I was greatly
saddened to learn of the death of the keeper at Orsa Rovdjurspark. My sincere
condolences to family, friends and colleagues.
Let me start out by
saying that I have no love or affection for Dade City's Wild Things. I have
never visited but I have seen enough videos and news items to form an opinion.
I hate the idea of petting and swimming with tiger cubs. The cubs have obviously
been pulled from their mothers just to make a fast buck….and that need for the
fast buck means the breeding tigers will be bred again and again repeatedly to
produce more cubs and keep the cycle going. What happens later? Where do the
cubs go? These tigers are not in any officially sanctioned breeding programme.
In effect they are valueless to conservation and I doubt anybody knows what
subspecies of tiger they are. It is a horrible thought but a fact nonetheless
that tigers like this are worth more dead. Their skins, teeth, claws and bones
are all worth money. Who keeps a check on where these animals go once they have
left this facility?
Equally I have no
love or affection for PETA. My ethics, morals and understanding of the
husbandry, management and welfare of captive wild animals leave PETA in the
Kindergarten. So why is that they were given judicial permission to do an
inspection on this place? We know now that they sent in an inspection team of
an animal behaviourist, a videographer, a private investigator, and two PETA
lawyers to collect evidence. What a motley crew. I would not give two cents for
the opinions of any of these people. Which brings me to my point and it is a
point which I have raised time and time again. If we in the Good Serious Zoo
community do not do something, which includes openly condemning and fighting
for the closure of facilities like Dade City's Wild Things then nobody is going
to take us seriously. We MUST do something. It isn't just the two bit roadside
zoos that need pulling into line but it is some major collections, members of
some prestigious organisations. Yet they turn a blind eye. Excuses of cultural
differences or "they are friends of mine" or "slowly, slowly
catch a monkey" hold just enough water to start drowning us all. Zoos,
good zoos really need to get their act together before it is too late. We need
to criticise and advise and cast out and damn those for whom cash matters more
than conservation and welfare. The zoo community know exactly who these
collections are and yet doing nothing… and saying nothing means the despicable
continue to laugh behind our backs as they trundle along to the bank.
I was delighted to
learn that Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has decided to pull all bloodsports
footage from his sick TV channel. When I posted the link on ZooNews Digest
Facebook page saying it was his intention to show such programmes I was
surprised to see how many leapt forward with comments defending hunting and its
place in conservation. I fear they missed the point entirely. I can defend
hunting. It has its place in good conservation by culling out the surplus in
restricted ranges and removing troublesome animals. I can even see the benefits
in allowing someone to pay to carry out the task (if the local community and
conservation genuinely benefit). I also appreciate that hunting for the pot is
sometimes a necessity. The real point is that such kills should not be filmed
and put out on TV as snuff movies for the depraved. I mean who watches that
sort of thing?….I imagine it is the same people who watch beheadings by ISIL
and would be first in line for tickets for a public hanging.
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I remain committed to the work of GOOD zoos,
not DYSFUNCTIONAL zoos.
PETA inspects Dade
City's Wild Things but welfare of tigers still in question
Dade City's Wild
Things founder Kathy Stearns held federal marshals at the gates of her zoo for
30 minutes on Friday, delaying a court-ordered inspection by People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Law enforcement was
accompanying PETA at the instruction of a federal judge after Stearns prevented
the group from entering her facility for the original court-mandated inspection
July 20. The investigation is part of a lawsuit PETA filed in October, alleging
Stearns' tiger cub petting business violates the federal Endangered Species Act
by pulling cubs prematurely from mothers, forcing them to interact with the
public and confining them to inadequate cages when they outgrow the photo-op
Reading the Hormones
Behavior can tell
the giant panda team quite a bit about the pandas, but the behaviors they
exhibit are only half the story. When it comes to predicting when Mei Xiang
will give birth, or when she is in the final stages of a pseudopregnancy,
scientists rely on a few different factors. They monitor her behavior—is she
nest-building, has her appetite decreased, is she cradling her toys, has she
undergone physical changes—and, perhaps most important, they measure the levels
of estrogen and progesterone in her urine.
Keepers have been
collecting daily samples of Mei Xiang’s urine and, once a week, send those
samples to the Endocrinology Lab at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology
Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. As Mei Xiang’s hormone levels start to
fluctuate, suggesting that she is preparing to give birth or is at the end of a
pseudopregnancy (giant pandas’ behavior and hormones mimic a pregnancy even if
they are not pregnant), endocrinologists help keepers determine when they
should begin 24-hour behavior watches, or determine that she is not pregnant.
