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Challenging zoos' "wildlife conservation"

Published 05/29/08

Wildlife charity the Born Free Foundation says zoos spend a disproportionately small amount on conservation. It commissioned an independent poll in 2006 to ask the public how much of a zoo's turnover they thought was dedicated to conservation. The survey found most people assumed between a quarter to 40 per cent was dedicated to conservation when, in reality, Born Free says even the better zoos – of which the charity concedes Edinburgh Zoo is one – only commit five or six per cent. Born Free's chief executive Will Travers says he would like to know how much money the zoo puts into its much-publicised sponsorship of the Budongo Conservation Field Station in Uganda.

Are zoos really wild about conservation?
Joanna Vallely
The Scotsman

"Into the Adoption Thing Big Time"

Published 05/20/08

Last month, we told you about a great new book, Gorgeously Green, written by longtime friend to Born Free, Sophie Uliano.

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And another orangutan escapes

Published 05/20/08

Visitors to the L.A. Zoo had to evacuate Saturday after an animal escaped its enclosure. Officials at the zoo said an orangutan named Bruno got out of its cage in the afternoon, but did not leave the area around its enclosure. Bruno is 29 years old, 300 pounds, and is one of six orangutans at the zoo. Born Free USA united with API keeps a log of exhibited animal incidents, which are more common than one might expect.

Orangutan escapes enclosure at L.A. Zoo
KABC-TV Channel 7 Los Angeles

Another exhibited animal escape

Published 05/19/08

A 10-year-old Bornean orangutan escaped from her new exhibit at Busch Gardens for nearly an hour Saturday before she was recaptured. Luna Bella, who weighs about 85 pounds, climbed up the outside edge of a visitor viewing window in the park's new Jungala exhibit and then onto the roof of the exhibit. Born Free USA united with API keeps a log of exhibited animal incidents, which are more common than one might expect.

Orangutan tastes freedom, briefly
Bill Coats and Stephanie Garry
St. Petersburg Times

ESA Protection for Polar Bears

Published 05/14/08

Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced today that the polar bear will be listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The loss of sea ice threatens polar bear habitat, putting the animal at risk of becoming endangered in the foreseeable future. Born Free USA united with API welcomes this necessary step to protecting polar bears, but has reservations that an interpretation of the ESA will, as Secretary Kempthorne says, "ensure the protection of the bear while allowing us to continue to develop our natural resources in the arctic region in an environmentally sound way."

Secretary Kempthorne Announces Endangered Species Act Protection for Polar Bear
Press Release
U.S. Department of the Interior

ESA Protection for Polar Bears

Published 05/14/08

Secretary Kempthorne announced today that the polar bear will be protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as a threatened species due to the threat of decreasing sea ice habitat caused by climate change. Born Free USA united with API welcomes this necessary step to protecting polar bears, but has reservations that an interpretation of the ESA will, as Secretary Kempthorne says, "ensure the protection of the bear while allowing us to continue to develop our natural resources in the arctic region in an environmentally sound way."

Secretary Kempthorne Announces Endangered Species Act Protection for Polar Bear
Press Release
U.S. Department of the Interior

Circus "death defying acts" could include the audience

Published 05/08/08

"After 15 years of denying it, the USDA finally admits Asian elephants can pass m-tuberculosis to humans and vice-versa. ... Now ask yourself if you know anyone with m-tuberculosis. Then ask them whether they have been to the circus lately." Born Free USA united with API has long trumpeted the threats posed to public health and safety by circuses' use of TB-positive elephants in public performances.

Circus Elephants with Tuberculosis are a Real Threat to People
Leslie Griffith
The Huffington Post

Using animals to entertain is cruel

Published 05/05/08

People need to understand that using wild animals such as bears, tigers and primates in entertainment is as inherently dangerous as it is cruel. Those who do not attack, maul and kill people, and serve their purpose without incident, are frequently killed, neglected or sold off to research institutions or roadside zoos when they are no longer useful in making people money.

Using animals to entertain is cruel
Letter to the Editor
Zibby Wilder, Director of Public Relations
Born Free USA united with API
The Herald (Everett, WA)

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