Hurricane 'Irma' has
been in the news all week and rightly so. I have friends and colleagues all
over the world hugely concerned over the wellbeing of animals and staff in
various facilities in the Hurricanes path. Following on so soon after the
visitation of 'Harvey' it has been a sort of double disaster. It is a truly
terrible situation for anybody to be in and which leaves just about everybody
wondering what is the best, and safest, action to take. I am always struck by
the bravery of those who stay behind and in particular that of the zoo keepers* who risk their own lives to ensure that the animals they care for are as safe
as they can make them. I salute them.
Although I am aware
that the AZA requires all members to practice a disaster drill annually the
real life scenario always brings up the unexpected. I am hoping that whatever
is learned will be shared so that everyone will be more ready next time
round….because sadly there will be a next time. Along with watching what has
been taking place in the US I have also been watching Asia. Our weather
patterns are in a mess and regardless of what some may say I put it all down to
man-made climate change.
Talking of the AZA I
will be interested to see what comments there are, if any, on the speech by
I know I am not the
only one who is disturbed by China sending Pandas to Taman Safari Indonesia.
Saddened too that Edinburgh's breeding did not go as planned. No doubt
Edinburgh will once again be attacked by the Anti Zoo Anarchists…may I suggest
they look towards Indonesia instead.
* Whether the title is trainer, carer, ranger or whatever they are all zoo keepers to me.
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preparedness in zoos and aquariums
You need only look
at the papers or television news to see the reports. Infectious disease
outbreaks, weather emergencies and disasters both natural and man-made. They're
all not just threats to human populations – they have the potential to disrupt
the daily operations of zoos and aquariums and the lives of their animal
In 2004 an outbreak
of H5N1 avian influenza among tigers and leopards at zoos in Thailand resulted
in the deaths of 45 animals. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita damaged the Audubon
Zoo in New Orleans in 2005, though the only animals lost were two otters and a
raccoon. The New Orleans Aquarium of the Americas did not fare as well after
that storm; most of the fish in their collection died when they lost power. The
2007 California wildfires threatened the San Diego Wild Animal Park causing the
facility to close and relocate some of the endangered species within its
collection. These events can be devastating for the involved facilities.
There are more than
2,800 USDA licensed animal exhibitors in the US, ranging from very large
facilities to private individuals with f
Flu at the zoo and
other disasters: Experts help animal exhibitors prepare for the worst
Here are three
disaster scenarios for zoo or aquarium managers: One, a wildfire lunges towards
your facility, threatening your staff and hundreds of zoo animals. Two,
hurricane floodwaters pour into your basement, where thousands of exotic fish
and marine mammals live in giant tanks. Three, local poultry farmers report
avian influenza (bird flu) in their chickens, a primary source of protein for
your big cats.
What do you do?
These are among the
many potential disasters the managers of zoos and aquariums ponder in their
emergency preparedness drills and plans. But these stories are not just
worst-case scenarios: The events described above actually happened, and the
aftermath – often heroic, and sometimes tragic – depended in large part on the
institutions' preparedness training, planning and forethought in calmer times.
When bad weather
strikes or illness invades, zoos and aquariums are among the most vulnerable
facilities affected, said University of Illinois veterinarian Yvette
Johnson-Walker, a clinical epidemiologist who contributes to emergency response
training efforts at animal exhibitor institutions. She is a clinical instructor
in the department of veterinary clinical medicine at Illinois, and lead author
of a new paper on emergency preparedness at zoos and aquariums in the journal
Homeland Security & Emergency Management.
Some animals are
likely to suffer if the electricity goes out for long, she said. Others are
large, skittish and dangerous under normal conditions.
and keepers to minimize their own risks while attending to their animals in an
emergency is a challenge, but leads to the best outcomes, she said.
Johnson-Walker joined forces with Yvonne Nadler, a project manager with the Zoo
and Aquarium All Hazards Preparedness Response and Recovery Center, to bring
vital emergency training to accredited animal exhibitor institutions in
Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. This effort, funded by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture and supported by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, has since
expanded, providing training to staff from zoos and aquariums in 23 states.
dubbed "Flu at the Zoo," focus on avian influenza, a viral disease
that spread in the 2000s among wild and captive birds and also infected
hundreds of people, primarily in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Bird flu
serves as a useful model scenario to help train participants in b
Practices Working Group - Planning Roadmap
A Basic Guide for
Emergency Planners for Managed Wildlife
Management Plan for Zoological Parks of India
Planning in Zoological Institutions
Something to think about.......
How to tell if/when an elephant ‘sanctuary’ is
NILUBOL·THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2017
Please learn to
think logically and critically, and don't fall for lies, misinformation, and
First of all, I
composed this information especially for people who don’t know ANYTHING! So for
people who already know the ins and outs of unethical ‘sanctuaries’, I must
very sincerely apologise. I do not mean to insult anyone’s intelligence.
These are the
questions you should be asking when you come across 'sanctuaries' that are not
transparent about their operations:
1.) On what grounds
can they claim that every other elephant facility tortures elephants...except
theirs, or others 'like theirs'? (Founders of 'sanctuaries' get really catty
and bitchy with each other. You know that, right?!)
2.) How can they
claim to have the best mahouts (in the world), if they keep trashing
traditional elephant-keeping cultures? Does that mean that all those mahouts
were previously evil, cruel, and abusive, and those mahouts only became 'nice'
after they were 'recruited' by those 'sanctuaries'? If so, what methods do they
use to 'convert' those previously evil, cruel, and abusive mahouts? And for
people with such a 'bad history', isn't it such a 'giant leap' to now get to be
the best mahouts (in the world)?
3.) How can they
claim to implement the highest standards of elephant care and husbandry, when
they do not allow the (open) use of our ancient tools and techniques? Does that
mean there are no protective/preventative measures in place in case of emergencies,
or in such cases where an elephant becomes aggressive?
4.) When elephants
are placed in enclosures, what is the level of abundance of food within those
enclosures? How often do they get fed in those enclosures (because, clearly, a
lot of the food must come from outside the enclosures)? What kinds of food sources
are naturally available within those enclosures? What of the range of
enrichments within those enclosures?
5.) How do they
manage elephants who come into conflict with one another? Remember that they
don't allow the (open) use of our ancient tools and techniques! So, where on
earth, how on earth, do they acquire their expertise?
6.) With their very
strict 'no ankus - no chain - no riding' approach, how can effective medical
treatment be provided for their elephants? Actually, do they even have an
onsite clinic? Very importantly, with their 'no ankus - no chain - no riding'
approach, how exactly can they claim to have skilled/professional/master
mahouts? Do they even know what they're talking about, when it comes to
elephant welfare management? Tools for the guidance and management of elephants
have been around for thousands of years (before the chain, there was the rope).
