January 25, 2015

7:33 PM | 2 Hyenas No Match for This 1 Cheetah
What happens when a #cheetah crosses paths with 2 #hyenas? Find out in this video! @SabiSabiReserve #SouthAfrica— (@iSafariAfrica) January 22, 2015
4:09 PM | Chronicles of Athena – 26 Weeks
For the second time in Athena’s life, her human has come home early from work and curled up on the sofa under a blanket, and refused to play games. She’s improved on her ‘nurse cat’ routine a little bit, but … Continue reading →
3:19 PM | NC Zoo Traffic: "It's Just a Mess"
The roads to the NC Zoo were never meant to handle the traffic of the biggest annual Zoo attendance days. And the current plans to fix that are not getting enthusiastic support. "“It’s just a mess,” said Mary Joan Pugh, deputy director at the zoo and interim assistant director at its parent agency, the N.C. Division of Environment and Natural Resources." "If Gov. Pat McCrory realizes his hope of doubling the zoo’s attendance of about 750,000 people a year, traffic will […]

January 24, 2015

2:53 PM | You Can't Beat "Unconquerable"
The Como Zoo is asking folks to vote with donations for a name for its baby orangutan. Aanjay is one of three name options available for voting; it is Indonesian for "unconquerable". How do you beat that? As someone often delegated to the backs of lines created alphabetically, I also like a six-letter name that has three "a"'s, two of which are at the beginning. I know, I KNOW...someone's going to tell me "Love" (Cinta) conquers all.
2:33 PM | Zoo Attendance Growing Fast
Nashville Zoo set another attendance record in 2014, with over 834,000 visitors. This is 10 percent ahead of 2013 and almost 50,000 more than the old record. "DinoTrek, an animatronics dinosaur exhibit, brought in 178,937 visitors alone during its four-month run..." "In 2015, the zoo will introduce the seated zip line attraction, Skyglider, and will continue the construction on a new visitor entrance, new entrance road and the Andean bear exhibit." The popularity of the upcoming movie about […]
2:13 PM | "Upside Down Diver, Hands Up!
Take a shot on picking out the best picture from our 2014 "Fan Photo Friday" finalists #contest #vote #ncaquarium— NC Aquarium at PKS (@NCAquariumatPKS) January 23, 2015

January 23, 2015

8:43 PM | "hangout"
The weekend is almost here - get ready to come hangout at the @mnzoo! It's always a WILD time... #dayattheMNZoo— Minnesota Zoo (@mnzoo) January 23, 2015
8:16 PM | Ask, Learn, Have Fun
"Science is all about pursuing questions..." is how Sylvan Heights Bird Park Assistant Curator Dustin Foote begins a short article: African Finches - Science Ambassadors ["Words on Waterfowl - Fall/Winter 2014]. While the article offers much about African finches and the Bird Park in Scotland Neck, NC, it offers perhaps more on science and education in general. "Science inquiry is a process in which you observe, question, investigate, interpret, and then communicate your results on any subject […]
6:15 PM | Top Endocrine Publications of 2014: Canine and Feline Reproductive Endocrinology
As I've done for the last 5 years, I’ve now finished compiling a fairly extensive list of references concerning canine and feline endocrinology that were written last year (in 2014). I’ll be sharing these with you over the next few months, as well as reviewing a few of the best papers from my lists of clinical endocrine publications.In my last post, I provided my last list for the 2013 papers on canine and feline endocrine reproduction, so I've decided to start this year off with […]
4:54 PM | Smell Enrichment
Flashing back to a 2005 Russlings post.
3:18 PM | Works For Me
Study: group hiking makes you happier.
1:50 AM | The stress of life
[Note: This post is intended as reading material for my upcoming online course, "Canine Hormones: From molecules to behavior." This is an entirely online course offered through APDT, begins Februrary 11, and is worth 12 CEUs. I posted with more information. I encourage you to sign up!] Stress isn't good or bad. Stress is life. Stress is some change in your environment that means your body has to work a little harder. Stress is a blast of cold, missing a meal, not getting enough sleep. But […]

January 22, 2015

9:43 PM | Hey, Scientist! Don't Give Up!
I know folks who have had some success at finding Hellbenders/Snot Otters. Even marketing "Snotty"! Hellbender salamdanders are so elusive, scientists have given up looking for them -- sort of.— NYT Science (@nytimesscience) January 22, 2015
8:42 PM | Take 1 Beaver, Add 1 Parachute
Geronimo was a "parabeaver" MRT @mashable: It's a bird! It's a plane" Pics: ht @theretronaut— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) January 22, 2015 "The trouble was getting the beavers to the wilderness. (Unsurprisingly, the wilderness didn't have roads.)"
4:21 PM | "Sort Of"
"#Republicans May Be Warming to #climatechange Sort Of." :— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) January 22, 2015 "In one of the most surreal congressional moments in recent memory, the upper chamber voted 98-1 Wednesday in favor of a measure declaring that “climate change is real and not a hoax.” But polar bears and penguins and low-lying coastal cities be damned – this was no blissful moment of bipartisan harmony." "Yet Senate denialism […]

