News and Items
North Carolina Aquarium and Carolina Beach in Pier Talks
Fort Fisher, NC - The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher and the town of Carolina Beach are discussing a partnership that would bring an educational ocean fishing pier, called "Aquarium Pier at Carolina Beach" to the boardwalk area.
Oregon Coast Aquarium Offers Wine and Jellyfish to Supporters
Aztec Bash and Baja Splash at Aquarium of the Pacific
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Debuts MotionVR Tours
Las Vegas, NV - Popular Las Vegas tourist attraction enables customers to map out visit online with fully integrated website, featuring attraction map, ?walk-through? tours, and amazing photography; realistic, interactive experience brings Shark Reef to life ? online. Debuting more than 70 realistic ?walk-through? tours, MotionVR, LLC (www.motion-vr.com) today announced that Shark Reef Aquarium, located at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, will be the first tourist attraction in the U.S. to debut MotionVR Tours. Now, potential visitors to Shark Reef Aquarium can map out their visit online, with a fully integrated website that features an attraction map, walk- through tours, amazing sea life photography, and more. This realistic, interactive experience brings Shark Reef to life, on the computer screen.
Aussie Sea World Vet Sticks Arm Down the Throat of a Shark to Remove Gaff
Australia - Braving the jaws of an ocean predator may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it is all in a day's work for Dr David Blyde. The Sea World vet has become an overnight international celebrity after the image of him shoving his arm down the throat of an endangered grey nurse shark to remove a fishing gaff on Wednesday made world headlines.
THIS IS SHARK WEEK!
Are Sharks Your Favorite Species?
A Wise Word from AMMPA
It?s hard not to smile when you see children, and most adults, watch in awe when experiencing dolphins, whales, or sea lions up close. The scene happens thousands of times every day in aquariums and marine parks around the country, particularly during summer vacations when families have more opportunity to spend time together. While having fun, guests are learning how they, in their everyday lives, can take action to help protect marine mammals.
A Wildlife Biologist Pin-up for the Ladies
Hardee County, FL - FWC biologist Adam Warwick said he knew the bear wouldn't survive the four-mile swim across the harbor. He went into the gulf for the rescue; the bear panicked and stood up before tipping backward into the water, where Warwick kept its head above water and towed it to shore. Warwick later appeared on CBS, CNN and Fox News to discuss the rescue. He received three marriage proposals and earned nicknames such as beastmaster, the bear whisperer and the hunky biologist.
Phoenix Zoo's Bert Castro Elected to AZA Board
Detroit Zoo?s Blue Bears Escape
Detroit, MI - Chimps, frogs, polar bears, and tigers are staking out their territory on lawns across Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties to encourage support of the Detroit Zoo ballot proposal on August 5, 2008. The Committee for the Zoo's Future is distributing campaign signs bearing the faces of favorite zoo animals, ears and all. Created by the Doner advertising agency, the signs read, "Yes on Zoo, Vote August 5th".
The Wilds Wants Everyone Who has an Artistic Side to Attend Their Art Camp
Artists using all types of media are invited to experience a weekend at the Wilds exploring places and spaces rich in visual inspiration at this 10,000-acre conservation center. The Wilds Art Camp takes place Aug. 15 to 17, and will be facilitated by nationally renowned wildlife artist Linda Howard Bittner. "The Wilds offers the best opportunity in Ohio to experience a variety of native flora and fauna species along with an impressive array of endangered animals from around the world," said Howard Bittner. "The expansive habitats and stunning landscapes are guaranteed to inspire any artist."
Lincoln Park Zoo Has Flamingo Eggs
Chicago, IL - A female Chilean flamingo tends to two eggs on July 16 while Lincoln Park Zoo staff anxiously hold their collective breath in anticipation for flamingo chicks. This is the first time in the zoo's 140-year history that their flamingo flocks have laid eggs. For a flamingo to incubate not only one egg, but two, is particularly unusual. Incubation is approximately 4 weeks, so if all goes well, chicks should be hatching in late July and early August.
