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Get To Know the Sea Cow

November is #ManateeAwarenessMonth. Manatees, despite their massive bulk, are graceful swimmers. They are also known as sea cows. There are three species of manatee, distinguished primarily where they live. They live along the North American east coast from Florida to Brazil. Other species inhabit the Amazon River and the west coast and rivers of Africa.… Read More




Mama? Is That You?

You might expect that raising whooping crane chicks for eventual reintroduction to the wild requires special care. But you might not expect it to involve costumes. The whooping crane came close to going extinct in the 20th century; the population is thought to have been down to only around 20 individuals. Organizations like the AZA-accredited… Read More


Number 23: An Underdog Story

Meet turtle 23, a Western pond turtle hatched at the Woodland Park Zoo in 2013. The Western pond turtle, one of the first ten species selected for AZA SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction, is vulnerable due to habitat loss, predation, and disease. A number of institutions in its native Washington, Oregon, and California are working… Read More


The San Diego Zoo Shares Their Best Vine Videos

Our friends at The San Diego Zoo have a stockpile of adorable Vine videos and lucky for you, they decided to share the best of them! Cat got its tongue. Meet Paloma, the 6-month-old two-toed sloth. Her favorite treat is hibiscus flowers.  When Ruuxa the cheetah cub met his puppy pal, Raina the Rhodesian ridgeback… Read More


A Critical New Addition to the Lee Richardson Zoo

Lee Richardson Zoo welcomed their first baby of 2015 on January 5: a healthy, fourteen-pound female addax calf. The addax is a large antelope native to the Sahara Desert and is well adapted to the harsh desert climate. They survive on sparse vegetation and can go weeks to months without drinking water. The addax is… Read More


Animals That Were Made For the Cold

Mother Nature has some pretty clever ways of keeping animals warm and cozy in freezing temperatures. Our friends at the San Diego Zoo took a look at the adaptations that help takins, polar bears, sea lions, and many others thrive in frigid weather: “Takins have some pretty cool adaptations that help them stay warm and… Read More


Act Fast! December 4th Is International Cheetah Day

On December 4, zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) will join the  Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in marking the annual observance of International Cheetah Day. By encouraging all wildlife fans to participate in cheetah-centric activities, AZA and CCF hope to inspire more humans to get involved in the long-term fight to… Read More


Celebrate National Bison Day!

There are no two ways about it: the bison is an American icon. This thunderous behemoth of the western plains has inspired countless generations of artists, writers, conservationists, and policymakers to share and preserve the beauty of wild North America. Just over a century ago, bison populations teetered at the brink of extinction. They were… Read More