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

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News zoos

Aus­tralasian zoos join TRAF­FIC in the fight against ille­gal wildlife trade
Fri­day, 13 March 2015
The zoo and aquar­ium com­mu­nity in Aus­trala­sia has joined the fight against the global ille­gal wildlife trade. Fol­low­ing a uni­ver­sal dec­la­ra­tion by 46Read More…
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…

News bio­di­ver­sity

Habi­tat loss threat­ens the world’s felids
Sat­ur­day, 28 March 2015
Almost half of the 36 species of felids that live in the wild in the world are at threat, accord­ing to the Inter­na­tional Union for Con­ser­va­tion of…Read More…
Role of cur­rent trop­i­cal pro­tected areas ques­tion­able under cli­mate change
Sat­ur­day, 14 March 2015
New research led by Uni­ver­sity of York sci­en­tists high­lights how poor con­nec­tiv­ity of pro­tected area (PA) net­works in South­east Asia may pre­vent…Read More…
Lions are mak­ing a come­back in Gabon
Fri­day, 13 March 2015
New footage out of south­east­ern Gabon has cap­tured a male lion on cam­era in a region where the species was believed by sci­en­tists to be “locally…Read More…

News evo­lu­tion

Vil­lagers high in the Andes have devel­oped a genetic tol­er­ance to arsenic
Thurs­day, 12 March 2015
Stud­ies con­ducted at the Karolin­ska Insti­tutet and Upp­sala Uni­ver­sity in Swe­den show that some indige­nous groups in the Andes of north­ern Argentina…Read More…
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…

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: Sat­ur­day 28 March 2015, 16:22:01.

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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