Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
Zoo Pkwy Cherry Blossoms
Why Change for This?
"The woman...came face to face with the elephants after she scaled the public barrier, walked through tall bushes and climbed another fence."
Imagine even the bushes were a third line of security, aimed at keeping humans and elephants apart.
We also can't expect that added restraints be added to bridges or roadsides after suicide attempts by car or drowning.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Siku Means "Sea Ice"
""Siku is going to be an ambassador for polar bears, for global warming..."
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Zoo Attendance Milestone
'Nother Cute Cub... and 'Nother
Still finding all of this somehow amusing. (A whole week dedicated to not just the carving of ice, but much more specifically to the carving of ice restricted to a wildlife theme...and then saluting that.)
Labels: Bronx Zoo
More Siku "Action"
Three zookeepers, therefore, care for him a true 24/7. (Double click on the running video to see all of Siku; "play" and "hold" are at bottom; listen to his tiny snore.)
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
It has begun!
"As you can see work has begun on the expansion of the polar bear exhibit. I will post a photo from this spot (hopefully) after each visit. The estimated completion date is sometime in 2013." [ucumari re: her photo of NC Zoo construction; her title too]
Monday, December 26, 2011
Salute? To Which?
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Politics of Climate
"The idea had originated in the Bush administration, was strongly endorsed by an outside review panel and would have cost no extra money. But the House Republicans, many of whom reject the overwhelming scientific consensus about the causes of global warming, labeled the plan an attempt by the Obama administration to start a “propaganda” arm on climate." ("The idea" was simply to offer better climate forecasts, to aid companies and government, and save lives, based on good science.)
"...two record highs are being set in the United States for every record low, and similar trends can be detected in other parts of the world." Global warming deniers point only to the lows, but weather always wildly varies. So it is the forest, not the trees, that must be viewed. The trend, not the event.
A lot of species, including our own, live in that forest. Most can survive the event...most can not survive the trend.
Friday, December 23, 2011
More Weird Elephant Facts
Too Bad...But Cute
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Beauty Bear in Purple
Tulsa Zoo chimp art
Elephant Attacked Elephant
Umoya was one of seven elephants brought to the Safari Park from South African in 2003. (I recently read "Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives" by Thomas French, in which the story of the 11 African elephants flown out of South Africa to San Diego and Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is featured.)
"It is not uncommon for elephants in the wild to attack or hurt each other, the spokeswoman said."
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tony & Willie
Nice Holiday Gift
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Polar Grin & Bear It
Churchill won't be too hard on polar bears, as it is the prime destination of the "polar bear tourist".
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Bad Luck Zoo?
"It’s especially difficult to fault anyone in the latest incident involving the Sumatran tigers. In attempting to breed these animals, zoo workers were doing the right thing: only 300 to 500 of these magnificent animals still exist."
Applause All Around
""When the AZA concludes that elephants pose too much of a safety risk for even trained handlers to share the same space with them, certainly no child or parent should be subjected to that grave danger."" [PETA spokesperson]
Friday, December 16, 2011
The other day I watched a large, just-chained-sawed tree fall onto the sturdy metal guard rail at the service road to the Rocky Coast. A large, front-end-loader-type vehicle removed the tree and then pulled up on the crumpled guard rail, which straightened out to some good degree and which came up out of the ground into which it had been driven.
NC Zoo horticulturist Corinne Benbow told me that the felled trees will be removed and stored nearby. Some will be returned to the exhibit to be part of what our visitors see there and to be something natural with which the polar bears interact.
Across the visitor walkway from the polar bear pool is kidZone, which is also a cleared construction site at this time.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Happy Trails to You
Its All About Willie!
Goofy Grinning Terror?
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Yo-Yo Ma & Wombat
Brookfield Zoo wombat and famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma on dressing room floor in photo at link.
"Ma asked for a “meet and greet” with Wilbur [Wombat], who was there to showcase the zoo as one of the many grant recipients of the Chicago Community Trust..."
