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2010-04-20 14:34:00

ST. LOUIS, April 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A historic landmark at the Saint Louis Zoo has been totally renovated indoors and out, thanks to a $2.5 million gift from St. Louis-based Peabody Energy, the world's largest private-sector coal company. Peabody Hall, adjacent to the Zoo's Bird House, dates back to 1917 as the Zoo's first Elephant House. It once housed two hippos, an elephant and a rhinoceros. The building had become obsolete for animal management by the 1950s. Today the...

2010-04-15 11:13:00

Contest Highlights Dallas Roars! Festival DALLAS, April 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- African pygmy goats move to the Lacerte Family Children's Zoo in time for Dallas Roars! - a five-week spring celebration that began Saturday, April 10 and lasts through Mother's Day on Sunday, May 9. Thanks to sponsor Kimberly-Clark Corporation, this year's event will be even longer than before with five weekends of fun and adventure. The Dallas Zoo kicks off the event with a naming contest to welcome 11...

2010-04-14 05:00:00

GALVESTON, Texas, April 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Moody Gardens is proud to introduce pygmy slow loris twins born on March 22. Breeding of this species is often challenging and largely rare in captivity. In fact, this is only one of five pygmy slow loris births in captivity in North America over the past year. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100414/DC85838 ) "This is such an exciting event," said Paula Kolvig, assistant curator at Moody Gardens. "We have been...

2010-03-30 11:58:00

PITTSBURGH, March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has partnered with Visionworks® to offer free admission to Zoo visitors who donate a pair of prescription eyeglasses during the month of April. "We are excited to partner with Visionworks to encourage our visitors to recycle their old prescription eyeglasses and help someone who is not able to afford them," says Dr. Barbara Baker, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. "Most...

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2010-03-17 15:05:00

A zoo in northeastern China has been shutdown after a surge of Siberian tigers have been killed for the use of making a virility tonic, the AFP news agency recently reported. The Global Times reported on Wednesday that China's forestry ministry ordered the zoo in the city of Shenyang to suspend operations and have urged the local government to look into the deaths of 13 of the endangered animals. The Beijing News said that authorities are investigating whether the Shenyang Forest Wildlife...

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2010-03-15 07:15:00

In an effort to save many endangered species in their country, Rio de Janeiro's zoo has been taking in a collection of animals in order to become a maternity ward for many of them that have never been born in captivity. Among the rare animals that are finding refuge at the zoo: the black-collared anteater and the Ararajuba Golden Parakeet. These are just two of the many unique animals threatened by extinction. The zoo is now home to more than 500 mammals, 900 reptiles, and 1,000 birds,...

2010-01-12 07:00:00

MT. LAUREL, N.J., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- TimeSight Systems(TM), the industry leader in the practice of video lifecycle management (VLM) for video surveillance, today announced the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium has implemented the company's intelligent Network Video Recorder (NVR) platform to help protect the visitors, employees, animals and exhibits and to provide long-term audit ability and accountability. A 77-acre naturalistic habitat zoo that is home to thousands of animals, the...

2009-12-07 08:00:00

BURLINGAME, Calif. and SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- BitGravity, Inc., a global leader in video delivery, is powering the San Francisco Zoo's live stream of the Jones Family Gorilla Preserve with BG Live output in 1080p. This marks the first time an Association of Zoo and Aquarium member has delivered a persistent, high definition (1080p) live video stream from its grounds to visitors on its Web site. BitGravity's 1080p live streaming delivers a high definition online experience...

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2009-11-14 06:30:00

Officials in India said Friday that all elephants residing in the nation's zoos and circuses will be relocated to game sanctuaries where they can roam more freely. Some 140 elephants in 26 zoos and 16 circuses throughout India will be moved, said B.K. Gupta, an officer at India's Central Zoo Authority. The order came after animal rights activists complained that the elephants were kept in captivity and often chained for extended periods of time, Gupta told the Associated Press. The elephants...

2009-09-30 15:39:04

The National Zoo in Washington said the departure of a 5,000-pound hippo for Milwaukee was handled discretely with a covered crate on a flatbed truck. Officials at the zoo said Happy the hippopotamus was trucked from the zoo Monday morning without any fanfare to avoid upsetting the animal during the 18-hour drive to Wisconsin's Milwaukee County Zoo, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. It wasn't in his interest to have him see out (of the crate), or to have anybody be able to see in,...


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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'.