http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2010/04/19/mb-grizzly-bear-zoo-winnipeg.html Even though advances in veterinary preventive and clinical health care have extended the captive lifespan of so many animals, it’s kind of touching to hear that an animal ambassador that brought so much joy to visitors and staff, passed on to bear heaven in his sleep. We all would like to go as peacefully […]Read More Waldo, the Bear Who Died In His Sleep
http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0414-hance_matrix.html When I first embarked on doctoral research study it was clear that climate change had a great impact on amphibian decline as did disease along with pollutants (toxicants). Although I eventually transferred from a program that would allow me to investigate such issues, the topic will continue to warrants a lot of attention. I […]Read More What do you mean their dorsal spots ain’t right?
I’m scheduled to give a talk to an audience at the Beardsley Zoo in Connecticut next month on topics relevant to ecological health and conservation medicine. These emerging field disciplines are popular right now, just as veterinary epidemiology has become a hot topic among interdisciplinary collection-based research programs. They are not just popular. These health […]Read More Jungle Yellow Fever
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
Several people made excellent comments in response to the academic training inquiry concerning preferred scholastic programs for wild animal keepers. I would add that two-year degree in a zoo tech program or a two-year vet tech degree permits you to spend less time in school, gain credit through zoo husbandry rotations, and make contacts with […]Read More Animal Keeper Training Programs (scholastic)
Subadult spheniscid penguins are black. Hence, this is so rare, but it didn’t quite jump out at me when I saw the thumbnail.Read More Melanistic Penguin
I’m much more familiar with clouded leopards and African wild dogs because they are displayed in zoos as ambassadors and as captive breeding stock. They too, are imperiled species, and although we may have more data on them, I suspect we know more about these carnivorans because zoos have put them on our radar.Read More Great Cats & Rare Canids Act