Do they even know what those tools are actually for, and how to exercise their
7.) Finally, they
should show us their bank statements. What exactly are those donations going
towards? Can they prove to us what they spend those donations on? Come
on...show us! After all, this isn't a for-profit business. This is a
charity...a 'sanctuary'! Right???!!!!
It is healthy to ask
open questions. So please, please be discerning...
Indonesia ready for
arrival of pandas from China
government has issued a permit for the importation of pandas, an animal
considered vulnerable to extinction, from China. Only 15 countries, including
Indonesia, have been approved to raise the protected species.
The Environment and
Forestry Ministry’s biodiversity conservation director Bambang Dahono Adji said
the issuance of the permit for the importation of pandas was monitored by the
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
“We issued the
import permit last month and the pandas will be brought to Indonesia as soon as
possible. We are waiting for approval from [national flag carrier] Garuda,
which will transport the pandas from China. We have specially requested Garuda
to carry the species because it is part of an international conservation
program,” said Bambang on Friday.
He said China agreed
to give pandas to several countries including Indonesia with tight
prerequisites. As one of
Another North Korea
Crime: Pushing African Rhinos Toward Extinction
In 2014, a report by
the Washington-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (PDF) accused
North Korean diplomats of earning hard currency for its nuclear and missile
programs through illicit trading of wildlife.
Another finding on
the illicit trade (PDF), published a year ago by the Geneva-based Global
Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, showed that North Korean
diplomats have been implicated in more than half of the cases of illegal
trading of rhinoceros horns and elephant tusks involving embassy officials
stationed in Africa since 1989. Of the 29 seizures of contraband horns and
tusks in the period, 16 have involved North Koreans. The highest profile cases
happened after Kim took office.
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confirms panda Tian Tian WON'T be giving birth this year
The UK's only giant
panda Tian Tian will not give birth this year, Edinburgh Zoo has confirmed.
Tian Tian, who has
been a leading attraction at the zoo since arriving in 2011, was tipped to give
birth in August after zoo bosses confirmed she was pregnant again.
Barbara Smith, chief
executive of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), said: "There
was great excitement when early tests indicated that Tian Tian was pregnant.
we are sad that the pregnancy did not result in cubs this time around."
EAZA Annual Report
Bilbies and bettongs
to return to NSW
UNSW scientists will
reintroduce bilbies, burrowing bettongs, and five other native mammals that are
extinct in NSW into large, predator-free exclosures in the north west of the
state, as part of a major NSW Government initiative to protect threatened species.
Minister Gabrielle Upton launched the Wild Deserts project this week on
National Threatened Species Day.
Ms Upton announced
that Dubbo’s Taronga Western Plains Zoo has commenced development of a
110-hectare breeding sanctuary for the Greater Bilby, which has not been seen
for more than a century in the wild in NSW.
Battle to stop PNG's
unique and beautiful wildlife from being caught and sold off
Papua New Guinea has
the world's third-largest rainforest, but increasing numbers of its unique and
beautiful species of wildlife are being caught and sold.
The animals are
often sold for traditional reasons, for personal consumption or for use in
Most Papua New
Guineans do not see any problems with this, but conservation groups said it was
starting to put many of the country's iconic species at risk.
The highlands city
of Goroka is buzzing with people from all over the region who have come to show
off their traditional dances and costumes at the annual Goroka Show.
The famous event
attracts so-called "sing-sing" groups who compete to have the best
performances and best traditional dress.
It also attracts
people like Saifa Kaupa, who is selling a dead bird of paradise for about $40.
"I shot seven
down. I had enough of my children getting them so I will sell three, and four I
In the Bellies of
Bandar the tiger
gorges on his blood popsicle in private. Animal keepers at Smithsonian’s
National Zoo attach an oxtail to the frozen treat so he can clamp down on it
and drag it into the bushes. Commissary manager Bill Clements sources the blood
from a butcher at Eastern Market.
“We’ll freeze it up
and mix some gelatin in to make it more viscous and more fun to lick,” Clements
says. His team molds ground beef into stars and affixes them to the sides
making it look at once glorious and grotesque.
A bloodsicle is a
lavish snack for the lions and tigers. Their usual diet consists of ground beef
from Nebraska, rabbits, and beef femur bones. Occasionally they’re treated to a
carcass feed, as gnawing on large portions of a whole animal best emulates how
they eat in the wild. The meat is harder to break down, so it keeps their
facial musculature well conditioned and their digestion systems revved up.
Though not as gory
as the goat scene in Jurassic Park, carcass
This is the TAG
Annual report 2016 online version of EAZA
Irma: Cuba airlifts
dolphins to safety from deadly hurricane
Teams of rescue
workers in Cuba airlifted a group of dolphins to safety from Hurricane Irma,
hours before winds of up to 160mph struck the area.
The mammals were
housed in an aquarium on the island of Cayo Guillermo, off the north central
coast of the country, where the Category 5 storm swept across the archipelago.
the six sea creatures from the water and placed them on mats, then wrapped them
in giant blue sheets to prepare them for the evacuation.
Pregnancy: Virgin Birth Explained
Who's your daddy?
Archie the giant anteater may have a hard time answering that question. Born to
mom Armani at the LEO Zoological Center in Greenwich, Connecticut, Archie seems
perfectly normal except for one small detail: Zookeepers have no idea how he
came into being.
previously given birth to a baby named Alice after a romantic rendezvous with
Alf, a male anteater also at LEO. But this wasn’t an episode of Leave it to
Beaver. Male anteaters are known to kill and eat their offspring, so the zoo’s
staff kept Alf separate from Ar
Two White Giraffes
Seen in Kenyan Conservation Area
Conservation Programme (HCP), a Rainforest Trust partner in Kenya, just
captured footage of two white Reticulated giraffes. The giraffes, an adult
female and calf, were in the region where Rainforest Trust and HCP are
protecting vital habitat for the Hirola, the world’s most threatened antelope.
According to the HCP blog, sightings of white giraffes have increased in the
past few years and people have recently been seeing these two giraffe
Zoos Group Bans
Anti-Animal Rights Org from Conference Keynoted by Animal Rights Activist
The Association of
Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) blocked a group critical of animal-rights extremists
from its annual conference this weekend despite such radicals targeting zoos
and aquariums for extinction.
The rejection of
Protect the Harvest’s sponsorship of the massive gathering in Indianapolis came
on the heels of the AZA inviting Wayne Pacelle, the head of the Humane Society
of the United States (HSUS) who boasts a long record of opposing keeping animals
in captivity, to deliver the group’s keynote. Protect the Harvest questions why
Pacelle, a man they characterize as an abolitionist when it comes to zoos,
received the privileged speaking slot.
