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  • Anteater vs. Ants

    ZOOmoments - The Zoo Within
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:13 am
    elajos's story: Like other captive anteaters, Ursula of Szeged Zoo usually eats a special mix. There is no other solution as it would be extremely difficult to collect termites and ants for her every day. However, one day we found a large ant nest in a wooden house which we had to remove. The idea of moving the warlike insects into the enclosure of the anteaters seemed to be logical. Naturally I was curious about what was going to happen… Ursula – carrying her son – approached us quickly when we entered the enclosure. After recognizing the gift, she began to collect the ants – as we…
  • Hypomelanistic Grass Snake | World’s First

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    John F Taylor
    14 Feb 2015 | 10:17 am
    ReptileApartment.com - "It's Not a desire; it's an obsession to share our knowledge with people interested in herpetoculture." Authored by Christian Castille World First Hypomelanistic Natrix Captive Breeding It will come as no surprise to most European herpetoculturists the grass snake is one of the most recognizable and loved snakes in Europe. For the UK, it’s one of our only three species of snake, which also include the adder and the smooth snake. […] The article Hypomelanistic Grass Snake | World’s First appeared first on ReptileApartment.com
  • The 10 most common species in zoos

    ZOOmoments - The Zoo Within
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Imagine that you are given the opportunity to create your own zoo. Yes, I know it is a sweet dream – have you played lottery this week? Nevertheless, let’s accept this idea now and continue daydreaming! So, what species would you choose to start the zoo business: rarities or the most common animals? I suppose you are also fond of zoology and you would keep special animals, but you should consider the needs of the public and the expenses of operating the zoo as well (…maybe it was not the record prize in the lottery). Most zoos also take it into consideration and finally decide to choose…
  • Bumblebees make false memories too

    Zoology News -- ScienceDaily
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:19 am
    It's well known that our human memory can fail us. People can be forgetful, and they can sometimes also 'remember' things incorrectly, with devastating consequences in the classroom, courtroom, and other areas of life. Now, researchers show for the first time that bumblebees can be unreliable witnesses too.
  • Tanzania: To Avoid Death, Bushbucks Pretend to Be Dead

    Zoology News
    15 Feb 2015 | 9:30 pm
    MOST antelopes live and graze in large groups called herds which make them more vulnerable to attacks from predators such as lions, leopards, cheetahs and other carnivorous who live by eating meat from herbivorous and omnivorous. The Bushbuck is aware of this dangerous movement that is why most of the time it browses lonely in bush savannah forest where the antelope run and buck like horse.
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  • Bumblebees make false memories too

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:19 am
    It's well known that our human memory can fail us. People can be forgetful, and they can sometimes also 'remember' things incorrectly, with devastating consequences in the classroom, courtroom, and other areas of life. Now, researchers show for the first time that bumblebees can be unreliable witnesses too.
  • Amphibian chytrid fungus reaches Madagascar

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:24 am
    The chytrid fungus, which is fatal to amphibians, has been detected in Madagascar for the first time. This means that the chytridiomycosis pandemic has now reached a biodiversity hotspot. Researchers are therefore proposing an emergency plan. This includes monitoring the spread of the pathogenic fungus, building amphibian breeding stations and developing probiotic treatments, say the scientists.
  • Could squirmy livestock dent africa's protein deficit?

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:23 am
    Two graduate students are working to introduce highly productive kits for farming mealworms to regions such as sub-Saharan Africa where eating insects is already culturally palatable. They are just practicing what they are beginning to preach: insects, and mealworms in particular, are an overlooked, healthful, economically viable and sustainable source of nutrition for people.
  • The eyes have it: Cats put sight over smell in finding food

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:04 am
    Cats may prefer to use their eyes rather than follow their nose when it comes to finding the location of food, according to new research by leading animal behaviorists.
  • Research cracks code governing infections single-stranded RNA viruses

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:48 am
    Researchers have cracked a code that governs infections caused by simple, single-stranded RNA viruses similar in many respects to viruses that cause the common cold, polio and the winter vomiting norovirus infections.
 
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  • Tanzania: To Avoid Death, Bushbucks Pretend to Be Dead

    15 Feb 2015 | 9:30 pm
    MOST antelopes live and graze in large groups called herds which make them more vulnerable to attacks from predators such as lions, leopards, cheetahs and other carnivorous who live by eating meat from herbivorous and omnivorous. The Bushbuck is aware of this dangerous movement that is why most of the time it browses lonely in bush savannah forest where the antelope run and buck like horse.
  • Celebrating Black History Month with Unsung Pioneers

    14 Feb 2015 | 12:35 am
    Black History month is set aside for celebrating the contributions and accomplishments of black Americans. However, the month of February has instead been hijacked by race-baiters masquerading as Civil Rights leaders, angry black celebrities, and Democrats as a time to air grievances.
  • Biology and Evolution of Crocodylians

    2 Feb 2015 | 12:19 am
    Biology and Evolution of Crocodylians is a comprehensive review of current knowledge about the world's largest and most famous living reptiles. Richly illustrated with more than 500 colour photographs and black and white illustrations, this book will be a benchmark reference work for crocodylian biologists, herpetologists and vertebrate biologists for years to come.
  • Monkeying Around With the Mimick Dog

