Vital Links - A Blog About Zoos

2Sep

The Importance of Zoos

The following was published in the National Post on Thursday, September 1, 2016. By: Massimo Bergamini The death earlier this year of Harambe, the Cincinnati Zoo’s western lowland Silverback gorilla continues to enflame online passions, spur the creation of viral memes, and provide fodder for anti... Read More

27Jul
| exotic animals regulations |

NEW BRUNSWICK CAN LEAD THE WAY IN REGULATING EXOTIC ANIMALS

One can only hope that the announcement last week of a New Brunswick task force on exotic animals in response to the death of Noah and Connor Barthe — the two Campbellton boys asphyxiated last year by an African Rock python — will lead to a blueprint for other governments to follow. The tragedy ... Read More

3Jun
| CAZA is partnering with municipalities |

GROWING OUR NETWORK

For a little while last week, exotic animals and zoos replaced roads and bridges as a municipal concern. It happened last Saturday, when mayors and councillors from across the country met in Niagara Falls for the Annual Conference of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), the national org... Read More

21May
| Baby giraffe |

BABY GIRAFFE BORN AFTER ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION A CANADIAN 1ST

It may not have had quite the same global media impact as the news in 1978  of the birth of the world’s first “test tube baby”, but the announcement yesterday by CAZA member African Lion Safari of Canada’s first giraffe born by artificial insemination is more evidence of the important, an... Read More

16May

PROVINCE MUST STEP IN TO FIX PATCHWORK OF EXOTIC ANIMAL RULES IN ONTARIO

Earlier this week, Hamilton City council amended its responsible animal ownership bylaw to require that anyone wanting to keep or exhibit prohibited animals be accredited by Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA). With this decision, the City of Hamilton is following in the footsteps of a ... Read More

4May
| Zoos: a vital link to a vanishing world |

ZOOS – A VITAL LINK TO A VANISHING WORLD

This article first appeared in the Globe and Mail. Noted American economist Paul Romer once remarked that a crisis was a terrible thing to waste. By that he meant that every once in a while an event comes along that shakes up the existing order and brings situations into enough focus for fresh cons... Read More

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