Dr. Kyle Donnelly is a zoo veterinarian at the Brevard Zoo and Sea Turtle Healing Center in Melbourne, Fl. Conservation and ice cream? Behind the scenes of your local zoo amazing things are happening. For the general public, a day at the zoo might mean eating ice cream while watching the penguins. The more perceptive…

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Remember the “got your nose” trick as a child? I’m not sure about you, but I always fell for it. That’s part of being a kid though, believing what you see and taking everything as it is. Kids are special in that way, and magic is still real. I think the zoo is the best…

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As a kid, I would have told you quite proudly that I was going to be an “animal saver.” My mom stopped pressing me about it after the 1000th lizard I rescued (by rescuing I mean bringing into the house as my new pet). Flash forward 20 years and while I’m not technically an “animal…

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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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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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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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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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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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Are zoos important to the conservation of zoo animals and wildlife? Should zoos exist? Are they even important? Why? Traditionally, zoos were solely a source of entertainment for families. In 1793, when Paris, France opened the worlds first modern zoo, employees and zookeepers knew very little about the animals they placed on display. In that…

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Who doesn’t love baby zoo animals? We sure do!   Whether it is a foal, poult, kid, fawn, cub, kit, pup, calf or joey exploring and playing in their new little worlds, we can all agree that babies of any species are just adorable. And a positive sign for the future.  Wild Animal Health Fund loves to see baby zoo animals.…

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