Sanjay Tripathi, a Zoo Vet said, "we are working

Zoo keepers' study success

A STOURBRIDGE zoo keeper is well on his way to becoming fully trained after successfully completing the first phase of his studies in caring for zoo animals. Robert Kedian, aged 23, alongside fellow zoo keeper Darren Saddler, also 23, are both in the first year of a two-year course, studying for an Advanced National Certificate in Zoo Animal Management. As part of their qualification, the pair have recently returned from a week-long residential in Hampshire where they met with keepers from

World's Tiniest Monkey is under threat


Jumbo job for city zoo couple

WHEN Boy the elephant needed a pedicure, matters were a tad more complicated than popping into his local beauty salon.When the massive mammal's nails grew too long for comfort, a saw and power grinders were more the order of the day than a simple pair of nail clippers.Plymothians Anna Westbury and her husband Steve Pilcher were among the staff who gave Boy the mammoth four-hour pedicure at Kiev Zoo in the Ukraine.The 39-year-old Asian elephant, who weighs in at 12,000lb, was sedated to allow the team to use tools including the saw and power grinders to clip his toenails.Anna and Steve spent two and a half years helping owner Ben Mee to set up Dartmoor Zoological Park in Sparkwell with their zoological expertise.Anna, who is now leading animal manager at Kiev Zoo, worked as the animal manager at Dartmoor Zoo while Steve worked as the


Tributes paid to big-hearted zoo keeper
The fatal attack on a zoo keeper at Zion Wildlife Gardens in Whangarei comes as no surprise to one tiger expert.Dalu Mncube was cleaning an enclosure at the park yesterday when a male white tiger attacked and killed him.Dr Brendan Moyle from Massey University says accidents with big cats happen regularly at zoos all over the world. He says it has to be remembered that tigers are dangerous carnivores and their instinct is to kill.Dr Moyle has been working with tigers in Asia for the past two years and says he would never go into an enclosure with a tiger which has not been anaesthetised.Mr Mncube is being remembered as a big hearted man who just loved big cats. Philip Smith, the managing director of Great Southern Television which makes The Lion Man series filmed at Zion park, says Mr Mncube's

Incidents at Zion Wildlife Park
The Zion Wildlife Park where a keeper was mauled to death today has been the scene of other, less serious, incidents. Park employee Demetri Price required surgery after he was attacked in February by a white tiger he had been working with. The cat had been spooked by a pride of lions.Dalu Mncube, who was killed in today's attack, had saved the situation by using his hands to open the tiger's jaws."I never got scared," Mr Mncube said at the time."You stay nice and calm. If I got scared and panicked we could have had two casualties ... it happened in a flash. It was over before we knew it."The South African cat keeper of nine years' experience, Mr Mncube said all keepers knew to keep calm if an animal bit and he played down his role.Abu is not one of the tigers that interact with the public because of his tendency to get frightened, Mr Mncube said.Last year, Scottish teenager and park volunteer Lisa Baxter was left scarred after putting her hands through a hole in the fence and being bitten by a white lion cub. Criticism was leveled at the park for failing to report the attack, and at Ms Baxter for her actions which led to the bite.In early 2007, a three-year-old child was scratc

'Hero' keeper mauled to death had saved colleague
The South African zoo keeper mauled to death by a tiger at a New Zealand wildlife park yesterday had recently rescued a colleague from the same animal, and said the key was to "stay nice and calm" when attacked.Dalu Mncube, known affectionately as "Uncle Dalu", prised open the jaws of a white tiger after it sunk its teeth into fellow keeper Demetri Price at Zion Wildlife Gardens three months ago, and then blasted it with a fire extinguisher.The same tiger, named Abu, yesterday leapt at Mr Mncube as he was cleaning its cage, fatally "tearing" him in the head, torso and lower leg.Eight tourists, including two children, saw the mauling."It was very, very frightening ... we were all there when it happened. We are all very shaken at the moment," said a visitor from Auckland.The white tiger, one of only 120 in the world, was put down.Speaking after rescuing Mr Price three

Former insider speaks out about tiger attack
A former volunteer at the Lionman's troubled wildlife park says more could have been done to prevent a tiger from fatally mauling a keeper.Dalu Mncube was killed at the Zion Wildlife Gardens in Whangarei by the same big cat that had previously mauled another keeper.The park says it followed all safety procedures and had recently carried out emergency drills.A former volunteer at the park says she had major concerns about the public being allowed to pet some of the big cats."If one of those animals were to turn 10 men couldn't stop it, I'm very surprised that somebody hasn't been killed already because of those issues," says Rosemary.She says park management was asked to look into tazers or stun guns for the keepers but didn't."What would have happened if he'd had a tazer would he still be alive today," she says.Many are mourning the death of Dalu and came on Thursday to give something back to a man who gave so much to the park."These flowers are from my girls this was given to my daughter on the 17th of may and she wanted to give it back to her Uncle Dalu," says one woman.Other friends joined in paying their respects."I reckon he was the backbone of this park he knew all the animals and the animals knew him and its a very sad loss I think even the lions feel it that they lost there father," says Neo Phamoste, a friend of Dalu.More details of the vicious attack are surfacing.Another keeper used everything he could to try and force the tiger back."He had a large stick next to himself he then beat the tiger repeatedly with the stick and then eventually started using an electric cattle prodder, now that cattle prodder delivers quite a bolt, it's quite a shock to receive. The animal stopped the attack very briefly when that was used and then returned," says Glen Holland, Zion Wildlife Gardens Manager.ONE News understands the mauling went on for som

Lion Man Craig Busch 'trusted killer tiger'
NEW Zealand's controversial Lion Man, Craig Busch, says his favourite tiger, shot after a savage mauling, never had behavioural problems while he was zoo boss.Senior zoo keeper Dalu Mncube was mauled to death by a rare white tiger, Abu, at Zion Lion Park in the North Island city of Whangarei on Wednesday.Staff shot the 260kg tiger to recover Mr Mncube's body.In February, the same 26-year-old keeper had saved an Australian colleague from Abu's jaws, prising its teeth apart using a fire extinguisher.It is the third major animal attack at the zoo since Busch, the operating manager and star of the international reality TV series The Lion Man, was dismissed under a cloud in December.He lost his job after a government investigation found his 42 big cats in insanitary and crowded conditions, with inspectors so concerned they considered putting the animals down.As a result, he faces a string of allegations including major breaches of safety protocols and inappropriate workplace, but is fighting to be reinstated through New Zealand's Employment Court.A tearful Busch today told journalists that the,25197,25555812-12335,00.html

Dalton animal park to treble in size
AMBITIOUS plans to expand Dalton zoo to three times its original size would see it become an even bigger tourist draw.Elephants and jaguars are among the new species to be introduced, along with superior visitor facilities.South Lakes Wild Animal Park, which celebrates its 15th anniversary today, has long been expansion-minded. The acreage of the park has never altered, despite visitor numbers soaring from 55,000 in its opening year to 250,000 a year now.Attendance is expected to climb even higher this year, partly due to the popularity of two rhino calves born in 2008.Director of the animal park, David Gill, is in talks with two landowners to acquire agricultural land surrounding the park as part of a deal that would cost £3.6m.The only thing standing in the way of the expansion is "legalities"."We either stand still and struggle or work very hard to increase the quality of the experience by spreading people out more and building new facilities," said Mr Gill, who turned 48 on Tuesday.We've been looking at somewhere over the last two-and-a-half years close to the M6, to catch people half an hour earlier in their journey."That's not what I want, but it may be something I might really have to consider doing."But everything is looking very good. It's just legalities and then the problem of funding it. Saying that, we've got to be one of the most successful businesses in the region for profitability."Last year's turnover was in region of £2.7m, before tax and VAT.From that, the zoo's two conservation charities received more than £200,000. Over the past 15 years the zoo has given nearly £2m to its wildlife conservation projects abroad.Mr Gill puts his business's success down to steady growth. He said: "The secret has been continual investment and always looking to do something new and be unique and give people a visit they will never forget."People love the concept of coming here, enjoying themselves and contributing to changing the world a

Zoo plan can benefit us all
WHEN South Lakes Wild Animal Park was opened even its eternally optimistic founder David Gill could not have imagined its success.Fifteen years later, on land once scarred by abandoned mine workings, "Dalton Zoo" is Cumbria's biggest tourist attraction.Controversy has never been far from Mr Gill whose plans to triple the size of the park are his most ambitious to date.Detractors were voicing objections before a peccary set so much as a trotter on the lush Dalton grass.So too will he have objectors to his current plans.However, if he gets the requisite planning permission and obtains the land he needs for expansion, the zoo will not only be the greatest attraction in Cumbria but one of the biggest and best in the north of England.This can only be a good thing

Jeddah zoo owner ordered to vacate municipality land
The Jeddah municipality has won its court battle with the former manager of the Beautiful Creatures Zoo after the latter filed a lawsuit demanding an SR6.38 million compensation for demolishing part of the facility last year.The case began when the period of contract for renting the 3,000 square-meter public land — which was used by the plaintiff to the run the zoo — ended last year and the municipality called for tenders to rent the area anew but the plaintiff lost the bid.In the meantime, a citizen lodged a complaint at the Makkah governorate that the zoo was spreading bad smells in its neighborhood and that it creates traffic congestion. Later a multidepartmental committee studied the issue and advised authorities not to renew the contract for the zoo. The municipality then went forward

Water Problems Suspected After 11 Stingrays Die
Most of the National Zoo's stingrays died over the holiday weekend, probably the victims of water problems in the Amazonia exhibit's aquarium, according to zoo officials. Eleven of the zoo's 18 freshwater stingrays and two arowana fish were found dead about 7 a.m. Monday in the 55,000-gallon tank designed to replicate a flooded Amazon forest, officials said. The exhibit was open to the public yesterday, while zookeepers

Karen apes about to save gorillas
A ZOOKEEPER is jetting across the globe to help save an endangered species. Karen Swan, lemur keeper at South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Dalton, will fly to Uganda in October to join the Gorilla Organisation.Miss Swan, 21, will be trying to stop the country's endangered mountain gorillas from becoming extinct. She has to raise £2,300 – covering her flight and accommodation – to take part in the rescue programme.To help fund her trip, she was due to do a sponsored walk on Saturday from Dalton to Ulverston, down the coast road, through Barrow and back to Dalton – dressed

'Lion Man' says he was sacked without warning
"Lion Man" Craig Busch said today he was dismissed from the Northland wildlife park which helped make him famous without notice and without being given any warnings. He was giving evidence at an investigative meeting before Employment Relations Authority member Yvonne Oldfield into his claim for reinstatement to his job at Zion Wildlife Gardens in Whangarei. Mr Busch, who became famous worldwide through his Lion Man television series, was sacked from the park run by his mother Patricia Busch late l

Polar bear at city zoo faces long road trip to new home
MOVING home is generally believed to be one of the most stressful activities in life.Anyone who has lived in the same home for more than 25 years would find the idea of switching to a new location hundreds of miles away understandably nerve-wracking.And while Mercedes the polar bear may not have to worry