Deer Fawn Leaves Jimmy Buffett's FL Keys and Relocates to Tampa
Extreme Makeover Occurs Without Ty at Nashville Zoo's Historic Home
Nashville, TN - Ty Pennington?s TV show was not involved, but from March ? June of this year, Nashville Zoo?s Historic Croft Home received an extreme makeover.Besides a fresh coat of paint, the Home received a new kitchen floor, windows, chimney caps, lattice work along the bottom of the front porch, guttering, and a new roof for the adjacent smokehouse. All rotted wood was also replaced, including completely dismantling, repairing and replacing all of the spindles and railings on the upper and lower front porches. In addition, all shutters were repaired, brickwork in the kitchen and public restroom was cleaned and sealed, and the floor of the nearby cabin was refurbished.
Central Florida Zoo's Baby Porcupine Is Cute But Not Cuddly
Sanford, FL - Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens guests were able to see the birth of a South African crested porcupine born at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Friday July 4th. The Zoo fondly named the baby "Patriot" for the occasion.
Snow Arrives as Bindi Irwin Celebrates Birthday at Australia Zoo
Australia - Snow hits Australia Zoo for coolest birthday party ever!Crikey! Wildlife Warrior princess Bindi Irwin reached double digits today, and Australia Zoo transformed into a Winter Wonderland for a very cool party. Stacks of fun and games were planned as it snowed at Australia Zoo especially for Bindi?s birthday, with the huge snow field in the middle of Australia Zoo providing hours of snowman-making and tobogganing fun! How cool is that? And fresh from their Brisbane performance, the TOP FOUR dancers from the hit Australian dance show, So You Think You Can Dance, performed live at Australia Zoo.
The Animal Version of Dancing With The Stars
Australia - Last week I got a letter from Taronga Zoo asking for donations towards research on Tasmanian devils. Devil facial tumour disease is threatening the population, as well as giving the animals a really negative body image. I don't understand why the devils can't get the funding they need.
Apes Get Legal Rights in Spain, to the Surprise of Bullfight Critics
SPAIN - Spain is to become the first country to extend legal rights to apes, wrongfooting animal rights activists who have long campaigned against bullfighting in the country. In what is thought to be the first time a national legislature has granted such rights to animals, the Spanish parliament?s environmental committee voted to approve resolutions committing the country to the Great Apes Project, designed by scientists and philosophers who say that humans? closest biological relatives also deserve rights.
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Zoo and Aquarium Visitor Suggestions:
Several visitors have emailed me to inquire about exercising on zoo grounds due to increased crime rates in their local public parks. Several zoos already have walking clubs for their members and others are working to implement programs. In conjunction with several zoos and an aquarium, we put together some tips to help make you an active participant.
We have a very diverse base of readers that not only includes zoo visitors, but zookeepers, trustees, and zoo administrators from around the world. This provides an opportunity for the best suggestions to be read and discussed to see if it makes sense for each individual facility.
Zoo and Aquarium Visitor News
A lot has happened at Zoo and Aquarium Visitor over the past couple of weeks. The most significant piece of news is our approval by Google as a news site.
On July 3, Zoo and Aquarium Visitor's web site was qualified by Google as an independent news site. All of the news, stories and photos posted on this site will be indexed and classified as news items.
We had a number of zoo and aquarium visitors who took the time to let us know they found the alphabetical listing of facilities on our web site to be inconvenient. We discovered they wanted to know which facilities were located closest to them.
This is always a family favorite that generates memories for years to come.
Directions: Encourage them to do a small picture on each side. Ask them to paint their names and the year somewhere on the birdhouse. Allow the children to use their creative skills to paint the birdhouses.
Purchasing a Turkey
A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but couldn't find one big enough for her family.
Man Acquired His Longevity from Animals
God created the donkey and told him: you will work tirelessly from sun up to sun down, carrying heavy bags on your back, you'll eat grass, you will not have intelligence and you will live 50 years. You will be a DONKEY!
The Penguin and the Postmaster
A penguin walks into a post office and says, "Have you any fish"?
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