Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Top NC Award to Zoo
The linked article gives examples, including the constructed wetland, Solar Pointe and on-site biodiesel processing.
"Zebras in My Yard"
"...workers, not affiliated with the park, accidentally left a gate open Monday afternoon, allowing the zebras to escape." (Workers unaffiliated with the NC Zoo don't get the opportunity to mistakenly open a gate containing powerful animals.)
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Wired Honey Bees...
The land giants' well-known fear of the tiny bee is used, as are wires connected to bee nests, to keep migrating elephants away from Kenyan farmers' crops.
"Farms in Tanzania and Uganda are now replicating..."
"...honey provides a secondary income for the farmers."
Betty & Friends:
A Los Angeles Zoo trustee, Betty visits Central Park Zoo and makes a strong case for good zoos everywhere.
Monday, November 28, 2011
New Philadelphia Zoo exhibit (their drawing really) "Treetop Trail" is 700 feet of elevated passageways and lookouts for primates to travel through and explore as visitors get to see this overhead and very nearby.
“The environment changes day-to-day for each primate group, as the different species time-share different parts of the system."
"The total cost for the project was $1.5 million, which included design, construction, modifications to accommodate the trail system and other costs." [AZA]
AZA Adds Northern Zoos
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
"Extremely Sad Day"
I had posted twice on the Zoo's 49th gorilla birth. The baby was fathered by Kwanza (now called Kwan), the male gorilla born here 22 years ago.
"The zoo says workers allowed the mother, 16-year-old Bana, to keep the baby for several hours "to make peace with what happened." She was a first-time mother."
Seniority @ the Top
Good use of the Grandfather trails today. There were 10 other people at the highest summit in the Blue Ridge range as I was there, in three parties. The two parties which also came up the Scout Trail each included older gentlemen (as did my party of one).
The one who looked the oldest to me shared that he was "just 72"! The one who I thought might be younger than I proved to be 74! (A 10 year-old and Snickers, the dog, also submitted when I did.)
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Sea Ice Loss
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I Do Remember Zero
“The responses of collared peccaries (Pecaritajacu) to unpredictable feeding locations alone and unpredictable feeding location and unpredictable feeding times, was increased feeding time, decreased resting time, and an increase in exploratory behavior…” [Connect, Nov. 2011; an Association of Zoos and Aquariums publication]
The increased exploration and activity should be beneficial to the animal and appreciated by the zoo visitor. [one man’s opinion]
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
1st Time in 6 yrs.
"...it wasn't unusual to see multiple gorilla births every year."
"She is the 49th gorilla born here since the first birth in 1970..."
Kwanza was the baby gorilla born at the NC Zoo (March 1, 1989, 50 hours before my son Evan's birth; when I was then congratulated in town for "the birth", I knew it was Kwanza's birth to which we were referring).
Orangs Have an App for That
Milwaukee Zoo is using iPads for enrichment.
"The gorillas were wary of the new device, and remain so. But the inquisitive orangutans were another story."
"Mahal loves the penguins," said [Zoo volunteer Scott] Engel, who made a video of them at feeding time. "He just sat there watching them, with his arms folded across his chest. He jumped back when the penguins flapped a wing."
(hat tip: NC Zoo Society member extraordinaire Jody Gilmore)
Monday, November 21, 2011
"If I Ran the Zoo..."
R.I.P., Dolly Llama
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
She “was one of the original seven African elephants rescued from being killed in Swaziland because of overpopulation.”
I am currently reading “Zoo Story” by Thomas French. The Swaziland elephants are featured in it, especially the ones that went instead to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.
No Place to Go
"There's no place to move...Up the coast is already inhabited."
"The average polar bear eats about 43 seals a year. Missing out on two or three of those meals is enough to cause a female polar bear to lose enough mass to give birth to underweight cubs or no cubs at all..."
""All seals aren't equal, as far as polar bears are concerned," he said, noting the ideal polar bear meal is about six weeks old.
"At that stage, they're little balls of fat. They aren't very smart about predators...What's happening at breakup is the bears are losing access to the seals at the most important time."
"..moved to...retirement paddock.."
Thursday, November 17, 2011
"...in anticipation of pregnancy."
Labels: NC Zoo
Zoo to Close 12/19
"OFFICIALLY", it will close "to handle a number of water supply-related repairs and replacements." [Senior Staff Meeting Notes 11-16-11]
(I am taking the day off to celebrate those water-related renovations with my wife.)
