"One man and his tiger! Buddhist cuddles up to deadly big cat... one of a HUNDRED raised by the monks from cubs"
Sounds wonderful, looks delightful and so the Daily Mail in its unresearched ignorance has promoted this horrific cruel commercially exploitative place. It destroys much of the work of groups who try to expose the truth. Do you think the Daily Mail cares? I don't. As long as they sell more papers that's all they care.
There will be those who disagree of course, there always is. This week I have received eight criticisms of links I have posted or statements I have made......so nothing has changed. This week just like many others. One wonders what would happen if I wrote without convincing evidence about some of the things people tell me. I get a lot of emails. I am always fighting a backlog. People send rumours, stories and increasingly photos too. I see behind the scenes of many places without ever having to visit. My trouble is that I know that a photo can lie just as easily as it can tell the truth. We in the zoo world are only too aware of this because it is all too often used by the Animal Rights Cults.
Some of the things I have heard this week have been very disturbing especially as they are about people I know. Money, as always, appears to be the prime motivator and steps on and grinds the face of caring.
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One man and his tiger! Buddhist cuddles up to deadly big cat... one of a HUNDRED raised by the monks from cubs
When temperatures reaching a stifling 37 degrees, even these well-adapted tigers need to find a way of escaping the heat.
The beautiful big cats are pictured at the controversial Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, where around 100 live alongside Buddhist monks.
Many were brought to the reserve as cubs and have grown up around humans. But even so these pictures show just how remarkably close these fearsome creatures can get to their keepers.
Why Efforts to Bring Extinct Species Back from the Dead Miss the Point
A project to revive long-gone species is a sideshow to the real extinction crisis
“We will get woolly mammoths back.” So vowed environmentalist Stewart Brand at the TED conference in Long Beach, Calif., in February in laying out his vision for reviving extinct species. The mammoth isn't the only vanished creature Brand and other proponents of “de-extinction” want to resurrect. The passenger pigeon, Caribbean monk seal and great auk are among the other candidates—all species that blinked out at least in part because of Homo sapiens. “Humans have made a huge hole in nature in the last 10,000 years,” Brand asserted. “We have the ability now—and maybe the moral obligation—to repair some of the damage.”
Just a few years ago such de-extinction was the purview of science fiction. Now it is so near at hand that in March, Brand's Long Now Foundation, along with TED and the National Geographic Society, convened an entire conference on the topic. Indeed, thanks to recent a
DALTON ZOO MEMORIAL PLANNED FOR KEEPER KILLED BY TIGER
THE owner of South Lakes Wild Animal Park has said the attraction will create a memorial to the zookeeper who died after being attacked by atiger.
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Sarah McClay, 24, died on Friday after being attacked by a Sumatran tiger as she worked in the enclosure at the zoo in Dalton.
Zoo owner David Gill has said staff will be allowed to attend her funeral, the details of which are yet to be arranged.
Mr Gill said he had missed the funeral of 14-year-old Lindal girl Bethany Crook – who died after being hit by a bus on May 1 – to allow more members of staff to attend.
He told the Evening Mail: “I will not have any hesitation to do something similar – I would rather everybody else has the opportunity to go. That is not out of disrespect.
“If people want to go I would hold the fort because that’s the way I am.”
Mr Gill also revealed the zoo’s management team had discussed a memorial to Miss McClay, of Dowie Close, Barrow, but said they would not be commenting until a decision was made on the most fitting tribute.
A statement from the management team at the animal park said: “The idea of a memorial or tribute for both Bethany Crook and Sarah McClay, both dearly loved staff members who recently lost their lives in tragic circumstances, has been discussed by the management team and unanimously agreed that it is a gesture we would like to make.
“Staff, and families of both girls, are still coming to terms with their losses and it was felt a little time and thought should go into any tributes and therefore we have called for any ideas or suggestions to be put forward over the coming weeks from our staff. We would very much like the families of both girls to be involved in deciding any such tributes and will when the time is right.”
Meanwhile, animal c
Zookeeping: An Introduction to the Science and Technology
Zookeepers are responsible for the care and welfare of animals in zoos and aquariums, and also serve as public ambassadors for the animals. As species extinction, environmental protection, animal rights, and workplace safety issues come to the fore, zoos and aquariums need keepers who have the technical expertise and scientific knowledge to keep animals healthy, educate the public, and create regional, national, and global conservation and management communities. This textbook offers a comprehensive and practical overview of the profession geared toward new animal keepers, and anyone who needs a foundational account of the topics most important to the day-to-day care of zoo and aquarium animals. The editors, all three experienced in zoo animal care and management, put together a cohesive and broad-ranging book that tackles each of its subjects carefully and thoroughly. The contributions cover professional zookeeping, evolution of zoos, workplace safety, animal management, taxa-specific animal husbandry, animal behavior, veterinary care, public education and outreach, and conservation science. Using the newest techniques and research gathered from around the world, Zookeeping is a progressive textbook that seeks to promote consistency and the highest standards within global zoo and aquarium operations.
New volunteer at Selamatkan Yaki!
Hello, my name is Jodie and I am Selamatkan Yaki’s fourth volunteer!
I joined the hard working and enthusiastic team 5 weeks ago, coming from England, where I work as a full time Zoo keeper at Drusillas Zoo park. There I work with an array of different species but I work very closely with the Sulawesi crested black macaques (Macaca nigra) which have become a key species during my career.
