This past September marked the ending of a journey that involved transferring 107 macaques and one baboon from their former home, the defunct Wild Animal Orphange (WAO), San Antonio, Texas to their new location in Dilley, Texas. The macaques and baboon will now live out their lives in the primate sanctuary on 186 acres under the supervision of Tim Ajax, Director of the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary.
Just try finding a partridge in a pear tree in Britain these days. Britain's Royal Society for Protection of Birds says the two icons of the Christmas song — gray partridges and turtle doves — are in alarming decline. It said authorities should act to prevent them from becoming just distant memories within the famed "Twelve Days of Christmas" song.
Link: Yahoo! News
On Wednesday (Dec. 5), the ASPCA issued a press release applauding the passing of two important bills which help protect animals. By a unanimous vote, the Senate passed the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act which penalizes individuals who attend organized animal fights. Individuals caught attending one of these cruel, organized events will now face federal penalties.
In late November our bid to have the African lion listed as "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act cleared a hurdle. From now through Jan. 28, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is soliciting comments (click here to add your two cents) on why the lion should receive this layer a protection — a much-needed development that would mean the United States no longer would be a "consumer" of lions (import them for trophy-room display, restaurant use, etc.) On Dec. 6, 2012, our executive vice president, Adam Roberts, spoke on Canadian TV about this issue. Watch this CTV News segment now!
Officials at a wildlife park in Kenya say they found four dead rhinoceros shot by poachers in a two-day span. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy said Wednesday (Dec. 5)that two male black rhinos and two female black rhinos were killed. The bodies were discovered on Saturday and Sunday. Lewa has lost 10 rhinos to poaching in the last three years.
Link: Huffington Post
After decades of captivity inside America's zoos, the elephants arrived broken in many different ways. Maggie barely survived the harsh winters of the tiny Alaska Zoo. Confined many days to a cramped, indoor pen, she developed crippling foot and joint disease, collapsing to the floor — lifted only by a crane. Zookeepers conceded that frigid Anchorage was no place for a 4-ton tropical beast.
As the 1960s dawned, few Americans had ever seen a baby elephant. It had been more than 40 years since an elephant had been born in North America, and then only at a circus — never in a zoo. But in a ramshackle exhibit yard at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, in the summer of 1960, the extraordinary occurred: A 15,000-pound male, Thonglaw, mated with a much smaller female, Belle, and Belle became pregnant.
A giant crocodile has been relocated to the Everglades after being spotted in the Florida Keys. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission captured the giant crocodile over the weekend. A 7News viewer submitted a picture of the 12-foot, 430-plus-pound reptile as it was captured in Key Largo. Instead of euthanizing the crocodile, FWC took it to the Everglades and released it.