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Orangutans in Melbourne Zoo playing interactive videogames using Xbox technology
Posted on February 8, 2016
Never change, our monkey brothers, never change!
Orangutans at Melbourne Zoo are playing interactive videogames as part of a world-first enrichment program.
Zoos Victoria worked with researchers at the University of Melbourne’s Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces (NUI) to create the games, which use Kinect 3D technology from Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming system.
Read the full article at ABC Australia!PHOTO SUPPLIED: UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Posted on January 24, 2016
Black Lion “…The opposite of albinism called melanism, a recessive trait where the skin and fur are all black…”
Terrified lion clings to a tree!
Posted on December 21, 2015
Yearly Photo: A terrified lion clings to a tree as a herd of angry buffalo wait below in the MaasaiMara, Kenya. The stunning picture was taken on March 4, 2015. Source: Facebook.
Siberian tiger becomes unlikely friends with a goat
Posted on December 10, 2015
An odd and remarkable thing happened when a live goat was put into the enclosure of a Siberian tiger as part of its twice-a-week feeding of live animals at the Primorsky Safari Park in Russia: Amur the tiger became friends with its dinner.
In a story that has captivated Russia, Timur the goat and Amur the tiger have become fast friends, eating and playing together, chasing each other in the snow and even playfully head-butting each other, according to the Agence France-Presse.
Armed Poachers Slaughtering Hundreds of Elephants in Congo
Posted on November 9, 2015
As Yahoo News reports:
Park rangers stand near the remains of three elephants that were killed by poachers in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The eight suspected poachers stood under a tree, apparently unaware they were being tracked by 10 rangers from Congo’s Garamba National Park. But as the rangers approached, gunfire rang out from the tall grass nearby, where other heavily armed men were hidden. The dragnet swiftly turned into a desperate fight for survival.
Lion numbers could be halved across Africa by 2035, study warns
Posted on October 28, 2015
A worrisome article in Yahoo News today:
Libreville (AFP) – Lion populations could be halved across much of the African continent within 20 years, with those in west Africa in danger of being wiped out due to hunting and humans’ increasing need for cultivated land, a new study says.
The 20-year study, to be published by the US Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal, sounds the alarm over the future of Africa’s estimated total of 20,000 of the big cats.
Elephant Crashes a Dinner Party at African Safari Park
Posted on September 9, 2015
Once again Yahoo News reminds us not to mess with wild animals!
Most people try to ignore the elephant in the room.
But when the elephant charges at your dinner table, you have no choice but to address it!
Stephen Montague was on safari in the African bush, when a young bull elephant approached his campsite at Mana Pools National Park. He and the other guests were told to keep still and ignore the elephant, who was casually meandering in the background.
Hunting Ban Lifted in Zimbabwe sparks Anger just One Week After Cecil the Lion’s Death
Posted on August 10, 2015
Zimbabwe’s ban on hunting lions, leopards and elephants around Hwange National Park – where Cecil the lion lived before he was lured to his death – has been lifted just a week after it was instigated.
A statement to members of the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association was leaked this weekend, showing the ban on big-game hunting in areas outside of the park has been abandoned – but is still in place in the farm where Cecil was killed.