Tragedy in London, Born Impact and Indonesian Forests

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London Zoo’s first Sumatran tiger cub in 17 years drowns in pool

London zoo is upset after the death of their first tiger cub on Saturday morning. The cub was born at London Zoo after some 17 years. The dead cub was seen near the edge of pool inside the cage. The cub was too young to be named or sexed. The birth of the cub, by her mother- a five years old Sumatran tigress Melati, was watched and celebrated all over the world. The post-mortem report confirms that the cub died of drowning.

It is assumed that Melati brought the cub outside, but it still cannot be determined how the cub slipped into

the pool, as there are no cameras in the pool area. However, specialists suggest that mother usually does not take cubs outside so early, so situation is being reviewed. The zoo keepers and management is very distressed about the death, especially those who used to take care of the cub. See full details at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/london-zoos-first-sumatran-tiger-cub-in-17-years-drowns-in-pool-8880842.html

 

Save the primates with ‘Born Impact’

This week, the vets of the “Born Impact” rescued the wildlife species closely similar to us – Chimpanzees, or Darwin’s Apes. Despite of these similarities, our friends are under a big threat of extinction around the world. Dr. Ferds Recio, while his visit to Sumatra, reports that around 7000 of them remain living in the wild and many of them are commonly taken away from their mothers and sold as pets.

The long tailed macaques of Philippines are also in great trouble because of their cute, baby-like look. Filipinos keep them as their favorite pets when they are babies, but as they grow up, and their appearance change, they leave them uncared. Dr. Recio also reported a monkey that bites its own flesh out of boredom. Read more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/331557/publicaffairs/borntobewild/save-the-primates-with-born-impact

 

The devastation of Indonesia’s forests

The deforestation in Indonesia has had a very shattering effect. A WWF report estimates that from 1985 to 2008, half of Sumatra’s forests have disappeared. It has completely changed the landscape of the Sumatran Island within a quarter century. This Indonesian deforestation is mainly because of the industrial attempts of increasing timber and palm oil production, to make money.

palm plantation

palm plantation

Deforestation doesn’t merely mean cutting off the trees, but it also causes all the plants, trees, animals, insects, and people living in or near the forests to be killed or become homeless, which is not an easy thing to manage.

Although making money is important, Sumatran government is trying to find a middle ground, in which the palm oil industries may do well without harming plantations and wildlife. Read full story at: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/14/world/expedition-sumatra-episode-5-blog/

 

Rhodes student Jennifer Marshall studies Sumatran Tiger at Memphis Zoo

Jennifer Marshall, Rhodes environmental specialist, has started working with Beth Roberts, who is famous for her test developed to foretell the due dates of the Giant Pandas. Together, they intend to study the mating behavior of critically endangered male and female Sumatran tigers at Memphis Zoo. The monitoring indicators include the timings of their mating behavior, and the environmental conditions co-relating their mating behavior and preferences.

International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has declared the Sumatran tigers as a critically endangered species, and steps have been taken to increase their mating so that they can be reproduced and conserved. Read more at: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2013/oct/16/rhodes-student-jennifer-marshall-studies-tiger/

 

Death of tiger cub at zoo prompts wildlife campaigners to call for rethink on captivity

After hearing the news of the newborn tiger cub that died of drowning at the London zoo, the wildlife campaigners have urged to rethink captivity. The newborn Sumatran tiger, which had not yet been named or sexed, was found dead on Saturday at the pool side of the new enclosure at the zoo. Liz Tyson, the director of Wildlife Charity Captive Animal Protection Society said that this is very saddening news, and it has made us realize that endangered animal species cannot be protected in city center zoos.

The zoo management and workers are very upset at the news, and it is very hard for them to shift their excitement of birth to the sorrow of death in just three weeks. Read more at: http://www.westendextra.com/news/2013/oct/death-tiger-cub-zoo-prompts-wildlife-campaigners-call-rethink-captivity

 

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