American helps deploy drones to nab rhino poachers in Africa
he exact location of the anti-poaching operation is secret, as is the number of rangers who will be on duty. Also confidential: where the drones will fly as they search out poachers intent on slaying rhinos for their horns – one killed every 11 hours in South Africa alone.
But over the next several days, Tom Snitch thinks that his project, at a private game farm adjoining South Africa’s famed Kruger National Park, will prove that unmanned aerial vehicles can end the scourge of rhinoceros poaching.
Demand for rhino horn has boomed in recent years, with criminal syndicates offering as much as $30,000 a pound for the horns. Poachers already have killed 350 rhinos in South Africa this year; last year, 668 endangered rhinos died for their horns. They’re sold in Asia, particularly in Vietnam, where ground-up horns are touted as a cure for hangovers, cancer and other ailments, and where rising incomes have made the horns accessible to more people and their possession a status sym
The role of trophy hunting in white rhino conservation, with special reference to BOP parks
role of trophy hunting in conservation. has trophy hunting been sustainable?
Approximately 820 white rhino have been hunted in South Africa since 1968, when white rhino hunting began in earnest. Table 1 shows that over this time, the numbers of white rhino in SA have increased from 1800 to over 6370. Table 2 shows how white rhino numbers on private land (where most hunting occurs) have also increased to well over 1000. The average rate of hunting as a percentage of all white rhino in SA, was about 0,93% per year up to 1987 (24,8 rhino/year); and has averaged 0,81 % of the population per year since then (43 rhino/year) - see table 1.
Out of private-owned animals prior to 1988 (see table 3), hunting rates were ca 10,5% per year however, rhino numbers in private hands were mainly being bought from the much larger pool of Natal Parks Board (NPB) animals at low, fixed prices. In 1989 rhino prices throughout SA reached a realistic market value when NPB, the major suppliers, began to auction their rhino. Since then, hunting rates out of privately owned animals have dropped to approximately 3% per year.
Bop Parks' hunting, which has been based on the original founder stock of 212 animals introduced in the early 1980's, has been conducted at an average yearly rate of about 3%. Figure 1 summarises the history of these animals, discussed more fully below. (Note: 248 rhino were obtained from NPB from 1978-82, but due to the country-wide drought and the poor physical condition of the rhino, 36 died shortly after release).
In conclusion, trophy hunting has been and still is highly sustainable.
Has white rhino trophy hunting benefited white rhino conservation?
Trophy hunting of white rhino has influenced their numbers and population performance in many direct and indirect ways:
1. As a population management tool, it eliminates 'surplus' males that would otherwise use grazing resources of breeding animals, or would fight and kill other rhino. Without removals (live and dead), rhino soon breed up to capacity, reducing the overall productivity of a population, especially on smaller reserves and ranches (< 5 000 - 20 000 ha).
Land capable of holding white rhino (ie. with game farming / tourism / conservation objectives; suitable grazing habitat, security and fencing), has had to be developed since the 1960's,
Fight over lion park
A decision over an application to put the Zion Wildlife Park into liquidation to pay for lost wages has been reserved.
Associate High Court Judge Jeremy Doogue reserved his decision into the application made by Tauranga business consultant Sam Bailey to liquidate Earth Crest Ltd (trading as Kingdom of Zion Ltd).
Sam, who represented himself in court, was employed by the owner and sole director of the park’s operating company - Suzanne Eisenhut - after Lion Man Craig Busch’s return to the park in February 2012.
He was employed as a business consultant to offer advice on decisions involved in getting the park back on its financial feet.
Sam filed high court proceedings against the operating company Earth Quest saying he is owed nearly $9000 in lost wages.
Under instruction, counsel for the defendant Nick Elsmore argued the action was filed outside the 30 day window.
The liquidation application was permitted to continue when it was found it was filed with a day to spare.
At the disputed facts hearing the defence argued against the application saying Sam was also trading under a company name.
The defendants also argued against the High Court application to liquidate Earth Crest Ltd, saying the case is more suited to the Employment Relations Authority, the Employment Court or District Court.
There was another technical argument over the address for service, and whether it should have been in Tauranga or Kamo, Whangarei. The application to liquidate has to be served at the company’s registered head office, which Nick says was filed after the company had moved head office to Kamo.
Sam rebutted the arguments.
The defendants also argued Sam owed them $10,000 for damage to a serval cage he allegedly caused doing work that wasn’t authorised by the owner, so they owe him nothing.
The defendant’s lawyer also queried the amount saying it is damages. Sam denied this claim.
Zion Wildlife Park gained international reputation after Lion Man Craig Busch starred in a television series about his wildlife park in Whangarei.
Troubles at the park began when Craig Busch was locked out of the park by his mother Patricia Busch in 2008. She managed it because, as a director, she was able to approve an application by Glen Holland to apply for the crucial operator licence in October 2008.
Craig was forced out of the park for three years, only returning after new owners, Tracey McVerry and Tauranga accountant Ian Stevenson, took charge and re-named it Zion Wildlife Kingdom in February 2012.
On 5 April, 2012 the facility was reopened as Kingdom of Zion. Day to day management of the facility is through Earth Crest Limited.
A wildlife park such as Zion requires two licences. The containment facility licence applies t
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