I was updated on the Gorilla in Dubai Zoo (Thanks Tim), it is still there and well. Must have been hiding away on my visit. Learned too that the Dubai Safari is developing fast and is most likely to become operational towards the end of this year.
Going by the images I have seen lately on the internet there are far more Orangutans in Dubai than I previously thought. This is very disturbing considering that officially there are none. There also appears to be a connection to the Orangutans being sold in Russia. Is this going to be another fad to take over from the Cheetahs. Do these people really believe that they are legal, captive bred imports? Would they really care to know that their mothers were butchered just so they can take the babies and dress them up like funny little people? It is somewhat appropriate that Dr. Jane Goodall is in Dubai at the moment talking on keeping exotics as pets. I wonder though if the right people will listen? More likely they will invite her along to meet their 'pets'...some people just don't get it.
Ark Avilon Zoo in the Philippines has fallen out of my favour (They were one of the better Philippines Zoos) now that they have started the same silly games with their Orangutans....see below.
One wonders where it is all going to end. Other Philippine zoos have Orangutans now as well. I don't doubt that they will have the correct paperwork because providing you know which palms to grease you will get it. It doesn't make it right, or legal, though. On the 31st December 2010 the Avilon Zoo held 24 Bornean Orangutans. One wonders where they all are now.
A feeling of accomplishment crept over me this week when I learned that my HubPages had reached two million views. It has taken a while but then I do publish, in the main, on a rather specialised subject and that is zoos. I do write on other things however and my top three unrelated to zoos articles are:
ZooNews Digest on Facebook continues to go from strength to strength with nearly 17,000 'Likes' and a fluctuating weekly reach of over 33,000. I did lose a few like's this past week but it was no great loss as the numbers were quickly made up again and overtaken. There is a percentage of the Facebook generation who will continually misconstrue postings and very quickly condemn....pity is they don't actually think, which is a lot of what I am about. I definitely don't lose any sleep over a threat to unlike me.
My personal life continues to be as complicated as it has been this past ten years or so. Sometimes I begin to wonder what 'ordinary' was like...but I definitely don't yearn for it.
Off to the US in just a few days now.
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