I Recently had the privilege of attending a presentation by BirdLife South Africa’s regional conservation manager for the Western Cape, Dale Wright.
The occasion was a meeting of the Lakes Bird Club here in Sedgefield, and, not to put too fine a point on it, Dale lowered the average age in the room by about 80 years.
Birds with red, orange or chestnut feathers are more likely to suffer from eye damage, researchers have found.
Scientists discovered the link after analysing the lenses in the eyes of 81 different species of bird.
Birds known for their bright flashes of colour, such as robins, were found to be more prone to cataracts.
Dr Ismael Galvan from Paris-Sud University, who led the study, said the results could have implications for other species, including humans.
A cataract is when the clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy, limiting the passage of light and affecting vision.
Prominent zoos and aquariums worldwide lead efforts to preserve wildlife through cooperation.
Eagan, Minnesota (April 2, 2012) – Today, 88 zoos and aquariums in 19 countries are live on the latest version of the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) application. This web-based, global database gives these institutions – and eventually almost 800 more ISIS members – access to basic biologic, collection management, husbandry, and health and disease information on wild animals in human care. This comprehensive knowledgebase, built over the last 40 years, will be used to enhance local care and international conservation efforts.