— today, zoos are starting to serve a slightly different function (or at least attempting to) as we are faced with the looking reality that if we don’t take measures to conserve endangered species, they can and will go extinct read article : can zoos really be the key to bringing endangered species back from the brink
— the interior department, said the conservation plans could be enough to avoid a listing. such a designation, could have a broad impact on the west’s economy, including energy development read wall street journal article : u.s. to limit drilling to aid greater sage grouse
— many residents take pride in this piece of their natural heritage, and there has been ample interest in a citizen science program where private citizens are trained to help monitor trail cameras and document the presence of the species. scientists are now determining whether the development of a “payment for ecosystem services” program would further engage citizens and private landowners and promote jaguar conservation in the u.s. borderlands region read article : conserving arizona’s resident jaguars
— according to al jazeera, the wolf volcano, sitting on the northern tip of isabela island (the largest in the archipelago) erupted last monday at approximately 1:30 am local time for the first time in 33 years, having last been active in the 80s and now endangering the galapagos islands animals read article : volcano erupts after 33 years, are endangered species threatened?
— all around the world, feeding animals in captivity takes a particular kind of chef, and budget. each year, for instance, animals at the st. louis zoo in missouri consume about 5 tons of carrots, 7.5 tons of bananas, 85 tons of herbivore pellets, 22,000 adult mice and 1.6 million mealworms. and instead of relying on outside suppliers for the 293 tons of hay it uses each year, the smithsonian national zoo, in washington, d.c., has taken to growing its own.” read article : how to feed a numbat
— “this isn’t just doom and gloom. we still have time. extinctions can take a long time. there are processes that could be important in mediating these effects, for example evolution, but we really need to very quickly start to understand these risks in a much more sophisticated way.” read article : one-in-six of worlds species faces extinction
— in 1493, christopher columbus reported seeing “mermaids” off the coast of haiti, but noted that they were “not as pretty as they are depicted, for somehow in the face they look like men.” the explorer’s diary entry is now thought to have described the manatee read article : sirens of the sea: can ancient myths protect the original mermaid from extinction?