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January 18, 2015

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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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1:12 PM | Acacia Will Help Bring "Family" to Riverbanks
Riverbanks Zoo's bachelor grouping of gorillas will soon make way for a bringing together of "family". Acacia, now at the NC Zoo, will be one of Riverbanks' new females.

January 17, 2015

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10:37 PM | Hormone regulation: it's all about control
[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 3, and is worth 12 CEUs. I posted with more information. I encourage you to sign up!] One of the wisest things my introductory biology teacher ever said to us was “The body always has one foot on the gas pedal and one foot on the brake.” I think of this statement a lot when I am […]
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8:37 PM | like it
a picture worth 1000... RT @sandiegozoo: Mother-son bonding. (pic: Darin Sugioka) pic.twitter.com/mJz6nHfiTW— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) January 17, 2015
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12:56 PM | Poachers Use Drones & GPS Too
Will drones and GPS help save desperately endangered black rhinos, other threatened species? http://t.co/YBdixtxazT pic.twitter.com/QDJojBb753— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 17, 2015
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11:48 AM | Chronicles of Athena – 25 Weeks
My poor, beautiful kitten has been wearing a cone of shame and skulking around the flat keeping as low to the ground as possible, occasionally getting stuck as he cone catches something and she refuses to lift her head enough … Continue reading →
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2:09 AM | NC Zoo Gorillas' Fate Now More Certain
"On the verge of losing all of its gorillas a year ago, the North Carolina Zoo soon will be adding gorillas — and improving its gorilla exhibit.' "A year ago, the fate of the N.C. Zoo’s gorillas seemed less certain. A newborn gorilla died in 2013, two days after it was born. Zoo officials said they believe the mother accidentally smothered her infant. "A month later, the zoo euthanized a 21-year-old male, Nkosi, the father of two current young male gorillas. "Last May, the […]

January 16, 2015

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10:04 PM | THE Real Paddington Bear
Andean spectacled #bear MRT @sciam: Real Paddington Bear: Cute & endangered [VIDEO]. http://t.co/1Jlgy6s2az #science pic.twitter.com/KPHcEb7jGf— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) January 16, 2015
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3:08 PM | Dead Bird Quiz answer?
I managed to harangue an answer out of Edward! Hurrah! Also, it makes me feel better when other people find a carcass as daunting to identify as I did. Looking at our Bird here, there’s not a lot to go on, but we might get farther than we expected on initial inspection. We can see […]
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2:45 PM | AVMA president: Mistrust undermines health of veterinary community
Dr. Ted Cohn calls for transparency, accountability
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2:25 PM | Look No Further, New Yorkers
Um, hello! RT @sarahlyall London has Paddington; who should we have in New York? http://t.co/76Ojxq38OF— Bronx Zoo's Cobra (@BronxZoosCobra) January 16, 2015
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2:23 PM | Skye-fall
There is a ceremony in Edinburgh this afternoon to mark the 143rd anniversary of Greyfriars Bobby - a Skye Terrier who supposedly spent 14 yrs guarding the grave of his owner until he himself died on 14th January 1872.Bobby is commemorated in Edinburgh with this statue.They are described as "a low, hardy terrier" but,  in reality, the modern Skye is anything but hardy. The breed barely exists outside of the show-ring and there, sadly, the set of the dogs' ears is way more important that […]
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2:09 PM | Guy WAS the guy
All this talk of global temperature records is making me nostalgic for 1938 when I first showed the world was warming pic.twitter.com/aBMOOIQnXV— Guy Callendar (@GuyCallendar) January 16, 2015
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1:45 PM | Wild vs. Mini-Schnauz
Our mini-Schnauz female did. MRT @diptensworld: #dhole #Tadoba AlphaMale territory - UNIQUE! Rare @SanctuaryAsia pic.twitter.com/MD1nk11AiB— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) January 16, 2015 The full. original @dipensworld tweet said this behavior is rarely captured. I saw it a lot by 'ol Bijou.

January 15, 2015

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11:22 PM | Endangered...with Limitations
"But don't move north of I-40." RT @jgold85: Mexican Wolves Finally Get Endangered Species Status http://t.co/JDY3Ys9eKQ by @johnrplatt— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) January 15, 2015
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9:57 PM | Beware of BMDs (Berners of Mass Destruction)
The sell...The reality.
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8:11 PM | #tbt: NC Zoo Director's Call for "Clarification"
#tbt Throwing back 5 months to @NCZoo's call for "clarification" so it can destroy #elephant #ivory & #rhino horn: http://t.co/OkNo2FaJfH— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) January 15, 2015 "“Our zoo has a lot invested in elephants and rhinos,” NC Zoo Director David M. Jones said. “We must all act now!”" - Greensboro News & Record "Jones was still calling for the destruction Monday, telling the News & Observer's Martha Quillin that the ivory and […]
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3:05 PM | They Embraced the Wild
The historic moment when two climbers topped out on El Capitan's Dawn Wall http://t.co/j5XBiwb5VV pic.twitter.com/4msDWQx9Vi— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 15, 2015
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2:48 PM | Not to Confuse or Elude Predators...or Flies?
Explanation for why zebras have stripes just got more complicated http://t.co/WqbX2B7jFu pic.twitter.com/jdvuUxs8vv— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 15, 2015 "...the warmer the climate, the more stripes found on the zebra." "Our work shows a correlation with temperature, but the cause of this correlation remains unknown." Through the years I have been told it might well be that the stripes confuse predators when the herd begins rushing this way and that...and that it might instead be that […]
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2:19 AM | Epic Bugs vs. Dinosaurs!
Bugs: An Epic Adventure had revenues of $184,602 during the first half of the NC Zoo's 2014/15 fiscal year; Dinosaurs! had revenues of $363,005 in the same part of 2013/14.
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12:00 AM | Weak passwords persist despite recurring hacks
Breaches affect community of users, not only individuals

