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Tiger tug-o-war following B.C. ban on exotics

Suzy the tiger tug-o-warBy Charla Huber - Goldstream News GazettePublished: March 19, 2009 1:00 PMSuzy the tiger could find herself living in Highlands permanently, ironically after the province passed regulations banning the ownership of exotic animals.The province announced an amendment to the Wildlife Act banning a long list of alien animals, including tigers, March 17.Highlands has a bylaw in place banning exotic animals and made a previous agreement with tiger owner Dave Bennett to have Suzy removed from his Millstream Road property by June Read More

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In zoo cuts, it’s man vs. beast

March 19, 2009By HENRY FOUNTAINChicagoAS in other cities, the shocks of the economic collapse have reverberated throughout Chicago, from the commodities exchanges in the Loop, past the fancy storefronts on Michigan Avenue and into the residential and commercial neighborhoods across the city's inland expanses.But the gloom has also spread north along Lake Michigan, through the gates of the Lincoln Park Zoo on the lakefront and right into the Regenstein Center for African Apes. There, the gorillas are no longer getting their blueberries.Facing a budget Read More

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The Born Free Foundation: Still saving the lions

From The TimesMarch 14, 2009Valerie GroveAs the Born Free Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary, its founder, Virginia McKenna, talks about life in the wildFrom Virginia McKenna's cottage window you look out over 22 acres of forested Surrey hills. On the far horizon are the North Downs. It is quiet, peaceful and isolated, yet we are only a ten-minute drive from the centre of Dorking. “It is my haven,” she says, “a corner of paradise. I never feel lonely here.” Fifty-three years ago she and her husband, Bill Travers, bought the land Read More