Victory! UK to Ban Wild Animals in Circuses

In another major victory for animals used in entertainment, England has pledged to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. Such a ban was first promised by the government back in 2006, but no action was taken. Since then, numerous examples of animal abuse and suffering have come to light, but despite growing public […]

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After tragic shooting of escaped tiger, should France ban circus animals?

Within just a few days last month, both Italy and Ireland banned the use of performing animals in circuses on a national level, joining 11 other members of the European Union that have already done so. France, unfortunately, is not one of those countries. A couple of weeks later, an 18-month-old tiger named Mevy escaped […]

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POLL: Should the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling circuses be banned?

A dangerous situation that turned deadly for a lost tiger found wandering this week highlights an urgent need to protect both the public and big cats in the U.S. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the tiger was first spotted on a highway in Atlanta, Ga., before making her way into a neighborhood, where she jumped […]

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Scientists map human-wildlife conflict in India

Designating protected areas in a country with 1.27 billion people comes with its own consequences: around each protected area in India lies a zone where wildlife strays out, and people stray in. Inevitably, there is contact, and more often than not, conflict. Human wildlife conflict has been under the lens for a long time. How […]

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Dhole – Indian Wild Dog

The Dhole, also know as the Indian Wild Dog is one of the most successful hunters from the Indian Forests. They have been placed under the ‘endangered’ category by IUCN due to loss of habitat and possible transfer of diseases from domestic and ferral dogs. They are highly social animals, and hunt in packs, often […]

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Sumatran tiger density lower than previously thought

The critically endangered Sumatran tiger may be even rarer than previously thought, reports a study published in the journal Oryx. Researchers from Virginia Tech and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) used camera traps to estimate population density in previously unsurveyed areas, including peatlands. They found that tiger density may be only half what was estimated […]

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Local people provide wildlife and forest data in park plagued by conflict

There are often many obstacles for scientists when gauging wildlife decline and forest loss, and one of the most difficult is civil conflict, like the situation in the Similipal Tiger Reserve in India. But a new study in mongabay.com’s open access journal Tropical Conservation Science (TCS) finds that local communities may be used to gauge […]

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Tigers, orangutans, rhinos: Sumatra’s big mammals on the edge of extinction

Karman Lubis’s body was found near where he had been working on a Sumatran rubber plantation. His head was found several days later a mile away and they still haven’t found his right hand. He had been mauled by a Sumatran tiger that has been living in Batang Gadis National Park and he was one […]

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Snowy tigers and giant owls: conservation against the odds in Russia’s Far East

The Russian Far East is one of the wildest places on Earth: where giant tigers roam snow-covered forests and the world’s biggest owls stalk frozen rivers. Bordering northern China and North Korea, the forests of Primorye are known for the diversity of habitats, including coastal forests along the Sea of Japan, vast coniferous forests in […]

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Lions for sale: big game hunting combines with lion bone trade to threaten endangered cats

Koos Hermanus would rather not give names to the lions he breeds. So here, behind a 2.4-meter high electric fence, is 1R, a three-and-a-half-year-old male, who consumes 5kg of meat a day and weighs almost 200kg. It will only leave its enclosure once it has been “booked”‘ by a hunter, most of whom are from […]

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