Monday, April 14, 2014

$32 Million in Upgrades Underway...

Local Gov Support of Zoo

The highly regarded Columbus (Ohio) Zoo gets just 15 percent of its annual budget from Franklin County, ["The rest comes from admissions, rentals and other sources of income."] but the Zoo therefore really depends on government for capital improvements (up to 90 percent).

So, County voters in May will decide if they will provide $975 million over the next 30 years, including $612.5 million for elements of a capital master plan which would much change the already successful Columbus Zoo. [“I know the next Jack Hanna resides in Columbus, Ohio, but she’s only 5 years old. It’s our job to inspire her.” - Tom Stalf, Zoo President and CEO]

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Endangered Specialist

The elephant louse is only found on elephants (African or Asian) and only moves on one elephant or by transferring from one elephant to another when two come into contact.

So...since elephants are endangered, it goes without saying...

[The post is "inspired" by my 2010 post on the same theme; lot fewer elephants four years on, I'm sorry to say.]

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

This, You Can Count On, Scott Simon!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

World Famous Pizza?

This was from a young woman also through hiking the AT from south to north. Pretty sure she was referring to this place, where I also planned to have my lunch, after I'd turned around.  Found her, her companion and my "fella" from the prior post already enjoying their pizza. (It must be a "must do" on the AT itinerary!) Ann and I love the pizza at Smoky Mountain Bakers; it is in the town of Roan Mountain.

The companion" is in the yellow cap. The young woman's head band and my "fella's" curly beard can be made out across from him. (I gave the bearded fella a lift the couple miles back to the AT; the couple opted to spend some time "in town".)

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He Looked Like One Who Should Know

His curly beard and large pack told me he probably had experienced much with which to compare. Ran into him later, at lunch, and he is through hiking the AT from south to north. I was going the opposite way when we passed.

This is near that spot. My little backpack and poles are to the left of "the trail".

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Chimps Return for Malted Milk Balls

Wouldn't you?

BTW, chimpanzees are great apes not "monkeys", KMBC-TV.

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"Notice Something New"?

Don't agree that there is anything new, as this HuffPost opinion piece suggests, about the better zoos and aquariums utilizing their "traffic" to educate about conservation needs. (The first American Zoo & Aquarium session I ever attended, just under 29 years ago, featured, for me, a talk by Bill Conway of the Bronx Zoo (et al) about conservation education vs. zoos' abilities to preserve species through captive breeding; it was conservation education and the preservation of endangered species that justified, for me, joining the NC Zoo Society back then and leaving the human health and welfare fundraising community.)

Read this piece instead for its content about "96 Elephants", the aptly, and sadly, named program to get people informed, and active, to end a slaughter that is taking that many African elephants daily.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cougar Update +

"The trio of young Cougars are on exhibit as well as the Otter pup." - NC Zoo Senior Staff Meeting notes, Mary Joan Pugh

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Must "Favorite" This Tweet!

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

"Snakes on a Plain"

"Smooth green snakes are small in size but big in importance to restoring prairie habitat in northern Illinois." - Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

"Wine & Wildlife: Prairie Pioneers", April 24.

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Bravo Neighbor!

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Decision Made...For Now

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Decision: Pine Cone vs. Plastic Balls

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Working on a Cure...

...for "nature-deficit disorder".

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Who's Terrorizing Who?!?

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Monday, April 07, 2014

Prolific Predator in White Hat


Fire Ants: The Workers

"Workers begin life as nurses, grooming and feeding the brood and the queen. They move on to tasks like nest maintenance and sanitation. In their golden years, workers become foragers, handling the colony’s most dangerous job, as it exposes them to predators and the elements. As the life in them winds down, workers act as their own pallbearers, lying down to die in a mass ant grave called the refuse pile." Nautilus; "Ants Go Marching" by Justin Noble.

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"MOM Brands Earns "Paw of Approval""