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AboutZoos, Since 2008

  • 2016 04 Dec Sun

    World’s oldest zoo gorilla is doing well after physical examination

    News zoos

    Colo, the matriarch of the Columbus Zoo gorilla troop and nearly 60 years of age, is the oldest gorilla on record and exceeded her normal life expectancy by more than two decades. A growing mass under...
  • 2016 02 Dec Fri

    Denial of invasive species threat worries scientists

    News biodiversity

    Scientists believe a new battlefront is opening in science denialism and this time the target is the science of invasive alien species and the fight to protect some of the world’s rarest species and m...
  • 2016 25 Nov Fri

    Asian infrastructure boom could be end of the road for tigers

    News biodiversity

    With massive infrastructure plans threatening all tiger landscapes and risking recent gains in tiger conservation, Asian governments must adopt a sustainable approach to infrastructure planning and co...
  • 2016 23 Nov Wed

    Biodiversity needs citizen scientists

    News biodiversity

    Could birdwatching or monitoring tree blossoms in your community make a difference in global environmental research? A new study says yes: citizen scientists have a vital role to play. Citizen scienti...
  • 2016 07 Nov Mon

    Most mammals have a greater life expectancy in zoos

    News zoos

    Life in the wild harbours the risk of predation, food shortages, harsh climates, and intense competition. Zoo animals, by contrast, are protected from these dangers. University of Zurich researchers w...
  • 2016 02 Nov Wed

    Wild Cats’ critical conservation status could be due to their meat only die...

    News evolution

    A team of researchers recently have sequenced the whole genome of the Far Eastern Amur leopard for the first time. It provides new insight into carnivory and how it impacts on genetic diversity and po...
  • 2016 29 Oct Sat

    First global map of genetic diversity shows impact of human activity

    News biodiversity

    By pulling together more than ninety thousands publicly available data of genetic sequences from amphibians and terrestrial mammals, scientists from the Centre for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate...
  • 2016 29 Oct Sat

    World's largest marine protected area declared in Antarctica’s Ross Sea

    News biodiversity

    The world's experts on Antarctic marine conservation have agreed to establish a marine protected area (MPA) in Antarctica's Ross Sea. This week at the Meeting of the (CCAMLR) in Hobart, Australia, all...
  • 2016 28 Oct Fri

    Food and Energy demand drives 58 percent decline in global wildlife populat...

    News biodiversity

    Global populations of vertebrates – mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish – have declined by 58 percent between 1970 and 2012, states The Living Planet report 2016 from World Wildlife Fund (W...
  • 2016 23 Oct Sun

    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...
  • 2016 22 Oct Sat

    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...
  • 2016 21 Oct Fri

    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...

    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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