Posts tagged with ‘Conservation Connection’

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Conservation Connection: Narrow-headed Gartersnake

by lhardwick7212
Narrow-headed gartnersnake at the Phoenix Zoo

By Carrie Flood Aren’t giraffes cool? They’re regal, unapologetically lovely, and SUPER important to the functioning of a healthy Savanna habitat.  We like them, too. That’s why we breed and release snakes.   Wait, what? AGAIN with the snakes??   Yup.  Regular readers of my posts may be asking themselves why I’m always on about snakes. What can […]

Conservation Connection: Tortoises. GIANT Tortoises.

by lhardwick7212

By Carrie Flood Giant tortoises have almost universal appeal. The slow moving, herbivorous giants are reminiscent of dinosaurs, with their fixed smiling faces and long leathery necks.  Long ago, there were giant tortoises on all but one of the continents. Today, they are limited to two populations: one on the Aldabra Islands in the Indian […]

Conservation Connection: Total BFFs

by lhardwick7212

By Carrie Flood Black-footed ferrets. You know them. You love them. But did you know how close we came to losing them? Do you know why that’s important? Black footed ferrets were considered extinct in the wild.  TWICE.  Luckily scientists were wrong both times. As usual, the animals knew better, and thanks to a ranch […]

Conservation Connection: Vultures – The Clean-up Crew

by lhardwick7212

By Carrie Flood Lots of people have a bit of an “ew” reaction to vultures. Maybe it’s the bald head, or it could be all those BBC nature specials with footage of vultures’ necks deep in carcasses…whatever it is, vultures don’t engender tender feelings in most humans. You don’t find too many kids who want […]

Conservation Connection: Making the World a Little Better

by lhardwick7212

By Carrie Flood When the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation (ACNC) first floated the idea of conservation staff grants, I was ecstatic. The idea that my employer would help pay for me to work on field projects normally reserved for ambitious college interns and post-doc students was super exciting. I immediately got to work finding […]

Conservation Connection: The Beautiful Rhinoceros

by lhardwick7212

By Carrie Flood  Rhinos are so much more than grey, squatty unicorns. Their elusiveness and rarity are similar to unicorns, but rhinos have never been known to glow, burp glitter or fly. (This is not to say they can’t; it’s just that scientists have never observed it.) All five species of rhinos are vulnerable to […]

Conservation Connection: Well Done, You!

by lhardwick7212

By Carrie Flood Did you know the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo support conservation projects around the world? It’s a big part of our mission. Scientists and groups working to save endangered animals and their habitats can apply for grant money to help with the costs associated with their important work. This is not […]

Conservation Connection: The Significance of Siku

by lhardwick7212

By Carrie Flood Baby giraffe Siku is more than a pretty face. Siku, our newest baby giraffe, is undeniably adorable. She ranks a solid 11/10 on the cute scale. As much as you may enjoy coming to see her on the Savanna or seeing her picture on our social media, you can’t imagine how much […]

Conservation Connection: Not Just a Snake

by lhardwick7212
Louisiana Pine Snake

By Carrie Flood A snake? Really? YES REALLY. See, it’s never “just a snake.”  It’s an ecosystem, an interaction, a connection between living things. Think of all living things on earth as intersections on a giant orb web. As humans, we exert pressure or control on almost all living things, so we would be near […]

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