There are some words
I would like to see the back of in the zoo world. 'Handler' which is usually
married up with 'Tiger'. Unless you are working in a circus then you are a 'zoo keeper' and not a so
called 'handler'. If you are required to
handle tigers then you really need to take a long hard look at the zoo you are
Then there is
'wrestling' and here it is usually used in conjunction with 'Alligator' or
'Crocodile'. No you are not 'wrestling', you are 'catching' or 'restraining'.
There again if you are actually
'wrestling' then once again you must realise you must be in a commercial
Perhaps I am old
fashioned but I also detest that phrase 'under human care'. Who are you trying
to kid here? Our charges are in captivity. No doubt they are in our care but
they are captive. Why do we have to try and hide the fact with flowery phrases?
Can a Leopard change
its spots? Not I fear if it is called Craig Busch.
This business of the RAK Wildlife Park bothers me. I have never visited but professional colleagues who have portray it as a collection which had lost its direction from day one. So it bothers me that a well meaning soul states "Ms Hovelsas changed
the name to RAK Wildlife Park as she wanted it to reflect the sanctuary it
provided for its diverse array of animals rather suggest a place of cruelty and
Sorry Ms Hovelas but this is bullshit. Changing a name of a collection does not change a thing. Good zoos are the original and true sanctuaries for species.
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I remain committed to the work of GOOD zoos,
not DYSFUNCTIONAL zoos.
Ian Gibb - RIP
£7m investment at Chester Zoo as visitor numbers
continue to grow
Chester Zoo has
announced plans to invest £7m as it continues to attract growing visitor
numbers and revenues.
The Zoo - declared
Britain’s best on Trip Advisor - will inject the cash this autumn, to enhance
and improve the habitats of some of its 20,000 animals.
visitor figures in 2015, which saw almost 1.7m people flock through the
conservation charity’s gates, have been followed up by even higher visitor
figures so far in 2016.
Income from ticket
sales and visitor spending has already helped boost the zoo’s 80 conservation
projects to help endangered animals in more than 30 countries worldwide.
The investment work
is said to continue the ‘always building’ philosophy of the zoo’s founder
George Mottershead, 85 yea
Carte Blanche stands by its story despite Lion Man
Carte Blanche has
responded to a Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA)
complaint lodged by the controversial Lion Man, Craig Busch following its
expose of alleged animal cruelty saying, “We once again stand by our story and
reject all his allegations with the contempt they deserve."
that the controversial reality TV star or The Lion Man as he is known had laid
the BCCSA complaint after the investigative programme alleged Busch abused his
lions and other animals on his South African game farm, Jabula Big Cat Sanctuary
The issue of using
wild animals for human entertainment is a deep-seated, ethical debate across
conservation circles the world over.
South Africa is notorious for its canned lion industry with spin-off
practices such animal interactions and lion cub petting being heavily
scrutinised for falsely claiming to have conservation benefits. The IUCN has
just supported a call for the practice of canned lion hunting in South Africa
to be banned.
Before Busch arrived
in South Africa he was already steeped in controversy. He rose to fame as New
Zealand’s Lion Man through the television series in 2004 based at Whangarei’s
Zion Wildlife Gardens. Africa Geographic reports in the decade since he has faced
lengthy and costly legal proceedings between his mother Patricia Busch and
himself over control of the park.
When he started the
Jabula Big Cat Sanctuary in Rustenburg, it was reportedly not well received by
South Africa's conservation community.
According to Africa
Geographic report, Fred Berrange of the Leopard Conservation Park worked with
Busch on Lion Man: One World, which was filmed in South Africa, and said he
found his methods to be different to how conservationists did things in his
part of the world.
“This guy is not
really into conservation. He wants to promote himself, make money out of it at
the cost of animals," Berrange is quoted as saying.
'Not the animal
lover he claims to be'
According to Carte
Blanche the expose was based on reports that Busch is “not the animal lover he
claims to be”.
Joy Summers, Carte
Blanche Investigative producer responded saying, “Mr Craig Busch has decided to
use Traveller24 in an attempt to discredit our expose on himself and his
operation even though, as he rightly says he has laid a complaint at the BCCSA
against Carte Blanche.”
“Mr Busch has every
right to do so, but the complaint has not ye
Lion Man Craig Busch hits back at animal abuse
The Lion Man is
fighting back at allegations he nearly killed a baby giraffe and dragged a lion
through the bush after footage of the incidents was aired on a South African
Craig Busch, who now
lives on a farm called the Jabula Big Cat Sanctuary near Rustenburg, north of
Johannesburg, has defended the claims raised by local current affairs show
He says he is firm
with the lions, but does not abuse them.
featured several of his former workers who claimed Busch mistreated his
animals, and nearly killed a baby giraffe while filming a segment for his
Animal Planet show.
But Busch hit back
and lodged a complaint with the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South
Africa (BCCSA) for what he believes was an unfair TV report.
RAK Wildlife Park in upgrade to accommodate influx of
RAK Wildlife Park
officials hope to raise enough money to carry out a two-year expansion and
upgrade of the attraction in the wake of a law making it illegal to keep exotic
animals as pets.
Ninety per cent of
the animals at the centre, from big cats to primates, are rescues – are
liberated from people’s homes or even visiting circuses.
Rules for keeping exotic pets all over the chart in
CAZA director calls
for provincial legislation around keeping of exotic animals
A mish-mash of rules
has resulted in dangerous situations across the country, according to the
executive director of Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums.
was in Truro to speak at the recent Atlantic Mayors’ Congress.
“We have an absolute
mess of a system in place, if I could even use the word system,” he said. “It’s
a hodge-podge that varies by jurisdiction.”
He said the
assortment of regulations, and issues around enforcement, have led to
situations that are dangerous for both humans and animals.
Ontario, he says,
has the worst system and people often relocate from areas with stricter rules
to open facilities such as roadside zoos there.
Sentencing delayed over fatal tiger attack on Samantha
The Hamilton City
Council will now be sentenced on Friday over the death its zoo curator.
Samantha Kudeweh died after the attack by Oz the male tiger in his enclosure at
Hamilton Zoo on September 30, last year.
The council was to
have been sentenced on a charge of failing to take all practical steps to
ensure the 43-year-old was not exposed to hazards arising out of working with
Denise Clark has said sentencing won't be completed today, and will instead be
finished on Friday.
The council pleaded
guilty over Kudeweh's death at its last appearance in June. The charge, laid by
Worksafe NZ, carries a maximum fine of $250,000.
However, the council
was to atten
Paignton Zoo defends decision to put down escaped
A zoo has said it
had 'no option' other than to put down the lechwe antelope which escaped
Paignton zoo has
been criticised for euthanising the lechwe after it was recaptured in a garden
in the town.