“I think we offered
$20,000,” explains Protect the Harvest’s Dave Duquette, who tells Breitbart
News that his group had already picked out its booth space. “It was a platinum
sponsorship. They were pretty excited about it. We were going to pay for an extra
But after that
initial excitement in early July, an AZA representative informed Duquette
mid-month that the group could not allow Protect
T he conditions of
zoos, bird gardens and animal care centers across the country have improved
over the past few years, as a result of a more efficient stick-and-carrot
Currently, Iran has
71 zoos, bird gardens and other animal centers, only five of which do not yet
have a DOE license. This is while by the end of July 2016, there were 24
unlicensed centers out of a total of 77 centers, ISNA reported.
has been improvement in the conditions of these centers and we are satisfied
with the progress," said Ali Teymouri, director of Hunting and Fishing
Office at the Department of Environment.
inspections, centers that failed to meet DOE's standards were notified and
issued ultimatums to improve their conditions. Consequently, seven of the
unlicensed centers were forced to close due to lack of improvement in their
improvements were made by several zoos regarding the hygiene and space provided
for animals while we had no option but to close a few others that were
reluctant [in implementing improvements]," he said.
stressed that zoos do not have much revenue and should not be expected to meet
all DOE's requirements overnight.
encourage and facilitate the gradual improvements in the conditions of these
zoos," he said. Teymouri also said
the DOE would fully cooperate with those centers that show willingness to
"It is not all
stick and no carrot. The best zoos
World's first as
endangered Bermudian Skink hatch at Chester Zoo
Two clutches of
critically endangered Bermudian Skink have hatched at Chester Zoo, the first
time conservationists have succeeded in breeding the species outside of its
The tiny rock
lizards, which grow to around three inches long, are a much-loved symbol of the
British Overseas Territory of Bermuda and an important part of the ecosystem.
Yet the species is
on the brink of extinction in the wild, as habitat destruction and introduced p
reintroduce wild tigers after 70-year absence
Wild tigers are to
be reintroduced to Kazakhstan 70 years after they became extinct in the
The animals will be
reintroduced in the Ili-Balkhash region in a project that involves the creation
of a nature reserve and the restoration of a forest that is part of the
animal’s historical range.
Kazakhstan will be the first country in the world to bring wild tigers back to
an entire region where they have been extinct for nearly half a century.
Previous relocation projects have only been considered in existing tiger
habitats, such as in reserves in India.
Poaching and habitat
loss has decimated the wildlife on which wild tigers once fed, including the
kulkan, or wild donkey, and bactrian deer, both native to central Asia. The
animals will be reintroduced to the nature reserve to provide enough food for
the tigers when they are relocated from elsewhere in Asia.
The project, which
is being supported by WWF, is likely to take many years. The landscape has to
be prepared and the wildlife they feed on reintroduced before the first tigers
are brought in in 2025 at the earliest.
Igor Chestin, the
director of WWF-Russia said: “Thanks to years of close collaboration between
Kazakhstan and Russian co
Key Largo crew stays
behind during Irma to care for dolphins
Haichang looks to
develop Ocean Parks in India, Asia and Africa
marine park operator, Haichang Ocean Parks Holdings, has plans to build
overseas amusement parks along China’s new silk road.
Chief executive of
Haichang, Wang Xuguang, told the South China Morning Post that his company was
in discussion with mainland state-owned infrastructure builders. The company
wishes to develop three to four ocean parks along China’s new silk road trade initiative.
The new parks will be built in countries like Bangladesh and Madagascar.
Wang said: “As the
state-owned infrastructure builders construct ports and roads along the ‘One
Belt, One Road’, they also need our help to add amusement facilities to go with
the megaprojects. This model fits us perfectly since we already had plans to tap
the emerging markets.”
'All My Penguins'
Tells Tales Of Love And Friendship At Chicago Zoo
Zoo staff go on
Employees of all
sections of the zoo, went on strike against the suspension of one watch and
ward staff member and another head Mali. The fauna of the Nehru Zoological Park
were deprived of daily meal by over two hours on Friday, as the zoo staff went
on a flash strike, protesting against suspension of two of their colleagues.
The zoo authorities had to place requisition to the outsourcing contractor for
more hands, and the lunch for animals was delayed till they arrived, said an
official on condition of anonymity. The striking employees were back to work
Florida judge orders
Oklahoma roadside zoo not to move tigers
A federal judge in
Florida has ordered an Oklahoma roadside zoo not to move 19 tigers at the
center of a court battle with animal welfare activists.
The group People for
the Ethical Treatment of Animals also is asking the judge to find Oklahoma
zookeeper Joseph "Joe Exotic" Maldonado and Greater Wynnewood Exotic
Animal Park owner Jeff Lowe in contempt of court for allegedly interfering in a
lawsuit over the tigers.
In court documents,
PETA claims Maldonado and Lowe have said they would rather kill the tigers than
hand the animals over to a Peta-backed animal sanctuary.
A Florida zoo, Dade
City's Wild Things, sent the tigers to Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in
July, allegedly to avoid a court-ordered inspection of the tiger petting zoo by
animal welfare activists.
PETA filed a lawsuit
against the Dade City's Wild Thi
Bahamas zoo rushes
to save 150 animals by storing them in a makeshift Noah's Ark - the manager's
office - as islands brace for Hurricane Irma
A zoo in the Bahamas
rushed to save 150 animals as the tropical destination prepares for Hurricane
Irma to hit on Saturday.
The tiny zoo of
Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center in Nassau seemed like a chaotic
Noah's Ark as a handful of employees moved dozens of the park's 200 animals
indoors on Friday.
relocating the creatures to a manager's office while Hurricane Irma's first
bands of high winds and rain started pounded the Caribbean country.
Nassau, a city of
250,000 people and 184 miles east of Miami, was scheduled to be rocked by winds
more 100mph and heavy flooding early Saturday.
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Wildcats are bred for conservation at the Animal Park Goldau. For this
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open-top display exhibit. The hunting behaviour of the cats is
stimulated by four electronically operated feeding boxes that each open
randomly for some time. The cat can retrieve food from the box when it
is there at the right moment.
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alarm about illegal wildlife trade
Trafficking of wild
animals continues to haunt Myanmar despite attempts to curb the crimes, and
experts warn that the trend could damage animal populations if it goes
the alert over the intensified illegal wildlife trade in the country, which
targets pangolins, bears and elephant skin.
Cases are on the
rise – 28 cases led to arrests in 2013 and 34 last year. So far this year, 24
cases have been reported through August, according to the Ministry of Natural
Resources and Environmental Conservation.
Dr Sapai Min,
project manager for illegal wildlife trade for WWF-Myanmar, warned about
widespread illegal wildlife trading in the border towns of Tachileik and Mong
La that mostly thrive on wildlife species found in the country.
“I had been to
Tachileik and Mong La three or four times. I went to Mong La early this year.