Conservation Biology Institute scientist Janine Brown began monitoring Mei
Xiang’s hormones before she went into estrus to predict when Mei Xiang was
ovulating. That initial change in hormones is called the primary rise. Brown’s
job doesn’t end there, however. “We continue to monitor the hormones to make
absolutely certain that the trend continues the way we predicted,” she says.
And although scientists can’t tell t
welfare for the Nile hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) in North American
zoos and aquariums
Compared to other
megafauna managed in zoos and aquariums, the current state of welfare for the
Nile hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) is poorly understood. Complex
behavior and physiological characteristics make hippos a difficult species to
manage. Thus, hippos in managed care are currently at risk for a decreased
state of welfare. In an effort to assess and improve conditions for this
species, a survey was administered to North American institutions housing Nile
hippos. This assessment utilized a multiple-choice format and consisted of
questions relating to group structure, behavior, and exhibit design, allowing
for the creation of cross-institutional, welfare-based analysis. Responses were
gathered from 85.29% of the institutions to which the survey was distributed.
Despite recommendations for maintaining groups of at least five individuals
(Forthman, 1998), only 34.25% of hippos in North America were housed in groups
of three or more. The survey also highlighted that 39.29% of institutions secure
their hippos in holding areas overnight, despite their highly active nocturnal
propensities. A better understanding of hippo behavior and environmental
preferences can be used to inform wellness-oriented management practices to
achieve a state of “optimal welfare”.
Health—Zoological Medicine in the Anthropocene
In contrast to some
of the well-established core disciplines of veterinary medicine, such as
radiology, surgery, and internal medicine, zoological medicine is often
perceived as a relatively recent development. However, as early as 1831, local
veterinary practitioner Charles Spooner became the first zoo veterinarian at
the London Zoological Garden in the United Kingdom. Shortly thereafter, he was
followed by William Youatt, who remained in that position for 17 years while
also establishing the world’s first veterinary journal, the Veterinarian, which
reported on the diseases of wild animals. In 1865, the zoo also hired a
pathologist. During the same period, in 1870, Max Schmidt, the director of the
Zoological Garden in Frankfurt am Main in Germany, wrote Vergleichende
Pathologie und Pathologische Anatomie der Säugetiere und Vögel (Comparative
Pathology and Pathological Anatomy of mammals and Birds) (1). In North America,
the Philadelphia Zoo employed a pathologist in 1901, and in the same year the
New York Zoological Society (now the Wildlife Conservation Society) established
the first zoological medical department with Frank H. Miller as veterinarian
and Harlow Brooks as pathologist (1).
It was in 1946 that
a small group of zoo veterinarians convened at the annual American Veterinary
Medical Association (AVMA) meeting in Boston to form the Zoo Veterinarians
group from which the present-day American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
(AAZV) emerged in 1968. From 1970 onward, the AAZV published the Journal of Zoo
Animal Medicine (changed to the Journal of Zoo and
Bangladesh Zoos to
exchange gharials in bid to boost population
In the wake of rapid
decline in the gharial population, an initiative has been taken to exchange
captive gharials among Bangladesh’s zoos, with the aim of increasing numbers of
the critically endangered freshwater reptile.
“There are a few
captive gharials in the country’s zoos, but there are no pairs of the species.
That’s why they’re unable to breed,” said ABM Sarowar Alam, principal gharial
investigator of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Bangladesh, as quoted by UNB.
With support from
the Bangladesh Forest Department, a male gharial from the National Zoo in Dhaka
will be released in Rajshahi Zoo for the first time in Bangladesh on August 13,
2017, under a gharial exchange programme as there is no male Gharial there, Sarowar
In 2016, IUCN
Bangladesh and the Bangladesh Forest Department jointly conducted a survey at
Bangladesh National Zoo, Rajshahi Zoo, Rangpur Zoo and Bangab
From animal hunter
to animal rescuer
As East Javan
langurs are now an endangered species - with probably less than 3,000 in the
wild - Syamsul has braved himself to help preserve the animal.
