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From the monthly archives:

November 2008

“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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I am going to be visiting two rainforests next year, so I’ve been eagerly reading and looking at any rainforest info I can find. This book is beautiful.
It’s not purely a photography book, and the narrative is great too. It really gives a heartfelt look at the importance of conservation and the biodiversity that [...]

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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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Tips For Seeing Animals When Visiting a Zoo

by amanda on November 17, 2008 · 0 comments

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Would YOU see me? (klipspringer)

One of the things that amazed me when I got first got involved with a zoo is how much there was to see and how little people realized it. It happened just this weekend. I was standing outside of an exhibit in uniform and someone on the other side [...]

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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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Another Tiger Attack: This Time in Singapore

by amanda on November 13, 2008 · 0 comments

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This one wasn’t in the US. It happened at the Singapore Zoo. This one sounds more odd than most of the attacks and it sounds like someone used the tiger as a means of committing suicide. Some other workers reported that he “was acting a little bit erratic and odd, throwing papers [...]

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Gorilla Webcam for Ape Awareness Days

by amanda on November 13, 2008 · 0 comments

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The San Diego Zoo’s Great Ape Awareness Days start Thursday, Nov. 13. It’s a chance for guests to find out more about the zoo’s three species of great apes: gorillas, orangutans and bonobos, the most endangered great ape.
The star of the event is Frank, the baby gorilla who was born at the zoo on Sept. [...]

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