When I went there in 2015, there were 15 places selling wildlife products. This
year, there are already 42 markets for the illegal wildlife trade. This could
greatly damage wildlife
reinstated as African Association of Zoos and Aquaria member
The Johannesburg Zoo
has been reinstated as a member of the African Association of Zoos and Aquaria
(Paazab), the City of Johannesburg said on Thursday.
Moodley said the zoo's regional Paazab membership would allow it to continue
being an international member of good standing of the World Association of Zoos
and Aquariums (Waza).
Moodley said the
reinstatement reaffirmed the City's commitment to regulate and improve its
professional standards and commitment to the code of ethics.
included the trade and movement of animals and plants, which must conform to
international conventions and best practices, and abide by national and local
would ensure the highest standard of veterinary care and housing, and ensure
that all animals had adequate space and proper facilities.
It would also make
Guangzhou Zoo closes
controversial circus show
Guangzhou Zoo said
it had closed the circus show since Sept. 1, and the area would be used to
build a scientific exhibition center.
The venue was
contracted to a circus operator from eastern China's Anhui Province in 1993,
which has performed there ever since, said Huang Yingzhi, head of the circus.
"We still have
about 70 animals, monkeys, bears, tigers, gorillas and parrots. We received
notice for the shutdown on Aug. 14, but we have been negotiating with the zoo
to stay," he said.
Huang and his
employees refused to leave, insisting there was no reason to close the circus.
Over the weekend,
the circus was still selling tickets and there were a few dozen people watching
the show, where monkeys rode bikes, gorillas played drums and bears did
headstands on high-rise bars.
numbers have not declined, and our place is popular. More than 13 million
people have watched the shows over the past 24 years,
Abu Dhabi SeaWorld
to be indoor theme park
Abu Dhabi’s upcoming
SeaWorld theme park on Yas Island will be an indoor attraction so that it can
attract visitors all year round.
Miral is developing the SeaWorld project. It also owns and operates the Ferrari
World theme park and the water park, and is developing the Warner Bros theme
park. “… They are all indoor theme parks, obviously excluding the water park,
which is naturally outdoors,” says Mohamed Khalifa al-Mubarak, chairman of
Miral. “SeaWorld will also be a fully indoor and immersive experience. It will
allow us to work 12 months a year instead of just focusing on the winter
Miral and the US’
SeaWorld Entertainment announced they had formed a partnership to develop the
project in December last year. Consultants have tendered for roles such as
project management this year.
life-themed park will include the UAE’s first dedicated marine life research,
rescue, rehabilitation and return centre as well as resources for the care and
conservation of local marine life.
Dr. Jenifer Zeligs –
“Make a connection before you give direction”
‘We Are Never Going
To Evacuate Animals’: How Zoos And Aquariums Prepare For A Hurricane
When you work with ferocious jungle cats,
massive sea creatures, and countless insects, it’s easy to see how mapping out
a hurricane disaster plan for all of them will become a problem.
The one-two punch of
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma on the southern states is not the first major
weather event to force animal care facilities to get creative with their storm
prep. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew devastated much of the Miami area.
your ticket to the Two Oceans Aquarium makes possible
While most of our
visitors usually only get to see the goings on in front of our acrylic windows
– not-at-all selfish cleaner shrimps, under-appreciated fish that are actually
awesome, the world’s favourite African penguin, and so on – there is a whole lot
happening behind the scenes at the Two Oceans Aquarium, too.
A quick glance at
the past four months shows how every arm of our organisation endeavours to make
a real difference, big or small, for the people of South Africa and their
oceans and coasts. That is why an entrance ticket or an annual membership, or
even a small online donation, to the Aquarium counts for so mu
Tokyo Zoo Offers
Itself up as Refuge for Anyone Suffering From Depression or Anxiety
As summer slowly
begins to fade into fall and then later winter, it can affect some people
differently. Some succumb to terrible depression as the seasons change, some
become anxious about school, work, and other difficulties of everyday life.
Some are just unhappy and anxious in general, which is completely normal. With
proper treatment and support, these feelings can be overcome, and it does get
better, but unfortunately, some individuals end up taking their own lives
because they don’t feel strong enough to cope anymore. Youth suicide,
tragically, has been on the rise in Japan, which is an even sadder prospect.
That’s why one zoo
in Tokyo is working to make anyone who feels upset or depressed or anxious or
anyone who feels like they can’t escape the situation they’re in now that the
zoo can be their sanctuary. The zoo sent out a
Circus Refuses to Close at Guangzhou Zoo
Despite having their
lease terminated, the animal circus at the Guangzhou Zoo has continued
operating as usual, earning the ire of zoo officials.
The Guangzhou Zoo
announced on August 30 that they would not be renewing the Anhui Guangde Animal
Circus’ contract, which expired the following day. Despite pleas from the zoo
to pack up and call it a day – and an offer to help move the animals – the circus
has kept selling tickets and staging shows.
A staffer at the zoo
told That’s this afternoon that circus shows are being held today despite
organizers being asked to cease and desist.
Search on for owner
of tiger shot dead in metro Atlanta neighborhood
Henry County police
and state authorities are working to determine how a tiger ended up in a
residential area early Wednesday morning.
The tiger was shot
dead after it attacked a dog and was spotted roaming a Henry County
“No idea where she
(the tiger) belonged,” said Gerri Yoder, Henry County’s animal control
director. “There are a lot of theories, but who knows?”
Department of Natural Resources is also investigating, but hasn’t yet
determined the tiger’s owner, officials said.
The tiger could have
been “a victim of the exotic pet trade” and could have been “born and bred for
the purpose of resale,” Yoder said. Tigers “are not illegal to own with the
proper permitting,” she said.
Around 6 a.m.,
authorities received at least two 911 calls from people who spotted the big cat
near the ramp from I-75 North to Jodeco Road and near a home in the area, Henry
Activist Keynoting Zoos Convention Dumbfounds Critics
“I don’t want to see
another cat or dog born.”
Wayne Pacelle, the
author of those few, strange words, does not officiate over a pitbull-fighting
ring or binge-watch cartoons of Jerry torturing Tom. Pacelle delivers the
keynote at the annual conference of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums
(AZA) later this week in Indianapolis.
“We invited Wayne
because AZA’s reputation and the reputation of our 230 members is dependent
upon the public confidence that they provide exceptional care to the animals in
aquariums and zoos,” Dan Ashe, president and chief executive officer of the
AZA, tells Breitbart News. “Animal welfare and care is a foundational issue. We
believe it’s important that they hear from the leading voices in the
For critics, a
Twilight Zone quality colors Pacelle delivering the keynote address at the AZA
convention, like Huck Finn’s anti-book learnin’ father winning the Nobel Prize
for literature or naming Charlie Brown the kicker at the Pro Bowl. Pacelle
serves as the president of the Humane Society of the United States, and
regularly inveighs against institutions that keep animals in captivity for
“Several of the zoos
that are members of the AZA are not happy with Dan Ashe’s decision to have
Wayne Pacelle be the keynote speaker because he is the enemy of all zoos,” Dave
Duquette of Protect the Harvest tells Breitbart News. “They’re afraid to say anything
because they’re afraid of the Humane Society. Look what they did with the
circus or with Sea World—the orcas are no longer allowed to breed in captivity.
