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Baton Rouge Zoo has jaguar, cheetah, new tiger exhibit

What’s new at the Zoo?Focus on global awareness, animals and geographyBy CYNTHIA V. CAMPBELLTravel editorPublished: Apr 26, 2009Crossing the wooden bridge at the zoo entrance, we watched moms, cameras dangling from their necks, pushing strollers. A group of curious kids gathered around the Globe Fountain. Made of solid black granite, the globe weighs one ton, but it continually turns — floating on a bed of water. By putting their hands on the globe, kids can turn to different continents on the globe. And, they can literally stop the world — Read More

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Legislation to protect big cats in the wild advances

The Great Cats and Rare Canids Act gets overwhelming approval in House of Representatives.Posted: April 24, 2009, 3 a.m. EDTWildlife advocates are praising the recent passage of an act that seeks greater protections for endangered and iconic cat and dog species, including leopards, cheetahs and African wild dogs.The Great Cats and Rare Canids Act, introduced by Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., garnered overwhelming approval by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 21. Passage of the act supports conservation programs, educational resources and Read More

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Judge in Tucson orders fed to prepare jaguar recovery plan

By Tony DavisArizona Daily StarTucson, Arizona - Published: 03.31.2009A federal judge overruled an agency’s decision today that had stopped preparation of a recovery plan and designation of prime protected habitat for the endangered jaguar in the Southwest.District Judge John Roll’s ruling essentially said that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had failed to prove its case that the jaguar is primarily a foreign species and that there is no important habitat for it in Arizona and New Mexico. Roll ordered the service to return on January 8 of Read More

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Questions arise about jaguar’s euthanization

Mar. 31, 2009 12:00 AMAssociated PressTUCSON - A jaguar captured from the wild and euthanized may not have had chronic kidney failure after all, according to the University of Arizona's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.After reviewing tissue, pathologist Sharon Dial of the laboratory said authorities may have moved too fast this month to euthanize the jaguar.Arizona Game and Fish officials had said the jaguar, named Macho B, had "off-the-charts" kidney failure, while Dial said the animal's bloodwork actually could have indicated dehydration.Dial Read More

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Other jaguars wear study collars

By Tim StellerArizona Daily StarTucson, Arizona - Published: 03.29.2009Two jaguars are wandering a nearly impenetrable thorn scrub-and-cactus forest in Paraguay, wearing the same sort of collar that was put on the United States' last known jaguar, Macho B.The Global Star collars from Virginia-based North Star Science and Technology transmit a radio signal to a satellite system, which researcher Anthony Giordano of Texas Tech University uses to track the jaguars from anywhere. The lithium D-cell batteries can last up to two years.Scientists frequently Read More