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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

2009-01-30 15:22:51

The Wellington Zoo in New Zealand said staff will create so-called mousesicles in an attempt to help the zoo's big cats beat the heat. Zoo spokeswoman Stephanie Gray said staff members at the tourist site in the New Zealand capital will be freezing whole mice to feed to the zoo's African wild cats, The (Wellington) Dominion Post said in its Saturday edition. Gray said in anticipation of a heat wave this weekend, zoo staff will have mousesicles on hand as well as so-called bloodsicles for the...

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2009-01-28 15:39:45

The Houston Zoo and Baylor College of Medicine today announced a groundbreaking collaboration on a project to study the elephant herpes virus in an effort to protect elephants in zoos and in the wild from this deadly disease. "The Houston Zoo is committed to this cause, not only to benefit our own elephants, but elephants throughout the world," said Houston Zoo Director Rick Barongi. "Baylor College of Medicine is a recognized leader in virology research for humans and it is our hope that...

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2009-01-20 07:40:00

A female zoo keeper is in critical condition after being attacked by a jaguar at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo located about an hour outside Baltimore. Two jaguars were in quarantine Monday, after one of them was responsible for the attack. There's no word on if they will be put down. Officials say they are up to date on their vaccinations and rabies shots. Thirty-two year old Deborah Gregory was apparently cleaning the area where the two jaguars are kept. Harold Domer,...


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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
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'