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  • S.Africa's Kruger Park still a magnet for rhino poachers

    A rhino is kept in an enclosure at the Kruger national parkBy Ed Stoddard PRETORIA (Reuters) - The poaching of rhinos has risen in South Africa's Kruger National Park this year but is on the decline elsewhere in the country, Environment Minister Edna Molewa said on Sunday. The Kruger Park, South Africa's main tourist draw, is on the frontlines of a surge in rhino poaching for the animal's horn to meet demand in countries such as Vietnam, where it is a coveted ingredient in traditional medicine. A record 1,215 rhino were poached in South Africa last year, almost triple the 448 killed in 2011.




  • South Africa's Kruger Park still a magnet for rhino poachers

    A rhino is kept in an enclosure at the Kruger national parkBy Ed Stoddard PRETORIA (Reuters) - The poaching of rhinos has risen in South Africa's Kruger National Park this year but is on the decline elsewhere in the country, Environment Minister Edna Molewa said on Sunday. The Kruger Park, South Africa's main tourist draw, is on the frontlines of a surge in rhino poaching for the animal's horn to meet demand in countries such as Vietnam, where it is a coveted ingredient in traditional medicine. A record 1,215 rhino were poached in South Africa last year, almost triple the 448 killed in 2011.




  • Tribe in Idaho to draft recovery plan for wild reindeer

    Handout photo of woodland caribou in the Selkirk mountain range in CanadaBy Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A Native American tribe in Idaho has been assigned the task of drafting a plan for saving a tiny band of wild reindeer from extinction in a far corner of the northern Rockies straddling the U.S.-Canadian border, federal wildlife officials said on Friday. A population of woodland caribou now numbering just 14 in the remote Selkirk Mountains has been at the center of a protracted fight among conservationists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and groups promoting recreational use and logging in the creatures' alpine habitat. First listed as an endangered species in 1984, they are the only wild reindeer of their kind left in the Lower 48 states, though they are close cousins of caribou that roam northern Alaska in large herds.




  • Weigh-in day for animals at London Zoo
    Animals of all sizes stepped on the scales on Wednesday at London Zoo's annual weigh-in. The reported 17,000 animals living at the zoo in the British capital must be weighed to make sure they are healthy and growing at the right speed. The information is then shared with zoos around the world to compare statistics.

  • It's a boy! Washington zoo gives details on new panda cub

    A smaller of two panda cubs born to Giant Panda Mei Xiang August 22 is fed from a bottle at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in WashingtonThe U.S. National Zoo's surviving giant panda cub is a boy and was fathered by the zoo's male panda, the zoo said on Friday. The cub was born on Saturday to Mei Xiang, who is a top tourist draw in the U.S. capital. The cubs were sired by Tian Tian, the zoo's male giant panda, the zoo said in a statement.




  • McDonald's, Tyson Foods drop farm after videotape shows animal cruelty

    The McDonald's 'golden arches' are displayed in a restaurant in New YorkMcDonald's Corp and Tyson Foods both severed ties on Thursday with a Tennessee farm where workers were seen stabbing, clubbing and stomping on chickens in an undercover video shot by animal rights activists. The videotape, which was unveiled by Mercy For Animals at a news conference in Los Angeles, depicts gruesome animal cruelty toward the birds at what the group said was T&S Farm in Dukedom, Tennessee, which was under contract to Tyson Foods .




  • Baby Panda Twin Dies at National Zoo

    Baby Panda Twin Dies at National ZooOne of giant panda Mei Xiang's twin cubs died today (Aug. 26), just five days after its birth, the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., reported. The cub showed no signs of decline until this morning, after spending the night with its mother Mei Xiang (may-SHONG), while its twin stayed in an incubator, said Dr. Donald Neiffer, the chief veterinarian of the National Zoo. This arrangement was set up to help Mei Xiang care for the twins.




  • Smaller newborn panda twin dies at Washington's National Zoo

    A smaller of two panda cubs born to Giant Panda Mei Xiang August 22 is fed from a bottle at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington(Reuters) - The smaller of twin panda cubs born over the weekend to giant panda Mei Xiang died on Wednesday after experiencing respiratory difficulty, Washington's National Zoo said. The death of the cub, whose up-and-down weight since the birth on Saturday had raised concerns among the zoo keepers, occurred shortly after 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The twins' birth captured international attention as giant pandas are among the world's most endangered species.