Simon Tonge said that the lechwe had escaped from the enclosure after fighting
with its brother and that it was impossible
Tiger attack: 'It's a farce' says widower
The husband of a zoo
curator who was mauled to death by a tiger at Hamilton Zoo has called the
sentence handed down to the council over safety failures 'a farce'.
Council was prosecuted over the death of Samantha Kudeweh, 43, who died on
September 20 last year.
The council was
fined $38,250 and ordered to pay more than $10,000 reparation to the curator's
children. It was sentenced at Hamilton District Court this afternoon for
failing to take all steps to protect Kudeweh after she was killed by an adult
male Sumatran tiger in an
Zoo in Wakayama marks 15th panda birth
A giant panda at a zoo in Wakayama Prefecture
gave birth to a female cub early Sunday, the zoo operator said, bringing the
total number of pandas born there to 15.
The 24-cm-long baby
panda weighed 197 grams, and both the cub and mother Rauhin, 16, are in good
health, the Adventure World zoo amusement park said in a statement.
The mother picked up
the cub immediately after giving birth, according to a zoo official.
Rauhin was born at
the zoo in the
Young man climbs into bear enclosure at Swedish zoo
“It was horribly
frightening, he was only about 1.5 meters from one of the bears,” Johanna
Lindahl, one of the witnesses, told the local Kvällsposten newspaper. “He
pretended to pounce on the bears and frightened them.”
Zoo staff had raced
to the enclosure as soon as a witness called the alarm, fearing the worst, but
by the time they arrived the young man had already leapt to safety after about
four minutes inside.
“If he had fallen
down, he would have fallen down straight into the enclosure and that would have
been very dangerous,” Anna Blinkowski, the head of Skånes Djurpark in southern
Sweden, told The Local.
“It was a very
serious situation for us. The final o
Trump’s Behavior Similar To Male Chimpanzee, Says Jane
antics remind famed anthropologist Jane Goodall of the primates she spent
decades studying in the wild.
“In many ways the
performances of Donald Trump remind me of male chimpanzees and their dominance
rituals,” Goodall told The Atlantic. “In order to impress rivals, males seeking
to rise in the dominance hierarchy perform spectacular displays: stamping, slapping
the ground, dragging branches, throwing rocks.”
Goodall added, “the
more vigorous and imaginative the display, the faster the individual is likely
to rise in the hierarchy, and the longer he is likely to maintain that
To date, we’ve not
seen Trump drag branches or throw rocks, although anything is possible. Instead
of physical displays, the Republican presidential nominee has stuck to verbal
ones ― bragging about his penis, launc
New generation of ‘alala: Captive breeding program
staff optimistic about November release
Imagine a call
breaking the silence and carrying through the trees, a “cracked caw,” as one
ornithologist put it years ago: a crow’s call.
Then another call.
And another, as the ‘alala in the forest wake up and remind their neighbors
they are still there, yes, and please don’t come near this tree, it’s mine.
You have to imagine
these things because it’s been nearly 25 years since they actually happened.
Today, the only
Hawaiian crows calling from trees live in conservation centers on the Big
Island and Maui, not the wild.
Like so many other
island birds, their numbers have been decimated from all sides: avian malaria,
toxoplasmosis, introduced predators, native predators, loss of forest habitat.
There are 131 birds
— 112 adults and 19 fledglings — left in the world, the result of a
decades-long breeding effort that begins a new chapter in November, when a
first group of young ‘alala moves into an outdoor aviary at Pu‘u Maka‘ala
Natural Area Reserve.
If all goes well,
those birds will be the foundation of a new wild population.
extremely excited,” said Bryce Masuda, program manager at the Keauhou Bird
Conservation Center, a 140-acre campus on Kamehameha Schools land in Volcano.
“It’s been a long time coming.”
At first, people
didn’t think the ‘alala needed to be saved.
biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, remembers going into the field with
his father, Win, in the 1970s to search for ‘alala. Win Banko worked for the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and at the time was the only federal biologist
assigned to the problem of Hawaii’s endangered species.
“His mandate was to
figure out what’s going on, why are so many Hawaiian forest birds going
extinct?” Paul Banko said in a recent interview. “When I joined him, I think
the most (‘alala) we found was 56 or so that we could really account for.”
Efforts to get a
captive breeding program in place didn’t take off.
“It was actually
very difficult to get people to believe him (his father) that the Hawaiian crow
is in kind of low numbers,” Banko said. “It simply was hard for peo
In the realm of the dwarf seahorse: tiny, fantastical,
and under siege
We set out to catch
a modern day unicorn, the dwarf seahorse, as dainty and secretive a creature as
you can find anywhere on land or under the sea.
Measuring an inch
long when full grown, they are the smallest of the four seahorse species native
to the Gulf of Mexico, and one of the smallest vertebrates on the planet. They
are also thought to be slowly disappearing.
In fact, the Center
for Biological Integrity filed a petition in 2011 to list the dwarf seahorse
under the Endangered Species Act. Federal officials are still considering that
Meanwhile, tens of
thousands of our smallest and rarest seahorses are captured every year for sale
in pet stores, seashell curio shops, or exported to China where they are
believed to be a remedy for a failing libido. It appears the large majority of
the harvested seahorses end up in this traditional m
Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park: After villagers
say no to shifting, 15 gharials in troubled waters
With residents of
the villages located on the periphery of the Harike Wildlife Sanctuary not
agreeing to the release of gharials (Gavialis Gangeticus) in the wetland, the
Punjab Forest and Wildlife Department has been put in a dilemma. This has also
posed a problem for the authorities at Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park or
Chhatbir Zoo from where 15 gharials were to be shifted. With the reptiles
growing in size, the zoo authorities are concerned that soon the space to keep
them might not be enough.
In all, about 50
gharials were to be reintroduced in the Harike Wetland which is at the border
of districts Tarn Taran and Ferozepur in Punjab. Besides breeding gharials at
the Chhatbir Zoo, these were to be brought from Uttar Pradesh and Madhya
Pradesh. The proposal has been hanging fire for the past two years.
As of now, there are
15 gharials at Chhatbir Zoo which are two years old and are around 1.50 metres
in length which have been put on display. The reptiles are daily fed with fish,
which is their natural diet.
After chalking out a
proposal to release the gharials in the Harike Wetland, the department had also
taken required permission from the Union Environment Ministry and other
authorities concerned some months ago. These reptiles, which love to move
around in running fresh water, hav
206 of Cambodia's rare royal turtles released at new
More than 200 of
Cambodia's nearly extinct royal turtles were released Tuesday in muddy waters
at a new breeding and conservation center that was built in hopes of keeping
the national reptile from disappearing.
