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Reducing Human-to-Jaguar Conflict in the Wild

Happy World Jaguar Day! We support the Rupununi Wildlife Research Unit ’s work on jaguar ecology and human-to-jaguar conflict in the Rupununi Region of southwestern Guyana. Guyana is at the center of one of the world’s largest expanses of intact tropical forest (about 134.2 million hectares). This area, termed the Guiana Shield for the ancient volcanic rock formations that differentiate them from the Amazon, stretches across eastern Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French... Read More
at 11/28/22
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Helping Reconstruct Lemur Habitats in the Wild

Just off the main path at the Zoo, guests may find themselves in our one-of-a-kind wellness inspired African Forest which contains the Madagascar exhibit. When first stumbling upon this off-the-beaten-path exhibit, guests are sure to notice the unique diversity of our five species of lemurs. From our blue-eye black lemurs, mongoose lemurs, ring-tailed lemurs, black-and-white ruffed lemurs and our Coquerel’s sifaka lemurs. Guests are sure to be drawn to these prosimians by their... Read More
at 10/28/22
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A United Front Against Okapi Trafficking

The dust diffused in the afternoon sun as Congolese authorities lugged several containers of illegal cargo into the light. Each box contained the velvety brown, uniquely striped skins and body parts from okapi poached in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This seizure, which also resulted in an arrest, is indicative of an unsettling increase in illegal wildlife trafficking between eastern DRC and Uganda. Conserv Congo , a local NGO partnering with authorities, seeks to smother this... Read More
at 10/18/22
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Why Are Gorillas Endangered?

Gorillas are one of five species of apes (bonobos, chimpanzees, humans, gorillas, and orangutans). Apes can be distinguished from monkeys and other primates by the absence of a tail after birth. In the world, there are two species of gorillas, the Western and Eastern (also known as Grauer’s) gorillas, both living in the equatorial regions of Africa. Gorillas are the largest of the ape species, with thick bodies,  wide chests and very strong shoulders. Their families are composed of 5... Read More
at 9/20/22
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