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Rare Saharan Cheetah Photographed in the Wild
An elusive Saharan cheetah recently came into the spotlight in Niger, Africa, where a hidden camera snapped photos of the ghostly cat, whose pale coat and emaciated appearance distinguish it from other cheetahs.
In one of the images the sleek, light-colored cat with small spots on its coat and a small head is turning in the direction of the camera, its eyes aglow.
Its appearance, and how the Saharan cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus hecki) is genetically related to other cheetahs is open to question, said John Newby, CEO of the Sahara Conservation Fund (SCF), who is part of the team, along with SCF's Thomas Rabeil and
Aquarium-raised whale thriving in the wild
The first killer whale to be released into the wild after human intervention was recently spotted in good health north of Vancouver Island with the rest of its pod.
Ten-year-old Springer, found orphaned and starving near the Seattle waterfront over eight years ago, was reported to be in excellent condition by research biologists.
The young whale's recovery was made possible by the Vancouver Aquarium's B.C. wild killer whale adoption program, which has funded research efforts for 18 years.
"Killer whales are an iconic species, the public care about them. But going out in boats is expensive and with the kind of research we do, we needed to find some way to fund it," said Lance Barrett-Lennard, a senior marine mammal scientist and adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia.
"[Springer's rescue] was to a great extent because of the research that we conducted
Four lions imported 'illegally' to Karachi
A Pakistani exotic animal dealer is battling to recover four lions which were impounded in Karachi Zoo after he had them flown in from South Africa.
Wildlife officials said it was illegal to import big cats and that the buyer, Irfan Ahmed, did not have valid import papers. He denies this.
The lions arrived in Karachi on Wednesday after being flown from Johannesburg to Frankfurt in November.
Zoos have often imported lions to Pakistan, where the cats are extinct.
Fahmida Firdous, chief conservation officer at Sindh province's Wildlife Department, told the BBC that Mr Ahmed's import permit had expired in June 2008.
"It has not been renewed since then. Besides, there has been a ban on the import of large wild cats since October 2008."
But Mr Ahmed, owner of Osaka Traders, which imports and exports animals and birds, told the BBC: "If I did not have the required documents, how could I fly these animals
Zebra the latest fatality at Canadian zoo
A zebra has died of unknown causes at a Canadian zoo that has come under fire for several animal fatalities in recent years, officials said on Friday.
A 13-year-old Grevy's Zebra died at the Calgary Zoo's breeding facility on Wednesday after it was found collapsed in a heated barn, the zoo said in a statement.
Veterinarians at the satellite facility, located outside the city, managed to revive the animal, named Igali, but it was unable to stand and later died, officials said.
The zebra, which is native to Eastern Africa, was born in Florida and had lived at the zoo for six years. A zebra's life span is normally about 25 years.
The zoo said it expects results from tests to determine the cause of death in early 2011. It said its staff saw no previous health problems.
A hippopotamus, four gorillas, a capybara and 41 stingrays were among creatures that died at the Calgary Zoo in recent years.
In June, the zoo officials adopted a plan to improve animal care practices after independent auditors uncovered systemic pr
Kids go free at ZSL London Zoo: 26 to 31 December 2010
The presents are unwrapped, the crackers pulled and dinner eaten; it’s time to banish the boredom with a visit to ZSL London Zoo – where between Sunday 26 and Friday 31 December, the Zoo is inviting five kids to visit for free with just one full-paying adult.
Most of zoo guinea pigs killed with poison
Tests show some of the 65 dead animals exhibited signs of being attacked
The 65 guinea pigs that died at the Edmonton Valley Zoo in May were victims of a deliberate attack, an investigation has found.
Necropsies revealed the majority of the rodents were poisoned, while some were killed by a small animal, said Milton Ness, Valley Zoo veterinarian.
Ness believes the attack was intentional. "I have no doubt in my mind that this was done on purpose."
Those responsible for the attack brought an animal similar in size to a small terrier into the enclosure to terrorize the guinea pigs, Ness said. He said the attack pattern of killing several guinea pigs indicates it was a domestic animal.