The Koh Kong Reptile
Conservation Center in western Cambodia is a joint effort between the
government's fisheries department and the New York-based Wildlife Conservation
The 206 turtles
belong to one of the world's 25 most endangered tortoise and freshwater turtle
species. It's also known as the southern river terrapin, but its primary name
harkens to historical times when only the royal family could consume the
The turtle was
believed extinct until 2000 when a small population was rediscovered, and it
was designated the national reptile in 2005.
Since 2001, a joint
project between the
The Surprising Link Between Tapirs and Climate Change
Then, earlier this
year, Brenes-Mora came across a new field of research that changed the way he
thought about tapir conservation — research that links the loss of large
herbivores like tapirs to the loss of a forest’s capacity to suck carbon
dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in leaves, wood and roots.
The biggest trees in
tropical forests, the ones that can store the most carbon, tend to have bigger
seeds and rely on big, fruit-eating animals like tapirs, monkeys and large
birds to disperse those seeds. “So what happens if we have forests that are empty?
There will be cascade effects,” says Carolina Bello, an ecologist at São Paulo
State University in Brazil, including possible changes to the amount of carbon
a forest can hold.
Bello ran computer
simulations of what would happen in Brazil’s Atlantic forest if the trees that
depend on large fruit-eaters like tapirs, muriqui monkeys and jacutinga birds
went extinct. She fou
Can Zoos Teach Us Compassion?
It happens that the
offices of YES! are in a building complex that also houses Studio Hanson |
Roberts, one of the leading zoo-design firms in the world. As a result, I
recently found myself breaking bread with a group of folks shaping the future
of U.S. zoos. The conversation quickly turned to the future of zoos, their
relevance to modern society, and implications for how they are designed and
managed—topics largely new to me.
England’s Paignton Zoo: Feeding Animals from the
The Paignton Zoo,
located in Devon, England, utilizes vertical farming practices to nourish some
of its approximately 2,000 animals. Since 2009, this hydroponic vertical
growing system, VertiCrop, has diversified animal feed while increasing its
The British and
Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) says that one of “the main
rationales for the project was that Paignton Zoo as a large visitor attraction
provides an ideal environment to trial and showcase a working model of the
Verticrop system in Europe. This is at a time when there is a growing emphasis
on food security, the limited extent of natural resources, and the implications
of climate change on worldwide crop production. [Also,] the project represents
the first zoo-based sustainable growing laboratory, showcasing an evolutionary
step in the way crops can be grown for the public.”
The zoo’s hydroponic
growing system is made up of different layers of crops, including lettuce and
spinach. The sun’s rays hit the stacked p
Do Insects Have Consciousness?
This moral hornet’s
nest was first stirred at a local meeting of the worldwide science and drinking
club Nerd Nite in a Sydney, Australia, pub. Honeybee scientist Andrew Barron
began chatting with philosopher Colin Klein, who initially swatted away the idea
of insect consciousness. After all, insect brains are tiny and have just a
million or so neurons, compared with a human’s average of 86 billion. Like many
of us, Klein had assumed that insects are just collections of reflexes—that
they are “dark inside,” he says—and this assumption jibed nicely with his habit
of flushing the enormous cockroaches at his apartment down the toilet.
Dream A Little Dream
It's time we shed
light on something that those of us in the zoo field have kept secret from the
public for too long. This topic is
sensitive, but it perfectly illustrates how much we care about our animals. Most of us don't make a lot of money, all of
us work long hours and are not really "off" even when we're at
home. Some of us may work in an
environment where we encounter animal rights extremists routinely, or in a
place where we are considered "replaceable assets" (and you all know
how I feel about that).
We put up with a lot
of uncomfortable situations in order to put the welfare of the animals in our
care FIRST. And why are we hiding the
most obvious example of this from the world?
What am I t
Female zoo keeper hospitalised with facial injuries
after she was attacked by a wedge-tailed eagle
A wedge-tailed eagle
has attacked a female staff member at the Gold Coast's Currumbin Wildlife
Sanctuary, leaving her with facial cuts.
The woman, believed
to be in her 30s, was attacked just after 8.30am on Tuesday and was taken to
Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.
senior vet, Dr Michael Payne, said she was an 'experienced' staff member.
Freaking out about Zika? West Nile is the real killer
West Nile virus
landed in the United States in the summer of 1999, starting in New York
possibly with the blood of a sick bird on a ship or via an infected mosquito on
a plane. Soon it had afflicted people in Queens with brain inflammation and
killed birds at the Bronx Zoo.
Four years later,
the virus had migrated across the country to California, far from Uganda, where
it was first isolated in 1937. As of Sept. 1, West Nile has killed 229 people
in the Golden State and sickened nearly 5,600. Last year a record 53 people died
in California of the virus, and this year has the potential to end up as bad or
While the recent
arrival in the U.S. of the Zika virus is getting most of the attention, public
health experts consider West Nile to be a much more potent threat in California
than Zika will ever be.
Through Sept. 1, the
state has tallied 78 human West Nile cases in California this year – including
a pair of deaths in Sacramento and Yolo counties. But it takes weeks for
reporting and verification of West Nile cases to make it th
Taman Safari will be hosting the SEAZA Conference
(a WAZA member) this year
So what do you think?
Can a New ‘Vaccine’ Stem the Frog Apocalypse?
A deadly fungus
that’s been devastating frog populations is still spreading across the globe.
In California, the chytrid fungus has moved inexorably across the Sierra Nevada
from west to east, leaving thousands of frogs dead.
But Bay Area
scientists are trying to turn the tide against the fungus with an experimental
treatment, one that could matter to frogs worldwide.
They’re making a
last-ditch effort to save the endangered mountain yellow-legged frog by
immunizing it against chytrid.
yellow-legged frogs, found only in California’s alpine lakes, have been in
steep decline due to the fungus as well as predation by non-nati
Japan's Notorious Dolphin Hunt Is Where the World's
The notorious annual
dolphin hunt got underway last week in the small Japanese town of Taiji. During
the six-month hunting season, terrified dolphins are violently herded into a
narrow cove. Most are slaughtered — but scores of “good-looking” ones are captured
and shipped off to aquariums.
The Taiji hunts
always receive a barrage of condemnation, and especially so since the release
of the Oscar-nominated documentary “The Cove” in 2009. While the hunters
maintain they are culling dolphin “pests” who eat too many fish, the primary
economic incentive for the Taiji drive hunts is the aquarium industry. Live
dolphins sell for around $50,000, and this is what keeps the hunters in
If there were no
demand for live dolphins from Taiji, it is highly likely this annual slaughter
of hundreds of dolphins would cease.
