"Plastic to be phased out at major American aquariums"...This has got to be some of the best news ever. Sadly there is only 19 aquariums signed up to this. It should/must be ALL zoos and ALL aquariums EVERYWHERE. Every collection in the industry needs to commit to sustainability. There is a need to look at palm oil in whatever they sell and act on it. Where solar power is practicable they need to be working towards it. This is forever commitment. Our industry needs to lead from the front.
Mabasa, the spokesman for the South African National Parks, said that four male
lions escaped from the Kruger National Park, at Mpumalanga Province on
Sunday."….Think about it…."four male lions escaped from the Kruger
National Park". Not from a zoo but from
Kruger National Park! (Although the Park was referred to as a 'zoo' in
some news reports) This is not the first time as few others 'escaped' a few
months back. How do wild animals escape from the wild? These unfortunate
escapees were shot a week later. There really isn't a wild left anymore. As
long as people continue to breed at the rate they are the situation will worsen
every single year.
So who are "Zoo
Protection Forum" busying around Indian Zoos. I am willing to bet that not
one of them has actually done any real work in a zoo. I can find nothing about
them on line. Forums of this type feed upon the ignorance of their members. I
am not saying that Indian zoos don't need a big kick up the backside but
self-styled 'experts' are not the ones to do it.
So the "widely
recognized as one of the foremost animal trainers in the world" (by
who???) Doc Antle has done it again…taking chimps to the movies. I wish that
one day that he bangs his head and common sense will coming flooding in. He and
his disreputable organisation are true masters at publicity but for all the
Sad to relate the
passing of Jim Dolan. My sincere condolences to his family friends and
colleagues. The zoo community has lost one of the Greats.
This little story
had seen online
where a concerned Hamster owner had taken their pet in its cage, to the vets,
because it hadn't moved for some considerable time , and feared the worst. It
transpired the Hamster had popped a fridge magnet into its pouch while having
some out-of-cage fun, and had stuck itself to the cage upon its return…
Lots of interesting
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I remain committed to the work of GOOD zoos,
not DYSFUNCTIONAL zoos.
HSUS & AZA?
One of the things
that really worries me in terms of the zoo industry right now is the
ever-growing HSUS presence within AZA. The animal rights industry is not a
friend to the zoo industry, and while it’s nice that they’re encouraging better
welfare now, if you read anything their CEO Pacelle has written it’s obvious
what HSUS’ long-term goal for zoos is. (His most recent book lauds how
forward-thinking it was that Detroit completely got rid of their elephants and
that other groups are following suit). HSUS also has a history of setting up
partnerships that protect whomever they’re working with from AR attack but only
on the condition that they help HSUS destroy someone else: such as this one,
from 2010, where the agriculture groups in Ohio agreed to help push through
legislation restricting all exotic animal ownership in return for HSUS not
going after them for a period of time. Most of what we’ve been hearing about
lately from HSUS is that AZA is effectively partnering with them to help police
the zoo industry… which is not what anyone in the field thinks we are doing…
and I can’t get confirmation because AZA’s PR guy hasn’t returned my email. At
this point they’re letting Pacelle speak entirely for any partnership that
exists, and what Pacelle says does not bode well.
The official AZA
partnerships with HSUS started out in what seemed like fairly reasonable ways -
the first big announcement was in March 2016 that Seaworld was partnering with
them at the same time that they chose to end their orca breeding program. It was
a pretty contentious decision at the time, but Seaworld’s CEO gave a reasonable
explanation of what was going on when he spoke at AZA’s September 2016 national
conference. Manby emphasized the need to work together on things that the
organizations could agree on, like ending shark finning and whale hunting and
promoting sustainable seafood initiatives. He emphasized that Seaworld and HSUS
would “work together on the things we [can] agree with - that we all love
animals, we all want to save them, we all want to do what’s right for them (…)
we won’t agree on everything, but we agreed to work together where we can make
big differences.” I didn’t like the collaboration then, but I could respect
that partnering on those sorts of programs would make them more effective - and
it certainly increased consumer faith in Seaworld as a company (Manby cited an
8:1 favorability increase and a 5:1 increased likelihood that guests would
visit resulting from the partnership with HSUS). The full text of that partnership
announcement can be found here.
At the AZA 2016
conference, there was a panel on the ‘Public Perception of Zoos and Aquariums’
that I, like I think most people, assumed would be comprised of either people
who worked directly with the public or city and state officials. Instead, two
of the four speakers who were apparently added at last minute were huge
figureheads of the AR Movement: a previous HSUS COO and the current HSUS VP of
Wildlife Protection (who previously had spent 12 years at the organization that
became Born Free USA, one of the most anti-zoo animal rights organizations in
the country). Over the course of the panel, it was made clear how much they
wanted AZA to work directly with them on policy issues, especially helping them
pass regulations that restrict “roadside zoos.” There were a number of really
sketchy things that occurred - that literally nobody from an AZA institution
called them out on - such as both the panelists and that AZA moderator being
utterly unable to define what ZAA accreditation does or why the organization
exists in the first place even though they were actively denouncing them during
the panel, and one of the HSUS people lying about what happened during the
HSUS/Ringling lawsuit. Of the four people on the panel, the two people with
HSUS associations spoke for a majority of the time and seemed to receive a
pretty positive reception from the audience.