After the animal had
been hit by about 20 rounds, it seemed dead, but it was stuck in the top
branches of a tree. Syamsul was the sharpest shot and might have joined the
army to kill other primates of his own species had he not had to wear glasses.
So, the bravest of
the gallant woodsmen shinnied up the tree to retrieve the cadaver for a meal.
Then, Syamsul made a discovery that was to change his life.
The monkey had been
executed for the crime of being simian, but her baby was still clinging to its
mother’s breast and life. Shots had grazed its leg and face, but done no
Syamsul took the
little creature home and discovered compassion. He nursed it back to health and
eventually gave it to a friend whose son wanted a pet. He started thinking
about the way he was behaving and his relationship with the natural world.
Syamsul no longer
prowls the dense bush that cascades from his three-level home in a kampong,
flanking the Brantas River in Malang. When he hears men scouring the
undergrowth with dogs and weapons he whistles to distract the pursuit.
He used to rain
stones from a catapult onto the stalkers unti
officiates the opening of Baobab Safari Resort
Arief Yahya recently traveled to Pasuruan, East Java on August 3 to officiate
the grand opening of Baobab Safari Resort.
The resort is
integrated with Taman Safari Indonesia II Prigen conservation park, making it
the first resort in Indonesia that is surrounded by wildlife.
The name Baobab is
derived from the name of an African tree which represents the overall concept
of the African-style resort. The resort boasts 148 rooms, 120 deluxe rooms, 24
premium rooms, four junior suite rooms and one ballroom for MICE tourism.
“It’s going to be
fun and exciting. Baobab Safari Resort can help in strengthening the
development of Bromo – Tengger – Semeru attractions and its surrounding area,”
Set nets killing
'hundreds' of penguins each year
Hundreds of penguins
are likely dying in fishing nets each year, conservation group Forest &
It said the birds,
including the endangered hoiho / yellow-eyed penguin, were dying after being
unintentionally snared in set nets moored close to the coast.
The group said
material gathered from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) under the
Official Information Act showed 14 penguin deaths occurred in the year from
October 2015 to October 2016, but this was just the tip of the iceberg.
Thirteen of these
were reported by MPI observers but only 3 percent of boats had MPI observers
onboard, so the real number of penguin deaths had to be higher, it said.
Forest & Bird
chief executive Kevin Hague said this was not good news.
"It looks as if
the fishing industry is killing hundreds of penguins in set net fisheries and
almost none of it is being reported," he said.
That was because
there was no mechanism to determine how many were dying.
Arsenal owner Stan
Kroenke pulls all trophy hunting footage from outdoor TV channel after massive
Arsenal owner Stan
Kroenke has pulled all bloodsports footage from his controversial outdoor TV
channel after a massive public backlash.
asked My Outdoor TV to “remove all content related to those animals in light of
A statement read:
"Outdoor Sportsman Group is dedicated to serving audiences around the
world interested in the outdoors.
"In the past
few days, there has been significant public attention to a small portion of
programming on our MyOutdoorTV app that contains content associated with
hunting certain big game animals.
"While many on
both sides of this issue have made their
How do you tag a
They’re so soft—so
squishy! Where to put a tag—and why bother? Questions like these moved
scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research
Institute (MBARI), Hopkins Marine Station and other institutions around the
world to publish the first comprehensive how-to tagging paper for jellyfish
researchers everywhere. This missing manual was long in the making
Tommy Knowles, a
senior aquarist at Monterey Bay Aquarium, explains why. Historically, ocean researchers demonized
jellies as “blobs of goo that hurt you,” and that interfered with scientific
gear. That changed in the latter part of
the 20th century as scientists grew keen to understand entire ecosystems, not
just individual plants and animals. Knowing who eats what, how, where and when,
they learned, is critical for conservation.
remained a very under-appreciated member of the ecosystem for years, largely
because so little was known about them.
Zookeeper, 19, dies
in bear attack at Swedish wildlife park
zookeeper has died after being attacked by a bear at a wildlife park in
Police and emergency
services were called to Orsa Rovdjurspark at 10:30 on Friday morning after one
of the zookeepers was attacked and seriously injured. The man, who was born in
1998, received medical attention at the scene but later died of his injuries.
