Jun 142017
 
Ringling Bros. Wants to Send 15 Big Cats to a German Circus

Plenty of animal lovers couldn’t have been more pleased when, after 146 years, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus held its final performance on May 21. But just because the “Greatest Show on Earth” has ended doesn’t mean that the company’s performing animals will enjoy the greatest retirement. Nope, just four days after that […]

Jun 122017
 
Live donkey fed to tigers in shareholder protest at Chinese zoo

Disgruntled shareholders at a zoo in China have fed a live donkey to tigers in a protest against the management. They also planned to feed a sheep to the tigers, before security at the zoo in Changzhou, just outside Shanghai, stopped them. The donkey’s ordeal was filmed by a member of the public and the […]

May 292017
 
POLL: Should all circuses with wild animals be closed down?

As Ringling Bros. finally closes its doors forever this week, a recent undercover investigation offers a heartbreaking reminder that many animals are still being abused and exploited by circuses across the U.S. The investigator witnessed violent treatment toward tigers — including one instance of a trainer whipping a tiger 31 times in less than two […]

May 262017
 
POLL: Should the keeping of dangerous wild animals as pets be banned?

In a victory for wildlife, South Carolina has officially passed a law that bans keeping dangerous wild animals as pets. The new law, which was just signed by Governor Henry McMaster, will now ban the private possession of big cats, non-native bears and great apes. “We applaud the provisions of this bill that prohibit the […]

May 222017
 
POLL: Should the inter-breeding of lions and tigers be banned?

A coalition of US conservation groups has launched an attempt to outlaw the breeding of so-called frankencats, where big cats such as tigers and lions are crossed with each other to create unusual and often unhealthy specimens. A petition filed with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Friday calls for an end to the […]

May 082017
 
POLL: Should more cities ban wild animals in entertainment?

Los Angeles, considered the entertainment capital of the world, will no longer tolerate entertainment that involves performances by wild or exotic animals. The City Council voted unanimously April 25 to ban the exhibition of these animals for entertainment or amusement purposes in circuses, exotic animal shows, public places and private house parties. L.A. will now […]

Apr 042017
 
Video: Rare Indochinese tigers caught on camera in Thai jungle

The critically endangered Indochinese tiger has been found to be breeding in a Thai jungle, providing hope for a subspecies whose total population may number only a couple of hundred. Conservation authorities in Thailand, along with two international wildlife organisations, released photographs of new tiger cubs in the country’s east. The images support a scientific […]

Jan 302017
 
POLL: Should India's export of tiger skin, parts and bones be stopped?

From 1990 to 2013, the notorious tiger poacher Kuttu Bahelia and his extended family — brothers, uncles, and their wives and children — reportedly killed hundreds of tigers and leopards in the tiger-rich Indian states of Maharashtra and Karnataka, according to law enforcement informants and media reports. “Even if half that [estimate] is correct, it […]

Oct 172016
 
POLL: Should ticket sales to cruel wildlife attractions be banned?

TripAdvisor, the popular travel review website, and its ticket sales company, Viator, said Tuesday they no longer will sell tickets to hundreds of tourist attractions that are widely accepted as cruel to wild animals, reversing a policy under which the companies had resisted considering the welfare of animals when promoting trips. The move to stop […]

Oct 032016
 
China accused of defying its own ban on breeding tigers to profit from body parts

China has been accused of deceiving the international community by allowing a network of farms to breed thousands of captive tigers for the sale of their body parts, in breach of their own longstanding ban on the trade. The Chinese government has allowed about 200 specialist farms to hold an estimated 6,000 tigers for slaughter, […]

Jun 172016
 
POLL: Should tiger farming and trade in tiger parts be banned?

A week ago it cost 600 baht (£11.50) to visit the tiger temple in Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province, west of the capital, Bangkok. Tourists moved by the spectacle of such splendid creatures living side by side with human beings could also pay the saffron-robed Buddhist monks an extra £15 to help feed the cubs, or to […]

Apr 142016
 
Wild Tigers of India - in Battle!

June 2015 – Destination: Ranthambore National Park, India. Well to start, I need to thank all of my guests – over 40 Photo Tour excursions around the world, and so many stories to tell!  Over the next few months I do plan to publish more images, and articles here with Focusing on Wildlife.  It’s been […]

Oct 272015
 
On The Hunt with land's fastest predators

“Malaika is really special. I have never worked with a cheetah like her before. She is a wonderful mother and she is hunting every day.” These were the first encouraging words from Sammy Munene, as we sat beside a relaxed cheetah and her four cubs. The sun was just rising above Kenya’s Maasai Mara game […]