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Judge to decide if jaguars need habitat protection in U.S.

Local group sues to force feds to designate habitatFERNANDA ECHÁVARRIPublished: 03.24.2009An attorney for the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity told a federal judge Monday that the government must develop recovery programs for jaguars because "they are in need of protection now more than ever."John Buse said the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has ignored the need to designate critical habitat for jaguars, causing them to become nearly extinct in the U.S.The center filed the lawsuit in 2007, aiming to force the federal government to Read More

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Wildlife smuggling nets big bucks for organized crime

3/20/2009Illegally traded animals can end up anywhere from a cooking pot in Asia to a pet shop in EuropeHumming birds bound and stuffed in cigarette packets, snakes and tortoises inside a hollowed out teddy bear, exotic birds' eggs made into necklaces—these are just some of the myriad ways used to smuggle wildlife in a lucrative worldwide trade.Run by organized crime, the illegal trade in wildlife and animal parts is estimated to be worth tens of billions of dollars per year, making it the biggest money-maker for organized crime after drugs, according Read More

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Hong Kong: Jaguar specimen goes on display

March 5, 2009A taxidermy specimen of Siu Fa - the female jaguar that lived in Hong Kong for nearly 20 years and died last year - is on display at the Hong Kong Zoological & Botanical Gardens' Education & Exhibition Centre from today.Born in Berlin Zoo in Germany in 1987, Siu Fa was sent to the park two years later and had two offspring. Well received by local and overseas visitors, she died of old age last June at the age of 21.The Leisure & Cultural Services Department said turning Siu Fa into a specimen for education and exhibition purposes will Read More

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Md. mauling: Jaguar to be evaluated for health changes

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009 Thurmont zookeeper, mauled by big cat, is 'serious but stable'by Jeremy Hauck - Staff Writer A Frederick County animal control officer on Feb. 17 will evaluate a pair of jaguars involved in an attack on a Thurmont zookeeper this month. If the jaguars' temperament and health appear to be steady, they will return to their normal enclosure at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo. "Unless there is a health issue or a drastic change in their behavior or temperament … the quarantine would end," said Harold Domer, director of Frederick Read More
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