Hospital workers save orang-utan
Staff at Jersey Hospital have helped save the life of an orang-utan which suffered health complications while giving birth to a stillborn baby.Dana, who lives at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, went into labour on Saturday and suffered huge blood loss. An anaesthetist and an obstetrician from the hospital, together with

Tiger mauls NZ zoo keeper to death
A zoo-keeper has been mauled to death by a white tiger in a New Zealand safari park, as horrified tourists looked on. The keeper suffered serious "tearing" injuries to his abdomen and lower leg after being attacked at around 11 am local time today when he and another keeper went to clean the white tiger enclosure at Zion Wildlife Centre in Whangarei, on North Island. Northland Police District spokeswoman Sarah Kennett said the other keeper had tried to help his colleague but despite his best efforts, the tiger would not let

Students study DNA of zoo's dolphins
Advanced science students at Zionsville High School extracted and analyzed dolphin DNA this month in an ongoing collaboration with the Indianapolis Zoo, the University of Indianapolis and other research facilities.Biology and genetics students used centrifuges, gel chambers, ultraviolet transilluminators and other high-tech lab equipment to determine

Mountain Lion Escape At Great Bend Zoo Blamed On Staff Error
Zoo officials in Great Bend say a Mountain Lion's escape from her enclosure Sunday night was the result of a staff error.
The escape happened during feeding time. Zoo Director Mike Cargill said an investigation showed the 150-pound female cat's double-gated entry was left unsecured by a member of the park's staff.Cargill said disciplinary action will be taken, but did not elaborate, calling the matter a personnel issue. The Mountain Lion, which Cargill said had a history of being aggressive and unpredictable, was shot and killed by Great Bend police approximately 20 minutes after her escape. Cargill says the cat was never more than 150 feet from her enclosure, and that guests in the park were not in immediate danger.Asked why the cat was not tranquilized, Cargill said sedatives are kept on zoo property. However, because the sedatives are classified as narcotics, laws limit that only a licensed individual -- such as a veterinarian -- administer them.Cargill said the zoo is too small to have a full-time veterinarian on staff, but contracts with a veterinarian in the community. Authorities quickly contacted the veterinarian Sunday night, but Cargill

Zoo keeper found dead in tiger cage
A 31-year-old man with a passion for tigers was found dead after apparently committing suicide in a Danish zoo, reports said on Tuesday.The man, who worked as a keeper at the Naestved zoo near Copenhagen, died of asphyxiation after he set alight hay used in the tiger's section.The man's remains were found on Tuesday by colleagues, the Ekstra Bladet tabloid reported, adding that the two big cats had partly eaten his remains.The man was said to have had

First panda cub born at zoo in Thailand
Staff were not aware that 7-year-old female Lin Hui was pregnantA Thai zoo has announced the birth of a healthy panda cub after years of failed attempts that included using mating videos to entice the parents to have sex.The panda birth Wednesday in the northern city of Chiang Mai was the first in Thailand.Zoo director Thananpat Pong-amorn says staff were not aware that 7-year-old female Lin Hui was pregnant. Zoo staff artificially

Orangutans face abuse in Indonesian zoos: study
Orangutans in public and private Indonesian zoos are being abused to the point where they are eating their own vomit and drinking their own urine, according to conservationists.The non-governmental Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) said zookeepers were keeping the endangered apes malnourished so they would be eager to take food from visitors."The zoo managements have abandoned the principles of animal welfare," which is to keep animals free of pain, hunger and stress, COP captivity researcher Luki Wardhani told a press conference."We documented several stress symptoms and abnormal behavior. They bump their own bodies, vomit and eat it again, urinate and drink their own urine, lick their own nipples and sit without expression."A COP study of five zoos across Java island found that some of the apes were being denied proper nourishment so they would eat anything tourists tossed into their cages."Public feeding should be stopped. The visitors often feed the orangutans unsuitable food and the zoos fail to monitor this," COP captivity program manager Seto Hari Wibowo said.Too often the orangutans are kept in cages instead of larger enclosures which help reduce their stress levels, the group said.There are an estimated 50,000 to 60,000 orangutans left in

Cavern under zoo has opened for tours
Some of vast space used as storage sitePublic tours of the huge cavern under the Louisville Zoo are now being offered.The newly named Louisville Mega Cavern, also known as the Louisville Underground, is being billed as "a full-blown tourist attraction," said David Grantz, a spokesman for the tour venture being undertaken by the cavern's three owners, businessmen Jim Lowry and brothers Don and Tom Tyler.A ribbon cutting is planned at 11 a.m. tomorrow to announce the cavern tours.Representatives of the governor's and the mayor's offices plan to attend, along with officials

Zoo probe expanded after SPCA learns of albino black bear's death
Society's investigation sparked by reports of four zebra deathsA provincial animal-cruelty probe triggered by the recent sudden death of four zebras at the Greater Vancouver Zoo will also look into how a rare albino black bear died at the same facility in January.Eileen Drever, senior animal protection officer with the BC SPCA, met with zoo staff Tuesday afternoon to discuss the recent spate of animal deaths, and to decide whether animal cruelty charges are warranted."If an animal dies as a result of its captivity or negligence we have to obviously investigate further," Drever said.Officials at the Aldergrove zoo insist they've done nothing wrong. "We do have births and deaths, and even though we care deeply for all our animal friends, unfortunate

Now, the sound of spring is at risk
The cuckoo, the bird whose two-note call has long been one of the iconic sounds of spring, has been added to the Red List of Britain's most threatened species. Once familiar everywhere in the countryside, the cuckoo has declined by 60 per cent in the last forty years, and

Beavers back in wilds of Scotland for first time in 400 years
THREE families of beavers will today become the first to be released into the wild in Scotland for more than 400 years.From Norway, the 17 beavers are being released into sites in Knapdale Forest, in Argyll, after six months in quarantine.The Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland have been given the green light for a trial introduction, despite fears about

Tree rats and wallabies and dingoes, oh my: Updates on Oz's endangered species
It's been a busy week -- full of both good news and bad -- for Australia's endangered species. One of the country's most endangered mammals, the Victorian brush-tailed rock wallaby (Petrogale penicillata) now has a chance at survival thanks to an innovative breeding program at Adelaide Zoo. The process takes days-old joeys and transfers them to the pouches of mothers of a similar species, allowing the original mother to start breeding again. Only a dozen Victorian brush-tailed rock wallabies existed before this breeding program, but the zoo reports 130 successful births, a more than 1,000 percent increase in the species' population.The critically endangered Northern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus krefftii) has also seen a small population boost, from 115 animals to 138, over the last two years. The wombat lives in just a single site in Epping Forest National Park in central Queensland, but a AU$3 million ($2.35 million USD) partnership with the mining company Xstrata will soon create a site for a second habitat, which would help protect the species from threats such as disease or fire, which could otherwise wipe out the wombats in a single stroke. Previous conservation efforts -- such as building a predator-proof fence and feeding the wombats during droughts -- have been credited for the species' recent population growth.But the news isn't as good for the golden-backed tree-rat (Mesembriomys macrurus). The species has only been observed scientifically three times in the last century, and now an extensive search in Australia's Northern Territory has failed to turn up any trace of the species. It's now feared the species may

Biologist Immortalised as `Smart' Fish
A UAE-based researcher is on her way to being immortalised in biology textbooks after a new species of fish was named after her.Arabian freshwater fish Garra Smarti was named after the British-born Ph.D. student, Emma Smart, who discovered it while diving in Southern Oman.Smart has been studying Arabian freshwater fish, while working for a joint Emirates Wildlife Society-WWF initiative in Dubai over the last 
eight years."To find a new species of invertebrate is not that common these days, so I'm very proud," she said."Although the fish was not that different from other freshwater fish, it was the location which was unusual. This particular species must have been separated in this region for hundreds of thousands of years."She took measurements on the properties of the water

Turtle hunters become guardians of the endangered species
For centuries, turtle eggs have been as good as currency on this tiny Indonesian island—they helped put children through school and kept the village kitty in petty cash.But four years ago the people of Runduma, population 500, decided to change their way of life and start protecting the endangered animals, which return year after year to lay their eggs on the surrounding islands.Now environmentalists say turtle numbers are increasing in the seas off southeast Sulawesi, and the turtle hunters have become their guardians in the battle to save the marine reptiles from extinction.`We used to have a long and unique tradition of organising the egg collection among the people here,' Runduma village chief La Brani told AFP.`Families took turns every night to collect eggs and 30 out of around 100 eggs from each nest were set aside for the village's petty cash.' Most

Gujarat Zoo tries to play Cupid for Cheetahs
After hogging limelight for acquiring the earth's fastest mammals, Cheetah from Singapore, officials of Sakkarbaugh Zoo in Junagarh, Gujarat have now got down to do more serious job ensuring courtship between the two African pairs. And they know its not an easy task given that the male Cheetahs who live in groups usually attack female, which are solitary in nature and seldom show any obvious behaviour revealing their reproductive status. "Breeding Cheetah is very challenging. But we will make this happen. We will soon visit to De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust is South Africa to get the training in breeding of the endangered species. "De Wildt has achieved remarkable success in increasing the population of the spotted big cat," V J Rana, director Sakkarbaugh Zoo

Lahore bomb explosion kills zoo animals
A hog deer died at the Lahore Zoo due to the impact of a blast in nearby Emergency 15 main office on Wednesday, a report said yesterday. Zoo Director Zafar Shah disclosed the hog deer died because of the shock. Windowpanes of various rooms at the zoo also broke following the blast, he said. He said zoo visitors were rescued through the Bagh-i-Jinnah gate. However, a zoo official said a partridge was also killed due to the impact of the blast. The Zoo Management Committee vice-chairman

A sinking feeling at the aquarium
In the shallow waters behind Sharjah's aquarium, a team of divers spent Saturday scuttling a small boat that will form the foundation of an artificial reef which it is hoped will eventually become home to a host of marine life, including turtles and seahorses. Sinking a small wooden fishing boat off the coast of Sharjah may sound easy, but it took eight divers and around 20 large granite rocks to accomplish the task at the weekend.Submerged in the shallow waters outside Sharjah Aquarium, the vessel will act as the foundation for an artificial reef.Over the next two weeks, the reef will be built up around the boat using recycled building materials. In time, it will become encrusted with hard and soft corals. That, it is hoped, will in turn become home

Phila. Zoo opens new avian center Friday
The Philadelphia Zoo will open its $17.8 million McNeil Avian Center bird exhibition on Friday.The center is a significant updating of the original 1916 bird house, this time with elements of entertainment, education and conservation, board chairman Jerry Calvert said at a ceremony unveiling the center on Thursday.The center consists of four exhibits and a "4-D movie" featuring the story of migration told on four screens. Exhibits stress the role birds play in the environment


May 23: World Turtle Day

Hundreds of freshwater ponds and small lakes have either dried up or have turned into saline ponds due to a persistent shortage of rain and canal water, imperiling marine species, The News has learnt. A wildlife conservationist, while recalling his trip to Shikarpur Town, told The News that there are a number of lakes along the highway; where he saw children carrying water, vegetables and baby turtles for sale along roadsides. He added that many people buy turtles for keeping them in cages for children's entertainment despite being unfamiliar with their proper care, resulting in the death of turtles due to lack of care and natural feed.He pointed out that in Europe and other countries, people keep pet reptiles but they are considered skilled conservationists. In Pakistan, however, it has become fashionable to keep such pets, which is the death knell for birds, mammals and reptiles. A common complaint of wildlife conservationists is that when government authorities seize illegal consignments of turtles at airports that are supposed to be smuggled to other countries, they hand over the same to common people for keeping in

