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U.K. project to trace Barbary lions in zoos

PROJECT TO TRACE 'EXTINCT' LIONSBy Laura Wileman, Community NewswireANIMALS Lions Kent, 12 Mar 2009 - 16:47A Kent charity is backing an urgent assessment being carried out to discover if a group of lions which have been extinct in the wild for more than half a century could still exist in zoos.Barbary lions were once valued as royal gifts from North African kings and used for entertainment in the Roman Coliseum and circus acts.Scientists are now trying to find the lions in the hope of reintroducing the species into a protected area in North Africa.Pete 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