January 21, 2015

11:28 PM | Some light reading
On last week’s Dead Bird Quiz, we ended up with more responses than I had anticipated! Edward and Wouter engaged in a bit of back and forth in the comments, and both concur that this specimen, pathetic as it is, is too small for an oystercatcher. Their verdict ended up being some sort of plover–most […]
10:17 PM | I'm No Scientist, but...
Senate Votes Wind Is Not Huge Head Blowing Down On Earth— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) January 21, 2015
5:58 PM | Could Deoxyribonucleic Acid Be in Your Food?
My colleague Arjan, who's much wittier than I am, suggested the label go something like this: Product may contain trace amounts of DNA; DNA has been linked with cancers and other disorders; There is a high probability pregnant mothers will pass DNA to their unborn children Continue reading →
1:30 PM | Do Dogs Prefer Petting or Praise?
A new study asks dogs to make the choice.Photo: Felix Rohan / Shutterstock […]

Feuerbacher, E. & Wynne, C. (2015). Shut up and pet me! Domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) prefer petting to vocal praise in concurrent and single-alternative choice procedures, Behavioural Processes, 110 47-59. DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2014.08.019

Feuerbacher, E. & Wynne, C. (2012). RELATIVE EFFICACY OF HUMAN SOCIAL INTERACTION AND FOOD AS REINFORCERS FOR DOMESTIC DOGS AND HAND-REARED WOLVES, Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 98 (1) 105-129. DOI: 10.1901/jeab.2012.98-105

Fukuzawa, M. & Hayashi, N. (2013). Comparison of 3 different reinforcements of learning in dogs (Canis familiaris), Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 8 (4) 221-224. DOI: 10.1016/j.jveb.2013.04.067

OKAMOTO, Y., OHTANI, N., UCHIYAMA, H. & OHTA, M. (2009). The Feeding Behavior of Dogs Correlates with their Responses to Commands, Journal of Veterinary Medical Science, 71 (12) 1617-1621. DOI: 10.1292/jvms.001617

Saito, A. & Shinozuka, K. (2013). Vocal recognition of owners by domestic cats (Felis catus), Animal Cognition, 16 (4) 685-690. DOI: 10.1007/s10071-013-0620-4

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January 20, 2015

10:21 PM | So Very Glad It Is Finally Over
The End of the Partisan Divide Over #ClimateChange? - Forbes: #ClimatePolicy #government #fossilfuels— Biosphere 2 (@B2science) January 20, 2015 "...the leading fossil fuel trade group clearly and unequivocally acknowledged the threat of global warming, and highlighted — at some length — the steady rise of solar power as an encouraging sign."
9:59 PM | Mine Is the Chinstrap
Happy Penguin Awareness Day! Which penguin is your favorite? Mine is the rockhopper. (Graphic: @PepomintNarwhal)— Jason G. Goldman (@jgold85) January 20, 2015
1:49 PM | Detroit "Zoo Plans to Pipe Down"
It's not roaring lions that have Detroit Zoo neighbors upset: "'s the amplified music of special events, the early morning PA announcements to happy hordes in fun runs, and the simulated prehistoric growls in the summerlong Dinosauria exhibits...that have neighbors pawing the ground. "But zoo officials said the rubber-tired, electric-powered, 24-passenger tram set to debut in several years would be as quiet as, well, a European harvest mouse."
1:40 PM | Akron Zoo on a Roll
"The Akron Zoo continued to set attendance records in 2014." Bravo, Pat.
12:00 AM | Interceptor parasite preventive returning to market
New owner Elanco cites popular demand

January 19, 2015

8:55 PM | Safari Club Cancels Auction for Chance to Kill Elephant
#Dallas #Safari Club cancels auction for chance to kill #AfricanElephant : #elephant— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) January 19, 2015
8:05 PM | Embrace the Wild & Man-Made
#EmbraceTheWild & the man-made that gets you there.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) January 19, 2015
1:59 PM | Monbiot: Embrace the Wild
#EmbraceTheWild RT @bjkingape: Monbiot: Our humdrum lives leave us ecologically bored. #anthropology #evolution— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) January 19, 2015

January 18, 2015

8:18 PM | Can We Trust Published Scientific Research?
The core principle of evidence-based medicine is that not all evidence is created equal. Controlled scientific studies provide more reliable evidence than anecdotes because they contain controls for universal sources of error in human perception and judgment. This is a … Continue reading →
3:28 PM | Andean Bears' Distinct Looks
Andean bears’ facial markings are distinctive like fingerprints. #Paddington’s distinct look is his hat & wellies!— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) January 18, 2015
1:29 PM | $25 Million Overhaul: Toledo Zoo Aquarium
There are big changes inside the Toledo Zoo aquarium. "About 80 percent of the money for the project is from the proceeds of the 2006 Lucas County tax levy. The remaining 20 percent is from private donations."
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