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 [...]
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.
In this photo taken in July 2013 at the San Diego Zoo, a juvenile flamingo attempts to feed.
Nine lives won’t help to perpetuate a cat species unless the cats manage to reproduce. The decline of wild cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus), classified as “vulnerable” by the IUCN, led to the coordination of captive breeding programs in zoos and other breeding facilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
They're the only species of horse never to be domesticated, and have a fascinating history.
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.