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Popular Al Ain Zoo
turns 50; 7 mega projects announced
The garden city of
Al Ain will soon be known as the global leader in wildlife tourism thanks to Al
Ain Zoo's major expansion plans to mark its golden jubilee this year.
After a successful
half century as the region's leading wildlife conservation sanctuary and a
favourite family destination, the Al Ain Zoo, in its 50th year, has announced
seven mega projects including an Elephant safari, Lion Pathway, a Wild Reserve
Project, Elephant village, Kuala Land and Sand Cat Breeding Centre, and also a
shelter for rescued animals.
The 8 Million
Species We Don’t Know
The history of
conservation is a story of many victories in a losing war. Having served on the
boards of global conservation organizations for more than 30 years, I know very
well the sweat, tears and even blood shed by those who dedicate their lives to saving
species. Their efforts have led to major
management essential to achieve St Petersburg goal of doubling the number of
tigers by 2022
The India story on
tiger conservation has been a good one. The number of tigers in the wild
increased from 1,706 in 2010 to 2226 in 2014. An all-India tiger census
currently is underway, and preliminary state surveys suggest a substantial
increase in the country’s big cat population. India is one of the 13 tiger
range countries therefore a substantial increase in its tiger population is
good news. However, serious gaps in the management of tiger conservation areas
across range countries could ma ..
Giant pandas' home
in Finland opens to public
The new home of
Chinese giant pandas Huabao and Jinbaobao in central Finland officially opened
to public on Saturday following a two-and-half-week trial period.
They landed in
Finland from China in January this year, and spent one month in quarantine.
"Now they have adapted perfectly well," said Jukka Salo, a zoologist
working with the Ahtari Zoo, some 300 kilometers north of Helsinki.
Salo said the pair
were completely ready to meet the public. During the experimental days, they
were curious about people, and did not react in bad way to the appearance of
people. "They are truly ambassadors of China," added Salo.
Minister Juha Sipila was among the hundred guests taking part in the official
opening ceremony at the zoo on Saturday.
Talking to the
press, Sipila said the arrival of the pandas was "a great thing" for
Finland, and it was the result of the bilateral trust.
He said the
cooperation on the resea
RHINO RESOURCE CENTER – NEWSLETTER 50 – MARCH 2018
US to help save
endangered PH pangolin
Help is on its way
to save the Philippine pangolin, also known as the “Balintong,” from possible
pangolin species that is endemic to the Palawan province is at risk extinction
out due to heavy hunting because of its valued scales and meat.
To counter this, the
country’s first-ever population study of the Philippine pangolin was recently
launched during the celebration of the World Wildlife Day, which were attended
by visiting United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission
Director Lawrence Hardy II and officials from the Department of Environment and
Natural Resources’ (DENR).
Findings from the
USAID-supported study, conducted in collaboration with local universities and
Conservation International, will inform policy to protect this endangered
species, which is the world’s most trafficked mammal.
Palawan this week to engage with development partners and reinforce the US
government’s commitment to the province’s sustainable growth.
According to the US
Embassy in Man
Showing the Truth
About Predators: A Conversation with Adrienne Rowland, Director of Shark Reef
Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
Since opening in
2000, Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay has inspired the residents and
tourists of Las Vegas to look past the misconceptions of predators, especially
sharks. Much of the success of the organization has been because of Adrienne
Rowland, the aquarium's director since 2008. Her commitment to providing
top-notch animal care, insightful experiences, professional development,
excellent guest service and storytelling has let Shark Reef Aquarium flourish.
Rowland currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Zoos
and Aquariums, helping steer the direction the organization goes in. Here is
How Some U.S. Ape
Sanctuaries Fail Their Animals and Staff
recalls that cloudy afternoon in May 2015. She’d just picked up a new intern
from the airport when she received a disturbing call: A chimp named CJ had
escaped from her enclosure and was at large in a building employees call the
“My jaw just
dropped,” she says. Chimps may look friendly, but they’ve been known to maim or
Rhoads, 24, had
recently finished training at her dream job as a caregiver at Chimps Inc., an
animal sanctuary in Oregon then home to seven chimpanzees. Nestled on a
five-acre farm with a stunning view of the Cascades, Chimps Inc. is a place
where the apes are photographed trying on hats and chowing down on watermelon.
In the two-bedroom house where trainees live, a plaque commemorates one o
Lioness that mauled
woman to death at African wildlife park may be killed, as it emerges it was
being taken for a walk by social media star 'lion whisperer' when it attacked
A lioness that
mauled a woman to death in a South African wildlife park was being taken for a
walk by a self-styled 'lion whisperer' when it launched the attack, it has
visitor died from devastating injuries after being pounced on by a lioness
named Ndira while it was out walking with expert and social media star Kevin
Richardson in the Dinokeng Game Reserve.
