India: Oldest lion dies at Indore zoo

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BHOPAL | Friday, December 18, 2009

Oldest lion dies at Indore zoo

Pioneer News Service | Indore

Akbar, a 21-year-old lion, the oldest in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore Zoo, has died after a prolonged illness, officials said. “The lion was favourite with visitors. He was paralytic and was suffering from bedsores for the last 4-5 months,” said Devendra Porwal, Indore Zoo superintendent. The lion died on Wednesday.

Born at Indore zoo on January 15, 1988, Akbar enthralled hundreds of animal lovers for nearly two decades. He was cremated after school students offered floral tributes to him. Zoo officials said Akbar had been kept out of sight of visitors for the past few months after he became paralytic.

A post-mortem examination performed by the doctors from the Mhow Veterinary College (MVC) showed lung and kidney disorders and age related complications to be the cause of Akbar’s death.

“The lion was suffering from cirrhosis and had multiple cysts in the liver,” said UK Garg, professor at the pathology department in MVC, who performed the autopsy.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/223524/Oldest-lion-dies-at-Indore-zoo.html

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Orphaned Oregon cougar will go to Texas zoo

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Orphaned cougar found near Springfield, Ore.

by KVAL.com staff

PORTLAND, Ore. — A 10-week-old male orphan cougar cub found last week near Springfield, Ore., has found a new home in Texas thanks to the Oregon Zoo.

Within hours of the male cub’s arrival, Oregon Zoo keeper and resident puma expert Michelle Schireman had found a zoo eager to adopt the baby. Located in Tyler, Texas, the Caldwell Zoo is “very excited to have the cub heading their way for the holidays,” Schireman said.

The male cub, who Oregon Zoo keepers describe as “very handsome and feisty,” was found last week near Springfield, Ore. When the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife established that he was an orphan, they contacted Schireman.

“I’m usually the first person fish and wildlife departments call when orphaned cubs must be removed from the wild,” Schireman said. “As the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ puma population manager, I can place these cougars in accredited zoos. Baby cougars can’t live in the wild without their mothers, so zoos offer the orphans’ only chance for survival.”

Schireman never sees many of the cats she helps — the range for cougars extends over nearly half the United States — but when cubs are orphaned in Oregon, she has a more hands-on role in determining the young cougars’ futures.

It usually takes her a few days to organize the babies’ transfer to a permanent home, and ODFW does not have the capacity to temporarily house orphaned cubs — but the Oregon Zoo sometimes has space in its animal quarantine facility to host the cubs on a short-term basis. While they stay at the zoo, the cubs receive care from Schireman and zoo veterinary staff.

The male cub — currently residing at the zoo in Portland before moving to Texas — is the second this year that ODFW has turned over to Schireman. The cub was preceded in June by a 9-week-old female found near Klamath Falls, Ore. Now named Gillin, the cub is a beloved fixture at the Northeastern Wisconsin Zoo.

Cougars, also known as mountain lions, pumas and (in Florida) panthers, live mostly in the western United States and Canada. The mammals weigh from 75 to 130 pounds and have a carnivorous diet both in the wild and at the zoo. Females are either pregnant or raising cubs for the majority of their lives. After three months of gestation, two to three cubs are usually born in a litter and live with their mother for up to two years.

http://www.kval.com/news/79543587.html

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Austria: Escaped lynx has been spotted

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Jäger sind zahmem Luchs auf den Fersen

08. Dezember 2009, 19:13
Wildkatze “Pankraz”, seit Wochen auf der Flucht, bei Hinterstoder gesichtet

Linz – Anfang November verschwand er aus einem drei Meter hohen Gehege, nun wurde “Pankraz” wieder gesichtet. Der zahme Luchs soll mit einem Sender versehen und in den Tierpark Haag in Niederösterreich gebracht werden.

