The Asian Leopard is in dire need of our help.
The figures are in for 2012 and it is alarming. The leopard in India is being killed off at the rate of 4 a week/208 a year.
Take this into consideration. A leopard reaches sexual maturity at the age of 18 months to 24 months of age. They are solitary animals, so they must seek each other out. The courtship is volatile but brief. The leopardess carries for 91-93 days, with a resulting litter of one to three cubs.
The mortality rate on the litter if fifty percent. This is due to other predators and of course, the biggest predator of all… man.
That 1.5 cub survives and stays with his/her mother until they are 18 months to 24 months of age. During that time the mother is teaching her offspring to hunt and survive, thus she does not seek to re breed. She will push her baby out about the time they become sexually mature.
So, the leopardess produces 1.5 cubs every TWO years and they are killing off FOUR A WEEK! AND this is just what has been reported!! HOW LONG DO YOU THINK THE ASIAN LEOPARD CAN LAST?!
The AZA (Association of Zoo’s and Aquariums) does not include the Leopard on their breeding program, nor is it listed on the program, that they designed called the SSP (Species Survival Program). At the time of this writing, AZA affiliated zoo’s breed the Snow and Amur Leopard.
The fate of the leopard does not depend on the SSP or the AZA.. the fate of the Leopard rests entirely upon the private zoo and private owners hands… and YOURS!!
Big cat bans are not good! Bans are never good, but this one by far is the worst. And if it is passed, the Asian Leopard will be history. Do you want your children to see a Leopard only in a book or Google, and saying. “Wow… they WERE beautiful” or do you want to be able to see them once again in the wild protected? The private sector has enough diverse gene pool to do just that.
All of God’s creatures are worthy of saving, but the Leopard is in a state of emergency. Please.. do not let this jewel slip into the night to never be seen again,
Hugs from the Jungle
I have no words. This, no matter how many ways I look at it, disgusts me. I support legal hunting. My father was a hunter, my cousins, my whole family hunts. But there is a big difference between hunting for meat and the skin for clothing, than for hunting to say and show you can kill an apex predator.
I would not make a good politician as I let my emotions come into play. I support farming, hunting, the right to own whatever animal your heart desires, as long as you can financially provide for that animal. I support private ownership of exotics. But when it comes to this, I may be seen by others as being an animal rights activist. The furthest is from the truth. I just cannot hide my disgust of this: http://www.timeslive.co.za/entertainment/2012/03/18/trump-s-boys-love-a-killing-spree
All I keep seeing there is one of our beloved babies, hanging from his arms. This is a personal issue with me. You see, I fight governments both foreign and domestic, for the right to preserve the Leopard. The average citizen does not know that there are only so many AZA accredited Zoo’s and within them they are only allowed to keep so many of a certain species. Thus as the Leopard races towards extinction, there is no way possible for these zoo’s to bring the Leopard totals back up enough to re-populate in the wild. That is why your private zoo/private owner is a very vital part of the equation. They hold a vast amount of the gene pool as well as a diversified selection, therefore lessening the chance of congenital defects. With only the gene pool in the zoo’s, Global law against the importation of specimen’s from the wild, if not allowed to draw upon that diversified gene pool, the Leopard will again suffer a genetic bottle neck.
Trump did nothing illegal….. but was it morally right?
On January 11th, I awoke to what I THOUGHT was a typical day here at the jungle. It was far from that I was later to discover, and my patience would be put to the test. With all the bad media hype on exotic animals my nightmare had only just began.. but this soon unfolded into God’s miracle!
I heard the alarms go off so I stepped outside to see a Wild life officer standing outside the compound area. I walked over and he greeted me in his usual cheerful manner.. but you could see the look in his eye was one of worry and anxiety. He asked me, ” Have you lost anything?” Well, as any zoo keeper knows this is a question you DO NOT want to hear! So I mulled through my mind WHAT if ANYTHING COULD have gotten out. Birds? Nope, Snakes? Nope, Monkeys? Nope and the inventory rapidly went through my mind before I gave a resounding NO. He ASKS AGAIN! Now I am WORRIED! What the heck have they found they think is ours?! I said NO, never ONCE thinking into the inventory the big cat listing as I well know how many we have and I had just fed them all. I told him NO again and then asked WHY. He stated that they were some grainy photo’s from a hunting camera that some people thought was either a bobcat or a TIGER.
Now let me have you ponder this. Tigers are NOT native to this area. We are not open to the general public as of yet, but we have given private, guided tours. AND I must say, I have my share of haters, that do not like me for me as I do speak what is on my mind. I do make sure I do NOT pass on gossip though. So if a Tiger is not a native, what other reason would a tiger be even considered in this grainy shot that FWC can be quoted as saying “identifying Big Foot would be easier” unless it was to throw the heat onto us here at Mystic Jungle. The officer did a physical walk through and head count. Of course all were present and accounted for.
It has been a devastating year here at the jungle. Throughout the year, I lost my job, my father had a stroke in April, then mom in July, Dad died in August and mom just died this month. Leaving behind them a path of grief and devastation.
Fury which was raised by myself, my father and my son went through an extended period of what I could only perceive to be mourning at the loss of one of her favorite keepers. She refused to eat, went CRAZY when I brought a load of clothes into the house of his that needed to be cleaned (yes, Fury had a HARD time adjusting to life on the outside as she was raised as a solitary cub with only domestic house cats, dogs and humans to play with.. but that is all good now and she is happy and content in her new enclosure), and just went call out all the time for him. Not only did I have to deal with the death of my father, but had to deal with watching the cat I loved try to give up.
Now the AR activists have been out with a vengeance. First Sam Mazzola which is a very troubling death. Found with a sex toy shoved in his mouth, a hood over his face and his hands bound, he was found dead in his water bed and even though there was a confessed second party there it was ruled “accidental” (even though this person LEFT him that way and he at that time was still alive). Sam owned the bear that mauled a man to death in about a year ago.. Sam’s death happened just this past July
This is my first attempt at the ever popular blogging. I have read many a blog and always marveled at how people could just put their words out there for all to read and had the courage to stand behind them. I too, hope to be able to do that.
I have a very good friend that I met through this exact means. Barbara Hoffman. A woman that lost her entire life (by this I mean that she was totally engulfed with her work and love) by means of the Marion County Justice System in Texas. They did not provide due process of law to her nor her partner (whom is deaf and throughout the kangaroo court did NOT provide him with a sign interpeter) . To read about her plight look for the blog Topcatsroar that is registered here at WordPress.
Now, I will sign off and get busy on the business of taking care of all the critters at Mystic Jungle.
Just a background on me and our organization. Mystic Jungle is a not for profit educational facility. We have the honor of having 5 leopards, 1 siberian tiger, 1 Western cougar/Florida panther cross and 1 florida panther as well as a vast menagerie of Koati Mundi’s, snakes, alligators, skunks, opposums, monkey’s, birds, horses, dogs, cats, goats, sheep you name it. I am a veterinary technician of over 35 years experience .
I have always been an avid animal lover and an animal WELFARE advocate (NOT ANIMAL RIGHTS as I find the AR agenda to be on the extreme side but I will blog on that later) as witnessed by my many years of involvement in the animal industry.
Mystic Jungle Educational Facility Inc. is a non profit 501(c)3 facility. Here we focus on conservation, education of the public on exotic animals.
To educate young and old on the importance of conservation and preservation of all native and exotic species.
Mystic Jungle Educational Facility Inc. is a non profit 501(c)3 facility
13429 US Hwy 129
Live Oak, FL 32060