What a coincidence: It seems fitting that World Giraffe Day is on the longest day of the year! Take a look at these adorable pictures from some AZA-accredited institutions:
The Buffalo Zoo welcomed a female Indian Rhino calf, named Monica, on June 5. She was conceived through artificial insemination with the help of The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW). The baby rhino, weighing in at 144 pounds, is the first offspring for a male rhino who… 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
Our intrepid explorer Tim Lewthwaite is off on a ten-day trip to Africa to report on wildlife conservation. First stop: An elephant orphanage at the edge of Nairobi National Park. The facility is a nursery and rehab center for baby elephants as well as rhinos, zebras and other wildlife who have lost their families –… 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.