Tokyo To Receive 2 Pandas From China Next Year

Japan Pandas

Japanese panda fans will be able to see the endangered animals in Tokyo next year for the first time since 2008, after the city reached an agreement to pay nearly $1 million a year to borrow a pair from China, officials said Friday.Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo has been without a giant panda for the first time since 1972, when a pair arrived to mark the signing of a peace treaty between Japan and China. Ling Ling, a panda who came to Tokyo in 1992, died in April 2008 at the age of 22, which in human terms is equivalent to about 70.

Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara told reporters Friday that two pandas are expected to arrive in Tokyo early next year and would cost $950,000 a year.”It’s quite a costly deal,” Ishihara said, adding that Tokyo officials bargained to get $50,000 off the original $1 million price tag. The payments will help rebuild a panda sanctuary in China’s Sichuan province and fund joint breeding projects between Japan and China, he said.


Not Just China US Under Fire For Tiger Trade


Conservationists appealed Wednesday for an end to the commercial tiger trade, warning that demand in China, Southeast Asia — but also the United States — was threatening the big cats with extinction.Environmental campaigners see 2010 as crucial to spread their message as East Asian nations celebrate the Year of the Tiger and Russia prepares to hold a summit on tiger conservation in September in Vladivostok.

Only some 3,200 tigers remain in the wild, nearly half of them in India, down from 100,000 worldwide a century ago due to burgeoning human populations and a demand in China, Vietnam and Laos for tiger parts in folk medicine.But environmental campaigners said the problem was not just in Asia. They worried about the United States, where more than 5,000 tigers are believed to be in private hands as backyard pets or roadside zoo attractions.

The World’s Rarest Cats

The 21st century is marked not only by new technologies but also by an ever growing number of extinct and endangered animals. Apart from the extinct animals we will never see, these rare felines are so few since they are either threatened by loss of habitat or they have suffered from rare color mutation. Take a look at the rarest animals in the world!

The Maltese Tiger


The Blue tiger was reported mostly from the Fujian Province of China, being characterized by a bluish fur with dark stripes. The Maltese tigers have been reported as a subspecies of the South Chinese tiger, that is critically endangered. A blue tiger cub was born in 1964, in the Oklahoma Zoo, but died in its infancy. There are no blue tigers in zoos or private collections, and no known blue tiger pelts.

The Golden Tabby Tiger

The golden tiger has its white coat and gold patches due to an extremely rare colour variation caused by a recessive gene. Around 30 tigers are believed to exist in the world but many more are carriers of the gene. Records of the golden or strawberry tiger date back to the 1900s, in India. The first golden tiger cub born in captivity was in 1983 and this came from standard colored Bengal tigers.

Sixteen Panda Cubs Pose For A Class Shot On Their First Day At Nursery


Posing for their first day at their new nursery, these 16 panda cubs are clearly going to be a handful.In these amazing images, the tiny pandas are shown their new home for the first time after being separated from their mothers.The curious cubs were soon exploring their assault course home complete with umbrellas and ballons to welcome them on their first day.It was the first taste of independence for the youngsters at the Wolong National Nature Reserve, in Sichuan Province, south west China.

First Animal Abuse Law Edges Closer In China


Dog and cat meat could soon be banned from restaurants in China, ending thousands of years of tradition, following protests from animal rights campaigners.The Chinese government is now on the verge of introducing its first law against animal abuse and permanently removing both animals from the menu.The first draft of the law, aiming to protect animals from being hurt and killed in a cruel manner, will be raised for legislation in April.

In particular, the draft suggests people caught eating dog or cat meat be jailed for up to 15 days and fined 5,000 yuan (£450), while businesses would be fined between 100,000 to 500,000 yuan (£9,000 to £45,000).

Pet lovers’ associations have sprung up in Chinese cities over recent years, with one liberation group last year ramming a truck full of caged cats to rescue them from being shipped to southern restaurants.While many Chinese enjoy rich dog meat, especially during cold winters, some object to the practice in some regions of beating dogs to death to release the blood into the meat.

The China National Native Produce & Animal By-Products Import and Export Corporation backed the initiative, which it believes will improve overseas perceptions of Chinese exports.Others insisted a ban on dog and cat meat was unrealistic.’Banning such custom by law is inappropriate and unable to work,’ said Xu Huiqiang, chief of wild animal protection in Jiangsu province, where a dog meat recipe has been listed as a piece of cultural heritage.

An official of Leping, a city that has a traditional catering industry based on dog meat, said that the local economy and people’s lives would be terribly hurt by such a law.’Cooking them alive must be punished but which meat to eat should be people’s own choice,’ said a commentary on Xinhua Daily in Nanjing. ‘Some people in China still can’t afford meat. We should not blindly copy Western values.’But one online protester named ‘Yuxiang999’ posted on ‘Eating cats and dogs is a shameless barbarian thing. Anyone with humanity would not kill these loyal friends of ours.’

(in reference to my previous articles “Stop Killing Dogs” and A humble request, even if your not a animal lover please sign this petition by going on the link below
“Stop Killing Dogs “ )


Difference Between An Alligator And A Crocodile


It can be hard to tell the difference between an alligator and a crocodile, and for good reason. Both of these greenish-brown, ancient-looking creatures belong to the reptile class and have long snouts, even longer tails and very big teeth.Both alligators and crocodiles belong to the taxonomic order called crocodylia. So in a sense, one can say that while all alligators are crocs, crocodiles are not alligators. But that sort of information probably won’t help much if you happen to run into either one of them on, say, a golf course in Florida or a canoe trip in Belize.

When in doubt, remind yourself of where you are. Alligators live only in the southern United States (hence, the Florida Gators) and a few parts of China. Crocodiles are indigenous to climates closer to the equator and are regularly found in central America, South America, Africa, southeast Asia and northern Australia (hence, Crocodile Dundee). Also, take a look at at the body of water from which the scaly beast has emerged. Is it saltwater or freshwater? Generally, crocodiles prefer a saltwater habitat, while alligators gravitate towards freshwater living.

There are also distinct physical characteristics that differentiate the alligator from the crocodile, beginning with the animals’ skin tone. Crocodiles tend to have skin with an olive green/brown appearance, while alligators are usually darker and may even look black in color.

China Plans Fifth Panda Breeding Centre


China plans to open a fifth breeding centre for giant pandas in an effort to boost the population of the notoriously sex-shy species, state media reported on Wednesday.Four young adult pandas are due to arrive at a zoo in the central city of Changsha on May 1 from a breeding base in southwestern Sichuan province, which was hit by a devastating quake in 2008, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Xie Zhongsan, an official at the Changsha Zoo, in Hunan province, said a cooperation agreement had already been signed with the breeding base in Sichuan to launch the new facility.”We are waiting for the forestry authorities’ approval of the new breeding base,” he was quoted as saying.”We plan to arrange for two to three panda experts to take care of the giant pandas and we’ll learn how to help them breed,” he added.

There are four other giant panda breeding bases in China — one in Beijing, one in northern Shaanxi province and two in Sichuan, the report said.Pandas, one of the world’s most endangered species, are a national treasure in China.

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