Australian zoo plays role of guardian angel to Tasmanian devil

Sydney institution is part of intensive conservation effort to save threatened speciesThe two baby Tasmanian devils playing in a glass enclosure at Sydney's Taronga Zoo are not just crowd-pleasers -- these furry black creatures could be the saviours their species desperately needs.In a climate-controlled shipping container nearby, some 500 button-sized southern corroboree frogs present the best chance of keeping the striking black-and-yellow striped Australian

Blacktip reef shark reproduce in Nha Trang aquarium

A black-tip reef shark (Carcharius Melanopterus) has produced five offspring for the first time in Vietnam in an aquarium at the Institute of Oceanography in Nha Trang Town, Khanh Hoa Province

Elephant-size donation moves zoo to magic number

When voters approved a $33 million infusion of public cash for the Hogle Zoo in January, they added one rather significant stipulation: Zoo leaders would have to raise $11 million on their own to unlock the cash. Zoo fundraisers say they had collected the first $7.5 million before the issue went to voters. But then things slowed down. As of March, the zoo remained $2.5 million short, facing a dour economy and a looming deadline. "Anything on your dresser, in the washing machine, we'll take it all at this point," Beth Wolfer, Hogle director of development, said as she handed out elephant-shaped

Naples Zoo: A new exhibit opens this weekend

To inform visitors about living with the state's wild bears, Naples Zoo created Black Bear Hammock. Opening this weekend, the exhibit features two distinct habitats: a natural habitat and a backyard habitat.Guests will learn basic safety tips in case a bear is encountered in the wild, as well as ways to avoid attracting them to their yard. Naples Zoo hopes visitors will leave with a deeper appreciation of the bears'

Canadian authors call on Edmonton to move zoo elephant

Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Nico Ricci, Jane Urquhart, Barbara Gowdy and 31 other Canadian authors are calling on Edmonton's mayor and council to move Lucy the elephant from the city-owned Valley Zoo.The authors sent a letter urging the city to get an independent assessment of the Asian elephant's health and to move her out of the zoo."The zoo's position that Lucy is better left where she is contradicts everything that science tells us about elephants," author Elizabeth Abbott said in a news release from animal welfare group Zoocheck Canada."Their position is nonsensical. Think about it. A socially isolated elephant in a small exhibit in a cold-climate zoo — this shouldn't even be up for debate."Lucy is the only elephant in a Canadian zoo that lives alone. She has been on her own since September 2007 when the Valley Zoo's other elephant, Samantha, was

Fears for devils' funding future

DESPITE the Federal Government's decision to upgrade the Tasmanian devil to endangered, stakeholders hold little hope for additional funding to fight the disease that is devastating its wild population.Save the Tasmanian Devil program chief scientist Professor Hamish McCallum said that the status change from threatened to endangered would only mean that the species' plight would continue to be a high priority.He said that the devil population had declined at a rate of 6 per cent annually, with no evidence of easing. However, Prof. McCallum was optimistic of research on the North-West that observed the possibility of the disease entering a high- density population with slightly different genetics.He said that tests were being

Britain's top worker

Are you as dedicated to your job as Angela Potter who has taken two holidays in 30 years? Let us knowDo you love your job so much that you're prepared to have only taken two holidays in 30 years? Well meet Angela Potter who's 46 and loves her job so much as Assistant Director of West Midlands Safari Park that she never takes a holiday.The average UK worker in a full-time job puts in around 41.4 hours every week with an average of 24.6 paid leave days per year. Angela works at least 60 hours a week and uses hardly any of her annual leave.

Primate Visit Animates Anthropology Students

Anthropology classes attended The Gibbons Conservation Center in Santa Clarita on Saturday for a chance to study apes up close and personal from the experts. The class battled extreme heat, dusty winds, and long distances for a chance to earn extra credit, and learn a little more about these apes known as Gibbons. Gibbons are miniature apes and quite an intellectual species. The apes were grabbing at hanging ropes and spinning in circles almost as if they were tiny acrobats. The Gibbons were demonstrating their different forms of locomotion for the many students who seemed to be their audience. The students were very attentive and the air was filled with sporadic chuckles brought on by the apes and their antics.Brittany Yasutake, a 20-year-old film studies major, was

Kevin James will learn how to mate from zoo animals. It's a comedy.

In a newly announced Kevin James movie, The Zookeeper, he will play a man who gets romance advice from his animals. Process. I'll wait... According to Variety, said animals try to "teach the keeper their methods of dating and mating to help him win back the woman of his dreams." Rosario Dawson has just signed on to costar, so without knowing anything more about the plot of the Happy Madison production, I'd say she's playing either the dreamgirl or the girl James ends up with when he finally realizes that the dreamgirl is a nightmare. I'm leaning toward the latter because Leslie Bibb (Talladega Nights) has also joined the cast, and I think she'd

New wildlife park for Doncaster

DONCASTER'S tourist industry has received a major boost with the opening of a new family-run wildlife park venture. The newly opened Yorkshire Wildlife Park at the former Brockholes Farm Visitor centre in Branton boasts exotic animals such as lemurs, meerkats, wallabies, antelope and African hunting dogs.It was bought last year

Orangutans cannibalise own babies

Two female orangutans have been seen cannibalising the bodies of their recently deceased babies.Such behaviour has never before been recorded in any great ape species. The two incidences occurred just one month apart in the same region of forest in Indonesia. The conservationist who witnessed both incidences suspects they were examples of aberrant behaviour, triggered by stressful living conditions suffered by both mothers. Humans aside, chimpanzees were the only great apes known to engage in cannabilism, the eating of members of the same species. The behaviour had also been inferred but not seen in gorillas, after the remains of infants were found in the faeces of two adults. But until now, no ape

Killed Endangered Female Wolf Dumped Along Roadside

She was one of the rarest in the world: a southwest wolf (also known as a lobo). Scientists gave her the designation F836 to keep track of her.Raised in South Salem, New York`s Wolf Conservation Center, she was released with

National Zoo giant panda not pregnant

The Smithsonian National Zoological Park says Mei Xiang, a giant panda at the Washington zoo, is not pregnant.Scientists at the park, commonly known as the National Zoo, conducted tests on the female panda to determine if she was pregnant, but the animal's declined urinary progesterone indicated the end of a false pregnancy, The Washington Post said Wednesday.Zoo researchers confirmed the diagnosis through ultrasound exams Tuesday that revealed no visible fetuses in Mei Xiang.The false pregnancy comes after the

Animal Intuitive Kumari Offers Animal Communication Training to Raise Funds for Panther Ridge Conservation Center, June 13 & 14

Animal communicator Kumari Mullin is offering a rare opportunity to interact with the "big cats" of Panther Ridge Conservation Center, to learn the keys to deeper connection and telepathic communion with animals in a two-part Animal Communication Workshop on June 13 and 14, 2009.A portion of the fee will go to the center ( which provides a home for some of the world's most beautiful and endangered big cats, exotic felines who were abused or neglected in their previous homes. Many of the species in residence at Panther Ridge are rarely available to be seen in zoos, and then

Beavers tagged before going wild

A family of beavers have been tagged ahead of their release into the wild as part of a government scheme re-introducing the animals to Scotland.The mammals are being kept at the Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig. The date of their release in Knapdale, Argyll, on a trial basis is a secret for the moment. The Scottish Beaver Trial is being carried out by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. In February, a river foundation

Baby rhino makes her debut at Chester Zoo

This little rhino calf may be grey and small but it has made a big impact at Chester Zoo.Just three days old, the Eastern Black Rhinoceros calf is the second to be born at the 110-acre zoo in eight months.Like Asani, the black rhino calf which arrived in October, the calf will eventually make big strides in helping to boost the dwindling population of Black rhinos in the wild.Born to six year old mum Ema at 2.45am on Friday following a 15 month pregnancy, the calf is female and will be given an African name. The calf's father is 10-year-old Magadi.Tim Rowlands, Assistant Curator

Zoo safari saves on airline fares

"IT'S CHEAPER than going to Africa, I'll say that," Christine said as she scanned a rolling savannah where giraffes, gazelles and elephants ambled within a few dozen metres of a tent she shared with her husband, Jim.For the couple and more than 50 other safari wannabes who spent a Saturday night at San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park, the aptly named Roar Snore camp out was also enlightening, fun and a little eerie. But not necessarily restful."Oh God, where did I put my earplugs?" my partner asked soon after bedtime, as sonorous snoring erupted from nearby tents. "That's going to be louder than the animals."For $129 (€95) each, plus $35 (€25) for park admission, you get a tent, dinner, breakfast, after-hours walking tours and plenty of time with park staff

Students to get an insight into zoo management

On the occasion of International Biodiversity Day on May 22, the Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, popularly known as the Katraj Zoo, has organised a three-day summer camp on An Introduction to the Zoo' in its premises for students between 15 to 20 years of age. The aim of the camp is to disseminate information on preservation of biodiversity and changing the youngsters' mindset towards the issue. The camp

Nobody nose baby anteater's name

A Tokyo Zoo has unveiled its latest arrival - a baby anteater who is a little bit wobbly on its feet.The tot is still waiting for a name because zoo keepers can't make out what sex it is.And while it still has another month to go before it is unveiled to zoo visitors, it managed to stumble its way through a photocall for the press with charm.Perhaps it is taking after its

Five Iberian Lynx born in Lugo Zoo

The five cubs were born the same day from two different mothersGood news for the future of the Iberian Lynx with five cubs being born in just 24 hours from two mothers in Lugo zoo.The zoo had just one macho and two females, but now has a total of eight of the cats following the births.The two mothers are both staying close to their cubs and protecting them fiercely, while the father is

Virus kills another Whipsnade Zoo baby elephant

Leelee, a two-year-old female Asian elephant, has been struck down by the same deadly virus which killed Donaldson, a one-year-old male calf. She began showing signs of elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus (EEHV) on Friday, May 15, and immediately began undergoing treatment. The little jumbo was also given a blood plasma transfusion, but sadly died on Sunday, May 17. Vets battled for 50 hours in vain to try to sa

Wanted: new zoo chief

After 23 years of minding the lions and tigers and bears, controversial Toronto Zoo CEO Calvin White is retiring. The zoo's governing board meets today and is expected to name an interim chief executive while a search for a permanent replacement is undertaken. It ought to be a worldwide search, seeking the best and brightest candidate – one fully up to speed on the latest innovations in zoo infrastructure, marketing and fundraising.There is a sense that the Toronto Zoo has immense untapped potential. But a string of distractions, including White's

