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22 Sloth Bears Shift Base from West Bengal to Karnataka due to Maoist Threats
It’s not only human beings who are under threat form Maoist. Even the daily life of the wildlife is disturbed by the terror activities of the Maoists.
Purulia is a small town in West Bengal, the residents here living in fear due to Maoist attacks. This threat is not only for humans but for animals as well who would happen to be unfortunately in the wrong place. The Maoists have put up a poster here saying: 'Leave the forest if you want to remain safe."
Hence sensing the threat to the wild animals, forest officials shifted 12 male and 10 female sloth bears from the forest near Purulia to Bannerghata National Park, near Bangalore in Karnataka.
Accompanied by professional staff equipped with all facilities and with the support of animal conservationist, under the protection of the West Bengal state government, the sloth bears were shifted from their home to Bannerghata National Park, almost 2000 kms away. This move from east to south took almost four days.
"They (sloth bears) were evacuated with the help of three large trucks. A team of about 12 trained
Saving a species very well could mean saving ourselves
We've heard it all many times: More people are alive today than ever before.
Indeed, we're nearing 7 billion people now. Especially in developing nations, growing populations are running out of space and resources.
Though we'd hoped these problems would stay overseas, it's already started here in the United States. In Arizona, this manifests itself in conflicts over land use, air pollution and, especially, water.
Ever consider how much time, energy and water go into keeping a desert golf course - or for that matter, a front lawn - lush and green?
Water problems aren't only for desert dwellers, though. Where I'm from in the Great Plains, Nebraska and Kansas have taken each other all the way to the Supreme Court, waging a multiyear, multimillion-dollar battle over who owns the rights to the contents of our rivers and streams.
As conflicts like this continue, conservationists are working harder than ever to save wildernesses and with them biodiversity. Arizona and the desert Southwest are home to a stunning and unique array of species, from
Mexican gray wolves http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/viewpoints/articles/2010/11/13/20101113growing-population-sartore.html
Zoo Says Bear Wasn't Shot, Maybe
The Moscow Zoo on Monday distanced itself from an earlier statement that a sniper had shot at one of its polar bears.
"At this stage we can neither confirm nor deny that the animal was hit by bullets," zoo spokeswoman Yelena Mendosa told The Moscow Times.
The zoo said in a statement on its web site late last week that a 20-year-old polar bear named Wrangel had some 11 wounds that must have been inflicted by bullets from a small-caliber gun.
The statement, along with photos of the bleeding wounds, was still on the zoo's site Monday.
But Mendosa said no bullets had been found and the wounds might stem from a skin infection. She added that the bleeding had stopped and the bear
Recycling program benefits zoo
Topekan Barbara Lundquist lugged a green container filled with Pepsi cans Monday to a brightly painted Shawnee County Recycling bin in the parking lot of the Topeka Zoo.
"I'm here to recycle," Lundquist said with a smile as she placed the aluminum cans into the bin with the help of zoo director Brendan Wiley and Philicia McKee, with Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County.
Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County, Shawnee County Recycling and the Topeka Zoo kicked off a new program Wednesday in which citizens can save aluminum cans to help earn money for the zoo.
"We are celebrating America Recycles Day," McKee told a small crowd gathered near the new recycling bin. "I was very excited to get this in place. I want to thank all of you so much. Hopefully
Sea lions switch to sustainably sourced herrings at Edinburgh Zoo
SEA LIONS at the Edinburgh Zoo are now enjoying a full diet of MSC certified sustainable herring.
The move comes after the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) made it their goal to source all of its marine animal food from sustainable sources.
Darren McGarry, Animal Collection Manager for the zoo, said: “We’re really pleased that the Patagonian sea lions have taken to their new feed. Zoo animals can be very picky about what they eat but they’ve taken to the MSC certified feeds straight away”.
The zoo also houses one of the world’s most successful penguin-breeding programmes with over 200 penguins on site, and RZSS is currently in the process of incorporating MSC fish into their diet too.
“Gentoo penguins are particularly picky about their food and we need to ensure that the MSC certified South Africa hake will suit them – both in terms of taste and nutritionally,” adds Darren. “It’s important as well, that the South Africa hake fishery has radically reduced its seabird bycatch as part of its MSC certification – a cut that means thousands of seabirds will saved. We’re really pleased to support that work and will be working towards adding a recommendation for MSC certified feed with any penguin we export to another zoo.”
Claire Pescod, from the MSC says: “This is fantastic news. The RZSS has already helped the MSC by providing the technical expertise and laboratory work needed for our DNA tracing programme and this is further evidence of the Zoo’s commitment to sustainability. I’m delighted that sea lions are being fed Scottish MSC certified herring. This move supports the Scottish fishing com
Leopard eats one of her cubs in zoo
Though cannibalism is recorded among leopards and lions, it is still a rare occurrence. Shockingly, it has happened at the city's Maharajbagh Zoo, that too right under the noses of the authorities. Rani, a leopard who delivered four cubs last Friday, is alleged to have eaten one of them.
Though the zoo has permission to house only four leopards, it now has eight after another new-born cub died too. Had all the four cubs survived, the count would have been an unmanageable 10.