Die dreijährige Katze, Anfang 2009 im Nationalpark Kalkalpen ausgewildert, hat im Oktober bei Hinterstoder versucht, einem Jäger ein geschossenes Hirschkalb abzuluchsen – der STANDARD berichtete. Der Weidmann ging daraufhin zur Polizei, und “Pankraz” wurde betäubt, eingefangen und in den Tierpark Enghagen bei Windischgarsten gebracht. Nationalpark-Direktor Erich Mayrhofer sprach damals von einem “Akt von Tierquälerei”. Wie sich “Pankraz” aus dem Gehege in Enghagen befreien konnte, ist unklar. Der Halsbandsender, dem man ihm bei der Auswilderung verpasst hatte, blieb jedenfalls zurück.

In den vergangenen Tagen wurde das Tier immer wieder zwischen Roßleiten und Hinterstoder bei Rehfütterungsstellen gesichtet. Vielen Bewohnern sei das nicht ganz geheuer. Darum wurde ein Fangbescheid ausgestellt, so der Bezirksjägermeister von Kirchdorf, Herbert Sieghartsleitner. Geplant ist, “Pankraz” zu betäuben, ihn mit einem Sender zu versehen und in den Tierpark zu bringen. Doch dieser Plan wird nicht von allen gutgeheißen. Das Tier halte sich zwar immer wieder in der Nähe von Menschen auf, habe bisher aber noch nichts angestellt, sagt Erich Mayerhofer, Direktor des Kalkalpen-Nationalparks. “Pankraz” hätte somit bewiesen, dass er gut in Freiheit leben kann.

Der Luchs wurde vor rund einem Jahr in St. Pankraz eingefangen, da er auf einem Bauernhof einige Hasen gerissen hatte. Man stattete ihn mit einem Sender aus und ließ ihn im Nationalpark Kalkalpen frei. (APA, red/DER STANDARD-Printausgabe, 9.12.2009))

http://derstandard.at/1259281450828/NOeOOe-Jaeger-sind-zahmem-Luchs-auf-den-Fersen

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New rescues arrive at Drakenstein Lion Park in South Africa

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Drakenstein Lion Park

New Rescues Arrive – 10-12-2009

Perita, Aneta and Suzanna arrived at the sanctuary late afternoon on 10-12-2009 after an epic journey from Romania. Their rescue and relocation was plagued by logistical problems, they were expected to arrive on 2nd December, but had to turn back shortly after the start of their journey. Frantic arrangements were made to reschedule for arrival on 9th December, but this also had to be postponed for a day later. We all breathed a great sigh of relief when they finally arrived!

The three lionesses come from an impoverished Romanian zoo where a multitude of lions are crammed into small 4 x 4 meter concrete jails (pictured below).

We were contacted in March this year and asked provide to sanctuary to as many lions from the zoo as we could. Unfortunately we were only able to offer sanctuary to three of the lions housed at the zoo as financial constraints prevented us from taking more. Arrangements were subsequently made to relocated the remainder of the lions to a zoo in the UK and the zoo in question managed to raise 1.5 million rand to cover their costs, unfortunately our fundraising efforts did not enjoy the same media attention.

http://www.lionrescue.org.za/news31.htm

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Calif. zoo’s black leopard euthanized

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Chaffee Zoo’s black leopard dies

Posted at 10:33 PM on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009
The Fresno Bee

Kalika, a 19-year-old female black leopard, was euthanized Thursday at Fresno Chaffee Zoo following extensive treatment for renal failure, zoo officials said.

“One of the saddest aspects of working in a zoo is when these difficult decisions have to be made,” zoo Director Scott Barton said. “Kali lived a good, long life, and we’re happy our guests were able to appreciate how amazing leopards are through her living here.”

Kalika was born in the Houston Zoo in 1989 and had been at the Fresno zoo since 1990. At nearly 20 years old, she was one of the oldest known leopards in captivity. She had been the only leopard at the zoo since her mate died in 1998. She never had offspring.

Black leopards, often called panthers, are leopards with an excess of the black pigment melanin; their characteristic spots can be seen upon close examination. Leopards hunt mainly at night and rest in trees during the day. Zoo visitors often found Kalika resting on a tree limb in front of her cage.

http://www.fresnobee.com/local/story/1743345.html

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