Also known as the forest, Congolese, or zebra giraffe, okapi are even toed ungulates endemic to northeast part of Democratic Republic of the Congo in central Africa. While these mammals look like a cross between a zebra, horse, and deer, they’re actually related to giraffes and those two species are the only living members of the Giraffidae family. Like their much taller cousins, okapi are … Continue reading Okapi: The Giraffe’s Elusive Forest Cousin
Today, June 21st, is World Giraffe Day! This day was initiated to raise awareness for giraffes by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, an international science-based conservation organization that works to protect giraffes and habitats through a variety of projects. And unfortunately, these animals need plenty of help, as there are roughly 117,000 giraffes left in the wild. There are nine different subspecies and their ICUN status … Continue reading World Giraffe Day
You may not have heard of these scaly mammals but pangolins are one of the most trafficked mammals in the world. Tens of thousands of these animals are being snatched from their habitats and shipped all over the world because their scales are considered to have medicinal properties and their meat is considered a delicacy. There are eight pangolin species in the world, with four … Continue reading Pangolins – One Of The World’s Most Trafficked Animals
By Alan Strachan | January 21, 2018 Cheetahs are classified as Vulnerable but are likely to move into the Endangered classification very soon. There are six classifications. Each has different criteria such as population size, geographic range and extinction possibility The classifications are: Least concern, which means the species are still abundant Vulnerable: this means there is a big population decline in the wild and … Continue reading Why Are Cheetahs Endangered?
By Adam Lepkowski The definition of zookeeping has changed rather drastically in the last two decades, and for a much longer period, many zoological facilities were places for entertainment. A dynamic shift has occurred in the profession as the era of conservation gains steam, and the job of each animal care professional is now requiring a wider understanding of their charges in the wild, and how … Continue reading Animal Care Professional: An Alternative Career in Biology
By Barbara N Garrett I have loved elephants my entire life but about two years ago, my love for them escalated to deep concern about them. I was starting to hear stories of how the African elephant was on a fast track toward extinction, being poached for their ivory tusks. I began reading everything I could about what was going on in Africa, who was responsible … Continue reading Why I’m Never Going to Be an Elephant Keeper