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AboutZoos, Since 2008

  • Mon27Jul2015

    Mammoths killed by global warming, not ice age!

    | News evolution

    New research revealed abrupt warming, that closely resembles the rapid man-made warming occurring today, has repeatedly played a key role in mass extinction events of large animals, the megafauna, in... Read more
  • Sun26Jul2015

    Dark plumage helps birds survive on small islands

    | News evolution

    Animal populations on islands tend to develop weird traits over time, becoming big (like Galapagos tortoises) or small (like extinct dwarf elephants) or losing the ability to fly (like the flightless... Read more
  • Thu23Jul2015

    New invention drives poaching to extinction!

    | News biodiversity

    A 24/7 real-time monitoring device for animals threatened by poaching, including rhino, tiger and elephant, has been invented by a British team. Welcomed by experts as a ground-breaking new technology... Read more
  • Wed22Jul2015

    Will a vaccine save Tasmanian devils from extinction?

    | News biodiversity

    New research, led by University of Southampton biological scientist Dr Hannah Siddle, is aiming to develop an effective vaccine against an infectious cancer that is eradicating the Tasmanian devil, th... Read more
  • Wed22Jul2015

    Critically endangered Scottish wildcat kittens born at Highland Wildlife Pa...

    | News zoos

    The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) Highland Wildlife Park welcomed three young Scottish wildcat kittens to the Park, last April. Also known as the Highland Tiger, this incredibly rare, na... Read more
  • Tue21Jul2015

    Malaysia's 'black panthers' finally reveal their leopard's spots

    | News biodiversity

    From the frozen forests of Russia to the scorching sands of the Kalahari Desert, leopards are the most widely distributed large cat on earth. Their iconic spotted coat has been admired and coveted by... Read more
  • Tue21Jul2015

    Polar bears will starve due to loss of sea ice, in the end...

    | News biodiversity

    Polar bears are unlikely to physiologically compensate for extended food deprivation associated with the ongoing loss of sea ice, according to one-of-its-kind research conducted by University of Wyomi... Read more
  • Tue23Jun2015

    “Golden age” of animal tracking just about began

    | News biodiversity

    Animals wearing new tagging and tracking devices give a real-time look at their behaviour and at the environmental health of the planet, say research associates at the Smithsonian Tropical Research In... Read more
  • Fri05Jun2015

    Catastrophic collapse of Saiga antelopes in Central Asia

    | News biodiversity

    More than 120,000 saiga antelope have been confirmed dead in central Kazakhstan, representing more than a third of the global population. This is a major blow for conservation efforts given that saiga... Read more
  • Sun31May2015

    Amur tiger numbers on the rise, say latest figures

    | News biodiversity

    The population of the Amur tiger in Russia has increased to as many as 540 individuals over the last ten years, according to figures released by the Russian government. “I am pleased to see that the n... Read more
  • Sun31May2015

    Rehabilitated Amur tiger translocated and released into the wild

    | News biodiversity

    After a successful six-months rehabilitation process a three-year old male Amur tiger was strong and healthy enough to be returned to the wild. As a potential conflict tiger he will be monitored for t... Read more
  • Fri22May2015

    Spotted hyenas show why Facebook works – befriending is everything

    | News evolution

    Bonding with a friend of a friend is something most humans gravitate toward naturally, or at least Facebook likes to think so every time it suggests friends for you to "friend." But the spotted hyena... Read more

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
NASA State of Flux

Goal: 7000 tigers in the wild

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"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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