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13th Spay/Neuter Clinic Held in Volcan

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The Spay Panama-Chiriqui organization held their 13th spay/neuter clinic in Volcan on 17 August 2008. So far this organization has helped to spay or neuter 656 dogs and cats since their inception. Donations are always welcome. $20 will sponsor the sterilization of a dog, and $10 will sponsor the sterilization of a cat. The primary person behind this effort is Dottie Atwater who can be reached at 771-5883 or cell 6780-2565, or via email at viajar2566@yahoo.com.

Copyright 2008 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Saladino - No Longer the Kangaroo from Colon

Animals & Pets By Alexis Charris for La Estrella - "I don't like when they call me the 'kangaroo' because this animal jumps with both feet at the same time and with its hands in a closed position," said Irving Saladino. He added that he would prefer to be called something else, like "the champion" for example. "Call me by my name or 'the champion', anything other than 'the kangaroo' - what's more, there are no kangaroos in Panama," he added. We called him the "sultan of the sands" because he jumps into a sand pit, he is the king of the long jump, and one of the most prestigious monarchs of history was sultán Saladino.
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Bugs lead drug-hunters to medicinal treasure

Animals & Pets By Catherine Brahic for New Scientist.com - If you're looking for medicinal plants in the jungle, then let the insects guide you. A study has shown for the first time that brightly-coloured bugs like to sit on medicinally-active plants. Todd Capson, an entomologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, hopes the findings will accelerate drug discovery efforts and improve measures to safeguard rainforests. Bioprospectors searching for medicinally-active plants in a rainforest face a problem of needle-in-haystack proportions. Plants do not advertise the fact that they contain potential medicines. The insects that feed on them, on the other hand, do. (more) (Photo Credit: Donald Windsor)
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Slow and steady brings Belle the sea turtle to 2nd place

Animals & Pets BY JIM WAYMER • FLORIDA TODAY - Belle kicked her flippers in high gear this week, hauling shell all the way into second place in a race to see which sea turtle owns the ocean. She's caught up quick," said Rocio Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Caribbean Conservation Corp., an environmental group sponsoring a sea turtle marathon. The event, Tour de Turtles, tracks via satellite eight turtles -- four different species -- released recently from Florida to Panama as part of a three-month research and education event. The race is to see which turtle can travel 2,620 kilometers (1,628 miles) the fastest. They chose 2,620 kilometers as a play on a human marathon, which is 26.2 miles. (more)
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Spanish Researchers Discover Significant Leatherback Turtle Nesting Beaches In The Caribbean

Animals & Pets ScienceDaily (Aug. 1, 2008) — A scientific project funded by the BBVA Foundation and conducted by a team from the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) explored around 100 kilometers of practically uncharted Atlantic beach in the north of Colombia and south of Panama between the years 2006 and 2007. In the course of their work, they came across extensive nesting grounds that bring new hope for the survival of the leatherback turtle. This species suffered a grave decline in the twentieth century and is among those considered by the World Conservation Union to be in critical danger of extinction. The project has permitted the documenting of around 6,000 new annual nests in the zone. The most important site is Armila beach in southern Panama, which is being managed by the indigenous Kuna community with stringent protection measures in place for the turtles. Armila is home to one of the highest known densities of leatherback nests, with a similarly high birth success rate. It is also an exceptional model of ancestral co-existence with a positive conservation impact for a seriously imperiled species. (more)
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A new species of predatory bagworm from Panama's tropical forest

Animals & PetsEurekAlert.org - University of Panama and Smithsonian researchers report the discovery of a new Bagworm Moth species, in the Annals of the Entomology Society of America. Unlike nearly all other Bagworms, Perisceptis carnivora have predatory larvae. Strangest of all, according to Annette Aiello, staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the adult moths wrap their eggs individually in beautiful cases fashioned from golden abdominal hairs called setae, a behavior unique among insects. "We were mystified when we found a bizarre bag-like structure, about 12 mm long, studded with fragments of other insects, and containing a live insect larva," said Diomedes Quintero, professor of biology at the University of Panama. During 8 years of field work he and Roberto Cambra, also of the University of Panama, found several larvae from which to rear adult moths for identification. (more)
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Wake-up call for scientists as sloths overturn lazy reputation

