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Book Excerpt from Rise of the Necrofauna

By Britt Wray | October 1, 2017

In chapter 4, “Why Recreate the Woolly Mammoth?” author Britt Wray explores the social consequences of bringing an iconic species back from extinction.

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Image of the Day: Goodbye Colo

By The Scientist Staff | January 18, 2017

Colo, the oldest zoo gorilla and the first born in captivity, died on January 17 at age 60.

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Mammals May Live Longer In Captivity

By Joshua A. Krisch | November 7, 2016

A study on 59 mammalian species in zoos finds that most live longer in captivity than in the wild, although these apparent longevity benefits differ across species.

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A Plague on Pachyderms

By Jef Akst | June 1, 2015

At least seven species of herpesvirus commonly infect elephants. At zoos, keepers scramble to save calves, who are particularly vulnerable to the viruses.

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Zoo Virus Swap

By Cristina Luiggi | August 17, 2012

A polar bear in a German zoo dies after contracting a virus normally found in zebras.

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The Bug Zoo

By Hayley Dunning | July 6, 2012

A Canadian menagerie lets visitors get up close and personal with insects to help make crawlies less creepy.

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Meet the Bugs

By Hayley Dunning | July 6, 2012

The Victoria Bug Zoo is extremely small. In 1997, the Zoo's founder, Carol Maier, started the collection, which now includes more than 50 insect species, after completing her entomology degree from the University of Guelph. 

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Preserving Endangered Gametes

By Jef Akst | March 1, 2012

Pierre Comizzoli, a reproductive physiologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, chats about his efforts to rescue endangered species from extinction using in vitro fertilization as well as novel gamete preservation techniques.

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Test-Tube Zoo Babies

By Jef Akst | March 1, 2012

A National Zoo researcher works to perfect gamete preservation and in vitro fertilization techniques in order to better manage endangered populations.

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Modern Day Mammoth?

By Tia Ghose | December 6, 2011

Researchers at Japanese and Russian institutions believe cloning a woolly mammoth is within reach.

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