Labels: NC Zoo
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
A Big Operation
Successful cataract surgery on NC Zoo African elephant C'Sar, 11/15/11. "Surgical experts from the N.C. State University College of Veterinary Medicine teamed up with N.C. Zoo veterinary staff and keepers to perform eye surgery on the zoo’s male elephant C’sar. N.C. Zoo Photo by Diane Villa." (Ignore Flickr photo credit to me.)
Omaha Zoo's Plan...
Omaha Zoo owes much to rather recently retired Director Dr. Lee Simmons: "Simmons built a reputation for finishing projects on time and within budget - and visitors voted with their feet. Attendance and memberships are among the nation's best.
"Since donors seldom give you their last dollar, when you deliver, you get to go back and say, 'How did you like that?'" said [Jim] Maddy, of the national zoo group [AZA]."
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
"Proceeds support the care of the Real Chicks and their neighbors at the New York Zoo and Aquarium."
Gift suitable for both chick magnets and "magnetic chicks".
Monday, November 14, 2011
"Shuttered Tripoli Zoo"
"Technically, the shuttered Tripoli Zoo belongs to the people. Yet it is off-limits for now, its 900 exotic inhabitants guarded zealously by a dedicated core staff that was itself traumatized by the excesses of the ruling family that spent the last 42 years right next door..."
"The animals went through trauma of a different kind when the actual battle for Tripoli broke out."
"But the world was watching, via Facebook and other social media, and donations poured in to help cover the $2,000 daily requirements for care and feeding of the at-risk animals via the International Fund for Animal Welfare." (IFAW was founded four decades ago by citizens who worked to stop the commercial hunt for white-coat harp seals on the eastern coast of Canada.)
This is how the NC Zoo reports its involvement on its website ("More News").
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Google Zoo View
Friday, November 11, 2011
Wrecking Ball Wins
Thursday, November 10, 2011
A grizzly profile
'Nother Zoo "Escape"
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Pensive Greensboro Beaver
Figured "beaver" and ran in place until he surfaced on the other side of the fork. Just nose and eye above the water.
On my return I came upon him at sunset. He was swimming away from me. When I drew up to him and started running in place again, he was now not bothered with diving or hiding. He just kept swimming, while keeping an eye on this gray-headed, two-legged creature.
Monday, November 07, 2011
Invasive American Bullfrog
They "eat everything that fits into their mouths"..., including "birds, rodents, frogs, snakes, turtles, lizards and bats." They are "voracious eaters who will also prey on their own young..." [The New York Times "Environment"]
"Polar Bears" Picket Pipeline
Sunday, November 06, 2011
"While bamboo forms almost all of their diet, they also have an appetite for rats, mice, pikas (rabbit-like creatures), insects and other vegetation."
"Bamboo is the fastest-growing grass on the planet and has been recorded growing at 47.6in in a 24-hour period." (Look closely, and you can literally see grass grow, but it is as exciting as tracking the movement of the minute hand on an old pocket watch.)
Hour on Owl's Roost
Wasn't sure how that would go. Hadn't run an hour since September. Longer, strenuous hikes on Grandfather Mountain and more recently, other, nearby mountains instead.
But it was a pleasant outing on the wonderful "dirt" bike trail at Lake Brandt.
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Famous Dog Dies
I Vote for the Bear
All animals have their environmental niches and adaptations, but an animal which, I've read, ingests "processed" wood which has only passed once through its own digestive track might not be my ideal national symbol.
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Sokoto, Ruby, Nori and Terry
Trick or Tweet
Wood Stork Released!
"We sent out requests through e-mail and facebook for fresh and live fish as we were not able to get the bird to eat frozen fish we have available to us at the [NC] Zoo; thankfully our fishermen's services, while greatly appreciated, will no longer be needed," reports veterinary technician Halley Buckanoff, BS, CVT, CWR.
Wood storks are federally endangered species. This one was released yesterday.
"Greatest TV Presenter..."
"85-year-old Sir David Attenborough is there to watch the lovestruck [polar] bears for his new television series, Frozen Planet."
"He never lectures. He watches, listens and then, in that unmistakeable breathy whisper, shares his enthusiasm with us, so that we enjoy the illusion that it is we who have burst upon that snowy scene and witnessed these extraordinary natural phenomena with our own eyes."
"His most famous TV moment was his encounter with mountain gorillas in Rwanda in 1978. A curious female put her huge finger in his mouth and examined his teeth. She stared at him. ‘I can truthfully say that I have never exchanged a look with an animal that seemed to have in it such understanding,’ he said afterwards."