In May, the CEO of
HSUS re-characterized the partnership with AZA as such in a blog post: “We look
forward to working with AZA to expose these bad actors, to pass meaningful
legislation to help all animals, to educate the public about the wide set of
animal welfare issues, and to blow the lid off phony accreditation programs
that have little meaning or value. For zoos operating under the old models and
standards, there’s no escaping the cultural and policy shifts that are
occurring.” This statement echos what the HSUS representative said at the 2016
conference - that they want AZA to help them get rid of other accrediting
groups like ZAA - and indicates the cooperation between the two on the topic is
now current rather than just desired. It also indicated that AZA had decided to
start working with HSUS on legislation and that they were, effectively, now
going to be part of helping force change in institutions they did not accredit.
I immediately emailed AZA’s PR guy to ask if this was an accurate characterization
of what appears to be a partnership between the two organizations, but he’s
chosen not to respond. A quick survey of the media and some conversations with
staff all over AZA institutions has painted a picture where there has been
complete radio silence from the staff of AZA about their interactions with
HSUS… until the leaked email about the Big Cat Public Safety Act last week.
The email that
leaked from Ashe - the President and CEO of AZA - appears to have been sent to
all of the directors of AZA institutions, informing them that they should be
prepared to publicly back a draft of the Big Cat Public Safety Act that has
been drafted in concert with HSUS and others who remain unmentioned. There’s
not much information in the email, although it does mention an attached summary
that was not publicly leaked with the screenshots of the email. What worries me
about this is that Ashe has been in office for less than six months - he hails
from Fish and Wildlife, where he was publicly pretty friendly with the CEO of
HSUS - and the first thing he’s doing is publicly aligning AZA with HSUS on a
piece of legislation that is purposefully written to massively damage any
non-AZA facility’s ability to continue to display big cats. What’s more, the
few proposed changes mentioned in his email make it sound like the suggested
language changes would even further favor AZA (e.g., he mentions it has been
redrafted so that “we” - only AZA - are able to allow public contact with cats
as long as it’s in alignment with conservation reasons and people do
The Lion’s Share
A briefing on how
South Africa’s trade in lion bone is driving consumer demand for tiger parts
So Mr Antle does it
again. What goes on in his head?
Myrtle Beach Safari
Chimps Attend New "War for the Planet of the Apes" Premiere
To The Maryland Zoo
For those of you who
don't know, Maryland Zoo has had two giraffe births within the past few
months. The latest, a male named Julius,
was born on June 15th. What happened
afterwards is a story that so many of us have experienced, but have a lot of
trouble not only processing internally, but expressing to people who have no
idea what it is like to care for animals in this way.
Our critics often
take opportunities where animals are ill, injured, or dying to rake us over the
coals. Most people, even those who do
not necessarily support zoos or aquariums, are decent human beings who do NOT leave
heartless, cruel Facebook comments about these situations. However, it is the small minority of
thoughtless people who mak
Achieves Humane Certification for Animal Welfare
Humane, the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare and well-being,
announced that Zoomarine Italia has achieved certification by the American
Humane Conservation program, becoming only the second Humane Certified™
institution in Europe.
The American Humane
Conservation program is the first-ever certification program singularly
dedicated to helping ensure the well-being and humane treatment of animals
living in zoos and aquariums across the world. The program enforces
comprehensive, evidence-based welfare standards developed by an independent
Scientific Advisory Committee comprised of world-renowned leaders in the fields
of animal science, animal behavior, animal ethics, and conservation.
Why I Believe In
@liceham my anger in
this reply is in no way aimed at you! I am super grateful you gave me a reason
to write down some of my thoughts on this subject, and I love that you’re
informing your own opinions. I think you’re great!
I’m really sorry
this took me so long to reply to; I have a lot of feelings on this subject and
I wanted to make sure I expressed all my points well.
