Category Archives: Photos

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

Spooky Species That Help Our Ecosystem

Bothered by bats? Spooked by spiders?  Don’t be! Let’s take advantage of the Halloween season to dispel misconceptions about some of the world’s “creepiest” animals! Often disregarded as “flying rodents,” bats make up a distinct group of mammals known as chiropterans. They are surprisingly diverse, accounting for about 25% percent of all known mammal species.… Read More

See-Food Differently: Take A Stand For Sustainability

It’s easy to choose sustainable seafood when dining, or shopping, thanks to Seafood Watch. The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s program offers free smartphone apps, and downloadable guides, so you can help protect our oceans. The information displayed is divided into three categories- best choices, good alternatives and seafood to avoid. You can make a difference. Please visit… Read More

On International Tiger Day, Help Raise Awareness for Tiger Conservation

About 100,000 wild tigers roamed across Asia in 1900. Today, tigers are an endangered species, with a wild population that is likely under 3,500. The biggest threats to their survival are poaching, habitat loss, prey depletion, human-tiger conflict, and disease. The Tiger Conservation Campaign, coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Tiger Species… Read More

Phoenix Zoo Welcomes Threatened Gartersnakes

The Phoenix Zoo welcomed 18 narrow-headed gartersnakes on July 2, 2014 – the first of their species ever born at the zoo and the result of five years of breeding attempts. The births come at a critical time: just five days later, the US Fish and Wildlife Service listed the species, native to Arizona and New Mexico,… Read More

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Birthday, America! To celebrate, take a look at these photos of some quintessential American species from Tracy Aviary, Zoo America, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. This is Amelia – named after American airborne heroine and role-model Amelia Earhart. She is a juvenile bald eagle female who hatched in 2011.… Read More

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there – of all species! Red river hogs enjoy a snack with dad at the Sacramento Zoo! YUM!   Boris, a male cassowary, with his chick Hallager at the Virginia Zoo just after he hatched on June 11, 2013. Cassowary fathers incubate the eggs and look after the… Read More

Rare Pheasant Hatches at Woodland Park Zoo

The Woodland Park Zoo welcomed an Edwards’s pheasant on May 21 – the first of its species to hatch at the zoo. The Edwards’s pheasant, native to the rain forests of central Vietnam, is listed as critically endangered and perhaps even extinct in the wild. The last confirmed sighting was in 2000, and none were… Read More