This is a video about Amersfoort zoo.
Near the entrance of Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands is a big cage, where visitors can walk around and various parakeet species fly around.
The denizens include ring-necked parakeets, cockatiels, monk parakeets, Senegal parrots. There are also wild birds, house sparrows and dunnocks, who have found out how to enter the cage to join in eating parrot food.
Next, the Asian elephants. The oldest and heaviest of them is the male Alexander, 32 years old and 7000 kilogram. The oldest female is 27 years. The youngest elephant is just one year old. At birth, she was 65 kilogram, smaller than usually for Asian elephant babies. After one year, she is 500 kilogram now. Her mother is about 3500 kilogram.
A bit further, a free flying robin. And an Indian star tortoise in a terrarium.
In the zoo’s museum, boa constrictors in a terrarium. And eastern blue-tongued lizards from Australia in another terrarium. And a Chilean rose tarantula spider, eating mainly grasshoppers.
Tarantulas Shoot Silk From Feet, Spider-Man Style: here.
Elephant calf rescued after falling headlong into ditch: here.
This is a 2014 video on baby tigers in Amersfoort zoo.
Older female elephants are wiser matriarchs: here.
Five rare elephants dead from poison
INDONESIA: Five endangered Sumatran elephants have been found dead and conservationists said today that they suspect farmers poisoned the animals to stop them from damaging crops.
Government official Edi Susanto said that he suspects that owners of nearby palm oil plantations used cyanide to poison the animals, which are known for damaging crops. He said an investigation is underway and samples from the dead elephants have been sent for analysis.
With their massive size, long lives and strong sense of community, elephants have captured our imagination and inspired us for centuries.
Slaughtered for their precious ivory tusks and confined to ever-shrinking habitats, these ancient symbols of wisdom and family bonds are facing severe threats today.
Nothing less than our biological heritage is at stake.
In a matter of weeks, Congress will be voting on some extremely important pieces of funding legislation for international conservation. Now is the time to let your lawmakers know that you want the U.S. to help this magnificent species.
Ask your members of Congress to expand international conservation programs that give elephants and other species another chance for survival.
Agencies such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) provide critical support to international monitoring and anti-poaching efforts, and help to range-state governments to establish new parklands and preserves to protect key habitats – exactly the kind of work we need to do and expand if we want to ensure a future for threatened species including elephants. While a minuscule part of the budget, this support provides a potentially lifesaving opportunity for these charismatic and magnificent giants.
In the coming weeks, Congress will be setting the budget for these agencies – and before they vote they need to hear from you.
Already, conservation efforts overseas, backed by our government, have helped pave the way for significant progress in countries including:
* Myanmar – Through the continued deployment of Elephant Protection Units and increased monitoring and training of local personnel in the Hukaung Valley Tiger Reserve, the USFWS Asian Elephant Conservation Fund backed efforts have been able to reduce the threat of illegal captures of wild elephants.
* Indonesia – As a result of negotiations between the Indonesian government and the U.S., Indonesia is freeing up $30 million to restore tropical forests that elephants, tigers, rhinos and orangutans call home.
* Gabon – A study in Central Africa showed that forest elephants avoid crossing roads at all costs, as these highly intelligent animals now associate roads with danger. The findings will allow development engineers to help plan future roads that are less disruptive to wildlife movement patterns.
Partnerships like these are key if we’re going to save elephants – but they depend on adequate support from the United States as a leader in the conservation of elephants and so many other species.
Take a minute to send a message to your members of Congress now – help save elephants for generations to come.
With your help, we can send 60,000 letters to Congress and make sure the U.S. reaffirms its global leadership by expanding support for conservation efforts around the world.
Thank you for taking action today.
Vice President, Species Conservation
Wildlife Conservation Society
Cull ordered for wild parakeets
Wildlife: Parakeets living in Britain are being culled because they are a threat to native British animals, the government said today.
The green, yellow and grey monk parakeet, which is native to south America, is also causing damage to crops, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Only 100 to 150 of the 30cm tall bird live in Britain, mainly in the Home Counties, but the decision has been taken to exterminate them, Defra said.
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