After legal action
last year from the advocacy group Australia for Dolphins and significant public
pressure, the World Assn. of Zoos and Aquariums changed its policy and began to
oppose the capture of cetaceans. To maintain membership in WAZA, all member
aquariums had to agree not to buy dolphins from Taiji or any other drive hunt.
professional association that represents dolphin trainers hasn’t taken the same
step. The International Marine Animal Trainers’ Assn. strongly opposes the
dolphin slaughter that occurs in Taiji, but it accepts the capture of dolphins
that happens during the same hunts. IMATA has a policy that e
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We have worked for
The European Otter
exhibit at Animal Park Goldau in Switzerland
animals natural habitat with running water, ponds with
long water edges,
shallow and deep water, sand bath, hideouts and the
vegetation. The water is recycled through wetlands.
Here is the German
We would like to
thank Martina Schybli from Animal Park Goldau for
with Wroclaw Zoo in organizing an international zoo
The conference will take place in Wroclaw, Poland,
from 4th to 7th
April 2017. The theme of the conference is "Animal
ZOOLEX BY THE
ZooLex published an
article in the 2016 volume of the WAZA magazine, an
issue on the future
of zoo and aquarium design:
We keep working on
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Design Organization is a non-profit organization
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Japan's 2nd crested ibis display to open in Ishikawa
ibises being raised at the Ishikawa Zoo will make their public debut within the
year, making them the first of their species to be publicly displayed in Japan
outside of a facility in Sado.
ibises are currently on display at the Toki Fureai Plaza (Japanese crested ibis
interaction plaza) in Sado.
The bird has been
registered as a special natural monument by the government. Since 2010, crested
ibises from the Sado Japanese Crested Ibis Conservation Center have been making
Ishikawa Prefecture one of their dispersed breeding bases. The Ishikawa Zoo is
currently raising a total of 13 ibises: six adults, and seven juvenile or
recently hatched birds.
The Sado city
government had express
Lucky orangutan couple await million-dollar home
Biblical Zoo was excited to hear the good news today (Thursday), as American
philanthropist and President of the Global Jewish Advocacy group AJC John
Shapiro announced that he will be funding the construction of a home for an
orangutan couple, a species that is severe in danger of extinction.
International Zoo Design Conference
In the names of
Wroclaw Zoo and ZooLex Zoo Design Organization we extend an invitation to
participate in the International Zoo Design Conference that will take place in
Wroclaw, Poland, from 4th to 7th April 2017.
The theme of the
through built-in enrichment".
We are suggesting
several topics, but appreciate as well other topics relating to the theme of
the conference. Speakers are invited to present best practice examples and
visions for the future.
The suggested topics
are as follows:
drainage, access for exchange indoors and outdoors)
- deep mulch: case
studies of new and renovated exhibits for various species
- examples of
various substrates in one exhibit
for special needs:
- nocturnal and
crepuscular animals: indoor and outdoor
- solitary animals:
free-range animals: case studies
- competing species
in mixed species exhibits: best practice examples
exhibits: getting visitors close without risk, what when it is closed?
Design with plants
as built-in enrichment:
- Plants beyond
decoration: examples of food, nesting, screening, shading
- Green walls:
suitable types for indoors and outdoors
structures: experiences with life trees and changeable structures
- Tree protection
aesthetical and functional: examples for hoofstock, monkeys, aviaries
- Keeping trees
alive during construction, droughts and storms
Designing for fresh
- Growing browse in
and around exhibits
- How to present
browse species-specifially and attractively for visitors
introducing and separating individuals:
- bachelor groups:
best practices for various species
- large breeding
- mixing species:
monitoring and capturing
- large exhibits,
- release to the
zoo designers, consultants etc.):
- success stories
from the clients' view and from the contractors' view
practice for small, big, private, public institutions
This conference will
be an opportunity to shape the future of zoo design, share expertise and
network. For more information and for registration please visit
ZooSpensefull - "Thinking Outside the Zoo"
Are you going to win
or are you going to lose?
Observation is a
powerful method useful before and in all training sessions. It can make you win
the session or lose the session. I remember working with Killer whales one of
the senior trainers in Spain telling me Peter pay attention to the animals the whole
day, look how they swim, where they swim and with whom they swim with. You will
learn a whole lot more what will effect your training sessions. Since then I
have this thought in my head about observation and if done right how much
effect this has for your training.
Since October 2014
I’m working in the Zoo setting again. I took this observation method with me
but can you imagine with the amount of animals in the Zoo (ca 600 individuals)
I can’t do this to every specie? With a background of marine mammals, I am learning
a lot about the different actions and behaviours that the animals give me or
each other just by looking at them. There are so many more behaviours the
animals show us what we do not know about. Lately I start to ask myself more
and more w
GENETIC ANALYSIS UNCOVERS FOUR SPECIES OF GIRAFFE, NOT
Up until now,
scientists and the world had only recognised a single species of giraffe made
up of several subspecies. But, according to the most inclusive genetic analysis
of giraffe relationships to date, giraffe actually are not one species, but
four. For comparison, the genetic differences among giraffe species are at
least as great as those between polar and brown bears.
findings reported in Current Biology on 8 September 2016 highlights the urgent
need for further and in-depth study of the four genetically isolated species
and for greater conservation efforts for the world’s tallest mammal, the
“We were extremely
surprised, because the morphological and coat pattern differences between
giraffe are limited,” says Dr. Axel Janke, a geneticist at the Senckenberg
Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre and Goethe University in Germany.
“Giraffe are also assumed to have similar ecological requirements across their
range”, he added, “but no on
Are big conservation groups like IUCN still relevant?
A big conservation
jamboree is on in Hawaii over 1-10 September. Some 9,000 delegates from 190
countries, including heads of state, government officials, scientists,
indigenous people and business leaders, will share, debate and act on the
latest issues in conservation and sustainable development, and define a global
path for nature conservation for the future.
If you were a
student of conservation science like me, you would be in awe of the
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). With its scientific
assessments, the Red List and its specialist groups, you would follow this
international institution seriously. You would admire and look up to the people
who work there and consider yourself to have arrived in the scientific world if
you were to become co-chair of the specialist groups.
