Wildlife

Zoo Basel welcomed nine rare Black-tailed Antenna Stingrays on 5 November. The small, yet sensational pups are doing well and can be seen in the zoo’s aquarium exhibit.

The Black-tailed Antenna Stingray (Plesiotrygon nana), also known as the Dwarf Antenna Ray, is a freshwater Stingray that is native to the rivers and sections of the rear Amazon Basin in Eastern Peru. The small Stingray was scientifically described for the first time in 2011. They are one of two recognized species in the family Potamotrygonidae (the other being the Long-tailed River Stingray) — via ZooBorns

Craft, Wildlife

This pattern features an adorable curly tentacled octopus. It works up in about 2 or 4 hours and stands 8-9 inches tall, including tentacles. It only uses one ball of Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn and a G hook — via Ravelry

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Orphaned Puma Kittens / Minnesota Zoo

The Minnesota Zoo is thrilled to welcome two orphaned puma kittens to Apple Valley. This brother-sister pair was found in late October just outside the Port Angeles, Washington area by a local resident and rescued by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife before making the journey to Minnesota. Based on the kittens’ condition, officials were confident their mother was not returning to care for them — via Youtube

Technology, Wildlife

How technology is helping homeless pets find a new home

In Australia, over 137,390 animals once called pets are received annually by the RSPCA [PDF] alone, with rescue homes and animal shelters receiving surrendered animals faster than they can re-home those already in care.

With few options other than euthanasia for those animals unable to be placed, self-taught coder John Bishop decided he needed to do something and launched Pet Rescue in 2003, an online service connecting former pets with new owners.

Working with approximately 98 percent of the rescue groups in Australia from the RSPCA to animal welfare leagues, vets, pounds, and foster carers, non-profit Pet Rescue currently has over 8,600 animals from 952 rescue groups on its website.

Essentially it’s an aggregation service but that’s not very sexy, Bishop explained. We look at ourselves as providing connections between pets in care with the rescue groups and the public that are looking to adopt.

As Pet Rescue operates at a not-for-profit, Bishop has been faced with the mammoth task of keeping up with technology since day one — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Art, Wildlife

Vernie / Moradavaga

Invited by Walk&Talk festival to participate in its 6th edition on the island of São Miguel in the Azores, Moradavaga took inspiration from the rich sea life that exists in and around the Atlantic archipelago to produce a site specific piece of interactive art. Influenced by the stunning landscapes and the mystic aura related to all that concerns whale hunting (in the past) and observation (in the present) our mind wandered through old tales like Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, and 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne, and the presence of sperm-whales along the Azores coasts led us to devise a character, Vernie the giant squid, that came from the depths of the ocean to serve as a communicative playful tool for passers-by of all ages at Portas do Mar in the city of Ponta Delgada — via Vimeo

Wildlife

Keepers and staff at Howletts Wild Animal Park, in the UK, have been celebrating the birth of a delightful female Black Rhino.

The tiny calf, born on 16 October, has been bonding with her mother in their heated stable, whilst the dedicated keeper team monitors her progress — via ZooBorns

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Sumatran Tiger cubs were born 27 June to mum, Melati, and dad, Jae Jae at ZSL London Zoo. Keepers note that Achilles is darker in comparison to his sister Karis, and he also has thicker markings. According to the Zoo, Achilles very much takes after dad Jae Jae, with a chilled-out personality and wide face, and young Karis is defined as her mother’s daughter, with narrow features and feisty character — via  ZooBorns

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Bush Dog Pups / Chester Zoo

Two litters of bush dog pups, born at Chester Zoo, have begun to venture outside for the first time. The first litter, consisting of five pups, was discovered on 11 August after keepers heard tiny squeals coming from their den. A second set then arrived just over a month later (16 September) but, with a possibility that some pups may still be tucked up in underground burrows, keepers are yet to determine exactly how many make up litter number two — via Youtube

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Taronga Western Plains Zoo recently announced the arrival of eleven African Wild Dog pups. The pups were born 25 August 2016, and they are the second litter for breeding pair Kimanda (female) and Guban (male), who produced their first litter in late 2014 — via ZooBorns

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The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham, in the UK, is celebrating the arrival of three Blue-spotted Stingray babies. This is a first-ever for the city centre based Breed, Rescue, Protect team — via  ZooBorns

Craft, Wildlife

Solid polymer clay, hand detailed & stands approximately 2″ tall — via Etsy

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Red Panda Cubs Waveland & Sheffield on Exhibit / Lincoln Park Zoo

Born 24 June, the two cubs, Waveland (female) and Sheffield (male), named after Wrigley Field’s cross streets, have spent the last few months behind the scenes in their nest box. The cubs have grown more independent and have ventured on exhibit intermittently as they continue to acclimate to the friendly confines of their ivy-covered habitat. Thanks to a breeding recommendation from the Red Panda Species Survival Plan (SSP), which cooperatively manages the endangered population, these cubs are the second set in two years for Lincoln Park Zoo’s breeding pair Leafa (dam) and Phoenix (sire). Last year, the zoo celebrated its first-ever red panda cub litter including Clark (male) and Addison (female), now thriving at San Diego Zoo and Northeastern Wisconsin Zoo, respectively — via Youtube

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A Malayan Tapir was born at Antwerp Zoo on 7 October. This is the second baby for mother, Nakal. After thirteen months of pregnancy, the birth went very quickly and smoothly. The young calf is doing well and has been running around a lot. This is the seventh young Tapir for Antwerp, and with a little luck, patrons can catch a glimpse of the newest member — via  ZooBorns

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Bronx Zoo Malayan Tiger Cubs / Wildlife Conservation Society

Two rare Malayan tiger cubs (Panthera tigris jacksoni) born at WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo made their public debut at the popular Tiger Mountain exhibit in September of 2016. The cubs, Nadia and Azul, are both female and were born in January of 2016. In the days following the birth, their mother was not providing suitable maternal care so Bronx Zoo keepers intervened and hand-raised the cubs until they were fully weaned — via Youtube

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Found abandoned and separated from his mother, Frankie the orphaned Numbat is receiving expert care from keepers at Australia’s Perth Zoo — via ZooBorns

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Like all baby Tapirs, a newborn Baird’s Tapir born 28 August at the Nashville Zoo looks suspiciously like a brown watermelon with a snout.  But rest assured, this little male will eventually sport a smooth, dark brown coat and weigh up to 800 pounds — via ZooBorns

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A female Jaguar cub born 29 June at the Tulsa Zoo has been named Babette by zoo staff. Babette is still behind the scenes in a private den with her mother, Ixchel, where keepers observe the pair via remote cameras to ensure that the cub is nursing and developing properly — via  ZooBorns

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The Zoological Center Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan recently shared their excitement about the birth of their 28th Rhinoceros calf. On 24 August, Tanda, a 23-year old White Rhino, gave birth to a healthy male calf. The Safari also recently announced the name chosen for the new boy. He has been named Tupak (meaning warrior) — ZooBorns

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Rhinos and Goats have a Unique Friendship / Working With Rhinos

Goats jumping around on rhinos at the Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary.

Care for Wild Africa is a non-profit organisation (NPO) and the largest rhino orphanage in the world. It is determined to rescue, care, and rehabilitate wildlife that has been injured and/or orphaned. Working with Rhinos is an official agent of the Care for Wild Africa Rhino Sanctuary — via Youtube