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AboutZoos, Since 2008

  • Sun09Aug2015

    No kidding, RZSS appoints a Cartoonist in Residence

    | News zoos

    The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) has appointed Dr Cameron McPhail and his Kartoon Faktory as RZSS Cartoonists in Residence. Humour as an instrument to raise awareness about RZSS' missio... Read more
  • Sun09Aug2015

    Dogs process faces in specialized brain area, study reveals

    | News evolution

    Dogs have a specialized region in their brains for processing faces, a new study finds. The journal PeerJ published on 4 August the research, which provides the first evidence for a face-selective reg... Read more
  • Sun09Aug2015

    Almost extinct Socorro dove hatches at Edinburgh Zoo

    | News zoos

    An incredibly rare dove that has been extinct in the wild since the early 1970's has hatched at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo. With less than 100 pure bred individuals of this species left in the world, a Socorr... Read more
  • Sun02Aug2015

    Borneo's orangutans face severe threats from land cover and climate change,...

    | News biodiversity

    Over 80 percent of the orangutan's remaining habitat in Borneo could be lost by the year 2080 if the island's current land-use policies remain intact, according to a new United Nations report. The rep... Read more
  • Sat01Aug2015

    Death of northern white rhino at Czech Zoo drives species closer to extinct...

    | News zoos

    Northern white rhino female Nabiré, one of the last five northern white rhinos in the world, died on Monday, July 27 in Dvůr Králové Zoo, Czech Republic. She deceased due to a large pathological cyst... Read more
  • Sat01Aug2015

    'Golden jackals' of East Africa are actually 'golden wolves'

    | News evolution

    Despite their remarkably similar appearance, the "golden jackals" of East Africa and Eurasia are actually two entirely different species. The discovery, based on DNA evidence and published online on 3... Read more
  • Mon27Jul2015

    Mammoths killed by global warming, not ice age!

    | News evolution

    New research revealed abrupt warming, that closely resembles the rapid man-made warming occurring today, has repeatedly played a key role in mass extinction events of large animals, the megafauna, in... Read more
  • Sun26Jul2015

    Dark plumage helps birds survive on small islands

    | News evolution

    Animal populations on islands tend to develop weird traits over time, becoming big (like Galapagos tortoises) or small (like extinct dwarf elephants) or losing the ability to fly (like the flightless... Read more
  • Thu23Jul2015

    New invention drives poaching to extinction!

    | News biodiversity

    A 24/7 real-time monitoring device for animals threatened by poaching, including rhino, tiger and elephant, has been invented by a British team. Welcomed by experts as a ground-breaking new technology... Read more
  • Wed22Jul2015

    Will a vaccine save Tasmanian devils from extinction?

    | News biodiversity

    New research, led by University of Southampton biological scientist Dr Hannah Siddle, is aiming to develop an effective vaccine against an infectious cancer that is eradicating the Tasmanian devil, th... Read more
  • Wed22Jul2015

    Critically endangered Scottish wildcat kittens born at Highland Wildlife Pa...

    | News zoos

    The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) Highland Wildlife Park welcomed three young Scottish wildcat kittens to the Park, last April. Also known as the Highland Tiger, this incredibly rare, na... Read more
  • Tue21Jul2015

    Malaysia's 'black panthers' finally reveal their leopard's spots

    | News biodiversity

    From the frozen forests of Russia to the scorching sands of the Kalahari Desert, leopards are the most widely distributed large cat on earth. Their iconic spotted coat has been admired and coveted by... Read more

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 (moosmood.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)

UN Biodiversity decade
WWF Stop Wildlife Crime
Fight for Flight campaign
End Ivory-funded Terrorism
NASA State of Flux

Goal: 7000 tigers in the wild

Tiger range countries map


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


about zoos and their mission regarding breeding endangered species, nature conservation, biodiversity and education, while at the same time relates to the evolution of species.
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