CONFIRMS ALMOST HALF OF AFRICA’S LIONS FACING EXTINCTION
New York, NY – A new report
Led by the University of
Minnesota’s Professor Craig Packer and co-authored by a large team of lion
biologists, including Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter, and Lion
Program Director, Dr. Guy Balme, the report,
entitled Conserving large carnivores: dollars and
fence, was published today in the scientific journal Ecology
“It is clear that fences work
and unfenced populations are extremely expensive to maintain,” said Craig
Packer, who also sits on Panthera’s Cat Advisory Council. Using field data from
11 African countries, the Ecology Letters study examines the cost of
managing fenced and unfenced habitats, and compares lion population densities
and trends in both. The report shows that conservation costs are lower, and lion
population sizes and densities are greater, in reserves secured by
wildlife-proof fences, compared to unfenced ecosystems. Lions in unfenced
reserves were subject to a higher degree of threats from human communities,
including retaliatory killing by herders, habitat loss and fragmentation, and
overhunting of lion prey.
Panthera’s Dr. Luke Hunter
explained, “These findings highlight the severity of the lion conservation
crisis today and the limited choices we have to ensure a future for the species.
No one wants to resort to putting any more fences around Africa’s marvelous wild
areas, but without massive and immediate increases in the commitment to lion
conservation, we may have little choice.”
Whether fencing or some
alternative physical boundary such as intensely managed buffer zones, it is
clear that separating lion and human populations will be essential for the
species’ survival. Along with maintaining physical boundaries, conflict
mitigation initiatives such as those carried out through Panthera’s Project Leonardo and the Lion Guardians program, are
required to reduce the killing of lions where humans and lions share the
Panthera’s Dr. Guy Balme stated,
“We have shown that it is possible to keep both humans and lions in African
landscapes by reducing lion-human conflict, but it requires extensive resources.
As the numbers of people and their livestock continue to grow in Africa, it is
essential to scale up these programs to avert losing many lion populations.”
Today, it is estimated that
fewer than 30,000 lions remain in Africa in just 25% of the species’ original
Learn more about Panthera’s
efforts to protect and grow Africa’s remaining lion populations through Project Leonardo.
1. Consider more than one cat. Cats require exercise, mental stimulation, and social interaction. Two cats can provide this for each other.
2. Schedule a veterinary visit within the first few days after the adoption. Make sure to bring along any medical records you received from the adoption center. Your veterinarian will help make sure there are no underlying illnesses or injuries and allow you to develop a plan to help your new pet live the happiest, healthiest, longest life possible.
3. Make sure everyone in the house is prepared for a new cat. Visiting the shelter or animal control facility should be a family affair. When adopting a new cat to join your existing pets, discuss with the adoption facility or your veterinarian how to make a proper introduction.
4. Budget for both short-term and long-term costs. A cat adopted from a shelter may be a bargain, considering many shelters provide spaying or neutering, initial vaccines, and a microchip. But make sure you’re prepared for the routine expenses you’ll incur throughout the cat’s life.
5. Stock up on supplies before the cat arrives. Try to create a homelike environment for your new cat right away. You’ll need a litter box, litter, food and water bowls, food, scratching posts, safe and stimulating toys, a cushy bed, and a brush for grooming.
6. Cat-proof your home. A new cat will quickly teach you not to leave things lying out. Food left on the kitchen counter will teach your new friend to jump on counters for a possible lunch. Get rid of loose items your cat might chew on, make sure the cat isn’t chewing on electrical cords, and pick up random items like paper clips, which kittens may swallow.
7. Go slowly when introducing your cat to new friends and family. It can take several weeks for a cat to relax in a new environment. It’s a great idea to keep the new addition secluded in a single room with all of its supplies until it’s used to the new surroundings. Socialization is important, but remember: take it slow.
8. Include your new pet in your family’s emergency plan. Add phone numbers for your veterinarian and closest 24-hour animal hospital to your “in-case-of-emergency” call list, and be sure to have a several-day supply of cat food and medications on hand.
9. Think twice before giving a cat as a gift. While it’s a nice thought, surprising someone with a cat doesn’t allow for a “get-to-know-one-another” period. Remember, adopting a cat isn’t like purchasing a household appliance or a piece of jewelry—this is a real living, breathing, and emotional being.
Vet-I-Care, Inc is a 501(c) (3) no profit charitable organization which works in conjunction with veterinarians to provide funds to families who need assistance paying for their pet’s necessary medical treatments. When a situation arises where the family pet has a good prognosis with treatment, but the owner is unable to afford treatment, Vet-I-Care can help with the costs. Check out their website at www.vet-i-care.org for more information.
Finicky felines often prefer wet food over dry, so canned diet foods may work better for your cat.