The CEO of the
company that owns the park explained that the attack took place during a
special activity for guests, where people get to go into an enclosure with the
zookeepers. The enclosure was supposed to be empty, but the bear managed to get
in. Police believe it may have dug its way in.
foremost I want to say that this is a difficult day. I’m thinking about my
colleague and his family a lot. It started out as a normal day, a family had
booked the activity and normal routines were followed. I'll leave it to the
police to work out what went wrong," the park's head Sven Brunberg said at
a press conference on Friday.
When the 19-year-old
did not answer h
Drug safety for
Researchers from the
University's Institute of Translational Medicine have determined the most
effective drug dose to help penguins in managed care fight off disease.
Aspergillosis is a
common respiratory fungal disease in African penguins (Spheniscus demersus)
under managed care. Historically this disease was treated with the antifungal
medication vitraconazole. Unfortunately, due to drug resistance, this treatment
antifungal medication, voriconazole, has been used but, due to the dosing being
based on other avian medications, this has resulted in the penguins suffering
from adverse drug effects.
the University's Institute of Translational Medicine led by Dr Katharine Stott,
sought to determine the safest and most effective dose of voriconazole for
They evaluated the
effectiveness of multiple single and daily oral doses of voriconazole by
analysing the concentration of the drug in plasma taken from the penguins
during two trials.
The researchers used
the data to construct a mathematical model to describe how the penguins
metabolise voriconazole and to predict drug exposure.
Using the model,
they were then able to simulate alternative dosing strategies to find one that
replicated the drug exposure known to be effective in humans, whilst avoiding
published in BioOne, demonstrated that administration of 5mg/kg voriconazole
once daily is a safe and effective dosing strategy for African Penguins with
Dr Stott, said:
"Although this project was a somewhat unusual one for our group, the
problem it presents is common: how can we better understand dosing strategies
to optimise the use of antimicr
in zoo animals
Interest in the
welfare of zoo animals is strong, both within the professional zoo community
and among the general public. Maintaining the highest standards of animal
welfare is a key priority for keepers, curators and zoo veterinarians, and zoo
animal welfare science has advanced considerably in recent years.
In the past, zoo
animal welfare centred on the avoidance of negative states, typified by the
Five Freedoms, and an absence of poor welfare was thought to indicate good
welfare (Farm Animal Welfare Council 1979, Melfi 2009, Mellor 2016). Monitoring
methods were often confined to resource-based measures such as assessment of
the provision of enrichment, appropriate nutrition or veterinary care. In
contrast, today it is recognised that zoos should actively promote positive
welfare states and that assessment of both the physical and psychological
wellbeing of individuals is critical.
Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) animal welfare strategy reflects this
and highlights the fact that sound animal welfare principles should be
integrated into all activities and intrinsically linked to the conservation
mission of modern zoos (Mellor and others 2015). Walraven and Duffy (2016)
explain the steps taken by the Taronga Conservation Society to embed this focus
on animal welfare into staff culture, develop …
Ivory Save Elephants? Experts Weigh In
The owners of an
antiques shop in Manhattan, New York, pleaded guilty on July 26 for trying to
sell $4.5 million worth of illegal elephant ivory from a back room.
On Thursday, some of
that confiscated Manhattan ivory and more will be crushed in Central Park as
part of a public event organized by the New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation and various wildlife groups. They hope that the
crushing of nearly two tons of ivory tusks, jewelry, and trinkets will deter
people from buying “white gold” and lead to the eventual shut down of the
At least 140,000
elephants have been lost to the ivory trade and habitat loss in less than a
decade, a survey conducted in 2016 showed. International commercial sales of
elephant ivory have been banned since 1990, and some countries have begun
A Day in the Life of
an Elephant Keeper
What does working
among the giants of the animal kingdom entail? For Asian elephant keepers
Kayleigh Sullivan and Paige Babel, the thrill lies in training, enriching and
caring for the Zoo’s multi-generational herd. Whether they are contributing to
research or educating visitors about the conservation of this endangered
species, the work that they do helps Ambika, Shanthi, Bozie, Kamala, Swarna,
Maharani and their wild counterparts in a big way.
Panda gives birth to
twins at French zoo, but one cub dies
There here was joy
and pain for French zookeepers Friday as their female panda gave birth to
twins, but one died soon afterwards.
Huan Huan, on loan
to Beauval zoo in central France from China, delivered the first cub at 10:18
p.m. (2018 GMT) and the second at 10:32.
