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Minnesota Zoo Got Funding Too

by amanda on December 31, 2008 · 0 comments

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Hope everyone had a happy holiday.  The last time I posted, I posted about The Zoo of Northwest Florida getting some much needed funding. This week, I just read an article about Minnesota Zoo getting funding from the board of trustees totaling $6 million in 2008.

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“Whispering”Bats are Really Loud

by amanda on December 15, 2008 · 0 comments

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Photo from New Scientist
Two species of bats (the long-legged bat, Macrophyllum macrophyllum and the Jamaican fruit bat, Artibeus jamaicensis) were previously thought to be silent and called “whispering bats.”
Previous testing procedures were to take the little guys in your hand and squeeze them into a microphone and see if they squeaked. That sounds painful! [...]

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Zoos all over are being hit by economical problems and having to find ways to cut back. Zoos are expensive to run, and admissions are down because people are too broke to go on family outings. Many are struggling to find ways to delay construction and cut back until things pick up.
Zoo Atlanta [...]

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A new report says that housing elephants in zoos can shorten their lifespan by as much as half and calls for zoos to step up to the plate and better the life of their elephant populations.
A study author says: “Currently zoos are consumers rather than producers of elephants,” citing that life in zoos leads to [...]

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“Save my water lovin’ cousins. Please stick with the turkey.”
If you’ve never heard of the Swinhoe’s soft-shell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei), you’re probably not alone. It weighs more than 150 lbs and there’s only one known turtle left in the wild (four left in the world - two in a Chinese zoo and one [...]

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Bronx Zoo Wishes Everyone a Green Christmas

by amanda on November 25, 2008 · 0 comments

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The Bronx Zoo normally goes all out with a night time holiday light show. This year, they’ve decided to go green and turn the event into a daytime event without the energy burning lights. They’ll have Clydesdale horses, reindeer and craft workshops where kids can make eco-friendly ornaments. The zoo says moving the [...]

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Panda Attacks Man - Wait, WHAT?!

by amanda on November 23, 2008 · 2 comments

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We always think of Pandas as cute and snuggly little “bears” who wouldn’t hurt a fly. They only eat bamboo. They’re the poster children for the WWF for crying out loud. Maybe the movie Kung Fu Panda should have warned us that there was a dark side to the Panda. [...]

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Wild Tiger Gets Blood Tranfusion

by amanda on November 17, 2008 · 0 comments

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Tiger Cubs From Gulf Coast Zoo
When I tell people that captive animals can save wild ones, I normally don’t mean directly. In this case, it may just be 100% true. Two 7-month old tigers were rescued after being beaten by some villagers in India. Their mom and dad were no where to [...]

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European Wildlife Photographer of the Year

by amanda on November 16, 2008 · 0 comments

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The European Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest is run annually by the GDT (Gesellschaft Deutscher Tierfotografen) in Germany. This year, David Maitland from Great Britain won with a disturbing photo of bushmeat being prepared at a market. You can see the actual photo on new scientist but as I said, it’s a [...]

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Songbirds Have Stored “Sheet Music”

by amanda on November 14, 2008 · 0 comments

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Some scientists studying zebra finches seem to think that the song birds have “programmed” music in their brains. Apparently, parts of their brains are active when they listen to “correct” or normal singing coming from their comrades. Other parts are active if the singing is disturbed or incorrect. Some of the cells were [...]

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