What is worse, the officials are clueless as to how the female leopard could have conceived when the zoo had no permission for breeding. The male-female pair of leopards - Raja and Rani - were caught in Chandrapur and brought to the zoo for treatment a year and half back after they killed a few people.
Neither did the zoo authorities make any attempt to keep Raja and Rani separately nor did the forest officials take "possession" of them after their treatment was complete. "It made no sense to release the animals in the wild as they had come in touch with humans," said DC Pant, the principal chief conservator of forests. He squarely blamed the zoo autorities. "They should have kept the two leopards in separate enclosures. Rules have been contravened."
Ideally, they should have been released in the wild. Some conservationists feel that it's too late now to release these leopards now but, at the same time, "these animals certainly don't deserve the crumbling space in which they are being kept".
According to forest activist Kundan Hate, "I am surprised how the authorities did not know that the leopard was pregnant. It just goes to show how the zoo is run by the Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (PDKV)."
A perplexed zoo in-charge Dr SS Bawaskar said, "The female leopard was very aggressive and did not allow the staff to go near her. She was sitting alone in a corner and not ready to leave the cubs. This particular cub was the last of the four and a weak one. Even its umbilical cord was not clean. The position of the cub was such that we are assuming that it may have died from the mother's weight. It may not have been fed."
Bawaskar was not certain if it was Rani that littered. "I am not sure. I have so many leopards here. It's okay if you mention it as Rani," he said, admitting that breeding was not allowed among the wildcats at the zoo. "Rani may have conceived before I took charge of the zoo in August," he added. Leopards have a gestation period of 104 days. "This will only complicate things further," said Bawaskar.
The zoo is ill-equipped to handle such delicate cubs and lacks proper system to take care of wild animals. The vet Dr Abhijit Modghare has no experience of treating wild cubs. With no experts at hand, the future of the two surviving ones too remains bleak.
The incident has once again exposed the apathy of the Akola-headquartered PDKV which manages the historic 100-year-old zoo. The deer population in the zoo has increased manifold due to inbreeding but the zoo has simply turned a blind eye. Though the birth of the cubs may sound like good news, this is not good from a conservation point of view.
In the past, efforts to encourage mating among male leopard Ajay and his partners Riddhi and Samruddhi, brought from Navegaon National Park in 2007, had failed. According to sources, mating between Raja and Rani may have taken place because they are wild-bred.
Sources added that the cats are being served substandard meat. In the recent past, deer are suspected to have died due to haemorrhagic septicaemia, a highly fatal disease caused by bacteria due to multiple reasons. The image of the zoo, which has taken a blow recently due to many reasons, will only be further tarnished
Minister takes stock of Delhi zoo's condition
"If I cannot manage my zoo properly, how can I expect other states to keep their zoos in order?" said Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests after a visit to the National Zoological Park on Monday. The zoological park, also known as the Delhi Zoo, situated on the Mathura Road is the only zoo in the country that comes directly under the environment ministry. Ramesh was at the zoo to take stock of the measures taken after over two-dozen black bucks died in September due to contaminated water.
The contamination occurred after a blocked drain towards Yamuna led to backflow of storm water that mixed with overflowing faulty sewage. This was the minister's second visit to the zoo since the incident.
During his visit, the minister inspected the progress of the repairs that various agencies promised at a meeting held soon after the black bucks' death. At Monday's meeting Ramesh met Central Zoo Authority member-secretary, BS Bonal, zoo director
Alpine Ibex - Great footage
Zoo members looking for answers after board resignations
A Sad Little Video Which Shows Something Of the Value of Enrichment
Is Audience Research a legitimate cut? In the face of severe cuts for the cultural sector difficult decisions have to be made about funding priorities, including core collections, opening hours and front-line staff. However, if the burden of the financial shrinkage falls too heavily on learning and research, is the quality of the visiting experience itself at risk? What does this mean for funding bids which increasingly demand evidence of impact, demonstrations of lessons learnt from previous projects and audience consultations? If insight into visitor expectations and experiences is cut, how can we effectively engage people with our collections and stories?
This one day conference will provide examples of how major projects have been turned around on small budgets, how audience research can be strategically embedded in the aims of an organisation and how smaller organisations keep audience research alive. We will hear first hand from DCMS about some of the issues facing us.
Keynote speaker from the USA
Following the success of John Falk’s visit last year, VSG is bringing in another leader in the field of audience research from the United States . Alan Friedman is the former Executive Director of the New York Hall of Science. Alan’s dynamism and tenacity in building an organisation from something very small into one of the world’s top institutions for informal learning during some difficult times will provide us with inspiration and valuable insight into how to cope with our own age of austerity.
Other speakers include David Fleming, Director - National Museums Liverpool, Adam Cooper, Head of Research - DCMS, Liz Neathy, Curator - Havering Museum and Jean Franczyk, Director of Learning - Science Museum .
Whether an experienced evaluator or new to the field, the discussion of some of these topical issues, and examples of how they are being addressed, should help you cope with the challenges you and your organisation are now facing.
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