Tag Archives: Zoology

10Feb/16
Locust swarms

Maths link to future locust dispersal

Mathematicians say that by using their newly developed model of locust behaviour, it could be possible to create better dispersal methods to prevent the creatures causing devastation. Jim Drury reports.
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25Aug/15

NASA-funded study says cryogenic sleep may be key to space travel

USA (Next Media) – A NASA-funded study written by aerospace engineering company SpaceWorks says that keeping astronauts unconscious during long flights in space cuts down on the equipment and resources needed on the shuttle, and also eliminates the negative psychological effects of long hauls in space.
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31Jul/15

U.S. hunter becomes the hunted

(REUTERS/WHITEHOUSE.GOV /HUNTFOREVER.ORG /TWITTER.COM) – The American dentist and trophy hunter accused of killing Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe is getting a taste of being hunted himself.
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14Jul/15

Chinese woman is dogs’ best friend

(R Reports) – Meet Yang Xiaoyun – not your average pet owner.

For years, she’s devoted her life to looking after vulnerable dogs… Lots of them.

In fact, she’s now got around 3,000 at her home in the northern city of Tianjin.
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01Jul/15

Mayor of Mexican fishing town ‘marries’ crocodile

The mayor of a Mexican fishing village marries crocodile – dressed in white gown – in hopes of favourable climactic conditions, bountiful water and crops.

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12Jun/15

SA hunting: big money, big controversy

(REUTERS) – Big game has been attracting visitors to Africa for decades.

But now there’s a new focus.

Hunting not watching is the roaring business.

GAME FARMER STAN BURGER,

“We found a herd, a bachelor herd of Impala males. and we….the wind was fortunate in our favour and we managed to get the hunter onto the sticks and he shot a very good shot, a clean, broke the Impala spine, put him down with one shot.”

Stan Burger is a game farmer in South Africa.

He invites trophy hunters to use land for sport and thousands are coming every year – the bulk of them – 15,000 – from the U.S.

The industry employs an estimated 100,000 workers and is a big earner.

In 2013 foreign huntsmen spent more than $91 million in South Africa, a third up on the previous year.

Last year the industry was said to be worth $765 million.

Lions, leopards and elephants are all targets, along with rhinos, buffalos and implala.

5,700 impala were shot in 2013 with lions bringing in the highest revenue at almost $10 million.

Adri Kitshoff is Chief Executive of the Professional Hunters’ Association.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE PROFESSIONAL HUNTERS ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA (PHASA), ADRI KITSHOFF,

“It’s an economic contribution of about R10 billion. And then you look at the wildlife industry with more than 10,000 game farms , it’s a huge contribution to our GDP.”

South Africa’s game population has grown to 24 million from around 600,000 in the late 1960s.

Much of that down to private owners – many of whom breed the animals for hunting.

But there’s a strong anti-hunting lobby.

Linda Park is Director of the Campaign Against Canned Hunting.

It recently held a protest against the sport.

DIRECTOR FOR CAMPAIGN AGAINST CANNED HUNTING (CACH), LINDA PARK,

“People around the world have all said ‘enough’. Australia actually banned the importation of lion trophy permits and body parts.”

The U.S. could in fact be next – it’s looking at making lions an endangered species, meaning hunters won’t be able to bring them home.

That’s a big attraction for many – and could put a stop to the rise of a controversial but lucrative sport.

09May/15

Polar Bear Transported Via FedEx To Saint Louis Zoo

ST. LOUIS, May 8, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Kali (pronounced “Cully”), a 2 ½-year-old, 850-pound male polar bear that was orphaned in Alaska as a cub, is now resting comfortably in the Saint Louis Zoo’s new McDonnell Polar Bear Point exhibit, which is set to open June 6.
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