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AboutZoos, Since 2008

  • 201623OctSun

    Silent roar – conserving the snow leopard landscape

    | News biodiversity

    In the world’s high places, there remains an animal rarely seen and almost never heard - the snow leopard. This is the story of one of the world’s great cats, noteworthy for the fact that it does not...
  • 201622OctSat

    New species are evolving but that’s not good news

    | News evolution

    Species across the world are rapidly going extinct due to human activities, but humans are also causing rapid evolution and the emergence of new species. A study published on 29 June summarises the ca...
  • 201621OctFri

    Hundreds of snow leopards poached each year

    | News biodiversity

    With possibly as few as 4,000 snow leopards surviving in the wild, a new report from TRAFFIC has found that hundreds of the endangered big cats are being killed illegally each year across their range...
  • 201620OctThu

    World's mammal wildlife is being hunted and eaten into extinction

    | News biodiversity

    The ongoing decline of more than 300 species of animals is having significant environmental impacts and posing a food security threat for millions of people in Asia, Africa and South America, accordin...
  • 201619OctWed

    Can Tasmanian devils naturally recover from deadly transmissible facial can...

    | News biodiversity

    Researchers have seen evidence for the first time that some Tasmanian devils are capable of naturally recovering from the deadly Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). The research was performed by scien...
  • 201619OctWed

    Tasmanian devils evolve to resist deadly transmissible facial cancer

    | News evolution

    Tasmanian devils are evolving in response to a highly lethal and contagious form of cancer, a Washington State University (WSU) researcher has found. Andrew Storfer, WSU professor of biology, and an i...
  • 201618OctTue

    Ornamental plants have potential for conserving pollinators such as bees

    | News biodiversity

    Insects play a vital role in ecosystem health, helping to aerate soil, keeping the natural system in balance, and preventing detrimental pests from taking over essential natural resources. Additionall...
  • 201617OctMon

    Wild chimpanzee mothers teach young to use tools, video study confirms

    | News evolution

    The first documented evidence of wild chimpanzee mothers teaching their offspring to use tools has been captured by video cameras set to record chimpanzee tool-using activity at termite mounds in the...
  • 201616OctSun

    Peccaries of Mesoamerica now highly threatened, warn experts

    | News biodiversity

    Hunting, deforestation, and cattle ranching in Mesoamerica have become a triad of trouble for the white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari), an ecologically important species now threatened with regional...
  • 201616OctSun

    Genome of the tarsier, the carnivorous primate, reveals ties to humans

    | News evolution

    Small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, with enormous eyes and an appetite for meat, tarsiers are an anomaly of nature. They are also our distant cousins, according to scientists at Washington...
  • 201630SepFri

    New report finds no slow down in tiger trafficking

    | News biodiversity

    A new report from TRAFFIC and WWF finds no evidence of a decline in tiger trafficking across Asia, with parts equating to a minimum of 1755 tigers seized between 2000 and 2015 – an average of more tha...
  • 201630SepFri

    Trophy hunting of lions can aid in conservation of lions

    | News biodiversity

    New research has found that controlled trophy hunting of lions can actually help conserve the species, but only in areas where hunting companies are given long-term land management rights. One year af...

    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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