I like your use of
the phrase “low-key anti-zoo” because I feel like it sums up the feelings of a
vast majority of people sort of 40 and under (although my favorite is “I don’t
believe in zoos”. It’s a zoo, not fucking Narnia). I think the “zoos are bad”
mentality has become part of our cultural consciousness, something that we
absorb as truth in our childhood or adolescence and then never question as
adults who are capable of informing our own opinions. I don’t blame people for
having low-key anti-zoo feelings, though. Zoos in America were terrible places
until not too long ago, and I feel like the Animal Rights movement did great
things in bringing animal welfare into the public eye. Unfortunately, I feel
like the majority of people who tell me they “don’t believe in zoos” generally
don’t know why they have those feelings. They can point to one or two broader
topics like, “wild animals should be wild” or “animals aren’t meant to be
entertainment”, but they usually can’t clarify beyond those basic points, and
they usually haven’t bothered to inform themselves about what zoos are doing in
terms of conservation, animal care and outreach programs. And that makes me
mad, because usually people tell me they don’t like zoos AFTER they find out
that I’ve been a zookeeper my entire life, and that’s really shitty because
it’s like they are telling me they don’t like me and everything I’ve worked
for, and that they know more about zoos and animal care than I do. And they
don’t. They just have this opinion that
they’ve grabbed out of concoction of naked celebrity PETA ads, shittily-sourced
internet articles and propaganda-ish “docum
movement and the zoological community’s silence
I put “anti-zoo”
rather than “anti-cap” in the title on purpose. Because it’s not actually
anti-captivity. These people I’m talking about are perfectly happy keeping
pets, livestock and other animals in captivity - it’s only zoos and aquaria -
the “least evil” of them all, as far as I can tell - that are on the receiving
end of their hate and vitriol.
This has been on my
mind for a while, and I’m finally making a post on it, because the drop that
finally made the cup overflow for me now was a post Kolmården Zoo made on their
Facebook page yesterday. If you follow any zoo’s Facebook page, you’ll see they’re
posting their various creative Christmas-themed enrichment for their animals
the last few days. And Kolmården posted this video, of a lion tearing away at a
tree, with the words “Do your cats also climb in the Christmas tree? A tip is
to hang the tree in the ceiling so it won’t flip over! Merry Christmas from
everyone at Kolmården.”
This was met with
comments of “that POOR animal”, comparisons to Joseph Fritzl, “they need
FREEDOM”, and you know the rest. Apparently, a lion playing with a toy in
complete safety, being warm and fed and never having to worry about a thing in
her life, was the worst thing these people had ever seen.
Grand birthday bash
planned for Delhi zoo’s oldest inmate
For the first time
in 56 years, Rita is getting a grand party for her birthday, one that promises
to be quite unlike any other celebration.
For a start, no one
knows exactly when she was born.
All that is known of
the origins of the Delhi zoo’s oldest inmate —— and its only chimpanzee —— is
that she came to the national capital from the distant shores of Amsterdam in
The chimp may no
longer be the crowd-puller she once was due to her advancing age, but her long
association with the zoo and “human-like” characteristics have endeared her to
“As its oldest
inmate, she is a crucial part of the park.
She shows many human
instincts. For instance, she wants to interact with her visitors, but old age
forces her to stay back,” Raja Ram Singh, Joint Director, National Zoological
Park, told PTI.
It will be more than
just a birthday celebration, the official said, while promising an “emotiona
scientists can measure how animals are feeling
To help determine
how stress is affecting animals across Australia, researchers at Western Sydney
University are utilising non-invasive methods to help farmers, zookeepers and
pet owners ensure their animals are happy and healthy.
Stress is an
important biological response for animals as it helps their bodies prepare to
fight or flee from danger. But many animals in the modern world are forced to
coexist with humans in farms, zoos or homes, and the onset of chronic stress
can have devastating results, both for them and their owners.
affect the weight of farm animals, leading to losses for animal producers, and
can disrupt the breeding patterns of endangered animals in captivity,"
says Dr Edward Narayan, Senior Lecturer in Animal Science, from the School of
Science and Health.
Western Sydney University we are working with clients to collect animal scats
under routine husbandry and run them through our laboratories to measure stress
When a stress result
is sparked in an animal, the brain-body starts to release biomolecules such as
cortisol, which is the main stress hormone in large animals such as hum
Breeding hopes as
new elephant attraction taking shape
biggest ever attraction is edging closer to completion and bosses are excited
that the resort could become a breeding centre for one of the world’s most
iconic endangered species. The new £5m Project Elephant is taking shape on a
one unused plot. And with construction work on both the paddock and main
building nearing completion the scale of the scheme is becoming clear. Senior
Large Mammal Keeper, Adam Kenyon, said: “From starting it on a piece of paper
to where it is now is incredible. “When you start off with it in your head you
have a vision of what it looks like. “When it comes to fruition i
New zoo in
Yekaterinburg to be 17 times bigger than previous one
of the Russian city of Yekaterinburg has presented a concept for a new zoo
within the framework of the international exhibition 2017 INNOPROM, the body’s
official website informs on Monday.
The report notes
that a zoo will be a sort of gift for the 300th anniversary of Yekaterinburg.
The space for animals is only part of the site built within the 300-PARK
project in the area of Novokoltsovsky located in the south-west of the city.
“A new zoo occupies
almost 35 ha, which is 17 times more than the territory of the existing one,”
the statement reads.