"Wild animals wouldn't do this. If they broke into the pen, they would grab a meal and run off."
The dead guinea pigs were discovered May 26. Orange slices that are suspected to have been poisoned were found
Lioness drowns in Lyon zoo
A young lioness recently arrived at Lyon zoo in eastern France has drowned in the moat surrounding her enclosure.
A Lyon town hall spokesman said the lioness died because she ran out of her covered shelter and fell into the moat.
"Visitors were evacuated to allow firefighters to intervene. But when they fished her out, the animal was already dead", a spokesman said.
Unlike tigers, lions are not good swimmers.
Lyon zoo is planning on putting a system of grates in the moat to prevent a repeat of the incident, which happened on the first day the lioness spent in the male lion's
Feline Conservation Federation Supports African Cheetah and Leopard Research Project
The Feline Conservation Federation (www.FelineConservation.org) and T.I.G.E.R.S., The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species have presented $2,000 in funding from their Rare Species Fund to the Matabeleland Leopard and Cheetah Project. This fund was created by T.I.G.E.R.S. and is managed and distributed by the FCF for worldwide conservation of felines and the territories they inhabit.
The Matabeleland Leopard and Cheetah Project was started in 2001 in Zimbabwe. This project works closely with Viv Wilson and staff at the Chipangali Wildlife Trust in support of the wildlife strategies of Zimbabwe's National Parks. The main objective of the research is to monitor the home range, movements and behaviors of leopard and cheetah in order to aid in their conservation.
The Feline Conservation Federation is a Washington, D.C. based international feline conservation organization. The mission of FCF is to preserve, protect and
New problems for crested ibis
China's conservation work for the endangered crested ibis is facing new challenges, including an increasing mortality rate due to inbreeding, and the conflict between the need to expand natural habitats and local communities' economic interests, bird experts have warned.
The crested ibis, once widespread in Japan, China, Russia and the Korean Peninsula, almost became extinct in the first half of the 20th century.
Before 1981, when seven crested ibis were accidentally found in Yangxian county, in Northwest China's Shaanxi province, academics thought the species had been extinct in China for almost 17 years.
Due to the huge effort put into species protection since 1981, the number of crested ibis in China has risen to an estimated 1,617, including 997 in the wild, the State
Keepers break ice to stop tigers escaping
The big freeze is affecting all creatures - great and small - in different ways.
Staff at Plymouth's Dartmoor Zoo had to smash through up to 5 inches of ice as the moat surrounding the big cat enclosure froze over.
Curator, Colin Northcott, said the tigers could escape over the solid ice.
Over the weekend some of the animals which usually had free reign within their enclosures, including tigers and a jaguar, were kept indoors
Blood donors eligible for free zoo admission
Nashville Zoo at Grassmere will hold a blood drive next week that will include a free admission for donors good through March 31.
Photos of Emperor Penguin hatched in Hutan Polar World on 17th August 2010
A shocking festive display: Japanese aquarium uses an electric EEL to power its 6ft tall Christmas tree
An aquarium in Japan is shocking visitors with its Christmas display - using an eco-friendly electric eel to illuminate the lights on its holiday tree.
Each time the eel moves, two aluminium panels gather enough electricity to light up the 6 ft tall tree, decked out in white, in glowing intermittent flashes.
The aquarium in Kamakura, just south of Tokyo, has featured the electric eel for five years to encourage ecological sensitivity.
Elephant's durian dung an aphrodisiac
UNDIGESTED durian fruits excreted by elephants may sound disgusting, but faecal fruit could well be the most expensive (and delicious) aphrodisiac from the jungle.
As supply is scarce, it is learnt that timber tycoons with good connections with the Orang Asli are willing to pay about RM1,000 for a sample.
Simply termed as "elephant durians", the fruits are collected the same way as kopi luwak (civet coffee) in Indonesia.
While the natives in Sumatra trail after the civet in search for its faeces consisting of undigested coffee berries, the Jakun in Malaysian forests follow elephants which have swallowed durian fruits.
