Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NC Zoo Loses Bull Elk

According to Valerie Abbott, who put her earlier photo up on Facebook today:

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Still Love This Photo

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"Play 'Nature' for Me"

Sounds of nature are played for animals rehabilitating at the NC Zoo's Valerie H. Schindler Center:

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"Can Elephants Survive...Ivory Trade Ban?"

National Geographic offers another's very different opinion on "a continued ivory trade ban".

"Already these restrictions have resulted in skyrocketing ivory prices, which along with other factors has spurred an elephant-killing spree. Sadly, as long as these factors remain in place, this will continue."

"The NC Zoo is awaiting State clarification" to proceed with its plans to destroy elephant ivory and rhino horn to educate and model behavior regarding trade in both.  

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Polar Bear Breeding Plan: Step 1

Step 1: Bring an adult male and female together.

Highland Wildlife Park, a Scottish zoo, will soon have an adult female polar bear to introduce to one of its adult males.

A new enclosure is being built to hold the adult female. "Engineers from the British Army's 71 Engineer Regiment and a contingent from the South Dakota National Guard have started work on the building of the enclosure."

[Note: I'd be interested in reading the story behind the South Dakota National Guard's involvement at the Scottish zoo!]

Here at the NC Zoo, officials are getting ready to open a major expansion of and improvements to the polar bear exhibit and holding facilities. The improvements are to accept and provide husbandry to a breeding group of polar bears and their young.

Since the current plan is to open the new "Rocky Coast" exhibit complex soon to two resident adult females, the NC Zoo too will be working on some version "Breeding Plan 1".

The original, smaller "Rocky Coast" opened in the early '90s to three non-breeding polar bears. Project: Polar Bears provided about $8 million for the larger, breeding facilities.

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Monday, September 15, 2014


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The Big Zoo Gamble

Giant pandas - if they have a baby, the zoo wins; if they don't, the zoo director's toast.

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Quartet of Cute Curious Cubs @ NC Zoo

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Polar Bear Cubs Flown to Zoo was the Henry Vilas Zoo and it was 1988. But it is a chapter in the 50-year anniversary of a father's and son's service to the Madsion, Wisconsin zoo. It was Dad's first and last plane trip.

"One of the polar bear cubs Richard [Walter] retrieved from Alaska in 1988 — his name is Nanuq — is still owned by the Vilas Zoo. He is on loan to a zoo in Ohio, being mated to two females, and unlikely to return. At 26, Nanuq is near the end of the line."

The NC Zoo is on the lookout for available polar bear cubs. It has long been working toward the opening of a polar bear exhibit improved just for the breeding of the rare species.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Oh Yeah

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"Not Only Long But Also Superior"

Talking about the elephant nose and sense of smell.

"...elephants’ sniffers are five times more powerful than people’s noses, twice that of dogs, and even stronger than the previous known record-holder in the animal kingdom: Rats."

And elephants can also "hear" through their feet, as well as hear at a subsonic level compared to the lowly homo sapiens.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Projections of Climate Change Impacts on Birds...

...and North American bird watchers.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Zoo Promotion

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Poor Little Bat...All Those Scary Humans

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"...a strange obsession...'

Humans seem to need to feel unique.

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A Teaching Opportunity

Sedgwick County Commissioners are told why zoos need breeding groups of elephants.

"Zoo director Mark Reed said that African elephants are dying at the rate of 96 a day because of poaching and loss of habitat."

NC Zoo Director David M. Jones wants to teach about this loss through destruction of ivory and rhino horn valued at $1 million here. "We must all act now!", he said, a month ago, but that August educational event was postponed pending "clarification" from the State of North Carolina.

As Sedgwick County Zoo desires, the NC Zoo built larger African elephant and southern white rhino exhibits and holding/breeding facilities some years ago and continues to hope for a birth of either (and both) species. 

Read more here:

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sad @HuffPostScience

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Sad @NBC News

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

When There Aren't Enough Fossils

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