Talking about South Africa lions: Global financial crisis may starve lions / The Christian Science Monitor – CSMon

 

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South Africa lions: Global financial crisis may starve lions / The Christian Science Monitor – CSMon
After running wild through the world’s concrete jungles, the financial crisis now stalks the South African savanna and one of the world’s most beloved predators (South Africa lions) could become its prey. Skip to next paragraph Related StoriesStanding up for Congo’s rare mountain gorillas Why is Kenya moving 7,000 zebras and wildebeest? The cash crunch could force a South African game reserve to euthanize 16 lions as their funds for lion food run out.SanWild Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and Sanctuary, in the rural northern state of Limpopo, has issued an urgent funding appeal to help keep up with 45,000 rand ($6,160) monthly meat bills to feed 14 lions and two cubs. Most of the lions had been rescued from South Africa’s lucrative “canned hunt” industry, in which hunters pay large fees to shoot wild animals in relatively small enclosures

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Talking about First baby meerkats in nine years born in zoo – Telegraph

 

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Talking about First baby meerkats in nine years born in zoo – Telegraph
First baby meerkats in nine years born in zoo A pair of baby meerkats are drawing huge crowds after becoming the first pups to be born for nine years. By Sarah Knapton Last Updated: 10:30PM GMT 20 Feb 2009Previous1 of 2 ImagesNext Meerkat pups the first to be born in nine years at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia Photo: AP Meerkat pups the first to be born in nine years at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia Photo: AP Brother and sister Zanzibar and Nairobi are already a huge hit with visitors to Taronga

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