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  • 2017 19 Feb Sun

    Congo River fish evolution shaped by intense rapids

    News evolution

    New DNA-based research provides compelling evidence that a group of strange-looking fish living near the mouth of the Congo River are evolving due to the intense hydraulics of the river’s rapids and d...
  • 2017 19 Feb Sun

    There is a moral argument for keeping great apes in zoos

    News zoos

    by I get apprehensive whenever someone asks me about my job. I’m a philosopher who works on the question of how language evolved, I reply. If they probe any further, I tell them that I work with the g...
  • 2017 18 Feb Sat

    India’s big cats and dogs are getting along fine

    News biodiversity

    A new Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) study in India shows that three carnivores – tigers, leopards, and dholes (Asian wild dog) – seemingly in direct competition with one other, are living side b...
  • 2017 18 Feb Sat

    Endangered African penguins are falling into an 'ecological trap'

    News biodiversity

    As the climate changes and fisheries transform the oceans, the world's African penguins are in trouble, according to a recently published study. Young penguins aren't able to take all the changes into...

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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