Fur flies as rival zoo makes daring bid for Knut's removal

A ROW over Knut, the celebrity polar bear, has reached the court room with two furious zoo directors trying to hold on to the revenue from the world's highest-earning quadruped.The atmosphere in the packed Berlin court yesterday resembled that of a high-powered divorce case, with lobbyists and society reporters scrambling for space and thrusting microphones in the faces of lawyers. "This case is quite unprecedented," sighed Judge Philip Hegermann. Knut was born under difficult circumstances in December 2006. Rejected and left to die by his mother, Tosca, a retired East German circus bear, keepers had to scoop him out of the compound and hand-rear him; his keeper bottle-fed him, strummed Elvis songs to put him to sleep, trained him to swim, taught him rudimentary football and massaged his gums when he suffered teething pains. The bear became a television star, appeared on the front cover of Vanity Fair with Leonardo DiCaprio, was designated a UN climate ambassador, appeared on stamps, became the subject of at least seven pop songs, the star of a film, produced a (ghosted) diary and had

World's smallest snake slithers into charts

THE world's smallest snake and longest insect are among the top ten new species discovered over the past year.Measuring almost 2ft, a bug that resembles a stick became the world's longest insect when it was spotted in Malaysia. A tiny snake, just 4in long, was also discovered last year, in Barbados. Known as the Barbados threadsnake, it is believed


Ape rescue forest to be logged
AN INDONESIAN paper company is planning to log an area of unprotected jungle which is being used as a reintroduction site for about 100 critically endangered orangutans, activists said on Monday. A coalition of environmental groups said a joint venture between Asia Pulp & Paper and Sinar Mas Group had received a licence to clear the largest portion of natural forest remaining outside Bukit Tigapuluh national park on Sumatra. The area is home to about 100 great apes that are part of the only successful reintroduction programme for Sumatran orangutans, the sub-species most at risk of extinction, the coalition said in a statement. It is also a crucial habitat for the last remaining Sumatran tigers and elephants left in the wild, it said. 'It took scientists decades to discover how to successfully reintroduce critically endangered orangutans from captivity into the wild,' said Peter Pratje of the

P50M worth of elephant tusks seized
The Bureau of Customs (BoC) has intercepted some P50 million worth of elephant tusks, which a local importer tried to smuggle from Africa through the Port of Manila, the chief of the Customs police said Monday.Chief Supt. Joey Yuchongco said the elephant tusks were stacked in sacks inside a 20-footer container van which itsimporter, 210 Enterprises, had abandoned at the South Harbor since March 1.Yuchongco, the concurrent deputy director of the BoC's Enforcement and Security Services, said they received information that the container steel van had illegal cargo.The registered importer, he said, declared that the container van was loaded with blow moulding machines from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania."When we checked on the abandoned van last week, we were able to confirm that it contained

Swedish park opens polar bear breeding ground
A Swedish wildlife park has opened a 10.5-acre (41,000 square-meter) enclosure as a breeding ground for polar bears.Polar bears Ewa and Wilbaer became the first two residents Monday of Polar World at the Orsa Gronklitt park in central Sweden. They came from zoos in Rotterdam and Stuttgart, respectively.Chief executive Torbjorn Wallin says he hopes they will mate and increase the park's population.He says there is room for up to 15 bears in the park, which also plans

Chemicals in Dragon's Glands Stir Venom Debate
The Komodo dragon is already a terrifying beast. Measuring up to 10 feet long, it is the world's largest lizard. It delivers a devastating bite with its long, serrated teeth, attacking prey as big as water buffaloes.But in a provocative paper to be published this week, an international team of scientists argues that the Komodo dragon is even more impressive. They claim that the lizards use a potent venom to bring down their victims.Other biologists have greeted the notion of giant venomous lizards with mixed reactions. Some think the scientists have made a compelling case, while

Zoo's first lion cubs in 25 years
A trio of female lion cubs have become the first to be born at a Lancashire zoo in 25 years. Blackpool Zoo said lioness Gillian and her triplets were doing well and were now on view to the public. The lioness and her litter are being kept separate from the rest of the pride until

Minn. Zoo demonstrates importance of 'bear-proofing'
The Minnesota Zoo's three grizzly bears demonstrated the importance of bear-proofing campsites Saturday as part of `Bear Awareness Week.' Zookeepers setup a mock campsite inside and let the bears—named Sadie, Kenai, and Haines—into the exhibit. Within seconds, the bears headed straight for the tent and a food-filled backpack hanging from a tree. The three-year-old bears ripped the tent apart, ate the food inside and later ripped the bottom of the backpack so all the food items dropped to the ground.The Minnesota Department of Natural

IUCN Red List for birds is updated
On 14 May 2009, the new Red List update for birds was published. Set up by Sir Peter Scott in 1962, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is the world's most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of plants and animal species. It evaluates the extinction risk of thousands of species and subspecies. The aim is to convey the urgency of conservation issues to the public and policy makers, as well as help the international community to try to reduce species extinction.BirdLife International's latest evaluation of the world's birds, on behalf of IUCN, has revealed that more species than ever are threatened with extinction. A staggering 1,227 species (12%) are now classified as

Wolves return to zoo after 16 years
A pack of wolves will return to a zoo after a 16-year absence.Three male European wolves, named Dalls, Puika and Ilknis, have made their way from the Highlands to Edinburgh Zoo.They have been transferred from

Celebrities support Monkey World memorial walkway
A MEMORIAL to Monkey World founder Jim Cronin has attracted celebrity backing. Support for a Walk of Thanks – a trail of paving slabs which will eventually run around the Wool park – has been forthcoming from Jonathan Ross, David Walliams, Matt Lucas and Ainsley Harriott. Now Dr Alison Cronin, widow of Jim, who died from cancer, has launched the first section of the trail, where those who donate are awarded a personalised slab. Alison said: "I always knew

Winnipeg zoo hopping to keep baby kangaroo alive outside mother's pouch
Staff at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg are hopping to keep a baby red kangaroo alive after it was expelled from its mother's pouch. The four-month-old female weighed only 560 grams when it was found lying helpless on the floor of the kangaroo enclosure a few days ago. "As far as the veterinarian could discern, something probably spooked one of the kangaroos ... and this is typical when something scares them like that in the wild," explained zoo curator Robert Wrigley. "They'll eject the

Phoenix Zoo halfway to $20M campaign goal
Zoo officials said they have raised $7 million and have expect to soon hit the $10 million via pending donations.CEO Bert Castro also showed off construction progress Friday on a $1 million Komodo dragon exhibit that is being funded through the campaign — specifically, via contributions from the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation.The zoo also plans to build $3 million

National Zoo Still on Panda Pregnancy Patrol
Could May be the month The National Zoo becomes home to a new baby giant panda? There are some signs that have the zoo staff crossing their fingers, and roughly 60 volunteers tracking the panda Mei Xiang every move. ABC 7 reporter Kris Van Cleave went behind the doors of the closed Panda House for an up close look at the National

Quincy resident's life is a zoo
At 2 p.m., when many people are slumped in their work cubicles counting the minutes, Quincy resident Siobhan McCann feeds the gorillas.The 28-year-old senior zookeeper stands on the rocky ledge above the Franklin Park Zoo's Tropical Forest exhibit with a large bucket of chopped oranges, carrots, apples and celery stalks, then scatters the apes' lunch around the habitat.The gorillas, including two-time escapee Little Joe, climb up from their nooks and down from their branches to dine."They don't eat the same thing in the wild every day, so we don't offer the same things," said McCann, who also co-chairs the Zoo New England Enrichment Committee.And no day is the same for McCann, who cleans exhibits and feeds animals like Mulder, a capybara. The capybara, the world's largest rodent, looks like an oversized guinea pig and is found in South America.Talking about her job, McCann said, "There's a lot of labor involved, but it's fun labor."The California native began working at the San Francisco Zoo when she was 14, after her mother urged the shy teen to get involved with the zoo's teen volunteer program

The Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe and Africa announces its funding programme for environmental and developmental charities in 2009
Following its annual meeting of Trustees on the 6th April, the Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe and Africa (MCFEA) has announced a program of £350,000 in new grants, including a 2-year grant to FARM-Africa, an initial 1-year grant to the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and support for the Zoological Society of London's new Animal Adventure Exhibit at London Zoo. The 2009 funding programme also includes continued support to Bird Life International's "Spring Alive" project, to promote children's interest in nature and conservation through tracking the arrival of migrating birds in spring; to Concern Universal, for a project promoting the economic empowerment of small-scale agricultural producers in Guinea; to Fauna and Flora International, to promote environmental capacity building in Romania; to Peace Parks International, for sponsorship of natural resource management students at the Southern African Wildlife College; to the Regional Environmental Centre for Central & Eastern Europe, to improve education in conservation and biodiversity for local school children

Building Gorilla Haven - A former Chicago-area couple plow their wealth into building a temporary home for zoo gorillas
There is hardly a day out of the year that Jane Dewar doesn't eagerly hop in her car and drive out to spend time with two of her dearest friends. ¿ The trip is short -- a few hundred bumpy yards from her century-old, back-hills farmhouse -- but it takes her to another world. On the way, she enters through a gate flanked by a 9,000-volt electrified fence that she and her husband, Steuart, put up to keep out strangers and bears that might wander into the 324-acre forest that they own and where their friends live. ¿ Jane Dewar, a witty woman with flyaway blond hair, pulls up first outside a high, reinforced-concrete wall with windows in it. On the other side is a three-level "villa" surrounded by a nicely landscaped, 2-acre yard. This is home to Joe, an African

Seneca Park Zoo hosting just one white tiger for summer
A pregnancy will keep one of two white tigers expected to be visiting Monroe County's Seneca Park Zoo this summer home.County Executive Maggie Brooks announced today that the zoo will be the temporary home for just one male white tiger this summer.In announcing the zoo's 2009 visiting summer animal earlier this year, two white tigers had been identified for the exhibit."We have been notified that the female white tiger, which we had expectedto accompany the male white tiger, is pregnant and unable to travel," Brook

NEW Zoo Tortoises Walk to Summer Home
The big marathon is tomorrow, but the race was on between the two tortoises at the NEW Zoo this morning. Tootie swept past Al, her competition and crossed the finish line in record time, 9 minutes! Of course, the race had it's purpose. The tortoises were moving from their winter home to their summer home. The zoo is fundraising right now to build

Zoo celebrates Migratory Bird Day
The city celebrated the return of migratory birds Sunday as people flocked to the zoo to check out the Migratory Bird Day events.This year's theme is "Celebrating Birds in Culture."Experts from the Anchorage Bird Treatment and Learning Center were at the Alaska Zoo on Sunday to show off rehabilitated raptors and educate people about birds."We have a lot of activities for kids where they can make crafts, there's games, there's live birds from Bird TLC so you can get up close and personal," biologist

If You Knew Susi: Barcelona's 'Sad Elephant' Flap
Admittedly, Susi looks sad. Her skin droops, and her dark eyes seem a little teary. She's said to occasionally rock back and forth with apparent anxiety. And then there are reports of her eating her own feces. But does that add up to mental illness? Determining depression, let alone among nonverbal members of the animal kingdom, is always tricky business. But such is Susi's plight that the Queen of Spain and a famous writer have weighed in. And so now, the question about what to do with Barcelona Zoo's star,8599,1899422,00.html

