Conservación de biodiversidad

Conservación de biodiversidad (28)

Tuesday, 11 August 2020 09:09

The conservation movement is under attack



After months of keeping their doors closed to the public, zoological institutions here at home in the United States and around the world are in dire financial straits. Many, like the Alaska SeaLife Center, are anticipating a budget shortfall of 70 percent in just a few short months and will have to decide whether to permanently shutter operations. The simple fact of the matter is that irrespective of the challenges mankind faces, the needs of animals living in zoos and aquariums are constant and very real.


As the oldest animal welfare organization in the US, American Humane and its CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert work to improve welfare across the companion, military, farm, entertainment, and zoological animal world. As the SARS-CoV-2 spread continues to affect the lives of animals and people around the globe, American Humane is stepping up to provide online materials and support to organizations and animals in need. Dr. Ganzert discusses how the current pandemic is more evidence of how humans have violated the social contract we have with animals and that we must do better to share humane values and practices around the nation and the world.

Plus last week's guest, University of Minnesota veterinary epidemiologist, Dr. Dominic Travis joins us again to discuss the late breaking news about a tiger at the Bronx zoo that tested positive for COVID-19 and what the implications are for zoo and domestic animals. Rather than a reason to panic, Dr. Travis says this incident highlights the important and longstanding scientific role of modern zoos and aquariums as sentinels for zoonotic disease. He argues that zoological facilities and professionals play an integral part of the broader public health community to curb this pandemic and to monitor, prepare for, and mitigate future ones.


Loro Parque in Tenerife has welcomed a newborn ring-tailed lemur, strengthening its position as an authentic animal embassy.

Although the park remains closed, a new family member was presented in a video shared through its social networks, where news posts are published daily to inform its followers of everything that happens in its facilities.

The name of Loro Parque is becoming more and more known in the world and the foundation seems to have contributed to this on the basis of its work to preserve the environment and parrots in different regions of the planet. Its director, Javier Almunia, received Turismo de Tenerife (TdT) in the facilities of the extensive enclosure of Puerto de la Cruz and revealed some of the keys to success of the entity he manages.

Question: What is the role of the Foundation?

Answer: It was founded in 1994 specifically to deal with all those aspects related to biodiversity conservation, environmental education, research, rescue or animal welfare, which are elements that a modern zoo has to count on to carry out its work strategy.

Thursday, 16 January 2020 13:47

Fighting for the Future: The Path Forward

Wrote by: Robin R. Ganzert, Ph.D., President and CEO, American Humane


We started this series discussing the crucial role that megafauna, our world’s largest animals, play in maintaining their ecosystems. They are essential to preserving biodiversity and wildlife for generations to come.

The threats facing their existence – trophy poaching, bushmeat hunting, habitat destruction and an increasingly inhospitable environment – are all the result of human activity. How can humans help if we are the problem?

Indeed, humans have historically caused the decimation of megafauna around the globe, on every continent except for Antarctica. There are so many animals that we will never see in person because our ancestors killed them off.

Wrote by: ROBIN R. GANZERT, PH.D. | American Humane 


Our planet’s largest animals, which are often the keystones of their respective ecosystems, are facing threats on all sides. In addition to an increasingly inhospitable climate and the degradation and depletion of habitats, many animals are hunted illegally – for their skins, tusks, and meat. Consider that the illegal wildlife trade is worth an astounding $23 billion annually. That makes it the fourth-most valuable black market industry, behind trafficking drugs, people and weapons.

Poachers target animals in Africa whose body parts fetch high prices in Asia’s black market. Consider that a single kilogram of ivory is worth $150 in Africa but can sell for over $2,000 in Beijing. And rhinoceros horn, which sells for roughly $167 a kilogram in Africa can sell for $33,000 a kilogram in Vietnam and more than $66,000 a kilogram in China.

Monday, 13 January 2020 13:40

Fighting for the Future: African Wildlife

Wrote by: Robin R. Ganzert, Ph.D. 


Our world is a crowded place – we share the planet with more than eight million beautifully unique and fascinating species. But that number is dropping rapidly. Animal species are disappearing at 1,000 times the natural rate of extinction.And according to a U.N. report released this year, roughly one million species face annihilation in the coming decades.


Wrote by: Robin R. Ganzert, Ph.D. | President and CEO, American Humane

Humans threaten African megafauna. Poachers are just one threat – many animals suffer due to human conflict, encroachment and the degradation of their habitats.

African lions are beset on all sides. Like elephants, 90 percent of African lions have been wiped out in the last century.

Lions are poached, but not just for a single high-value black market item. Their claws, pelts and bones can fetch a hefty price in certain Asian markets. And they are even hunted for their meat.


(Berlin) - The effect of modern zoological gardens on the protection of species has been proven once again. As the World Conservation Union IUCN recently announced, the threat to ten species on the so-called Red List has recently been downgraded. These includes the Guam Rail: a few years ago, this small flightless bird from the Pacific island of the same name had already become extinct in the wild. By breeding in zoos, it was possible to successfully reintroduce a wild population to a neighboring island after a 35-year breeding program. Thus, the rail is only the second bird species that has been able to recover from the threat status "extinct in the wild" - after the Californian Condor, which is also preserved by human care. "Of course, the IUCN report encourages us in our actions," says Volker Homes, Managing Director of the Association of Zoological Gardens (VdZ). "For us, this means that nature can recover if we give it the chance to do so by joining forces.


Source: Financial Times

Author: Clive Cookson

Behind the scenes at London Zoo’s Tiger Territory, Asim is being trained. “Asim down!” says senior keeper Laura Garrett — and the seven-year-old Sumatran tiger lies on the floor. “Asim up!” makes him stand, “Asim sit!” crouch and “Asim board!” lie on a platform where vets can monitor his health. The tiger

Asim’s behaviour and physiology are studied for clues that could help conservation efforts to save wild Sumatran tigers, fewer than 400 of which survive in Indonesia. His stay at ZSL London Zoo — showcase of the Zoological Society of London, the FT’s seasonal appeal partner — had a catastrophic start. Asim arrived in January from Denmark through a European breeding exchange programme that aims to increase the genetic diversity of animals threatened with extinction in the wild. Then, in a sad exception to European zoos’ generally excellent mating of big cats, Asim killed his intended partner Melati in a fight after their introduction in February.  Looking back at the tragedy, Malcolm Fitzpatrick, senior curator of mammals, said: “Every precaution was taken when Asim and Melati were introduced. The animal team saw all the positive signs that indicated the introduction would be successful — cautious greetings, chuffing and sniffing. But nature is unpredictable. There is always an inherent risk with any big cat introduction.”