Even if you aren’t
into conservation, the acronym itself represents something big. IUCN is the
only environmental organization that holds a place in the United Nations
General Assembly, giving it an important and unique passport to international
Lebanon’s wildlife villain
A lack of rules
enables the illicit trade
In the shade the
temperature reached 34 degrees celsius as Executive met Samir Ghattas at Animal
City for an interview in early August. “I turned this place into nature,” he
said, “the zoo is my baby.” Executive had visited the zoo two weekends prior to
this meeting, first posing as tourists in order to photograph conditions at
Animal City and later to take photographs by invitation. What was clear was
that conditions of captivity were less than ideal: wildlife lacked water in the
sweltering heat and cages hardly provided shade from the sun. Executive also
wanted to learn whether allegations of wildlife trafficking were true and
wanted to find out more about the zoo’s business model.
It is not
profitable, Ghattas says of Animal City, but how much money the zoo is losing
is not clear. Over the course of a 90 minute interview Ghattas declined to give
many specifics on the zoo’s financial performance or its expenses. He did claim
that he subsidizes the zoo with cash from his other businesses or his own
pocket, though he wouldn’t say how much. He also said that average attendance
per year stood at 70,000 visitors. With each visitor paying $5 entry, that
would amount to a total of up to $350,000 in an
Is Thailand serious about curbing trade in tigers?
Three months after
famous Tiger Temple was raided and shut down the fate of the big cats seized,
and the suspects arrested, is uncertain; meanwhile, anti-trafficking groups
suspect legal tiger zoos and illegal farms continue to feed trade in the
beasts, dead or alive
With a ferocious
roar, Pu Ying leaps at the man who just shot her – but succeeds only in
striking the bars of her enclosure. After 15 minutes of confused groaning,
shaking her head under the effect of a powerful cocktail of ketamine and
diazepam, the young tiger falls asleep. Veterinarians cover her eyes with a
piece of cloth, place her on a stretcher and conduct medical tests.
“We are checking the
heartbeat and the blood pressure, and also taking a few samples for further DNA
analysis,” explains one of th
Is the Auckland Zoo out of touch with modern
Wild birds in a
cage...Is the Auckland Zoo out of touch with modern conservation in Aotearoa
The tīeke, or North
Island saddleback, is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s greatest conservation
success stories. They were reduced to just one island population of 500 birds
in the 1960s. But an ambitious translocation programme, initiated by the New
Zealand Wildlife Service, continued by the New Zealand Department of
Conservation, and more recently by community based conservation groups, has
increased the global population to at least 10 000 birds scattered across 18
islands and 5 protected mainland sites. North Island saddlebacks are now secure
and extinction is very unlikely.
The critical aspect
of this conservation success story is that it focussed on creating new free
living populations in natural habitats. This work with wild populations has
contributed to New Zealand’s outstanding international reputation for
innovative and effective conservation management. This is a far cry from the
conservation ethic of the 1800s which involved shooting birds such as
saddlebacks, stuffing them, and then displaying them in a glass case.
The Auckland Zoo has
decided to celebrate North Island saddlebacks during conservation week 2016,
but in quite a contrasting manner. They recently visited Tiritiri Matangi, one
of the protected, free living populations, captured 10 wild birds and transferred
them to the zoo where they will spend the rest of their lives in captivity in
cages far smaller and simpler than the natural habitat they were born to.
So why is the
Auckland Zoo capturing wild saddlebacks and confining them to cages for the
rest of their lives? It is rare for modern zoos to capture wild animals and
there is no need for a captive saddleback breeding programme. The zoo could
never produce meaningful numbers of saddlebacks, there are considerable disease
risks when transferring birds from zoos to the wild and captive bred birds
often fare poorly after release.
“conservation advocacy”. This a
Polish councilor suspects local zoo is doing Putin's
A councilor from the
ruling Polish Law and Justice Party in the town of Poznan has accused the local
zoo of being "a Russian agent."
Michal Grzes has
accordingly submitted a formal question to the mayor where he claims that the
zoo is implementing "a foreign power's strategy" - specifically, that
of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
It concerns the
zoo's intention to host pairs of Persian leopards, an endangered species, help
them reproduce and then release the offspring back into the wild.
observed that Putin, too, has been for years "propagating" the same
cause of saving this species.
"I had to
intervene," he told Poland's TVN24, explaining why Poznan's city hall was
now dealing with his question about
The way Audubon Zoo used to be
If you've ever
visited New Orleans' Audubon Zoo, it's all but guaranteed that you've seen it.
You might've stopped to take a picture of it. You might've set your watch by
it. Depending on your age, you've probably even tried to climb atop it at some
It is a well-worn
sundial, situated atop a stone pedestal, right smack in the middle of the zoo
near what was the facility's original main entrance. What you might not have
noticed, however, was the name emblazoned on the side: "Valentine Merz."
It's not exactly a
household name, but it's one worth knowing. Without it, there might not even be
an Audubon Zoo at all -- at least, not as we know it.
Valentine Merz was
born in Indiana and moved to New Orleans in 1870, where he forged a name for
himself in a number of fields, from banking to brewing to barkeeping. (Among
other things, Merz was part of the group of investors who founded Dixie Brewing
Co. in the fall of 1906.) In his later years, he developed a fondness for
taking regular evening strolls with his wife in the gardens of Audubon Park,
formerly the site of the 1884 World Exposition and, before that, the grounds of
Etienne De Bore's storied sugar plantation.
As early as 1894,
efforts to establish a zoo on the site had been pitched to city leaders. The
problem was that there was no money in the city's budget for a proper zoo, so
Episode 566: The Zoo Economy
Zoo animals are
different than most possessions, because zoos follow a fundamental principle:
You can't sell or buy the animals. It's unethical and illegal to put a price
tag on an elephant's head. But money is really useful—it lets you know who
wants something, and how much they want it. It lets you get rid of things you
don't need, and acquire things that you do need. It helps allocate assets where
they are most valued. In this case, those assets are alive, and they nee
New inspections describe animal deaths at Baton Rouge
Zoo as 'unfortunate events with no common thread'
deaths of giraffes, a tiger and monkeys at the Baton Rouge Zoo over a short
time span is "a string of unfortunate events that have no common
thread," according to a new batch of inspections of the facility.
The Baton Rouge Zoo
asked for three separate audits from its accrediting agency, the Association of
Zoos and Aquariums, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the wake of
several unusual animal deaths over the past several months. The combination of
those deaths this spring while zoo officials began lauding a $110 million
rebuilding campaign sparked outcry and distrust from some political leaders and
the residents they represent.
But none of the
audits into how the zoo is run and the events leading to animals' deaths have
found wrongdoing from the zoo staff. The audits instead pin the deaths on
problems like weather, animal stress and unpreventable health conditions.
Lebanon to tame lion owners with new laws
The super-rich of
Lebanon are buying lion cubs from zoos for bargain prices. But one animal
rights organization is behind a government crackdown to stop the practice.
