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Ethics at the Zoo: The Case of Marius the Giraffe

Ethics at the Zoo: The Case of Marius the 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 [...]

February 13, 2014 — Jason G. Goldman
Like The Honey Badger, Petting Zoo Animals Don’t Care

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

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.

January 9, 2014 — Jason G. Goldman
Photoblogging: Colorful Mandrill

Photoblogging: Colorful 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.

September 8, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Photoblogging: King of the Jungle

Photoblogging: King of the Jungle

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.

September 15, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Photoblogging: Perfectly Framed Wallaby

Photoblogging: Perfectly Framed 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.

August 25, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
The Best Animal Stories of 2013

The Best Animal Stories of 2013

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.

December 31, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Photoblogging: Snoozing Koala

Photoblogging: Snoozing 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.

August 11, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Photoblogging: More Koalas!

Photoblogging: More Koalas!

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.

August 18, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

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.

August 9, 2013 — Alex Jackson, NPG Communications Officer

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