But soon after
birth, the first, which weighed just 121 grams (4.2 ounces), began having
problems breathing and d
Seals from Cuba
become latest attractions in Turkey’s Antalya
The latest habitants
to join the Antalya Aquarium, three cute seals brought from Cuba, have drawn
tourists’ attention in the southern province of Antalya.
The three cute
seals, “Setareh,” “Amigo” and “Milad,” have wooed visitors to the Antalya
Aquarium with their friendly and communicative manners.
Tourists have taken
pictures with these cute seals in the pool, watching them pose for the cameras
and kissing them.
very well with people and especially with the children. They show immense
affection. Our visitors have the chance to watch the seals here,” the
aquarium’s general manager, Kemal Kumkumoğlu, told Doğan News Agency.
“We have shows with
the seals every hour. If our visitors want they can go into the pool close to
the seals, touching and feeding them. They can even swim in the pool together.
Seals pose for the cameras and kiss the tourists,” said Kumkumoğlu.
The Antalya Aquarium
is Europe’s second biggest aquarium and the world’s fifth biggest. The gigantic
complex also houses the world’s biggest underwater aquarium tunnel, 131 meters
in length and three meters wide.
Bristol Water staff
inspecting a Somerset reservoir have spotted what appeared to be an alligator.
The reptile was
spotted near to Chew Valley reservoir by Bristol Water staff.
They caught the
two-foot-long animal with a net and put it in a box.
Mexico City to end
marine mammal captivity
welcomes the news that Mexico City Congress has passed a bill under the
Protection of Animals law prohibiting the commercial exploitation and use of
marine mammals, including dolphins and whales, in activities with humans;
including training for and performing in shows, swim programmes or therapy.
This means that
existing facilities within Mexico City have a six month period in which to
remove the marine mammals they hold to a sea pen or sanctuary where they will
not perform or interact with the public. Although this ban currently applies
only to Mexico City, it is a very positive step forward and we hope that other
areas in the country will follow suit.
Once the bill is publish
Conscience for Conservation
This opinion piece
explores how implementing a species royalty for the use of animal symbolism in
affluent cultural economies could revolutionise conservation funding. A revenue
revolution of this scale is urgently necessary to confront the sixth mass extinction
that the planet is now facing. But such a revolution can only occur if the
approach to conservation now evolves quickly across disciplines, continents,
cultures and economies. This piece is a call to action for research-, culture-,
and business-communities to implement a new ethical phase in economic policy
that recognises the global cultural debt to the world’s most charismatic
To Save Elephants,
New York To Crush Nearly 2 Tons Of Ivory
A rock crusher in
New York’s Central Park will destroy nearly two tons of ivory on Thursday to
try to help end the illegal trade of the material.
The destruction of
piles of confiscated tusks, statues, and jewelry aims to send a clear, public
message against the slaughter of African elephants.
“These crushes raise
awareness,” John Calvelli, a spokesman for the Wildlife Conservation Society,
which runs the city’s zoos, told the New York Daily News. “Crushing the ivory
shows that the ivory has no value, so people can stop killing the elephants.”
Why scorpion stings
are so painful
A combined team of
researchers from the U.S. and China has figured out why scorpion stings are so
painful. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the
team explains how scorpion venom containing a variety of toxins and is mildly
acidic, causing a lot of pain.
cognition in a social setting to improve validity and welfare: a literature
review highlighting successful approaches
cognition in a social setting is associated with practical and statistical
challenges. However, conducting cognitive research without disturbing
species-typical social groups can increase ecological validity, minimize
distress, and improve animal welfare. Here, we review the existing literature
on cognitive research run with primates in a social setting in order to
determine how widespread such testing is and highlight approaches that may
guide future research planning.
attacks: Why captive orcas kill | Opinion
SeaWorld’s announcement introducing their new
"Up-Close tour" is troubling. This ‘educational’ opportunity, where —
according to SeaWorld spokeswoman Susan Storey — “visitors can signal for
whales to do a tail wave or send them off for jumps,” is a not so thinly veiled
entertainment show, through and through — and likely the first of many
foreseeable broken promises.