Animals & Pets By Lewis Smith, Environment Reporter for The Times - Sloths may make slow-motion replays look positively nippy but their reputation for slothfulness has been wildly exaggerated, scientists have found. The South American mammal, with its sleepy-eyed face and apparently laid-back approach to life, spends far less time asleep and inactive than has been presumed. Although it has become a byword for laziness, researchers now argue that the sloth has been unfairly maligned. Miniaturised electroencephalogram (EEG) tags fitted to wild sloths showed that instead of sleeping for almost 16 in every 24 hours they actually dozed off for just over nine and a half hours. They still moved around the forest canopy extremely slowly, but they were active for at least six hours more than expected. (more)
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What to do about the overpopulation of dogs and cats in Panamá?

Animals & PetsIt’s not really known how large the stray cat and dog population in Panamá is, or the rate of growth. However it is obvious that it exists. One can tell by the dogs sacrificed to traffic on the side of the Highway. One can also tell by the number of unkempt, skinny dogs seen on streets and beaches and cats, discreetly rummaging in garbage for food, or spotted on bohio roof tops looking for opportunities. It is known that dogs and cats multiply quickly. Left unchecked the population can become uncontrollable. Humane Society statistics quote that a female dog and her off spring can be the source of 67,000 animals in 6 years, while a female cat and her off spring can produce 420,000 animals over 7 years. Those are staggering numbers, when you think of the high number of unsterilized cats and dogs in Panamá. (more)
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Travelling with a Pet from Panama is very difficult

Animals & PetsYou can see the letter below that was submitted to the President and to the Minister of Agriculture and the Minister of Health. None of them had the courtesy to reply. Why Panama insists on making it so difficult for dog owners to go and return to Panama with their dog is totally beyond me. Does any one have a suggestion as to how to have the government respond ? Larry Rogers (more)
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Problems Exiting and Returning Panama With an Animal

Animals & PetsFrom: Canada: 24 Whitehall Rd., Toronto Ontario M4Y 2C6. Tel. (416) 922-2160 Fax. (416) 929-0522 Panama: PH35, Vista Marina, Avenida Balboa y Calle 47, Bella Vista, Panama City, Calle A1, Lot A13 & A14, playa, Punta Chame, Tel. & Fax (507) 214-1166 (507) 6 675-4996, Larryrogers@cwpanama.net, Rogerspugh@hotmail.com, MAY 7, 2008 Page 1 of 2 TO: 1] LIC GILLERMO SALAZAR, MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE Faxed to 232-5045, 2] LIC ROSARIO TURNER, MINISTER OF HEALTH Faxed to 512-9240, 3] LIC MARTIN TORRIJOS, PRESIDENT OF PANAMA Faxed to 527-9095 (more)
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Eight Belles' trainer takes issue with PETA's call for Saez suspension

Animals & Pets ESPN.com - The trainer of euthanized filly Eight Belles said Monday his jockey handled the horse properly during her second-place finish at the Kentucky Derby. Trainer Larry Jones said from Lexington that if the Derby were run again tomorrow, he'd put jockey Gabriel Saez right back on one of his horses. Filly Eight Belles broke both front ankles after the wire in the Kentucky Derby. She was euthanized on the track while Big Brown's victory was celebrated. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has called for the suspension of Saez, saying the horse must have been injured during the race and he should have pulled her up rather than finish. But Jones said Saez acted exactly as he should have. Saez started whipping the horse to prevent her from running into the rail, Jones said. Saez was riding Eight Belles when she broke both front ankles while galloping out a quarter of a mile past the wire. She was euthanized on the track.
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Fist sized bats louder than loudest rock concerts

