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Long Sad History for Captive Wild Animals in Zoos

Popular animals once called Ella Sharp Park home, but the Great Depression put a halt to upgrades and the zoo they lived in faded away after entertaining residents and visitors alike for about three decades. Courtesy of Ella Sharp MuseumSusie, a Kodiak bear brought from Alaska, was a popular attraction at the zoo that was housed in Ella Sharp Park. She died at 22 years of age. When she died in 1912, Ella Merriman Sharp left her 530-acre farm on the south side of Jackson plus a $300,000 endowment to the city for use as a park and playground. Read More

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Lion Euthanized at Lincoln Park Zoo

Aging lion euthanized at Lincoln Park Zoo Adelor lets out a roar at Lincoln Park Zoo in 2002. (Chicago Tribune file photo)   By William MullenTribune reporter12:33 p.m. CST, February 1, 2012 Adelor, a lion who at full roar interrupted countless toasts and speeches at fancy black tie dinners and wedding receptions held inside Lincoln Park Zoo’s elegant, vaulted old Lion House, was silenced forever this week when ill health forced veterinarians to euthanize the 18-year-old Read More

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Larry the Cable Guy Chooses to Send Bad Message re Captive Big Cats

Producers for this show contacted Big Cat Rescue wanting to know what Larry the Cable Guy could do here with big cats that would draw the attention of TV viewers.  We told them that we would be happy to host them, but that we don't allow people to act stupid with big cats, so they chose to go to Serenity Springs where they could:   On "Only In America With Larry The Cable Guy" (Wed., 9 p.m. EST on History), Larry took a trip to the Serenity Springs Wildlife Center in Colorado to visit some big cats.   As Larry said, Serenity Read More

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Pregnant Woman Mauled by Leopard in the City

A pregnant woman suffered serious injuries after being badly mauled by a leopard in India - the third such attack there in as many weeks. The big cat clamped its jaws around Akila Bibi's head and arms, leaving her with deep wounds to her scalp, after it when it strayed into the largest city the country's north-east Assam state. The woman, who is in her early twenties, is currently recovering in hospital. Her unborn child, due in three months, was unharmed by the ordeal. Savaged: Akila Bibi, who is in her 20s, is being treated for Read More

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HSUS Rescues Big Cats from Collins Zoo in MS

The Humane Society of the United States' Animal Rescue Team has saved cats, dogs, horses, rabbits and even rats from all sorts of crises and cruelty situations. But this week's main event was a particularly exotic mission: rescuing three tigers, two leopards, three cougars, two wolf-hybrids and a macaque monkey.   HSUS responders deployed yesterday to the Collins Zoo in Mississippi, an unaccredited roadside facility where our undercover investigators had previously documentedinjured and emaciated animals and flimsy enclosures. We Read More

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Lebanese activists fight to curb animal trafficking and abuse

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

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More big cats being imported to UAE

More big cats being imported to UAE Colin Simpson 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

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Tigers Being Eaten by People

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

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Three Brothers Mauled by Wild Leopard

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

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Panna tigers under threat from illegal mining

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