Jim Fishwick, a self-described "ukelele thing person", has written a humorous essay about the crazy quest for a museum logo that's eye-catching, distinctive -- and understandable. Can a museum win? If it's too clever, it's usually impossible to understand. And if you can read it, well, it's already failed to be clever.
Some zoos are closing down their elephant exhibit, often for lack of space. Dallas's zoo, however, has plenty of room and they want to fill it with more elephants, some coming directly from Africa and some that will hopefully be born in the US. The new move is meant bolster the current herd at the zoo and make it more genetically diverse for breeding.
Johnny Cash used to sing "don't bring your guns to town." The Newport Aquarium in Kentucky isn't listening. They're bringing some of their sharks out into the community to teach children about the one of the most mysterious of fishes.
When the weather turns cold, the sea turtles end up stranded on shore. They don't like the cold water and sometimes the winter sneaks up on them.
The Boston Globe's Sarah Roberts is there on Cape Cod now that a cold snap hit the Bay. Last winter, the New England Aquarium rehabilitated 733 turtles and this winter looks like it's starting early.
There's a replica of the Shroud of Turin, a stone from the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a statue of Ganesh and much more. While many museums avoid any modern religious topics, the Indianapolis Children's Museum is taking another tack by incorporating artifacts from the five major religions, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hindu, and Buddhism. This may frustrate the followers of the sixth, seventh and eighth major religions, but it has the major bases covered.
The people at the beach may not be too happy about the shark attacks, but the New England Aquarium reports that attendance is booming for their IMAX film "Great White Shark 3D".
“We have tried to take it down, but we can’t,” Aquarium VP for Marketing and Communications Jane Wolfson told Cape Cod News.
And can a male with five female "sister wives" feel love? The New York Times sends Michael Wineriip to the Bronx Zoo to ask questions like this about their new gorilla troop that was assembled by AZA's Gorilla Species Survival Plan. They want to match up the Silverbacks with others that are mutually compatible so we see more babies come along. Or as Winerip puts it, "avoid the sort of inbreeding that helped bring down the Hapsburg Empire."
When the Pittsburgh Zoo decided it couldn't comply with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) plan to limit the amount of time the keepers spend with the elephants, it did the only thing it could: drop out of the AZA. Now the battle is unfolding as the AZA fights back. The Pittsburgh Zoo lost a $5000 grant for a playground and won't be able to participate in some of the sea turtle programs.
Eric Adler of the Kansas City Star updates us on how zoos are dealing with the problems that come when animals get old, as the often do in the relative safety of zoos. One of the biggest challenges is inflammation, especially of the joints where it's known as arthritis. Older animals often can't move as freely or as easily as younger ones because they're often in pain.
While the veterinarians caring for large animals get plenty of press, we hear little about the ones caring for fish (and dolphins). Mary Carole McCauley at the Baltimore Sun reports on the work done at the Baltimore Aquarium to ensure that everyone is as healthy as can be.