Mr Richardson, 44,
whose intimate interactions with big cats have won him millions of fans around
the world, said today: 'I am devastated and my heart goes out to this young
Ndira, who was
hand-reared by Mr Richardson, may meet the same fate as her victim after the
park admitted 'no decision has bee
Flight range, fuel
load and the impact of climate change on the journeys of migrant birds
Climate change is
predicted to increase migration distances for many migratory species, but the
physiological and temporal implications of longer migratory journeys have not
been explored. Here, we combine information about species' flight range
potential and migratory refuelling requirements to simulate the number of
stopovers required and the duration of current migratory journeys for 77 bird
species breeding in Europe. Using tracking data, we show that our estimates
accord with recorded journey times and stopovers for most species. We then
combine projections of altered migratory distances under climate change with
models of avian flight to predict future migratory journeys. We find that 37%
of migratory journeys undertaken by long-distance migrants will necessitate an
additional stopover in future. These greater distances and the increased number
of stops will substantially increase overall journey durations of many
long-distance migratory species, a factor not currently considered in climate
Project to save
horseshoe crab wins green prize in Singapore
ITE College West
student Eunos Chong had never met a horseshoe crab face to face until a project
he started about two years ago made him passionate about protecting the
As part of a project
for the SembCorp Marine Green Wave Environmental Care Competition, Mr Chong,
18, and three of his schoolmates designed and manufactured a "Horseshoe
Crab Propagation System", a system of tanks and an incubator for breeding and
rearing horseshoe crabs.
And on Thursday (Feb
23), they took home the winning prize in the junior college/ ITE category for
EAZA Group on Zoo
We are the EAZA
Group on Zoo Animal Contraception, a group formed to gather knowledge on the
use of contraception in captive wildlife within Europe.
We are an active
part of the European zoo community, producing contraceptive guidelines for individual institutions, as well as
working with breeding programme coordinators and studbook keepers.
New animal park to
open next month
After two years of
construction, Safari World, one of the biggest zoos in the kingdom, will opened
its doors to visitors next month in Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar district.
With a capital
investment of $9 million, the park will exhibit around 800 animals, including
bears, ostriches, kangaroos, giraffes, tigers, dolphins and deer.
According to the
zoo’s website, there will be shows featuring crocodiles, orangutans, tigers and
different types of birds.
Ly Yong Phat,
president of LYP Group and owner of the park, told state-run media outlet AKP
that the zoo will be the largest of its kind in Cambodia, and explained that it
was previously located in Koh Kong province.
“We moved from Koh
Kong to Phnom Penh to take advantage of the large number of visitors to the
Africa’s involvement in export of Asian tigers and link to trade in tiger
In the last five
years, according to the Cites (Convention on International Trade in Endangered
Species) trade database, South Africa has exported over 200 live captive-bred
tigers, mostly to Asia and the Middle-East. These figures exclude the dozens of
tiger trophies, bones, claws and skulls exported over the same period.
Most (almost 100)
were exported to Vietnam and Thailand, both countries which form part of the
cat’s natural range. Other Asian countries favouring South African-bred tigers
include Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan and China. All these countries – along
with South Africa – are implicated in the legal and illegal trade in tiger
The trade is most
likely driven by the demand for tiger bone wine, a form of traditional medicine
used for the treatment of bone or joint-related ailments such as arthritis.
Tiger bones are boiled down until they form a glue-like substance, which is
then dried in cake-like blocks from which shavings are mixed with wine and
demand for tiger wine has decimated tigers throug
Wildlife, Wild Places and Communities Globally: A Conversation with Gordon
McGregor Reid, Retired Director of the Chester Zoo
The Chester Zoo is
not only regarded as one of the premier zoos of the world but as a conservation
powerhouse. This is largely because of the ambition and leadership of Dr.
Gordon McGregor-Reid, who led the zoo from 1995 to 2010. Among his
accomplishments at the institution were rebuilding much of the zoo, putting
into place world-class animal wellness practices, doubling attendance to become
the 2nd most attended paid attraction in the United Kingdom and setting up a
strong field conservation program. Reid served as an important leader in the
profession as President of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums and
wrote many important papers on zoo conservation. Here is his story.
A Day in the Life of
an Amazonia Keeper
“Our male titi
monkey, Henderson, is very curious, which makes him a great animal to work
with. One of the ways that we monitor his health is by conducting husbandry
training sessions inside the forest. Because the exhibit is open and the
animals roam freely, we want him to be familiar and comfortable with coming to
a designated spot voluntarily. To communicate with him, we use a target stick
with a blue ball on the end. When he sees that target, he knows that he should
follow it and touch his nose to the ball. If he does, he receives a reward from
me, usually in the form of peanuts, grapes or—as is the case today—a bright red
strawberry. We do these sessions with him at least twice a d
Judge bans Dade
City’s Wild Things from owning tigers
"calculated and deliberately deceptive" plot to evacuate tigers from
their zoo in the middle of an animal welfare lawsuit, a federal judge on Friday
ruled Dade City’s Wild Things should never be allowed to possess tigers again.
The ruling confirms
that Wild Things owner Kathy Stearns, her husband, Kenneth, and son, Randall,
violated a court order in July by transporting 19 tigers to Oklahoma to avoid a
site inspection by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a 1,200-mile
haul where one female gave birth and all three cubs died.
PETA sued Wild
Things in October 2016, alleging its tiger cub petting business violates the
Endangered Species Act by pulling cubs prematurely from mothers, forcing them
to interact with the public and confining them to tiny cages when they outgrow
the photo-op stage.