Scientist Who Taught Us to Love Gorillas
Before she was known
around the world for living with mountain gorillas, Dian Fossey struggled to
bring attention to their dwindling numbers.
gorillas were on the verge of extinction, she adopted a brash approach to
communication and conservation that ruffled many—and likely contributed to her
still-unsolved murder in 1985. But this fierce dedication also helped revive
the beleaguered primates. Today, thousands of tourists visit Rwanda, Uganda,
and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to see them.
In 1969, the
35-year-old scientist had received three National Geographic Society grants to
research the elusive gorillas, and the magazine’s editors decided to feature
her findings. They quickly learned that Fossey was not afraid to offend in the
London Zoo uses
cycling air pollution sensors to track penguins and rhinos
London Zoo is
tracking penguins and rhinos in farflung corners of the world using the same
sensors that help cyclists avoid pollution hotspots in the city.
The small, flat
devices, which cost a few pence and are slightly bigger than a bank card, can
detect vibration, sound and air quality. They send radio signals to base
station boxes, which broadcast the data to satellites.
Digital Catapult, a
non-profit tech organisation, has installed the sensors across London and
programmed them to gather data to map pollution, allowing cyclists to plot
cleaner commutes to and from work.
However, it is has
now worked with game reserve rangers and London Zoo to set up networks of the
low-powered devices in locations such as Kenya, Nepal, Australia, the Chagos
Islands and Antarctica.
In elephant and
rhino poaching hotspots, the s
Something to sneeze
about: Democratic voting in African wild dog packs
African wild dogs in Botswana have found members of this endangered species use
sneezes to vote on when the pack will move off and start hunting.
The research, by an
international team working at the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust, is
published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Study senior author
Dr Neil Jordan, a research fellow at UNSW Sydney and Taronga Conservation
Society Australia, says African wild dogs exhibit highly energetic greeting
ceremonies called social rallies after rests periods, before they move off
"I wanted to
better understand this collective behaviour, and noticed the dogs were sneezing
while preparing to go," says Dr Jordan, of the UNSW Centre for Ecosystem
details of 68 social rallies from 5 African wild dog packs living in the
Okavango Delta in Botswana, and couldn't quite believe it when our analyses
confirmed our suspicions.
sneezes that occurred, the more likely it was that the
against restoration of London Zoo's iconic aviary
warned the “special significance” of London Zoo’s Snowdon Aviary could be
damaged by a planned restoration.
The Grade II* listed
structure, inspired by the movement of flying birds, opened in 1965 and is
visible from Regent’s Canal and Primrose Hill but has fallen into disrepair.
It was put on
Historic England’s At Risk Register last year. It will be converted into an
enclosure for colobus monkeys, with the mesh covering replaced and an education
The birds currently
there will move to other aviaries on site and to other zoos, with new bird
death is tragic, but zoo does more good than harm
With Labor Day signalling the end of the summer season
for many Pittsburghers, a number chose to take the day off to visit the
Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.
Most came to see the
animals. But after the deaths of a three-month-old elephant calf and the zoo’s
oldest male tiger in rapid succession last week, some residents are coming to
sound off, not to spectate.
A protest planned
for later this month the zoo includes the two recent deaths in a list of
accusations of animal mishandling. According to the event page, protesters will
demand an end to the zoo’s breeding program that the elephant calf was part of
as well as a general release of the park’s animals into wildlife sanctuaries.
The events of the
past week were unquestionably tragic, and the zoo should give serious
consideration to the future of its elephant breeding program. But demands to
essentially shutter the zoo are counterproductive and would likely do more harm
than good to the animals and anyone involved.
The elephant calf
that died last week was conceived through through the process of artificial
insemination of one of the zoo’s female elephants. When the calf’s mother
rejected it after its premature, underweight birth, it received care
exclusively from zoo employees, who fed it a mixture of formula and milk from
another elephant mother.
began, keepers were forced to insert a feeding tube. Zoo officials only made
the decision to euthanize the baby elephant after tube feedings became
ineffective and the calf stopped gaining weight consistently.
In a statement given
after the death, Pittsburgh Zoo Pre
Smart phone app
launched for nature reserve protection
Biodiversity Conservation Centre of GreenViet, an NGO in Đà Nẵng, will launch a warning application for smart phone users to alert
of violations against animals and vegetation in the Sơn
Trà Nature Reserve.
of GreenViet, Trần Hữu Vỹ, told Việt Nam News the Sơn Trà SOS application will be used from
November. Smart phone users can report or send photos of illegal logging or
hunting in the reserve to GreenViet for rapid response.
Vỹ said the Sơn Trà SOS,
funded by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), would
create quick supervision of any dangerous situations and infringements in the
reserve, which is just 10km from the city centre.
GreenViet has been
developing a website for the red-shanked douc langurs (Pygathrix nemaeus) – an
endangered primate species.
The NGO is also
co-operating with the Frankfurt Zoological Society of Germany, San Diego Z
Why poison dart
frogs don't poison themselves
A pair of
researchers with the State University of New York has found the source of
poison dart frogs' immunity from their own poison. In their paper published in
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Sho-Ya Wang and Ging Kuo Wang
describe testing frog muscle-derived amino acids in rat muscles to determine if
one of them might be responsible for preventing muscle from seizing.
Poison dart frogs,
native to Columbia, are known throughout the world for the application of their
poison to blow darts as a weapon. The toxin is produced in the skin gland and
one frog holds enough to kill 10 human beings at any one time—the toxin kills
by reversing the openings of sodium channels in nerves, which prevents muscles
from relaxing. The heart clenches to push blood through the body, but then
cannot unclench, preventing it from working.
Prior research has
shown that the active ingredient in the toxin is batrachotoxin. To figure out
why the dart frogs do not give themselves heart attacks when they produce the
chemical, the researchers gathered samples of all five amino acids that exist in
the frog's muscles and used them to replace those in rat muscles. Doing so, the
researchers report, made the rat muscle immune to the effects of batrachotoxin.
The researchers then tested the amino acids individually until they fou
promises $22 million donation to German zoo
A German zoo says a
93-year-old American widow of a Holocaust survivor is leaving it $22 million
(18.5 million euros) in her will.
Elizabeth Reichert told the local Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper it was her
late husband Arnulf's wish to donate the money to the Cologne zoo.
Reichert and Arnulf
were both natives of Cologne, and met during the war while he was in hiding.
