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two coyotes

June 24, 2019

two coyotes
    • SivatheriumGuy
      Lovely shot of a species that I really want to see!
    • Arizona Docent
      Funny because they are so easy to see here in the southwest that no one pays them any attention. I mean not just do so many zoos have them, but in my city of Tucson they even live wild in the city. I have seen them within a few feet of me riding my bike not far from downtown.
    • littleRedPanda
    • SivatheriumGuy
      @Arizona Docent Zootierliste says that Europe's only coyotes are in one zoo in France. Maybe a private keeper has some?
    • Arizona Docent
      @SivatheriumGuy In spite of how common they are in zoos here, no one (that I know of) breeds them because there is a constant supply of orphaned coyotes for any zoo that wants them. So I suppose that may be partly why they are rare in European zoos, because legally they cannot import wild born animals (even if they are non-releasable orphans). I think this is a major problem with CITES; in my opinion there should be a way for legitimate zoos to import animals from other countries that are clearly documented orphans. I know someone who works with Belize Zoo and they have approximately 19 orphaned jaguars but cannot send any out since they were all born in the wild.
    • Great Argus
      @Arizona Docent Now that's interesting. I wonder how many species that affects exchange across the globe.
      (19 jaguars! That's both impressive, and sad they can't send out those genes into the zoo populations...)
    • littleRedPanda
      @Great Argus
      This is sad, but I guess it is to stop people intentionally creating orphans in order to sell them?
    • Chlidonias
      erm, CITES doesn't prevent wild-born animals from being exported/imported, and millions of wild-born animals are imported into Europe every year for the pet trade.
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    • TeaLovingDave
      @Arizona Docent

      In spite of how common they are in zoos here, no one (that I know of) breeds them because there is a constant supply of orphaned coyotes for any zoo that wants them. So I suppose that may be partly why they are rare in European zoos, because legally they cannot import wild born animals (even if they are non-releasable orphans).

      .....except that's precisely what the French collection in question did :p the reason they are rare in European collections is, put quite simply, a complete lack of interest. Until the animals in question arrived last year, there were none in Europe whatsoever. As @Chlidonias said, CITES doesn't prevent wild-born animals from being exported/imported whatsoever, as even a cursory look on the searchable database for CITES permits granted indicates.
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    • TeaLovingDave
      @Arizona Docent

      Also, even if you WERE correct..... Coyote isn't a CITES-listed species :p
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