According to a
commercial director of Sin
Bertha’s death a
reminder of Mali’s misery
The statement quoted
in the report on Bertha the hippo supposedly
having lived a happy
life in Manila’s zoo is false (Metro, 7/12/17). Manila Parks and Recreations
Bureau Director James Albert Dichaves tried to refute Jason Baker, vice
president of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), by
claiming that Bertha was “happy interacting with our zookeepers.” That
statement is laughable. Has anyone really monitored the daily number of hours
zookeepers romp around with the animals?
I visited Manila’s
zoo soon after the petitions for the release of Mali the elephant began around
2010. The zoo was in a pitiful state; there was hardly any greenery in any of
the cages. The few zookeepers I saw seemed disinterested in the animals. I was
told that a vet sometimes visited Mali, who has been in the zoo since she was
given as a baby to Imelda Marcos by the Sri Lankan government.
To look at Mali’s
misery is heartbreaking. Mayors Alfredo Lim and Joseph Estrada ignored all
demands by Peta to be allowed to take her to an elephant sanctuary in Thailand.
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Puerto Rico economic
crisis hits island’s only zoo
The economic crisis
afflicting Puerto Rico for the last decade has also taken a toll on the
island’s only zoo, with critics saying it is sorely understaffed and struggling
to care for its animals on a limited budget.
Conditions at Dr.
Juan A. Rivero, a 45-acre zoo featuring over 300 species in the western coastal
town of Mayaguez, have deteriorated so far as to catch the attention of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture, which cited dozens of violations at the park in
its most recent report from this spring.
Designs reveal how
historic London Zoo aviary will become home for monkeys
IT is a
neighbourhood known for its billionaires and ambassadors, actors and artists.
The newest residents
to snap up a des-res in Primrose Hill, however, are set to be a troupe of
Colobus monkeys with their eyes on a Grade II-listed beauty close to Regent’s
The New Journal
reported last year how the Snowdon Aviary at London Zoo – the soaring steel
mesh landmark visible from canal tours – is to be turned into a home for
primates, and now the plans for the conversion have reached the desk of
planners. The £7.1m project to convert the aviary, which dates from 1962, will
be overseen by globally renowned Modernist architects Foster and Partners.
The plans confirm
the monkeys will be joined by African grey parrots, miniature deers called Red
Duikers and waterfowl. Westminster Council hold the final say over whether it
can go ahead, although Camden’s planning department has been surveyed too due to
the proximity of the borough boundary. Designs show how a new monkey house will
be connected to the aviary with a walkway for the monkeys to running above the
Cumberland Basin footbridge.
The work is vital to
improve the environment for the zoo’s animals, the application states. It is
currently home to a variety of birds including peacocks and white ibis, but in
a report to Westminster Council, heritage planning firm JLL
Ops to shift
7-year-old tigress for unique mating experiment begins
first-of-its-kind conservation breeding experiment here, seven-year-old tigress
Lee of Maharajbagh zoo is being shifted to Gorewada rescue centre to mate with
male tiger Sahebrao, which suffers from a limb disability.
started on Saturday afternoon but were called off in the evening as the tigress
refused to enter the cage that was readied for it.
Officials said the
operations will resume on Sunday morning.
Aquarium Comes to Jerusalem
Israel is known as
the land of the Bible. It's a land rich in archaeological treasures and a place
of innovation and technology. It even has a biblical zoo, where Jerusalem is
opening the first aquarium of its kind in the Middle East.
A massive tunnel
under the Mediterranean Sea exhibit is bound to be one of the main attractions
at the new Gottesman Family Israel Aquarium in Jerusalem.
The tunnel is part
of the aquarium's 400,000 gallon tank that's now part of Jerusalem's biblical
zoo. It will hold sharks and other fish from the Mediterranean Sea.
Tiger in Captivity Dies in Assam State Zoo
Swathi, the oldest
living tiger in captive environment in the country, died on Sunday at the Assam
State Zoo in Guwahati. The tigress was 21 years old.
Born in Mysore Zoo
on 28th January, 1997, Swathi was brought to Guwahati in 2005 even as she had
already given birth to five cubs there. In Guwahati, the Royal Bengal Tigress
gave birth to six more cubs, of which Birina – also a tigress is currently in the
Assam State Zoo.
“She was not keeping
well for some time. She died at around 0200 hours this morning,” Zoo
authorities said on Sunday. Since the last two years, Swathi was kept away from
public as she was unable to move. She was being nursed at a shelter.
The average life
span of a tiger varies between 14 to 16 years and crossing twenty is only in
Following its death,
the Assam State Zoo is now left with four tig
carnivores being pushed off the map
Six of the world's
large carnivores have lost more than 90% of their historic range, according to
The Ethiopian wolf,
red wolf, tiger, lion, African wild dog and cheetah have all been squeezed out
as land is lost to human settlements and farming.
carnivores into areas where they once roamed is vital in conservation, say
This relies on human
willingness to share the landscape with the likes of the wolf.
published in Royal Society Open Science, was carried out by Christopher Wolf
and William Ripple of Oregon State University.