They moved to Israel after the war and then later to the U.S., settling in New
The couple had no
children and the newspaper reported Friday that Reichert has already started
transferring $6,000 per month to the zoo. The entire sum is to be donated upon
What IS A Dolphin?
The Idealist vs Pragmatist
I just started my
second (and final) year of my master’s program in forensic science. One of the classes I’m taking is called
Foundations of Criminal Justice, which is deliciously philosophical. And believe it or not friends, I have found
some interesting parallels in the marine mammal world with some of the stuff I
have been reading in my textbook.
In the second
chapter, the author writes about idealists versus pragmatists, and how they
would develop and implement aspects of the criminal justice system. But the thing is guys, the author used an
animal to illustrate the difference between the two perspectives. And I realized HOLY CRAP THIS IS IT. THIS EXPLAINS THE MAIN DISSONANCE BETWEEN THE
GENERAL PUBLIC AND THE REST OF US.
Zoos might just be
the difference between life and death for these species
With many animals
facing extinction we often see zoos as gene pools to be used in a worst case
scenario. Here are three species were the existence of populations in zoos
could be the difference between life and death.
In 'My Life with
Cranes,' George Archibald Recounts an Incredible Career in Conservation
There are 15 extant
species of crane in the world, and most of them, with the exception of the
Sandhill Crane and three others, are threatened or endangered. But without the
work of George Archibald, all of these species would assuredly be even worse
off than they are today. That’s because Archibald has dedicated his life to
saving the world’s cranes, and in his new book My Life with Cranes, the
renowned ornithologist recounts his illustrious and pioneering conservation
career spanning more than 40 years.
The book is a short
one, a little over 150 pages, but it is a delightful and informative read,
packed with anecdotes from Archibald’s travels around the world and crammed
with facts about cranes and their habitats. Interspersed are colorful
photographs documenting Archibald’s extensive travels, his family and
colleagues over the years, and most of all, the elegant cranes he’s worked so
hard to save. Whether t
changing the sex of Costa Rican crocodiles
If you want to know
whether a crocodile is a male or a female, you have to catch it. Don't bring
your good shoes. "It's a muddy, wet mess," says Chris Murray, who
spent three dry seasons in and near Palo Verde National Park in Costa Rica,
capturing American crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) and determining their sex
with a revolving team of helpers.
Even at night the
heat is smothering, and a halo of bugs swirls around headlamps as the team
motorboats down waterways or stalks the animals from shore. When Murray and his
colleagues spot a croc, often half-submerged, they wade in after it or pursue
it in the boat. In a typical catch, his friend Mike Easter uses a noose on a
pole to snare the animal, which can be 2 meters long or more. As the croc
thrashes and spins, Murray says, "everyone yells a bunch of stuff."
Once it calms down a bit, they cover its eyes with a towel to reduce stress,
close its jaw with tape, and lug it to the bank, stumbling through
With the animal
restrained, telling its sex is straightforward, says Murray, who is a
physiological ecologist at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville.
"You have to put a finger in its cloaca," the cavity at the base of
the tail. "If there's a struct
The bustard and the
On the afternoon of
July 17, a large buff-and-white ostrich-like bird crashed into a 33 KV
transmission line connected to wind turbines in Naliya, on the edge of the Lala
Bustard Sanctuary in Kutch, Gujarat. This was no ordinary birdkill. The young
female bird’s death was nothing short of an ecological catastrophe: it meant
one less individual of a critically endangered species — the Great Indian
Bustard — of which an estimated 150 remain worldwide today.
This particular bird
was satellite-tagged. Information yielded by GPS transmitters showed that it
regularly moved between Naliya and the coastal grassland of Dadamapar village
30 km away. But death was perhaps inevitable: the distance between the two habitats
is densely packed with wind turbines.
At possibly around
15 individual bustards, this area supports the world’s second largest
population of these birds. Today, they are threatened by a seemingly benign
activity: wind and solar energy projects. Power line networks — many of them
for renewable energy projects — have killed at least seven bustards in India
over the last decade.
Bustards, which are
one of the world’s heaviest flying birds, worldwide easily fall victim to power
lines because of their relatively low flight paths and poor frontal vision,
explains Sutirtha Dutta, Bustard Conservation Project Scientist, Wildlife Institute
of India. “The situation is no differ
misunderstood by decades of poor science
may be entirely misunderstood, because research has so far failed to measure it
fairly and accurately, according to scientists.
scientific studies over two decades have told us that apes are clever - just
not as clever as us.
A new analysis
argues that what we think we know about apes' social intelligence is based on
wishful thinking and flawed science.
Dr David Leavens, of
the University of Sussex, with Professor Kim Bard, University of Portsmouth,
and Professor Bill Hopkins, Georgia State University, published their analysis
in the journal Animal Cognition.
Dr Leavens said:
"The fault underlying decades of research and our understanding of apes'
abilities is due to such a strongly-held belief in our own superiority, that
scientists have come to believe that human babies are more socially capable
than ape adults. As humans, we see ourselves as top of the evolutionary tree.
This had led to a systematic exaltation of the reasoning abilities of human
infants, on the one hand, and biased research designs that discriminate against
apes, on the other hand.
"Even when apes
clearly outperform young human children, researchers tend to interpret the
apes' superior performance to be a consequence of inferior cognitive abilities.
"There is not
one scientifically sound report of an essential species difference between apes
and humans in their abilities to use and understand clues from gestures, for
example. Not one.
"This is not to
say such a difference won't be found in future, but much of the existing
scientific research is deeply flawed."
This isn't the first
time science has seen such a pervasive collapse of rigor - 100 years ago
scientists were sure that northern Europeans were the most intelligent in our
species. Such bias is now seen as antiquated, but comparative psychology is
applying the same bias to cross-species comparisons between humans and apes,
the researchers say.
Professor Bard said:
"In examining the literature, we found a chasm between evidence and
belief. This suggests a deep commitment to the idea that humans alone possess
sophisticated social intelligence, a bias that is often not supported by the
Enrichment at the
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
One of the ways SCBI
keepers add variety to the cheetahs’ day is by providing them the opportunity
to interact with a pool of water, which is not something that exists in their
enclosures but something that they would encounter in the wild. To give juveniles
Asante, Scotty and Rosalie an outlet to express their curiosity, keepers tossed
in some floating toys as well. As predators, cheetahs are naturally inclined to
investigate things that move (and that could potentially be prey). The jolly
balls bob along the surface of water, making them an irresistible object of
Museum admits fault
in Snooty’s death
Snooty the manatee
drowned due to human error, including poor communication, deficient record
keeping and lack of staff and volunteer training, South Florida Museum
officials announced on Thursday.
“It is with the
heaviest of hearts that the board confirms that the findings show Snooty died
as the result of a preventable accident,” John Quinlan, vice president of the
museum’s board of trustees, told reporters Thursday.
