I am delighted to see an article drawing attention to the private zoos in Thailand. However the credibility of the journalism loses itself on line four...'kickboxing chimpanzees' WHAT kickboxing chimpanzees? Nonetheless I hope that this report stimulates some action....if it can just force its way through the rampant corruption which is at the root of the problem.
Congratulations Cincinnati Zoo! All good zoos preach conservation and this really should go into the restaurants too. Tasty sustainable food and a real opportunity to drive home the message that what we eat is affecting our planet. Palm Oil production is killing Orangutans as I write and immediately springs to mind.
My huge respect to Aalborg Zoo for having the courage to euthanase a baby chimpanzee rather than hand rear. If more zoos took this step then we would have much less heartache later on. This was the right move.
The 'monkey bites' story is covered in dozens of newspapers. One wonders when the first lawsuit will make an appearance. In some countries it would have happened a year ago. Happily the British are not, as yet, a 'sue' nation. I note they have banned pushchairs.....something I had to do many years back in a walk through aviary. The vulture there quickly became adept at removing pushchair wheels.
I have included a few rather disturbing videos in this edition. They are to draw attention to the fact that not all zoos are the same. There are Good Zoos and Dysfunctional Zoos. The Dysfunctional Zoos give the rest of us a bad name. They need to be closed...now. We need to get legislation passed to ensure this happens. These places should not exist. Look into 'Dysfunctional' though because some there are some very smart places out their who pull the wool over visitors eyes....Safari World in Bangkok to name just one....the Tiger Temple too...tissues of lies.
Indian White Tigers in the press again. It really is time that the CZA pulled its finger out.
'Hero Mouse'....ridiculous. How do these stories get the attention?
Dog feeding Lion Cubs...Tiger Cubs...whatever. Repeated two or three times every year.
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Attractions that use exotic beasts to draw in the tourists are springing up across the country, amidst allegations of substandard conditions and illegal trafficking
From the caged ape on the roof of Bangkok's Pata shopping mall to the kickboxing chimpanzees at Safari World in Chiang Mai, animal advocates have long been appalled by what takes place at Thailand's private zoos.
These complaints have been amplified in recent years as wildlife-themed attractions filled with exotic beasts to draw in the tourists have multiplied across the country. Responsible authorities usually...
Cincinnati Zoo's restaurant greenest in
Very Sad place.....should be closed now.
A mouse at Hangzhou Zoo in China has been give its freedom after zookeepers witnessed it attack a venomous snake to save its friend. "We always give the snakes live food, and we put the two mice into the snake enclosure. But instead of trying to hide like they usually do, one of the mice attacked the snake when it saw it trying to eat the other mouse. I have never seen anything like that before," keeper Wen Shao said. Sadly, the mouse's buddy died, but our hero can r
Animal rights: No water for animals at Bahawalpur Zoo
The canal water supply for animals at the Bahawalpur Zoo has been stopped for almost two months now, a Zoo official seeking anonymity told The Express Tribune.
There is a severe shortage of water for animals at the zoo, he said. Ponds built for birds and animals, to keep cool in the scorching summer heat, are mostly dry.
There is load shedding for up to 18 hours a day and the zoo gets canal water for only 72 hours per week, said the official. Many birds and animals have gotten ill and could die.
The canal water reaches the zoo through Dring Stadium, he said. However, the stadium’s administration has been directing the water, meant for the zoo, to the stadium grounds, he alleged.
Divisional Sports Officer Muhammad Maqsood said that the canal water supply had been disrupted due to the construction of houses near the canal.
Nadeem Qureshi, appointed curator on May 28, said the canal lining had been damaged due to some construction projects near it.
He said the lining was being repaired and f
Back From The Brink Of Extinction, This Little Warrior Is the Size of Your Thumb
Researchers at the San Diego Zoo may have just successfully bred the dimunitive 'pocket mouse.'
The first critically endangered pocket mouse bred in captivity should be giving birth within the next week at the San Diego Zoo’s Pocket Mouse Breeding Facility.
In an in-field interview this morning, pocket mouse researcher Debra Shier, Ph.D. told TakePart that the mouse, named Female #13, mated with another captured pocket mouse, Male #25, back on May 29. On her blog from that day, Shier wrote:
“I was crossing my fingers anticipating the first interaction. Female #13 came out of her tube first and started sand bathing. Male #25 emerged about a minute later. They approached each other a couple of times and then immediately began following
Aquarium Sculptors Create Coral For Conservation Awareness
Most aquarium visitors are there to see sharks, sea turtles, fish and other marine life. But at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, there's another star attraction: Coral.
The Aquarium's Blacktip Reef exhibit will open later this summer, and give visitors a look at an Indo-Pacific coral reef. But curators can't just carve a chunk out of a wild reef to put in the vast tank, that would destroy the very ecosystem for which they hope to raise conservation awareness. And corals take hundreds of years to develop into a reef, so the aquarium can't grow its own in-house.
Which leaves only one option: Somebody has to make a fake reef, one that is realistic enough to convince visitors and marine life. At the National Aquarium, that task falls to Paul Valiquette, director of Fabrication in the Exhibits and Design Department, and his team of sculptors and scientists working out of a
A Jaws-dropping experience: We take the plunge at the new Sea Life aquarium
Reporter Charlotte Cox goes swimming with sharks (and giant sea turtles, sting rays and tropical fish) at the new Sea Life aquarium at the Trafford Centre
Du-duh. Du-duh. Duduhdududuhduh ...
Stepping into a giant fish tank which is home to black tip and reef sharks, the Jaws theme is bound toloom into your head.
This is SeaTrek, part of the new Sea Life aquarium, based at the Trafford Centre’s Barton Square and the first of its kind in Europe. Filled with 480,000 litres of water and home to 1,092 creatures, John Williams’ signature soundtrack for the Spielberg classic seems fitting – even if you are at a shopping centre.
The experience is unique because you don’t need to know how to dive or travel very far to get to the artificial seabed.
And as you climb down the ladder into an underwater world filled with 35 species from the deep, other film references may well float to mind.
In my case, Deep Blue Sea, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and, incomprehensibly, Jurassic Park.
But, kitted out in dive suits and astronaut