August 31, 2014

12:52 AM | Winner!
Winning #wildlife photo MT @sandiegozoo: Compassion 4 fellow beings..; we conserve what we love. Photo by Dona Tracy— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) August 31, 2014

August 30, 2014

11:05 PM | A brief guide to... the Animal Welfare Act 2006
Prior to the introduction of the Animal Welfare Act in 2006, animal welfare law was largely reactive and action could only be taken once an animal had already suffered. The Act focused on prevention and introduced welfare offence for the first time. It was the first review of pet law in ninety-four years; replacing the 1911 Protection of Animals Act and superseding more than twenty other pieces of legislation...
12:41 PM | Putting Life at Risk
Posted recently about Mike Lubbock, "The Waterfowl Man of Sylvan Heights", and how he regularly put his own life at risk for wildlife, specifically waterfowl threatened with extinction.And have posted about how NC Zoo lead vet Dr. Mike Loomis and other researchers have done the same.Often, of course, the species for which the sacrifice is made is mankind:Dr. Khan, of Sierra Leone, was invited to spend the summer at Harvard, but he stayed to fight Ebola. He died at 39. […]

August 29, 2014

11:11 PM | Call Me "Pat"
A nice, refreshing "Hello" e-mail was sent today to all NC Zoo staff by new staffer and soon-to-be Director L. Patricia Simmons. She invited all to "Feel free to communicate with me via e-mail, phone or just stopping by my office." She ended: "Feel free to call me Pat.  Hey you works too.  Cheers."

August 28, 2014

12:55 PM | Most African Ivory Headed for Asia
Poached African elephant ivory is a billions of dollars business and it is Asians, especially Chinese humans, who make it such through their demand, according to Born Free USA. Ivory has no "real value" to humans. No more than a like weight of human teeth. But that hasn't stopped the killing within a rapidly decreasing population of elephants.That is why we must not be part of the supply chain...and must demonstrate ivory's real lack of value.The Chinese government is one of several which has […]
2:43 AM | What can gin and sperm farming tell us about animal rights?
Inspired by badly behaved boyfriends and a general disillusionment in mankind, several friends and I recently drunkenly devised a hypothetical ‘man-farm’ in which women reared men in specially constructed enclosures and harvested their sperm. I’d like to interject before launching into the specifics of our vision that our conversation isn’t usually quite as sinister and bizarre (although it is far too frequently fuelled by gin), and that none of us are of the […]

August 27, 2014

11:17 PM | Enjoy.
Vintage Shark Illustrations Are Jaw-Droppingly Gorgeous #sciart— Jason G. Goldman (@jgold85) August 27, 2014
10:19 PM | NC Zoo Bobcat Kitten
The NC Zoo bobcat kitten has completed quarantine and will soon go on exhibit, according to Senior Staff Meeting Notes from today. [Photo by Valerie Abbott]
8:17 PM | "Economics of Wildlife Tourism"
How can whale shark tourism be kept sustainable? The economics of wildlife tourism, in my latest at @conservationmag— Jason G. Goldman (@jgold85) August 22, 2014
6:34 PM | Don't Wanna Wait!
Can't wait! MT @NCZooSociety: Snips, snails AND sugar & spice 2 girl & 2 boy lion cubs doin well! On exhibit in fall!— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) August 27, 2014
4:10 PM | Main principles behind animal welfare legislation
The concept of legislation to guard animals’ ‘welfare’ is a particularly new one. Historically, legislation was only passed with regards to mistreating animals publicly, in order to protect the public from witnessing cruel behaviour. Increasingly, however, there has been a move away from legislation with an emphasis on animal cruelty towards protection of animals for their own sake as sentient beings. The development of the new societal welfare ethic...
1:54 PM | Sheepdogs Follow 2 Simple Rules
So cool! Simplicity. RT @bjkingape: GPS data on the two rules sheepdogs use to herd #sheepdogs #dogs #farming— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) August 27, 2014