Snooty drowned the
night of July 22 or the morning of July 23 after his gala 69th birthday party,
when he swam through a broken access panel leading to an underwater tunnel and
became trapped, he said.
museum-initiated investigation, “We came to understand that mistakes were made,
specifically the aquarium staff were aware of the panel being askew or loose,
or that it was missing screws as early as Sunday, July 16, a week prior to
Snooty’s death,” said a tearful Brynne Anne Besio, museum CEO. “Due to br
California Frog Gets Inoculation To Avoid Extinction
they’re inoculating an endangered California frog to give it a fighting chance
at avoiding extinction.
Service biologist Danny Boiano says it’s part of an experiment to save the
mountain yellow-legged frog from ravaging disease.
Director Dan Ashe Discusses Wildlife Conservation & Animal Welfare Programs
as the New CEO of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA)
The 2016 selection
of former Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Dan Ashe as
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums
(AZA) was exciting for many executives at the helm of accredited zoological
parks in North America and worldwide for several reasons.
The appointment of
perhaps the highest ranking wildlife biologist in the United States to the post
in charge of wildlife in human care was an obvious choice to many zoo and
aquarium professionals and a poignant reminder of AZA’s commitment to wildlife
conservation. But the significance of the selection may not have resonated as
widely or strongly within the public sector.
Connections between zoos and field-based programs, including restoration
efforts, which are often largely administered under the auspices of zoos and
aquariums themselves, are frequently under-recognized and under-appreciated,
even among avid zoogoers.
To stop poaching,
ivory ban must be permanent
Elephants in the
wild are under serious threat: Save the Elephants estimates that 100,000
elephants were killed for their ivory in Africa between 2010 and 2012.
Elephants are part of our global heritage that should be stewarded for future
generations, but they are not to be fenced off in “fortress conservation”
efforts; we must find ways of co-existing with elephants in a way that serves
communities in Africa – and the elephants themselves.
One way to mitigate
the risk elephants are facing due to demand for their ivory is to reduce that
demand – such campaigns are crucial in the fight against poaching, and domestic
ivory trade bans can complement these campaigns.
authorities uncover online orangutan trade
in Indonesia are taking their illicit business to social media such as Facebook
and Instagram, with the latest case coming to light this week.
On Monday (Aug 21),
West Kalimantan forest rangers and police arrested a suspect, identified only
as Tar, on suspicion of selling two baby orang utans on Instagram.
suspect was arrested at his house in a neighbourhood in West Kalimantan, where
two orang utans were found in a basket in the garage.
Otters learn by
copying each other
Otters can learn how
to solve puzzles by watching and copying each other, new research shows.
Scientists created a
series of puzzles baited with food, and found smooth-coated otters watched and
copied each other's problem-solving techniques - with young otters more likely
to copy than their parents.
But another species
- Asian short-clawed otters - showed no sign of copying each other.
Many otter species
are classified as threatened, vulnerable or endangered, and the researchers say
their study may help improve efforts to reintroduce otters into the wild.
learning has been studied in many species, but never in otters," said Dr
Neeltje Boogert, of the Centre for Ecology and Conservation at the University
of Exeter's Penryn Campus in Cornwall.
suggest smooth-coated otters adopt a 'copy when young' strategy.
in our study learned how to solve these puzzles much quicker than their parents
- more than six times faster.
Sense of smell is
key factor in bird navigation
How do birds
navigate over long distances? This complex question has been the subject of
debate and controversy among scientists for decades, with Earth's magnetic
field and the bird's own sense of smell among the factors said to play a part.
from the universities of Oxford, Barcelona and Pisa have shown in a new
experiment that olfaction – or sense of smell – is almost certainly a key
factor in long-distance oceanic navigation, eliminating previous misgivings
about this hypothesis.
The research is
published in the journal Scientific Reports.
Study leader Oliver
Padget, a doctoral candidate in Oxford University's Department of Zoology,
said: 'Navigation over the ocean is probably the extreme challenge for birds,
given the long distances covered, the changing environment, and the lack of
stable landmarks. Previous experiments have focused on the physical displa
'Our hearts are
broken:' Pittsburgh Zoo's baby elephant, 'Little Bit,' has died
The Pittsburgh Zoo
says it made a humane decision to end the young life of an elephant calf after
her health took a turn for the worse and she wasn't gaining enough weight from
feedings through a tube.
Top 10 Zoos — World
As Gujarat herds its
big cats, MP looks for zoo lions
Gujarat’s refusal to
part with its Gir lions despite court orders has forced Madhya Pradesh to
propose an alternative: source cubs and lions from zoos across the country for
translocation to Kuno Palpur in Sheopur district. For more than two decades,
the Gujarat government has scuttled the translocation conceived in the 1990s by
the Central government, at the instance of the Wildlife Institute of India, to
create a second home for Asiatic lions outside Gir.
In 2014, the Supreme
Court threw out a curative petition by the Gujarat government, the last legal
recourse available before it to stall the translocation, but the state has
managed to avoid shifting, citing absence of one study or the other. The BJP
government in Madhya Pradesh too hasn’t shown much keenness in pushing for
execution of the project.
Calling the new idea
‘Plan B’, Madhya Pradesh Chief Wi
Buenos Aires Is Home
To The Cruellest Zoo In The World
This is one of the
only places in the world where wild animals appear to accept being handled by
strangers all day long, 365 days a year (the establishment is open every day of
the year and only closes at night).
But if you take a
closer look, the animals don't really have a choice. They're stuffed into
minuscule enclosures, languishing away while they are chained up on tables so
visitors can take photographs with them.
The animals appear
to be drugged and depressed – they barely move, as if in a constant daze, and
their eyes are glassy and lifeless.
Sabah on fast-track
to make pangolin a totally protected species
Sabah is speeding up
the process of making pangolins a totally protected species amid the increasing
number of cases of trafficking and hunting.
“There is a real
urgency to give it full protection,” state Tourism, Culture and Environment
Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said after unveiling the Negaraku Livery on a
MASwings ATR 72-500 aircraft here on Tuesday.
He said the Wildlife
Department was preparing the necessary documents to upgrade the protection
status of pangolins to be submitted to the Sabah Cabinet.
Sunda pangolins are
the only species found in Sabah and are protected under Part 1 Schedule 2 of
the Sabah Wildlife Con
Elusive Fishing Cats
When Subrata Maity,
a tutor in the Howrah district of West Bengal, India, was checking the camera
traps he’d installed throughout his village, he discovered that one had gone
missing. For the past 10 days, Maity had put his trap in the same spot, hoping to
catch a glimpse of the elusive fishing cats that prowl through the area.
