Sumatran tiger sperm bank
Wahyoe Boediwardhana, The Jakarta Post, Bogor, West Java Sat, December 15 2012, 3:40 PM
Deadly look: Ara, 17-year-old female Sumatran tiger, sits in her enclosure at Taman Safari Indonesia (TSI) conservation park in Cisarua, Bogor. Ara’s lost part of a leg in a trap set up by oil palm growers in Riau in 1997.
In a crouching posture and with a sharp stare for any approaching figure, a tiger gave a loud roar audible some 10 meters away. It was Ara, a once deadly 17-year-old female Sumatran Read More
Somphot Duangchantrasiri, head of the Khao Nang Rum wildlife research station, which runs a camera trapping project in Petchaburi's Kaeng Krachan National Park, said his team had found the tiger population in the park was on the decline.
In their most recent camera-trapping project between November last year and January this year, no images of tigers were recorded. Significantly less tiger activity was also documented compared to a similar exercise in 2002.
''It is a warning sign of the [declining] tiger Read More
Oscar-winning director Ang Lee's new epic "Life of Pi" showcases the relationship between a teenage Indian boy and a Bengal tiger. But in reality, the predators are under increasing threat from humans.
Poaching remains a tremendous danger for the remaining feline population, with rising demand for tiger parts from East Asia, especially China where tiger bone is used in traditional medicines, experts say.
Rising man-animal conflict is also one of the leading causes of decline in tiger numbers.
Animal rights group PETA is hoping Read More
Canyon Sandcat Goes to the Vet
Canyon Sandcat was reported to have an ingrown nail and was limping so he went in for an exam by Dr Wynn this morning. Turned out that it's nothing big, just a little stiff in left arm, so he is on pain killer / anti inflammatory meds for a few days.
He has gained 2 pounds since his last vet visit in the spring and looks very good. His blood work looks better than before, with slight elevations in his kidney values, which are expected in a 12 year old Sandcat. Has Read More
Extinction Rates Are Biased And Much Worse Than You Thought
Today, passenger pigeons’ habitat consists of a few museum display cases around the U.S. Photo: edenpictures
Human activity—mostly habitat destruction and overhunting—has obliterated nearly 900 species over the past 500 years. Around 17,000 plants and animals are listed today on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of endangered species. According to the IUCN, one in eight birds, one in four mammals, one in five invertebrates, one in three Read More