Indianapolis Children's Museum Tiptoes Into Religion

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.

Do Gorillas Feel Love?

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."



Fallout Continues After the Pittsburgh Zoo Bolts from the AZA

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.

Can Zoos Care for their Booming Elder Animals?

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.