  • Zoo "Murmuration" Review: For the Birds

    Zoo "Murmuration" Review: For the BirdsZoo S01E08: "Murmuration" My goodness that was a lot of information to take in, thank you very much "Murmuration." Did a writer's assistant accidentally copy and paste the entire Zoo Wikipedia page? Watching the episode felt like I was cramming for the PSATs, and every question had to do with possible cures involving the Mother Cell, or strategies on how Chloe, Jamie, and the gang could prove their innocence. And when THAT wasn't happening, we were treated to the most delightful sound of basically a bird being smooshed with someone wearing boots on their hands. It was rough stuff. At least Mitch got to do exactly what we all wish we could in terms of elevator buttons. So dude escaped from Reiden WITH the untested medicine for Clem and Mother Cell like a pro only to be chastised by the rest of the bunch when he apologized for what he'd done. Sure I get that they felt betrayed but also the subtext here was that they'd rather Clem died than jeopardize the future of humanity. Seems kind of harsh to respond without at least a little bit of sympathy for the man's point of view. Like I said before though, anytime the crew found themselves in earshot of one another, they'd play that one improv game where you tell a story as a group one word at a time, all finishing each other's sentences and arriving at universal conclusions. Long story short, this meant spouting off about how the Mother Cell could be used to fix the mutation, but how that would require finding an animal with mutated DNA that had NOT come into contact with the Mother Cell. Mitch likened this unto finding a needle in a needle stack. On top of that the crew had to worry about clearing their names of murder and association with animal attacks (which I guess Reiden would try and pin on them?). If that wasn't enough, Chloe and the gang had to go off the grid because now all their bosses were mad at them. They were the kind of mad where they got mad at each other too. According to Oz this was all going on for roughly two months (time flies when you're one of five people who knows the world is ending), but for the better part of this ninth episode all I could think about was Mary J. Blige's "Family Affair." That's probably just me though, because for someone reason I spent a lot of times in factories as a child and that exposure to industrial chemicals may have altered my brain in an ungood way. Anyway, after his tongue-lashing Mitch was allowed to deliver medicine to his daughter. However she and Audra were busy taking Henry to the vet while birds mean-mugged them. The pup had miraculously made a full recovery (probably because of those Reiden drugs a few episodes back) and would enjoy a day at home while Audra and Clem went to the park. Inside the vet office I could have sworn someone digitally added animal pics from the web in all the picture frames. But if you ask me, something was off about the birds this episode. First, some birds in a vet office were making that dreadful noise, then Mitch and Abe had a positively Hitchcockian run-in with some neighborhood pigeons. Abe could give a care about the birds' well-being. He was like "shoo." Unfortunately, Clem and her confusingly named mother Audra did not enjoy the same dismissive freedom over the winged-beasts. Tons of birds had swarmed the park and trapped the mother-daughter pair under some playground equipment! The whole heavily populated park had a real hell of a time all around, but one lady in particular bore the brunt. In the end though it was the hundreds of birds that won the day. Next: Bar time! And Bar map time! (Continued from Page 1) Worse, it was very likely birds had developed the ability to communicate through a common language. What if the Bird Internet could send messages all over the world? You can bet eyeballs to beaks, babies in strollers the Earth over would be getting bit on a scale the likes of which we've never seen. Don't even try to blame this bad behavior on Mother Cells, birds. Y'all are assholes regardless. I read an article about how seagulls are pecking out the eyeballs of baby seals. I have been crapped on too many times to think anything but negatively of birds, and this episode solidified my opinion. Just had to get that off my chest. Across town, Chloe and Oz harassed Delavane in his own home and exchanged threats before parting ways. He seemed to think that the public would blame Chloe and her colleagues for being at the place of each animal attack. Weird! Anyway, they later joined Jamie in a bar to get drunk and rip maps off of walls. I especially liked how Chloe told everyone to pay with cash, then immediately wasted $100 bucks on a dumb bar map. I know it's fun to get drunk and all, but personally I function terribly with too many drinks in me. If you're going to save the world maybe don't be drunk about it. Outside Jackson gave Chloe a pep talk. The idea to use a really cool journo-source of Jamie's to get the word out backfired when the FBI-dude rifled through some garbage and discovered the gang at a warehouse. Not sure how he got the location down, as all he did was find a record of who Jamie had called with her burner phone, but the point is he wanted to blow her little head off. Thankfully Jackson shoved some boxes over on the man with a gun during a fun speech about how much he wanted to shoot people all the time as an FBI agent. What a jerk! Mitch and Abe found a little more success thankfully. But not before some birds came after the former's ex-family. By calling in a nearly decade's old favor from some local fireman who apparently all remembered Mitch's role in once saving a firehouse dalmatian, the scientist and animal expert were able to commandeer a hose and wet all the bad birds. All was well and Mitch was able to deliver the stolen Reiden meds. My favorite moment was how Audra point-blank asked Mitch, "How did you get these drugs?" and he pretty much blew off the question. Then she was totally cool with giving her daughter whatever. She was also cool with giving Mitch bedroom eyes while Justin was hard at work keeping a roof over her head. The episode ended with the crew making their way to Zambia because there could be mutated leopards there who have not been exposed to Reiden's Mother Cell. Seems about as good as their other objectives on this show! Find one animal, then find another animal. Repeat! However if stopping the animal apocalypse wasn't tough enough on $45/day cash, now the Bird Internet was up and running, plus the Reiden dude implied that Chloe and company would die before figuring out a cure. Yikes. I've always said that when it comes to beast-on-human-genocides, it's not the animals you have to worry about, it's the people. The birds suck too though. ANIMAL TRACKS – Do you think Mitch's plan will work? – Will Henry have a pivotal role? – Does this show deserve another season? – What would the second season be about? – What did you think of "Murmuration"?




  • Thailand destroys ivory stockpile amid junta crackdown

    Thai Department of National Parks (DNP) workers display pieces of ivory during a destruction ceremony in Bangkok on August 26, 2015Thailand destroyed more than two tonnes of ivory Wednesday -- a victory for animal rights groups fighting against the trade in a country renowned for being a hub for illegal tusks. The ceremony, in which 2,155 kilograms of raw tusks and carved trinkets were fed into an industrial rock crusher before being incinerated, was presided over by the Thai junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha and is the first time the kingdom has taken steps to destroy part of its stockpile. "This is to show the Thai government's strong determination to oppose ivory trafficking and that Thailand will comply with international rules," he said during the ceremony.





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