Sweet, Juicy Papaya‚—for the Birds!

Sweet, Juicy Papaya‚—for the Birds!

As people recover from their holiday feasting, now is a nice time to reflect on feeding Hawaiian birds in a captive breeding program. One of the biggest challenges of managing[…..]

One Day in Suzhou for the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle

One Day in Suzhou for the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle

With the last remaining breeding pair in captivity, the Yangtze giant softshell turtle Rafetus swinhoei is one of the world’s most critically endangered species. Housed together at China’s Suzhou Zoo,[…..]

The Research Opportunity of a Lifetime

The Research Opportunity of a Lifetime

Blood was drawn, transmitters replaced, and the general health of each bird assessed. Some of the blood was immediately tested for the amount of lead it contained.   read more

The Amazon’s—and Cocha Cashu’s—Youngest Ambassadors

The Amazon’s—and Cocha Cashu’s—Youngest Ambassadors

In his blog A Student’s Day at Cocha Cashu’s Field Ecology Trainning Course, Ron Swaisgood, scientific director of the Cocha Cashu Biological Station, wrote : “Our mission includes the goal[…..]

Nature’s Excellent Engineering Feat: The Egg

Nature’s Excellent Engineering Feat: The Egg

Have you ever wondered why eggs are shaped the way they are?  Or why egg shape varies with the species? Most eggs have one tapered and one wider end to[…..]