Tuesday, 14 February 2017

NEWSLINK: ‘Obese’ Siberian tigers in China zoo raise health concerns

Photos that went viral of tubby Siberian tigers at a Chinese zoo have sparked concern among animal welfare organisations after state media said it was “natural” for the animals to pile on the weight for winter.

Images of a group of the obese-looking Siberian tigers lolling around in the state-run Siberian Tiger Park in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, went viral online recently with many social media users joking that the caged cats had, like them, been too well fed over the Lunar New Year holiday.


SIGHTINGS, U.S.A: Multiple Mountain Lion Sightings Put University on Watch

Recent mountain lion sightings at Pepperdine University have prompted the school’s Public Safety Department to issue a warning asking people on the campus to not “hike or jog alone.” Even biking alone is being discouraged since what had been a rarity at the campus is now becoming much more frequent.

As recently as Feb. 1, there were two sightings (although reported by Pepperdine Emergency Information as unconfirmed) — one at 10:50 p.m. near the Student Health Center and another soon after at 11:25 p.m. on the hillside above Upper Dorm Road. However, since Dec. 18, there have been nine confirmed sightings of the big cats. All of the mountain lion sightings have been after dark. The wild animals are most active between dusk and dawn.


Tuesday, 31 January 2017

NEWSLINK: 4th Penticton cougar killed by authorities

Conservation officers on Wednesday morning euthanized the fourth and final cougar in a family of the big cats that had become a danger to the public in Penticton.

Sgt. Jim Beck of the B.C. Conservation Officer Service said the adult female was dispatched in a wooded area between Forestbrook Drive and Penticton Avenue.


VIDEO: Playful lion cubs turn a tortoise into a chew toy

The lions in southern Africa's Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park are among the toughest and strongest on the continent. But they're not as tough as this hero in a half shell.


NEWSLINK: Big Cat Refuge Celebrates Habitat Unveil Saturday

The big cats at Turpentine Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs will be introduced to their new 10-thousand square foot natural habitat Saturday morning.

The animal curator for the refuge, Emily McCormack, says the staff has been working for several months to complete this new area for several big cats, who were recently saved from poor living conditions at a former zoo in Colorado.


Monday, 23 January 2017

NEWSLINK: Scientists plan to bring back the Caspian tiger from extinction

Caspian tigers were some of the largest cats ever to roam the Earth, but they went extinct in the 1960s. Now, some scientists want to bring them back.

A new study, published in the journal Biological Conservation, lays out the plan to reintroduce the tigers using a subspecies, the Siberian tiger, which is genetically similar to the Caspian tiger.


NEWSLINK: Big cat’s big dilemma

India is now home to about 60 per cent of the world’s tiger population, and the increase has been a reason to celebrate. But with that, the danger has increased as well—India saw a huge jump in tiger deaths in 2016. Compared to 80 tiger deaths in 2015, 120 were recorded last year. Poaching isn’t the sole reason for the deaths; poisoning, natural deaths and territorial infighting are the others.