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San Diego Zoo Continues Successful Breeding Program For Endangered Pacific Pocket Mouse
2014-04-16 08:24:10

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After five longs years of planning, San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG) researchers were able to capture endangered Pacific pocket mice in 2012 and begin a breeding program to help bring the endangered critters back from the edge of extinction. Following the zoo’s first successful breeding season that lasted from May to August 2013, of which 16 pups were born, researchers celebrated another round of successful mating, with the first...

2014-04-09 16:01:29

The California condor was one of the first species to be listed under the Endangered Species Preservation Act in 1966 when the population was reduced to a handful of birds. Through a massive collaborative effort that included fieldwork and breeding in zoos, the condor population has grown to more than 400 birds, more than half of which are now free-flying in the wild. Unfortunately, there is overwhelming evidence that lead poisoning from accidental ingestion of spent ammunition is the leading...

Panda Cub's Twin Was Stillborn
2013-08-26 04:49:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While a giant panda cub born Friday afternoon at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington was said to be in good health following a 10-minute physical exam Sunday morning, zoo officials have revealed that its mother had also given birth to a second, stillborn cub over the weekend. According to Michael E. Ruane of the Washington Post, the second cub was born on Saturday evening. While stillbirths in giant pandas are said to...

2013-07-11 13:16:46

The population of the critically endangered large primate known as the drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus) has been largely reduced to a few critical habitat areas in Cameroon, according to a recently published study by researchers with the San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research. The study highlights the challenges faced by this species as its living area becomes ever more fragmented by human disturbance. In addition, the report directs conservation efforts towards key areas where the...

2012-08-28 11:01:59

As solitary animals, giant pandas have developed a number of ways to communicate those times when they are ready to come into close contact. One means of this communication occurs through scent marking. A recent study by San Diego Zoo Global researchers, collaborating with researchers at the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Science, indicates that pandas make clear and specific choices about what trees are used for scent marking. "Variables affecting the selection of scent-marking...

Rhino Diet May Affect Reproduction
2012-03-22 12:42:09

The once thriving captive-born southern white rhinoceros population is being threatened by their diet, according to new research. San Diego Zoo Global researchers predict that phytoestrogens in the rhinoceros´ food may be causing reproductive failure in the females. In a press release detailing the research, Christopher Tubbs, researcher with the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research explained the importance of the study. “Understanding why the captive white...

2012-03-14 12:50:00

As large, carnivorous mammals, spotted hyenas are well known for their competitive nature; however, recent work suggests that their clan structure has similarities to some primate social systems such as those of the baboon and macaque. San Diego Zoo Global researchers have documented relatedness between individuals and how this factor appears to influence their social behaviors. "Understanding how animal social systems work is an important part of learning what we need to know to conserve...


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Giant Panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca
2012-10-29 16:02:45

The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), also known as the panda, is a species of bear that is native to southwestern and central western areas of China. Its range includes mountain ranges located primarily in Sichuan province, but pandas can also be found in the Gansu and Shaanxi provinces. It once preferred a habitat within lowland areas, but human encroachment has driven the giant panda into small areas, which contain forested habitats. There are two recognized subspecies of the giant...

Bornean Bearded Pig, Sus barbatus
2012-10-12 12:29:38

The Bornean bearded pig (Sus barbatus), also known as the bearded pig, is native to Southeast Asia. Its range includes the Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Sumatra, and other small islands. It prefers a habitat within mangrove forests and rainforests. This pig holds two subspecies, and is recognizable by its furry beard and sometimes by a tuft of fur on its tail. The Bornean bearded pig lives in familial groups and can mate at eighteen months of age. It is possible to crossbreed this species with...

Cuvier's Gazelle, Gazella cuvieri
2012-06-20 15:24:04

Cuvier's gazelle (Gazella cuvieri) is also known as the edmi and is native to Africa. Its range includes Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria, through the Atlas Mountains in northwestern Africa. It prefers a habitat within stony or sandy hills and plateaus, but it will reside pine forests or recovering forests. Some experts do not classify it within the typical gazelle genus, but in the Trachelocele genus. Cuvier's gazelle is small in stature, reaching an average height of 4.2 feet and a weight...

Speke's Gazelle, Gazella spekei
2012-06-14 21:43:29

Speke's gazelle (Gazella spekei) is native to Africa, and its range is limited to the horn. Named after John Hanning Speke (), this gazelle prefers a habitat within semi deserts, stony brush, and grass steppes. It is the smallest of all gazelle species. Because the range of this gazelle is highly fragmented, it is difficult to understand how it migrates. There are less than ten thousand individuals in the wild, and as of 2008, Speke’s gazelle was given a conservation status of...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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