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2011-10-27 19:00:00

The Explore blog brings you exciting, informative, and inspiring wildlife conservation features, zoo and aquarium stories, and profiles. Be sure to visit http://bit.ly/rNOh1l to get your wild animal fix! Silver Spring, MD (PRWEB) October 27, 2011 Zoo Boise recently announced a project to help sloth bears both in captivity and in their natural habitat in India. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums explores this story on its Explore blog. The Zooâs general policy is to...

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2011-05-30 08:37:39

Research from the University of Warwick shows a trip to the zoo can boost your child's science and conservation education more than books or classroom teaching alone. In research conducted at ZSL London Zoo, more than 3,000 school children aged between seven and 14 were asked about their knowledge of animals, habitat and conservation and then tested again after their trip. The results show that 53% had a positive change in educational or conservation-related knowledge areas, personal concern...

2011-04-20 00:00:30

One year later, America's leading zoos and aquariums are continuing rehabilitation and research efforts to help wildlife impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Silver Spring, MD (Vocus/PRWEB) April 18, 2011 One year later, America's leading zoos and aquariums are continuing rehabilitation and research efforts to help wildlife impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. "Many zoos and aquariums have animal rescue and rehabilitation programs in place, and their trained personnel and...

2010-12-14 00:01:39

New Initiative to Fund Field Conservation Projects Silver Spring, MD (Vocus) December 13, 2010 The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Ape Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) today announced a critical new campaign to sustain a future for one of the planet's most imperiled group of animals"” apes. For apes"”bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, gibbons and siamangs"”the outlook in the wild is bleak. Given catastrophic population declines, it is estimated that some ape...

2010-08-18 05:00:00

18 prominent zoos and aquariums are leading the way EAGAN, Minn., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leading zoos and aquariums - from Copenhagen to Calgary - announce their participation in a global conservation movement. In an unprecedented effort, these leading institutions are moving their animal management knowledgebase online through the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) - and working with organizations around the world to unite the global wildlife conservation...

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2008-12-12 08:25:00

Elephants living in zoos have shorter lives than their wild counterparts, according to a new study that will most certainly stir debate about their captive situations. Researchers compared the life spans of elephants in European zoos with those living in Amboseli National Park in Kenya and others working on a timber enterprise in Myanmar. Animals in the wild or in natural working conditions had life spans twice that or more of their relatives in zoos. The new findings were published in the...

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2008-11-29 08:45:00

Cameroon has established a new national park that seeks to protect the world's rarest gorilla. Takamanda National Park, which borders Nigeria, is home to an estimated 115 endangered Cross River gorillas. Experts believe the total population of the subspecies is less than 300. The move coincides with an initial meeting in Rome of governments of 10 gorilla range states that seek to protect the endangered primates. The Gorilla Agreement, finalized in June, includes all the countries where the...

2008-10-13 00:00:16

By Jerome Taylor A Pounds 70m plan to create one of the world's most radical zoos on the outskirts of Bristol is set to do for wildlife what the Eden Project did for plantlife. Jerome Taylor reports Walking through the thick jungle canopy of the Aceh rainforests, a troop of jealously territorial gibbons calls out from the tree tops with shouts that can be heard more than a kilometre away. Down past a row of traditional stilted long houses and beyond a seismic chasm, a family of...

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2008-08-10 18:10:00

The historical Giza Zoo in Cairo, Egypt, is learning to "cool down" after it was excluded from a world zoo association in 2004. Powerful fans now blow chilled mist at the bears, a luxury normally reserved for wealthy human patrons at Egypt's upscale patio cafes. Also in the works: cold water that will flow in pipes beneath the cages, chilling the floors. "They can breathe. This is improving their lives," senior zookeeper Abdel Razek Mustafa said as the bears stretched their limbs beneath the...


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