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


About­Zoos, since 2008

News zoos

Snow leop­ard cub taken from wild will be used for edu­ca­tional pur­poses in Pak­istan
Fri­day, 05 Decem­ber 2014
A young snow leop­ard that has been kept in a small cage on the side of Pakistan’s Karako­ram high­way for two years after being cap­tured will get a…Read More…
Res­cued sea otter pup offered 2nd chance by Shedd Aquar­ium
Sun­day, 09 Novem­ber 2014
A rec­og­nized leader in ani­mal care and con­ser­va­tion, Chicago’s Shedd Aquar­ium announced today that it has wel­comed a five-​week-​old orphaned…Read More…
Cap­tive Rhino health influ­enced by urban noise?
Sun­day, 02 Novem­ber 2014
Texas researchers have made a first step in look­ing for clues to improve rhino repro­duc­tion in cap­tiv­ity by inves­ti­gat­ing noises present in zoo…Read More…

News bio­di­ver­sity

Pygmy sea­horse, mas­ters of cam­ou­flage
Sat­ur­day, 13 Decem­ber 2014
Over the sum­mer, biol­o­gists from the Cal­i­for­nia Acad­emy of Sci­ences in San Fran­cisco returned from an expe­di­tion to the Philip­pines with some very…Read More…
Tin­ker­ing with the Tao of pan­das, they’re not so picky after all
Sun­day, 07 Decem­ber 2014
Good news on the panda front: Turns out they’re not quite as del­i­cate – and picky – as thought. Up until now, infor­ma­tion gleaned from 30 years…Read More…
Wild­cats born in the Nether­lands in the wild
Sun­day, 07 Decem­ber 2014
For the first time since cen­turies wild­cats born in the wild have been recorded in the Nether­lands. The Dutch con­ser­va­tion organ­i­sa­tion ARKRead More…

News evo­lu­tion

Ances­tor of horses and rhi­nos orig­i­nated in India while it was still an island
Tues­day, 02 Decem­ber 2014
Work­ing at the edge of a coal mine in India, a team of Johns Hop­kins researchers and col­leagues have filled in a major gap in science’s…Read More…
Darwin’s writ­ings being digi­tised: already 12,000 papers online
Sat­ur­day, 29 Novem­ber 2014
The ori­gins of Darwin’s the­ory of evo­lu­tion – includ­ing the pages where he first coins and com­mits to paper the term ‘nat­ural selec­tion’ –…Read More…
Mas­sive geo­graphic change may have trig­gered Explo­sion of Ani­mal Life
Fri­day, 07 Novem­ber 2014
A paper by Ian Dalziel of The Uni­ver­sity of Texas at Austin’s Jack­son School of Geo­sciences, sug­gests a major tec­tonic event may have trig­gered the…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: Wednes­day 17 Decem­ber 2014, 22:18:34.

Goal: 7000 tigers in the wild

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