    1 Feb 2015 | 8:04 pm
    European and Middle Eastern medieval mythology is populated not only by such famous examples of fabulous beasts as the dragon, griffin, basilisk, centaur, unicorn, and minotaur, but also by many lesser-known yet no less fascinating fauna, including a small furry mystery beast called the mimick dog. The reason for its name is that the mimick dog is supposedly capable of imitating anything that it sees, leading some observers to assume that it must have been conceived by a monkey .
  • UTSA adjunct professor receives highest honor from the American Society for Cell Biology

    21 Jan 2015 | 1:52 pm
    William Brinkley, adjunct professor of biology in the UTSA College of Sciences, was recently honored with the E. B. Wilson Medal from the American Society for Cell Biology . The medal, the organization's highest honor for far-reaching contributions to cell biology over a lifetime in science, was presented to Brinkley at the 54th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.
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  • Antennal morphology and sensillum distribution of female cotton leaf worm Spodoptera littoralis (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)

    24 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Publication date: January 2015 Source:The Journal of Basic & Applied Zoology, Volume 68 Author(s): Mervat A. Seada Female cotton leaf worm Spodoptera littoralis (Biosduval) is highly dependent on its antennal sensory structures for host location for feeding or oviposition. The external structure, number, and distribution of the antennal sensilla of female S. littoralis were examined with light and scanning electron microscopy. The antenna of adult female is filiform, composed of a scape, a pedicel and a flagellum. The flagellum has 65–80 segments densely packed with sensilla distributed…
  • Comparing of the effectiveness of egg disinfectants against bacteria and mitotic indices of developing chick embryos

    24 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Publication date: May 2015 Source:The Journal of Basic & Applied Zoology, Volume 70 Author(s): H.S. Zeweil , R.E. Rizk , G.M. Bekhet , Mona R. Ahmed Total bacterial counts on hatching eggshell surface were significantly (P <0.05) reduced as a result of using all disinfectants with different concentrations and formaldehyde fumigation treatments compared with those for eggs before treatment except for those subjected to water only which are considered as control with water. Chemical disinfectants significantly reduced the eggshell total bacterial count from 7.07Logs to 2.41Logs with…
  • Octopus filmed jumping out of water to catch and devour passing crab

    23 Feb 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Octopus versus crab. On land. Who will win? This may be the first time this remarkable octopus behaviour has been captured on video Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)MedWorm Sponsor Message: Directory of the best January Sales in the UK. Find the best Christmas presents too.
  • Octopus gets crabby in Yallingup Australia

    23 Feb 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Octopus versus crab. On land. Who will win? This is the first time this remarkable octopus behaviour has been captured on video. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
  • Piles of scats for piles of DNA: deriving DNA of lizards from their faeces

    23 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    S. K. Pearson, S. S. Tobe, D. A. Fusco, C. M. Bull, M. G. Gardner (Source: Australian Journal of Zoology)
 
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  • Stunning Cliff-Hanging Skywalk Gives Visitors Views of Canada’s Glaciers

    Steph
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Step out onto a circular glass platform that seems to float in mid-air, giving you the closest look at Canada’s stunning Athabasca Glacier short of climbing it yourself. Sturgess Architecture cantilevered this extraordinary skywalk over the valley in Jasper National Park as part of a 1,475-foot-long walkway carved into the mountainous landscape. Made of corten […] The post Stunning Cliff-Hanging Skywalk Gives Visitors Views of Canada’s Glaciers appeared first on WebEcoist.
  • Embroidery Embodies The Road Less Raveled

    Steve
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Slower than photography and more creative than painting, using embroidery to capture scenic vistas is a charmingly retro way to weave travel memories. The post Embroidery Embodies The Road Less Raveled appeared first on WebEcoist.
  • Flow Hive: New Beehive Design Puts Honey on Tap

    Steph
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:27 pm
    People are extremely excited about the new ‘Flow Hive’ beehive design, if the vast overfunding of the project’s IndieGoGo campaign is any indication. As of late February, the campaign has already raised 2,884% of its goal with over 30 days to go. Check out the details of this cool hive and you’ll understand why: it […] The post Flow Hive: New Beehive Design Puts Honey on Tap appeared first on WebEcoist.
  • Hyperrealistic Animal Sculptures Made from Chicken Wire

    Steph
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Ghostly echoes of the majestic living beings that were once on display in the Tower of London can now be seen in the form of incredibly realistic animal sculptures made of galvanized chicken wire. Artist Kendra Haste was commissioned by the Historic Royal Palaces to create life-sized creatures including lions, baboons, lions, bears, giraffes and […] The post Hyperrealistic Animal Sculptures Made from Chicken Wire appeared first on WebEcoist.
  • Druid Awakening: Wisconsin’s Awesome Icehenge

    Steve
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Sorry Spinal Tap, Druids didn't build Stonehenge but some dudes built Icehenge, a cool ice sculpture set smack in the middle of a frozen Wisconsin lake. The post Druid Awakening: Wisconsin’s Awesome Icehenge appeared first on WebEcoist.
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  • Leopard Gecko Breeding Part 2 | Breeding Biology

