WildCat Chat ~ Zoological Parks: Educators? Conservationists? Living Museums? Entertainers? ~ June 16, 2016

Zoological Parks: Educators? Conservationists? Living Museums? Entertainers? Recent events at zoological parks around the world piqued my curiosity (yet again) in how these institutions actually serve as educators, contribute to the conservation of endangered species in the wild and how the public engages with and views the parks. What are the purposes of zoological parks? … Continue reading WildCat Chat ~ Zoological Parks: Educators? Conservationists? Living Museums? Entertainers? ~ June 16, 2016

WildCat Chat ~ Nahla’s Story ~ the perils of captive possession ~ May 11, 2016

Nahla’s Story ~ the perils of captive possession Over the past few weeks, we’ve been over-whelmed with news stories on the atrocities occurring all over the world about the handling, care and living conditions of captive big cats. Most notable is Animal Defenders International’s (ADI) heroic effort to relocate 33 lions from Peru and Columbia … Continue reading WildCat Chat ~ Nahla’s Story ~ the perils of captive possession ~ May 11, 2016

WildCat Chat ~ Loved to Death ~ April 19, 2016

Loved to Death After we finalized our WildCat News Brief podcast for Sunday, April 17th, I received the news that a zoo keeper at the West Palm Beach Zoo in Florida was killed by a tiger. In our podcast, we highlighted two stories from last week regarding interactions with tigers in zoos in Dublin and … Continue reading WildCat Chat ~ Loved to Death ~ April 19, 2016

WildCat Chat ~ Ocelot Detained for Illegal Border Crossing ~ March 9, 2016

Ocelot detained for illegal border crossing This ocelot was spotted trying to cross the border from Mexico into the U.S. and was apprehended by U.S. border patrol agents. When questioned by the agents, the ocelot invoked his right to remain silent. He spent the night in custody and is expected to be deported immediately. Meanwhile, … Continue reading WildCat Chat ~ Ocelot Detained for Illegal Border Crossing ~ March 9, 2016

WildCat Chat ~ Feral Cats-Australia’s Non-native Wildcat ~February 11, 2016

Feral Cats – Australia’s non-native wildcat On January 16, 2016 “Felicitous felicide” an article about culling feral cats in Australia published in The Economist summarized, quite unconvincingly, Australia’s justification for their practice of culling feral cats. While I found no biological or scientific assessment in the article about methods, measuring outcomes, and maintaining a balanced … Continue reading WildCat Chat ~ Feral Cats-Australia’s Non-native Wildcat ~February 11, 2016