The stare down
"This guy was the lookout at the time and must have perceived me as a threat. Every time I moved he kept his eyes on me. Perhaps he was just tired of the clicking black box." [Quote, title & 2/16/11 Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, SC photo all by talented ucumari]
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
"Schedule of Unwrappings"
Sir David "Defends Zoo Footage"
Because, in one of the "Frozen Planet's" segments, Sir David reports on global warming's negative impact on polar bears and because there are those who choose not to believe this, there has been much made about the "questionable" practice of "implying" the shot was made in the wild.
""If you had tried to put a camera in the wild in a polar bear den, she would either have killed the cub or she would have killed the cameraman, one or the other." [Sir David Attenborough]
Monday, December 12, 2011
Friday, December 09, 2011
Happy feathery friday!!!
Gingrich Wild About Zoos
Broken Glass Menagerie
Most of the hand-blown German glass ornaments in the Zootique tent were destroyed when the tent was blown onto the zoo train's tracks...a crippling, up-to-$15,000 loss.
Which zoo? Virginia...not Tennessee......Williams (Russ/Russlings) reporting.
Winning Wildlife Photo
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Is There Any Nature Left?
"This is the Earth we have created, and we have a duty, as a species, to protect it and manage it with love and intelligence. It is not ruined. It is beautiful still, and can be even more beautiful, if we work together and care for it."
I blog, therefore the Earth still works (for me).
NPR Discovers ucumari
Indy Zoo Orang Exhibit
War Zoos Make List
The NC Zoo and Society have taken leadership roles in assistance to both Kabul Zoo and Tripoli Zoo.
Q.: What was #1?
A.: "The Dog that Faced bin Laden".
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Polar Bear Cold?
Where one goes to dry one's tail
Sir David's Fears
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Perfect Time to Visit Bobcats
I am just back from visiting both of the Zoo bobcats at the Streamside exhibit, after a planned checking-out of the construction progress near the "North American" entrance. (Perfect time...perfect weather.)
The new polar bear exhibit area was being cleared of most trees. As I approached, a very large tree came down on the "Rocky Coast" service road and its guardrail. A huge, front-end-loader-type machine quickly removed the massive tree and pulled the crumpled rail into much better shape.
Across the visitor walkway, the kidZone had also been made barren in preparation for construction there (also toward a 2013 reopening).
Three zookeepers were running the two seals through their training paces, at the other end of the "Rocky Coast". The seals were quite energetic and active, and seemed aware of the extra (construction) activity nearby.
The Denver Post reports that that is the name of the $50 million exhibit "for Asian elephants, rhinos and tapirs", with over two miles of trails.
An NC Zoo Society agreement with this State would require a minimum of $20 million to name a $50 million exhibit.
A $5.4 million bargain?
Monday, December 05, 2011
Acrobatic elves and an English handbell choir will be among the featured performers.
Dr. Zoolittle will read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" and you can sing carols aboard the "Tinseltown Trolley".
I want to see the "holiday-colored cotton candy".
Sunday, December 04, 2011
Synchronized Tail Swish
Saturday, December 03, 2011
Making the connection
Friday, December 02, 2011
"Hell-Bent on Saving Hellbenders"
“Capillaries near the surface of the hellbender’s skin absorb oxygen directly from the water–as well as hormones, heavy metals and pesticides,” said Jeff Ettling, Saint Louis Zoo curator of herpetology and aquatics. “If there is something in the water that is causing the hellbender population to decline, it can also be affecting the citizens who call the area home.” To ecologists they are barometers of ecosystem health–likened to “canaries in a coal mine”.
"Gorilla Baby Death Mystery"
The baby was fathered by NC Zoo gorilla Kwan (now residing at Lincoln Park, he was named Kwanza at birth here in 1989.)
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Bet you can't find the orang!
Zoo Protects Pine Forest
"Tree experts say the longleaf pine requires fire, but these trees haven't experienced a burn since around the 1930s..."
"Once the state takes over the land, trained zoo horticulturalists will conduct controlled burns to clear out the hardwoods and other growth. When they do...dormant seeds of yellow fringed orchids, Piedmont indigo bush and other plants that require more sunlight than they have seen in decades might sprout."
"...the land is home to several interesting species, such as timber rattlesnakes, Kentucky warblers and spotted salamanders."