Soldiers build polar bear's home
A team of territorial soldiers, usually charged with building army bases in Afghanistan, is making a home for the UK's only polar bear.The 75 Engineer Regiment are working on a four-acre enclosure for Mercedes at the Highland Wildlife Park, Kingussie. Mercedes is moving from her current home at Edinburgh Zoo later this year. The regiment, which has centres in Warrington, Stoke-on-Trent, Birkenhead and Failsworth, is involved through Military Aid to the Civil Community. Costs cutLt Col Henry Ricketts, Commanding Officer of 75 Engineer Regiment, said: "As Royal Engineers, it is vital for us to keep on top of our construction skills. "Moving from north-west England

Early skeleton may shed light on primate evolution
The nearly complete skeleton of a small 47-million-year-old creature found in Germany was displayed Tuesday by scientists who said it would help illuminate the early evolution of monkeys, apes and humans. About the size of a small cat, the animal has four legs and a long tail. It's not a direct ancestor of monkeys and humans, but it provides a good indication of what such an ancestor may have looked like, researchers said at a news conference. Because the skeleton is so remarkably complete, scientists believe it will provide a window into primate evolution. The animal was a juvenile female that scientists believe died at about nine or 10 months. "She tells so many stories. We have just started the research on this fabulous specimen," said Jorn

German zoos row over Knut profits
Two German zoos are locked in a legal dispute over Knut, the polar bear whose dramatic first few days of life in 2006 made him famous around the world.Neumunster Zoo, which legally owns Knut, is demanding a share of the profits he has made for Berlin Zoo, where Knut was born and remains today. They say Berlin has offered to buy Knut from them but that the price offered is not high enough. A court in Berlin has ordered the zoos to settle their dispute by 13 June. Neumunster Zoo loaned Knut's

Knut the polar bear at centre of Berlin court battle over £5.3m earnings
A bitter row over the fortune of Knut, the celebrity polar bear, reached the court room today with two furious zoo directors trying to hold on to the revenue from the world's highest-earning quadruped. The atmosphere in the packed Berlin court resembled that of a high-powered divorce case, with lobbyists and society reporters scrambling for space and thrusting microphones in the faces of lawyers. "This case is quite unprecedented," sighed Judge Philip Hegermann. Knut was born under difficult circumstances in December 2006. Rejected and left to die by his mother, Tosca, a retired East German circus bear, keepers had

Budget cuts to close some Dallas Zoo exhibits, but officials expect most animals won't have to move far
The Dallas Zoo won't be spared from the city's budget troubles, but the announced loss of 19 zoo exhibits probably isn't quite as dire as it sounds, officials said Monday. Many of the animals in those exhibits will be moving, but only to another part of the zoo, said

Zoo Funding Threatened
In the worst-case scenario, Connecticut's only zoo could be forced to close down
Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport is threatened with the loss of at least $400,000 of its $3.2 million annual budget. The shortfall in funding could reach as high as $1 million, a loss Director Greg Dancho says the zoo probably could not survive."The problem is, we can't save that much money," said Dancho, director since 1983. "Increasing gate [fees] is not the answer. I'm already at my threshold. You become unaffordable to most of your target demographic."Beardsley is Connecticut's only zoo, and one of 217 zoos in the nation accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Dancho says his target demographic is families with young children, so he tries to keep the price

Flu fears, rains buoy Cambodia rat exports to Vietnam
Stir-fried or grilled, Vietnamese can't seem to get enough of Cambodian rat meat, and the global influenza outbreak as well as recent heavy rains have proven a boon for both consumers and exporters.In Chrey Thom, a Cambodian town on the border with Vietnam, motorbike after motorbike carries wooden cages full of hundreds of the plump, furry, brown rats.The rains in the Mekong Delta area have helped boost the Cambodian trappers' catch, as more rats rush out from their

Seven new raven chicks born at Welsh Mountain Zoo
STAFF at the Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay are celebrating the birth of seven raven chicks.Ravens – from the crow family – usually lay between three and six eggs so the births come as a big surprise. This is the first time that seven eggs have hatched successfully.The new arrivals have been named Gruff, Gwil, Gwyn, Gareth, Nia, Nerys and Nesta to mark their Welsh roots.The National Zoo of Wales has been breeding ravens for more than 25 years.The bumper brood is particularly unusual because the chicks are only the second time that parents Megan and Maddox have bred despite having been together at the zoo for six years.A spokeswoman said: "Due to the sudden

Mysore zoo to host exotic simians from Czech Republic
Zoo in Mysore is gearing up to host a variety of endangered and exotic birds and simians like Ring Tailed Lemur and Capauchin Monkey to be acquired soon from Czech Republic. In return, Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Garden in Mysore will give a family of endangered Spot Billed Pelican to Zoo Zlin Czech Republic under animal exchange programme.Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has recently cleared a proposal to send ten-winged beauties--two chicks, five adult females and three males from the Mysore zoo to a foreign zoo.Giving details, a CZA official said two pairs of adult Red Necked Wallaby, a pair of Ring Tailed Lemur, two male Capuchin Monkey and a male and two female Lesser Rhea besides two pairs of Military Macaw will add attraction to the Mysore zoo.Confirming the go ahead to exchange the animals by the CZA, an official in the Mysore Zoo said, they will soon complete the basic formalities such

Rare baby anteater wows zoo (nice Video)
Rare anteater birth takes place at a safari park in Israel with plenty of visitors


Spanish Queen tries to help bereaved elephant
Susi, the only elephant at the Barcelona zoo, lives in a small pen, has lost her best friend, and is said to be depressed. But now someone has come to her aid — not a fairy godmother or even a princess, but a queen. An animal rights group says Spain's Queen Sofia is asking Barcelona City Hall to move Susi, who's 36, to a larger space, perhaps at a safari-style park. The Foundation for the Adoption, Sponsorship and Defense of Animals said Wednesday that it wrote to the Royal Palace in February, and the queen promised to intervene.Born in the wild in Africa, Susi has been sad since

Sea lion has brief swim with sharks at Pittsburgh Zoo
A sea lion that escaped from its holding tank to swim in an adjacent shark exhibit tank at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium yesterday was lured back to its tank without injury to him or the eight sand tiger sharks in the exhibit.The 3-year-old male sea lion named Seahawk had been moved to a backup area next to the shark exhibit to keep him from bothering a pregnant sea lion in the Kids Kingdom sea lion exhibit when he jumped onto a high wall, then fell into a keeper escape area, hitting a handle on the door to the shark exhibit on the way down.The door popped open and the

Taipei Zoo unveils "Ring-a-Panda" service
Taipei Zoo on Thursday launched a 'Ring-a-Panda' service, enabling people to watch the two Chinese pandas live via videophone. The service allows Panda-loving 3G phone users to dial a number and then view either two hours of live broadcasts from the Panda's cage, or hours of prerecorded footage

Reassured Python leaves behind 20 eggs in Sri Lanka
In a rare instance, a huge python that laid more than 20 eggs left the spot feeling reassured about their safety after the wildlife officials arrived to protect the rare species in Galle in southern Sri Lanka. According to experts, pythons usually don't leave their eggs till they are hatched for fear of being eaten away by animals or reptiles. But the python sneaked away after it found the wildlife officials taking a good care of the eggs, an official said here. Video clips showed the 20 long baby pythons moving around in a glass cage in the wildlife office subsequent to eggs hatching. The eggs had become the cynosure of the crowd that gathered to a home garden in Dangedara, Galle. The python together with her eggs were


PETA protesters target Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium
PETA activists say Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium should be a sanctuary for seized exotic animals and must stop breeding babies to boost ticket sales. But zoo officials said breeding only happens when there is a long-term home planned for the animals. The Litchfield Park zoo also takes in rescued animals when it fits the zoo's mission of preserving a species.Protestors with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Columbus Zoo hosts eight elephants, including three 'visiting' from Cleveland
Pack up your herd of elephant enthusiasts -- there's a pachyderm party going on this spring in the state capital. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has become a major large-mammal meeting place, with eight elephants under one roof. Among the inhabitants: the three African elephants from Cleveland, temporarily relocated downstate

Obama won't fight global warming with polar bear rules
The Obama administration, which promised a break from the Bush White House on global warming, declared Friday it would stick with a Bush-era stand against expanding protection for polar bears. The move is ruling out an approach that would have opened a broad new attack on climate change. To the dismay of environmentalists, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar refused to rescind a Bush administration rule that says actions that threaten the polar bear's survival cannot be considered when safeguarding the iconic mammal if they occur outside the bear's Arctic home. The rule was aimed at heading off the possibility that the bear's survival could be cited by opponents of power plants and other

Birmingham Zoo opens its Rhino Encounter Saturday
Visitors to the Birmingham Zoo's Rhino Encounter, which opens Saturday, need not worry about getting close to the animals. Those gates holding the multi-ton rhinos might look like bamboo, but they're really steel. The paint job may remind visitors of Gilligan's Island, but the experience of being close to two African animals is something the zoo hopes both animals and visitors get used to in the coming months. The Rhino Encounter offers a mini-sneak preview of the zoo's "Trails to Africa" exhibit, expected to open next year. The two southern white rhinos -- 8-year-old, 5,300-pound Ajabu, and her 17-year-old

Snow monkey born at park
The Highland Wildlife Park in Kingussie, near Aviemore, is celebrating the birth of a snow monkey.This is the first baby to be born at the Park since snow monkeys were introduced to the animal collection nearly two years ago. The baby is female and has been

Castration of Hippo in Israeli Zoo Ends in Tragedy
A hippopotamus at an Israeli safari park near Tel Aviv died during a rare castration operation.Austrian veterinarian, Chris Walzer and two colleagues, German Robert Hermes and Thiery Petit from France, went to Israel to do the operations. The group had carried out the procedure only two times before, and were still gaining experience.The Austrian vet said the hippo, named Lieber, died after receiving a second dose of anesthetic. The vets administered the second dose when they prepared to repair a suture that had opened up after the castration was completed.The Ramat Gan Park had decided to castrate six of the more potent males to reduce the high number of births at the park — numbering between five and six per year. In a last-ditch attempt to re-start Lieber's heart, Hermes

A plagued past; Byculla zoo now pins hopes on makeover
The death of Shakti, a hippopotamus, at the Byculla zoo on April 24 has raked up a long-standing grudge of mismanagement on the premises. While conservationists world over are looking to save the lion, an endangered animal, the zoo's only male lion Amar died prematurely on October 22, 2007, following a prolonged disease. Amar, a hybrid of African and Asiatic lion, was just eight. The zoo's 30-year-old rhinoceros, Shiva has been living a celibate life for the past 19 years. The reason: the zoo is yet to find a partner for him. Even as it is in the midst of a Rs 434-crore makeover, the 53-acre Jijamata Udyan, Byculla, is an example of neglect of animal rights. One of the oldest in the country, the zoo built in 1861 hardly serves its primary purpose — preservation of species or education to the public. Instead, animals live in sheer stress, teased by visitors and hassled by scavenger birds. With no standardised info

