Ex-circus lions freed in South Africa


This video from South Africa says about itself:

Roaring rescued lions free at last

1 May 2016

Thirty-three abused circus lions arrived at OR Tambo Airport from Peru and Colombia, en route to their new home in Limpopo.

Animal Defenders International co-founder Tim Phillips describes the difficulties of rescuing the 33 lions who were scattered around in 12 different illegal circuses.

For more about this story click here.

Also related to the arrival of the lions – read here.

This video from South Africa says about itself:

Rescued Circus Lions Given Freedom In South Africa

2 May 2016

Thirty-three lions rescued from South American circuses landed in South Africa. Tasting their new freedom, the lions were released into a bush sanctuary for big cats.

Animal Defenders International said it rescued 24 of the lions in surprise raids on circuses in Peru.

In the statement released by the organization, the company said, “Nine were voluntarily surrendered by a circus in Colombia. Almost all of the rescued lions have been mutilated to remove their claws, one has lost an eye, another is almost blind, and many have smashed and broken teeth so would not survive in the wild,” the organization.

The president of Animal Defenders International said it was their largest airlift in history.

Mammoth fur, excrement in Dutch museum


This is a 29 April 2016 video from Naturalis museum in Leiden, the Netherlands. It shows pieces of woolly mammoth fur and excrement arriving in the collection, all the way from the permafrost in Siberia.

Badger, fox feeding in English garden


This video from England says about itself:

Bert The Badger feeding in Camo Dave’s Wildlife Garden 26/4/2016

This video from England says about itself:

Bambi [a red fox, not a deer] feeding in Camo Dave’s Wildlife Garden 26/4/2016

Monfragüe wildlife in Extremadura, Spain


This video is called Monfragüe National Park, Spain.

This 2015 red deer video is called The doe and her fawn, on a hot afternoon in September in Monfragüe National Park. Cáceres, Spain.

After these two videos about Monfragüe National Park, where we were on 13 April 2016, our next blog post on Extremadura will be on wildlife we saw on 14 April.

Ice-trapped orcas saved in Russia


This video from Russia says about itself:

19 April 2016

After an eight-hour-long operation rescuers freed three orcas, including one pup, which had got trapped in ice in the Sea of Okhotsk, Sakhalin, on Tuesday.

Wild boar family video


This video, made today by Michel de Vries near Ede in Gelderland province in the Netherlands, shows a wild boar family of two adults and seven piglets.

Dutch government restricts trophy hunting


This 2015 video from the USA is called 10 Cecil the Lion and Trophy Hunting Facts.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

Hunters are further restricted from bringing their trophies to the Netherlands. The government extends the ban with a large number of species, among them the white rhino, elephant, cheetah, hippo, polar bear and lion. In total, there are 200 species on the list.

The issue of trophy hunting became topical last year when an American [cosmetic] dentist shot dead Zimbabwe’s popular lion Cecil and placed a photograph of the dead animal on the Internet. Internationally people reacted with outrage and calls to ban the so-called trophy hunting swelled. …

A total of 27 applications were made [in the Netherlands] between 2012 and 2015 to bring a trophy to the Netherlands. They were lions, bears, elephants, panthers, goats, monkeys, wolves and lynxes. Seventeen applications were rejected, the ministry reported.