Why are African penguins so cute? It may be the waddling. Or their sophisticated tuxedos. Or perhaps it’s the fact that they are highly social and form long-term bonds with one another. But, did you know that they’re facing extinction? African penguins are listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List. This penguin species faces… Read More
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Zoo Tycoon video courtesy of Microsoft The votes are in: the first Zoo Tycoon Community Challenge will benefit the AZA Tiger Species Survival Plan’s Tiger Conservation Campaign. Microsoft Studios issues a conservation-based Community Challenge each month to the Xbox One online community. Players are invited to vote for real-world field conservation projects, run by non-profit… Read More
Did you know that while having fun building your own virtual zoo, you can also help conservation efforts? Photos courtesy of Microsoft Studios The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and Microsoft Studios are working together to give fans of Microsoft Studio’s Zoo Tycoon game series the opportunity to build their own virtual zoo and… Read More
Photo: Minnesota Zoo Do you love tigers as much as we do? Wild tigers are in trouble and need our help. Four of nine subspecies are extinct in the wild, and the Amur, Malayan, and Sumatran subspecies each number fewer than 500 in the wild as the result of poaching and habitat loss. AZA-accredited zoos… Read More
Hadari, one of the four African elephants at the Nashville Zoo (Photo: Amiee Stubbs – Nashville Zoo) Every day, 96 African elephants are killed by poachers – 35,000 in 2012 alone. The brutal killings are fueled by high demand for ivory: despite an international ban on ivory trade in 1989, illegal trade remains rampant. The… Read More
Nikita, a polar bear at the Kansas City Zoo (Photo: Kansas City Zoo via Facebook) Each fall, polar bears gather along the shores of Canada’s Hudson Bay, waiting for the water to freeze so they can move offshore to hunt. But climate change means that the bears are waiting longer for ice to form, which… Read More
Blaze, Zoo Atlanta. (Photo: Bridget Wright) Orangutan habitats are being destroyed by deforestation, making these beautiful animals critically endangered. Accredited zoos – such as Zoo Atlanta, home to Blaze (above) – are working toward orangutan conservation through research, maintaining healthy populations, and raising awareness. You can help! Learn more at the Orangutan Conservation Education Center.