They mapped the
current range of 25 large carnivores using International Union for Conservation
of Nature (IUCN) Red List data. This was compared with historic maps from 500
The work shows that
large carnivore range contractions are a global issue, said Christopher Wolf.
"Of the 25
large carnivores that we studied, 60% (15 species) have lost more than half of
their historic ranges,'' he e
Baby western swamp
tortoises set for release into wild
Three of Australia's
rarest reptiles have been given a health check as they prepare to move from
captivity into the wild.
Adelaide Zoo is one
of just two zoos worldwide to house and breed the western swamp tortoise.
The zoo is
celebrating a successful breeding season, which saw four baby tortoises
hatching, each the size of a coin.
Native to Western
Australia, in the mid-1980s it was estimated there were fewer than 50 tortoises
left in the wild.
They now only live
in the wild in two small habitats in the S
The sixth mass
genesis? New species are coming into existence faster than ever thanks to
Animals and plants
are seemingly disappearing faster than at any time since the dinosaurs died
out, 66m years ago. The death knell tolls for life on Earth. Rhinos will soon
be gone unless we defend them, Mexico’s final few Vaquita porpoises are
drowning in fishing nets, and in America, Franklin trees survive only in parks
Yet the survivors
are taking advantage of new opportunities created by humans. Many are spreading
into new parts of the world, adapting to new conditions, and even evolving into
new species. In some respects, diversity is actually increasing in the human
epoch, the Anthropocene. It is these biological gains that I contemplate in a
new book, Inheritors of the Earth: How Nature is Thriving in and Age of
Extinction, in which I argue that it is no longer credible for us to take a
loss-only view of the world’s biodiversity.
surround us all. Glancing out of my study window, I see poppies and camomile
plants sprouting in the margins of the adjacent barley field. These plants are
southern European “weeds” taking advantage of a new human-created habitat. When
I visit London, I see pigeons nesting on human-built cliffs (their ancestors
nested on sea cliffs) and I listen out for the cries of skyscraper-dwelling
peregrine falcons which hunt them.
Climate change has
brought tree bumblebees from continental Europe to my Yorkshire garden in
recent years. They are joined by a
climate’s survival and sex problems
Climate change could
cast a dark shadow over the bees of Europe, with global warming posing sex
problems for the sea turtles of the Atlantic.
Two separate studies
confirm the worries that rising carbon dioxide levels, and soaring planetary
temperatures, could devastate the creatures of the wild.
There are an
estimated 550 species of bee in Germany, many of them solitary and short-lived:
females devote their few weeks in the sun to feeding, reproducing and leaving
food for their offspring.
What becomes of
vital importance is the moment of hatching: if a bee emerges from hibernation
too early, there is no food available, and starvation can follow. And spring
has advanced steadily through the decades.
the secret language of ring-tailed lemurs
Why do lemurs go
"hmm?" It's not because they don't know the words, but the answer may
provide important clues about how ancient human ancestors may have socialized
with each other. In research published in Ethology, U of T Mississauga primatologist
Laura Bolt recounts how vocalizations by Madagascar's ring-tailed lemurs may
aid in protecting them from predators and bolster social cohesion within the
How we're using
ancient DNA to solve the mystery of the missing last great auk skins
The great auk,
Pinguinus impennis, was a large, black and white bird that was found in huge
numbers across the North Atlantic Ocean. It was often mistaken to be a member
of the penguin family, but its closest living relative is actually the
razorbill, and it is related to puffins, guillemots and murres.
the great auk was particularly vulnerable to hunting. Humans killed the birds
in their thousands for meat, oil and feathers. By the start of the 19th
dentury, the north-west Atlantic populations had been decimated, and the last
few remaining breeding birds were to be found on the islands off the south-west
coast of Iceland. But these faced another threat: due to their scarcity, the
great auk had become a desirable item for both private and institutional
The fateful voyage
Between 1830 and
1841 several trips were taken to Iceland's Eldey Island, to catch, kill, and
sell the birds for exhibitions. Following a period of no reported captures,
great auk dealer Carl Siemsen commissioned an expedition to Eldey to search for
any remaining birds.
Between June 2-5
1844, 14 men set sail in an eight-oared boat for the island. Three braved the
dangerous landing and spotted two great auks among the smaller birds that also
bred there. A chase began but the birds ran at a slow pace, their small wings
extended, expressing no
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Lebanon's PM has
tigers to tea to talk animal trafficking
A truck carrying the
caged animals was brought into the courtyard of Hariri’s residence, where the
prime minister posed for pictures with the organization behind the animal’s
care as a way to raise awareness on the issue of animal trafficking.
