What are invasive species, and why should we care?

According to the National Invasive Species Center, an invasive species is any living organism (or microbe for you science people) that enters a foreign ecosystem. The introduction of invasive species is also considered likely to cause economic, environmental, or human harm. How do they spread? Invasive species can be spread in many ways, with most…

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You don’t want to miss this podcast!

I believe in science, I believe in truth. Hello, I’m Jon Rossi. I’m a touring drummer with the love for all things. Again, when I’m on the road, I spend as much time as possible. Visiting zoos, aquariums, rescues, and rehab facilities. Now I want to share those places with you. I’ll be talking to…

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What else do zoos do?

Everyone loves going to the zoo! You can see incredible animals up close and support them at the same time. Did you know there’s more than the animals and soft pretzels? Keep reading to find out what’s going on behind the curtains for our favorite animals. Conservation Zoos that are accredited by the Association of…

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10 Ways You Can Help Endangered Animals

Feeling helpless when it comes to helping endangered animals? Here are 10 easy ways to help: Visit a national park, wildlife refuge, or protected area. These areas provide habitat for hundreds of threatened species! Reduce, reuse, recycle! Recycling and reducing your waste helps our planet and all those who live on it. Don’t purchase items…

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Women in Wildlife Research

Did you know some of the most powerful voices in zoo animal and wildlife research have been women? Several of these women paved the way during a time when women weren’t in conservation. You can thank these women for the protection of species like: cheetahs, gorillas, rhinos, sharks, orangutans, elephants, chimpanzees, and so many more.…

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Why are the Rhinos disappearing?

Today, three out of the five rhino species is considered Critically Endangered, or is facing extinction. The biggest threat is poachers killing the 5,000 pound creatures for their horns. A large percentage of this poaching has taken place in South Africa, home to most rhino species in the world. Their horns are used most often…

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In Situ vs. Ex Situ Conservation

Different types of conservation Did you know that there’s a name for the different types of conservation? Latin for “in” and “out” of place, in situ and ex situ describes the location for wildlife.  In situ refers to the animal’s original home and ex situ describes conservation in which the animal has been moved. Each…

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