March 25, 2015

2:13 PM | And That Ain't All!
"The zoo’s annual operating budget is $18 million. It receives $10 million from the state, about $5 million from admission tickets and around $3 million from food, retail and ride profits..." - from News & Observer article on NC Zoo price increase. The Zoo also received over $6 million in 2013 and over $3.5 million in 2012 ("audited") from donations through the NC Zoo Society. (NC Zoo fee has increased 50% since June 30, 2011.)
1:01 PM | 340,000 Miles @ Over 51 m.p.g.
As I move now to two-day weeks as an NC Zoo Society employee, I turn over keys to the Society's 2010 gray Toyota Prius, with the odometer up close to 140,000. My prior company car was the Society's tan 2004 Prius (sold to me in 2003, the first of those later-to-be-named "Motor Trend Car of the Year" autos sold in Asheboro). I drove it over 201,000. Because they are computers on wheels, I know they got a combined 51-plus m.p.g. [Estimated gasoline savings - my 2003 - 2015 mileage: 6,800 gallons] […]
12:30 PM | Can Street Dogs Become Good Pets?
From free-ranging dog to new home. It sounds like a fairy-tale, but how does it work out?A recent survey by Yasemin Salgiri Demirbas (Ankara University) et al investigates how well free-roaming urban dogs fit into a family home once they are adopted. The results show the dogs adapt well to their new homes.The scientists say, “Every year in Turkey, thousands of free-ranging dogs are brought to dog shelters. These dogs are mongrel dogs with stray origins.” There is often a bias […]

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March 24, 2015

7:28 PM | Well...It Is Later
This is different! #Anana #polarbear @NCZoo is being fed thru a usually closed doorway in "old" #RockyCoast exhibit.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 24, 2015
4:17 PM | Deadline nears to join pet jerky class action
Owners have until April 1 to submit claims
3:24 PM | Maybe a Little Later?
#Anana #polarbear's outdoor exhibit @NCZoo lookin' good. Many visitors. But Anana's not coming out on either side.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 24, 2015
12:24 PM | Zoo School is 20 Years Old
"Apple Valley's 'Zoo School' marks 20 years of keeping it real" - (via @PioneerPress @chris_magan) #education— Minnesota Zoo (@mnzoo) March 23, 2015

March 23, 2015

10:13 PM | What Do Holistic Vets Say About Science and Evidence-based Medicine?
I’ve written several times about how proponents of alternative therapies appear to view science and evidence-based medicine. (1, 2, 3)  I think it is critical in evaluating these practices, as pet owners or  veterinarians, to understand the philosophy and approach … Continue reading →
7:24 PM | Pretty Sure I Nailed this Answer
A bread box? MRT @sylvanheights: What's larger than an ostrich egg? Mike & Brent Lubbock & Matilda Goose brought ...— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 23, 2015
6:00 PM | Feline Humor
Doctor: "We got your test results back. I'm so sorry--it's Curiosity." Cat: "Oh my god..."— Jordan (@jordan_stratton) December 13, 2014
4:03 PM | The Right Choice
Calling all #birders and #bird enthusiasts: The #BronxZooBirdathon is Back!— Bronx Zoo (@BronxZoo) March 23, 2015 Graphic features my avian fav, the green heron, which, from my old eyes, is the "not-green-at-all heron".

March 22, 2015

9:45 PM | Prime Placement
.@GreensboroSC #NCAATournament TV ads! #Duke— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 22, 2015 Primate placement? A gibbon named Duke.
7:36 PM | Chronicles of Athena – 34 Weeks
While Athena is not my first cat, she is the first cat who is wholly mine, who would absolutely not survive without me. My last family cat, Posie, was euthanised in late 2009, and I went to get Athena on … Continue reading →
1:45 PM | "Cupid's Arrow Is No Metaphor"
When mating, snails often fire tiny limestone darts at each other as part of the preliminaries— The Economist (@TheEconomist) March 22, 2015 "Till Death Do Us Dart"
1:00 PM | Not BFFs's something that deserves a double take: a tree frog hitching a ride on a python! #weirdnature— Earth Touch (@EarthTouch) March 22, 2015 "...undoubtedly a case of cohabitation rather than animal BFFs..."

March 21, 2015

8:25 PM | Here's the Buzz
Here's the #buzz about the new exhibit coming this summer.... #bees #venom— NC Aquarium at PKS (@NCAquariumatPKS) March 21, 2015
1:23 PM | Remembering When
Here is Family Fun magazine's Top 10 list for zoos and aquariums. Remember when, with the opening of "North America" here, the NC Zoo was on "everyone's" Top 5 or 10 list.
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