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Known only by museum specimens and a few captive individuals, one of the world’s rarest turtle species – the Arakan forest turtle – has been observed for the first time in the wild.  Read more on livescience.com.

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Bush Meat and What Zoos Are Doing

by amanda on August 24, 2009 · 0 comments

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Eventually, I’ll get a constant update schedule for this blog.  I’m thinking once a week is plausible, but summer is a tough time because I’m actually outside a lot in the summer! I’m going to Costa Rica next month and I plan to blog about my trip here, complete with photos.  I need to redo [...]

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Parrot Saves Choking Girl

by amanda on June 18, 2009 · 0 comments

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This is an older story, but I just ran across it.

A Quaker parrot in Denver was left alone in a room with a child his owner was babysitting. The owner left the room and the little girl, Hannah, started to choke on her breakfast.

Apparently, Willie, the parrot, yelled “Mama, baby” and flapped his wings, [...]

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Frogs Found Living in Elephant Dung

by amanda on June 13, 2009 · 0 comments

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Three different species of frogs have been discovered living in the dung of the Asian elephant in southeastern Sri Lanka. The discovery—the first time anyone has recorded frogs living in elephant droppings—has widespread conservation implications both for frogs and Asian elephants, which are in decline.
The dung is suspected to help keep the frogs moist [...]

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Polly Want a Passport?

by amanda on June 1, 2009 · 0 comments

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This is just a funny story from AOL.  A kea in new Zealand spied a fellow’s passport in his bag, took it and headed off into the bush.
The owner of the passport said:
My passport is somewhere out there in Fiordland. The Kea’s probably using it for fraudulent claims or something,” the passport owner, who did [...]

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Rare Bird is Awarded Private Beach

by amanda on May 20, 2009 · 0 comments

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I had never heard of a maleo before this story. They are found only on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.  Their beach is now a protected habitat for the maleo, a unique bird which relies on the sun-baked sands of beaches and in some instances, volcanically heated soil, to incubate its eggs, which it buries [...]

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Genetically Modifed Animals in Photos

by amanda on May 18, 2009 · 0 comments

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Sitting aside the ethnically debates about cloning and genetically modifying animals,  National Geographic has some awesome photographs of animals “glowing for science.”
Many of the animals, like the rhesus monkey pictured, have been modified for medical research (he is being studies for Huntington’s disease research).  Some of the animals pictures glow naturally, like scorpions.  Others, like [...]

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New Frog Species Found

by amanda on May 5, 2009 · 0 comments

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There was a new frog species found in Western Australia recently.  It looks like a tiny toad.  It’s only 0.8-inch-long (2-centimeter-long) and was discovered near a river in the Kimberley region.  It’s actually a frog.  You can see more photos and a video of him on National Geographic.
With all the bad news about amphibians facing [...]

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ForbesTraveler recently released it’s list of the top zoos in the USA.  Their list included Philadelphia Zoo, San Diego Zoo, Bronx Zoo, Brookfield Zoo, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Denver Zoo, Smithsonian National Zoo, Saint Louis Zoo, Maryland Zoo and Cincinnati Zoo.
It also says some nice things about modern zoos.
“The goal here is not just to exhibit, [...]

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Scorpion Venom May Slow Cancer

by amanda on April 18, 2009 · 0 comments

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One thing I’ve learned through my involvement with zoos is that people often won’t care about animals unless they see something in it for them.  That’s why most hunters really are great conversationalists.  They want to conserve wildlife and habitats because they have so much money and passion invested in their hobby.  If wildlife habitats [...]

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