Because of the
Stearnses’ "flagrant disregard" for the court, Magistrate Judge
Amanda Sansone ordered a default judgment in PETA’s favor in the underlying
lawsuit, that the Stearnses pay PETA’s legal fees and dismiss Wild Things’
counter claims. Sansone stopped short of imposing criminal sanctions on the
Stearnses, stating there was "no need to pile on contempt
Law of the jungle:
Taronga sues rival over 'Sydney Zoo' name
Taronga Zoo, with
its sweeping views of Sydney harbour from Mosman, is suing the operators of a
planned second zoo in the city’s west over its proposed use of the name Sydney
Zoo, claiming it is misleading and deceptive without the qualification it is in
Plans for the $36
million cage-free Sydney Zoo in the Western Sydney Parklands at Bungarribee in
Blacktown were revealed in 2015 and the venture received final planning
approval in September last year.
Taronga Zoo has launched a Federal Court bid to stop the proponents using the
name Sydney Zoo on the grounds it is likely to mislead th
happens next after leadership shake-up?
Since there were no heavy crowds to fight through
Friday, Eveline Brinks knocked off all the SeaWorld Orlando’s thrill rides in
less than two hours.
“You get butterflies
in your stomach,” said Brinks, 23, who is from the Netherlands, after she rode
the park’s newest and fastest roller coaster that posted a generous wait time
of five minutes. “The adrenaline.”
theme park company’s challenge is getting more visitors like Brinks through the
turnstiles as the company is undergoing a major leadership shake up after the
latest quarter earnings report showed more declining attendance and revenue.
CEO Joel Manby,
SeaWorld Entertainment’s leader since April 2015 who made the decision to stop
orca breeding, stepped down this week. He is replaced by interim CEO John T.
Reilly, a former Park President of SeaWorld San Diego and Busch Gardens
The company has
battled public perception issues and a backlash, especially with millennials,
from the anti-captivity documentary “Blackfish.
UN issues 25TH
edition of endangered species stamps highlighting species protected under CITES
The United Nations
Postal Administration (UNPA) has unveiled a new series of 12 stamps, as it has
done every year since 1993, featuring 12 species protected under CITES
(Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and
Flora). The 25th edition launched today at an event at the UN Headquarters in
New York to celebrate UN World Wildlife Day features species included under
CITES over the past 25 years.
Secretary-General, John E. Scanlon, said: “We are most grateful to the UN
Postal Administration for its generous support over the past 25 years in using
its beautiful stamps to raise awareness of CITES-listed species. This year is
the first time these stamps are released on UN World Wildlife Day, being the
day CITES was signed in 1973, and also marking the 45th anniversary of the
Convention. We understand that these stamps are among the most popular series
issued by the UN and we hope this wonderful cooperation will be continuing for
the next 25 years and beyond.”
Amnajanan, Chief of the United Nations Postal Administration, said: “For 25
years, the UNPA has been working with CITES to issue stamps to celebrate many
beautiful and varied forms of wild flora and fauna, and to raise awareness of
the multitude of benefits that conservation provides. UNPA is proud to
celebrate this 25th anniversary milestone with 12 different variety of species
that were added to the CITES list in the past 25 years.”
species featured on the stamps are the red-cre
South African lion
breeders hear whispers of doom
The fatal mauling of
a 22-year-old female visitor to “lion whisperer” Kevin Richardson’s tented camp
in the Dinoken Big 5 Game Reserve stole headlines on February 27, 2018 from Parliamentary action promising to
turn the South African wildlife breeding and viewing industry upside
down––and, perhaps, to plunge the nation into the sort of
economic chaos that has plagued neighboring Zimbabwe since 2000
Man sets free four
leopards from enclosure in Goa zoo
A zoo situated
inside the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary had to be locked down for the day after an
intruder set free four leopards from their enclosure in the early hours of
today, zoo officials said.
They informed that
three adult leopards and a cub were set free forcing them to close the zoo so
that visitors who would have arrived during the day were not harmed.
He said that the
enclosure, the gate of which was broken by the intruder, had five leopards
inside, including two cubs, at the time of the incident.
When the incident
came to light, authorities closed the zoo gates and managed to track down two
adult leopards- Mandu and Anajli- and a third one- Julie- a little while later,
The cub which was
set free was found
bottle feeds a chained lion and plays with orangutans dressed in clothes as she
visits a zoo in Dubai
The X Factor judge
was seen playing with an orangutan, who was dressed in a pair of shorts and a
vest top, as well as some others dressed up and riding a toy car.
The exotic animals
belong to Princess of Dubaï Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum's and are kept in the zoo
Nicole has just
returned from a trip to Dubai, where she enjoyed an impressive looking Pilates
Experts: Kemaman Zoo
has some shortcomings
Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria (Mazpa) has made several
recommendations to the Kemaman Zoo, following an investigations into claims
that animals there were mistreated.
Malaysiakini that there were some shortcomings, but it was not done
"I wouldn't say
the zoo is in poor conditions, but there are definitely room for
improvement," he said.
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