Sunday, May 3, 2009

Weekly Feline News

Here are the cat-related news for the past week..

First lions. The lions of Amboseli in Kenya are being threatened by the illegal mining ventures of a construction company across their territory. Amboseli in southern Kenya is a world-renowned park that hosts a variety of endangered prey and predator species. Recently a construction company began to work on a rock quarry and road that pass right across critical corridors of the animal habitat there. The whole project is illegal and provides no service to the local community, rendering merely significant damage to the conservancy. To read more about this, you can visit the AWF blog that brought this issue to light. To contact the construction company and urge them to reconsider their acts in Amboseli, go here.

Staying with lions - the government in Zimbabwe has taken over the care of nearly seventy captive lions after their owner mysteriously fled to South Africa. The captive lion facility in Masvingo, Zimbabwe, was reportedly a private breeding center for African lions. However, there are signs that of late the private owner was facing difficulties managing the park. Still it was quite irresponsible of him to suddenly vanish and leave the lions unsupervised and starving, and the local population at risk from their attacks. Fortunately the National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority of Zimbabwe has intervened just in time and is taking care of the big cats. More here.

From one 'lion man' to another. Craig Busch, the former curator at Zion Wildlife Gardens in New Zealand is still locked in a legal battle with his mother over custody of the park. There are rumors that thirty lions and tigers at Zion were declawed by him, which if true, do not project a good light on Mr Busch. To read more about him, go here. And to learn about a real lion man, go here on Liz's blog.

To leopards. The Arabian Leopards are set to benefit from the creation of a new wildlife park in United Arab Emirates. The smallest of all leopard subspecies, Arabian Leopards are critically endangered and already extinct from many parts of Arabia. This new park will perhaps help revive their numbers and stabilize the wild herbivore population in UAE. More here.

In India, they continue to come into conflicts with people owing to human overpopulation and crowding in parts. Here and here are two accounts of recent interactions between the panthers and people.

And finally here is a thought-provoking article - on circuses! Read it here. To read more about the plight of circus animals, and the organization working to protect them, please go here.


Also...I was recently given this wonderful 'Works of Heart' Award by Duni @ Lovely Purses. Thanks so much!! I'd like to pass this award to the following cool blogs:


Katz Tales



Miss Peach

Mr Hendrix

Tennessee Text Wrestling

Maru, by the way, is one of the most awesome kitties on the planet! Here's his youtube channel. Enjoy!

Have a great week :)


Sandee said...

We need to care for our cats far better. I would hate to see them (any of them) become extinct because of us.

Congratulations on the cool award as well. Very well deserved.

Have a terrific day. :)

Anya said...

Thank you for
the lovely and cool award :)
purrsss Kareltje

Sarah said...

Wow, I can't believe someone would just up and leave their responsibilty like that! I'm glad the government in Zimbabwe is taking care of them now.
Congrats on the 'Works of Heart' reward! I looke forward to your updates every Monday :)

Kitties @ Our family cat-a-blog... said...

We would yike to thankie fur da nice comment 'bout Forrest and his man-catty handsomeness. He iz in ♥ wif Scout da 'triever. Scout iz what momma callz a good sport cuz he lets Forrest cuddle on him.

Thomma Lyn said...

As always, your post is filled with interesting and critical information about the majestic big cats. How maddening about the illegal mining, and thank you for the link to contact the company. And thank goodness the Zimbabwe government intervened to help the lions who were abandoned. And such good news about the wildlife park for the leopards!

Congratulations on your award, my friend! It's so well-deserved. And I am honored that you passed it to me -- thank you! The Ballicai send love and purrs. :)

Tristan and Crikey said...

Concatulations on your award! Thank you for letting us know about the plight of our big cat furriends.

Tracey said...

Congrats on your award! Thanks for visiting my blog, and for all the cat info!

BeadedTail said...

Congratulations on your award! How awful about the nearly 70 captive lions being left behind but thankfully they are now being taken care of.

katztales said...

Hey thanks for the award! We'll post it next week.

All those poor cats! What we really need is a global contraceptive measure against humans. There are too many of us having too many kids. Limit each person to 1 kid and we can start to make this planet a better place to live.

Sounds like Chairman Mao I know but something MUST be done!

Dora said...

Congrats to U for winning the award! ;)

Black Cat said...

Oh! I came back to add a postscript after your comment on my blog and find my original comment isn't here. ::Sigh:: I must have pressed the wrong button!

Anyhoo, I reckon Thomma Lyn has said (and much more succinctly) what I had to say so I won't try to reconstruct my original comment. You can now heave a sigh of relief!

I will say, though, conCATulations on the lovely award!

I'm glad there is a cat(s) where you're living. I worried about you being uncatted! I hope that video didn't worry her too much. It certainly was extraordinary! :) xxx

Rajesh said...

Sadly it is the same story everywhere. There is no end for human greed.

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Dearesy Omer! Our heart leaps once again when you visit...and you bare a beautiful gift for us. Such a charming award and it will go purrrrfectly with my new wallpaper in honor of the Sherwood clan. We must love our dearest friends. When we count our many blessings each day, we count you twice.
This world is filled with so much sadness due to the greedy needs of mankind. If things do not change we will lose the big cats forever...every cat saved makes a difference.
We totally agree with Katztales...we even think they should be required to have a license to have children. We need a licsence for everything else in life not half as important as raising responsible children who will be the next generation. Children are precious and should not be produced thoughtlessly...
One a nicer note, I am getting almost all better now. Lapdaddy is much his old self again. We have so much to be thankful much.
Thank you for loving us...the cozy cottage kitty Miss Peach

Mad Bush Farm said...

Congratulations on your award Omer! Well deserved!

I've been very disturbed about the news on the AWF blog. I hope the Kenyan Government realise that by ignoring the illegal activity from the mining company they are doing their community nor the animals a favour.

Great news on the Lions in Zimbabwe. Thank goodness the government stepped in to take care of them. I hope they will be well taken care of.

Sad about more human/animal conflicts with the tigers. It never seems that it will end

I also read about the circus animals - again very sad and very very unfair to the animals. Enough said about Tyke the Elephant a few years ago. She had been confined too much then one day snapped. Very very sad.

Thanks for the heads up on the posts I did. I found a wonderful short clip of George walking with a lion and added it to the post I did about him.

Purrs hugs and love from me and the kitties here on the Farm (as well as all the other creatures here too)

Jasmim said...

Thank you for visiting our blog ^^

Jas & Gi

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Congrats on the award. We'll have to go meet this Maru you mention.

caspersmom said...

Congratulations on your award Omer. You certainly deserve it with your information on the Big Cats. We here want to thank you so much for the kind comments that you have given us recently.

It's so sad how some people have such disregard for the animals building illegaly. I can't understand also how sinohydro can so blatenly disregard Kenya law. Also can't understand why Kenya doesn't take action after AWF brought it to light.

So thankful that Zimbabwe intervened on those abandoned lions. Circus animals have always suffered. You would think that would have stopped by now after all the years that they have been abused. There are laws against abusing animals, can't figure out why circuses are immune from them.

Take care Omer and hope things are going well for you.

caspersmom said...

I guess with the second paragraph I just don't understand. LOL

PurrPrints said...

Oo new good blogs to check out--thanks for sharing some of your faves--and for the link to the construction company...your resilience in the face of so much bad news never ceases to impress me.

MaoMao said...

ConCATulashuns on yur awardie! It's furry well deserved. And that's sweet of you to pass it on to our Ballicus momma. We Ballicai love yur bloggie. You always have such innaresting and important newsies to report!

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

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