Jason Mier, director
of Animals Lebanon, thanked Hariri for intervening in the matter. “We were only
able to free them [the tigers] because of the support of the prime minister,
Saad Hariri, who helped through the Council of Ministers,” Mier said. “We petitioned
the government to take them in our care and it has taken us a full four months
– and this should have been [an easy] case.”
Top of the south
kaka breeding programme launches at Nelson's Natureland Zoo
To the untrained eye
it looked like a first kiss, a touching of beaks on a tree branch.
But the first
meeting of the male and female kaka, a nationally vulnerable native parrot, at
Natureland Zoo on Monday was more innocent than that.
"They were just
going up to say hi," said Meg Rutledge of Natureland Wildlife Trust.
Plastic to be phased
out at major American aquariums
Working to reduce
the massive amount of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, 19 of the
nation’s top aquariums on Monday will announce that they are phasing out most
plastic products — from plastic bags to straws to plastic beverage bottles.
The effort, which
will also include the creation of exhibits explaining how people can find
alternatives to plastic, is an attempt to raise consumer awareness among the 20
million people who visit the 19 aquariums, which include the Monterey Bay
Aquarium, San Francisco’s Steinhart Aquarium and the Aquarium of the Pacific in
The aquariums say
their goal is a market-based approach that they hope will steer the buying
habits of the public to change the vast supply chains that manufacture, deliver
and sell products to businesses across the world.
They compare the
campaign to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s highly successful “Seafood Watch”
program, which has provided 57 million wallet-sized cards to shoppers since
1999 telling them which types of fish are best or worst to buy based on a
As consumer demand
changed, that program contributed to Walmart, Target, Safeway, Whole Foods and
many of the largest retail stores in the United States announcing that they
would sell only seafood
4 Ways to Train an
One of the first
behaviours I choose to train are Call overs and Recalls. I personally think it
has so many great aspects to it just because it allows you to look at your
animals from a closer range right away. On top of that you give every animal
the chance to be trained what I think is very important. Through recalls you
can start a great enrichment program as well. We will be talking about the
emergency recalls, they are a little bit different than the usual Recalls or
Call overs how I call them. With Emergency recalls you actually practise the
most accurate scenarios that could happen in the animal’s environment. While
Call overs you do not necessarily have to go through a full desensitisation
plan for scenarios that could happen. The fun part is that we can connect any
criteria to this behaviour, for example you can say come to me or come to a
position, you can say males to the left and females to the right (what could
help you with social feedings), it can even be part of your first group separation
to close the first gates on your own. There are plenty of ways to train this
behaviour, I listed a couple with my least favourite first and then the most
favourite ones last.
Academy - Dr. Susan Friedman – Behavior works/Psychology professor at Utah
captivity need a better diet
Which is more
stressful: being free, but having to fight for your own food and survival, or
being confined in captivity, with all your food and security needs provided
In cheetahs it seems
that unnatural food – rather than captivity itself – is the cause of their
known health problems in captivity.
commonly suffer from chronic inflammation of the stomach lining, various forms
of kidney failure, apparent low libido and immune system abnormalities, which
are rarely seen in their wild counterparts. Also, members of the cat family are
known to groom themselves meticulously, yet captive cheetahs are often covered
in burrs and biting flies and hardly seem to notice these discomforts. Cheetahs
in zoos and other facilities have shorter life expectancies and lower breeding
success than other big cats in captivity. In these confined environments,
cheetahs often produce large amounts of the stress hormone cortisol and many
believe that, for cheetahs, life in captivity is simply too stressful.
Besides stress, many
have proposed that a lack of exercise, low genetic diversity and the provision
Nigerians In South African Province Urged To Be Cautious
The Nigeria Union,
South Africa, on Tuesday urged Nigerians resident in Mpumalanga Province to be
cautious following the escape of four lions from the zoo in the area.
Mr Williams Mabasa,
the spokesman for the South African National Parks, said that four male lions
escaped from the Kruger National Park, at Mpumalanga Province on Sunday.
The Tourism and
Parks Agency of Mpumalanga province, where part of the Kruger Park is located,
said it was helping rangers and the police in their search for the lions.
3 escaped lions in
South Africa are shot and killed
Officials in South
Africa say three lions that escaped from the country's biggest wildlife park
have been shot and killed.
The national parks
service said Friday that a farmer near Kruger National Park killed one lion and
wounded another after a cow carcass was found on his farm. It says park staff
in a helicopter located the remaining lions and decided to kill them rather than
dart and return them to the park as originally hoped.
Officials say the
uninjured lion had to be killed partly because lions that eat cattle develop a
taste for livestock and could pose
Houston Zoo supports
local Texas conservation efforts
At the Houston Zoo,
one can see animals from areas all over the world, but behind the scenes, the
zoo is helping out with conservation efforts close to home.
According to Peter
Riger, vice president of Wildlife Conservation, the zoo partners with nearly 30
conservation programs across a dozen countries and the state of Texas.
