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


About­Zoos, since 2008

News zoos

U.S. Zoos & Aquar­i­ums mobi­lize to end extinc­tion of world’s most vul­ner­a­ble species
Sun­day, 17 May 2015
The 229 zoos and aquar­i­ums accred­ited by the announced on 15 May a bold new effort focused on sav­ing species from extinc­tion and restor­ing them to…Read More…
Newly designed kitchen exhibit at Lon­don Zoo serves live tur­tles ……
Tues­day, 05 May 2015
The Annam leaf tur­tles at ZSL Lon­don Zoo have got a brand new exhibit. Designed to repli­cate a Viet­nam restau­rant kitchen, it hope­fully hit a chord…Read More…
Study reveals: Zoos and Aquar­i­ums have edu­ca­tional impact
Sun­day, 05 April 2015
Zoos and aquar­i­ums around the world have a cru­cial role to play in help­ing peo­ple under­stand how they can pro­tect ani­mals and their nat­ural habi­tats,…Read More…

News bio­di­ver­sity

“Golden age” of ani­mal track­ing just about began
Tues­day, 23 June 2015
Ani­mals wear­ing new tag­ging and track­ing devices give a real-​time look at their behav­iour and at the envi­ron­men­tal health of the planet, say research…Read More…
Human health ben­e­fits from pro­tect­ing bio­di­ver­sity, UN report shows
Sun­day, 07 June 2015
UPDATE! A ground-​breaking report on bio­di­ver­sity and health, launched today at the 14th World Con­gress on Pub­lic Health, in Kolkata, India, shows the…Read More…
Cat­a­strophic col­lapse of Saiga antelopes in Cen­tral Asia
Fri­day, 05 June 2015
More than 120,000 saiga ante­lope have been con­firmed dead in cen­tral Kaza­khstan, rep­re­sent­ing more than a third of the global pop­u­la­tion. This is a…Read More…

News evo­lu­tion

Spot­ted hye­nas show why Face­book works – befriend­ing is every­thing
Fri­day, 22 May 2015
Bond­ing with a friend of a friend is some­thing most humans grav­i­tate toward nat­u­rally, or at least Face­book likes to think so every time it sug­gests…Read More…
Lemur females rule — thanks to testos­terone!
Thurs­day, 14 May 2015
Males rule in most of the ani­mal world. But when it comes to con­ven­tional gen­der roles, lemurs – dis­tant pri­mate cousins of ours – buck the…Read More…
Evo­lu­tion in action: wild-​type zebrafish out­com­pete genet­i­cally mod­i­fied Glofish
Thurs­day, 14 May 2015
Pur­due Uni­ver­sity research found that wild-​type zebrafish (Danio rerio) con­sis­tently beat out genet­i­cally mod­i­fied in com­pe­ti­tion for female mates,…Read More…

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)

    About­Zoos was last mod­i­fied on: Tues­day 23 June 2015, 22:57:19.

Goal: 7000 tigers in the wild

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