They have to take the risk to follow the mammals for at least four hours, as this is the duration needed by the animals for digestion before the fruit is excreted with the faeces.
Malaysia Nature Society advisor (Johor branch) Vincent Chow heard about this aphrodisiac from his timber tycoon friends and Orang Asli.
He said timber tycoons will usually book in advance
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Pandas will leave Adelaide Zoo in debt for a decade
ADELAIDE Zoo has a giant panda debt it will be paying off for a decade, the non-profit conservation charity says.
On the first anniversary of the pandas' Adelaide debut, Zoos SA chief executive Dr Chris West said the zoo was "not floating on a sea of panda dollars" and borrowed $6.7 million to turn the dream into reality, reported AdelaideNow.
"We are a charity, bringing very significant tourism revenue into South Australia but we are not loaded ourselves," he said.
"We are stretched - against a balanced business plan - and will be repaying the bank for a while. The time-frame for paying off the panda debt depends on several factors including visitation, other revenue and panda babies, but at the current
Animals in Aurangabad zoo not fed for two days
Animals in the 'Siddharth Garden' zoo were left hungry due to a food shortage occurred following mismanagement by the authorities here on Sunday.
The authorities were shifting the blame for not providing food to the animals on each other.
Madhukar Anavadya, the Animal Conservation Committee chairman, lamented over the issue and suggested the zoo officials to look into the matter.
"The incident which happened inside the zoo maintained by the Municipal Corporation of Aurangabad has not left anybody happy in the District. These animals cannot speak but earn good revenue for the municipal corporation and these animals were kept hungry for two days this is indeed very saddening. We hope that this incident is not repeated again," said Anavadya.
The authorities claimed that timing of food should be maintained and admitted that there has been a lapse in management and the food for the animals has been arriving late since past two or three days.
"Providing good quality of food and that too on time is very important. If that is not maintained then the health of animals
Zoo Deliberately Deprives Animals of Food
Animals at a zoo in India were deliberately deprived of food for two days because of a dispute about payment to the zoo contractor.
The company in charge of running the Siddharth Zoo in Aurangbad, India had not been paid by city officials for the past three months. In protest to the delay the company refused to feed the animals and ordered employees to leave the zoo.
Zoo employees upset by the situation went directly to the mayor’s office to complain. Mayor Anita Ghodele then ordered that immediate payment be made to the zoo contractor.
However, the check was not handed over to the contractor. Instead city employees claimed they could not cut the check
Camden Aquarium not paying medical bills for diver bitten by shark
THE SHARK was like a master surgeon, sinking its mouthful of scalpels into Robert Large's flesh so quickly and with such precision last year that he felt almost no pain whatsoever.
Large, a longtime volunteer diver at Camden's Adventure Aquarium, had just descended a ladder into the Shark Realm exhibit on Dec. 6, 2009, when he felt an "intense squeezing pressure" on his right leg. He thought it was a sea turtle.
"I thought to myself, 'What the heck is that?' " the married father of two said earlier this week. "I looked down and saw the shark's head and was in disbelief."
None of the visitors saw the 7 1/2-foot sand-tiger shark chomp on Large's leg that afternoon and the animal let go before it could carry him off into the 550,000 gallon tank and into news headlines across the country.
The pain that most endures, however, is that Large was kicked off the dive team, and now he's haggling over medical bills that he'd been promised would be covered, he said.
When Large, 59, of Mantua. Gloucester County,
Lincoln Park Zoo laying groundwork for blood bank for apes
Research opens the possibility of successful transfusions for gorillas
In April 2005, Mumbali, an adolescent female gorilla, was dying of a mysterious infection at Lincoln Park Zoo.
In a last-ditch effort to save her life, veterinarian and keepers anesthetized both Mumbali and Kwan, a male gorilla, then laid them side by side to send Kwan's blood directly from his arm into hers.
It was a crude procedure, similar to the way transfusions were done for humans before the blood bank was invented at Cook County Hospital in 1937.