Animals & Pets New Kerala.com - London, May 5 : Fist sized bats emit much louder sounds than the noisiest rock concerts anywhere, according to a new study. Using microphone arrays and photographic methods, researchers found that bats emit ear shattering sounds exceeding 140 deciBels (dB) at 10 cm from the source, far louder than the 115-120 dB produced by a rock concert, reports Sciencedaily. This is the first comparative field study of bat echo-location sounds, illustrating the value of an interdisciplinary approach combining bat biology, ecology, behavioural biology and acoustics. Annemarie Surlykke of Institute of Biology, SDU, Denmark, and her colleague Elisabeth Kalko from the University of Ulm, Germany, studied the echolocation behaviour in 11 species of insect-eating tropical bats in Panama. The findings have been reported in PLoS ONE.
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Biologists turn to captivity to try to save Panama's golden frog from deadly fungus

Animals & Pets The Associated Press - EL VALLE DE ANTON, Panama: The golden frog is a symbol of Panama — revered by indigenous cultures in the past and the lucky emblem on lottery tickets today. Now threatened by a lethal fungus that has killed other species, the national treasure may be facing life in captivity. A pair of biologists have decided that plucking the frogs from the cloud forests and putting them in quarantine is the only way to save them. Their goal is to eventually return the frogs to the wild, but these scientists cannot predict if or when the fungus will disappear. "It's sad to seem them in tanks," said Heidi Ross, 31, of Park Falls, Wisconsin. "They're so perfect. They're like our children." (more)
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Cache of rare and undiscovered species under threat in Panama

Animals & Pets mongabay.com - Rare and previously undiscovered species are under threat by loggers, ranchers, and poachers in an isolated patch of cloud forest in Panama, a prominent group of scientists has warned. The group, the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC), has called on the Panamanian government to immediately provide protected-area status to the region. In a resolution passed earlier this month, the ATBC urged Panamanian policymakers to support conservation efforts set in place by Mr. Guido Berguido, the operator of a small ecotourism business. It was Berguido who first identified the biological significance of Cerro Chucantí, a 1440-meter-high massif located 120 kilometers east of Panama City, and then raised funds to protect tracts of forest from developers. (more)
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Dog Grooming

Animals & PetsHi I am new to Panama....is there anywhere in the city to get dogs groomed? Thanks
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Three African Lions in La Chorrera - Being Held in Horrendous Conditions

Animals & Pets By Rafael E. Berrocal R.Flor Mizrachi for La Prensa - Three African lions have been in a cage for more than ten years in Panama, very far from their natural habitat and under adverse conditions. The rusted bars of their small cage in La Feria de La Chorrera: (The Fair in La Chorrera) are witness to their suffering. Most of the groups and associations dedicated to protecting animals and the Panamanian National Environmental Authority (ANAM) said they were unaware of the situation, and the Mayor of La Chorrera Luis Guerra said this problem falls to the responsibility of the patronage of the fair at La Chorrera. Ligia Castro, the Director of ANAM, reacted by announcing that they will inspect the place where the three lions and other big predatory cats - one puma and two ocelots - which will be conducted along with an administrative proceeding. The Fundación Humanitas, the Fundación San Francisco de Asís, and the "Asociación Amigos de los Animales y la Naturaleza" said the captivity of these animals at the fair breaks national and international laws and agreements. "These animals should be seized and taken to a place where they really can be taken care of. The fair of La Chorrera is keeping the animals in 'horrendous' conditions," said Olga Gaitán, the President of the Friends of Animals and Nature Association.
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"Cholo Guerra's Road-Kill Cook Book"

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - This morning a tractor trailer hit and killed six cows that had gotten loose and wandered onto the Inter American highway near David. Not wanting to let good road-kill go to waste, the residents in the area reduced the carcases to skin and bones with machetes and hatchets in less than 30 minutes, hauling away the meat for their dinner tables. "Cholo" Guerra, the owner of the cows, arrived on the scene (late) and was ticked off to find that the cows had already been butchered and the meat was gone. "Not like this - they should have asked," he said.

