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  • 201623MayMon

    Reintroduction of lynx requires larger numbers to avoid genetic depletion

    | News biodiversity

    For successful reintroduction of lynx into the wild, the number of released animals is crucial. If only a few lynx are reintroduced to found a population, the genetic diversity is too low to ensure th...
  • 201623MayMon

    Toxin in wood used for enclosures could harm zoo animals

    | News zoos

    When zoo animals gnaw on wood their enclosures are made of, they may be risking their health by ingesting toxic levels of arsenic. So, zoo managers need to pay attention to the potential risk of the w...
  • 201620MayFri

    Ocelot density in Brazilian Amazon may be lower than expected

    | News biodiversity

    The population density of ocelots in the Brazilian Amazon may be stable but lower than expected, according to a study published May 18, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Daniel Gomes da Roch...
  • 201612MayThu

    New enclosure design tool created for UK zoos helping chimps behave natural...

    | News zoos

    University of Birmingham scientists have developed a new way to redesign chimpanzee enclosures. It translates research on wild chimpanzees into zoos' facilities to help preserve the behavioural and ph...
  • 201606MayFri

    Saharan Addax antelope faces imminent extinction

    | News biodiversity

    Regional insecurity and oil industry activities in the Sahara desert have pushed the Addax – a migratory species of desert-adapted antelope - to the very knife-edge of extinction according to a recent...
  • 201606MayFri

    Evolution of the Javan leopard and the urgent need for its conservation

    | News evolution

    An international team of researchers from Germany and Indonesia has discovered new insights into the evolutionary history of the Javan leopard. The results of the study confirm that Javan leopards are...
  • 201605MayThu

    Bad news: leopard's have lost 75 percent of their historic range

    | News biodiversity

    The leopard (Panthera pardus), one of the world's most iconic big cats, has lost as much as 75 percent of its historic range, according to a paper published on 4 May in the open access scientific jour...
  • 201605MayThu

    Stem-cell plan to save the northern white rhinoceros – crazy or not?

    | News zoos

    In December 2015 an international group of scientists convened in Vienna, Austria, to discuss the imminent extinction of the northern white rhinoceros and the possibility of bringing the species back...
  • 201630AprSat

    The value of zoos according to WAZA

    | News zoos

    The (WAZA) provides the following reasons to justify the keeping of wild animals in captivity,and why people need to support and celebrate zoos. Wildlife conservation and Species preservationExtinctio...
  • 201630AprSat

    Birds of prey constrained in the beak evolution race

    | News evolution

    New research reveals that eating different foods does not determine how birds of prey’s beaks evolve. A classic example of evolution by natural selection is the way the beaks of bird species evolved i...
  • 201627AprWed

    Controversial tiger temple in Thailand gets zoo license

    | News zoos

    by Shreya Dasgupta Thailand’s Tiger Temple has been mired in controversy. Earlier this year, a National Geographic investigation and a report released by Cee4life (Conservation and Environmental Educa...
  • 201627AprWed

    Better data needed to stop sixth mass extinction

    | News biodiversity

    Call for better data as study reveals just 5 percent of datasets meet a 'gold standard' needed for effective biodiversity conservation. To prevent a new mass extinction of the world's animal and plant...

    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.

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