Lebanon's animal rights activists are fighting to bring to national attention what they say are rampant trafficking and abuse, problems that are far from priorities in a country plagued with turbulence.
While there are no official studies, activists estimate thousands -- if not tens of thousands -- of animals are smuggled into Lebanon annually, where they are sold, transferred to other destinations or subject to neglect or abuse.
"The situation is alarming," said Sevine Zahran of Lebanese non-governmental organization Beirut Read More
More big cats being imported to UAE
Jan 28, 2012
DUBAI //Collectors are bypassing regulations designed to protect wild animals such as lions and tigers, says a veterinarian who specialises in treating exotic pets.
An import permit should be obtained for every animal listed as "requiring protection" under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites).
But a Dubai vet says that does not happen.
"I see about 10 new lions a year and none of them has papers," said Dr Peter Jaworski. "I haven't Read More
Tigers: Man-Eaters Eaten by Man
Once in a while tigers make international news, like the white tiger in Las Vegas that mauled illusionist Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy, or the one that killed a teenager at the San Francisco Zoo. Most of the time, though, the news is about tigers being eaten by man.
The latest involves a restaurateur in Hanoi arrested for selling tiger meat. She has been arrested before and served time in jail, but the trade proves too lucrative – $1,000 per 100 grams of tiger meat — to give up, especially Read More
Three brothers among four injured in leopard attack
Banihal (J&K), Jan 20 (PTI) Four persons, including three brothers, were injured when a leopard attacked them in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir today. The leopard mauled them near their houses at Wanpora in Banihal area of the district, police said, adding they were shifted to hospital. Villagers rushed the spot, beat up the wild animal before capturing it and handed it over to the wildlife department. After a few hours, the leopard died in a veterinary hospital here, wildlife Read More
Panna tigers under threat from illegal mining
Panna Tiger Reserve : Photographs of T1 and cubs: T1 with Two cubs. Photo: R. Sreenivasa Murthy
History is waiting to be repeated at the Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR) as the big cat population is under serious threat in the absence of the crucial and mandatory “buffer zone”.
The declaration of the buffer zone, which is mandatory for a tiger reserve under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 (amended in 2006), is being delayed by the Madhya Pradesh government under pressure from Read More
HAMILTON - Responding to initial findings of an elk predator study in the West Fork of the Bitterroot Valley, state game managers have recommended increasing the harvest of mountain lions there this winter to take pressure off elk calves born in the spring.
The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission gave preliminary approval to a proposal to increase mountain lion permits in Hunting District 250 from 20 to 30 at its meeting Thursday.
The commission will accept comments on the proposal over the next 30 days before making a final decision Read More
Tejon Ranch, a huge spread of private land in the mountains north of Los Angeles, has announced it will suspend its pricey hunting operations after a state investigation found mountain lions were illegally killed there.
The historic 422-acre ranch said on its website that hunting operations, in which trophy hunters pay more than $10,000 to shoot elk, will be suspended starting Jan. 30, and no new membership applications will be accepted. The shutdown was likely to last a few months, the website said.
Tejon Ranch Co. chief executive Robert Read More
Mangalore: Pilikula Gets another Female Tiger Cub
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (SP)
Mangalore, Jan 19: The feline population in Dr Shivaram Karant Wildlife Park at Pilikula Nisargadhama here increased by one on Tuesday January 17, after tigress, Shambhavi, gave birth to a female cub.
With this, the number of tigers in the park has gone up to nine. It may be recalled that Netra, another tigress, had given birth to a male cub about two months back.
The cub is yet to open its eyes and the Read More
PHILADELPHIA - January 19, 2012 (WPVI) -- The Philadelphia Zoo is welcoming its latest addition: a male African lion named Makini.
Makini, which means "dignity" in the Swahili-African dialect, has taken up residence at the First Niagara Big Cat Falls exhibit.
Zoo officials say the lion, which was born in March 2009, came from the Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum and is settling well in to his new environment. Makini is expected to make his first public appearance next week.
Makini came to the Philadelphia Zoo on Read More
A tiger cub aged about one-and-a-half years was found dead in the Corbett National Park on Friday.
The post mortem examination of the body was conducted on Saturday following which officials said the cub died due to cold and starvation after being abandoned by its mother.
As per officials of the national park, personnel on routine patrol found the body of the male tiger cub in Jhirna range on Friday. The body was kept in cold storage overnight and the post mortem was conducted on Saturday.
The deputy director of Corbett National Park, CK Read More