New Zealand researcher wins WWF award to investigate the secret lives of cats

March 19, 2016 -The lead researcher of the New Zealand Cat Tracker study Dr Heidy Kikillus has won the inaugural WWF-New Zealand Conservation Innovation Award for her research into understanding the secret life of cats. Heidy, of Victoria University’s Centre for Biodiversity and Restoration Ecology Department, will use the $NZ25,000 ($US17,000, £11,750) prize money to expand...
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Be aware of cats taking shelter in car engines as the Southern Hemisphere winter approaches

April 2, 2016 – The Royal New Zealand Society for the Protection of Animals (RNZPCA) is appealing to car owners to be aware that cats can sometimes sleep under car bonnets to stay warm as the colder weather approaches. Unfortunately when the motor starts, the car’s fan belt can injure or kill a cat. The...
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Interview: Gareth Morgan and the case against cats

March 12, 2016 – Former New Zealander of the Year Gareth Morgan is on a mission. And it might surprise many Kiwis that it isn’t to kill off cats. The prominent businessman, economist, investment manager, public commentator and philanthropist first became interested in conservation on a trip to New Zealand’s subantarctic islands in 2008. “We saw...
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Last working coal mine cats find new homes

The last working animals from a British coal mine – four cats – have found news homes following the closure of the Kellingley Colliery in Beal, Yorkshire, in the north of England. Florence, Betty, Leia and Solo had been kept at the colliery in Beal, Yorkshire, where they carried out essential vermin control duties in exchange for...
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