Copyright 2008 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Killer Bees Kill Man Near Panama's Tocumen Airport

Animals & Pets By Rogelio Adonican for El Estrella - It started as just another normal day of work. Twenty five inmates from La Joya were scheduled to clear an empty lot next to the installations of Panama's National Air Service (SAN) near the Tocumen International Airport. Suddenly the day took a fatal turn. Carlos Antonio Goldburn Lewis was attacked and killed by a swarm of Africanized bees when his machete accidentally struck their hive hidden among the weeds. Goldburn Lewis was stung hundreds or thousands of times and died at the scene. Considered to be a low risk or "trusted" inmate he was participating in a work release program to earn credit for early release. They work every day under the supervision of the prison system. He was imprisioned for robbery and was due to be released in 2009. Eynar Cruz, the Director of the Emergency Room at the Santo Tomas hospital said a total of nine inmates were stung by bees, that five were released and four were hospitalized for observation.
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Fishermen Capture 16' Long Crocodile in a River in Coclé

Animals & Pets By Elena Valdez for La Critica - Three fishermen captured a huge crocodile measuring almost five meters long (more than 16') while fishing in the Rio Grande in Puerto Gago, Coclé province. The crocodile was captured and killed by the fishermen on Sunday afternoon. They said the crocodile had become the "terror of Puerto Gago" for fishermen in the area, and that it had already eaten at least three dogs. Children and youngsters were afraid to go into the river. They said they used sticks and rope to capture the animal, but it was big and strong and a very powerful animal, so they used a machete to kill it. The fishermen reported that his animal had another crocodile measuring two meters long in its stomach, as well as a catfish and even some fish netting. While the ANAM protects these animals, the fishermen said these enormous lizards must be transferred to places where they do not represent a danger for the population.
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Four Lizards New to Science Discovered in The Highlands of Panama

Animals & Pets Wildlife Extra.com - The first live endemic anoles ever discovered in this region were found in a single day during a biological research expedition at 6000 feet in the Serranía de Tabasara of the Panamian Highlands. As recently described in Herpetologia by Dr. Gunther Köhler and his research colleagues, all of the anoles found in the cloud forest of the Serrania de Tabasara mountain chain top at 6000 feet above sea level are almost certainly endemic to this area, considering their isolated geographical habitat. This makes them the first endemic reptiles ever discovered in the Serrania de Tabasara, which is a very poorly explored region, biologically speaking. (more)
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Comptroller Opens Investigation Into COPEG Program in Panama

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Screwworm Fly - <i>Cochliomyia hominivorax</i>
Screwworm Fly - Cochliomyia hominivorax
By Rafael Pérez G. for La Prensa - Auditors from Panama's General Comptroller's Office have opened an investigation into the handling of the funding of the Panama - United States Commission for the Eradication and Prevention of Screwworm in Cattle (COPEG) according to official sources. The COPEG program started in February 1994 through a cooperation agreement between the United States and Panama. Five years later in 1999 the program acquired the category of "International Mission" through a law passed in Panama in May that year. The mission of COPEG is to plan, design, construct, equip, and operate a plant to produce sterile screwworm flies, to eradicate and to prevent the re-infestation of Screwworms in Panama, without causing damage to the environment. (more)
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Ah, Figured That One Out...

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - For a long time I've been noticing that a dumb little article I wrote about having some Beagle puppies for sale has become the top article on the website, by a long shot. Today I started looking into why, and if you do a Google search for "beagle puppies" and click on "images" the photo of one of the puppies I had for sale is the #1 image on Google. That's why some 54,000 people have been to see that article. Go figure...

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MIDA Fair for Colon Province

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Say
Say "Moooo"

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) for the Province of Colon held their annual fair today. Farm animals, little kids in costumes, and proud farmers showing off their wares is all great stuff for the camera. The event was a one-day thing (today) and we just happened to run into it unplanned. Anyway, I was going to spend more time on this article, but a building collapsed in Casco Viejo so I have to get that out. Please click this link to see a slide show of photos from this event. Salud.

