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Workouts Gone Wild

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Mike Fitch’s Animal Flow approach will be taught as a group class and a personal training method at Equinox, starting in January.Anyone who knows me understands that I hate working out. I like activities with purpose, such as archery or martial arts. I hate walking into a gym and working out on a machine or running on a treadmill. For that reason, I’m always on the lookout for ways I can work out without feeling like its work. More like a fun-out.

And what’s more appealing than tapping your inner wild beast? That’s why the primal workout caught my attention. Panther. Gorilla. Flamingo.  Each of the movements is focused on duplicating the movement of a wild animal and it’s part of an overall return to basic health philosophy. Want the best body? Duplicate the movement of those with the best bodies – and as it turns out, wild animals are in the best shape of any of us.

Fitness expert Kira Stokes designed her Stoked Primal class around the concept of using your own body weight for strength building and utilizes movements based on the panther and other beasts. Fitness expert Mike Fitch, creator of Animal Flow, focuses his moves on flamingos and bullfrogs, as well as others.

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AZ Mexican Wolf Reportedly Doing Well

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Arizona's newest addition to the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area in the Apache National Forest, is reportedly adjusting well to the changes. The new pack member replaces an alpha wolf that was illegally shot and killed in June, 2012. There is still a reward offered for information leading to the capture of the individual(s) who committed this crime.

The Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project’s interagency field team successfully released a radio collared 4-year-old male Mexican wolf, designated M1133, last week in the Apache National Forest, and preliminary tracking data shows the wolf remains well within the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area.

M1133 was brought by snowmobile to the release site by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and hard released (released directly from the transport crate upon arrival rather than being placed in a temporary holding pen in that area for a period of time to acclimate). M1133’s release was adjacent to the Bluestem pack’s territory in hopes that it will replace the pack’s breeding (alpha) male that was illegally killed in 2012. Surveys were conducted prior to the release to ensure that the Bluestem pack alpha female had not paired with another male wolf. The release was timed to coincide with normal early-season breeding activities. The Bluestem pack currently consists of four collared wolves, including the alpha female and three pups born in 2012. At least three uncollared wolves have been documented with the pack, likely a yearling and two additional pups from the 2012 litter.

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Introducing HabiMap

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habimapThe Arizona Game and Fish Department has launched an innovative new tool that utilizes the latest mapping technology to put wildlife data at your fingertips. HabiMap™ Arizona is a user-friendly, web-based data viewer that allows users to visually explore the distribution of the state’s wildlife, wildlife conservation potential, and stressors to wildlife. “This is a great example of how technology can be used to assist in transparent wildlife conservation and project planning,” said Arizona Game and Fish Department Director Larry Voyles. “We’re excited to offer a tool that not only allows the department to better manage wildlife at a statewide scale, but also can be used to help address the growth needs of our state.”

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A Kangaroo, Fox and Boar Work Together to Escape Park

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Today, a kangaroo is at large in Germany after escaping the confines of his cage at wildlife park west of Frankfurt. A fox and a wild boar are his suspected accomplices.

It is believed that a young fox gained illegal entry into the park after hours and dug a hole near the fencing of the kangaroo compound. Two of the three kangaroos were then able to escape their enclosure and ultimately escape the wildlife park through another hole that had been dug by a wild boar outside of the exterior fence.

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Mexican wolf found dead in eastern Arizona

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Arizona Game and Fish Department personnel on the Mexican wolf Interagency Field Team discovered a dead wolf on the evening of Aug. 22 during routine pack monitoring activities. The field team was alerted to the situation when it received a mortality signal from the telemetry collar on AF1110, the Hawks Nest Pack alpha female. The animal was recovered by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Special Agent and Game and Fish personnel the following day in the pack’s traditional territory on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

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