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Vietnam's Tiger Farms are Called Trafficking Hubs

Published 07/31/12
By Mike Ives, Associated Press

Nineteen tigers prowl outdoor cages the size of dormitory rooms, nibbling frayed wire fences and roaring at a caretaker who taunts them with his sandal. It looks like a zoo, but it's closed to the public. The facility breeds tigers, but has never supplied a conservation program with any animals nor sold any to zoos. Conservationists allege that Vietnam's 11 registered tiger farms, including this one, are fronts for a thriving illegal market in tiger parts, highly prized for purported — if unproven — medicinal qualities.

Link: Yahoo! News

Gorilla Hangs Himself at Czech Zoo

Published 07/27/12
By Associated Press

A gorilla has died in the Prague Zoo after accidentally hanging himself with a climbing rope, zoo officials said Friday. The zoo said in a statement that 5-year-old Tatu was found hanging with a rope around his neck Friday morning in a sleeping room. Spokesman Michal Stastny said all attempts to revive Tatu failed.

Link: Huffington Post

'Lucky Larry,' 17-Pound Lobster, Released Into Long Island Sound

Published 07/25/12
By Associated Press

A Connecticut man purchased a 17-pound lobster at a Waterford restaurant, then released the crustacean back into Long Island Sound. Don MacKenzie of Niantic tells The Day of New London he knew the lobster, nicknamed "Lucky Larry" by local children, would have to be about 80 years old to reach his current size and felt it deserved to live.

Link: Huffington Post

Alaska Brown Bear Webcam: Live Feed Shows the Elusive Animals in Brook Falls and Katmai National Park

Published 07/24/12
By Mark Thiessen, Associated Press

A new video initiative is bringing the famed brown bears of Alaska's Katmai National Park directly to your computer or smartphone. Without having to go there, you'll be able to watch mature bears compete for salmon at Brook Falls and other sites and cubs tumbling over each other as they play. Starting Tuesday, a live Web stream (http://is.gd/bfPAs8) will allow the public to log on and see the brown bears in their natural habitat.

Link: Huffington Post

Alaska's King Salmon Disappearance Leaves Locals Wondering

Published 07/23/12
By Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

Alaskans again this summer are wondering: Where are the king salmon? Some of Alaska's largest and best rivers are closed to king fishing because state and federal fisheries managers have determined that the largest of the salmon species, also called Chinook, aren't showing up in enough numbers to ensure sustainable future runs.

Link: Huffington Post

3 Canadian Zoo Elephants Flying to California

Published 07/20/12
By Sue Manning, Associated Press

For elephants to fly, you have to do more than load trunks on a plane. Pat Derby, co-founder of the Performing Animal Welfare Society, has been working for two years to get three 10,000-pound elephants in the air. The elephants are scheduled to take off on Aug. 2 in what could be a million-dollar move. The African elephants, Iringa, 42, Toka, 41, and Thika, 31, are being retired from the Toronto Zoo and moved to PAWS' 2,300-acre sanctuary in San Andreas.

Link: Huffington Post

Amazon's Endangered Species Face 'Extinction Debt'

Published 07/19/12
By Joseph Castro, LiveScience Contributor

When species lose their natural habitat to deforestation and other causes, they don't immediately disappear. Instead, they gradually die off over several generations, racking up an "extinction debt" that must eventually be paid in full. New research shows that the Brazilian Amazon has accrued a heavy vertebrate extinction debt, with more than 80 percent of extinctions expected from historical deforestation still impending.

Link: Huffington Post


Better Late Than Never for Minnesota Dolphins

Published 07/17/12
By Will Travers for the Huffington Post

I was intrigued by the Minnesota Zoo's recent announcement that it is discontinuing its captive dolphin exhibit. More than a decade ago we expressed concern about the zoo's acquisition of two dolphins from South Africa. In our letter we asked the zoo to instead consider phasing out the captive dolphin display.

We are thrilled to see that the zoo may finally be heeding our advice. Better late than never.

Link: Huffington Post

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