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Archives for September, 2008

AZA Annual Conference – Jack Hanna

After the keynote, Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, received the AZA R Marlin Perkins Award for Professional Excellence. For those of you who don’t know him, Hanna is a regular guest on morning news shows, late night talk shows, and pretty much anyone with a TV show and a desk in-between. He…

I’m sitting in the keynote speaker session listening to Nigel Martin, host of Prehistoric Park, Penguin Safari, Shark Week and other Discovery/Animal Planet shows, discuss the parallels between his job and that of zoo and aquarium employees. He offered a number of examples including figuratively transporting people to places and introducing them to animals they…

You may have noticed a dearth of Zooillogix posts over the last two weeks. This is due in large part to Benny buying a bar, and me buying a puppy. They are the same amount of work. Well I aim to make it up to you today and already I have forced myself out of…

Not Dead Animals – Weekly Recap

A quick wrap-up of the animals discovered not to be extinct this week: Armoured mistfrog This Armoured Mistfrog, thought by many experts to be extinct due to the recent amphibian chytrid fungus epidemic, was rediscovered by my boss, enterprise search god, Chris Cleveland, while he should have been working, on CNN. And more specifically, in…

The Greatest Nerdiest Party Ever Thrown

Readers, Friends, Enemies, Members of the Press! My mildly authoritarian brother and I would like to remind you of the life-changing event we’re throwing on Friday, September 26th, in San Francisco at Tonic. The party starts at 9pm and goes until ?. (That’s right ladies, you read me correctly, it goes until “?”). EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT…

Zooillogix would like to take a moment to introduce you to Parborlasia corrugatus, a proboscis worm residing in the waters of Antarctica. We should note that we were inspired to learn more about these cute little fellows from this outstanding pic we saw on Ugly Overload. Photo credit Jeff Miller P. corrugatus grows up to…

A paper by the University of Basel’s Zoological Institute to be published in the upcoming issue of the journal, Animal Behavior, reveals the complex relationship that baby bugs – nymphs and larvae – have with their parents. When young tree hoppers feel threatened they will shake the leaves and stems that they reside on, signaling…

The Mechanics of Fly Swatting

From a surprisingly informative article in today’s Telegraph.