Thursday, November 21, 2019

Protecting the Pikas

Scattered throughout the vast talus slopes of the North Cascades in northern Washinton lie many hardworking, furry little rodents called American pikas (Ochotona princeps)....

Meet “Needles”

Porcupines can be found on every continent except Antarctica, but the North American porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) is the only member of its species in...

Show Time!

The Cape Coral cobra (Aspidelaps l. lubricus) is no cobra at all. It is, however, a fantastic actor. This relatively small species of snake...

Markhor Family Tree

WCS’s Bronx Zoo is home to a large herd of Turkmenian markhor (Capra falconeri), one of the largest members of the goat genus, Capra....

Tadpole

Do hippos dream? It was a question I found myself pondering when I happened across Tadpole, a 40-year-old Nile hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), taking an...

Lechucitas

In Spanish, burrowing owls (Athene cunicularia) are called lechucitas de las vizcacheras. Lechucita means diminutive owl (lechuza) — as adults, these owls only stand...

Blessed Poison Frogs

Blessed poison frogs (Ranitomeya benedicta) are from the Amazon rainforest of Peru. Newly described in 2008, they were originally thought to have been red-headed...

Watching Our Zebra Grow

Born just over a year ago, Coretta (born on Martin Luther King Day, she is named after his wife) has continued to grow and...

A Touch of Red

Springing through the dandelions, I spotted a touch of red. There was no mistake that I was watching a pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)....

The Alligator Chorus

Did you know that alligators bellow?   Maybe you’re a herpetologist or an expert in alligator trivia, or maybe you’re just an all-around genius, and...

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