Hoolock gibbon habitat found in Arunachal
In a development that indicates an extended habitat of the Eastern hoolock gibbon (H. leuconedys), a new population of the species was sighted by a team of researchers from Gibbon Conservation Centre, Aaranyak, during a field study in April this year in an area between rivers Dibang and Lohit in Lower Dibang Valley district of Arunachal Pradesh. "The sighting was made specifically in the area known as the Koronu circle and Mehao wildlife sanctuary. The pelage colour differences which distinguish it from the Western hoolock gibbon were confirmed through binoculars and photographs. Their identity was further authenticated through a review of

Audacious great ape aborts ingenious escape plan
An audacious break-out attempt Sunday at a high-security facility in Australia saw a 27-year-old female orang-utan called Karta disable an electric fence and use a makeshift ladder for her escape, before aborting the attempt. Adelaide Zoo curator Peter Whitehead said Karta had used a stick to short-circuit the electric fence and piled up branches and other objects in her pen to climb to within metres of visitors. "You are talking about,audacious-great-ape-aborts-ingenious-escape-plan.html

Spreading the word to save the devils
.....The devils are normally residents at Tasmania Zoo.The facility's Rob Warren said that it supported the Devils In Danger Foundation's aim to build an awareness, research and conservation centre at the zoo by donating 180ha."I don't care what they do with it, I just want the Tasmanian devil to survive," Mr Warren said."The first stage will involve 100 acres

Big names join bear-hunt fight
Groups fighting the province's bear trophy hunt pulled in some heavy-duty support yesterday when famed wildlife artist Robert Bateman and renowned wildlife researcher Jane Goodall teamed up to ask the province to stop the hunt.In a video released yesterday, Goodall said people around the world believe that the B.C. government has protected

Quarantine for Afghanistan's Only Pig
There are no cases of swine flu in Afghanistan, but there is one victim: the country's only pig, whose lonely existence got somewhat lonelier this week, when he was taken from the small, muddy enclosure he previously shared with deer and goats at Kabul's zoo and placed in quarantine. As Reuters explains: "The pig is a curiosity in Muslim Afghanistan, where pork and pig products are illegal because they are considered irreligious, and has been in quarantine since Sunday after visitors expressed alarm it could spread the new flu strain."In an interview with the BBC, the director of the zoo, Aziz Gul Saqib, explained that the pig, named Khanzir (or "Pig" in Pashto), is in good health but had alarmed some visitors: "The only reason

Wildlife charity appeals to Government after death of elephant at zoo

A wildlife charity has called on the Government to improve the welfare of elephants in UK zoos following the death of a one-year-old calf at Whipsnade Zoo. The Born Free Foundation said it was "deeply saddened" by the death of male Asian elephant calf, Donaldson, at the zoo in Dunstable on Saturday.A post-mortem confirmed Donaldson died from elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus (EEHV), a generally fatal haemorrhagic disease.It is now calling on Defra, the Government department responsible for animal welfare and zoos, to take the risks of EEHV seriously and implement effective measures to improve the welfare of elephants remaining in UK zoos.A two-year-old female elephant also died from EEHV at the zoo in 2006 and The Born Free Foundation said it appears that elephants in captivity are most at risk from the virus.Chris Draper, senior scientific researcher for the Born Free Foundation, said: "The zoo industry is currently engaged in a seemingly desperate search for cases of this virus in wild elephants, but the overwhelming evidence to date is that EEHV is a primarily a killer of captive elephants."Remember, this disease was first identified in zoos, and has continued to pose a significant risk to captive populations of elephants, and calves in particular, ever since."The stress of captivity and the frequent shuffling of elephants between zoos for the questionable purpose of largely unsuccessful

Dolphin Research Around the World
Researchers all over the world are studying dolphins to learn more about them and their habitats. Click on the dolphin points on the map to read about the species and research around the globe.

Growing animosity
The inter-linked sanctuaries and reserves of the Western Ghats from Mysore to the Nilgiris and beyond, host to the largest single elephant population in Asia, is seething with trouble

U.S. project to fight frog-killing fungus
Zoos in the United States, Panama and Mexico are deploying researchers in Central America to develop new ways to fight a fungus blamed for wiping out dozens of frog and amphibian species.The Smithsonian Institution is leading six other zoos and institutes in the Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project, announced Monday, which aims to raise $1.5 million to fight the fast-spreading chytrid fungus.Their protection efforts will focus on a small slice of Panama that is the only area in Central America that appears to be untouched by the disease, said Dr. Karen Lips, a University of Maryland researcher. Lips said it is only a matter of time, though, before even that area is hit with the fungus, perhaps as short a time as five years. The speed at which the fungus has spread is ''absolutely incredible,'' she

Infectious Disease Control and Bioresource Banking for Amphibians.
One third of all amphibian species are estimated to be threatened with extinction. This is an unprecedented crisis in which the current extinction rate exceeds the average rate over the last 350 million years by at least 200 times. In response, zoos have an urgent mandate to form survival assurance colonies to preserve those amphibian species in imminent danger of extinction. The infectious chytrid fungus disease is a major underlying cause of worldwide amphibian population

Frogs Rescued From Deadly Fungus Ravaging Montserrat
Scientists are rescuing dozens of one of the world's most rarest species of amphibians, the mountain chicken frog. The frogs are being airlifted to safety from Montserrat in a final attempt to save it from the deadly chytrid fungus, which is ravaging their shrinking habitat and threatening extinction worldwide. Montserrat is a tiny British Caribbean territory that is one of only two sites where the once-prevalent mountain

Ontario man jailed 90 days, fined $4,000 for illegal sale of at-risk species
An Ontario man who used the Internet to arrange clandestine cross-border meetings to traffic in at-risk and endangered species has been sentenced to jail time, which should send a serious message to smugglers, authorities said Monday. Emanuele Tesoro of Waterdown, Ont., was charged along with two other Ontario men for their alleged roles in a black-market operation that saw protected species sold across the Canada-U.S. border. Authorities said Tesoro was snared in a two-year, multi-jurisdiction investigation

Plight of the giant panda: Animals struggle after quake
As people across China's Sichuan province continue to rebuild their lives one year after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake leveled some towns and cities, the region's famed giant pandas are still struggling due to the devastation wreaked by the deadly

Conservationists hope to move and breed rare rhino
Kenya and Tanzania could relocate black rhinos to neighboring countries under a plan to increase the endangered species and boost tourism in the region, wildlife officials said Monday.Kenya has 603 of the 709 rhinos in eastern Africa and hopes to move some of them to Burundi, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda. Tanzania has virtually all t

Chhatbir to barter animals with Delhi zoo

In the first initiative of its kind to cut down on mortality rate due to inbreeding, Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological park Chhatbir is all set to exchange animals with a Delhi zoo. With the objective of changing bloodlines for healthy breeding, Chhatbir zoo will get a pair of white tigers, a pair of Manipuri

We Can Save Endangered Species By…Eating Them?
On Friday's 20/20's special "You Can't Even Talk About It," John Stossel presented arguments that initially sound ludicrous — let athletes take steroids, remove trade bans on endangered species, etc — but are (maybe?) logical.While not all of Stossel's ideas are so convincing (like how he thinks that pregnant women should not be protected by laws in the workplace), some of the other issues he touched upon made sense. In this clip, he presents the idea that in order to get animals off the endangered species lists, people should be allowed to own and farm them, that way poachers won't kill wild animals to profit on them, because there will

Foreign zoos pitch in to save the dingo
AUSTRALIA'S dying treasure, the dingo, is being exported to zoos around the world.Lyn and Peter Watson, founders of Melbourne's Dingo Sanctuary and Research Centre, have sent dingoes to New Zealand, and are receiving inquiries from across the globe, including the US and Japan. The couple, who brought legal ownership of dingoes to Victoria in 1994, own a colony of 30 pure alpine dingoes at their 16-hectare Toolern Vale sanctuary north-west of Melbourne, Australia's largest premier breeding and rescue centre for dingoes.Ms Watson, an internationally renowned hound expert and judge, said she had been inundated with inquiries from overseas zoos and wildlife parks

Tiger trade
The illegal trade in endangered species is one of the largest areas of criminal activity in the world today. Interpol estimates that the value of the trade is in excess of $US 6 billion every year. The profits that can be made from wildlife trafficking are similar to those that can be made from drugs, and there is evidence from sources all over the world that many of those

Garrett caught up in parrot politics
THREE years after the orange-bellied parrot embroiled Coalition environment minister Ian Campbell in an almighty row, another pesky psittacus is pecking away at the credibility of his successor Peter Garrett.Mr Garrett has ordered logging to stop in half of the available area in the NSW Central Murray Darling region because of fears for the future of the superb parrot. But the bans have left local timber workers worried about their prospects. They say 1000 jobs and the future of the town of Deniliquin have been put at risk. NSW Forest Products Association director Russell Ainley said the superb parrot nested in trees along the edge of the forest and fed in the grasslands and that logging did not disrupt its habitat. A spokesman for Mr Garrett said the issue,,25460867-2702,00.html?from=public_rss

Killer whales face cull after finding taste for rare otters
FOR conservationists it is the ultimate dilemma. Marine biologists are discussing a cull of killer whales because the predators are destroying other endangered sea mammals. They are concerned by new research linking a huge population slump in species such as sea otters, Steller's sea lions and harbour seals to the changed feeding habits of some killer whales, or orcas, as they are also known. The main prey of these orcas has traditionally been great whales such as grey whales and sperm whales, but hunting by humans has cut the numbers of those species to far below their natural level. Professor James Estes, an expert in the population dynamics of sea mammals at the University of California, Santa Cruz, believes that, faced with a shortage of food, some groups of Pacific orcas have altered their diets. Each killer whale is capable of eating several otters or seals a day. Estes, whose research will be

PETA attacks Jessica Simpson over Seaworld show
PETA bosses have taken aim at Jessica Simpson over the pop star's plans to perform at SeaWorld in San Diego, California this weekend.People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals' special projects manager Michelle Cho has written a stern note to Simpson and her manager/father Joe, asking them to consider pulling the concert in protest about the dolphins kept in captivity at the tourist hotspot.In the letter, obtained exclusively by WENN, Cho writes, "As someone who is used to living in a fishbowl and having the public weigh in on her every move, you might like to give some thought to the animals who are forced to be 'on display' their entire lives."Imagine being forced to do stupid tricks and

Zoo hops on board to save amphibians
When the Panamanian golden frogs at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo sit stock still, they look more like rubber toys than animals. Scientists fear that rubber toys may be all that's left of this and hundreds of other species of frogs soon, due to a killer fungus that is decimating amphibians worldwide.The zoo announced Monday that it is part of The Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project being launched by eight zoos and research institutions.Frogs face shrinking habitat, pesticides that make them sprout extra legs, and Prozac-spiked water. But the crisis is caused by the chytrid fungus. Experts think 122 species are gone forever, primarily because of the fungus, which was spread by human activity.There are about 6,000 species of amphibians, said veterinarian Della Garelle, the director of conservation and animal health at the zoo, and a third of