Tucked between a
parking garage and a hospital is one of Lebanon's infamous zoos. But this
institution may soon to feel the heat from the government here, which aims to
crack down specifically on how they treat big cats.
And it's not hard to
see why. In this tiny, dilapidated zoo, two lions are kept in a cage measuring
8 by 10 meters (about 26 by 33 feet). There is not even enough water for them
in the sweltering summer heat of 30-plus degrees Celsius (85-plus degrees Fahrenheit),
and the animals seem exhausted.
the Lebanese government will introduce new laws that attempt to force zoos to
take the welfare of their big cats more seriously. And if enforced, the rules
are likely to impact not only zoos.
Despite its grinding
poverty, Lebanon has a contingent of rich individuals who keep fully grown
lions and tigers in their homes - in some cases, even in Beirut apartments.
In fact, it's this
same poverty that drives an illegal, underground business of animal
trafficking. Cash-strapped zoos can make real money from selling lions, tigers
and cheetahs to families of the country's elite during a period where the rest
of the country can ill afford the 3-euro ($3.30) entrance fee.
Lack of awareness
The zoos themselves
are in pretty dismal state, generally keeping animals in appalling conditions -
according to Jason Mier, director of Animals Lebanon, "ofte
Photographs of people playing with tigers encourages others to want to do the same
Don't post on social media
The Zoo Keepers Part in the Illegal Animal Trade
Massimo Bergamini: The importance of zoos
The death this year
of Harambe, the Cincinnati Zoo’s western lowland silverback gorilla, continues
to inflame online passions, spur the creation of viral memes and provide fodder
for anti-zoo commentary.
columnist Colby Cosh was the latest to jump into the fray, arguing the lesson
we should take from Harambe’s death is that zoos are bad, and we know this
because journalist H.L. Mencken said so about 100 years ago. But if you look
beyond Cosh’s bizarre attempt to characterize zookeepers as gun-toting
desperadoes and his (demonstrably incorrect) suggestion that the research
taking place at zoos has no in-the-field applications, you’ll find that, at its
root, his article — and the public reaction to Harambe’s death — actually makes
a case for zoos.
The zoos that
existed in Mencken’s time had about as much in common with modern zoos as his
newsroom at the Baltimore Sun had in common with that of the newspaper today.
But let’s take his argument that we can only learn from animals “in a state of
nature” at face value and see what lessons the critically endangered wild
western lowland gorillas can impart.
Former head of Cherry Brook Zoo sues for wrongful
The former chief
administrative director of the Cherry Brook Zoo in Saint John is taking his
former employer to court for wrongful dismissal.
A notice of action
and statement of claim has been filed against the zoo and members of the board
of trustees. The suit alleges Leonard Collrin and his wife Linda were escorted
by police from their home at the zoo on July 6th.
Rare stick insects breed at Bristol Zoo
One of the world's
rarest stick insects has successfully bred at Bristol Zoo - the first time the
species has done so outside Australia.
Three pairs of Lord
Howe Island stick insects have reached adulthood and laid eggs after they
themselves hatched from eggs brought from Melbourne Zoo.
endangered creature was thought to be extinct for almost 80 years until its
rediscovery in 2001.
Only about 20-30
individuals are left in the wild.
curator of invertebrates at Bristol Zoo, said he was "ecstatic".
A Must-Read Review of the Wild-Caught Aquarium Fish
We all are used to
reading and witnessing attacks on the ornamental aquatic industry, which is
accused of ransacking, plundering and even “raping” the world’s reefs and
freshwater habitats to satisfy an insatiable consumer hunger for aquarium fish.
Often, the accusations include false statistics, such as stating that more than
90 percent of marine fish are collected with sodium cyanide. Evidence and data
used in these attacks often are out-dated or simply incorrect.
It’s time the
industry stood up for itself, not just by refuting accusations with good
science, but by proactively showing the world the true face of the industry. In
fact, the U.K.’s Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) did this in a
well-researched report “Wild caught ornamental fish—the trade, the benefits,
the facts,” which knocks the whole issue into perspective.
For example, did you
know that the total volume of marine fish caught for home aquaria represents,
at most, a mere 0.0001 percent of the fish harvested from the sea for human
consumption and other purposes? Further, large numbers of food and other fish are
thrown back as unwanted bycatch, thus wasting vast amounts of a potentially
The report resulted
from a one-year review program by David Roberts, Ph.D., and Ian Watson of the
U.K.’s Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) of the School of
Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent, with additional input from
Shedd Aquariums World of Water: What It Takes to Keep
a Quality Environment for Animals
For a bunch of
air-breathers, those of us trusted to keep our animals healthy and thriving are
up to our “gills” as we’re tasked to think about our water quality at Shedd
Aquarium. As we near the end of National Water Quality Month, it’s important to
reflect and think about why water quality is a critical issue 365 days a year,
not just during the month of August.
Animals - whether in
an aquarium environment or in a native environment - have no control over the
quality of the water around them. We do. As a result, we have an obligation to
ensure the very best water quality possible. At Shedd, this means putting the
right water for the right purpose in the right place. That’s no small task!
Water comes in all forms at Shedd - clear, cloudy, salt, fresh, warm, cold -
the list goes on! These conditions are carefully analyzed and adjusted as
needed to create the best home for the animals that spend their lives swimming
How do we do that?
We start in our own backyard, in the same waters of Lake Michigan that millions
of people in the Chicagoland area use daily to drink, clean and cook with. All
water that we use for our habitats at Shedd is first put through a massive charcoal
filter - think about a home water filtration system, and multiply that by about
10,000. That’s where the water for our habitats begins its journey. This
removes impurities like chlorine, which can be poisonous to our amphibians and
fish. From there, we apply a variety of techniques to purify this water, like
running it through a reverse osmosis membrane - a very specialized filter that
removes dissolved salts and other molecules that even charcoal can’t capture.
This process is necessary in our Amazon Rising habitats because Amazon river
water in the native habitat is known to be very low in dissolved salts and we
must replicate that for animals that have evolved in that type of water.
But that’s just the
start. Next, we must ensure the water is the right mix for the right habitat.
Our Caribbean Reef exhibit - home to rescued sea turtle Nickel, stingrays and
bonnethead sharks - requires added sa
Horrible Zoo Puts Dogs And Cats Behind Bars
When Colleen Hegarty
went to Bahrain, a tiny country off the coast of Saudi Arabia, on a Fulbright
scholarship, she had no idea she'd end up bringing a dog back home to Florida
But during her
10-month stay in Bahrain, Hagarty discovered Cooper in the most shocking place.
