Iran says only 12 Asiatic cheetahs left in the country

An Asiatic cheetah walks in an enclosure at the Pardisan Park in Tehran Iran is now home to only a dozen Asiatic cheetahs, the deputy environment minister said Sunday, describing the situation for the endangered species as “extremely critical”. “The measures we have taken to increase protection, reproduction, and the installation of road signs have not been enough to save this species,” Hassan Akbari told Tasnim the news agency. “There are currently only nine males and three females against 100 in 2010 and their situation is extremely critical,” he added. His ministry said the animals had been victims of drought, … Continue reading Iran says only 12 Asiatic cheetahs left in the country

French zoo closes after nine wolves escape during visiting hours

A French zoo was temporarily closed after a pack of nine wolves escaped during visiting hours. No people were injured in the incident that took place last weekend at the Trois Valleés zoo in Montredon-Labessonié in the south west of France. Four of the wolves were shot dead by zoo workers and five were anaethetised on the scene. Fabien Chollet, a local offical, said that “not many people were in the zoo at the time and at no time was the public in immediate danger.” “Due to the abnormal and dangerous behaviour of some of them, four wolves were sadly killed by the … Continue reading French zoo closes after nine wolves escape during visiting hours

Mass deaths of Koalas in Australia leads to animal cruelty charges

Regulators in Australia have issued hundreds of animal cruelty charges over the deaths of dozens of koalas in the state of Victoria. The animals were found dead at a partially cleared timber plantation at Cape Bridgewater last year. More were later euthanised because of dehydration and injuries sustained during the incident. A landowner and an earthmoving business are accused of harming and killing the animals by clearing the area. They face 126 charges each. A second firm, a contractor, faces one charge of animal cruelty for disturbing the koala population. They have yet to enter pleas. Victoria state’s Conservation Regulator … Continue reading Mass deaths of Koalas in Australia leads to animal cruelty charges

Oh Yeah: Bird songs bump stars off Australian music chart

An album made up entirely of the tweets and squawks of endangered Australian birds has debuted in the top five of the country’s Aria music charts. Songs of Disappearance is surpassing the likes of Abba and The Weeknd – not to mention Christmas favourites Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey. Created by BirdLife Australia, the album features the birdsongs of 53 of Australia’s most threatened species. Some sounds took hours of waiting in the bush to record one short tweet. David Stewart, a wildlife sound recordist, has spent more than 30 years collecting often rarely heard sounds of Australia’s wildlife. It … Continue reading Oh Yeah: Bird songs bump stars off Australian music chart

LOL: Two zebras returned to US farm after months on the lam

Two zebras have been returned to a farm in the US state of Maryland after months on the run. Three initially escaped from their private enclosure in August, turning heads across the state, with residents sharing sightings on social media. One of the zebras was later found dead in an illegal snare trap. Officials told local media on Tuesday that the remaining pair were found and returned last week, but no further details were provided. Previous attempts to catch the zebras included setting up a feeding station and corral. The owner, 76-year-old Jerry Lee Holly, holds a license for the … Continue reading LOL: Two zebras returned to US farm after months on the lam

South Africa flies 30 white rhinos to Rwanda

Thirty white rhinos were transferred from South Africa to Rwanda in a Boeing 747 on Monday, conversationists said. The animals traveled 3,400 kilometers from South Africa’s Phinda Private Game Reserve to Akagera National Park in eastern Rwanda. They embarked on this 40-hour journey after months of preparation, said charity African Parks, which was involved in the operation. “We had to tranquilize them to reduce their stress, which is itself risky, and monitor them,” said African Parks’ CEO Peter Fearnhead. It was part of a program to replenish the white rhino population, decimated by poaching since the 1970s. Also reintroduced to … Continue reading South Africa flies 30 white rhinos to Rwanda

Sad: Baby elephant dies after losing half its trunk in poacher’s trap

A baby Sumatran elephant has died after losing half its trunk to a trap set by poachers in Indonesia. The critically endangered one-year-old calf was left behind by its herd after being caught in the snare trap. It was found by villagers in the town of Aceh Jaya and was brought to a conservation agency to be treated. Conservation officials say they tried to save its life by amputating its trunk, but it succumbed to an infection from its injuries two days later. “We couldn’t save it because the injury was severe and infected,” Agus Arianto, head of the Aceh … Continue reading Sad: Baby elephant dies after losing half its trunk in poacher’s trap

Oh Yeah: New Zealand bat flies away with bird of the year award

A bat has been named as New Zealand’s bird of the year, in a controversial move that has ruffled feathers. The long-tailed bat had swooped in to clinch the title following an online poll. Contest organisers had included the bat, one of the country’s few land-based native mammals, to raise its profile as a critically endangered species. But the victory has annoyed some, with one commenter saying the country had gone “batty”. Outraged bird-lovers cried fowl on Twitter, calling it a “total farce”, a “stolen election”, as well as more colourful and unprintable terms. Some on social media also saw … Continue reading Oh Yeah: New Zealand bat flies away with bird of the year award

About Time: One of world’s last northern white rhinos retired from breeding scheme

Scientists have retired one of the world’s last two northern white rhinos from a breeding programme trying to save the species from extinction. The decision to stop harvesting 32-year-old Najin’s eggs followed an “ethical risk assessment” that considered her age and other factors. Neither Najin nor her daughter Fatu are able to carry a rhino calf to term. The last male of the species died in 2018, but its sperm was collected and has been used to fertilise eggs. The procedure involves a team of vets extracting the rhino’s eggs, using techniques developed through years of research. The eggs are … Continue reading About Time: One of world’s last northern white rhinos retired from breeding scheme

Ecological Crime: Near extinct Galapagos tortoise slaughtered, threatens species’ existence

Park Rangers at the Galápagos National Park discovered an unusual site while patrolling a remote part of southern Isabela Island, the remains of 15 slaughtered tortoises. The Galápagos Conservancy said the discovery was “shocking” and that while 13 of the tortoises had been dead for an indeterminate amount of time, two were freshly killed. Giant tortoises like those found in the Galápagos are a historically threatened species due to exploitation for food and materials during the 18th and 19th centuries. Giant tortoises were also harvested for oil. According to the conservancy, “the highly imperiled state of tortoises today on southern … Continue reading Ecological Crime: Near extinct Galapagos tortoise slaughtered, threatens species’ existence

Man steals white shark monitoring tag, sets off fake warning alarms

An Australian man is due to appear in court after allegedly taking a location tag off of a shark and setting off fake warnings. Police reportedly said the Western Australian man, 48, removed the tag from the great white shark after accidentally catching the animal before releasing it. In a statement to Guardian Australia on Monday, Western Australia police said the man has been charged with stealing and is due to appear in court on November 4. The shark tag is known as an acoustic device. It sends off a signal that can be detected by buoys in the water that then … Continue reading Man steals white shark monitoring tag, sets off fake warning alarms

Australian teenagers charged for killing 14 kangaroos

Australian police have charged two teenage boys over the killing of 14 kangaroos in a coastal beach town south of Sydney. Locals found the slaughtered animals on two different roads at Batemans Bay on Saturday, prompting a police investigation. New South Wales Police said the kangaroo packs had been hit by a car. They arrested two 17-year-old boys in the town on Monday. Police did not provide any information on the motivation of the accused killers. They have been charged with recklessly beating and killing an animal, and will appear in court next month. Under New South Wales law, anyone … Continue reading Australian teenagers charged for killing 14 kangaroos