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26

Mar

Why do some zoos euthanize healthy animals?Marius the giraffe died on Feb. 9 from a shot to the head with a bolt gun. Workers at the Copenhagen Zoo then publicly dissected the animal and fed his body to the lions. News of the incident horrified people worldwide, and the zoo faced backlash that included death threats to the zoo’s director, Steffen Stræde. This week the Copenhagen Zoo is making headlines again after it euthanized four healthy lions — two adults and their 10-month-old cubs — by lethal injection. Stræde said the zoo didn’t expect a public outcry like it received in the wake of Marius’ death. "I think people are more enlightened after Marius," he said. “Marius hasn’t made us the least bit afraid because what we are doing is the most correct thing to do." To understand the rationale behind his comments, you have to understand the history. Read more.

Why do some zoos euthanize healthy animals?
Marius the giraffe died on Feb. 9 from a shot to the head with a bolt gun. Workers at the Copenhagen Zoo then publicly dissected the animal and fed his body to the lions.
 
News of the incident horrified people worldwide, and the zoo faced backlash that included death threats to the zoo’s director, Steffen Stræde.
 
This week the Copenhagen Zoo is making headlines again after it euthanized four healthy lions — two adults and their 10-month-old cubs — by lethal injection.
 
Stræde said the zoo didn’t expect a public outcry like it received in the wake of Marius’ death.
 
"I think people are more enlightened after Marius," he said. “Marius hasn’t made us the least bit afraid because what we are doing is the most correct thing to do."
 
To understand the rationale behind his comments, you have to understand the history. Read more.

20

Jan

While on safari in Kenya recently, Australian photographer Chris Bray attached a GoPro camera to a remote-control car and drove it up to a couple of lion cubs. The curious cubs cautiously approached the car to investigate, and the camera captured the adorable moment.Watch the video.

While on safari in Kenya recently, Australian photographer Chris Bray attached a GoPro camera to a remote-control car and drove it up to a couple of lion cubs.
 
The curious cubs cautiously approached the car to investigate, and the camera captured the adorable moment.
Watch the video.

12

Jan

Zoologist with a GoPro gets cuddled by lionsThe adoration zoologist Kevin Richardson feels for these big cats — and their obvious feelings for him — will make your heart swell.

Zoologist with a GoPro gets cuddled by lions
The adoration zoologist Kevin Richardson feels for these big cats — and their obvious feelings for him — will make your heart swell.

09

Jan

Lions face extinction in West AfricaA new study shows that with shrinking savannahs, dwindling prey and reduced genetic variation, lions in the region have become critically endangered.

Lions face extinction in West Africa
A new study shows that with shrinking savannahs, dwindling prey and reduced genetic variation, lions in the region have become critically endangered.

05

Nov

Lion forms close, playful bond with conservationists who rescued herThe 110-pound lioness, Sirga, romps with her rescuers as if she were the family pet.             

Lion forms close, playful bond with conservationists who rescued her
The 110-pound lioness, Sirga, romps with her rescuers as if she were the family pet.             

27

Aug

rhinogirl1:

Lion cubs training for lion life…

rhinogirl1:

Lion cubs training for lion life…

08

Aug

Rare photos capture daily life of Serengeti lionsSee the amazing photos.

Rare photos capture daily life of Serengeti lions
See the amazing photos.

13

Jul

Crippled lion is dachshund’s best friendA 500-pound lion and an 11-pound dog have formed an unlikely friendship, proving that cats and dogs really can get along. Bonedigger the lion and Milo the dachshund live together at Garold Wayne Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Okla., along with three other dogs. The puppies were introduced to Bonedigger in 2008 when he was just a 4-week-old cub. A metabolic bone disease rendered the lion mildly disabled.Read more.

Crippled lion is dachshund’s best friend
A 500-pound lion and an 11-pound dog have formed an unlikely friendship, proving that cats and dogs really can get along.
 
Bonedigger the lion and Milo the dachshund live together at Garold Wayne Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Okla., along with three other dogs.
 
The puppies were introduced to Bonedigger in 2008 when he was just a 4-week-old cub. A metabolic bone disease rendered the lion mildly disabled.

Read more.

30

May


 ‘Lion Ark’ shares story of daring animal rescue  



The film follows Animal Defenders International rescuers as they track down 25 abused lions in Boliva and transport them to a U.S. animal sanctuary.
The film follows Animal Defenders International rescuers as they track down 25 abused lions in Boliva and transport them to a U.S. animal sanctuary.

29

May


 Crippled lion is dachshund’s best friend  



The king of the jungle proves to be a gentle giant when it comes to his puppy pal.
The king of the jungle proves to be a gentle giant when it comes to his puppy pal.