http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0316-hance_fs_pygmythree.html (repost because this is the most common blog to turn up in search engines and my friend just became head vet at DWA) Isla Escudo is home to this pygmy sloth, one of four species of three-toed sloths. These folivores (suborder: Folivora), also known as Escudo sloths are not only smaller than mainland species, […]Read More Pygmy Three-Toed Sloths……
It goes without saying that if you work in a zoo you are most inclined to be an ‘animal person.’ A gift from a zoo the other day, a publication of the institution’s history, reminded me of something that is not necessarily an important distinction, but it might reflect a cultural change or shift, if […]Read More ‘Zoophilia’ or ‘Philotheria’
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2010/04/19/mb-grizzly-bear-zoo-winnipeg.html Even though advances in veterinary preventive and clinical health care have extended the captive lifespan of so many animals, it’s kind of touching to hear that an animal ambassador that brought so much joy to visitors and staff, passed on to bear heaven in his sleep. We all would like to go as peacefully […]Read More Waldo, the Bear Who Died In His Sleep
http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0414-hance_matrix.html When I first embarked on doctoral research study it was clear that climate change had a great impact on amphibian decline as did disease along with pollutants (toxicants). Although I eventually transferred from a program that would allow me to investigate such issues, the topic will continue to warrants a lot of attention. I […]Read More What do you mean their dorsal spots ain’t right?
WSC REPORT Please read my post on the State of the Wild (WCS 2010). The white-headed langur like the Indo-Chinese tiger and other tiger subspecies has been driven to near extinction in-part because of wildlife trafficking. Traditional Chinese Medicine continues to promote the practice of zootherapy. Zootherapeutic agents include parts and derivatives of whole carcasses, […]Read More “Rarest of the Rare”