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  • 201616JulSat

    Cougars could save human lives by lowering vehicle collisions with deer

    | News biodiversity

    You would never guess it from their soft eyes and timid demeanour, but the swift-footed deer is North America’s most dangerous mammal to humans. Each year deer cause 1.2 million vehicle collisions in...
  • 201616JulSat

    The Cave Bear: a vegan gone extinct

    | News evolution

    Scientists of the Senckenberg Research Institute in Germany together with international partners have studied the feeding habits of the extinct Cave Bear. Based on the isotope composition in the colla...
  • 201615JulFri

    Biodiversity falls below ‘safe levels’ globally

    | News biodiversity

    Levels of global biodiversity loss may negatively impact on ecosystem function and the sustainability of human societies, according to research led by University College London (UCL). “This is the fir...
  • 201615JulFri

    Exceptional species diversity found on island in Philippines

    | News biodiversity

    The largest island in the Philippines may be home to the greatest concentration of mammal diversity in the world, according to a research team that has been exploring the Philippines' Luzon Island for...
  • 201613JulWed

    Monkeys in Brazil ‘have used stone tools for hundreds of years at least’

    | News evolution

    New archaeological evidence suggests that Brazilian capuchins have been using stone tools to crack open cashew nuts for at least 700 years, and the new research paper asks whether human behaviour was...
  • 201610JulSun

    A good supply of endangered black-footed ferrets delivered by Toronto Zoo

    | News zoos

    Toronto Zoo has been participating in the conservation breeding programme for the black-footed ferrets since 1992. Since then, the Zoo has bred hundreds of baby ferrets (kits) for reintroduction to th...
  • 201610JulSun

    Rare Bukhara deer born at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park

    | News zoos

    Keepers at have recently welcomed a rare Bukhara deer fawn to its herd in the Cairngorms. The male fawn was born at the beginning of June. The Wildlife Park is home to the only breeding herd of Bukhar...
  • 201609JulSat

    The snow leopard may be a more common big cat than we thought

    | News biodiversity

    The snow leopard has long been one of the least studied – and therefore poorly understood – of the large cats. No longer. Scientists studying snow leopards now say the big cats may be more common than...
  • 201603JulSun

    Lionfish invading the Mediterranean Sea

    | News biodiversity

    Rising sea temperatures in the Mediterranean are encouraging alien lionfish species to invade and colonise new territories with potentially serious ecological and socio-economic impacts. Evidence coll...
  • 201625JunSat

    Georgia Aquarium stops taking whales & dolphins from the wild

    | News zoos

    Statement of Georgia Aquarium Following an extensive and unfruitful twelve-year effort to relocate 18 beluga whales from Russia to the United States to create a sustainable population of the beluga wh...
  • 201624JunFri

    First mammal species goes Extinct due to climate change

    | News biodiversity

    University of Queensland and Queensland Government researchers have confirmed that the Bramble Cay melomys – the only mammal species endemic to the Great Barrier Reef – is the first mammal to go extin...
  • 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...

    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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