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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...

2011-04-20 00:00:30

International tiger expert and the Minnesota Zoo's Conservation Director "“ Dr. Ron Tilson "“ will retire on Earth Day (April 22) after a lengthy and notable career. Apple Valley, MN (PRWEB) April 18, 2011 International tiger expert and the Minnesota Zoo's Conservation Director "“ Dr. Ron Tilson "“ will retire on Earth Day (April 22) after a lengthy and notable career. Tilson has been at the Minnesota Zoo since 1984, where he has held various positions in research,...

2011-04-08 10:00:00

DENVER, April 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A state-of-the-art, eFlow Technology nebulizer (PARI Pharma GmbH) has lifted one Denver Zoo orangutan's health and spirits. Mias (Mee-us), a 27-year-old orangutan, has what veterinarians believe to be chronic airsacculitis, a complex respiratory disease that is a substantial problem in both wild and zoo orangutans. Current information suggests that this condition in orangutans may also have some similarities to cystic fibrosis in people. (Photo:...

2011-04-08 00:00:30

Largest Earth Day Party in North America Silver Spring, MD (Vocus/PRWEB) April 07, 2011 What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with the planet's amazing and diverse wildlife? More than 120 of the top zoos and aquariums across North America are throwing the 5th Annual Party for the Planetâ“ž¢, the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America! Local AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are the perfect place to connect with nature and conservation in...

2011-04-01 06:24:00

ATLANTA, April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Aquarium is proud to announce the debut of the much-anticipated AT&T Dolphin Tales gallery and show on Saturday, April 2. Dedicated to inspiring memorable connections between humans and dolphins, AT&T Dolphin Tales strives to create a greater understanding of these magnificent animals and to develop a lasting legacy for the conservation of dolphins and other marine mammals. "The new gallery and show is an important addition and...

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2011-03-21 06:15:00

Knut, Berlin Zoo's superstar polar bear, has died at the age of four. "Everyone is just in shock here," said Claudia Bienek, a spokeswoman for the Berlin Zoo in the German capital while discussing the death of Knut, a beloved zoo resident. Knut died unexpectedly while in his enclosure. As a cub in 2007, Knut, was rejected by his mother and had been reared by zookeepers. Captive polar bears generally live to be around 35 years of age. Knut was only four years and three months old. He was...

2011-03-17 21:06:24

Of around seven land vertebrate species whose survival in the wild is threatened one is also kept in captivity. These and other data on the protection of species in zoos and aquaria have now been revealed by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock. Writing in the journal Science, the team of researchers and the International Species Information System (ISIS) advocate the establishment of targeted captive breeding programmes to supplement the...

2011-01-24 00:00:40

Members agree, NC Zoo Society membership offers more than a one-time visit to the Zoo. Asheboro, N.C. (Vocus/PRWEB) January 22, 2011 NC Zoo Society members see their organization as a "close friend" or "an acquaintance I admire" with eighty-five percent of the NC Zoo Society members reporting a "very favorable" opinion of their member experience, compared to a zoo and aquarium benchmark of 72 percent. Those are among the findings of a recent research project of the Association of Zoos and...

2011-01-18 11:23:00

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2010 list of the Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants, released today by In Defense of Animals (IDA), once again exposes the hidden suffering of elephants in zoos, where lack of space, unsuitably cold climates and impoverished social groupings condemn Earth's largest land mammals to lifetimes of deprivation, disease and early death. In its seventh year, the list also features IDA's first recognition of a zoo (Dallas Zoo in Texas) for...

2011-01-11 08:00:00

ARMONK, N.Y. and CINCINNATI, Jan. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that the Cincinnati Zoo is using IBM business analytics software to drive new revenue, improve member visits and integrate all ticketing, retail, and food sales operations. The zoo projects a $350,000 increase in revenue in the first year, and an additional 50,000 in new visits per year using the IBM analytics solution. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click...


Latest Zoo Reference Libraries

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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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
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  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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