Did you know if your dog is just 5 lbs overweight, it’s at risk for serious medical conditions?
If you can’t feel your pet’s ribs, your pet is definitely overweight.
A medical condition like hypothyroidism or Cushing’s disease maybe causing your dog’s excess weight.
If your dog is snubbing their dry diet dog food then try adding water and warming it a little. You can even add a sprinkle of garlic powder, oregano, or salmon juice to make the food more appealing to your pet.
Did you know fleas lay eggs in animal’s hair then the eggs roll and drop off into the carpet and outdoors?
A flea infested pet is like a salt shaker of parasite flea eggs.
Flea eggs fall off and pets with fleas everywhere the pet goes. So lots of time spent on the living room rug equals lots of eggs in the house!
Rabbits, possums, foxes, squirrels, stray dogs and cats can all carry flea eggs into your yard.
After fleas feed and mate, the female flea begin laying eggs within 24 hours
Each female flea produces 40 to 50 eggs a day, that’s 100s within days and potentially 1,000s in a lifetime. Each egg producing a new flea!
Fleas can hatch and grow to adults in as little as 2 or 3 weeks or as long as several months.
Your cat not scratching? She still may have fleas. Those fleas lay eggs and your dog may start scratching soon.
Effective flea control requires treating all pets in the house, incorrect administration, skipping a treatment or one pet will allow fleas to survive and lay eggs.
Left to Right- Dr. Kevin May(2009 AAVA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient), Dr. Gary Levy, Dr. John Limehouse (2008 AAVA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient), Dr.Chris Cahill (AAVA President)
The American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA) awarded Gary Levy DVM ABVP FAAVA, of Jackson New Jersey with the AAVA Lifetime Achievement Award. This award was established by the AAVA Board of Directors to recognize and honor an individual for years of work in promoting veterinary acupuncture.
Dr. Levy received his DVM degree from the Ohio State University in 1981, became a Diplomate of American board of Veterinary Practitioners in 1993, and 1995 completed his initial training and certification in veterinary acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS).
He was a teaching assistant for the IVAS basic veterinary acupuncture training course in 1995 and 1996. Dr. Levy was the case report coordinator and a member of the IVAS certification examination committee from 1997 to 1999.
In 1998, Dr. Levy was one of the nine founding members of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture( AAVA). In the past 14 years Dr. Levy has been involved in many aspects of the AAVA including: chair of multiple committees; co-editor of the AAVA newsletter, the Meridian; and annual meeting committee program chair for eight years. He has been a member of the AAVA board of directors for six years including two terms as President (2000-01, 2006-07).
Dr. Levy was the chair of the initial AAVA advanced certification committee as well as the primary author of the Guidelines for AAVA advanced certification in veterinary acupuncture. In 2007, after many years of work with Dr. Levy as committee chair, the first advanced veterinary acupuncture examination was given to qualified applicants and resulted in awarding of the first Fellows of Veterinary Acupuncture (FAAVA). The following year Dr. Levy resigned from the advanced certification committee and began the peer reviewed application process and completion of the advanced veterinary acupuncture exam and was awarded the distinction of FAAVA in 2009 by the Academy.
On March 3, 2012, at the annual AAVA meeting in Charleston, South Carolina the Academy presented to Dr. Levy the AAVA Lifetime Achievement award for his dedicated and outstanding service in the field of veterinary acupuncture.
Here is a recent article I read about Noise reactivities and phobias in dogs that I thought would be informative and interesting.
Please be advised of a pet food recall for certain brands sold at Kroger Food Stores. Please go to http://www.kroger.com/services/Pages/recall_information.aspx for more information
Rabies is still a disease to be aware of and to continue proper vaccination and protection for your pet. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) published a report on September 15, 2010 summarizing the incidence of confirmed cases of rabies in animal species in 2009. Here in New Jersey there were 288 cases of confirmed rabies infection in animals. There were 189 raccoons, 32 bats, 37 skunks, 5 foxes, 5 other wildlife species, and 20 cases of rabies in domestic cats!
What is Rabies? it is a viral disease of mammals which if contracted and the virus infects the central nervous system is almost always fatal. Fortunately vaccination is highly effective prevention for the disease.
What can I do to be proactive? Some general safety tips are:
- Never handle sick or injured wildlife, leave that to the professional at your local animal control office or police department
- If your pet has an encounter with wildlife (is attacked by or bites a wildlife species) wear rubber gloves when cleaning your pet and contact your veterinarian about getting a booster vaccine for your pet; if you are bitten by a wildlife species contact your physician or local health department or emergency room for assistance
- Finally keep you pets current on their rabies vaccines. Contact us to schedule your appointment.