The zoo partners
with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) on two important wildlife
recovery programs for the Attwater's prairie chicken and the Houston toad.
prairie chicken is native to Texas. Its population used to be in the hundreds
of thousands across the prairie of southeast Texas.
estimated that less than 100 adult birds are left in the wild," Riger
Bird behaviour in a
changing world: with a special focus on bird senses
14 - 15 September
symposium at the Zoological Society of London
Bird Sense 2017
brings together a distinguished list of international researchers to explore
how birds perceive the varying landscapes in which they live, and how we might
tackle challenges faced in their welfare, conservation, and pressures from
Birds inhabit every
continent of the world and virtually all available ecological niches, from
cities to the frozen tundra, from tropical rain forests to deserts, and from
mountain ranges to the ocean. But in our human-modified world birds face many
challenges their ancestors did not: the glass fronts of tall buildings, wind
turbines and power lines, artificial daylight that turns night to day; and
noisy air traffic that moves faster than any of their natural predators. How is
their behaviour changing to cope with increasing anthropological
pressures? Combining workshops talks
from international speakers, this symposium will discuss how birds see, smell,
taste and make sense of their environment, and aims to understand how research
into bird behaviour can contribute to future conservation and avian welfare
Taste and how it is
affected by visual skills
Using targeted noise
deterrents to reduce human avian conflicts
Sensitive birds in a
noisy world: the impacts of noise pollution
Sweet and umami
taste preferences in birds
in poultry: welfare implications
Do bird echolocation
and conservation fly together?
Call for posters
invite proposals for posters to be exhibited at the symposium. To submit a proposal, please fill in the
poster proposal form via the webpage and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
before 31 August.
For all enquires
contact Jennifer Howes, Scientific Events Coordinator:
Tel 020 7449 6227.
Lion walks out of
its enclosure at Rajkot zoo
A sub-adult lion
sneaked out of its enclosure at Rajkot Zoological Park popularly known as
Pradyuman Park on Wednesday morning. However, its keeper managed to shoe the
big cat back into its enclosure within a few minutes even as zoo authorities
termed it “a very minor incident” before the public visiting hours.
Sources said that
Harivash, the three-year-old male lion escaped from its enclosure located in
the heart of the park at around 8:30 am. “Caretaker apparently forgot to lock
the door of animal retiring room on the edge of the enclosure after offering
breakfast to lions. Minutes later, a lion pushed open the door of the retiring
room and walked out of the enclosure. Within minutes, the caretakers came to
know about it. Since Harivansh was borne in the enclosure and had some rapport
with its caretaker, it responded to calls and w
City’s zoo from hell
More charges are to
be laid against the East London Zoo by the national council of SPCAs (NSPCA)
following the death of a female gibbon monkey called Peanut who died of TB and
may have been infected by humans.
Peanut died in her
enclosure on July 2, four months after her mate died of the disease and
following an NSPCA request she be euthanased after she was found to be a TB
carrier. Further contraventions of the Animal Protection Act would be added to
the charges, NSPCA wildlife protection unit national inspector Cassandra
Samkelo Ngwenya said “legal recourse was welcomed” because the zoo had nothing
The new charges
follow after a male Chacma baboon called “William” was put down in May after
MacDonald found him suffering from paralysis in his hind legs. When a warning
that the baboon be examined by a vet was not complied with, William was
euthanased on site because his condition had deteriorated to the point where
his open wounds became infected and infested with maggots. Ma
Stricter wild animal
permit requirements impact North Texas Fair and Rodeo
expect to see tigers or other potentially dangerous wild animals at the North
Texas Fair and Rodeo anymore.
After eight Bengal
tigers made an appearance at last year's fair, the Denton Police Department's
Animal Services Division created a written policy in February that outlines
more stringent requirements for issuing wild animal permits. The requirements
flat-out prohibit "dangerous wild animals," which, according to state
law, includes tigers, lions, bears and cougars.
Glenn Carlton, the
fair association's executive director, said last year's exhibit raised some
concern from a "handful" of people about whether the animals were
being kept humanely. While police officials said there were no issues reported
in last year's exhibit — the city approved permits for the tigers — Deputy
Chief Lenn Carter said the department received secondhand complaints with
A History of Primate
Attached is A
History of Primate Reintroduction. The History is a fully copyrighted and
protected book that is being published on this website for broad, rapid, and
free distribution and review. I like to think of the History as a tool for
colleagues and students (and anybody else who is interested), present and
future, to increase the efficiency and success of future reintroductions and to
improve the wellbeing of reintroduced primates.
The History provides
as much descriptive information about each reintroduction program as I could
find. For some programs I’ve added some subjective impressions of the human and
nonhuman primates involved and about the program’s context. The appended table
summarizes the descriptive information.
I was able to
document 202 primate reintroduction programs (please see Definitions, pp.