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Saving Panama's Golden Frogs

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Panama's Golden Frogs
Panama's Golden Frogs
October 15, 2007—Panama's golden frog is a symbol of good luck and prosperity. Now researchers are fighting to save the rare amphibian from a naturally occurring—and deadly—fungus. © Video by Public Television's Wild Chronicles, from National Geographic Mission Programs
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Harpy Eagles in Panama

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Harpy Eagle - The National Bird of Panama
Harpy Eagle - The National Bird of Panama
News from Nature: Harpy eagles are one of the largest and most powerful eagles on Earth, but being a top predator does not mean survival is easy. Despite their formidable presence, harpy eagle numbers are in decline and are considered an "at risk" species. In Panama, a group of researchers go to extremes to track the progress of eagles released into the wild through a captive breeding program.
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Panama Lifts Import Restrictions on Live Cattle From the US

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Cows Are People Too...
Cows Are People Too...
By Rafael E. Berrocal R. for La Prensa - The Panamanian cattle immediately rejected Panama's decision to lift restrictions on imports of live cattle from the United States. Imports had been blocked since a December 2003 decree, a reaction to the confirmation of the presence of Mad Cow disease in US territory. Euclides Diaz, Executive Director of the National Association of Cattle Dealers (ANAGAN), said the decision puts the European Union classification at risk, a market with great export potential. "How they are going to see us in Europe. In 2005 they lowered Panama's rating to risk level three after the importation of dog food containing beef flour from the United States," he said. ANAGAN says the decision to reopen the borders to these imports of of live cattle will only benefit the the interests of the Association of Brahman Cattle Producers of the United States. The Agriculture Department of the United States said yesterday that "Panama's decision demonstrates confidence in the capacity of the American government to protect animal health and food safety."
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Invasive Crab Species Identified In Panama Canal Expansion Area

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Harris Mud Crab
Harris Mud Crab
Science Daily — A Smithsonian scientist and colleague report that a potentially harmful, invasive crab species that has spread to several countries is now established and reproducing in Panama. The researchers report that Harris mud crabs are reproducing in the small, man-made lake designated to become the third set of locks in Panama's new $5 billion canal expansion project. Harris mud crab (Rhithropanopeus harrisii) is an invasive species in Panama. Mark Torchin, a staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, and Dominique Roche, a McGill University pre-doctoral student, report their research in the September issue of Aquatic Invasions. (more)
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Two new species of salamander discovered in Panama

Animals & Petsmongabay.com - Scientists have discovered two new species of salamanders from the mountainous Costa Rica-Panama border region. The findings, published by David B. Wake, Jay M. Savage, and James Hanken in the journal Copeia, push the number of salamanders known in the region to 24, making it a hotspot in terms of salamander biodiversity. Both species are small, slender salamanders that belong to the Bolitoglossa genus and apparently live in tropical montane forest habitat. The salamanders have prehensile tails and appear to be good climbers. The first species, Gomez’s Web-footed Salamander (Bolitoglossa gomezi), was named in honor of Dr. Luis Diego Gomez, a Costa Rican botanist who was formerly Director of the La Selva Biological Station of the Organization of Tropical Studies. The second species, Brame’s Web-footed Salamander (Bolitoglossa bramei) was named in honor of the late Arden H. Brame, Jr., II, in "recognition of his many contributions to the study of Neotropical salamanders." (more)
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Touching 9/11 Tribute Video

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Using the Internet I keep in touch with hundreds of the people I served with while in the US military - in Korea, Latin America, and the Middle East. As you would expect many are exceptionally patriotic and all of us have lost good friends in the service, either in combat or accidents. I don't normally put this kind of stuff up on Panama-Guide because it's not specifically related in living in the Republic of Panama in any way, but I had never seen this particular video before and I liked it. Budweiser made this commercial as a tribute to the victims of 9/11 and aired it exactly once. The video is available on youtube and you can see it below. Touching...

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Whale Watching Season At a Peak in the Bay of Panama

Animals & Pets (La Prensa) This is a familiar scene during this time of year in the warm waters of the Pacific ocean, specifically between Panama City and Contadora Island where hundreds of whales gather to mate in the Bay of Panama. Whale watchers, in this case aboard the boat "Bikini" approach to observe this majestic spectacle, which is without a doubt a valuable tourist attraction for Panama.
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