Sunday, September 11, 2016

A place for zoos in a world of shrinking habitat and increased poaching

Quoted in Zoos of the future may be animals' last, best hope.  (TribLive, 8/27/2016)

Great Elephant Census final results

Two disturbing findings:
  • Savanna elephant populations declined by 30 percent (equal to 144,000 elephants) between 2007 and 2014.
  • The current rate of decline is 8 percent per year, primarily due to poaching. The rate of decline accelerated from 2007 to 2014.

Related reading:
Legal ivory sale drove dramatic increase in elephant poaching, study shows.  (The Guardian, 6/13/2016) 
Pittsburgh Zoo hires Gaspard as new conservation director.  (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 5/2/2014)

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