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From the monthly archives:

March 2009

An article in Science this month found that Atlantic herring form “mega-shoals” of hundreds of millions of fish that span dozens of square kilometers.
It’s the first time scientists have seen so many animals together. To me, the most interesting observation is that small sets of fish emerged as the leaders and the entire shoal [...]

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Mysterious Bat Disease Caused by Fungus

by amanda on March 20, 2009 · 0 comments

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Bats from Vermont to Virginia are being threatened by a mysterious disease called white-nose syndrome. It affects several species and is believed to be responsible for killing 90 percent of Connecticut’s bats this winter and 1 million bats overall in the Northeast.
Scientists don’t know how to cure the disease or what causes it.  It’s been [...]

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Farasi and Birth Control in Zoos

by amanda on March 13, 2009 · 0 comments

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I’ve got a lot of questions around the zoo lately about zoos and births. T hese are trigger by the story of Farasi, the hippo who was born to a zoo in Switzerland.
Farasi was a star when he was born.  He was the Basel Zoo’s biggest attraction, and is so popular he was named “Swiss [...]

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Pink Dolphin Appears in Louisiana

by amanda on March 6, 2009 · 0 comments

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Pink dolphins are not unheard of.  As a matter of fact, there is a species of pink dolphin in the Amazon River.  This, however, is a regular bottlenose dolphin and they are normally gray. This little fellow is an albino, which in dolphins means pink.  He even has pink eyes.
I am not sure why the [...]

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Zoo Jobs Attract Overqualified Applicants

by amanda on March 3, 2009 · 0 comments

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The economy isn’t just bad in the US.  Almost every where in the world, people are losing jobs and finding it hard to find employment.  So hard, in fact, that in Leicestershire when 150 low paying, seasonal jobs were announced at Twycross Zoo, thousands of people applied.  Some were former company directors and lawyers. Read [...]

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I’m Back!

by amanda on March 1, 2009 · 0 comments

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I took a couple of months off (I know, I had only started this thing a few months ago) because I knew I wasn’t going to meet my January launch date, but we’re back and will be updating at least once a week!
Feel free to submit reviews.  While I was taking a break from blogging, [...]

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