Category Archives: Animal Management

Eastern Black Rhino Calf Thrills Visitors at Lincoln Park Zoo

  Lincoln Park Zoo’s newborn Eastern black rhinoceros calf thrilled zoo guests as he took his first steps outside at the Harris Family Foundation Black Rhinoceros Exhibit. A little timid at first, the calf quickly followed his mom’s lead and … Continue reading

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Amur Leopard Cubs on Exhibit at Minnesota Zoo

Two Amur leopard cubs went on exhibit for the first time last week at the Minnesota Zoo.  Born May 29, the cubs (one male and one female) have spent the last several months nursing, bonding with mom and building up … Continue reading

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Elephant Undergoes Successful Eye Surgery

C’sar, the North Carolina Zoo’s oldest male elephant and one of the park’s most well-known animals, underwent successful cataract surgery for the second time in six months recently, an unusual procedure for elephants. The 38-year-old African bull has been a … Continue reading

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Meet the Animal Curator: Liz Hile at the Living Desert in Palm Springs

Describe your job: As Curator of Animals, I manage Animal Department personnel and the animal collection, but not on the front lines like the Keepers do. I am responsible for the overall health and welfare of the animal collection.  I … Continue reading

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Animal Care Takes Front Seat

A recent birth at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Bronx Zoo in New York highlights the high standards of animal husbandry practices at Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)-accredited zoos and aquariums. An okapi was born after a year of … Continue reading

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Unintended Consequences: Asian Vulture Populations Brought to the Brink of Extinction

Vultures.  If you had asked me ten years ago what I thought about vultures, I would have told you “not very much.”  I’d see turkey vultures (Cathartes auara) soaring through the Maryland sky– but beyond that, I didn’t give them … Continue reading

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Seahorses: In Need of Protection

With their horse-like head, stunning colors, and wrap-around tails, it is easy to be intrigued by seahorses. It’s not only their striking appearance that makes them unique – unlike most fish, they are monogamous throughout the mating season, and courtship … Continue reading

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Meet the Curator: Christopher Kuhar at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

In a new feature for the Explore blog, we thought it would be a good idea to introduce you to some of the people who do all the hard work at AZA accredited zoos and aquariums.  In the first of these profiles, … Continue reading

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The Heart of a Gorilla

When I think of heart disease, I usually associate it with people – but given the similarity in our DNA with great apes, perhaps it not all that surprising that it is an issue that they deal with as well.  … Continue reading

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Lion MRI – The Power of Partnerships

Animal health, care and well being are central to all AZA accredited zoos and aquariums – a recent event at the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids Michigan highlighted this along with the power of partnering with other institutions.      Docha, … Continue reading

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