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

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News zoos

East­ern black rhino born at Chester Zoo — caught on cam­era
Sun­day, 08 Feb­ru­ary 2015
The amaz­ing moment an East­ern black rhi­noc­eros (Diceros bicor­nis ssp. michaeli) gives birth has been caught on cam­era at Chester Zoo. Born on Jan 31Read More…
Endan­gered lemurs ille­gally kept as pets threaten species sur­vival
Sun­day, 11 Jan­u­ary 2015
An esti­mated 28,000 lemurs, the world’s most endan­gered pri­mates, have been ille­gally kept as pets in urban areas of Mada­gas­car over the past three…Read More…
New study links neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­ders in cap­tive felids to improper diet
Wednes­day, 31 Decem­ber 2014
Find­ings from a recently pub­lished research study con­firm what many sci­en­tists have long sus­pected. A high inci­dence of neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­ders among…Read More…

News bio­di­ver­sity

Flawed method puts tiger rise in doubt, calls for new approach
Mon­day, 23 Feb­ru­ary 2015
Flaws in a method com­monly used in cen­suses of tigers and other rare wildlife put the accu­racy of such sur­veys in doubt, a new study sug­gests. A team…Read More…
More than half of lemur species will lose habi­tat as cli­mate warms
Sun­day, 22 Feb­ru­ary 2015
Antic­i­pated cli­mate changes in com­ing decades are likely to leave a lot of Madagascar’s lemurs look­ing for new places to live. A new study, funded by…Read More…
Time for a bold dingo exper­i­ment in national park of Aus­tralia
Sun­day, 22 Feb­ru­ary 2015
Allow­ing din­goes to return to Sturt National Park in New South Wales and research­ing the results may be the key to man­ag­ing the future of din­goes…Read More…

News evo­lu­tion

Earliest-​known arbo­real and sub­ter­ranean ances­tral mam­mals dis­cov­ered
Sat­ur­day, 14 Feb­ru­ary 2015
The fos­sils of two inter­re­lated ances­tral mam­mals, newly dis­cov­ered in China, sug­gest that the wide-​ranging eco­log­i­cal diver­sity of mod­ern mam­mals…Read More…
Guid­ance for con­ser­va­tion in Cen­tral Africa with roadmap for using evo­lu­tion­ary research a…
Sun­day, 08 Feb­ru­ary 2015
Researchers from Africa, North Amer­ica and Europe have pub­lished a road map on how future evo­lu­tion­ary research and edu­ca­tion efforts in Cen­tral…Read More…
Polar bears are shift­ing to areas with more sea ice
Sat­ur­day, 17 Jan­u­ary 2015
In a new polar bear study pub­lished on 6 Jan­u­ary in the jour­nal PLOS ONE , sci­en­tists from around the Arc­tic have shown that recent gen­er­a­tions of…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: Mon­day 23 Feb­ru­ary 2015, 22:00:43.

Goal: 7000 tigers in the wild

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

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