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Christmas critters: Parents buying exotic pets as gifts for kids

[The News Herald, Panama City, Fla.]By Shannon Winslow-Claunch, The News Herald, Panama City, Fla.Released : Sunday, December 20, 2009 12:41 PMDec. 20--Don't know what to get little Johnny for Christmas? In an age of commercialism and numbness to the mundane, some parents might be tempted to wow their kids this year with the gift of an exotic pet.Pet stores encourage consumers to do their own research when it comes to adding any pet to the family. But with easy access to baby turtles and parakeets at mall kiosks, impulse buys at Christmas for all Read More

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The state of Vietnam’s tiger population

The vital safeguarding of Vietnams tigersNovember 27, 2009 about News, Sci-TechHow many tigers does Vietnam have? It’s a matter that is troubling the experts and there is no definitive answer says Dr Scott Roberton from the Wildlife Conservation Society on November 24.Dr. Roberton confirmed that according to a recent survey by Education for Nature – Vietnam and the Environmental Police department, Vietnam has 97 tigers in captivity, but numbers of tigers in the wild, are thought to be anywhere between 20 and 100.He said that while it is relatively Read More

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Where to find an exotic pet

December 14, 2009 3:23 PM ETDivineCarolineGrowing up, the only pet I wanted to own was a Mogwai.The adorable singing, baby-squawking, furry little star of Gremlins had everything I could want in a pet -- a cuddly and unique alternative to the average cat or dog that I was sure I could manage, even with all those pesky rules to keep my little guy from birthing or turning into, literally, a monster.Of course, my dream wasn't a reality, but it fell in line with the concept of owning a pet monkey or playing with tigers and even alligators. Movies and Read More

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The Exotic Menace: When pets become problems

December 14, 2009The Exotic MenaceWhen pets become problemsBy DINAH VOYLES PULVEREnvironment WriterDressed for battle in wetsuits, masks and fins, four volunteers waded into Blue Spring early one morning to catch and remove invasive armored catfish thought to harass Florida manatees and damage the spring's sandy banks.They quickly piled a canoe high with the bony plated fish, more than 800 in just a few hours. They had done the same thing just two weeks earlier.After removing thousands of catfish during the past eight years, Melissa Gibbs, an assistant Read More

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New rescues arrive at Drakenstein Lion Park in South Africa

Drakenstein Lion ParkNew Rescues Arrive - 10-12-2009 Perita, Aneta and Suzanna arrived at the sanctuary late afternoon on 10-12-2009 after an epic journey from Romania. Their rescue and relocation was plagued by logistical problems, they were expected to arrive on 2nd December, but had to turn back shortly after the start of their journey. Frantic arrangements were made to reschedule for arrival on 9th December, but this also had to be postponed for a day later. We all breathed a great sigh of relief when they finally arrived!The three lionesses Read More
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