During my 14-year
career as a senior trainer at SeaWorld, guest interactions with the animals
posed a challenge to us as trainers, or as SeaWorld now calls them,
"behaviorists." The interactions were both predictable and boring to
the orcas. Often, we withheld food from the whales so we could use larger
amounts of food for the interaction so they would be motivated enough to
participate. Even then, it was not uncommon for the technique to be aversive,
causing whales to refuse to cooperate afte
10 things you didn’t
know about the ‘Monkey Selfie’ case
1. PETA sued David
on behalf of the monkey and the case has now gone to appeal, but David reckons
his real battle is Wikipedia. Its defence is as follows: “the Wikimedia
Foundation’s 2014 refusal to remove the pictures from its Wikimedia Commons
image library was based on the understanding that copyright is held by the
creator, that a non-human creator (not being a legal person) cannot hold
copyright, and that the images are thus in the public domain.”
2. PETA has dubbed
the monkey Naruto, but based on the photos they are distributing, David reckons
they have the wrong monkey, and indeed the wrong sex of monkey.
3. David only found
out he was being sued by PETA when a reporter from the Associated Press
contacted him for background, but wouldn’t explain exactly why. David realised
what was happening when he saw the story in print.
4. The ongoing cost,
in terms of legal feels and time, are forcing David to consider new income
streams – he has registered with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) as a coach,
and is even thinking about dog walking.
5. David reckons the
biggest mistake he made at the beginning was allowing his agent to distribute
the high resolution version of the image to the press, on the off chance that
they might want to turn it into a poster. Once the high res was out there, it
was hard to keep control of the image.
6. There are now two
crowdfunding sites set up to help David with the legal costs and the damage the
case has caused his business.
2 September 2017
8.30am - 5pm (Doors
open at 8am)
Killing has always
been a part of species conservation, both as a threat and a mitigation tool. As
a conservation tool, killing is employed in a variety of situations, including
collecting museum specimens, teaching and research, eradicating pest species,
and conservation through the sustainable use of wildlife. In recent decades,
however, killing has become more contentious as a tool for conserving native
species. At the same time, the need to conserve fauna has greatly increased.
This has generated more tension. But what is the science that lies behind such
killings? When do we use it? Does it work? What are the political dimensions?
What are the consequences? Are there alternatives? And are all forms of killing
seen as equal?
Since killing can be
distressing, uneven in its acceptability, and evokes strong opinions, the topic
is rarely discussed and debated as a theme. The day will bring the topic
together with a series of case studies, viewpoints and plenary discussions
which will be recorded and published as a valuable part of the day. Papers from
the day will be published as a theme edition* of Australian Zoologist.
Put the date in your
diary, mention the forum to your colleagues, and consider presenting a paper.
If you would like
more information on this forum, if you would like to present a poster or paper,
contact Martin Predavec (email@example.com), Cathy Herbert
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dan Lunney (email@example.com).
Paphos Zoo tiger
goes wild to boost population
PAPHOS zoo is
celebrating as one of their hand-reared Siberian tiger cubs is about to be
released into a protected forest in Russia to help increase the dwindling
numbers of the animals in the wild.
Christoforou told the Cyprus Mail that he was ecstatic when he heard the news,
as he hand-reared the female tiger cub named Aphrodite for the first part of
her life. The female cub was born to Siberian tiger, Bonnie and Clyde in April
2015 at Paphos Zoo, but her mother was unable to produce enough milk, so
Christoforou stepped in to help.
tranquilized and returned to Czech zoo
A cougar that
escaped from a zoo in the Czech Republic has been recaptured and returned to
the park, police said.
Tomas Machac, head
of Contact Zoopark in Zvole, near Prague, said the 7-month-old male mountain
lion escaped late Sunday or early Monday after someone tampered with the
saw the cougar outside when she walked her dog. The cougar ran away because it
is afraid," the Prague Monitor quoted Machac as saying.
The zoo said in a
Facebook post the cub, named Maxie, was returned to the zoo unharmed Tuesday
Police said they
located the puma and captured it using a tranquilizer.
The zoo said more
information on Maxie's
Panda at French zoo
French zoo officials
were doubly delighted on Tuesday on learning that their pregnant panda is
expecting not one but two cubs at the weekend.
A final scan has
revealed that Huan Huan, who is on loan to Beauval zoo in central France from
China with her male partner Yuan Zi, is expecting twins on Friday or Saturday.
The impending birth
will be the first of a panda in France.
It was announced
with great fanfare on July 26 after a first scan, which appeared to show the
nine-year-old bear—who arrived in Beauval in 2012 after intense, high-level
negotiations between Paris and Beijing—was carrying a single cub.