January 14, 2015

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7:07 PM | "a very good year"
"Amongst the Society’s figures for 2014 was an increase in web-based sales to $480,000. Annual giving was up from previous year[']s to $188,000 and “adoptions” up to $24,000. Overall, the Society had a very good year." [David M. Jones, Senior Staff Meeting Notes] Overall, the Society revenues were up $325,329 in 2014, to over $6.1 million; within that total, planned giving was up $436,055, to over $1.1 million and Society investments were up $115,394, to over $415,000. [NC […]
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6:01 PM | Kai: The Case of Paddington Ayr
Scotland’s been abuzz with the story of Kai, the Shar-Pei cross abandoned at Ayr railway station with a suitcase of his belongings. Buzzfeed has more information here. The SSPCA has taken him in and the attention his story received has … Continue reading →
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2:44 PM | Epicurean
#Foodie MRT @AquariumPacific: giant Pacific #octopus has ability to taste w/ its entire skin [& suckers] http://t.co/AzIw9SZeKP— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) January 14, 2015
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2:36 PM | Q: How Do You Count Tigers?
A: Using unique striping patterns. MRT @WCSIndia sets 700+ #cameratraps for tigers. @sciamblogs http://t.co/m1yckitBVx pic.twitter.com/rPEjrQKn2H— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) January 14, 2015 "As with human fingerprints, no two tigers have the same stripes."
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2:27 PM | Bird Park Pathways Like a Duck's Back
Like ice off a duck's back. MRT @sylvanheights Bird Park will be closed today: icy conditions on pathways. We... http://t.co/wdUj0KVhcy— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) January 14, 2015
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1:30 PM | Do Hand-Reared Wolves get Attached to their Humans?
Researchers test the bond between captive wolf pups and the humans who rear them.Photo: Geoffrey Kuchera / ShutterstockWe all think our dogs form attachments to us, but previous studies with wolf pups have suggested they don’t attach to their caregiver in the same way. While a 16-week old puppy is already attached to its owner, scientists found the same is not true of a 16-week old wolf. However, the way the wolf pup is raised and the age of testing may have an effect. New research by […]

Gácsi M, Maros K, Sernkvist S, Faragó T & Miklósi A (2013). Human analogue safe haven effect of the owner: behavioural and heart rate response to stressful social stimuli in dogs., PloS one, 8 (3) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23469283

Gácsi M, Maros K, Sernkvist S, Faragó T & Miklósi A (2013). Human analogue safe haven effect of the owner: behavioural and heart rate response to stressful social stimuli in dogs., PloS one, 8 (3) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23469283

Hall, N.J., Lord, K., Arnold, A-M.K., Wynne, C.D.L. & Udell, M. (2015). Assessment of attachment behaviours to human caregivers in wolf pups (Canis lupus lupus), Behavioural Processes , 110 15-21. Other:

Hall, N.J., Lord, K., Arnold, A-M.K., Wynne, C.D.L. & Udell, M. (2015). Assessment of attachment behaviours to human caregivers in wolf pups (Canis lupus lupus), Behavioural Processes , 110 15-21. Other:

Rehn, T., Lindholm, U., Keeling, L. & Forkman, B. (2014). I like my dog, does my dog like me?, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 150 65-73. DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2013.10.008

Rehn, T., Lindholm, U., Keeling, L. & Forkman, B. (2014). I like my dog, does my dog like me?, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 150 65-73. DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2013.10.008

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January 13, 2015

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8:36 PM | Roba vs Poachers
RobaVsPoachers is a Kenyan comic by @chiefnyamweya abt saving elephants frm the mits of poachers #Tweet4Elephants pic.twitter.com/a7J3S3tQP8— wildlifedirect (@wildlifedirect) January 13, 2015
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7:00 PM | NC Zoo Delays Weds. Open
With the impending icy weather, the zoo will not open to visitors until noon tomorrow. Stay warm, dry and safe.— NC Zoo Society (@NCZooSociety) January 13, 2015 [UPDATE: 4:37 p.m., from NC Zoo media release: "Due to predictions of freezing rain and icy conditions, the North Carolina Zoo will delay opening Wednesday, Jan. 14, until noon. Zoo staff should report to work as usual. Unless weather conditions are unsafe..."]
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4:53 PM | Anyone? Bueller?
Still hoping for some help on that abbreviated Dead Bird Quiz from the last post…
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