He hadn't been a street dog or a shelter dog.
Why Volunteering With Animals Does Nothing For
Lots of people want
to give up their free time to help support conservation. By ‘lots’ I mean
relatively – google shows 2,900 searches* for ‘conservation volunteering’ last
month – but still, that’s pretty good. This is brilliant news of course, and
should be wholeheartedly applauded.
Overall, this must
add up to tens of thousands of hours of effort from volunteers every year, as
well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations/fundraising to make it
possible. With all this money and effort, conservation could really go places.
I should leave it there and chalk it up as a success story. There are lots of
ways to support conservation, but truth be told every time someone comes up to
me after a talk and says they want to help conservation so are heading off to
A) An elephant orphanage, B) A primate sanctuary or C) To work with big cats,
my heart sinks.
Zoos: For whose benefit – man’s or animal’s ?
Close zoos, Do not
close zoos, Close some zoos – this is the current debate worldwide.
A debate has now
begun in Sri Lanka.
DOC ZONE in Zoo
Revolution : History of Zoos traces zoo history from 3500 BC to 2007, some
milestones being: 3500 B.C, recent excavations near Hierkonpolis, Egypt
discovered the earliest zoo, when remains of exotic animals were found buried;1500 B.C.,Egyptian Queen
Hatshepsut maintained a zoo; 1752, the oldest existing zoo,Tiergarten (Austria)
opened; 1793, the first modern zoo opened in Paris; 1828,London zoo opened with
a template for modern zoos with taxonomic displays and wrought iron cages;
1752,Tierpark(Germany) became the first zoo to combine naturalistic landscapes
and barless enclosures; 1963,the first safari park Tama(Tokyo)opened; 2007,the
first game reserve Gondwana (South Africa)opened.
DOC ZONE says that
the belief was that Pharaohs would have demanded that wild animals be captured
for their amusement, enemy intimidation or hunting, to show their wealth and
Association of Zoos and Aquariums) founded in 1946 to guide
zoos and aquariums on animal welfare, education and global conservation,
has over 280 members, reportedly including the Dehiwela Zoo.
Animal rights expert
Doris Linsays, “Not all animal rights activists love animals. Some respect them
because they understand animals have a place in the world. Zoos, especially the
ones that are doing everything right, present a special challenge to the animal-loving
The Attica Zoological Park Receives Four Dolphins from
dolphins were transferred to their new home at the Attica Zoological Park in
Greece during what was described as a “covert operation” by Yle, Finland’s
national public broadcasting company.
The four dolphins
named Veera, Delfi, Leevi and Eevertti were living at the Särkänniemi’s
amusement park dolphinarium in Tampere, where the facility is set to close
A large cargo plane
arrived in the early hours of Sunday morning around 4:30 a.m. according to
reports by Yle, and transferred the dolphins from the Tampere-Pirkkala airport
The four dolphins
arrived at the Attica Zoological Park in Spata on Sunday morning where they
will live out the rest of their days in the company of other dolphins at the
Yle confirmed that
the transfer of the four dolphins was done at no cost
Cookie the Cockatoo at Brookfield Zoo dies
Cookie, an at least
83-year-old cockatoo and one of Chicago’s best known zoo animals, died over the
weekend at Brookfield Zoo, the zoo announced Monday.
morning, Cookie suffered a very abrupt decline in his health, prompting the
veterinary and animal care staff to make the extremely difficult decision that
it was time to peacefully euthanize him,” Michael Adkesson, vice president of
clinical medicine for Chicago Zoological Society, which runs Brookfield, said
in a statement.
In addition to
generations of fans, the Major Mitchell’s cockatoo could claim many
superlatives. He was the last animal that dates back to the zoo’s original
collection, in 1934; the oldest living animal at Brookfield; “one of the
longest-lived birds on record,” according to the online Animal Ageing and
Longevity Database; and “Oldest Parrot - Living” as certified by Guinness World
Records in 2014.
The press took note,
too, often covering the zoo’s annual birthday celebrations for the parrot.
“Like some cockeyed
vaudevillian comic in a loud suit and a funny hat, Cookie, an old cockatoo,
always has relied on exaggera
HCMC to hire foreign consultants for Saigon Safari
Vinpearl Company will be responsible for paying all consulting fees.
government has asked the Department of Transport to open Bus Rapid Transit
(BRT) routes connecting the city center to the park’s adjacent areas and expand
Nguyen Thi Ranh road.
authorities have also required Cu Chi Dsitrict to complete the compensation in
Saigon Safari Park
covers on an area of more than 485 hectares. The project would require a total
investment of US$500 million.
The park will be the
city’s new zoo to house most of the animals currently in residence at the Sai
Gon Zoo. The current Sai Gon Zoo will expand upon its existing gardens to
become a full botanical garden, home to rare plants and some animals. The new
zoo is expected to become the largest ecotourism facility in the country.
Saigon Safari Park
focusing on wildlife conservation and the breeding of rare plants and animals
will includes an open zoo, a night safari, a butterfly garden, a
New literature in the Rhino Resource Center
California to impose fines for using elephant
Trainers who use
bullhooks to discipline elephants in California will soon be subject to steep
fines under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
governor announced Monday that he signed SB1062 by Sen. Ricardo Lara, a Bell
circuses or other organizations caught using bullhooks, baseball bats,
pitchforks or other harmful devices will be subject to fines up to $10,000.
They could also lose their elephant permit.
groups say the tools are inhumane, but some opponents of the legislation say
they can facilitate care and research when used properly.
Brown vetoed a bill
last year that would have criminalized the us
Taiping Zoo and Night Safari needs donations for
The Taiping Zoo and
Night Safari needs contributions from corporations and corporate members to
cover the expenses of animal feed which is increasing.
Council (MPT) president Datuk Abd Rahim Md Ariff said the cost of food for the
animals was more than RM4 million a year.
He said to reduce
its burden, the zoo had introduced an adoption programme since 1994 to get
sponsors to cover the cost of animal feed.
The zoo is offering
five packages to companies – the platinum package with donations of RM50,000
and above; gold package (between RM30,000 and RM49,999); silver package
(between RM10,000 and RM29,999); bronze package (between RM1,000 and RM9,999);
and 'ikhlas' package (between RM100 and RM999).
the food, they will help the ani
Bowmanville Zoo staffer talks PETA allegations
Efforts to raise
money to help rehome about 300 animals at the Bowmanville Zoo has received
Plans to hold a
special fundraising event featuring members of Justin Bieber’s family on Aug.
28 were altered after the zoo said PETA and its supporters on social media
lashed out at the pop star and his father Jeremy.
