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H1N1 virus found in California cheetah

Safari West does not appear on the list of accredited facilities on the AZA website.Swine Flu Found in California CheetahA California cheetah was the first in the world to come down with swine flu. Now scientists are studying how the big cat caught the virus and what this could mean for other zoo animals, pets and people.By: Kelley WeissWed Dec 9, 2009(Sacramento, CA)Nancy Lang says in the last twenty years she's been running the Safari West Wildlife Preserve she's seen animals get sick…but not with the flu. "This is the first time, we were stunned." Read More

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Indian safari park wants to breed lone surviving lion

Lioness' honeymoon has authorities on tenterhooksHardik Shah, TNN 7 December 2009, 11:20pm ISTVAPI: It's a 'tale' of two honeymoons. One of a lioness that never happened for curious reasons and that of Dadra and Nagar Haveli (DNH) authorities, which is about to end.The authorities had great hopes when they set up Vasna Lion Safari seven years ago on 60 acre of land at Vasona village in DNH. Now, they are caught on the horn's of a dilemma. Neither have they enough lions to call it a safari, nor can they close the highly ambitious project. Two Asiatic Read More

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Malaysian kept honey bear, leopard cat in condo

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Authorities arrested a Malaysian woman after finding a baby honey bear, a leopard cat and a slow loris primate in her condominium, a wildlife official said Monday.Officials acting on a tip discovered the endangered species at the 25-year-old woman's apartment in a Kuala Lumpur city high-rise in a raid Friday, said Mohammad Khairi Ahmad, deputy director of the Selangor state Wildlife Department.The animals, worth hundreds of dollars on the black market, were apparently kept as pets because the cage for the slow loris — Read More

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Tenn. animal shelter gets servals, other exotics

Knowsy Knoxville: Young-Williams Animal CenterBy Merrie Long Posted December 2, 2009 at midnight Opened in 2001 and named for prominent Knoxville lawyers Lindsay Young and Mark Williams, Young-Williams Animal Center's executive director, Tim Adams says that the center utilizes 40 employees, 100 volunteers, 25,000 pounds of food, 25,500 gallons of Trifectant, and thousands of chew toys for the roughly 18,000 animals per year.Upon arrival, all information known about each animal is entered into the computer, they are scanned for a microchip, and checked Read More

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Escaped serval is recaptured in Texas

Missing African wildcat is recaptured A missing exotic animal, an African wildcat, that escaped from its owner in the St. Paul-Lucas area last week was found Monday about a quarter-mile away from its home. The missing serval was spotted in a wooded area and reported to authorities around 4:30 p.m. Monday, according to a Collin County news release. It was then captured without incident by animal control and taken to a local veterinarian for examination. The 40-pound animal, which has a heart problem, is privately owned. Authorities have said it is Read More