Environmental Investigation Agency UK: Groundbreaking stripe-pattern database to boost enforcement in fight against illegal tiger trade

Environmental Investigation Agency UK: Groundbreaking stripe-pattern database to boost enforcement in fight against illegal tiger trade. “Our Tiger Campaign’s project aims to develop a tiger stripe detection AI tool to help identify individual tiger stripe pattern profiles. Tiger stripe patterns are as unique as human fingerprints and we plan to create a database comprising thousands of images of individual tiger stripe patterns, sourced by EIA staff and other organisations, which will allow the identification of tigers and skins seized in illegal trade.”

BuzzFeed News: Even Carole Baskin’s Tigers Had COVID. Here’s How It’s Affecting Animals In Zoos And Sanctuaries Across The US.

BuzzFeed News: Even Carole Baskin’s Tigers Had COVID. Here’s How It’s Affecting Animals In Zoos And Sanctuaries Across The US.. “…it’s not that surprising that [Carole] Baskin’s tiger tested positive for COVID; it’s been a common problem in zoos and sanctuaries throughout the pandemic. This is unsettling news for animal welfare, but there could be even more distressing implications for public health. When there is an animal outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, the virus can mutate and even spread back to humans. Worst-case scenario, a new variant will form that is extra contagious or causes more severe illness. Such concerns have given rise to the development of special veterinary vaccines specifically to prevent COVID in animals.”

Smithsonian: Lions and Tigers Continue To Recover From COVID-19 and First Vaccines Were Administered to Susceptible Species at Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Smithsonian: Lions and Tigers Continue To Recover From COVID-19 and First Vaccines Were Administered to Susceptible Species at Smithsonian’s National Zoo. “The lions and tigers who tested presumptive positive for COVID-19 at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo the week of Sept. 13 are recovering well. All lions and tigers are behaving, eating and drinking normally. Zoo animal care staff also administered the first round of animal-specific COVID vaccines Oct. 13. All seven orangutans, one western lowland gorilla, one white-eared titi monkey and two emperor tamarins received shots. Veterinarians and keepers are closely monitoring the vaccinated animals and have not observed any side effects.”

DCist: All Of The National Zoo’s Lions And Tigers Have Tested Positive For Coronavirus

DCist: All Of The National Zoo’s Lions And Tigers Have Tested Positive For Coronavirus. “Six African lions, a Sumatran tiger, and two Amur tigers — all the great cats at the Northwest D.C. facility — were included in the test results. Over the weekend, zookeepers observed multiple cats showing decreased appetites, coughing, sneezing, and lethargy. The lions and tigers are undergoing treatment with antibiotics to help with their discomfort and decreased appetite.”

In Development: A Database of Tigers

In development: a database of tigers. “India is set to launch its first tiger database that will contain footage from camera traps, DNA samples and tiger stripe information from across the country, reported The Times of India. The Wildlife Institute of India signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Tiger Conservation Authority on Saturday to this effect. Senior scientists YV Jhala and Qamar Qureshi will head the cell.”