Latest Zoo & Conservation News
Week ending January 15, 2012

Compiled by:
Library Staff
San Diego Zoo Global


Local news in red.


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ZOOS, AQUARIUMS, BOTANIC GARDENS, AND CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS

It’s time for Butterfly Jungle at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
January 4, 2012 By Yadira Galindo

Full announcement: http://www.zandavisitor.com/newsarticle-5427-Its_Time_for_Butterfly_Jungle_at_San_Diego_Zoo_Safari_Park

CityPASS scheme for SoCal theme parks
January 5, 2012 By Tom Walker

Full article: http://www.attractionsmanagement.com/detail1.cfm?pagetype=detail&subject=news&codeID=295753&site=AM&dom=N

‘Worst ever’ storm damage at Edinburgh botanic garden
January 5, 2012 By Huw Williams

Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-16427921

California state parks reeling from budget cuts
January 5, 2012 By Laurel Morales

Full article: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/jan/05/state-parks-reeling-budget-cuts/

New bat exhibit at San Diego Zoo Safari Park debunks old myths
January 5, 2012

Full article: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2012/01/05/prweb9079759.DTL

Nashville Zoo’s 10th annual 5k Run and Walk, Zoo Run Run is January 21
January 5, 2012 By Jim Bartoo

Full article: http://www.zandavisitor.com/newsarticle-5429-Nashville_Zoos_10th_Annual_5K_Run_and_Walk,_Zoo_Run_Run_is_January_21

Knoxville Zoo offers phone book recycling event for admission discounts
January 6, 2012

Full article: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2012/jan/06/recycle-a-phone-book-sweeten-zoo-deal/

Buffalo Zoo is part of the Electronics Recycling Day
January 6, 2012 By Jennifer Fields

Full announcement: http://www.zandavisitor.com/newsarticle-5432-Buffalo_Zoo_is_Part_of_the_Electronics_Recycling_Day_on_Saturday,_January_7,_2012

6-week-long Dog Days of Winter at Huntsville Botanical Garden features events for visitors and their canine pals
January 7, 2012 By Amy Mayfield

Full article: http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2012/01/have_a_dog-gone_good_time_at_d.html

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society hosts Lunar New Year Celebration and Flower Market
January 7, 2012

Full article: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2012/01/07/prweb9086012.DTL


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PLANTS

Guerilla gardeners in Southern California
January 3, 2012 By Cindy McNatt

Full article: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/gardeners-333629-guerrilla-tilson.html

Ecologists call for screening imported plants to prevent a new wave of invasive species
January 4, 2012

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120104153735.htm

CITATION: Bradley BA, et al. 2011. Global change, global trade, and the next wave of plant invasions. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. doi:10.1890/110145

Africa’s rainforests ‘more resilient’ to climate change
January 6, 2012 By Mark Kinver

Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16428306

Six new species of bioluminescent gilled mushrooms discovered in Brazil
January 7, 2012 By Quentin Wheeler

Full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/jan/08/luminous-fungus-new-to-nature


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ANIMALS

Bat brains parse sounds for multitasking
January 3, 2012

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120103135504.htm

CITATION:  Kanwal JS. 2011. Right-left asymmetry in the cortical processing of sounds for social communication vs. navigation in mustached bats. European Journal of Neuroscience. doi:10.1111/j.1460-9568.2011.07951.x

Pale octopus, hairy-chested yeti crab and other new species found living around hydrothermal vent in Southern Ocean
January 4, 2012 By Alok Jha

Full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jan/04/new-species-southern-ocean-antarctica

First gray wolf in California since 1924 is named ‘Journey’, photo released
January 4, 2012 By Bettina Boxall

Full article: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/environment/la-me-gs-california-wolf-named-journey-photo-20120104,0,3802878.story

Malawi reserve resurrected by ‘Noah’s Ark’ project
January 4, 2012 By Jean Liou

Full article: http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-01-malawi-reserve-resurrected-noah-ark.html

 ‘Zombie’ fly parasite killing honeybees; could be contributing to colony collapse disorder
January 5, 2012 By Katherine Harmon

Full article: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2012/01/03/zombie-fly-parasite-killing-honeybees/

WCS documents pneumonia outbreak in endangered markhor
January 5, 2012

Full article: http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-01-wcs-documents-pneumonia-outbreak-endangered.html

Baby harp seals being drowned, crushed amid melting ice
January 6, 2012 By Dave Mosher

Full article: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/01/120106-harp-seals-global-warming-sea-ice-science-environment/

CITATION: Jonston DW, et al. 2012. The effects of climate change on harp seals (Pagophilus groenlandicus). PLoS ONE 7(1):e29158. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029158

12 in Southern California and Nevada charged with trafficking in wildlife
January 7, 2012 By Victoria Kim

Full article: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-cyberwild-20120107,0,2455772.story

Researchers use scat-detection dog to locate orca feces for studies
January 7, 2012 By Ashley Ahearn