Animal exchange
Weird and wonderful flora and fauna of the UAE and the Middle East will be given extra protection through a new conservation scheme.Arabian leopards, wolves and striped hyenas will be sent to Al Ain Wildlife Park as part of a pact with a zoo in Yemen to prevent the creatures from dying out.The park and Taiz Zoo have signed a deal to work together on local and international schemes to protect rare and indigenous species and plants of the Middle East.Desert flowers and aloe plants specific to south west Yemen will also be sent to the UAE as part of the project.In return, giraffes, black panthers and houbara birds will be sent to Yemen. The animal exchange programme will help the park's ambitious expansion plans, which will eventually see it having its own desert ecosystem showcasing animals from across the Arabian peninsula in their natural habitat."Together with the Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort, the Taiz Zoo can help protect endangered species across the Arabian Peninsula and help people learn about the plants and animals important to our common heritage", said Abdul Hakim Mohamed, the zoo manager.The zoo will be given training in animal and plant care exchange

Elephant Experts Talk Care, Conservation
At Pittsburgh ZooAfrican Elephant Population DroppingThe Pittsburgh Zoo's African elephant herd has garnered a lot of attention in recent years, especially with the birth of two elephants almost one year ago.On Monday, a group of elephant experts arrived at the zoo to discuss care and conservation of the animals.The trip marked a homecoming for Amos Morris, who left Pittsburgh in January for a zoo director job in Evansville, Indiana."When I heard Barbara [Baker, zoo president and CEO] say Angeline is 900 pounds that is 400 pounds since I have

Peoria Zoo is Short Five-Million-Dollars
As the weather warms up - a trip to the zoo might be on your to-do list. The Peoria Zoo is about to open its new Africa Exhibit but they're still in need of a financial boost. The zoo is looking for five-million-dollars for a new entrance. It will serve as an information center for visitors, and offer a new gift and snack shop. Administrators have already started a fundraising campaign for the project. Officials hope to have enough funds for the new entrance by next year. The zoo has already raised 27-million-dollars for the Africa Exhibit. They plan to use the

Tiger pugmarks found at 10,000 ft
Pugmarks of a Royal Bengal Tiger have been found in the snow at an altitude of 10,000 feet in the Himalayas near Jelepla in eastern Sikkim after a gap of nearly 18 years, officials said. Officials called it a rare discovery, since tigers are usually found in the plains and almost never above 6,000 feet. The latest pugmarks were photographed March 27 in the Ganek-Lungto area in eastern Sikkim, Divisional Forest Officer (Wildlife) Karma Legshey said. Tiger pugmarks were last officially recorded at this altitude in Sikkim some 18 years ago, by then divisional forest officer Tshesum Lachungpa. Legshey said forest officials were on a routine patrol when they found the pugmarks on the snow in the north eastern part of the Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary in Sikkim. The team then recorded the altitude of the pugmark site using the Global Positioning System. They also measured the pugmarks and photographed it, he added. "The pugmarks measure 19 cm long and 17 cm wide with a stride of around 110 cm," Legshey said, adding that a subsequent study confirmed the pugmarks as being those of a Royal Bengal Tiger. He added that the trail of around 70 metres (of the animal's track) resembled that of a tiger on a "normal

White rhino born in Madrid Zoo
The calf is the first in Spain and the third in the world to be conceived by artificial inseminationSpain's first white rhinoceros conceived by artificial insemination, a 65-kilo male calf, has been born at the Zoo Aquarium in Madrid.The 12 year old first-time mother gave birth late last Wednesday night, just 20 minutes after her waters broke. A little over an hour later, her baby was on its feet and having its first feed, after more than 500 days in the womb.The calf is the world's third white rhino to be conceived

New Bristol Zoo exhibit opens
There is a rickety bridge, cascading waterfall, tropical birds and what looks like the tail fin of a light aircraft that has crashed into the jungle canopy.They are all part of Explorers' Creek, the new £250,000 attraction at Bristol Zoo that officially opened yesterday with a visit from children's television character Dora the Explorer.If the success of a new attraction can be judged by the number of happy, smiling faces, then Explorers' Creek is very successful indeed.Despite the cold weather, children were enjoying paddling about in Splash, a water play area with streams, dams and

Couple were abusive to zoo staff after peacock attack
A COUPLE were spoken to by police after they allegedly became abusive when a peacock attacked her 23-month-old daughter.Jasmine Cofilead travelled from North Yorkshire to Dalton's South Lakes Wild Animal Park on April 19 with her daughter Tamzin and her husband. While walking around the park, Tamzin received a peck from a peacock.Mrs Cofilead said: "Our baby was bleeding like mad, and staff said they couldn't treat her and told me to take her to the hospital."But David Gill, owner of the zoo, said staff had asked Mrs Cofilead and her partner to leave, after they became abusive following the incident.Mr Gill said: "We had to get the police involved. They were very abusive to my staff, they were swearing in front of 200 people, including children. The father of the child wanted someone to go and kill the animal immediately."The following day, Mr Gill reported the incident to police.He added: "We don't deal with that sort of behaviour, we have a zero tolerance with abuse. I was

Three wild pigs at Baghdad zoo were slaughtered on Saturday
amid concerns that swine flu could spread to Iraq, officials said."We received an order issued by the multi-ministry committee aimed at preventing swine flu to kill the three pigs that we have at the zoo," Baghdad zoo director Adel Salman Musa said.The decision to cull the boars came a day after the health ministry recommended that the pigs not be killed."It does not matter if we kill the three pigs in the zoo or not because the virus has become a virus that is transmitted between humans," health ministry spokesman Dr Ehassan Jafar said on Friday."We told the (the agriculture ministry) if you really want to kill them then just kill them," he said.Iraq has few pigs because the country's main religion of Islam considers their diet unclean and forbids pork for sanitary reasons. Wild boars do roam rural areas, however, especially in the north.Some countries have taken measures to cull pigs even though World Health Organisation (WHO) officials have questioned its effectiveness

Red wolf pups leave zoo for life in the wild
They are four tiny, chocolate-brown newborns. They're so young that their eyes aren't even open yet -- which could be for the best.The four red wolf pups just moved from the relative safety of Lincoln Park Zoo to a new home in the wild.On Friday, they flew from Chicago to North Carolina, where they were being placed in dens of wild wolves. If that's done when they're young enough, the adult wolves will raise the pups as their own, zoo officials said -- like canid foster parents.The cross-country move is part of program to save the critically endangered species.The red wolf was once common throughout the southeastern United States, but by the 1960s, the population was decimated because of a loss of habitat and the hunting and killing of the animals, feared as predators by farmers. Today, only an estimated 100 to 130 remain.These are the first Lincoln Park pups to be released into the wild.Adult wild red wolves wear special radio,CST-NWS-wolf03.article

Inqlings: This summer, it'll be geckos galore
A museum promotion so easy . . . even a caveman could do it.It's the summer of the lizard.The Academy of Natural Sciences and the Philadelphia Zoo are gearing up separate exhibitions based on geckos, the bug-eyed lizards made popular by the car-insurance commercials.The academy's is the larger and more academic of the two. "Geckos: Tails to Toepads" will run May 30 through Sept. 7. Exhibit creator Clyde Peeling, who runs Reptiland in Allenwood, Pa., says he's wrangling 18 species of geckos, including the giant day gecko that speaks (on TV, anyway) with a Cockney accent. The exhibition is insured, by the way, and not by Geico.The zoo's gecko exhibit, inside its Rare Animal Conservation Center, has the commercial tie-in, as it's sponsored by Geico and backed by the Association of Zoos

Giraffe deaths ring alarm in zoo
The deaths of two giraffe calves in two years have woken up the Lucknow zoo authorities to the problem of inbreeding. Since the pair was brought here in 2002-03, they have given birth to three calves. While the first female calf born in 2005 has survived, the other two died. They had no symptoms to indicate that they were suffering from genetic diseases. "It could be possible that the deaths were caused by inbreeding. We are now looking for a solution to the problem," said Renu Singh, Director, Lucknow zoo. The giraffe pair—eight-year-old Sujata and nine-year-old Anubhav— was brought from the Alipur Zoo, Kolkata in exchange of nearly twenty swamp deer from Lucknow zoo. Their only surviving offspring,

Zoo launches breeding programme to save wildcats from extinction
THE UK's first captive breeding programme for Scottish wildcats is about to be launched at an English zoo amid fears the animals could be facing extinction.Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent is to recreate the wildcats' natural habitat in an enclosure designed to encourage the animals to hunt and breed as they would in the wild, it was revealed yesterday. The breeding cats will not be on display to the public.Human interaction will be kept to a minimum, making it easier for them to be returned to the wild. They will be fed through hatches and trap doors to encourage them to forage for food. Their enclosure, which will feature a copse of trees and a running stream, will initially house a pair of wildcats and any offspring. As the animals multiply, separate

National Zoo on panda pregnancy alert
Behavioral changes exhibited by the Washington National Zoo's giant female panda have put zoologists on a pregnancy alert, officials said.Detecting changes in her actions and hormones, zoo officials are cautiously optimistic Mei Xiang might be pregnant. However, they warn it may be another in a series of false pregnancies for the panda, The Washington Post reported Sunday.National Zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson told the newspaper Mei Xiang is "denning," meaning she is transporting bamboo to a dark and quiet place, is eating less and is cradling her food and other objects. "Any (other) time I've seen Mei

Read this, click on the links. I am not in entire agreement with the slide show 'People being stupid with big cats' but I am with most.


Tiger cub with a cleft palate has a team of doctors in its corner

The vet got the call Easter morning: Two tigers had been born in a Seminole sanctuary. One was orange. The other black and white. Could he come check them out? The sanctuary director wanted to know. Don Woodman, 40, and his wife, Susan, finished hunting eggs with their two boys, then drove to Wildlife Rescue and Rehab. The director led them to the pen of a 19-year-old tiger, Natasha, and lifted out a cub. It was so small, Woodman cradled

Govt to amend Ecologically Fragile Land Act

Forest Minister Benoy Viswom has said the State Government would take steps to amend Ecologically Fragile Land (EFL) Act once the model code of conduct imposed by the election is revoked.

"A grievance redressal cell headed by divisional forest officer as chairman will also be constituted to solve the disputes related to the EFL. Working plan officer will be the convener of the cell," he said.

Inaugurating the Forest and Wildlife Department's `environment protection convention 2009' at the Town hall on Sunday, he said, the members of the grievance redressal cell including DFO, panchayat president, RDO or the staff appointed by RDO

Elephant exodus reported from troubled Zimbabwe

Growing pressure from poaching and human encroachment has driven hundreds of elephants to migrate across Zimbabwe's borders and at least one leopard to stalk an upmarket suburb of the capital, conservationists said Monday.

The independent Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force appealed in its latest monthly bulletin for more action -- and money -- to preserve the troubled nation's wildlife.

In Zimbabwe's economic meltdown, "humans are encroaching more and more into areas previously reserved for wildlife," the task force said.

As many as 400 elephants have crossed the Zambezi River, which separates Zambia from northern Zimbabwe, in recent months, said Johnny Rodrigues, head of the task force.

Three elephants also roamed into the

Actress Lily Tomlin demands Woodland Park Zoo release elephants

Protestors demanding that Woodland Park Zoo release its three elephants got a little comic relief Monday from actress and author Lily Tomlin, who joined in their call for the exhibit's closure.

Addressing supporters and the media at the Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Center, Tomlin said elephants in zoos across the country are suffering in confinement. Echoing claims made by others who oppose elephant exhibitions, Tomlin said the pachyderms are afflicted by foot and joint problems when not allowed to roam.

