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Captive Animals Better Problem Solvers Than Their Wild Counterparts
2013-01-08 11:28:26

Watch the video "Studying Hyena Problem Solving Skills" April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Historically, tests on an animal´s ability to problem solve have been conducted on captive animals. Recently, however, a shift has been made among researchers who are now trying to run those tests on animals in their native habitats. A new study from scientists at Michigan State University and the University of California, Berkeley has found vast differences between the...

Understanding Orangutans Through Eye Movement
2012-11-28 12:28:43

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A neuroscientist specializing in cognitive and sensory systems research is using eye tracking equipment on orangutans to better understand visual cognition of humans and apes, and also help provide a better life for captive bred animals. Dr Neil Mennie, from The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC), is using the specially adapted equipment to study the eye movements of Tsunami, a seven year old orangutan at The National Zoo...

Brazilian Zoo Wants To Clone Animals To Preserve Endangered Species
2012-11-16 12:29:52

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After successfully cloning cows and horses, experts at the Brasilia Zoo in Brazil are hoping to begin the same process for several species of wild animals that are currently under threat. In collaboration with Brazil's Embrapa agriculture research agency, officials have selected eight animals as potential cloning candidates: the jaguar, the black lion tamarin monkey, the bison, the bush dog, the collared anteater, the gray...

Boredom Affects Animals Too
2012-11-15 13:02:37

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A research team from the University of Guelph has been investigating the boredom of captive animals. Their findings, published in PLOS ONE, are the first to empirically demonstrate boredom in confined animals. The team hopes to encourage the development of more suitable housing systems for captive animals. "Ideas about how to assess animal boredom scientifically have been raised before, but this is really the first time that anyone's...

Ethiopian Lion Population Proven To Be Unique By DNA
2012-10-13 08:38:47

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online DNA has proven that the Addis Ababa lion in Ethiopia is genetically unique, prompting researchers to urge the animal be put on an endangered species list. It has been obvious that some lions in Ethiopia have a large, dark mane, extending from the head, neck and chest to the belly, but it wasn't known if these lions were a genetically distinct population. Researchers found that captive lions at the Addis Ababa Zoo in Ethiopia...

2012-10-13 04:00:38

On Thursday, October 11, 2012, Oakland Zoo will open a new state-of-the-art 17,000 square foot Veterinary Medical Hospital. The facility was designed to accommodate a variety of zoo animals and their specific needs — from sun and humidity-loving reptiles, to tiny birds, to cold-adapted grizzly bears. Oakland, CA (PRWEB) October 11, 2012 On Thursday, October 11, 2012, Oakland Zoo opened a new state-of-the-art 17,000 square foot Veterinary Medical Hospital. The facility was designed to...

World Animal Day Celebrates 81st Year
2012-10-04 14:13:16

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online If today feels a little bananas to you, if it´s raining cats and dogs, or if your office is operating more like a zoo, then no need to panic. It´s the 81st annual World Animal Day! According to WorldAnimalDay.co.uk, this day of celebration began in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy. The very first World Animal Day was celebrated as an extension of the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron...


Latest Zoo Reference Libraries

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
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.