Details released on the Amur leopard escape at the Hogle Zoo

The details of an Amur leopard escape at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City last month indicates the big cat escaped her enclosure by climbing to a nearby high beam and squeezing through a small opening in the steel-grade mesh on top of her enclosure, officials said. Hogle Zoo spokeswoman Erica Hansen added that … Continue reading Details released on the Amur leopard escape at the Hogle Zoo

New study claims lawsuits speed up ESA protections for endangered and threatened species

A new peer-reviewed study published in Biological Diversity, earlier last week, “Taxa, petitioning agency, and lawsuits affect time spent awaiting listing under the US Endangered Species Act,” in effect claims lawsuits speed ESA protections for endangered & threatened species.

The threats of old are still the dominant drivers of current species loss

In an article appearing in Nature this week, Sean Maxwell and colleagues examine the causes for species decline through the analysis of IUCN Red List data in “Biodiversity: The ravages of guns, nets and bulldozers.” According to Maxwell et al, the top big killers are attributable to overexploitation including logging, hunting, fishing, plant gathering and … Continue reading The threats of old are still the dominant drivers of current species loss

Balkan wildlife faces extinction threat from border fence to control migrants

According to an article appearing in The Guardian this week, a controversial razor-wire fence put up by Slovenia along its border with Croatia could wipe out local bear, lynx and wolf populations. The death toll of animals killed by a razor wire fence designed to stop migrants crossing into Europe is mounting, amid warnings that … Continue reading Balkan wildlife faces extinction threat from border fence to control migrants

Jersey City to vote on bill banning performances of wild and exotic animals

The New Jersey Journal (NJ.com) reports circuses may no longer be welcome in Jersey City. During next week’s city council meeting it is expected the council will take action on a bill that will ban performances of wild and exotic animals. If formally adopted, Jersey City will become one of a host of public entities … Continue reading Jersey City to vote on bill banning performances of wild and exotic animals

Bristol Zoo fundraiser proves good for business but not for its lions

The Independent UK reports the Bristol zoo was criticized by a campaign group for staging an adults-only “Big Night Out” event aimed at stag and hen dos amid claims it made animals “highly stressed.” The Independent was passed undercover video footage of two lions pacing back and forth rapidly for several minutes during the Friday … Continue reading Bristol Zoo fundraiser proves good for business but not for its lions

A Tiger roams the streets of Pretoria, South Africa

The Pretoria East Rekord reported a tiger roaming the streets in the east of Pretoria left residents agape on Friday morning. They were shocked to spot the animal near the fence of The Meadows estate around 7:00 a.m. It later emerged that the tiger came from The Farm Inn in Silverlakes. The Farm Inn owner … Continue reading A Tiger roams the streets of Pretoria, South Africa

Flaviu’s escape from the Dartmoor Zoo spurs The British Big Cats Society to propose use of GPS tracking devices

The Herald reported this week that The British Big Cats Society (BBCS) is calling for big cats in captivity to be fitted with GPS trackers after a lynx escaped from Dartmoor Zoo and lived in the wild for three weeks. BBCS founded by Plymouth entrepreneur Danny Bamping, wants the government to make it a legal … Continue reading Flaviu’s escape from the Dartmoor Zoo spurs The British Big Cats Society to propose use of GPS tracking devices

International poaching syndicates responsible for 31 tiger deaths

The Daily Mail UK/India released a startling report on international tiger poaching syndicates. Poaching fueled by a thriving trade of the animal body parts as well as loss of natural habitat and traditional prey had triggered a troubling slump in the tiger population from an estimated 40,000 at the turn of the last century. India … Continue reading International poaching syndicates responsible for 31 tiger deaths

Translocated tigress gives birth in the Panna Tiger Reserve

Press Trust of India reported earlier this week a translocated tigress has once again given birth to three cubs in Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR), who were sighted by foresters in Madhla area in Panna district. “This is the fifth time that the translocated big cat (T-1) gave birth to cubs in the PTR where once … Continue reading Translocated tigress gives birth in the Panna Tiger Reserve