Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
A real tongue twister
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Rhododendron, mountain laurel and poplar blossoms accentuated the scenery.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Gotta Love Nik
"After tossing the last carrot to Nik at the 1:30 feed, I went ahead and dropped my sunglasses into the exhibit next to Nik. After jumping from the weird noise, he grabbed the glasses and lifted them up towards me. I came down and asked him to trade at the mesh, and he gently handed them back to me. The visitors cheered as I came out front with my shades (in one piece!) and it made for a perfect keeper/visitor interaction! How can you not love Nik?"
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wet Grizzly Bear
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
But this is an example of how big a Niger River croc can grow...and there are claims that "people WERE disappearing". (Keep all in perspective, however, even actual visual perspective; the 22 foot length i've seen claimed IS feasible.)
Hat tip: Gary Williams, Shavertown, PA. (NOT my photo; unable to give photo credit.)
Newt's Still On
"Whoa little bro you must always first check for veterinarians"
"Whoa little bro you must always first check for veterinarians", a photo by ucumari on Flickr.
"Thor teaches Boo Boo the biggest concern for a bear in captivity. (With apologies to all veterinarians!)"
Detroit Zoo photo, title and quote by ucumari.
"a species that buries dead things"
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
"Me at the Zoo"
What Now, Newt?
"A New World"
Monday, April 23, 2012
Dandy Lion in the Yard
Betty White re: "Friends"
" For White, her book was a way for her to “let people know the good that zoos do.” She is especially fond of the way zoos take what they learn from animals in captivity to help dwindling populations in the wild.
"She expanded on this with a story about how the L.A. Zoo, in conjunction with the San Diego Zoo, saved the California condor from extinction by taking in the last remaining 11 birds from the wild and starting a captive breeding program."
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Reduce those Bellyprints!
Polly want a nut?
No Sunday Earth Day...
NC Zoo celebrates Earth Day - News14.com
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Freddie's "the Man"!
Gingrich a "Go" Again
Later yesterday, however, we were sent an e-mail saying the the Republican presidential primary candidate had changed his schedule and would not be at our Rotary meeting. (No word about the NC Zoo.)
Did read today that "honorary" chair of the Gingrich campaign in NC, Tom Fetzer, had just put his support behind Romney instead.
Did that change Newt's plans? Mary Joan's?
Friday, April 20, 2012
"Daily Planet" (Raleigh Icon)
There's an opportunity for an experience inside a six-seat submarine.
The "entire place has the feel of CSI...with the LED lighting, the images projected onto glass walls, the gleaming labs..." [WUNC public radio today re: Nature Research Center @ NC Museum of Natural Sciences]
Congratulations to Dr. Betsy Bennett and all involved.
Seems like the last great improvement was just a year or two ago.
No spiral of decline at this museum!
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Don't mess with me!!!
Facts re: NC Amendment 1
Labels: Against Amendment 1
Monday, April 16, 2012
"Lost Touch with Reality?"
"The 74-year-old king [Juan Carlos I], hunting in the Kalahari Desert, tripped on stairs in the chalet..."
"In 1956 Juan Carlos, then 18, accidentally shot and killed his 14-year-old brother Alfonso while handling a gun while on vacation in Estoril, Portugal.
"The king has had eight operations since the 1980s, three of them following accidents while practicing sports."
"Last week Juan Carlos' 13-year-old grandson...accidentally shot himself in the foot with a shotgun he was not licensed to use...at a family estate..."
Perhaps the king should stop "practicing sports" and start practicing gun control, frugality and conservation.
Mystery Boy Rescues Egg
"The better to eat...
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Vote Against Amendment 1
Saturday, April 14, 2012
On Time & On Budget!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Safari Park Turning 40
On 1800 acres in San Pasqual Valley, it houses about 3000 animals of over 400 species. Annual visitation is about 2 million.
