http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/31/world/americas/31colombia.html In my recent post on celebrity menageries I mentioned the fate of Pablo Escobar’s hippopotamus herd. I had no premonition that the New York Times would address this topic in a much more compelling piece than what I provided, much less a few days later. It’s merely a timely coincidence. I applaud the director […]Read More Imperfect Specimens
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(Follow Link to BBC Report) The spotted or laughing hyena is the largest member of Hyaenidae inhabiting open areas throughout sub-Saharan Africa. These highly social predators are often erroneously labeled as strict scavengers like other members of this clade of hyaenid carnivorans. Other species include, striped hyenas, brown hyenas, and aardwolves (earth wolves). Unlike other […]Read More Hyenas Laughing
About a week ago I posted an article which didn’t quite surface on Associated Press outlets as I suspected it would, but never-the-less it received positive feedback from distinguished guest contributing authors to the blog, subscribers and Zoo Peeps followers on Facebook. I’m talking about the post on the under-appreciated mega-camelid, the Bactrian camel. Although […]Read More The Coveted Common Hippopotamus
Metacognition Study I don’t know that I’m not smart enough to understand all the implications of these rigorous experimental studies of ape cognition. Metacognition research is supposed to elucidate how higher vertebrates understand, control, and manipulate their own cognitive processes. At the same time it begs the question if the readership demographic most suited to […]Read More High Functioning Simians: Calculus Anyone?
Shortly after beginning my zoo career as children’s zoo attendant, my first paid position with a living institution, I found another opportunity that would allow me to serve again in a most subordinate capacity to almost everyone at the facility. I had been advised to gain experience at as many facilities as possible. So I […]Read More Pick the Right Whale
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/23/science/23paint.html?emc=eta1 A colleague shared this New York Times feature article with me this morning. In perusing the article, as I rarely read anything over 500 words anymore, I couldn’t help but think of how the great many naturalists who taught us so much about natural history actually rendered all of the illustrations for their own […]Read More Intricate Portraits of Our Wild Past