Fishing cats are a
distinct and curious species—and not just because they’re comfortable getting
wet. Of India’s 15 species of wild cats, they’re the only one that thrives in
the country’s brackish wetlands. The feline predator is twice the size of a domestic
cat and smaller than a tiger—they look almost like an overgrown ocelot. True to
their name, fishing cats are exceptional swimmers, and chase down fish,
rodents, and reptiles in the riverine floodplains of the Ganges, Yamuna, and
Brahmaputra Rivers; the Sundarbans delta; and throughout small coastal wetlands
on the Bay of Bengal.
But research on
these cats is sparse. To date, there have been no extensive studies on the
animal’s ecology and distribution. It’s a situation that Maity is helping
Maity is working
with Shreya Bhattacharya, a graduate student at Bharati Vidyapeeth University,
and Tiasa Adhya, a wildlife biologist with the International Union for
Conservation of Nature. Adhya is spearheading the proje
US Dept. of Justice
reviewing company statements about 'Blackfish'
SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. is under criminal
investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for statements made by company
executives about the documentary "Blackfish," court records obtained
by News 6 reveal.
In June, SeaWorld
officials disclosed that the DOJ was investigating trades of SeaWorld
securities made by company executives following the film's release in 2013, as
well as statements about how the documentary was impacting the company.
Sandra Moser, acting
chief of the DOJ's Fraud Section, confirmed in court filings that her division
is conducting a criminal probe into SeaWorld.
The DOJ's Fraud
Section investigates and prosecutes sophisticated economic crime.
Moser filed a motion
in federal court Friday seeking to intervene in a 2014 civil lawsuit filed by a
group of SeaWorld shareholders.
The investors claim
SeaWorld executives misled them about the impact "Blackfish" was
having on theme park attendance and revenue.
The DOJ is asking a
judge to delay depositions in the civil litigation until Nov. 30, suggesting
that the process of attorneys questioning witnesses as part of the lawsuit
"may implicate and negatively affect the ongoing criminal investigation,"
the motion states.
spokesperson declined to comment on the new court filing. The company has
previously stated it is cooperating with federal investigators.
Last week, former
SeaWorld Chief Executive Officer Jim Atchison obtained his own attorney, court
Atchison, who is
named as a defendant in the lawsuit, had previously been represented by
SeaWorld's legal team.
Atchison's new atto
How to Eat Like a
In conversation we
say someone is haunted by the past. Evolutionarily we are all haunted by many
pasts, pasts buried in each of our cells, organs or actions. Each bit of you
has antecedents, half-dry clay into which natural selection’s ruthless cleaver
has carved. Your mitochondria—those whirring motors of energy in your cells—are
the descendants of ancient bacteria and bear their marks. Your lungs are the
descendants of fish lungs; your arms are modified fins. Your diet, of course,
has antecedents too. But while we can consider the evolution of our arms by
looking at the fossils of ancient fins, nearly everything we know about what we
once ate, we know indirectly.
The elements left in
in ancient teeth and bones can reveal crude measures of the diets of our
ancestors or their kin. We can also look to the diets of our living relatives
for more detailed insight. Living apes are not our ancestors. They have changed
since the time our two kinds were one. Yet, the common ancestor from which both
modern apes and modern humans descend was probably less like us and more like
them. So what do the modern apes—and in particular our closest relatives the
chimpanzees and bonobos—eat? Plants. Yes, plants. But what kind or how many or
how? Recently, a new study by David Watts at Yale University and colleagues
reconsiders the answer for chimpanzees in Kibale National Park in Uganda. From
the perspective of our mod
balloons land in baboon enclosure
Animal keepers at a
Devon wildlife park are asking the public not to release balloons freely after
a number of them landed in a baboon enclosure.
Balloons can be a
serious problem for wildlife who often mistake them for food.
The warning comes
less than a month after the discovery of a family of lesser horseshoe bats
living in the belly of one of the park's dinosaur models.
Wildlife and Dinosaur Park issued a statement yesterday asking for members of
the public to “make sure they stay with you on the ground where they can't harm
Here is the
statement in full: “Unfortunately, when balloons ar
It's Time To Turn
Our Backs On Elephant Rides As Entertainment
With a wave of the
mahout's hand, the heavily-saddled elephant lifts its front leg and allows the
handler to climb on top of him. Tourists wait nearby, lining up to go on an
exotic ride of a lifetime on the back of an elephant. Outwardly, the elephants
seem to be healthy and happy. Behind the scenes, however, a much crueler state
of affairs exists.
When the elephants
aren't working, they're likely to be kept inside concrete pens and shackled by
short chains in separate areas, preventing these highly social creatures from
having contact with one another. Eventually, they start to sway and bob their heads
in a state of boredom, loneliness, and frustration. Come daylight,
The Animals Rate of
While being at home
for a bit after each day of work I started to think about a more successful way
of living. I mean how can I make myself feel better. It’s a question many of us
ask about themselves but to get there you have to know yourself pretty well.
The success rate of your life is an important matter just because it gives you
the satisfaction and confidence you need in your daily life. Some people don’t
need much and succeed easily while others look for ideals that are harder to
reach. They get their motivation for successes somewhere else maybe because
it’s harder to get
Jellyfish and other
gelata as food for four penguin species – insights from predator-borne videos
Jellyfish and other
pelagic gelatinous organisms (“gelata”) are increasingly perceived as an
important component of marine food webs but remain poorly understood. Their
importance as prey in the oceans is extremely difficult to quantify due in part
to methodological challenges in verifying predation on gelatinous structures.
Miniaturized animal-borne video data loggers now enable feeding events to be
monitored from a predator's perspective. We gathered a substantial video
dataset (over 350 hours of exploitable footage) from 106 individuals spanning
four species of non-gelatinous-specialist predators (penguins), across regions
of the southern oceans (areas south of 30°S). We documented nearly 200 cases of
targeted attacks on carnivorous gelata by all four species, at all seven
studied localities. Our findings emphasize that gelatinous organisms actually
represent a widespread but currently under-represented trophic link across the
southern oceans, even for endothermic predators, which have high energetic
demands. The use of modern technological tools, such as animal-borne video data
loggers, will help to correctly identify the ecological niche of gelata.
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After more than 49 years working in private, commercial and National zoos in the capacity of keeper, head keeper and curator Peter Dickinson started to travel. He sold house and all his possessions and hit the road. He has traveled extensively in Turkey, Southern India and much of South East Asia before settling in Thailand. In his travels he has visited well over 200 zoos and many more before 'hitting the road' and writes about these in his blog http://zoonewsdigest.blogspot.com/
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Peter earns his living as an independent international zoo consultant, critic and writer. Currently working as Curator of Penguins in Ski Dubai. United Arab Emirates. He describes himself as an itinerant zoo keeper, one time zoo inspector, a dreamer, a traveler, an introvert, a people watcher, a lover, a thinker, a cosmopolitan, a writer, a hedonist, an explorer, a pantheist, a gastronome, sometime fool, a good friend to some and a pain in the butt to others.
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