The Park began as a supplementary breeding facility for the San Diego Zoo, which is on 100 acres in Balboa Park, San Diego. (Annual Zoo attendance: about 5 million.)
Nashville Zoo Shatters Records
And a March record was just set there too. "Dino Trek attendance in March was 200 percent above projections". The new record is 56 percent above the prior!
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Is that a Coyote?
"Too Many Polar Bears"?!
"Over-running"? Let's do the math. We know that Newfoundland alone, a smaller one of 13 Canadian provinces (three or four of which are more "northern Canada" and larger, "more-Arctic" provinces) covers 156,500 square miles. CBC tells us that Canada is "home to 60 percent of the world's 20,000-25,000 polar bears". If all the world's polar bears (let's say 25,000) "squeezed" into smallish Newfoundland, there would be, on average, one per six square miles, as I figure it.
One polar bear per 100 square miles is probably closer to the actual number in Newfoundland.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Gorilla's Big Move...
JoJo moves from Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo to the city's Brookfield Zoo, where he is expected to take over the breeding duties of Ramar (now 44), who left the NC Zoo for Brookfield in 1998.
"Ramar will move to a different display area at the zoo, and there is a possibility a female may be brought in for companionship".
Lincoln Park Zoo is home to Kwan, the 23-year old gorilla born at the NC Zoo, March 1, 1989 and named Kwanza.
NAT GEO Gone WILD?!?
It will be interesting...to see if there is a victor, if brown and polar bears end up competing for the same, climate-changed habitat. "Though, in truth, this contest will undoubtedly take generations to play out in the natural world."
So spare Brutus "the serious physical challenges"?!?
Monday, April 09, 2012
Biggest "Small Cat"
"It is the second heaviest cat in the Western Hemisphere, after the jaguar. Although large, the cougar is most closely related to smaller felines and is closer genetically to the domestic cat than to true lions." [wikipedia]
Sunday, April 08, 2012
I Was Framed
Saturday, April 07, 2012
This Is Not a Caterpillar
318232_10150634081845658_270212045657_9738294_1441366438_n, a photo by russlings on Flickr.
Hat tip: Wimp.com. [This is also NOT my photo]
Friday, April 06, 2012
New Guys @ Detroit
Who us?? Nooo we would NEVER try to find a way out., a photo by ucumari on Flickr.
"This is Thor and Boo Boo, they along with Michael were enjoying their first day out on exhibit [@ Detroit Zoo]. We were very lucky to be there that day as the boys were having so much fun. Being their first day they were intrigued by every plant, rock, water feature and moat (more on that later, notice Michael is not pictured). Don't they look a little guilty to you?" [ucumari]
Mating Window Missed
Thursday, April 05, 2012
April 7, 2012
See zoo animals hunt for eggs!
Harbor Seals 10:00am
Black Bears 11am
Sea birds 11:30am
Sonora Desert egg display 1:30 – 2:30pm
Aviary egg display 1:30pm – 3pm
Hiding in wait
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
[Malcolm Gladwell, N.Y. Times best selling author and one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People spoke to High Point University students about the importance of the value of humility in leaders]
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Elephant Poaching Spreads
Monday, April 02, 2012
Upgrade to Natural
"Children...will entertain themselves with such time[-]honoured playthings as rocks, sticks, sand and dirt...a slide built into a hill, a sideways-growing tree, a boulder spiral..."
Mudpuppies are large, "permanently aquatic salamanders".
"Unlike its amphibian cousins, the mudpuppy never forms air-breathing lungs, but relies on red gills behind its head to breathe under water."
Zoo Saves Treasure
A National Park Service "Save America's Treasures" matching grant of $409,000 adds to the Zoo's bargain. The "eclectic Moorish" building has skylights and a 40-foot dome.
""People like to see things that are deadly, and people like to see things that are big, and people like to see things that are colorful," said [Erik] Keyster, team leader of reptiles and amphibians at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden." [Love it!!]