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Gloomy Portraits of Zoo Animals Living In their Manmade Worlds. “When people take pictures of captive animals in zoos, oftentimes their goal is to shoot the images in a way that makes the animals appear to be in the wild. Photographer Daniel Zakharov does no such thing. Rather than make the glass, bars, and concrete disappear off to the sides of the frame, Zakharov intentionally captures the fact that the animals are found in unnatural environments.

Birds ‘show value of conservation investments.’ “The plights of the world’s threatened birds show the value of investing in conservation, according to campaigners. One in eight of the world’s birds is currently considered threatened. A report by the Birdlife Partnership links continuing declines to deteriorating biodiversity, but it also highlights successfully protected species and habitats. Conservationists suggest this shows how the estimated $80bn (£50bn) price tag of conserving nature is worthwhile. Last year, scientists suggested it would cost about $5bn to reduce the extinction threat for all threatened wildlife, and up to $76bn to maintain a global network of protected areas. ‘The total sums may sound large, but they are small in terms of government budgets, and they should be seen as investments, not bills,’ said Dr Stuart Butchart, Birdlife’s head of science.

Group Petitions Gary Mayor To Close Down Animal Shelter. “Charlene Swift of the Indiana Save a Dog Rescue started a petition on Change.org because she thinks the Gary animal control unit has had problems for months. ‘The ACO officers show no transparency, we find out after the fact that dogs were euthanized,’ she says. ‘We’d go show up

[at the shelter] to rescue the dog and it’s been euthanized with no explanation and that’s been occurring since March.’”

Biologists race to solve mysterious mass animal deaths in Florida lagoon. “At least 111 manatees, 300 pelicans, and 46 dolphins — emaciated to the point of skin and bones — were all found dead in America’s most biologically diverse estuary. Something is seriously wrong. The northern stretches of the Indian River Lagoon of Florida has a mass murder mystery that biologists are racing to figure out. The lagoon contains more species than anywhere else in the U.S. It is a barrier island complex stretching across 40 percent of Florida’s coast, around Cape Canaveral, and consisting of the Mosquito Lagoon, the Banana River and the Indian River Lagoon. The lagoon has always been polluted by nutrients and fertilizers running off lawns and farms, but in recent years it appears to have reached some sort of tipping point, says Marty Baum of the Indian Riverkeeper. ‘The lagoon is in a full collapse, it is ongoing,’ he said.”

Photo credit: Cyberslayer via Flickr

By Published On: 20 June 2013450 words2.3 min read

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Gloomy Portraits of Zoo Animals Living In their Manmade Worlds. “When people take pictures of captive animals in zoos, oftentimes their goal is to shoot the images in a way that makes the animals appear to be in the wild. Photographer Daniel Zakharov does no such thing. Rather than make the glass, bars, and concrete disappear off to the sides of the frame, Zakharov intentionally captures the fact that the animals are found in unnatural environments.

Birds ‘show value of conservation investments.’ “The plights of the world’s threatened birds show the value of investing in conservation, according to campaigners. One in eight of the world’s birds is currently considered threatened. A report by the Birdlife Partnership links continuing declines to deteriorating biodiversity, but it also highlights successfully protected species and habitats. Conservationists suggest this shows how the estimated $80bn (£50bn) price tag of conserving nature is worthwhile. Last year, scientists suggested it would cost about $5bn to reduce the extinction threat for all threatened wildlife, and up to $76bn to maintain a global network of protected areas. ‘The total sums may sound large, but they are small in terms of government budgets, and they should be seen as investments, not bills,’ said Dr Stuart Butchart, Birdlife’s head of science.

Group Petitions Gary Mayor To Close Down Animal Shelter. “Charlene Swift of the Indiana Save a Dog Rescue started a petition on Change.org because she thinks the Gary animal control unit has had problems for months. ‘The ACO officers show no transparency, we find out after the fact that dogs were euthanized,’ she says. ‘We’d go show up

[at the shelter] to rescue the dog and it’s been euthanized with no explanation and that’s been occurring since March.’”

Biologists race to solve mysterious mass animal deaths in Florida lagoon. “At least 111 manatees, 300 pelicans, and 46 dolphins — emaciated to the point of skin and bones — were all found dead in America’s most biologically diverse estuary. Something is seriously wrong. The northern stretches of the Indian River Lagoon of Florida has a mass murder mystery that biologists are racing to figure out. The lagoon contains more species than anywhere else in the U.S. It is a barrier island complex stretching across 40 percent of Florida’s coast, around Cape Canaveral, and consisting of the Mosquito Lagoon, the Banana River and the Indian River Lagoon. The lagoon has always been polluted by nutrients and fertilizers running off lawns and farms, but in recent years it appears to have reached some sort of tipping point, says Marty Baum of the Indian Riverkeeper. ‘The lagoon is in a full collapse, it is ongoing,’ he said.”

Photo credit: Cyberslayer via Flickr

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