Animals, humans, and Yellowstone National Park

In the wake of the story about a three-year-old who breached the barrier at the Cincinnati Zoo last weekend, resulting in the euthanization of a 17-year-old west lowland gorilla named Harambe, a video surfaced this week of a woman at Yellowstone National Park being butted by an elk after she tried to take a photo and got too close for comfort.It's one of several recent stories highlighting the problem of adult humans - grown ups who should know better - interfering with the wildlife. … [Read more...]

A gorilla, a boy, and life in the balance

By now you've probably heard the story about Harambe, the 17 year old west lowland gorilla who was shot by zoo keepers at the Cincinnati Zoo after a small child fell into the gorilla enclosure. I caught bits and pieces of the story over the holiday weekend, but it wasn't until this morning that I was able to devote some attention to the matter.I finally saw the video.Originally, I didn't want to touch this story with a 10 foot pole, mostly because I didn't think that I could add … [Read more...]

Help name the Seneca Park Zoo’s new lions

My husband and I visited the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, NY a few weeks ago to see the new Step Into Africa exhibit. Everyone has been talking about it.I love the zoo. Over the last decade or so, the Seneca Park Zoo has really made some fabulous changes. I'm a huge fan of the otters, and I could spend hours watching them frolic and slide and swim. I especially love the Rocky Coast exhibit, with the wonderful polar bear habitat and the sea lion pools. What a change from the zoo of my chi … [Read more...]

Seneca Park Zoo celebrates first artificial insemination of polar bears

I love being able to shine light on my wonderful hometown of Rochester, NY and today there's super news that makes animal history: The Seneca Park Zoo, in partnership with the Cincinnati Zoo's Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW),  is celebrating the first successful artificial insemination of polar bears in the world.Aurora and Zero, the Seneca Park Zoo's polar bear couple, have been together for two years without any cubs to show for it. And while the bears are older … [Read more...]

New Jersey camel picks the NY Giants in this year’s Super Bowl

Princess is her name, and football is her game. Predicting football game winners, that is.Oh, and did I mention that Princess is a camel?Move over, Las Vegas oddsmakers. This prognosticating camel at the Popcorn Park Zoo, has been giving her pick for NFL games every week for years. According to the zoo's website, every week, one of the hosts from radio station 107.5 FM visits the zoo and writes on his hand the names of two teams playing that week. He then holds Princess' favorite snack, a … [Read more...]

Busch Gardens to give park visitors a behind the scenes peek at animal care

If you've ever wondered how the folks at the zoo take care of the animals, Busch Gardens is giving park visitors a behind the scenes look at large animal veterinary care when their new $5 million Animal Care Center opens January 23.You'll get to see routine animal care, surgery, x-rays, nutrition, dental care - anything that goes into take care of the health of the park's 2,000 animals.  In a press release, the park announces that the treatment center will allow guests to watch as Busch G … [Read more...]

The real family behind “We Bought A Zoo”

On December 23, the movie "We Bought A Zoo," starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, hits theaters. It's the story of a father who, following his wife's untimely death, moves his young family to the California countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo, Rosemoor Wildlife Park.But did you know that the film is based on a real story?The real Benjamin Mee was a reporter for the UK's The Guardian. When his father died, his mother wanted to sell her home and move to something … [Read more...]

Coke’s white can campaign to help polar bears backfires

White holiday can on the left, Diet Coke can on the right. When Coca Cola rolled out its new campaign last month to support the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the company had a noble goal: celebrate the polar bear and commit up to $3 million to WWF's polar bear conservation efforts.The plan was for Coke to make an initial donation of $2 million to WWF and then invite others to join the effort by texting to donate $1 to WWF. Coca-Cola would match all donations made with a package code by March 15 … [Read more...]

Wild animals in Zanesville, OH – when humans err and animals suffer

The headlines yesterday were filled with stories about Terry Thompson, the owner of the 73-acre Muskingum County Animal Farm, who opened the cages on his wildlife farm before killing himself, releasing lions and tigers and bears (and more) into the community of Zanesville, OH.By last night, according to a Reuters' news story, all of the animals had either been killed or captured; the only one unaccounted for was a macaque monkey who is possibly carrying the Herpes B virus. It's believed the … [Read more...]


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