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Future Biofuels May Rely On Panda Poop Microbes
2013-09-11 08:00:17

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two years ago, redOrbit reported that scientists were researching the possibility of using panda poop to make biofuels. “Who would have guessed that ‘panda poop’ might help solve one of the major hurdles to producing biofuels, which is optimizing the breakdown of the raw plant materials used to make the fuels?” Ashli Brown, PhD, said at the time. “We hope our research will help expand the use of biofuels in the future and...

2009-07-23 13:19:57

The curator of the Memphis Zoo says three orphaned grizzly bear cubs are due to arrive soon. Curator Matt Thompson said the cubs, whose mother was killed by a hiker in Montana, will be housed at the zoo's new $16 million Teton Trek exhibit once they arrive, the Memphis Commercial Appeal said Wednesday. Thompson said the cubs are currently being housed in the Zoo Montana in Billings, Mont., in the wake of last Sunday's northern Montana shooting. They have graciously agreed to hold them for us...

2008-10-04 09:00:14

By DEBBIE MESSINA By Debbie Messina The Virginian-Pilo t NORFOLK One is furry. Two are leathery. Three have shells. And four are scaly. Yet they're all babies. There's a baby boomlet at the Virginia Zoo. Ten baby animals were born in the past couple of months. No headliners like giraffes or lions. But zoo staff have their fingers crossed there. A bongo, four copperhead snakes, a bog turtle and two box turtles were born in September. In addition, two six-banded armadillos...

2008-08-08 21:00:15

The Memphis Zoo took a public relations punch when it felled 139 trees a few months ago to make way for the new $13.5 million Teton Trek exhibit on the zoo's eastern edge. There's no question it's considered one of the top zoos in the country. TripAdvisor, a Web site that features travelers' advice, confirmed that this week. But destroying trees that were believed to be part of Overton Park's fabled Old Forest made zoo officials look secretive, presumptuous and environmentally uncaring,...

2008-08-08 21:00:00

By Linda A Moore As a city that ranks first in fat and crime, Memphis now has a No. 1 to be proud of. The Memphis Zoo has been named the top zoo in the country by TripAdvisor, a Web site (Trip Advisor.com) that features travel- related reviews from regular citizens. "We had a very wonderful surprise when we saw that," said Chuck Brady, zoo CEO. The ranking is based on a popularity index that ranks attractions, said Brooke Ferencsik, Trip Advisor spokeswoman. There are 30 reviews of...

2008-08-06 21:00:17

By Linda A Moore The battle for what's best for the old-growth forest at Overton Park moved to City Hall on Tuesday as a representative from a citizen's advocacy group made a pitch for more oversight. Naomi Van Tol, co-founder of Citizens to Preserve Overton Park gave a presentation to the parks committee of the Memphis City Council, asking for the return of 17 acres of forest now set aside for the Memphis Zoo's Chickasaw Bluffs exhibit, a boardwalk through the forest. Her group also...

2007-05-24 00:40:00

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A panda at the Memphis Zoo is definitely pregnant, officials there said Wednesday. Ya Ya, a giant panda, was artificially inseminated in January after she and a male companion failed at mating the old-fashioned way. Since then, the zoo has closely monitored her as the potential due date drew near for the 6-year-old panda. "I'm excited, but I'm also cautious because we have a long way to go before the birth," said Chuck Brady, the zoo's president. Ya Ya is expected to...

2007-01-12 08:56:10

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis Zoo is hoping a few days of privacy will include a magic moment between its giant pandas. The panda exhibit was closed for 72 hours beginning Thursday to give Ya Ya and Le Le some time to mate. A female panda has only three days a year to conceive, according to Matt Thompson, the curator of the zoo's mammal wing and overseer of the panda exhibit. The two have been placed together during previous mating periods although officials didn't hope for much because...


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