“PETA called Jeremy
and bombarded him and people sent him mean messages,” explained Alex Haditaghi,
a spokesman for the zoo. “He rescinded his RSVP and we understand why he had to
Despite a change of
plans, the event originally called Bieber Family Fun Day was held.
Visitors to the zoo
were treated to a free BBQ and a chance to get up close with several baby big
21, an animal handler, took young white lion cub Alex around the grounds for
guests to see. She was often caught snuggling up to the cub, kissing him and
giving him extra treats.
animal lover, Ms. Thompson said if the allegations People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals (PETA) made against Bowmanville Zoo co-owner Michael
Hackenberger were true, “I wouldn’t work here.” She has been employed by the
zoo since she was 15.
An undercover video
posted online in December 2015 by PETA allegedly shows Mr. Hackenberger
whipping a tiger during a training session. Also seen in that video, with her
face blurred out, is Ms. Thompson.
In an effort to
clear up some of the confusion and criticism, Ms. Thompson decided to share her
story for the first time with durhamregion.com.
She said the woman
who shot the footage came to the zoo as a volunteer. Ms. Thompson said Mr.
Hackenberger and staff were told that she had a degree in animal behaviour and
“she was intrigued with animal training.
“She worked here
with us, with me, for two or three weeks,” explained Ms. Thompson. “She was
wearing a camera the whole time.”
It turns out the
volunteer was an activist working undercover for PETA, who had “done this type
of thing before, at a ranch in the U.S.”
“This is so hard. We
are all Michael’s support system. We are in t
Dreams of an African zoo north of Brisbane end as land
listed for sale
IT was once
earmarked as the future site of an African-inspired zoo, but that dream appears
quashed with the prime northside site listed for sale for $27 million.
The 25.5ha site on
Linkfield Rd, Bald Hills, has been owned by John Bowman for more than 30 years.
Mr Bowman once harboured grand designs for the site — primarily the development
of an African-inspired zoo.
Real estate agent
and owner of RE/MAX A1 AJ Bakshi said there had already been a lot of interest
in the land — which could potentially be sold in three smaller lots of 20 acres
(8ha), 20 (8ha) a
One of the World’s Rarest Animals May Be on the Verge
of Extinction in Iran
Only two female
Asiatic cheetahs are known to be alive in the wild
The rare Asiatic
cheetah, already severely endangered, may be in greater danger of extinction
than ever before, as conservationists say only two females of the species are
known to survive in the only country where it exists: Iran.
Only 40 Asiatic
cheetahs remain in the wild, all of them in Iran, the Guardian reports.
Conservationists worry that without an adequate female population, the
Oryx return to Chad thanks to UAE breeding programme
oryx has been brought back from extinction in the wilds of Chad thanks to the
late Sheikh Zayed and the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency.
oryx, believed to have been poached to extinction in the wild 25 years ago, was
one of the conservation passions of the UAE’s Founding Father.
As part of Ead’s
reintroduction programme, 25 oryx bred in captivity in the UAE were released in
the central African country and are being monitored by the Sahara Conservation
Fund to see how they adapt to life in the wild.
been no sightings for more than 25 years due to unregulated hunting, loss of
habitat and lack of resources for conservation," said Razan Al Mubarak,
secretary general of Ead.
programme, which endeavours to reinstate a viable population of this majestic
creature in its home range of Chad, is a dream come true."
The project will
build a self-sustaining population by releasing between 300 and 500 oryx over
the next five years.
Union of the Conservation of Nature listed the scimitar-horned oryx as extinct
in the wild in 2000, although they are believed to have disappeared 10 years
Since then, the
animal, which naturally roams the sub-Saharan grasslands of Africa, from
Senegal to Sudan, existed only in private collections.
One such collection
was Sheikh Zayed’s oryx herd, which he decreed be protected in a wildlife
reserve during his rule.
Ead’s task was to
help transfer the oryx population, which today numbers 3,000 specimens, back to
Asiatic black bear donated from N. Korea dies
An Asiatic black
bear, which came to South Korea in 1999 as a gift from North Korea, died of old
age on Tuesday, according to Seoul Zoo, Wednesday. The bear, named Eutteumi,
was presumed to be 20 years old.
She was one of the
five Asiatic black bears inhabiting the zoo in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province.
The zoo said it will
perform an autopsy to identify the exact cause of her death. The life
expectancy of Asiatic black bears is usually 25 years.
The bear was a
symbol of inter-Korean cultural exchanges as the two Koreas exchanged wild,
native animals in 1999. North Korea donated Eutteumi and a male bear to the
South as a gift along with a tiger, red foxes and silver foxes.
Eutteumi, which was
presumed to be three years old when she arrived, was blind when she got here.
During her time at
the zoo, she had six cubs, two each in 2006, 2009 and 2011. One has been living
with her at the zoo, while the other five were sent to Mt. Jiri for the
National Park Service's project to recover the habitat for the bears. As the
bears on the mountain have bred in the wild, there are now 44 bears c
What should we do about the 15,000 Asian elephants
still in captivity?
Nearly one in three
Asian elephants live in captivity – about 15,000 in all. The existence of such
large captive population of this endangered, intelligent, and long-living
animal poses a number of ethical and practical challenges, but also some
like most land-based megafauna, are endangered and might not survive in the
wild beyond the 21st century. As the largest terrestrial animals, elephants are
very important for the health of tropical ecosystems – they are like forest
gardeners who plant, fertilise and prune trees.
Asian elephants are
also remarkable in their cultural significance. They may have been tamed as far
back as 6,000 BC, and elephants have since been used for warfare, transport,
and as status symbols. They’ve sometimes even been worshipped as deities. Even
nowadays, people in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand
venerate elephants in a way that is difficult for outsiders to understand.
It is because of the
cultural significance of Asian elephants that so many of them live in captivity
(African elephants can and used to be tamed but, for comparison, only one in
700 currently live in captivity). Unlike dogs, horses, or pigs, elephants are
not domestic animals, in the sense that we (humans) do not control their
breeding. The large majority of captive elephants were born in the wild and
Miles the dibbler marks milestone for Perth Zoo
A species once
thought to be extinct, the Western Australian dibbler, has reached a milestone,
with Perth Zoo weaning its 1,000th baby under a repopulation program.
The zoo has been
working since 1997 to re-establish numbers of the tiny marsupial in WA, after
introduced predators and habitat loss saw their populations severely dwindle.
Shaw said staff did not normally name baby dibblers but they made an exception
for the 1,000th, naming him Miles.
very exciting when you get to a milestone
The Surprising Link Between Tapirs and Climate Change
(a WAZA member) this year