Full article: http://www.npr.org/2012/01/07/144752385/dog-trained-as-ultimate-whale-pooper-snooper

Scientists discover a new species of mouse lemur in Madagascar
January 9, 2012 By Rachel Nuwer

Full blog post: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/09/meet-madagascars-new-lemur/

CITATION: Radespierl U, et al. 2011. First indications of a highland specialist among mouse lemurs (Microcebus spp.) and evidence for a new mouse lemur species from eastern Madagascar. Primates. doi:10.1007/s10329-011-0290-2

Yale geneticists believe there may be extinct Floreana tortoises living on a different Galapagos island
January 9, 2012 By Henry Nicholls

Full blog post: http://blogs.nature.com/news/2012/01/extinct-galapagos-tortoise-may-just-be-in-hiding.html

CITATION: Garrick RC. 2012. Genetic rediscovery of an ‘extinct’ Galapagos giant tortoise species. Current Biology 22(1):R10-R11. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2011.12.004

New snake species announced by Wildlife Conservation Society
January 9, 2012

Full article: http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-01-snake-species.html


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ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILITY

Climate change models may underestimate extinctions: animals and plants could be on a collision course created by climate change
January 3, 2012

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120103211054.htm

CITATION: Urban MC, Tewksbury JJ, Sheldon KS. 2012. On a collision course: competition and dispersal differences create no-analogue communities and cause extinctions during climate change. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. doi:10.1098/rspb.2011.2367

15,000 images available 40 years after the EPA’s Documerica photo project
January 4, 2012 By Dylan Walsh

Full blog post: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/04/a-photographic-blast-from-the-past/

The Encyclopedia of Life expanding at a record pace
January 4, 2012

Full article: http://www.biologynews.net/archives/2012/01/04/the_encyclopedia_of_life_expanding_at_a_record_pace_.html

Eco-toilets help save hippos and birds in Kenya
January 4, 2012 By Jeremy Hance

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0104-hance_ecosan_cree.html

Climate change media coverage drops 20 percent in 2011
January 5, 2012 By Jeremy Hance

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0105-hance_climate_media_decline.html

Algae biofuels inject money into San Diego’s economy
January 6, 2012 By Erik Anderson

 Full article: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/jan/06/algae-biofuels-inject-money-san-diegos-economy/

U.S. to ban new uranium mining near Grand Canyon
January 6, 2012 By John M. Broder

Full blog post: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/06/u-s-to-ban-new-uranium-mining-near-grand-canyon/


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NEW AND NOTABLE RESEARCH

Australian researchers use egg DNA to learn about endangered and extinct birds
January 4, 2012 By Aaron Fernandes

Full article: http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-01-eggs-reveal-secret-life.html

CITATION: Oksam C, et al. 2010. Fossil avian eggshell preserves ancient DNA. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

World’s first primate chimeric offspring produced from stem cells
January 5, 2012

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120105164740.htm

CITATION: Tachibana M, et al. 2012. Generation of chimeric rhesus monkeys. Cell. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2011.12.007

Researchers find that inhaled oxytocin might make monkeys more attentive and generous to each other
January 5, 2012

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120105145835.htm

CITATION: Change SWC, et al. 2012. Inhaled oxytocin amplifies both vicarious reinforcement and self reinforcement in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). PNAS. doi:10.1073/pnas.114621109

Cornell scientists use inexpensive RFID technology to improve bird tracking methods
January 6, 2012 By Krishna Ramanujan

Full article: http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-01-technology-tracks-birds-feeders.html

CITATION: Bridge ES, Bonter DN. 2011. A low-cost radio frequency identification device for ornithological research. Journal of Field Ornithology 82(1):52-59. doi:10.1111/j.1557-9263.2010.00307.x

Hybrid silkworms spin stronger spider silk
January 6, 2012

Full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120106113037.htm

CITATION: Teule F, et al. 2012. Silkworms transformed with chimeric silkworm/spider silk genes spin composite silk fibers with improved mechanical properties. PNAS. doi:10.1073/pnas.1109420109

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OTHER HEADLINES

Walt Disney World, Disneyland to stay open 24 hours on Feb. 29
January 5, 2012

Full article: http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/tourism/walt-disney-world-disneyland-to-stay-open-24-hours-on-feb-29/1209192

NSF tweaks its merit review rules
January 9, 2012 By Jeffrey Mervis

Full article: http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/01/nsf-tweaks-its-merit-review-rule.html?ref=hp


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US FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE - FEDERAL REGISTER ANNOUNCEMENTS

San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Sonoma, Napa, and Solano Counties, CA; Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Finding of No Significant Impact
January 9, 2012
Vol. 77, No. 5
FR Docket # 2012-130
Full announcement: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-09/pdf/2012-130.pdf

Draft Environmental Assessment and Proposed Single-Species Habitat Conservation Plan for the Proposed Shiloh IV Wind Plant Project, Solano County, CA
January 10, 2012
Vol. 77, No. 6
FR Docket # 2012-288
Full announcement: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-10/pdf/2012-288.pdf