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Brazilian Zoo Wants To Clone Animals To Preserve Endangered Species
2012-11-16 12:29:52

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After successfully cloning cows and horses, experts at the Brasilia Zoo in Brazil are hoping to begin the same process for several species of wild animals that are currently under threat. In collaboration with Brazil's Embrapa agriculture research agency, officials have selected eight animals as potential cloning candidates: the jaguar, the black lion tamarin monkey, the bison, the bush dog, the collared anteater, the gray...

Boredom Affects Animals Too
2012-11-15 13:02:37

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A research team from the University of Guelph has been investigating the boredom of captive animals. Their findings, published in PLOS ONE, are the first to empirically demonstrate boredom in confined animals. The team hopes to encourage the development of more suitable housing systems for captive animals. "Ideas about how to assess animal boredom scientifically have been raised before, but this is really the first time that anyone's...

Ethiopian Lion Population Proven To Be Unique By DNA
2012-10-13 08:38:47

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online DNA has proven that the Addis Ababa lion in Ethiopia is genetically unique, prompting researchers to urge the animal be put on an endangered species list. It has been obvious that some lions in Ethiopia have a large, dark mane, extending from the head, neck and chest to the belly, but it wasn't known if these lions were a genetically distinct population. Researchers found that captive lions at the Addis Ababa Zoo in Ethiopia...

2012-10-13 04:00:38

On Thursday, October 11, 2012, Oakland Zoo will open a new state-of-the-art 17,000 square foot Veterinary Medical Hospital. The facility was designed to accommodate a variety of zoo animals and their specific needs — from sun and humidity-loving reptiles, to tiny birds, to cold-adapted grizzly bears. Oakland, CA (PRWEB) October 11, 2012 On Thursday, October 11, 2012, Oakland Zoo opened a new state-of-the-art 17,000 square foot Veterinary Medical Hospital. The facility was designed to...

World Animal Day Celebrates 81st Year
2012-10-04 14:13:16

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online If today feels a little bananas to you, if it´s raining cats and dogs, or if your office is operating more like a zoo, then no need to panic. It´s the 81st annual World Animal Day! According to WorldAnimalDay.co.uk, this day of celebration began in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy. The very first World Animal Day was celebrated as an extension of the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron...

2012-09-12 23:03:36

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) today announced Conservation Endowment Fund (CEF) grants totaling $205,000 to be awarded to 11 projects. Silver Spring, MD (PRWEB) September 11, 2012 The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) today announced Conservation Endowment Fund (CEF) grants totaling $205,000 to be awarded to 11 projects. “Supported by AZA´s Conservation Endowment Fund, scientists at AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and their partners are at the cutting edge...

2012-08-15 23:02:12

The release is part of a “Head Start” coalition to save these rare turtles. For more than five years, Oakland Zoo has partnered with Sonoma State University and San Francisco Zoo to research, raise, and release Western Pond Turtles back into the wild. Based on a successful program at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, SSU researchers and Oakland Zoo staff are studying nesting patterns, breeding, habitat threats, incubation, growth, and diets of the turtles. Oakland, CA (PRWEB) August...


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Kihansi Spray Toad, Nectophrynoides Asperginis
2014-09-15 16:37:21

The Kihansi Spray Toad, Nectophrynoides Asperginis, is a yellowish colored dwarf toad. The females can reach up to 1.1 inches long and the males can reach up to .75 inches long. This ovoviviparous species was described scientifically in the year 1999. It was found only in the spray zone around the Kihansi waterfalls in the southern Udzungwa Mountains located in Tanzania. At about 220,000 square feet, this was the smallest natural distribution known for any vertebrate species, but it was...

William Beebe
2014-01-07 10:37:00

William Beebe was an American who held many titles including naturalist, marine biologist, ornithologist, explorer, and author. He is most famous for the many expeditions he led for the New York Zoological Society, his scientific writings, and his deep dives within the Bathysphere. Beebe was born Charles William Beebe in Brooklyn, New York in 1877. In his early life, The American Museum of Natural History and the environment of East Orange, New Jersey influenced him to explore nature and...

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2007-01-23 14:47:34

The Chinese Alligator, Alligator sinensis, is one of two living species of Alligator. The Chinese Alligator is native to only China. This species' wild habitat has been reduced to little more than a few ponds along the lower Yangtze River system. Its population reduction has been mostly due to conversion of its habitat to agricultural use. The Chinese Alligator rarely exceeds 7 feet long, with 5 feet being a more common size. It weighs approximately 80 pounds. Their heads are...

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Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.