Posts from the ‘The Wildlife Society’ category

Playtime for Thailand’s Rescued Elephants

The residents of Elephant Nature Park, a rescue and rehabilitation center in Northern Thailand, have cause to celebrate. The 250-acre park—which is home to roughly 40 injured, disabled, and orphaned elephants of all ages—installed a new elephant-sized playground.

Eggs on Ice: Frozen Zoos and the Quest for Conservation

Scientists at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Berlin, Germany, have published study results that suggest potential improvement for the cryopreservation of eggs of endangered felid species. The development may offer hope in the fight against extinction of the world’s wild cats.

Increase in Dolphin Deaths Raises Alarm

Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared an unusual mortality event for northeastern coastal areas from New York to Maryland. Nearly 150 bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) have washed ashore dead or dying since July, and the number of stranded dolphins continues to rise.

Sheepdogs Save Australia’s Endangered Little Penguins

Man’s best friend is proving to be a best friend to endangered wildlife as well — namely little penguins (Eudyptula minor) of Australia’s Middle Island. Two Maremma sheepdogs, bred to guard against wolves in Italy’s mountains, have helped save the penguin colony from collapse, according to an article published last week in the New Zealand Herald.

Sniffing Out Zebra Mussels

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced last week that it will start using dogs to assist inspections of recreational watercraft for zebra mussels. This makes Minnesota the second U.S. state to implement a program that enlists dogs to sniff out the invasive species.