Snake With Skin Cancer Gets Treated

Snakes may be shedding their skin, but that didn't help a plains garter snake in Ohio keep cancer at bay. When the keepers at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium discovered that one of their prized breeding plains garter snake had melanoma, they turned to the MedVet Medical Center for Pets for treatment. After a blast of radiation, the snake returned to her cage and resumed the job of producing litters of offspring.

Oregon Zoo Destroys their Ivory To Protect Elephants

What do you do with 250 pounds of ivory, the product of dozens of dead elephants? The Oregon Zoo inherited their ivory collection from the Los Angeles Zoo in 1988 after that zoo decided it didn't have room to store the contraband. In the years in between, opinions on what to do with the ivory varied. Some wanted to display it to honor the elephants and reflect history. Others felt that this only made the ivory more desirable and thus increased its value on the black market.

It's Easy to Herd CGI Creatures-- Zoo Keepers Do It With Real Ones

Everyone wants to be a star. When "Jurassic World" opened, everyone was transfixed by the way that character named Chris TK was able to train some velociraptors to do his bidding. But anyone can make velociraptors do anything-- anyone who knows computer graphics and the software packages that create the modern movies. It takes a real zookeeper, though, to train real animals.

Save the Butterflies With a Backyard Zoo

Iowa's Blank Park Zoo wants its patrons to build their own zoo in their backyard. But don't be to overwhelmed. They're just suggesting creating a great habitat for butterflies and other pollinators. And if they escape and run rampant over the neighborhood, that's all part of the point. They'll pollinate more plants and everyone will be happy.

Creating the garden is just the first part. The Zoo wants everyone to register their new space with part of its web site called "Plant.Grow.Fly". Once the details are in the database, the patrons can share experiences with each other.

Seattle's Aquarium Plans Big Expansion

The Seattle Aquarium has always been a large presence on the waterfront, but now it's going to get much bigger, perhaps as much as 75,000 square feet bigger. The Aquarium revealed plans for a new building that would highlight the the colorful fish of the tropical Pacific ocean. The exact location, though, is not final and the Aquarium is asking the public to review the three different options on three different locations to the north, south or northeast of the current building.

Wolves Return to the Detroit Zoo

Visitors to the Detroit Zoo now have many ways to watch the wolves in a new $1.4m enclosure donated by the Cotton family. The two gray wolves named "Kaskapahtew "  and  "Waziyata", get to roam over a two acre habitat with multiple spots from which the humans may watch. The most daring may be a window-filled log cabin-- a cabin made of sticks. This reporter can only hope that the wolves won't be able to huff and puff and blow the cabin down.

Big Dinosaurs Take Over Cleveland

Is bigger better? We may never know how dinosaurs feel but it's clear what the crowd wants. Big dinosaurs and more of them.

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History just cut the ribbon on a traveling exhibit filled with some of the biggest fossils that have ever been found. One of the mounted sauropods, a Mamenchisaurus hochuanensis, is about 60 feet long. Some of the bones alone are about 10 feet long. 

Baltimore Institutions Hurt By the Aftermath of the Riots

The riots that gripped the city are over for now. The city is relatively peaceful and visitors don't have to worry about protests and civil unrest. But they're still not coming back in the numbers and this is making the leadership of the institutions worried. Without guests, there's no revenue. And without revenue, the institutions must cut back or even close shop.