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The Oldest Male Asian Elephant in North America Passes Away
Posted on February 12, 2017
Another sad day for nature lovers:
The Oregon Zoo announced on Facebook Thursday morning that they had to put down one of their elephants, Packy.
“With great sadness, we said goodbye to Packy this morning. Packy, the oldest male Asian elephant in North America, was humanely euthanized at the zoo after animal-care staff determined his quality of life and the safety of the herd was compromised by his illness,” the statement said. “Packy was a beloved animal and dear friend to our staff and volunteers, members, and community. This is a tremendous loss for all of us.”
Unless you live in sub-Saharan Africa where nearly all wild lions live, it’s likely that all you have seen of the majestic “King of the Jungle” has been through a screen. And of that footage, a great deal of it has likely been lions defending their territory, fighting other animals to the death, or patrolling their land. While these activities do make up a large part of a wild lion’s life, these animals are also incredibly close to their families. In the wild, African lions live in groups of around fifteen individuals. Babies are typically raised by the entire pride but the bond between mother and cub or father and cub is undoubtedly the strongest.
This illegal practice has overtaken trophy poaching in depleting wildlife in Zambia
Posted on July 15, 2016
When Synody Mulibehzi woke up June 27, 2012, he had two good arms. By nightfall, he would have just one.
Back then, Mulibehzi and his brother were employed on an anti-poaching team on a conservancy in Zambia, according to accounts made to photographer Benjamin Rutherford. Such teams are employed on game reserves, conservancies and farms, to protect animals from being poached and sold as bushmeat. On that day, Mulibehzi and seven others responded to a report of an early morning gunshot on the conservancy that he regularly patrolled. Armed only with a big stick, Mulibehzi charged headlong into the thick bush.
Last Thursday, on June 23, the provincial governor of South Kivu formally approved the boundaries of the Itombwe Reserve in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the last strongholds of the Grauer’s gorilla. Conservationists have cheered this move.