August 26, 2014

8:22 PM | Ivory Crush & Burn
When National Geographic did its October 2012 Investigative Report" (Blood Ivory: 25,000 Elephants Were Killed Last Year", pp.28-61), it focused on the Philippines and China as the main destination for ivory, mainly poached in Africa. In recent months, however, the governments of both countries have demonstrated their understanding of the problem (and solution) by destroying ivory. Hong Kong has done the same.The NC Zoo announced it would do the same in recent weeks. ("We must all act now!" - […]
6:29 PM | Putting His Life at Risk for Wildlife
"There were political problems in Guatemala in those days...the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had already sent people down to look into the plight of the poc, and those agents had disappeared and were presumed dead." - from Mike Lubbock's journal, in "The Waterfall Man (of Sylvan Heights) by Dale True, 2014, about his 1984 trip to save the vanishing Atilan Grebe (a.k.a., poc).Reading the above referenced book, I've learned about some of the times waterfowl champion Mike Lubbock put his life at […]
1:08 PM | "Spotted Owl Never Had It this Good"
"Frack Quietly, Please: [Greater] Sage Grouse Is Nesting" - New York Times, Diane Cardwell & Clifford Krauss (Hat Tip: Hacky Pitts)"...a chickenlike bird known for its flamboyant courtship strut — has seen its numbers plunge far and fast.""Every year, males return to relatively open areas called leks, splaying their tail feathers and puffing up their chests as they waddle and call to attract hens. Vulnerable to predators like coyotes and eagles, the grouse depends on vast expanses […]
12:00 AM | Tuition hikes flatten as high cost of veterinary school gains attention
Deans explore ways to contain students' expense, debt

August 25, 2014

7:53 PM | And Sometimes I'm the Danger
"Bird calls sometimes signal danger is nearby", Charlotte Observer, Piedmont Birding by Taylor Piephoff.' abrupt change in the tone of your local bird calls...may be alerting you to something interesting..."As a long-time trail jogger turned hiker, I have often heard American crows, other birds and squirrels warn each other about my approaching their habitat.Hat tip: Hacky Pitts
6:06 PM | Coming Soon to a Habitat Near You
Invasive Species. [Time, July 28, 2014] Hat tip: Hacky Pitts
4:10 PM | Veterinarians eye legislative path to lower student loan interest rates
Reauthorization of Higher Education Act could ease borrowers' debt burden
3:57 PM | "...human [& animal] lives at risk"
So sad that so many humans [& animals] in Gaza [&Israel] live lives constantly at risk: "Wild Welfare has been saddened to hear about the extremely distressing conditions for the animals caught in the conflict between the crossfire of Israel and Hamas conflict at Gaza zoo. Alongside North Carolina Zoological Society we managed to source a small donation to buy food for the animals, and have been investigating possible options to get aid to these […]
2:17 PM | Zoo View
How many #Zoo have view like this? @NCZoo has two entrance lakes. #NorthAmerica (this) & #Africa.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) August 25, 2014
1:04 PM | Asheboro>Sioux Falls>Asheboro
"Jb Minter starts work today as our new Senior Veterinarian. Many of you already know Jb. He was with us as a resident for three years before he accepted a position at the Great Plains Zoo in South Dakota. We are thrilled to welcome him to his new position." - Dr. Mike Loomis, NC Zoo Lead VeterinarianWelcome back Jb! Note to self: check out Great Plains Zoo. (Regularly fly in and out of Sioux Falls on way to wife Ann's hometown of Vermillion, SD; the Sioux Falls airport is abbreviated by the […]

August 24, 2014

8:26 PM | Rhinos & Positive Body Image
Amen sister! RT @beltforce: Real unicorns have curves!— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) August 24, 2014
4:08 PM | Little Zoo that Could...
...attract polar bears.It is just 17 acres. It operates in the shadows of the nearby Minnesota Zoo (only the NC Zoo and Minnesota Zoo are true U.S.A. state zoos). But the Como Zoo (St. Paul, MN) will receive young polar bears (male and female!) from Toledo in the Fall.AND Como Zoo got a female polar bear, Berlin, in 2012, when the Lake Superior Zoo, Duluth suffered from flooding...AND three polar bears for a time after flooding affected the zoo in Minot, ND.
2:08 PM | More on Elephant Keeper Ivory (Ms. Ivory)
It has been a while, but i have new info on the NC Zoo elephant keeper who happens to have the last name of "Ivory":"Erin comes to us with over 11 years animal care and training experience with approximately 10 of those years working with elephants. In addition to internship, seasonal and volunteer jobs training animals with Walt Disney World’s The Living Seas, Sea World of San Diego and Project Wildlife (also in San Diego) respectively, Erin was a senior elephant keeper at the San […]

August 23, 2014

11:31 PM | So Interact!
154 animals (plus Bao Bao) were born at the Zoo this year. See @washingtonpost's interactive graphic!  #WeSaveSpecies— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) August 23, 2014
11:18 PM | Endangered Species Humor
World Wildlife Fund Donors Receive Refund After Western Black Rhino Goes Extinct— The Onion (@TheOnion) August 23, 2014
2:26 PM | "...You're the One"
12:17 PM | @FLOTUS Tweets Panda Video
Happy Birthday, Bao Bao! Here's a look back at her first year at the @NationalZoo → #BaoBaoBday 🐼 🍰— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) August 23, 2014
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