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Young Science Journalists Take to the Zoo

Thirteen budding young German science writers recently grilled veteran scribes to learn more about the field during a three-day workshop “The Intelligence of Animals” run by Spektrum der Wissenchaft. Spektrum is the name of Scientific American‘s edition in Germany. The young reporters, “Wissensschreibers,” between 12 and 16 years old, learned about the essential skills of science [...]

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Non-Native Chicago Wildlife

Happy Birthday to Siesta at the Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago!

Mid-February, I took a science-themed trip to Chicago. I absolutely had to visit the new orphaned baby otter adopted by the Shedd Aquarium. I also could not turn down a chance to offer a one year happy birthday greeting to the two toed sloth born at Lincoln Park Zoo last year around Valentine’s Day. First, [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Ethics at the Zoo: The Case of Marius the Giraffe

Masai Giraffe

Last weekend, a healthy juvenile male reticulated giraffe at the Copenhagen Zoo was killed. His name was Marius. The reason given was that his genes were already sufficiently represented in the giraffe population across the zoos of the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA) – his brother lives in a zoo in England, for [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Przewalski’s Horses

The baby P-horse, born July 27, 2013. Photo via Smithsonian National Zoo.

They’re the only species of horse never to be domesticated, and have a fascinating history.

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The Thoughtful Animal

Like The Honey Badger, Petting Zoo Animals Don’t Care

petting zoo

Taken together, visitor behavior in the petting zoo just doesn’t seem to matter all that much. And if positive interactive experiences with animals can lead visitors towards adopting a better attitude towards animal welfare and wildlife conservation, then petting zoos are probably worth keeping around.

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The Thoughtful Animal

The Best Animal Stories of 2013

Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby

By Jason G. Goldman and Matt Soniak It should come as no surprise that we humans can be a bit confused when it comes to our relationship with other animals. We live in a society that is at once captivated by the National Zoo’s panda-cam and repulsed by the story of killer whale capture told [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Photoblogging: King of the Jungle

African Lion

I’m not sure why lions are called “king of the jungle,” when they live on the savannah. Still, this male lion, photographed in September of 2012 at the San Francisco Zoo does look quite kingly. And if you missed my post last week on why lions like to cuddle, here’s a handy link.

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The Thoughtful Animal

Photoblogging: Colorful Mandrill

Mandrill

The mandrill has one of my favorite binominal classifications: Mandrillus sphinx. The species was once a member of the genus Papio, home to the baboons. But this vulnerable species, along with their less colorful sister species the drills (Mandrillus leucophaeus), was recently reclassified and given their own genus. The largest of the world’s monkeys, the [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Photoblogging: Perfectly Framed Wallaby

Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby

The changing colors and textures of its enclosure at the San Diego Zoo provided the perfect framing for this yellow-footed rock wallaby. Photo taken in July 2013. There are wallabies in The Thoughtful Animal archives! Are Wallabies Left or Right Handed? Both! (Sometimes)

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The Thoughtful Animal

Photoblogging: More Koalas!

Koala

Check out the claws on this male (I think?) koala as he rests in the shade during the afternoon heat at the San Diego Zoo’s “Koalafornia” exhibit. The koalas’ curved, sharp claws help them to climb trees, and their two opposable digits on their front paws help them grasp branches as they climb. (We humans [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Photoblogging: Snoozing Koala

Koala

A female (I think?) koala sleeps during the afternoon heat at the San Diego Zoo’s fantastic new “Koalafornia” exhibit. Photo taken in July 2013. Learn about koala mating behaviors in this article from The Thoughtful Animal archives: Koalas and Bison Use The Same Criteria for Choosing Mates

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The Thoughtful Animal

Photoblogging: Flamingo Family

Flamingo

In this photo taken in July 2013 at the San Diego Zoo, a juvenile flamingo attempts to feed.

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