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Wolverines Merit Endangered Species Protection, But Must Wait

Published 12/14/10
By Howard Pankratz, Denver Post

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced Dec. 13 that the wolverine warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act, but the listing will be delayed because other species take higher priority. Wolverines, who are members of the weasel family, are only a candidate for listing, and their status will be reviewed annually, the agency said.

Link: The Denver Post

Five-Star Tourism Won't Save the Tiger

Published 12/09/10
By Philippa Jacks, TTG Live

Tiger tourism in India and Nepal can only help to protect the species from extinction if it is community-led, said a leading wildlife agency. Speaking at a Save The Wild Tigers forum in London, Debbie Banks, head of tiger campaigns at the Environment Investigation Agency, said these countries lack tourist products that sufficiently benefit local communities.

Link: TTG Live

No Trunk Call: Herd of Wildlife Experts Scorns Auckland's Elephant Park

Published 12/08/10
By The Aucklander, New Zealand

Some of the most powerful voices in world wildlife welfare have banded together with leading zoo professionals to stop New Zealand's Auckland Zoo from forming a herd of elephants in inner-city Western Springs Park.

Link: The Aucklander

Montana Governor Says Wolf Deal Dead

Published 12/07/10
By Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. — Negotiations to remove Northern Rockies gray wolves from the endangered species list hit an impasse Monday (Dec. 6), after Wyoming and Idaho refused to go along with an Interior Department proposal on the issue, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer said. Schweitzer said the breakdown in talks among the three states and the Obama administration makes it unlikely Congress will address the issue this year.

Link: Associated Press/Yahoo! News

Have Yourself a Monkey Little Christmas

Published 12/06/10

What a season-setter, our Grinch! He's one of six primates in our “Adopt a Primate” program, and with your $52 annual donation you can bring a lot of holiday cheer to Grinch and the hundreds of other rescued monkeys we care for at our Texas sanctuary. Adopt Grinch before year’s end and you will receive his photograph in a holiday ornament frame. As Dr. Jane Goodall says: "Caring for each primate that has been rescued — often from a life of misery — is very important. It is also costly. Born Free desperately needs support in order to provide these primates with the kind of lives they need — and deserve!"

Bile Trade: Cruel to Bears, Possibly Fatal to Humans

Published 12/06/10
By Simon Perry, China Daily

It's sold in small, expensive vials to tourists from Hong Kong and Asia as a health tonic to improve your liver function, your libido and your general health. But the bear bile sold to visitors in Vietnam is not only cruel and illegal but potentially deadly to those who use it.

Link: ChinaDaily.com

Oregon To End Exotic Pet Permits in 2011

Published 12/02/10
By Associated Press

Exotic pet permits are about to go extinct in Oregon. The state Department of Agriculture says that, beginning in January, the state will not issue any new permits while it phases out the old ones. The agency is acting at the direction of the 2009 Legislature, which ordered the change to protect the public against health and safety risks posed to the community by exotic animals.

Link: Associated Press/OregonLive.com

Will You Help Us Run for the Monkeys?

Published 11/29/10

Four of us here at Born Free USA are running our tails off training for the California International Marathon this coming Sunday (Dec. 5). We have made this commitment to raise awareness and funds to support little Mig and others at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. Our goal is to raise $2,500 — the cost of feeding the 500-plus monkeys for just one week! Will you help us run for the monkeys?

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