Friday, March 30, 2012
"Mr. G. Raffe Called"
It will be April 1 on Sunday and the Como Zoo is ready for the April-Fooled caller "Returning the call of Perry Keat".
From NC Zoo Society experience with our own, past, April 1 requests for "Ted E. Bayer", I predict Como will not have as many calls as expected.
When April 1 falls on a work day, fellow workers trick friends (and enemies) by leaving them a note with the Zoo (or Zoo Society) phone number and a message from "Red Wolfe"; on weekends, we've surmised, the Foolers must be telling family members the garage is on fire instead.
And, in this day of e-mail, texts, tweets and Facebook posts, the pink, "You Have a Message", office form is a bit of an antique.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
What Is Wilderness?
"...probably the greatest conservationists of all time in Africa were and continue to be the tsetse fly, the buffalo, and the lion. The tsetse is a super-abundant, almost indestructible blood-sucking fly that tirelessly harasses human beings and their cattle when given the opportunity." "If there are buffalo, there are lion, and lions do not mix well with people or livestock. This triumvirate, the tsetse, lion and buffalo, have protected Africa’s wilderness areas for millennia, keeping people and their cattle at bay."
"When you spend time in a true, remote wilderness area you have opportunity to take yourself back 100,000 years like you are undoing everything that we have done and this place, this wilderness, is perfect again... you are not in control of your surroundings, ...you are a refugee in a place that is far greater than [you], a place with teeth, tusks, claws and horns..."
"In February, the nights in the Okavango Delta are punctuated by the piercing, screaming, echoing calls of mating hippos. Imagine what two tyrannosaurus fighting would sound like? Double the ferocity and volume and you have mating hippos. A truly powerful expression of the wilderness..."
"In wildness is the salvation of the world." [Henry David Thoreau]
"...what you feel for the first when you visit a wilderness area... you fit in..."
Across the continent, African elephants are at the center of similar battles in Cameroon.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Revenge of the Penguins?
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
Can Zoos Save Polar Bear?
"Zoological institutions have helped save imperiled species before such as the California condor and the Mexican wolf, which were bred in captivity and reintroduced into the wild.
"The American bison’s numbers dropped from the tens of millions to fewer than 1,000 after the 1880s, kept in small private herds in places like the Bronx Zoo."
Sunday, March 25, 2012
The Boys, Brutus and Buckeye
Ucumari just hit six zoos in six days. This was taken at Columbus, Ohio.
8 feet tall and 850 pounds each, these Alaskan brown bears still have a lot of growing to do. Founds as orphans...they are "active teens".
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
Rescued Grizzly Cubs
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Interpol calls it "Operation Worthy".
"Wildlife agents in 14 different African countries have been raiding outlets and hunting down traders..."
An "unprecedented slaughter of elephants in Cameroon" was the main trigger to Interpol involvement, it appears.
The 2010 Toyota Prius will hit 50,000 miles on the odometer today. It is getting 54 miles per gallon.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
4 Zoo Rhinos Die
All displayed "mysterious neurological problems such as stumbling..."
Rangers "Deserve Better"
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
[CBS News reports that the Buffalo Zoo worker's wounds were not serious, that it was a female gorilla with baby with which that worker locked herself and that public zoo areas were never reached by the "escapee"; earlier reports did not address the severity of the bites or which "other gorillas" were joined by the zoo worker as she locked herself away from Koga.]
Monday, March 19, 2012
T-Rex @ NC Zoo
"China's Hunger for Ivory...
Do the Red Wolves Agree?
I understand that the small NC population of rare,endangered red wolves are making a go at survival near Alligator River in NC because of a "ready supply" of nutria in their habitat.
The South American nutria is just one more example of the damage an invasive species can do. "They'll go into a marsh and they'll just clean out all the vegetation."
We are fortunate to have an endemic predator which controls some of these "imports" from South America. If only we had many more red wolves!
Out of the Frying Pan...?
Spiders Flee Australian Flood
Bravo "Can Can Girls", etc.!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Let's Not Forget...
...the NC Zoo red wolf prognosticator.
Thought, when I posted ucumari's photo March 8, that the wolf was just predicting a win in the ACC tourney...now realize it was the "Big Dance", the "whole nine yards", the super-sized enchilada!
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Gingrich @ 'Nother Zoo
Friday, March 16, 2012
Today @ Nashville Zoo
Comedy & Romance
Comedy: "In Sunday’s second hour,...a painstaking penguin gathers stones one by one, only to have them filched, one after another, by a scheming neighbor whenever the hapless suitor’s back is turned."
Romance: "Nature’s ultimate loner, a 1,400-pound male polar bear, has lumbered across the ice all winter in search of a mate come spring. Picking up her scent from 10 miles away, he finds her, after which they share a tender interlude. Then, just two weeks later, their brief encounter ends..."
Chimp Social Structure...
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
It's Not Easy...
