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About Zoos and their mis­sion re breed­ing endan­gered species, nature con­ser­va­tion, bio­di­ver­sity and edu­ca­tion

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IMAGEZoos not respon­si­ble for spread of deadly her­pesvirus that k…
Wednes­day, 15 Octo­ber 2014
Ele­phants are among the most intel­li­gent non-​humans, arguably on par with chim­panzees, but both African and Asian ele­phants – which are sep­a­rate…
IMAGEFirst gorilla born in Euro­pean zoo turns 55 at Basel Zoo
Sat­ur­day, 11 Octo­ber 2014
Last month, on 23rd Sep­tem­ber to be exact, Basel Zoo’s celebrity gorilla Goma turned 55. This grand old gorilla lady can look back at an…
IMAGEBirth­day of first Przewalski’s horse born by arti­fi­cial in…
Thurs­day, 14 August 2014
Sci­en­tists at the Smith­son­ian Con­ser­va­tion Biol­ogy Insti­tute in Front Royal, (US, Vir­ginia) are cel­e­brat­ing the anniver­sary of the first birth of a…
IMAGEFirst Indian rhino calf born after insem­i­na­tion with ten yea…
Mon­day, 23 June 2014
The Cincin­nati Zoo & Botan­i­cal Garden’s Cen­ter for Con­ser­va­tion & Research of Endan­gered Wildlife (CREW) and the Buf­falo Zoo, in Buf­falo,…
IMAGEThree black-​footed cats born at Philadel­phia Zoo
Fri­day, 13 June 2014
Philadel­phia Zoo has wel­comed three black-​footed cat kit­tens to its ani­mal col­lec­tion. Born on April 8th to 9-​year-​old female, Aza, and 8-​year-​old…

News bio­di­ver­sity

IMAGESave Our Species – Three Years of Life and Action
Sun­day, 19 Octo­ber 2014
The global coali­tion SOS – Save Our Species has pub­lished a report of the results of three years of work. In 2010, SOS – Save Our Species has…
IMAGESolu­tions still in reach as world bio­di­ver­sity suf­fers major…
Thurs­day, 02 Octo­ber 2014
Global wildlife pop­u­la­tions have declined by more than half in just 40 years as mea­sured in WWF’s Liv­ing Planet Report 2014. Wildlife’s con­tin­ued…
IMAGENew report iden­ti­fies actions needed to cur­tail ille­gal ivor…
Sun­day, 28 Sep­tem­ber 2014
Ille­gal rhino horn trade has reached the high­est lev­els since the early 1990s, and ille­gal trade in ivory increased by nearly 300 per­cent from 1998
IMAGELeopard’s diet con­sist mainly of dogs, study says
Sun­day, 14 Sep­tem­ber 2014
A new study led by the Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Soci­ety (WCS) reveals that in India’s human dom­i­nated agri­cul­tural land­scapes, where leop­ards prowl at…
IMAGEInter­na­tional sci­en­tists crit­i­cize adop­tion of ‘novel ecosys…
Sun­day, 14 Sep­tem­ber 2014
Embrac­ing ‘novel’ ecosys­tems is dan­ger­ous, accord­ing to a new study by an inter­na­tional team of sci­en­tists, includ­ing a Uni­ver­sity of Ten­nessee (UT),…

News evo­lu­tion

IMAGEDar­win was right – again — about inva­sive species
Sat­ur­day, 04 Octo­ber 2014
Based on insights first artic­u­lated by Charles Dar­win, pro­fes­sors at Brown Uni­ver­sity and Syra­cuse Uni­ver­sity have devel­oped and tested the…
IMAGEDan­ish museum dis­cov­ers unique gift from Charles Dar­win
Sat­ur­day, 13 Sep­tem­ber 2014
The Nat­ural His­tory Museum of Den­mark recently dis­cov­ered a unique gift from one of the greatest-​ever sci­en­tists. In 1854, Charles Dar­win – father…
IMAGEPlants may use mol­e­c­u­lar lan­guage to com­mu­ni­cate with each o…
Mon­day, 18 August 2014
A Vir­ginia Tech sci­en­tist has dis­cov­ered a poten­tially new form of plant com­mu­ni­ca­tion, one that allows them to share an extra­or­di­nary amount…
IMAGEEarly stages of Earth’s 6th mass extinc­tion event are here, …
Fri­day, 25 July 2014
The planet’s cur­rent bio­di­ver­sity, the prod­uct of 3.5 bil­lion years of evo­lu­tion­ary trial and error, is the high­est in the his­tory of life.…
IMAGEEvo­lu­tion­ary his­tory of bears – New insights
Fri­day, 11 July 2014
Accord­ing to researchers of the LOEWE Bio­di­ver­sity and Cli­mate Research Cen­tre (BiK-​F), Goethe Uni­ver­sity Frank­furt and the U.S. Wildlife Ser­vice…


Wel­come at About Zoos

Nature off balance

My per­sonal attempt to try and con­vince every­body of the beauty and the impor­tance of nature as (evo­lu­tion­ary) phe­nom­e­non, espe­cially its fauna. Infor­ma­tion is given, in text and image, on my ‘beasts’. Cats, espe­cially big ones, will be star­ring next to other preda­tors. And if pos­si­ble my all time favourite the cow will make its appear­ance. But above all I would like to stress and show, as a one-​man-​pressure-​group, the impor­tance of the diver­sity of life on our earth. As the uncom­pli­cated beauty of ani­mals pro­vides a lot of plea­sure to those who appre­ci­ate it. More species mean more plea­sure. To pre­vent species from going extinct at the rate we see today is there­fore para­mount. Not only for esthetic rea­sons, but also for the preser­va­tion of life on earth. Because to me, loss of bio­di­ver­sity is insep­a­ra­ble con­nected to a dete­ri­o­rat­ing envi­ron­ment on earth. Mother Earth whom is less and less capa­ble of sus­tain­ing life. Zoos will become more impor­tant for con­ser­va­tion of fauna diver­sity, which I would like to show also. As a mat­ter of fact, I started the endeav­our with launch­ing a web­site (moos​mood​.com) focussing on this plethora of issues around 2008. It turned out that pick­ing up where I left years ago, vis­it­ing zoos and see what kind of progress was being made in keep­ing ani­mals in cap­tiv­ity, fit­ted nicely into my new chal­lenge. So, more and more time is con­sumed with vis­it­ing zoos and review­ing their efforts to save endan­gered species. Gen­e­sis and extinc­tion are an inex­tri­ca­ble cou­ple that seems off bal­ance. Let us try and restore this balance!



By sav­ing the tiger we save all the plants and ani­mals that live under the tiger’s umbrella.

(John Sei­den­sticker)

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Tiger map” (CC BY 2.5) by Sander­son et al., 2006.

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