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Wildlife Officials Want Help in Bear Poaching Case in Snowmass Village

Published 05/07/13
By CBS 4, Denver

One of the first poaching cases of the spring has Colorado wildlife officials very worried. They found a bear next to a shed full of dumpsters in Snowmass Village.

Link: Denver.CBSlocal.com

Bear vs. Monkey Bicycle Race Ends Horribly at Shanghai Wild Animal Park

Published 05/06/13
By Andy Campbell, The Huffington Post

A bicycle race between a bear and two monkeys quickly turned from road rage to road kill, after the bear crashed and savagely mauled the simian. We don't know much about this video past the fact that it begins in glory and ends in horror. Live Leak released it on Sunday, claiming that the bear vs. monkey bicycle race is a stunt put on by the Shanghai Wild Animal Park.

Link: Huffington Post

On the Grand Cover: Our Own Virginia McKenna

Published 05/06/13

Born Free co-founder Virginia McKenna is featured in the May/June edition of Grand, a digital magazine for grandparents and their families. Virginia is pictured on the cover with three of her grandchildren, including the daughter of Born Free USA Chief Executive Officer Will Travers, Lily. In the article, Virginia says: "I want my grandchildren to grow up to be sensitive to other creatures. Keeping wild creatures in confined spaces with incorrect socializing is very damaging and deeply sad. We don't want our children and grandchildren growing up thinking that's okay."

Expert: Rhinoceroses Extinct in Mozambique

Published 05/02/13
By Michelle Faul, Associated Press

Mozambique's rhinoceros population was wiped out more than a century ago by big game hunters. Reconstituted several years ago, it has again been driven to extinction, or to the brink of extinction, by poachers seeking their horns for sale in Asia. A leading rhino expert told The Associated Press that the last rhino in the southern African nation has been killed.

Link: Yahoo! News

Just in Time for Mother's Day: 'Adopt' Nala!

Published 05/02/13

Beautiful Nala arrived at our Primate Sanctuary last summer as part of a group of 29 hybrid long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques rescued from the bankrupt Wild Animal Orphanage in San Antonio. Now, because Born Free USA supporters made her the top vote-getter in a three-way competition this spring, Nala has become the newest "adoptee" in our Adopt a Primate program! For $52 a year (that's just $1 a week), you can adopt Nala or any of five other monkeys and you will help ensure that they are well-cared for at our spacious sanctuary in south Texas. Gift adoptions are available, too, and they make unique Mother's Day presents. Read more about Nala and please consider joining our adoption program.


Montana Company Faces Fines in Fatal Bear Mauling

Published 04/30/13
By Matthew Brown, Associated Press

The death of a Montana animal trainer mauled by a pair of 500-pound captive brown bears could have been prevented if standard safety practices had been followed, federal authorities said Tuesday (April 30), as state officials revealed that the private menagerie where the death occurred has seen numerous animal escapes.

Link: Yahoo! News

EU Seal Products Import Ban Upheld by General Court

Published 04/29/13
By Associated Press

A court says the European Union's ban on importing products from seal hunts can stand, despite a challenge by manufacturers and traders. EU law authorizes the marketing of seal products resulting only from hunts traditionally conducted by Inuit communities for subsistence.

Link: Huffington Post

Humans Passing Drug Resistance to Wildlife in Protected Areas in Africa

Published 04/24/13
By Science Daily

A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered that humans are passing antibiotic resistance to wildlife, especially in protected areas where numbers of humans are limited.

Link: ScienceDaily.com

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