Latest Captivity Stories

2014-02-03 12:23:20

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Adam Roberts has been named CEO of Born Free USA today. The announcement was made by Will Travers, departing CEO of Born Free USA, and Prashant K. Khetan, Chairman of the Board of Directors. Travers will remain on the organization's Board of Directors and remain an active consultant. According to Khetan, "It was a unanimous board decision to name Adam CEO, further enabling his strong leadership and depth of knowledge to benefit...

Zoo Collaboration Endangered Species
2014-01-15 14:41:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a new report in the open access journal PLOS ONE, a team of international scientists is calling for a more concerted effort to care for and breed endangered animal species in captivity. According to the report, the extremely hard work and large amount of resources spent on the conservation of these species can be hampered by international regulations, misguided strategies and a general lack of communication. Study author Dalia A....

2011-03-17 21:06:24

Of around seven land vertebrate species whose survival in the wild is threatened one is also kept in captivity. These and other data on the protection of species in zoos and aquaria have now been revealed by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock. Writing in the journal Science, the team of researchers and the International Species Information System (ISIS) advocate the establishment of targeted captive breeding programmes to supplement the...

2010-12-06 05:00:00

BOSTON, Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As cheerful images of reindeer appear on TV and in shopping mall displays this holiday season, an investigation by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) exposes a grim counterpoint: reindeer suffering as they are rounded up in large numbers, transported and slaughtered in Sweden and Finland. Footage from the investigation, released today, shows the extreme distress experienced by reindeer at every stage of the commercial...

2010-11-10 08:00:00

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare) is moving three tigers from a closed sanctuary in San Antonio, Texas to Pittsboro, North Carolina. The tigers will be transported on a 36-foot rescue trailer and cover more than 1,300 miles to their new life-long home at the Carolina Tiger Rescue sanctuary. Unfortunately, due to the economic downturn, WAO, the Wild Animal Orphanage, decided to close their doors. Working...

2008-12-12 08:25:00

Elephants living in zoos have shorter lives than their wild counterparts, according to a new study that will most certainly stir debate about their captive situations. Researchers compared the life spans of elephants in European zoos with those living in Amboseli National Park in Kenya and others working on a timber enterprise in Myanmar. Animals in the wild or in natural working conditions had life spans twice that or more of their relatives in zoos. The new findings were published in the...

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