New research on horse eyesight could improve racecourse safety

first_imgJanel L. Jones, who has a PhD in cognitive science, writes in Equus Magazine that details humans can see from a distance of 30 feet, can only be seen by a horse from 20 feet. Read the whole story: CNN More of our Members in the Media > The way horses see the world is almost entirely differently to that of humans — from the distances they can see, to the colors they can process.New research carried out by the University of Exeter not only provides a better understanding of equine vision, but also demonstrates how the information can be used to improve racecourse safety.Crossbars and take-off boards for fences and hurdles have long been painted orange, based on what humans can see.But according to research led by Martin Stevens, a professor of sensory and evolutionary ecology at the University of Exeter, horses see orange as a shade of green — meaning the fences currently used by the industry simply blend into the grass.last_img read more

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Rhinos fly back to the wild

first_imgThe movement of the three black rhinos, which were born in captivity at The Aspinall Foundation’s Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, is part of an initiative to reinforce the reintroduced population of eastern black rhinoceros in theMkomazi Rhino Sanctuary, Tanzania, with the support of Tusk Trust, adynamic conservation organisation. Black rhino numbers have been significantly reduced due to large-scale poaching.DHL’s very special cargo consisted of one male rhino, Monduli and two females, Grumeti and Zawadi, which are now living in the wild for the first time.The rhinos were transported in a Boeing 757, specially modified to ensure they experienced first class treatment throughout their flight and to ensure their safety on board. The aircraft also had enhanced safety features – lifesaving devices and temperature control to accommodate these unique passengers. In addition, space was created on board for two aircraft engineers, two of the rhino keepers from Port Lympne, two aircraft loadmasters and a specialist veterinarian.The modifications accommodated not only the animals but their provisions, which included four bales of Lucerne hay, half a bucket of carrots, half a bucket of apples, one box of bananas, one box of celery, one box of spinach and three drums of water.The animals flew for ten hours from Manston Airport, near Ramsgate, with a refuelling stop in Bergamo, Italy where a local zoo was on standby with the necessary facilities and supplies in case any additional resources were required after the first leg of the journey. From Bergamo, the rhinos were transported to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania from where their journey continued by road to the National Park.Phil Couchman, CEO of DHL Express UK & Ireland commented: “It was a very exciting moment for DHL to be able to serve as the international carrier of these animals, and we are proud to support this very worthwhile conservation programme.”Our greatest priority was the safety and well being of the rhinos; our dedicated logistics experts and engineers in both the UK and South Africa worked closely with The Aspinall Foundation and Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in order to ensure they had a safe and comfortable journey. It has been an enormously complex but extremely worthwhile logistics effort.”Following the successful release of the rhinos, The Aspinall Foundation is now finalising plans for the release of other endangered animals in one of the most ambitious and wide-ranging reintroductions into the wild yet.Charles Buchanan, chief executive of Manston, said: “With Kent home to both The Aspinall Foundation and Manston Airport, with our quick turn-around freight handling expertise, we were the obvious partner to assist with the relocation of the three endangered rhinos.The repatriation of the three black rhinos is an important landmark for The Aspinall Foundation. Damian Aspinall, Chairman of the Foundation commented: “The number of animals that we are releasing will bring a much needed boost to indigenous populations, currently under the real threat of extinction. This will include freeing an entire family of 11 captive bred western lowland gorillas as part of the charity’s flagship project in Gabon.”In addition to the rhinos and gorillas, The Aspinall Foundation’s Back To The Wild campaign is also planning to release eight Javan langurs, five Javan gibbons and two African bull elephants into protected areas of the wild.. This unique and historical event in animal husbandry is only made possible by the success of the breeding programmes atHowletts and Port Lympne and the worldwide wilderness protection schemes.”www.dhl.comlast_img read more

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UWF President Appointed to NCAA Division II Presidents Council

first_img Share UWF President Appointed to NCAA Division II Presidents Council UWF President Judith Bense center_img  INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – University of West Florida (UWF) President Judith A. Bense has been elected as the Region 2 representative of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Presidents Council, effective immediately. Her term will expire January 2016.“It’s a great honor to have been elected to the Division II Presidents Council,” Bense said. “Many important issues impact athletics in Division II, and I’m looking forward to serving on this Council with my colleagues to serve the best interests of our student-athletes.”The Council is a 15-member panel of presidents and other leaders from Division II institutions that serves as the chief governing body for Division II athletics. Its responsibilities include ratifying, amending or rescinding actions of the Division II Management Council, developing and approving budgets and expenditures, and implementing policies and procedures pertaining to Division II athletics. There are 300 schools nationwide in Division II.Bense and Michael G. Scales, president of Nyack College, replace Dorothy Leland, who recently assumed another presidency at a non-NCAA member institution, and Phil Gerdino, who is retiring.Other members of the NCAA Division II roster are: Drew Brogner (Molloy College), Mickey L. Burnim (Bowie State University), F. Javier Cevallos (Kutztown University of Pennsylvania), James L. Gaudino (Central Washington University), Thomas J. Haas (Grand Valley State University), Dianne F. Harrison (California State University, Monterey Bay), Carolyn R. Mahoney (Lincoln University, Missouri), Ernest McNealey (Stillman College), Nancy Moody (Tusculum College), J. Patrick O’Brien (West Texas A&M University), Judith Ramaley (Winona State University), David F. Rankin (Southern Arkansas University), Albert Walker (Bluefield State College).To read more about the election of Bense and Scales, visit http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/NCAA/Resources/Latest+News/2011/August/Bense,+Scales+elected+to+DII+Presidents+Council.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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