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Once Extinct in the Wild, Galapagos Giant Tortoises Return to Pinzon Island

Once Extinct in the Wild, Galapagos Giant Tortoises Return to Pinzon Island

Now here’s a great conservation success story: After more than 100 years, Galápagos giant tortoise hatchlings finally have a chance to thrive and survive on their native Pinzón Island, after conservationists cleared it of the invasive rats that nearly wiped out the animals.

August 2, 2013 — John R. Platt
Canopy Meg Happy In Her Job, Tra La La

Canopy Meg Happy In Her Job, Tra La La

Well folks, it appears all is well at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the Nature Research Center (go here and here for the backstory).

August 1, 2013 — Kate Clancy
The Flea

The Flea

Image of the Week #102, July 31st, 2013: From: How the Fleas’ Next of Kin Ended up Living on a Liverwort in Alaska by Jennifer Frazer at The Artful Amoeba.

July 31, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

But I remember you

You may not remember me, but when I asked how you were you said “Alive.” A few weeks earlier you were afraid of going under anesthesia and not waking up.

July 31, 2013 — Ilana Yurkiewicz

Lavasoa Dwarf Lemur is Cuddly and New

Look at this soft, fluffy bundle of newness. This little man is the Lavasoa dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus lavasoensis), a newly described species of dwarf lemur from southern Madagascar.

July 31, 2013 — Becky Crew
Ethics at the Zoo: The Case of Marius the Giraffe

Ethics at the Zoo: The Case of Marius the Giraffe

Last weekend, a healthy juvenile male reticulated giraffe at the Copenhagen Zoo was killed. His name was Marius. The reason given was that his genes were already sufficiently represented in the giraffe population across the zoos of the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA) his brother lives in a zoo in England, for [...]

February 13, 2014 — Jason G. Goldman
Up Close and Personal With a Humpback Whale

Up Close and Personal With a Humpback Whale

Wow. I’m not sure what impressed me more – the humpback vocalizations or the fact that this ‘Crazy Cameraman’ must have nerves of steel.

February 10, 2014 — Carin Bondar
The pain of not getting cited: oversight, laziness, or malice?

The pain of not getting cited: oversight, laziness, or malice?

Its time to republish this classic article from Tet Zoo ver 2 (originally published in September 2009). The problem Im concerned with certainly hasnt gone away, and in fact is on my mind right now since Ive seen a couple of recent, egregious examples.

February 10, 2014 — Darren Naish
Celebrating the Unsung Heros of Science and Black History

Celebrating the Unsung Heros of Science and Black History

During my school years, I was excited about Black History Month. I was very fortunate to have a host of culturally-aware teachers who gleefully threaded lessons of Black Achievement through out all of my subjects.

February 7, 2014 — DNLee
Wordless Wednesday: Research Snapshots 3

Wordless Wednesday: Research Snapshots 3

I'm in the field (Tanzania) weighing a rat with a Pesola Scale. I am identifying an African Giant Pouched rat with a microchip reader. I'm in the lab (Oklahoma State University) identifying a rat with a microchip reader.

February 5, 2014 — DNLee
Tiny Drifters

Tiny Drifters

Image by Richard Kirby; used with permission.   Source: A Closer Look at a Tiny, Floating Horde Richard Kirby takes stunning photographs of the tiny planktonic babies of many species of marine animals and just released a short film called Ocean Drifters, narrated by none other than Sir David Attenborough.

February 3, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Toxic or Just Tough?

Toxic or Just Tough?

I’m working against too many deadlines as usual and am unable to write a long blog post. But I was pretty troubled by this piece in The Nation the other day… troubled because the hard work and brilliant insights of black women I respected were being turned into something far more sinister.

January 31, 2014 — Kate Clancy
Why do SciArt Groups need Social Media? – Guide Part 1

Why do SciArt Groups need Social Media? – Guide Part 1

  Guide to Social Media for SciArt Groups – Part 1 Introduction The past several years I have participated in forum discussions, Twitter chats, moderated sessions and presentations for a number of groups at the art+science boundary.

January 30, 2014 — Glendon Mellow