zoo release

Stories like this make me so angry. So these two students who claim to be pro animal rights and fighting for animals, they steal a penguin from a zoo and release him into the wild. Because they’re against “animals kept in captivity”.

As the penguin has never been in the wild he will starve to death after about 2 weeks. Additionally his species is about to be labeled as critically endangered, so breeding pairs are essential - and he was part of one. Since he was stolen one of his chicks has died and his mate can’t leave the nest since they normally switch off. And on top of it all since the species is monogamous it will be extremely difficult if not impossible to pair her with another animal.

But yeah, way to go kids you definitely showed them.

Don’t get a Dory (and why sweeping generalizations are bad)

So lately I’ve been seeing a post called “Don’t get a Dory” going around. I get it. The intentions of this post are good! But saying things like saltwater fish suffer in captivity, and that all saltwater fish are wild caught, is dangerous and incorrect. Skimming through the reblogs on that post, I have seen several people ask if they should start buying sw fish with the intent of either “donating” them to zoos/aquariums or releasing them into the wild. LET’S STOP RIGHT THERE. What makes you think that zoos/aquariums want those fish? You’d just be stuck with sw fish you are not prepared or knowledgeable enough to keep. Those fish die. Let’s say you release those fish into the wild. What makes you think that the ocean is one single habitat type? You release a Dory and that fish dies and potentially takes wild fish with it by introducing disease and parasites that native fish/inverts aren’t equipped to handle. If by some miracle you release a fish that can survive in the waterway you release it in, it has the potential to reproduce and drive out native species. Ever hear of the invasive lionfish epidemic in the Atlantic?

Let’s move on to another point I see brought up often: That “Finding Nemo” increased demand for clownfish. This is true! But it also increased motivations to breed clownfish in captivity. Most clownfish for sale are now aquacultured and have zero impact on reefs in the wild. We have now bred yellow tangs in captivity and I have no doubt that we will figure out how to breed blue hippo tangs as well in the near future. The biggest problems I have with these films are that Disney made aquarium products. These tank kits were inappropriate for even simple and easy fish like bettas, much less “nemos” and “dorys”.

I’ve also seen people say that saltwater fish do not belong in homes. WHY? Are you against people keeping freshwater fish? Without professional and hobbyist aquarists, we would not have captive populations of fish and corals. Owning fish is extremely important to conservation and continuing to be able to enjoy these animals in a climate that is changing.

As long as you do your research and keep them properly, saltwater fish are excellent pets. Blue hippo tangs (and tangs in general) are very long lived, intelligent, and personable fish. I’ve known blue tangs in hobbyist tanks that were in their twenties. IMO, chain pet stores should not carry saltwater fish because they often do not allow their employees to deny sales to people who will neglect or abuse those fish. And the employees are also often uneducated and not hobbyists themselves. That being said, condemning an entire industry and hobby just causes misguided instances where people will unknowingly introduce invasive species and harm wildlife with the best intentions. Not unlike the bison incident that has made headlines recently.

In short, if you find yourself wanting to rescue fish from the evils of the pet industry, EDUCATE yourself on the benefits of captivity and why hobbyist propagation of fish and coral species is so important.

concept: Microsoft releases a new Zoo Tycoon game. it’s a decent sequel to Zoo Tycoon 2 with similar gameplay and amazing graphics, unlike their most recent release. The Zoo Tycoon game we’ve always wanted is finally here

Yesterday was an historic day for the bison.  President Obama signed a law making the bison the country’s first national mammal. Read a story from the New York Times.

Bison once numbered in the tens of millions in North America but, slaughtered for their meat and hides, the population was down to about 1,000 animals by the 1880s. Today, these animals thrive in part due to President Theodore Roosevelt’s efforts. As president, Roosevelt, who had witnessed the bison decline firsthand while living as a rancher in what is now North Dakota, created two big game preserves to save the buffalo from extinction: Montana’s National Bison Range and Oklahoma’s Wichita Game Preserve, where, in 1907, 15 bison bred at New York’s Bronx Zoo were released with a view to eventually repopulating the prairie. This and subsequent efforts brought the bison back from the brink of extinction.

Learn more about bison in this video:

Image: Bison diorama, AMNH/D.Finnin

Lion Cubs Snuggle On Journey To Safety From Gaza Refugee Camp

Two lion cubs rescued from a ravaged Gaza zoo will be released at a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan in the fall.A man purchased the brother and sister from the Rafah Zoo earlier this year,according to a press release from Four Paws, the international animal welfare group that facilitated the cubs’ rescue.
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Zoo releases hundreds of rare butterflies near Oregon coast

On a sunny, windswept meadow atop Mount Hebo last week, Oregon Zoo conservationists released the last of the summer’s zoo-reared Oregon silverspot butterflies in an attempt to boost the declining population of this imperiled Northwest beauty. 

(via: Oregon Zoo)

On July 4, 1874, the first zoo opened.

On July 5, 1874, the snakes in the zoo were all mysteriously released. Night guards swore up and down that they heard a man fighting with another one, saying ‘They need to be FREE, angel!’

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French Montana - “Last Of The Real” f. Zack (Video)

Revisiting he and Fetty Wap’s Coke Zoo mixtape, French Montana releases the video for “Last Of The Real” featuring Zack. The black-and-white visual follows Mr. HAN on tour, capturing interactions with Diddy, Rick Ross, fans and more.