A month ago I made available the reports of my visits to two New Zealand zoos, and I am pleased to let you know that an European zoo has been added to my zoo reviews archive – the German zoo, NaturZoo Rheine, that I visited in 2016. Further to this I would like to draw your attention to an article written by Elizabeth Boakes about how important biological diversity is for the future of Planet Earth.
Rheine zoowas founded in 1937 as a zoo for native species with fallow deer and wild boar as well as other Central European animal species. The gates were opened to the public on 25 July 1937. Although initially focussing on native fauna, the zoo housed rhesus macaques and crab-eating macaques right from the start. But it was not until 1965 that the zoo changed its concept and focussed more on exotic non-European animal species. Nowadays Rheine Zoo advertises itself as a zoo where the visitor will meet animals up close. What they exactly mean by this and how this influences the zoo visit is something I wanted to experience myself. So, on in May 2016 I visited this ‘close encounter’ Zoo. Read more
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No way that trophy hunting can prevent species’ extinction in a sustainable manner
The conservation through hunting model has led to many, sometimes heated, debates. Personally, I cannot understand why a person should kill an animal when the animal isn’t an immediate threat to that person or isn’t an indispensable part of that person’s diet. But when the conservation value is proven I am prepared to adopt the model in my thoughts. Read more
Biodiversity isn’t just pretty: it future-proofs our world
A small boy hauls enthusiastically on his fishing rod. The line flies up and a needle-spined fish strikes him in the eye. Desperate to stay outdoors, he ignores the pain, but his sight deteriorates over the following months. He continues to pursue his love of nature but, now blind in one eye, he is confined to studying creatures that are easy to see: insects. He grows to become the global authority on ants, and in later life is given the moniker ‘the father of biodiversity’. Read more