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2009-06-06 14:55:00

Workers at the Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park in Las Vegas suspect one of their lions grew ill and had to be euthanized after eating a rubber ball. Zookeepers said after Midas the lion's blood became anemic and a surgery to improve the animal's health was unsuccessful, the zoo resident was euthanized, the Las Vegas Review-Journal said Saturday. Zoo director Pat Dingle said the lion's unfortunate demise may have been the result of the animal eating a rubber football. The half-eaten...

2009-05-10 13:02:28

Those planning on visiting zoos such as the St. Louis Zoo need not worry about possibly catching the swine flu from the site's pig residents, zoo officials say. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums said in a statement that despite the presence of pigs at certain accredited U.S. zoos, animals and humans alike can relax given the healthy environment at such sites, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said Sunday. Rudy Socha, publisher of the Zoo and Aquarium Friends newsletter, said he had received 500...

2009-05-03 14:44:27

Behavioral changes exhibited by the Washington National Zoo's giant female panda have put zoologists on a pregnancy alert, officials said. Detecting changes in her actions and hormones, zoo officials are cautiously optimistic Mei Xiang might be pregnant. However, they warn it may be another in a series of false pregnancies for the panda, The Washington Post reported Sunday. National Zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson told the newspaper Mei Xiang is denning, meaning she is transporting bamboo...

2009-05-02 21:40:16

Giving a panda at the National Zoo in Washington a colonoscopy was a complicated procedure involving 10 employees, zoo officials said. Tai Shan, born at the zoo almost four years ago, needed the colonoscopy to determine whether he had recovered from eosinophilic colitis, which he developed last year, The Washington Post reported Saturday. The panda had to fast for a day before the procedure Friday. But he did not need to prepare by drinking quantities of liquid to clear his colon, as humans...

2009-04-30 17:34:18

Petting zoo operators need to adhere to guidelines for supervised hand washing to reduce the risk of infection in children, U.S. health officials said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Weekly Report said animal settings provide an opportunity for human-animal contact that may facilitate disease transmission. The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians released recommendations to minimize risks associated with animals in public settings. The recommendations...

2009-04-14 13:00:23

A male polar bear has been brought from the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago to mate with two females at the Detroit Zoo. The matchmaking was done by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan, WDIV-TV, Detroit, reported. The program tries to maximize the genetic diversity of polar bears and other threatened and endangered species. Lee, the 9-year-old 900-pound male from Chicago, joins Barle, 24, Talini, 4, and and three males, twins Neil and Buzz, both 12, and Norton, 21, in...

2009-04-11 23:00:00

A woman who climbed a fence, hedges and a wall to get into the polar bear enclosure at the Berlin Zoo was pulled out of the moat by keepers. The woman was bitten on the legs and arms, The Daily Telegraph reported. Keepers used ropes to pull her up a wall. The woman has proved herself to be careless by jumping into the enclosure, a police spokesman said. Logic tells us that polar bears will do this type of thing in this situation. There were four bears in the enclosure at the time -- including...

2009-03-22 15:38:49

Tonda, a Sumatran orangutan at ZooWorld, has died at the Panama City Beach, Fla., tourist venue at the age of 50, a zoo official says. Zoo World education director Stephanie Willard said the popular orangutan, whose name is short for Tondaleyo, died in her sleep at an old age for the species, the Panama City (Fla.) News Herald reported Saturday. She was an older lady, and we have been keeping a close eye on her, Willard said prior to Tonda's death Friday. Tonda had represented the oldest...

2009-02-16 13:25:00

Two polar bears are being encouraged by human matchmakers to mate, in an effort to further protect the species against extinction, USA Today reported. Nanuq, the aging polar bear from Wisconsin, is being brought to Buffalo, New York to meet Anana, a female bear, in hopes that their pairing could result in some offspring. Jim Hubing, director of the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wis., said zoo officials should know probably by late summer or early fall if she has conceived. Last year, polar...

2009-02-04 14:30:00

A new report has found that institutions of informal learning, such as zoos, can be useful in triggering a passion for science in young children. Even as President Barack Obama has vowed to "restore science to its rightful place," some states are facing decisions that could result in large budget cuts for public zoos and other useful institutions of education. The report, published in the National Academy of Sciences, found that informal learning -- such as at zoos or just while fishing or...

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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...

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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  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'