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2014-02-12 16:22:05

The South-East Zoo Alliance for Reproduction & Conservation launches a unique way to help support the repopulation of endangered species. YULEE, Fla., Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Every day, all throughout the animal world, millions of sperm are going to waste, swimming their way to fruitless oblivion. This sperm, if properly harvested and shared, could be used to help save the planet's endangered species from extinction. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140212/FL64294)...

Giraffe Killed, Fed To Big Cats At The Copenhagen Zoo, Officials Say It Was To Prevent Inbreeding
2014-02-10 04:47:18

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Claiming that the move was necessary in order to prevent inbreeding, the Copenhagen Zoo has euthanized a healthy male two-year-old giraffe – despite calls from animal rights activists and other zoos to spare the creature. Copenhagen Zoo spokesman Tobias Stenbaek Bro told Richard Steed and Malin Rising of the Associated Press (AP) that the giraffe, whose name was Marius, had been put down Sunday using a bolt pistol. It was...

2014-01-29 23:00:36

This frog species, which once hopped throughout California’s upper elevations, has dropped significantly in numbers, more than ninety percent in the past decade, due in part to chytrid, a skin fungus that thickens the frog’s skin so they can’t breathe. Oakland, CA (PRWEB) January 29, 2014 On Wednesday, February 5, 2014, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm, the public is invited to attend a Conservation Speaker Series focused on saving the mountain yellow- legged frog. This frog species, which...

2014-01-16 23:00:57

Cub’s arrival marks 25 years of Amur Leopards, World’s Most Endangered Cat at Denver Zoo. Denver, CO (PRWEB) January 16, 2014 Denver Zoo is thrilled to celebrate the birth of a critically endangered Amur (ah-Moor) leopard cub named Sochi, born December 3, 2013. The young male, named for the Russian city hosting this year’s winter Olympics, is the tenth birth of his species at Denver Zoo since Amur leopards arrived in 1989, about 25 years ago. After spending time bonding with his...

Zoo Collaboration Endangered Species
2014-01-15 14:41:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a new report in the open access journal PLOS ONE, a team of international scientists is calling for a more concerted effort to care for and breed endangered animal species in captivity. According to the report, the extremely hard work and large amount of resources spent on the conservation of these species can be hampered by international regulations, misguided strategies and a general lack of communication. Study author Dalia A....

2014-01-09 23:00:38

On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Oakland Zoo welcomes the public to attend a Conservation Speaker Series focused on conservation efforts in the savannahs of Africa, specifically the Uganda Carnivore Program and the Reticulated Giraffe Project in Kenya. Oakland, CA (PRWEB) January 09, 2014 On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Oakland Zoo welcomes the public to attend a Conservation Speaker Series focused on conservation efforts in the savannahs of...

Breaking Ground For The Alliance For Sustainable Wildlife
2014-01-09 12:03:46

Audubon Nature Institute Audubon Nature Institute and San Diego Zoo Global Break Ground for The Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife: A Conservation Alliance to Enhance the Sustainability of Threatened Animal Populations Officials from Audubon Nature Institute and San Diego Zoo Global took the first steps today in building a breeding center for rare and endangered species. Scooping shovels of dirt, dignitaries including New Orleans Councilwomen Jackie Clarkson and Kristin Palmer and State...

Medical Legacy Of Knut The Polar Bear
2014-01-03 08:03:07

Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research Keeping wild animals is an important component of the mission of zoos to educate the public and preserve endangered species. When animals die, tracking the potential cause becomes an investigation of pathogens from around the world. This is because zoo animals are not only potentially exposed to pathogens occurring where the zoo is located, but also to those pathogens harbored by other zoo animals. In other words: the diagnostic challenge is...

Conservationists Reflect On Four Decades Of Endangered Species Act
2013-12-28 07:50:03

[ Watch the Video: Endangered Species Act Turns 40 ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, the landmark piece of legislation designed to protect critically imperiled creatures from extinction in the US due to economic growth and development. According to National Geographic, the law has helped recover more than 30 species and prevented the extinction of 99 percent of all species it was designed to...

2013-12-23 23:03:06

Three of the Zoo’s conservation partners, ARCAS Animal Rescue in Guatemala, the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center, and the Bay Area Puma Project are the main beneficiaries of the proceeds, which were collected from each Zoo admission fee. Oakland, CA (PRWEB) December 23, 2013 The Bay Area’s Oakland Zoo is proud to announce that Quarters for Conservation, a program to promote wildlife conservation efforts, has raised more than one hundred thousand dollars. Three of the Zoo’s...


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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
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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