238-246) that involved 22,999 individual prosimians, monkeys, and apes. The
precision of that number is misleading because some sources do not state how
many primates were actually reintroduced, and at least one program probably
exaggerated the number that were released.
Reintroduction is used in the History a
Publish and don’t
perish – how to keep rare species’ data away from poachers
species, especially those that are rare and threatened, can potentially be put
at risk from poaching if information describing where they can be found is
published. But rather than withholding this information, as has been recently
recommended, scientists should publish such information through secure data
repositories so that this knowledge can continue to be used to help conserve
and manage the world’s most threatened species.
encouraged to publish data so their discoveries can be shared and scrutinised.
However, a recent article has identified the risks of publishing the locations
of rare, endangered or newly described species.
The example of the
Chinese cave gecko shows that these concerns may be warranted. The species went
extinct at the location where it was discovered, potentially at the hands of
scientifically literate poachers.
But instead of
withholding such information, we sug
To pace or not to
pace? A review of what abnormal repetitive behavior tells us about zoo animal
Wildlife park may
move to Sugud
The Lok Kawi
Wildlife Park will probably be shifted to Sugud in Penampang, but the proposed
move is subject to the approval of the district office and feedback from the
surrounding communities as well as allocation from the government, said Sabah
Wildlife Department (SWD) director Augustine Tuuga yesterday.
He cited the limited
space at the park’s present site as the main reason for shifting, saying that
although the Lok Kawi site covers an area of 280 acres, only 70 acres were
utilised as the remaining were hilly terrains which also served as water
catchment areas for the surrounding communities. The area in Sugud is about
A meeting had been
held and that the proposal to shift the wildlife park came about two years ago,
Augustine told reporters during a tour of the wildlife park yesterday following
negative feedback concerning the condition of the animals and birds at the wildlife
With regard to
negative allegations that had been made viral on the social media, Augustine
viewed some of them as an exaggeration.
criticism. If they can properly channel the comments to us we can accept it …
but some of the comments were too much for us to accept, hence we called you
(reporters) here to see for yourself. We feel not all that has been said is
true,” he told those present.
He said that the
department decided against answering the allegations one by one and opted
instead to bring members of the media to see for themsel
PETA says Feld
closing Center for Elephant Conservation
Entertainment terminated its 146-year-old Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey
Circus in May and retired its elephant act a year before that, one of its
long-time animal-rights nemeses says the Ellenton-based live-show production
company is now planning to quietly disperse its herd of pachyderms.
People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals, long critical of Feld’s Center for Elephant
Conservation (CEC) in rural Polk County, says mounting expenses from its
200-acre Indian elephant retirement home is a likely motivating factor.
“Feld is an
entertainment company, it’s not in the business of conservation,” says PETA
Foundation Associate Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Rachel Mathews.
“It doesn’t make financial sense for them to maintain elephants. These
elephants are sick, they’re crippled, they’re dealing with psychological
stress, and Ringling sees an opportunity to get rid of one of its major costs.”
owner Kenneth Feld ann
Gujarat to set up
its own bustard breeding centre
of Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and expertise offered by United Arab
Emirates (UAE) the state government is planning to set up a breeding centre for
great Indian bustards (GIB) at Naliya in Kutch. This will be the first breeding
centre in the state for the birds, which are currently on the Red List of
threatened species maintaine
What about one more
zoo in Coimbatore?
Coimbatore may get
another zoo and a conservation centre on its lake bunds if the suggestions in
the interim report submitted by Oasis Designs Inc to corporation commissioner K
Vijayakarthikeyan on Friday are implemented.
The report not just
details the projects, designs, suggestions and challenges of the massive
rejuvenation process that will be done on the eight lakes located inside the
city but also the vario
Forum inspects Zoo
constituted Zoo Protection Forum yesterday inspected the cages of the Assam
delegation of the forum noticed that the drinking water containers in the cages
were dry. Deer were licking the wet mud in thirst, the delegation observed.
According to the
forum, the hippopotamuses were also kept in a very unhygienic condition.
Similar was the condition of the crocodiles. “The condition of the cages has
been deteriorating day by day. There is only one permanent cleaner at the zoo
at present. The X-ray machine in the zoo hospital is lying defunct. Many
animals were staring at death,” the forum said.
The forum is in the
process of drafting a memoran
steps up conservation efforts
Opens the new Aqua
Dome in a bid to promote marine environmental awareness
Phuket Aquarium has
opened its new Aqua Dome@Phuket Aquarium in an effort to raise awareness of
marine environmental issues, bolster marine conservation and slow down the
degradation that Thailand has witnessed in its coastal areas over recent
years.Phuket Aquarium, part of the internationally recognized Phuket Marine
Biological Center, offers lively aquatic displays, interactive exhibits and
fascinating audio and video presentations to take visitors on a journey through
various aquatic environments, from mou