As is the case around the country, Woodland Park Zoo elephants are frequently confined in a barn. While the 2,200-square-foot facility meets the standards set by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Tomlin argued that those standards are far from adequate.

"I don't think anyone in their right mind would think that's enough space for an elephant, the earth's largest land mammal," said Tomlin, who gained fame on the television program

Zoo to sell land, scrap relocation plans

The Texas Zoo's decision to sell a chunk of land means it won't relocate or expand as once planned.

Zoo board directors say it's too costly to build anew and cash flow now will help place the zoo on solid financial footing.

"Yes, we are going to sell," said Doug Giles, president of the board of directors. "We're trying to get to a place where we're financially self-sufficient and we can cut down on using funds from city. In selling the property, we go a long ways to becoming self-sufficient."

The late Marie O'Connor Sorenson, an animal lover, donated 76 acres to the zoo in April 2004. The land is bordered by Southwest Ben Jordan Street, Hand Road and Odem Street.

"I'm disappointed that my mother's vision for a new beautiful location for the zoo will not be realized," said Morgan

Wildlife park in Khon Kaen to be open

The Zoological Park Organisation will spend Bt2.5 billion to develop a wildlife park in Khon Kaen to boost tourism in the upper Northeast and neighbouring countries.

The ZPO yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Khon Kaen Provincial Administration Organisation to jointly establish the wildlife park on 4,700 rai of land in the Khao Suan Kwang National Park and Non Saad National Park in Udon Thani.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Suwit Khunkitti had asked the ZPO to survey the area for a future

Lahore Wildlife Park in ruins

THE Lahore Wildlife Park, a haven of tranquility and nature at its best and a serene sanctuary away from the ding of the city, calls for immediate attention of the authorities, as the degradation of the surroundings is depriving it of its enticing beauties. The absence of security personnel, lack of game-watchers, eroding side-walks, deserted children's play land, neglected meadows and non-existent public facilities speak volumes about the sorry state of affairs and official apathy.

Spanning over an area of 242 acres and constructed and inaugurated in 1988 during the reign of Mian Nawaz Sharif, the then Chief Minister of Punjab, the park presents the egalitarian look with poor and rich, high and low visiting the bird aviary, lion safari and moats and strolling the sprawling lawns of the park. However, the walkways and the pavements and the roads have started showing the signs of erosion since the Baildars are supposed to perform the multiple tasks of game watchers, security guards and lawn mowers. A Baildar disclosed that park was in dire need of more staff to cater to the security as well as maintenance needs of the park. No new game watchers have been appointed since the start of Safari park. Safari park needs more men to maintain and run the safari but the authorities rely on the old staff strength in order to run the park that is why the visitors have to face many difficulties during their visits. Visitors have to wait for hours on Sundays for the opening of the safari park at 1 pm as the Baildars have to rush from different duties to join this assignment of opening the safari. This surely means the safari is without trained game watchers which may put the life of the staff as well as the visitors at risk.

LWP has the services of only four game watchers at present. Poor security is another aspect of this poorly managed park. In the present day scenario, all departments have beefed up security in order to avoid any untoward incident. The Lahore Wildlife Park authorities are oblivious of the fact that the times have changed fast and they do not live in the middle ages. A security lapse may bring harm to people and animals as well. On Sundays, the situation worsens as people visit the place in large numbers and the crowd of vehicles looks unmanageable. Sometimes the hooligans among the crowd become difficult to deal with such a meager number of game watchers. No parking facility is provided for the public. All kinds of vehicles are parked along roads in the park grassy lawns without check. This fact may even accelerate the deterioration of the walkways. The need is to arrange a parking facility for the public.

There are no toilets for the public. The existing eight toilets in front of the offices of the Punjab Wildlife Department are not functioning for some unknown reason

Baby Gorilla Seized in Trafficking Ring Bust

A baby gorilla has been seized from animal traffickers by ICCN following a 3-month undercover investigation to bust an international wildlife smuggling ring. This operation was led by Emmanuel with the participation of a key group of Rangers and

Cheetah's Genome Resource Bank Grows

More than 280 semen collections from 85 individual cheetahs have been added to the Cheetah Conservation Fund's Genome Resource Bank (GRB) since 2002, the CCF has said.

CCF banks serum, white and red blood cells and skin samples of all cheetahs. Currently, the GRB holds over 1 600 samples with back-up samples held at both CCF as well as at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland, United States of America.

In addition, sperm was collected recently during an annual physical examination of resident cheetahs at the CCF. A statement from the CCF said sperm was collected of 11 adult male cheetahs for on-going studies on the preservation and thawing of cheetah sperm.

April has been a busy month at the CCF International Research and Education Centre as annual physical examinations were conducted on their 47 resident cheetahs.

For the third year, Dr Carlos Sanchez, associate veterinarian from the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo and reproductive physiologist

Sir David Attenborough calls for more protection for orang-utans

Sir David Attenborough has called for greater protection for the wild habitat of orang-utans amid fears "emotional" television programmes about rescued apes have failed to raise awareness of the need to protect the rainforests where the animals live.

Programmes like the BBC's Orang-utan Diary, following the lives of orphaned and rescued orang-utans at a refuge centre in Borneo, have recently raised awareness of rehabilitation schemes helping the great ape be reintroduced into the wild.

However conservationists argue the money would be better spent protecting the rainforests where the orang

Mesker Park Zoo getting full-time veterinarian

Dr. Maria Spriggs has been hired to supervise the care of hundreds of animals as a resident member of the staff.

Having a full-time doctor was one of the recommendations made by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums when it considered Mesker for accreditation a couple of years ago. Dr. Spriggs becomes the zoo's first full-time vet.

"It's a great opportunity for me to be here and a little unique to come into a zoo that hasn't had a full-time vet before," Spriggs said. "So there are a lot of possibilities to create and design programs that you wouldn't get to do at a zoo that's had that ongoing

Critics say Canada's Species at Risk Act isn't working

A new report card from a coalition of conservation groups says the federal government is moving at a snail's pace when it comes to implementing Canada's Species at Risk Act.

The report card was produced by Ecojustice, the David Suzuki Foundation, Nature Canada and Environmental Defence. It accuses the federal government of ducking its own laws and ignoring scientific evidence to avoid protecting habitat essential for species' survival.

"What the report card has found is that the most important piece of legislation we have to protect species at risk in Canada has potential to work but is not working yet because it's being poorly implemented," said Susan Pinkus, a conservation

How Britons fuel destruction of the rainforest

British consumers are fuelling the rising demand for palm oil, speeding up the destruction of rainforests and killing off orangutans

A cooking oil that is driving the destruction of the rainforests, displacing native people and threatening the survival of the orangutan is present in dozens of Britain's leading grocery brands, an investigation by The Independent has found.

Palm oil – blamed for a tree-felling rampage in south-east Asia – is present or suspected in 43 of 100 best-selling brands in UK, far more than the one in 10 products estimated

`Sexy' PETA activists could face deportation

The three foreign women who joined a rally against the Manila Zoo last Tuesday are facing the possibility of deportation, the Bureau of Immigration said Thursday.

Commissioner Marcelino Libanan said the country's immigration laws do not allow foreigners to join mass actions.

"We welcome them here as visitors. They cannot just protest here, especially if it violates the culture of Filipinos," he said.

He said the bureau can initiate deportation proceedings against foreigners who join mass actions, adding that the foreigners could also be blacklisted to prevent them from re-entering the country.

The three foreign women, clad only in two-piece bikinis, were identified as Canadian Ashley Fruno, Australian Fawn Porter, and Argentinean

Spring blizzard destroys Calgary Zoo's endangered whooping crane eggs

Unseasonably cold weather has dealt a blow to the Calgary Zoo's whooping crane breeding program, freezing two of the rare birds' eggs.

Zoo curator Bob Peel said a blizzard last week demonstrated the fragility of conservation efforts for an endangered species with a world population of less than 500.

"Every adult is important. Every egg is important," he said.

Spring is the key season for the zoo's whooping crane breeding project, the only pro-gram of its type in Canada.

Located at the zoo's Devonian Wildlife Conservation Centre south of the city, the project features 20 "cranedominiums"-- heated

Camels help birds to feather their nests

Hundreds of wild birds have flocked to Longleat Safari Park near Warminster to line their nests with moulting hair from the park's six camels.

The birds, mainly jackdaws, have flocked to the enclosure to pick dead hair of fthe ground and off the animals themselves.

Longleat's deputy warden Ian Turner said: "We have six Bactrian Camels in the park and all have started moulting in the last couple of weeks.

"We have noticed a marked increase in the number of birds in the camel enclosure during this time with a strong predominance of jackdaws.

"These cheeky things are landing on the camels' backs, taking a quick grab at the

Activision Sponsors Wolverine Program at Edinburgh Zoo

To mark today's launch of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Activision has sponsored the wolverine enclosure as the Edinburgh Zoo, where the lead male has "voluntarily" changed his name to Logan.

Designed and released in concert with the new Hugh Jackman blockbuster, X-Men Origins: Wolverine expands upon the movie about everybody's favorite Canucklehead with a large amount of new and exclusive content. Despite the movie being rated PG-13 by the MPAA, the Raven-developed game, described as being influenced by God of War and Devil May Cry, is rated M for blood and gore, intense violence and language. The Activision sponsorship of the

Iraq to cull wild boars in Baghdad Zoo to halt flu

Iraq will kill three wild boars in Baghdad Zoo to ward off the new flu sweeping the globe, officials said, despite experts' advice that people are spreading the virus, not pigs.

Dr. Ihsan Jafar, who heads Iraq's committee on what the World Health Organisation calls influenza A (H1N1) but is widely known as swine flu, said on Friday that a request was sent to Baghdad municipality to cull the hogs as soon as possible.

The government of northern Iraq's largely autonomous Kurdistan region said medical teams were checking travellers at airports, especially foreigners coming from countries affected.

"It is also possible the disease could be spread by eating pork, so we banned hunting wild boars," regional health minister Abdul Rahman Osman said. Most Iraqis are Muslim and do not eat pork, but a Christian minority does.

Iraq has registered no cases of the flu, which

Chester Zoo's Butterfly Journey officially opened

Andy Burnham MP, Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, has officially opened Chester Zoo's new exhibit, the Butterfly Journey.

The largest zoo-based butterfly house in the UK, Chester Zoo's Butterfly Journey is home to 500 colourful butterflies, more than 30 different species, and provides an educational experience in its own right.

Mark Pilgrim, director of conservation and education at Chester Zoo in Upton, said learning outside the classroom was a really important issue for the zoo and for the Government

Former Lowry Park Zoo president Lex Salisbury's exotic animal park fined for work without permit

An exotic Polk County animal park owned by former Lowry Park Zoo president Lex Salisbury will have to pay a fine for a construction project.

The governing board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District, commonly referred to as Swiftmud, decided Tuesday to fine Safari Wild nearly $9,000 for unauthorized construction. Water managers determined that development on the property degraded water quality.

Conflicts between Salisbury's duties as the zoo's director and owner of Safari Wild, a proposed park north of downtown Lakeland


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