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Oregon Zoo awarded for helping to save Western pond turtle

KATU-TV in Portland, Oregon, reports: The Oregon Zoo just got an award for working to save an endangered species. The zoo has been working with Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle to save the Western pond turtle. Read more... Read More
Posted by Rob Vernon at Friday, September 23, 2016

Western Pond Turtles get a head start

On August 12, 2016, Woodland Park Zoo staff and ZooCorps teens joined biologists and representatives from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife at a protected recovery site to release 47 juvenile western pond turtles. The 47 turtles were collected from the wild as eggs and given a head start on life under the care of Woodland Park Zoo to improve their chance of survival in the wild. Once the turtles reach about 2 ounces—a suitable size to escape the mouths of invasive predatory... Read More
Posted by Rob Vernon at Friday, September 9, 2016

Zoos and Aquariums Mobilize to Save the African Penguin from Extinction in the Wild

In his National Geographic Ocean Views blog post, Ric Urban, Newport Aquarium Chief Conservation Officer and AZA SAFE African Penguin Individual Identification Project Coordinator, writes about how AZA-accredited facilities are working to protect the future of African penguins: "One would think there is a problem putting these two words together “African & Penguin.”  Don’t penguins need snow and ice to survive?  Looking at the 18 species of... Read More
Posted by Jen Fields at Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Native endangered turtles head back to the wild August 12; State proclaims the week of August 7 as “Western Pond Turtle Recovery Project 25 - Year Anniversary”

The Woodland Park Zoo writes: "Once on the brink of extinction, the Western pond turtle--the only indigenous turtle in Puget Sound--is still here after 25 years...In celebration of 25 years of collaborative efforts to restore the population in Washington state, Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed August 7-13, 2016 as the 'Western Pond Turtle Recovery Project 25-Year Anniversary.'" Read full article Read More
Posted by Jen Fields at Thursday, August 11, 2016

Saving penguins in South Africa

In his blog post, Ric Urban, Newport Aquarium Chief Conservation Officer and AZA SAFE African Penguin Individual Identification Project Coordinator, writes about the involvement of several AZA-accredited facilities in African penguin conservation efforts in South Africa: " Our AZA African Penguin Tagging Team moves from the mainland to Robben Island. They’re spending 12 days in South Africa, tagging penguins and gathering data on Africa’s endangered penguins. The team includes... Read More
Posted by Jen Fields at Friday, August 5, 2016

Scientists hope to restore Marin’s pond turtle population

Western pond turtle conservation efforts are featured in this Point Reyes Light article: "Seashore biotechnician Tim Bernot pulled out a telemetry receiver on a recent Thursday morning, listening to the metronome-like clicks as he drove a park truck to a ranch pond to check turtle traps. The pace of the clicks, sourced from emitters glued to a female pond turtle’s carapace, tells him when the turtle may be out of the water and on dry land—in other words, whether she might be... Read More
Posted by Jen Fields at Thursday, August 4, 2016

Fresno Chaffee Zoo helping to restore tiny turtles to foothills

The Fresno Bee writes: "Fresno Chaffee Zoo is joining an effort to save Northern California’s only native turtles, which are dying off because non-native critters are taking their food and eating their eggs and young. The northern western pond turtle may be tiny – 8 to 10 inches long and less than 2 pounds fully grown – but it’s a big deal when it comes to research. Their range is from Washington state into California. A second species, which is struggling even... Read More
Posted by Jen Fields at Wednesday, August 3, 2016

What Do Penguin Keepers do on Summer Break?

The SeaWorld team writes in their blog post about collaborative efforts working to help African penguins: "This week a group of experts from the SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund (SWBGCF), Maryland Zoo and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) traveled to South Africa to study African penguins, an endangered species, with the goal of tagging and tracking 10% of the wild population and 100% of all rescued, rehabilitated and released penguins. And you’re... Read More
Posted by Jen Fields at Friday, July 22, 2016

African Penguin Artificial Nest Development Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa

By: Kevin Graham Bird Supervisor – Dallas Zoo AZA SAFE Artificial Nest Development Project Coordinator In March 2016 a workshop in Cape Town, South Africa was held bringing together people and organizations from around the globe with the sole purpose of examining the nesting needs and current challenges of African penguins.  Along with the Dallas Zoo’s VP of Education and Conservation, Dr. Patty McGill, I had the privilege of meeting with the numerous people who work in... Read More
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