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Born Free USA has first ever Captive Exotic Animal Database

SF Zoo’s Tatiana tiger. Photo by Flickr user mjaysmonk used under a Creative Commons License
SF Zoo's Tatiana

There’s an interesting new wild animal resource available out there on the Internet. It’s called a “Captive Exotic Animal Database.” I thought you might like to learn more about it. Read on … /Gary

Born Free USA Launches First Ever Captive Exotic Animal Database that Cites Attacks on Humans and Other Animals Searchable by Location, Species, and More

Database designed for lawmakers, media, and public, illustrates these are not isolated incidents, are shockingly common, and that the issue is a critical matter of public safety, says Born Free CEO

Washington D.C., August 19, 2010 — Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, has launched an unprecedented interactive database of deadly and dangerous captive wild animal incidents (, designed as a resource for the media, lawmakers, activists and the public, to help shed light on the magnitude of the issue.
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Posted on Friday, August 20th, 2010
Under: Circus, Exotic wildlife, Zoos | No Comments »

Florida’s pythons: Pay $26 for a License To Kill

Pythons. Photo by Flickr user wildxplorer used under a Creative Commons License
pythons wildxplorer

Pythons, boas, anacondas, monitor lizards, iguanas and other exotic invasive species have become a serious problem in the South Florida everglades. Thousands of these creatures thrive and reproduce in the state’s tropical climate and are competing with the state’s native wild species.

Monday was the first day of the state of Florida’s hunting season for all of the above mentioned exotic animals. All you need to do is buy a hunting license and a special $26 permit for the “privilege” of hunting and killing these non-native creatures.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
Under: Exotic wildlife, Pythons | 1 Comment »

Pheasants: Anyone missing a silver pheasant? I know where it is.

Silver pheasant by Danny Guiao, Concord, CA
silver pheasant craig elliott concord

We live in the Crossings area of Concord, CA. Attached is a picture of a visitor that landed on the backyard fence and spent some time in the backyard last week. Any clue as to what it is? Possibly someone’s pet?
Craig Elliott, Concord, CA

It’s a silver pheasant (native to Southeast Asia and China). Probably escaped from someone’s aviary. That’s why it is so tame. This happens occasionally. I usually get an exotic pheasant photo to identify 2-3 times a year.
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Posted on Friday, February 19th, 2010
Under: Exotic wildlife, Pheasants | 3 Comments »

Exotic frogs & turtles: Help stop their import for the live food markets

American bullfrog. Photo by Flickr user Grant Webster used under a Creative Commons License.
bullfrog2 grant webster

Please see Item #7(B) on the Sept. 3 Agenda of the California State Fish & game Commission meeting in Woodland: “Update and possible course of action regarding exotic frogs and turtles.”

This is an important resource issue. In 1997-1998. the Commission received more than 2,000 letters in support of such a ban (see below), including the former secretary of Resources, California Fish & Game Wardens Association, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, and others.

Action is long overdue.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
Under: Exotic wildlife | No Comments »

Photo of a parakeet at a backyard bird feeder


Dear Gary:
I saw a parakeet at our backyard bird feeder! Where in the heck did it come from? Will it be OK? It flew off with a bunch of house finches.
Lisa, Oakland
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Posted on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008
Under: Escaped pet birds, Exotic wildlife, Parakeet | 5 Comments »

Don’t kiss this frog!

The Lily Pond in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park has a problem. African clawed frogs. If something isn’t done about this exotic and prohibited species before they escape from the Lily Pond and become established somewhere else (in lakes and streams elsewhere in the state), Northern California will have a BIG problem. These frogs eat everything, and they have no natural predators. They are a major environmental threat.

The clawed frogs were probably initially dumped in the Lily Pond by someone who had obtained them illegally as aquarium pets, or by researchers who have used them in their studies. The population has been rapidly growing and expanding ever since.

Eric Mills, coordinator of Action For Animals in Oakland, has been working with others for nearly four years to get the pond drained and have the frogs euthanized before they get loose and wreak havoc on our state ecosystem.

The frogs have already eaten other life forms in the Lily Pond and are now cannibalizing each other. These frogs also carry a type of fungus that is suspected as the cause of the extinction of more than 170 frog species around the world.

The frogs should have been humanely destroyed when they were first discovered, but state and local politics being what they are, it has taken all this time (meetings, committees, etc.) to reach a point where the Lily Pond is finally getting close to being drained.

But now there’s suddenly a new problem.

An animal protection organization called In Defense of Animals, from San Rafael, has issued an Action Alert on its Web site asking people to “Stop Frog Extermination in Golden Gate Park.”


I just received an e-mail from Eric Mills explaining what he thought of this mess.

“State law requires that these exotic frogs be euthanized, sadly. I truly hate the idea, but it’s necessary to protect the environment and our native wildlife. Here’s another example of humans creating a problem, then punishing the victim. But corrective action must be taken.

“It is illegal to move these frogs. The pond WILL be drained, the frogs will be euthanized, it’s only a matter of time. That being the case, it’s incumbent upon us animal protectionists to see that it’s done as humanely as possible. That should be In Defense of Animals’ role, rather than attempting to derail the entire process.

“They’ve even proposed setting up the Lily Pond as a permanent ‘study exhibit.’ Ain’t gonna happen!

“These proposals (by In Defense of Animals) are unrealistic and unworkable.”

Eric is right.

It’s time to get realistic, not hysterical.

In Defense of Animals also needs to get real.

Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2007
Under: Exotic wildlife | 4 Comments »