But on Tuesday
veterinarians assisted by two Chinese panda reproduction specialists noticed a
Zoo workers’ strike
enters seventh day
Over 200 employees
of Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park remained on strike on the seventh consecutive
day demanding skilled status based on their experience and a minimum wage of
Rs18,000 per month. The zoo authorities are not ready to concede to their demands
on the ground that they lacked life science degrees.
The authorities have
outsourced 70 daily wage workers to look after the maintenance and sweep the
pathways and assist the 90 permanent zookeepers in handling animal management.
The authorities have also told the employees that the protest was illegal as per
the Central Zoo Auth
Free entry to
Twycross Zoo as part of World Orangutan Day - but you have to be a redhead
Twycross Zoo is the
hottest ticket in town this summer - especially for redheaded animal lovers.
The attraction near
Nuneaton is once again allowing flame haired guests in for free later this
month, to celebrate World Orangutan Day.
Taking place on
August 19, this is the third year that the zoo have run the promotion.
consultant could be precursor to possible sale
SeaWorld is stepping
up efforts to turn around the beleaguered company amid reports it has brought
on an outside financial adviser that could be a precursor to a possible sale or
theme park company is said to have hired investment banking advisory firm,
Evercore, according to sources cited Monday by Deal Reporter, a financial news
service. Evercore is known as a firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions,
restructurings, public offerings and private placements.
SeaWorld offered no
comment on reports of the Evercore hiring. “We don’t comment on rumors or
speculation,” said SeaWorld spokeswoman Aimée Jeansonne Becka.
The news comes ahead
of SeaWorld’s quarterly earnings report next week and a Tuesday announcement
that the company’s chief financial officer, Peter Crage, has resigned and is
being replaced on an interim basis by Marc Sw
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children, will have an opportunity to enjoy the world of animals by rowing
boats along the river in ‘Jungle Splash’, the first Safari in Bao Son Paradise
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Collections at the
California Academy of Sciences aid researchers in revising a mammal branch on
tree of life
One small mammal is
experiencing a triumphant return to its long-ago spot on the tree of life.
Scientists have elevated a subspecies of giant sengi, or elephant-shrew, to
full species status. Aided by genetic information gathered from the California
Academy of Sciences' vast mammal collection, Academy researchers collaborated
with colleagues from the University of Alaska Museum (UAM), the Sokoine
University of Agriculture in Tanzania, and the Field Museum of Natural History
in Chicago (FMNH) to explore the evolutionary relationships among giant sengis.
In the process, the team discovered that a white-tailed subspecies of giant
sengi from the Congo Basin and western Uganda was genetically distinct enough
to return it to full species status, as originally designated upon its
discovery in the late nineteenth century. Rhynchocyon cirnei stuhlmanni (now R.
stuhlmanni) follows three new sengi species discoveries from the last decade.
The team's revision of species relationships among giant sengis appears this
summer in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.
shows human actions are messing with evolution
have to take millions of years. New research shows that a type of lizard living
on man-made islands in Brazil has developed a larger head than its mainland
cousins in a period of only 15 years.
The group of
insect-eating geckos from the species Gymnodactylus amarali was isolated from
the rest of the population when areas of the countryside were flooded to
provide hydro-electric power. This caused the extinction of some larger species
of lizards on the new islands, leaving the geckos to eat insects that would
normally have been mopped up by the bigger species. As a result, the geckos
have evolved bigger mouths, and so bigger heads, that enable them to eat their
larger prey more easily.
We've actually seen
rapid evolution like this before, but usually in response to a natural disaster
such as drought or climate change. What's different about the geckos is that
they've evolved in direct response to an environmental change enacted by humans,
Studying an elusive
South African primate
At a remote South
African field site, CU Boulder Professor Michelle Sauther and CU alumnus Frank
Cuozzo are leading research on two of the world's least studied non-human
primates: the iconic, big-eyed African bushbabies, also known as galagos.
The small southern
lesser galago can fit in a human's hand while the greater thick-tailed galago
is cat-sized and is much larger than its counterpart. According to Sauther,
it's like comparing a gorilla to a baboon.
While nearly all
primate species live in the tropics, these bushbaby species are two of the few
primates that live within temperate areas outside of the tropics. Due to their
dramatic size difference, they are allowing Sauther and Cuozzo to better understand
how body size ma
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