But there was little to go on in the veterinary literature, which had nothing about whether or not gorillas have different A-B-O blood groups like humans or if they needed to have blood matched to their own for a successful
Milk of human kindness
A female baby lion-tailed macaque drinks human breast milk from a feeding incubator at the Guangzhou Zoo, Guangdong Province on December 10. The monkey, classified as a threatened species, on the IUN(International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List, was born on November 3, but its mother rejected it.
"It was born thin, and because its mother did not feed it, the situation was very dangerous," said a zoo worker surnamed Yang who looked after the baby.
When zoo employees discussed how to feed it artificially, a vet who was a 2-month-old father at that time thought that his wife's breast milk might be helpful. His wife agreed. "When my husband told me his idea, I
Mozambique's war-hit wildlife park slowly recovers
As warthogs play in the mud behind him, park ranger Charles Pereira Aranje scans the savannah for poachers, while waterbuck and reedbuck antelopes graze in the grass. Despite 95 percent of its wildlife being killed during Mozambique's 16-year civil war, the Gorongosa National Park is back on its feet and Aranje, 62, who started working here in the 1970s wants it to stay that way.
"There used to be many animals. Many elephants, hippos, zebras and other species," he says.
But the once popular holiday destination for Europeans during Portuguese colonial rule was closed when civil war broke out after independence. And by the time it had re-opened when the fighting ended in 1992, wide-scale poaching had severely depleted its numbers.
"I was shocked, because as we walked around surveying the park we found nothing," says Aranje. "The only living animals we found were monkeys. And even then they kept 100 metres or 200 metres away."
Succesful repopulation programme
Ten years later American philanthropist Greg Carr, who made a fortune from selling voicemail systems to telephone companies, backed a major repopulation programme at the park.
Since then 200 wildebeest, 180 buffalo, six elephants and six rhinoceros have been introduced with the help of the nearby Marromeu nature reserve and South Africa's Kruger Park.
In 2008 the government and Carr struck a 20-year
Veterinarian for Abilene Zoo staff sought
The Abilene Zoo’s steady growth the past few years has created the need for a staff veterinarian to serve the zoo’s animal population.
But this vet can’t simply be your standard neighborhood veterinarian whose practice ranges from small cats to dogs, or even farm animals. The vet the zoo is looking for must be trained and have experience in all treatment elements for exotic animals.
The zoo also is looking for an animal keeper to tend to birds.
This position also calls for a fair amount of experience that can only be gotten at a zoo.
Mike Hall, Abilene’s director of community services, said that to meet standards of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, as well as some federal requirements, the hire for a vet must meet certain
Zoo better to house northern animals
Georges Laraque has given much to Edmonton, not only in his hockey efforts, but also in the countless hours he has given to so many worthy causes in our city and province. His advocacy for Lucy the elephant is not the same as some of the shameless, self-promoting entertainment industry celebs indulging in pushing uninformed animal rights. He has even offered $100,000 without demanding concession rights. He should be commended for trying to move Lucy and end this blight on Edmonton's image.
This initiative should be looked upon by the zoo and the City as an opportunity. Media reports have shown an ailing, warm-climate elephant forced to trudge around in the snow. This does Edmonton and Alberta no good in the eyes of the many city dwellers across North America and Europe who equate all animals with pets or cartoons like Bambi and Babar. Their views may be shallow but they are real and affect how they think of other things like tourism.
Edmonton's zoo has wisely been turning it's focus away from children's entertainment to wildlife conservation and environmental education. Many look forward to the zoo's new
French Architects Win Contest to Design Zoo
The city’s new zoo will be built to designs drawn up by French architects on six islands in St. Petersburg’s Yuntolovo district in the Primorsky district, with each island symbolizing a different part of world.
The French architectural studio Beckman-N’Thepe Architects won the international contest for the construction of the new zoo in St. Petersburg on Friday.
The Frenchmen proposed turning the territory designated for the zoo into an archipelago of six islands with the help of six canals. Each island will present the plant and animal kingdoms of all six continents.
