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2009-01-17 16:00:28

A wild goat died at the Calgary Zoo when it got tangled in a hanging toy zookeepers had placed in its enclosure, officials at the Canadian facility say. Zoo employees working in a nearby exhibit cut loose the 2-year-old male Turkmenian markhor when they realized it was in trouble Friday, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Saturday. However, their efforts to get the animal breathing again were fruitless. This was a very unfortunate accident that happened while the markhor was playing...

2009-01-16 14:48:00

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the world's rare sex-selected zoological species, an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, was born Nov. 28 at SeaWorld San Diego. The birth further validates the park's ability to preferentially produce female or male offspring through the use of sperm sexing and artificial insemination technologies. The SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Reproductive Research Center is the only organization in the world to apply preferential sex-selection reproductive research...

2008-12-23 19:20:39

Two male lions from one New Zealand zoo have been shipped to another temporarily in hopes that they will become fathers. Malik and Zulu will be away from the Wellington Zoo for a year, The Dominion Post reported. They were sent to the South Island to Orana Wildlife Park in Christchurch. There was a double reason for the move. The Wellington Zoo has both male and female lions but does not have the facilities to deal with cubs, while Orana has space and females but no males. While the boys are...

2008-12-14 16:11:15

The San Diego Zoo will receive pandas from China during the next five years under a new loan agreement between the two sides, officials say. Giant Panda Conservation Foundation President David Towne said the loan agreement during the ongoing economic crisis worldwide will allow the tourist site to continue to receive pandas from China, but at nearly half the cost, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Saturday. An official with the China Wildlife Conservation Association praised the deal for...

2008-12-12 15:32:00

A study in the U.S.-based journal Science suggests female elephants living in in Africa and Asia live longer than those in European zoos. Researchers, led by Georgia Mason of the University of Guelph in Ontario, said a study of data on more than 4,500 Asian and African elephants from Amboseli National Park in Kenya, the Myanma Timber Enterprise in Burma and European zoos shows being born into a zoo, being moved between zoos and the possible loss of their mothers puts animals at particular...

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2008-12-12 08:25:00

Elephants living in zoos have shorter lives than their wild counterparts, according to a new study that will most certainly stir debate about their captive situations. Researchers compared the life spans of elephants in European zoos with those living in Amboseli National Park in Kenya and others working on a timber enterprise in Myanmar. Animals in the wild or in natural working conditions had life spans twice that or more of their relatives in zoos. The new findings were published in the...

2008-11-28 15:02:18

The Christmas ornaments handcrafted out of reindeer dung come with a certificate of authenticity from the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, Ill., the zoo says. The ornaments sold at the zoo gift shop for $5 are made of dried chunks collected by zoo employees and then clear-coated or rolled in glitter. Each one is unique. They are each a work of art, Marketing Director Susie Ohley told the Bloomington (Ill.) Pantagraph. The newspaper said Friday that while reindeer are not small animals, their...

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2008-11-26 09:55:00

In a zoo in northern Japan, handlers of a popular polar bear were in for a surprise when they brought him in to mate with a female and found that he, was in fact, a she. Masako Inoue, a zookeeper at the Kushiro Municipal Zoo, said that four year old Tsuyoshi, a 441 lb. polar bear, had been living in harmony with a female polar bear since June. "We thought he was a male, so we never had any doubts as we took care of him," she said. "But one day we realized that the two bears urinate in the...

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2008-11-13 09:25:00

A 32-year-old man, who jumped into a moat setting off three white tigers at a zoo in Singapore, died Thursday after being attacked by the animals, police said. The victim was identified as a Malaysian contract worker, Channel NewsAsia reported. Police said zoo keepers, who heard the commotion, entered the area to distract the tigers to rescue the man, the report said. The man, who sustained neck injuries, was later pronounced dead. Police are investigating the incident and zoo authorities...

2008-10-29 06:30:00

Georgia's Zoo Atlanta has announced the death of a pregnant 26-year-old African elephant. The zoo said the elephant, Dottie, died Monday during the third trimester of her first pregnancy, WSB-TV in Atlanta reported Tuesday. Zoo officials said veterinarians first noticed irregularities with the protein levels in the elephant's blood Oct. 10 and she then lost nearly 800 pounds in only 11 days. The officials said zookeepers tried to treat the unknown infection with antibiotics but Dottie died...


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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.'