Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Ukraine's Zoo Animals at the Brink

Ukraine's problems have dramatically impacted its zoo animals.

"...they were just two days away from totally running out of food for the carnivores when we found out about this and began providing meat." [Barbara Wiseman of Lawrance Anthony Earth Organization, speaking of the estimated 5,700 animals at the 104-year-old Nikolaev Zoo]

"Starvation is also a looming threat for some of Ukraine's other zoo animals." [HuffPostGreen]

"This isn't the first time the Earth Organization, founded by famed conservationist Lawrence Anthony, has been involved in the rescuing of zoo animals from countries in crisis. In 2003, Anthony made headlines when he entered war-torn Iraq to save the animals at Baghdad Zoo. Sadly, by the time he got there, most of the animals had died. Still, he reportedly enlisted soldiers to help protect the remaining animals and did everything in his power to keep them alive."

"In just 9 days, before he arrived, that zoo went from 600 animals down to 35. Most died from starvation and dehydration."

NC Zoo's Director David M. Jones was involved in Baghdad Zoo efforts then, as he leads the new Wild Welfare now, which charges itself with "identifying and improving the conditions of captive wild animals kept under circumstances of severe distress." [Have not heard of any Wild Welfare initiatives in Ukraine to date.]

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Zoo Celebrates 40 & 1 Million

The Riverbanks Zoo is 40 years old and enjoys over a million visitors a year.

""I'm from Charlotte and visit the Zoo about 4 or 5 times a year."

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I Knew That!

From years of experience offering this blog. The climate change deniers come rushing when I reference global climate or even simply polar bears.

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The A.P. on "Endangered Song"

The Associated Press (& The Washington Post) article on the "endangered song" released by Portugal. The Man and the National Zoo.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Stand-Off: 100 Hippos vs. 100 Crocs

Earth Day Stroll Down Memory Lane

Told the Board of the NC Zoo Society in my first meeting as its new exec that I was impressed with the American Zoos and Aquariums' (AZA's) commitment to conservation and species survival as demonstrated by its members at the annual (1985) conference in Columbus, Ohio.

Had attended that conference and many meetings of NC Zoo staff planning for a doubling of our Zoo ("North America") between my mid-August job start and that October 16, 1985 Board meeting. Three members of the Black & Veatch firm, of Kansas City, told our Board that planning was complete and the project would cost $26,806,250.

By the July 9, 1986 Board meeting $1.1 million had been committed to the Zoo Society's private-sector goal of $6 million.

By January 13, 1988 that total was $6,922,532. In the end, with animals and plants, Project:North American cost about $33 million, of which $8 million came from donations (and investment income) through the Zoo Society.

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Happy Earth Day to You

"the mountains are calling"

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First Song Meant to Go Extinct...

...unless its reproduced...unless its reproduced...

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What If...?

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'Cause There May Only Be 400 Left

Another cool idea offered by our National Zoo. The Sumatran tiger population may be down to 400.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Don't Disrespect the Hippo

"The chompers on a mature, fully grown hippo can bite a three-meter-long crocodile in half."

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Cougar Kittens Stretch EGG STRAVAGANZA

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Where's Rich?

When I saw this report on this sad finding re: "rarest gorillas", I expected to find the NC Zoo's Dr. Rich Bergl's name among the 46 co-authors, as the Cross River gorilla is the focus of his conservation field work.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Re-landscape to Save Water

Friday, April 18, 2014

Norway's Unsavory "Human Zoo" Re-enacted

"an attempt to challenge notions of postmodern racism and the treatment of minorities today through historical reenactment."

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Ironwood Is the Choice

"An analysis of 1,844 chimpanzee nests at the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve, Uganda, found that 73.6% of nests were built of Ugandan Ironwood, even though it only accounted for 9.6% of the trees in the sample area."

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"Life in the Freezer"

Wildlife cameraman Doug Allen is cold weather specialist.

"... he did not expect an easy assignment – it is usually -32°C in April, the wind is vicious and hauling cameras in the deep snow is a nightmare. After walking five or more hours a day and watching polar bear dens in the snow slopes for 23 days, however, Allan had seen just one mother bear and her cub."

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

90-Minute Drive?

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