The cost of the French plan is estimated at $395 million and is particularly attractive due to the phased implementation its construction, the press service of the St. Petersburg government said.
Beckman-N’Thepe competed with a joint design created by two Russian architectural companies – the Ukhov Architectural Studio and the Studio-17 Architectural Bureau. The French architects received 12 votes out of a total of 14 in the Expert Council.
The city’s chief architect Yuri Mityurev said that in choosing the winner the jury weighed up three main criteria — the possibility of opening the zoo during the first stage of the
PBS' 'Nature' remembers 'Born Free,' 50 years later
It's been 50 years since Joy and George Adamson adopted a lion cub in Kenya. Her name was Elsa and she became the major character in the book, "Born Free" by Joy Adamson. A popular movie followed starring Virginia McKenna as Joy and McKenna's husband, Bill Travers, as George.
But the star of the piece was Elsa and it marked a new understanding of the relationship between wild animals and humans - a combination that nowadays people often - to their detriment - take for granted.
For those too young to remember the story, PBS is offering a documentary on "Nature" Jan. 9 (check local listings). "Elsa's Legacy: the 'Born Free' Story" not only brings us up-to-date on the status of animals in Africa, it shows us how it used to be, says documentary filmmaker Sacha Mirzoeff.
"It instructs us a little bit about our desire to connect with nature, to have a sense that we still can be part of the natural world and have an understanding, and that the relationships with wild animals are possible and that individuals, animals should be seen just as that, that there's no such thing as generic lion, elephant or monkey," he says.
McKenna says working with the young lions in "Born Free" (there were several) made her far more sensitive and pro-active to the needs of the graceful beasts who are often exploited by man.
"We started in 1984 because of the death of an elephant at London Zoo in '83, an elephant we had worked with in a film at the end of the '60s that we knew. And my husband, Bill, and I were so shattered by the death of this wonderful teenage elephant that we decided that her death should not be in vain.
"And we started our organization in '84, which was then known as Zoo Check because, at the beginning, our focus was totally on the situation of wild animals in captivity, whether it was the circus or the zoo," she says.
"And we started to investigate, not only in our own country, but further afield, the damage that so many captive situations can do to wild animals when they can't cope with their environment.
"But, as we developed, thanks, I have to say, mainly to the work of our eldest son Will - Will Travers - we began to work with problems that they face in the wild as well. And that, today, probably forms at least half of the work we do: wild animals in trade, wild animals who are poisoned because they are attacking villagers and villages and damaging crops, reduction of habitat, of sport hunting.
"For me always and for my husband until his death, our focus was on the captive wild animal because that is truly what the experience of working with the 'Born Free' lions, most of which were sent to zoos and safari parks when the film was over - only three were given to George to return to the wild, and that betrayal that we felt at the time spurred us on over the years."
McKenna thinks the Adamsons led the way. "They were pioneers just as Jane Goodall was for chimps, Dian Fossey was for gorillas and Biruta Galdikas for orangutans. They were the pioneers that started us thinking about animals as individuals. Before that, you know, it was lions and tigers and elephants and gorillas, whatever, but we thought of animals collectively. We didn't do that in our own homes with our cats and dogs, but we did do it for wild animals because we didn't seem to understand, until this new thinking came about, that animals, too, have feelings," she says.
"They have many feelings that we have. We are, after all, human animals. They feel jealousy. They feel pain. They can suffer. They can feel joy. They can feel a lot of the things, not all of the things perhaps, that we feel. And it was through the inspirational work and understanding of people that I just mentioned that we started to think much more deeply ourselves about those issues.
"And, of course," she continues, "once you see an animal as an individual, you can't bear for it to suffer. You can't bear to see it when it's deprived in a zoo cage or in a circus ring. It's truly deeply shocking and deeply sad, and you've got to try and do something about it. And because we were both action people, we thought it's no good us sitting at home and saying 'Isn't it terrible?' We want to get out and try and do something."
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