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Behind the Scenes Cincinnati Zoo/National Geographic Cheetah Speed Project

National Geographic Magazine Editor in Chief Chris Johns has been on some pretty big photo shoots, but this one, he says, took the cake for sophistication, human effort on every front, and cutting-edge technology. He made the comment in the Cincinnati Zoo video (above) of what it took to film the setting of a new…

Zoo Conservation Notes—November 2012 Edition

Two of the most prestigious zoological parks in the Midwest have some exciting updates to share for this inaugural edition of Zoo Conservation Notes. Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo announced the release of an endangered Mexican gray wolf at a USFWS refuge in New Mexico last Saturday that was previously held at the suburban Chicago…

St. Louis Zoo & Polar Bears International are Spearheading an Effort to Bring Arctic Polar Bears to US Facilities

Contributing Editor Jordan Schaul discusses some zoo-related news concerning the future of polar bears in zoos in the lower 48–a week after the world celebrated International Polar Bear Day (February 27th). Seven or so AZA-accredited zoos are poised to either replace expired polar bears or exhibit them for the first time. About 45 AZA facilities…

Zoo Photo: Giraffe Born at Cincinnati Zoo

Tessa, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s four-year-old Maasai giraffe gave birth to her first calf yesterday, in her indoor stall, the zoo said in a statement released with this photo and video. “This news is especially exciting considering that the last time the Zoo celebrated a giraffe birth was nearly 26 years ago,” the…

Managing Tiger Species Survival in American Zoos

 As government leaders prepare to meet in St. Petersburg, Russia, this weekend to discuss a strategy to restore and conserve the world’s wild tigers, zoos in North America have their own program to ensure the genetic health and survival of tiger species in captivity. Nat Geo News Watch contributor Jordan Schaul, who writes regularly about…