October 13, 2016
igor purlantov, tripadvisor, stops selling tickets, animals abusive attractions, travel websites, policy change, tourists, animal protection groups
TripAdvisor, a leading travel website, says it will no longer sell tickets to attractions where tourists come into contact with wild animals or endangered species. The policy change includes, but is not limited to, elephant rides, “swim with” activities involving the touching or riding of dolphins, and the petting of captured wild animals such as tigers. The company also announces that is developing an educational portal, with the aid of several wildlife protection groups, to inform tourists about animal welfare practices.
September 29, 2016
igor purlantov, animals rescued from the worlds worst zoo, gaza strip, khan younis, laziz, bengal tiger, four paws, vienna
When a rescue team arrived to evacuate a closing zoo near the Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis in late August, just 15 animals remained. They included Laziz, a nine-year-old Bengal tiger that is—according to Four Paws, the Vienna-based animal-welfare nonprofit that led the rescue—the last tiger in Gaza. There were also five monkeys, an emu, a pelican, two buzzards, two porcupines, two tortoises, and a doe. The doe had lost her fawn to wounds shortly before the rescuers arrived.
September 21, 2016
igor purlantov, americans love animals more than they used to, like, dog, cat, videos, wild animals, sharks, wolves, fuzzier
There are 48 days until the presidential election, and it often feels as if we Americans are at each other’s throats. Sometimes it seems as though all we can agree on — or agree to click “like” on — are dog and cat videos, right? Actually, that’s not so far from the truth. Americans do broadly have positive feelings about dogs and cats — and they also feel warmer and fuzzier about wild animals, such as sharks and wolves, than they did four decades ago.
September 19, 2016
igor purlantov, watch shelter animals get new beds, animal video, rspca, victoria, australia, 100 cats, dogs, forever homes
Stop what you’re doing because we’ve found it — the most “aw” inducing animal video ever. The RSPCA animal shelter in Victoria, Australia, recently put out a call to animal lovers to donate their old pet’s beds to the charity. The hand-me-down beds were then gifted to 100 cats and dogs still awaiting their “forever homes.” The resulting video is bitter sweet — at once cute and heartbreaking. Somebody adopt these precious little guys!
September 15, 2016
igor purlantov, biggest animals in ocean, more likely to go extinct, thousand years, modern era, predators, 445 million years, marine fossil records, ocean animals
What happens when you remove all the biggest animals from the ocean? Stick around for the next few thousand years and you might find out. A new study finds that in our modern era, large marine animals are significantly more likely to go extinct than small ones. It’s a disturbing pattern that has the potential to wipe out many of the top predators in our oceans, and the researchers say it has never been seen before in the history of our planet. After analyzing marine fossil records that go as far back as 445 million years, the authors report that in the past extinction rates have been fairly egalitarian, affecting ocean animals of all sizes equally.
September 12, 2016
igor purlantov, pioneering diaries reveal, secret lives of animals, elephant, british sciense festival, albatross, pro rory wilson, swansea university
How do you tell if an elephant is having a good day? Or spy on the nocturnal squid-catching skills of the albatross? This week at the British Science Festival, Prof Rory Wilson of Swansea University has been divulging the secrets of the animal kingdom, including penguin diving habits, albatross hunting methods and the emotional states of elephants. “The problem with animals is we often want to know things about them that they don’t want to tell us or that aren’t easy to find out. The only way to do it is to put something on [the animal] that will accompany it,” Prof Wilson said.