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Sir Paul McCartney, former member of the The Beatles,
has expressed public support for the Campaign to Stop the Cayman Turtle Farm and urged the farm to
pursue a "more humane, sustainable, and profitable alternative".
McCartney says he does not believe that there is any humane way to farm
“Our collection is a living collection,” Craig Saffoe ,
curator of the zoo’s big cats, told the Washington Post. “They need to be cared for every day, no
matter what is happening above our heads.”
The Smithsonian plans to weather a potential five percent budget cut mainly by freezing
hiring, reducing training, and delaying new construction. Some
zoo projects, such as the planned acquisition of cheetahs for their
research facility in Front Royal, Virginia, may have to be reconsidered.
A few years ago, I had the good fortune to communicate with Eric Dinerstein, Chief Scientist of the World Wildlife Fund. He contributed a story called "Tigerland" to my 2005 anthology, The Back Road to Crazy. Needless to say, I've been a longtime admirer of Eric's work, both in print and in the field. So, I was thrilled to find that Eric has just published a new book called The Kingdom of Rarities.
In this global romp through mythic lands, readers get up-close-and-personal with many of the planet's rarest creatures and come away with a new understanding of why they're rare and how conservation might be able to save them from extinction.