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  • 201629JanFri

    Animals with larger brains are the best problem solvers, say researchers

    | News zoos

    Why did some species, such as humans and dolphins, evolve large brains relative to the size of their bodies? Why did others, such as blue whales and hippos, evolve to have brains that, compared to the...
  • 201627JanWed

    Zebra stripes are not for camouflage, new study finds

    | News evolution

    If you’ve always thought of a zebra’s stripes as offering some type of camouflaging protection against predators, it’s time to think again, suggest scientists at the University of Calgary and Universi...
  • 201624JanSun

    Biodiversity proves critical to maintaining healthy ecosystems

    | News biodiversity

    Researchers have found clear evidence that biological communities rich in species are substantially healthier and more productive than those depleted of species. Using new scientific techniques, U.S....
  • 201622JanFri

    Evolutionary clock ticks for snowshoe hares facing climate change

    | News evolution

    Snowshoe hares that camouflage themselves by changing their coats from brown in summer to white in winter face serious threats from climate change, and it’s uncertain whether hare populations will be...
  • 201617JanSun

    Progress needed in combating wildlife and forest crime – but how?

    | News biodiversity

    CITES Standing Committee will review progress made in preparing and implementing National Ivory Action Plans, domestic legislation, and additional measures to protect Asiatic big cats, cheetahs, Afric...
  • 201616JanSat

    Man's best friend is also Bear's best friend

    | News biodiversity

    A recently released study from Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) details a new method using “detection dogs,” genetic analysis, and scientific models to assess habitat suitability for bears in an ar...
  • 201611JanMon

    Banning trophy hunting could do more harm than good

    | News biodiversity

    Trophy hunting shouldn’t be banned but instead it should be better regulated to ensure funds generated from permits are invested back into local conservation efforts, according to a new paper co-autho...
  • 201610JanSun

    Oregon Zoo staff contracted tuberculosis from the Zoo's elephants in 2013

    | News zoos

    Seven employees of the Oregon Zoo in Portland have contracted a latent form of tuberculosis in 2013 from three of the Zoo's elephants. This information was published by the Centers for Disease Control...
  • 201609JanSat

    Tiniest chameleons deliver most powerful tongue-lashings

    | News evolution

    Chameleons are known for sticking their tongues out at the world fast and far, but until a new study by Brown University biologist Christopher Anderson, the true extent of this awesome capability had...
  • 201609JanSat

    Second contagious form of cancer found in Tasmanian devils

    | News biodiversity

    Transmissible cancers – cancers which can spread between individuals by the transfer of living cancer cells – are believed to arise extremely rarely in nature. One of the few known transmissible cance...
  • 201521DecMon

    Extinction of large animals could make climate change worse

    | News biodiversity

    New research reveals that a decline in fruit-eating animals such as large primates, tapirs and toucans could have a knock-on effect for tree species and subsequently for forests' carbon storage capabi...
  • 201520DecSun

    Is evolution more intelligent than we thought?

    | News evolution

    Evolution may be more intelligent than we thought, according Professor Richard Watson from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. Professor Watson says new research shows that evolution...

    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
    Support Rewilding Europe
    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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