THE man responsible for bringing two giant pandas to scandal-hit Edinburgh Zoo has been suspended.
Director of animals, conservation and education Iain Valentine was sent home yesterday.
And Anthony McReavy, who was director of development at the zoo, has been sacked.
The pair were put in charge during a fraud probe into interim chief operating officer Gary Wilson last month.
McReavy, who had been in his post only 11 months, was told to clear his desk after his fellow directors found him to be in "contempt of the board".
Yesterday's events follow an investigation into anonymous allegations of theft made against Wilson.
The 47-year-old was suspended amid accusations that he had siphoned money from the £4.5million Budongo monkey house to pay for a £50,000 extension to his home in Dunblane, Perthshire.
Claims that he stole building
Conservation key to turtle/dugong future
EVEN third-world countries manage their fisheries better than Australia, an internationally recognised conservatrion activist has told a meeting in Cairns.
Pete Bethune, founder of Earthrace Conservation and former Sea Shepard ‘whale warrior’, also told the Torres News: “The Solomon Islands - on Australia’s doorstep and a great deal poorer - has recognised the need for protection for these species and has already banned the hunting of [turtle and dugong].”
Conservationist, politicians and animal rights groups met in Cairns last Thursday to discuss the hunting and trade of sea turtles and dugong in north Queensland and the Torres Strait.
Although at first not all those at the meeting could agree on what action should be taken, a final resolution was made that aims to ensure Native Title rights are preserved while protecting the long-term future of sea turtle and dugong.
The meeting included who took a hard-line stance on the issue saying he would like to see the current legislation changed to remove all Native Title rights involving any endangered species within Australia.
Mr Bethune said: “There’s a gaping wound in this country today, and, those with the power to change things, need to address it urgently before Australia loses any more respect around the world,” he said.
“The Native Title Act and Animal Care Act are failing endangered species entirely; that dugongs and sea turtles continue to be hunted in Australian waters and killed using such disgusting methods under the guise of customary rights is
Cute cubs Blade and Troy given a warm welcome at Wingham Wildlife Park
WINGHAM Wildlife Park has taken delivery of its first two tigers.
Three-week-old male cubs Blade and Troy were being picked on by their mother and needed a new home.
So they were snapped up by park boss Tony Binskin and his wife Jackie, who had been hunting for wild cats for their newly-built animal enclosure. The cubs were given their first public outing on Saturday.
Managing director Tony said: "Taking care of these young cubs is hard work, and much like looking after a human baby.
"There have been sleepless nights and a hectic daily schedule to ensure they are kept fed with bottles of milk, kept clean and not allowed to get bored."
Part of the regime has included being shown
Mutant crab caught by fisherman
A mutant three-clawed crab has been hauled up in a fisherman's lobster pot.
The sea monster, which has an extra set of pincers growing from beneath its shell, was caught off the coast of Northumberland.
Amble fisherman Jeff Handyside donated the eight-inch edible crab to the Blue Reef Aquarium in T
Man, 71, dies after being nipped by crab
A 71-year-old man has died in hospital after succumbing to a flesh-eating bacteria from a crab that nicked him two months ago.
Mr Lim Qi Mu, a retired fisherman was preparing chilli crabs for his family on the first day of the Lunar New Year on February 3 when the incident happened.
The father of three had bought the crabs from the nearby wet market when one of the crabs claws nipped at his hand, causing a wound between his index finger and thumb.
But he kept mum about the incident, while his family enjoyed the feast he prepared.
The next day, while out visiting,
Elephant dies at Budapest Zoo
One of the Budapest Zoo's two old Asian elephant cows died after a sudden unexpected illness on April 7.
Zitta's death was caused by acute inflammation of the colon. Doctors had fought for her life for 20 hours but she could not be saved.
Zitta arrived in Budapest on October 22, 1996 from Emmen, The Netherlands. Her exact birth date is not known, but she was probably nearly 50 years old.
There are now three Asian elephants living at the Budapest Zoo: a young
Popcorn-smelling bearcat cubs cause a stink at Chessington zoo
The sweet smell of popcorn greeted zoo keepers when they returned to work last month to find three baby binturongs.
The binturong, known as bearcats, are known for having a natural scent almost identical to movie popcorn.
The new arrivals were the product of Jalita and Awan, who have successfully bred at Chessington Zoo in the past, but never a litter of three before.
Head mammal keeper John Merrington said: “Binturong are fantastic animals to work with, incredible friendly and sociable, in fact one of our female binturong loves people so much she will often take part in the daily shows.
“The continued breeding of these animals is an important part of the European stud book programme