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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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Miss World contestants pose with lion cubs, cheetahs in South Africa

NOTE: Learn more about the "play with cubs" industry in South Africa here: http://www.lionrescue.org.za/playwithcubs.htmGibraltar's Kaiane Aldorino named new Miss World at glittering pageantBy: NKEMELENG NKOSI Associated Press12/12/09 11:38 PM PST JOHANNESBURG JOHANNESBURG — Kaiane Aldorino from Gibraltar was named the new Miss World at a glittering two-hour pageant that put South Africa in the spotlight and featured traditional dancers and drummers.The leggy brunette, dressed in white-lace evening gown, was crowned as silver confetti rained Read More

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Kansas City Zoo began with 4 lion cubs from circus

Posted on Fri, Dec. 11, 2009 KC Zoo marks centennial by looking aheadBy MATT CAMPBELLThe Kansas City Star Just ending its first 100 years of evolution, the Kansas City Zoo — bigger, more energetic, but ever more hungry for funds — is looking ahead.Its birthday is officially Sunday (more on that later), and the Swope Park institution is celebrating a good year of more attendance, more Friends of the Zoo memberships and more visitor satisfaction.And with next spring’s return of a polar bear exhibit and penguins on the way in 2012, more good Read More

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Margay found with rope around neck rehabilitated, released in Mexico

Margay rescued at Sierra Gorda, MexicoA young Margay (Leopardus weidii) rescued by World Land Trust partners Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda (GESG) proved quite a challenge but there was a heart warming outcome.The kitten was found in a house, in a very distressed state with a rope around her neck.Roberto Pedraza (GESG technical adviser) said: "As she was so young we knew we were not able to release her back to the forest straight away, so we reared her for a few months. First we fed her with milk and kitten food, then after a while some dead mice Read More

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Big cat areas at Edinburgh Zoo need upgrading for safety, inspectors say

Zoo upgrade ordered or sea lions will be left high and dryPublished Date: 08 December 2009 By MICHAEL BLACKLEYTHE future of one of Edinburgh Zoo's oldest attractions could be put at risk unless urgent repairs are carried out.Bosses at the tourist attraction have been told that they have to either revamp the sea lion facilities or get rid of the animals altogether.They have also been told to upgrade some facilities used by big cats when they are not on show to the public amid health and safety fears. The repairs are among a series of upgrades that Read More