    John F Taylor
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    ReptileApartment.com - "It's Not a desire; it's an obsession to share our knowledge with people interested in herpetoculture." Authored by Ron Tremper Leopard Gecko BREEDING LEOPARD GECKOS Follicle Grading Every week, we get asked, “How do I know when to put my geckos together?” And indeed, that question is very important and one that we want to teach you the answer to. To understand how to determine the best time for introduction, you […] The article Leopard Gecko Breeding Part 2 | Breeding Biology appeared first on ReptileApartment.com
  • The Savannah Monitor | The Most Misunderstood Lizard

    John F Taylor
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    ReptileApartment.com - "It's Not a desire; it's an obsession to share our knowledge with people interested in herpetoculture." Authored by Todd Cornwell Unique Birthday Party Parties for Kids & Reptile Rescue Guest Editor Wayne Harvey assisted with this piece. “Savannah Monitors make great pets, so tame and easy-going” I hear this statement all over, in pet stores, on Facebook, and I cringe every time I hear it. Savannah monitors are native to Africa, […] The article The Savannah Monitor | The Most Misunderstood Lizard appeared first on ReptileApartment.com
  • Strike, Rattle, & Roll: What do the Grammys and The Fear of Snakes Have in Common?

    John F Taylor
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    ReptileApartment.com - "It's Not a desire; it's an obsession to share our knowledge with people interested in herpetoculture." Want to read an insightful article on the fear of snakes? Check this out: Strike, Rattle, & Roll: What do the Grammys and The Fear of Snakes Have in Common?. The article Strike, Rattle, & Roll: What do the Grammys and The Fear of Snakes Have in Common? appeared first on ReptileApartment.com
  • Hypomelanistic Grass Snake | World’s First

    John F Taylor
    14 Feb 2015 | 10:17 am
    ReptileApartment.com - "It's Not a desire; it's an obsession to share our knowledge with people interested in herpetoculture." Authored by Christian Castille World First Hypomelanistic Natrix Captive Breeding It will come as no surprise to most European herpetoculturists the grass snake is one of the most recognizable and loved snakes in Europe. For the UK, it’s one of our only three species of snake, which also include the adder and the smooth snake. […] The article Hypomelanistic Grass Snake | World’s First appeared first on ReptileApartment.com
  • Vorax vs. Marginata | The Herpetocultural Identity Crisis

    John F Taylor
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:34 am
    ReptileApartment.com - "It's Not a desire; it's an obsession to share our knowledge with people interested in herpetoculture." Authored by Ryan McVeigh Marketing Brand Manager Zilla Reptile Supplies Vorax Geckos and the elusive truth Recently, a friend came to me with a question. He had been to a local reptile show and had picked up a gecko labeled “Vorax Gecko.” He believed it to be mislabeled, because a true Gehyra vorax gecko is […] The article Vorax vs. Marginata | The Herpetocultural Identity Crisis appeared first on ReptileApartment.com
 
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  • “We don't need no education...”

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:38 am
    Sometimes, when I have some free time, I like to walk among visitors. You can hear some interesting or funny conversations and it often turns out that children are smarter than their parents. The family was standing in front of the Oriental small-clawed otters’ (Aonyx cinerea) enclosure and watching the otters playing happily. I witnessed the following conversation: Read More...
  • Anteater vs. Ants

    22 Feb 2015 | 10:13 am
    elajos's story: Like other captive anteaters, Ursula of Szeged Zoo usually eats a special mix. There is no other solution as it would be extremely difficult to collect termites and ants for her every day. However, one day we found a large ant nest in a wooden house which we had to remove. The idea of moving the warlike insects into the enclosure of the anteaters seemed to be logical. Naturally I was curious about what was going to happen… Ursula – carrying her son – approached us quickly when we entered the enclosure. After recognizing the gift, she began to collect the ants – as we…
  • The 10 most common species in zoos

    18 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Imagine that you are given the opportunity to create your own zoo. Yes, I know it is a sweet dream – have you played lottery this week? Nevertheless, let’s accept this idea now and continue daydreaming! So, what species would you choose to start the zoo business: rarities or the most common animals? I suppose you are also fond of zoology and you would keep special animals, but you should consider the needs of the public and the expenses of operating the zoo as well (…maybe it was not the record prize in the lottery). Most zoos also take it into consideration and finally decide to choose…
  • An Example of Activity-Based Zoo Exhibit Design: A Review of the Wild Asia’s Elephant Exhibit at Taronga Zoo

    13 Feb 2015 | 9:50 am
    Short Description of the Exhibit In January, ZooLex (ZooLex Zoo Design Organization, www.zoolex.org) presented the Wild Asia’s Elephant Exhibit at Taronga Zoo, Sydney, Australia. It is worth mentioning that this one is the tenth elephant exhibit readable on the website. Wild Asia is a themed multispecies exhibit with Asian rainforest animal species which covers a bit more than one hectare and was opened for the public in 2005. The whole exhibit space is divided into two thematic zones: the urban riverside village on one hand and animal enclosures with immersion trails on the other, so the…
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