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.


Sunday, 15 January 2017

NEWSLINK: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus shutting

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is shutting its doors for good, the circus announced on Saturday.

"After much evaluation and deliberation, my family and I have made the difficult business decision that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will hold its final performances in May of this year," Kenneth Feld, CEO of Ringling Bros.' parent company, Feld Entertainment, said in a statement. "Ringling Bros. ticket sales have been declining, but following the transition of the elephants off the road, we saw an even more dramatic drop. This, coupled with high operating costs, made the circus an unsustainable business for the company."

The last show will take place on May 7, he said.


NEWSLINK: Vet and his assistant killed by three lions

A vet and his assistant have been mauled to death by three bloodthirsty lions at a wildlife reserve.

A security official at the park in western Jordan says the deadly big cats were put down after Sunday’s attack.

He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to brief the media about the incident, which is under investigation.

Hala Akhbar, a website linked to the Jordanian security forces, identified the victims as a Jordanian vet and his Pakistani assistant.