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
6-Min. Comic Interlude
Gorilla & Bunny Are Pals
"At the ripe age of 47, Samantha was too old to be paired with another gorilla..."
Not unlike bringing a dog to the "old folks home"?
St. Louis Zoo Buys Hospital...
Monday, March 12, 2012
Baghdad Zoo Saviour
"Mr. Anthony’s most widely publicized work was after the United States and its allies invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003. Hearing that Baghdad had the biggest zoo in the Middle East, he was in Kuwait within days and packing a car with veterinary supplies before crossing the Iraq border in the wake of the United States soldiers.
"He arrived at the zoo while fighting was still going on to find clouds of flies swarming the carcasses of animals. Looters had stolen many others. Of the 650 animals in the zoo before the invasion, just 35 were still alive, mainly large ones like lions, tigers and a brown bear native to Iraq."
"Mr. Anthony worked in Baghdad for six months, often helped by American soldiers, who volunteered...When he left Iraq, the animals were healthy, the cages were clean and the zoo had been preserved. The United States Army’s Third Infantry Division gave Mr. Anthony a medal for his bravery."
Thursday, March 08, 2012
"While not a fan of basketball the areas biggest collegiate tournament is starting today. For those of you not familiar it is like Mardi Gras, people wear funny clothes and party a LOT!
"The zoo has a program with NC State (Wolfpack) University's veterinarian school so there just may have been a little favoritism going on!
"Go team go, whoever you are pulling for I hope they win :o)" [Photo, title and quotes fm ucumari; red wolf fm NC Zoo]
"Nine years in the making, the 8,300-square-foot LAIR comprises two reptile houses..."
The NC Zoo's two-building, Streamside exhibit complex in "North America" is 9,250 square feet and cost much, much less (in 1985-90 dollars). All of "North America" cost under $32 million to build. The "Rocky Coast" and the "Sonora Desert" were the most expensive structures, at about $4.2 and $3.6 million, respectively.
"The reptile and amphibian exhibit is the penultimate project in a $172 million building program supported by voter-approved Proposition CC bonds.
"Since 2005, the Los Angeles Zoo has carried out a complete makeover that includes a new front gate, animal health and children's discovery centers, as well as its orangutan, gorilla, golden monkey, elephant and sea lion exhibits.
"A $22 million Rain Forest of the Americas exhibit, the last of 16 projects, is slated to open in April 2013."
There will be staff and visitor transport delays due to the slow moving traffic.
Should be quite a sight!
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
black and white
The 2 millionth Prius was sold in September 2010. The NC Zoo Society 2010 Prius is about to hit 49,000 miles and is getting 54 mpg. We need affordable, reliable, popular cars that do much better than that (in a world with very limited oil...and limited polar bears and elephants)!
"Heads Up, Kids"
The Garden Friends playground, near the closed polar bear exhibit and closed KidZone, will also be "down" today through Friday, and again Monday, for minor repairs and touch-up painting.
Consider playing at Watani Grasslands, near the African elephants and southern white rhinos. That's where I'd go, if I were five. (Slidin' down the bronze rhino, playin' the elephant "board game", "flyin'" the helicopter, bein' "grossed out" by the dung beetles, gettin' sprayed by the "vine mister", etc., etc.)
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
"Future of Zoos" II
Sunday, March 04, 2012
Learn from Your Elders
"When a young white-crowned sparrow looks to stake out its first territory, which is typically a bush, it hasn’t yet settled on a single song. Its note complexes vary from song to song.
"Older birds who’ve nested in the area for more than one season sing the same song, note for note, over and over." [also from the link in the post below]
By season's end, the young bird sounds much like its elders.
A Bird from da Bronx...
Birds' songs are "not [from] a language birds instinctively know. They learn it at a young age — as human children do — by listening to their parents and neighbor birds.
"And just like people, birds learn to speak with accents." [hat tip: @bjkingape]
I learned this years back on an NC Zoo Society cruise in Baja California. One of the naturalists on board was the leader in early findings on this topic. He even featured recordings that distinguished the calls of birds of the sames species from various parts in Los Angeles!
Friday, March 02, 2012
Bravo, Dr. Betsy Bennett!
"Cameroon Sends Military"
"The poachers...are reportedly Arabic speakers traveling on horseback,...believed to be from Sudan"
""This area alone accounts for 95% of the population of savanna elephants in Cameroon, and around 80% of the total population of savanna elephants in all of Central Africa.”" [hat tip: Guy Lichty]
"“Our buildings and exhibits are evaluated on a regular basis. We have decided to close the Monkey House and plan for a new exhibit in the future...”"
"The Monkey House opened in 1901. Its storied past includes the controversial and short-lived exhibit of a Congolese Pygmy named Ota Benga who lived in an open-air cage there in 1906."
NC Zoo - pop. 1046
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Thursday, March 01, 2012
Double Your Pleasure
Siku means "sea ice".
Tune in, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Eastern, daily, @ polarbearcam.com to see the Scandinavian Wildlife Park (Denmark) polar bear.