Aquaria may produce an endless stream of research on things that swim, but no one expects them to contribute to literary scholarship. That changed this week when Monterey Bay Aquarium employee, Lewis Rhames, announced the rediscovery of a letter from John Steinbeck in the archives, a letter that explains a bit more about who actually did the writing of the book, The Log from the Sea of Cortez.
Over the winter, volunteers brought a number of sea turtles to aquaria for rescue and now that the weather is better, the turtles are returning to the ocean and the aquaria are making an event of it all.
Was it just a few days ago that we noted that the Pittsburgh Zoo was highlighting island ecologies in their new exhibit called, appropriately enough, "Islands"? Now Harvard's Museum of Natural History is following along with it's own new installation called "Islands: Evolving In Isolation", that "unravels the mysteries of island biodiversity and evolution."
One person's trash is another's treasure-- especially after an artist turns it into something beautiful. The Philiadelphia Zoo took that maxim to heart and unveiled "Second Nature", a temporary exhibit of new animal art created from "burned-out spark plugs, recycled plastic bottles, cardboard boxes and wads of chewing gum."
Some of the major works include:
When the Pittsburg Zoo goers arrive in June, they'll see the usual animals and a few more unusual ones. When the zoo looked to upgrade a tired section of the park, it chose to emphasize extremely endangered species and focus on ainimals that are extremely rare and almost extinct. Not only will patrons get a chance they might not even get in the wild, but the zoo will also act as a ark preserving the species.
Nothing gets more news than baby animals and few are cuter than the baby gorillas. This week, the Bronx Zoo released video of Julia, a 33-year-old Lowland Gorilla and Tuti, a nineteen-year-old gorilla and their new babies that arrived on March 10th. The two join eighteen other gorillas in its Congo Gorilla Forest Exhibit, a display that has successfully welcomed fifteen new baby gorillas since it opened in 1991. Enough words. Watch the video below.
John Schwartz of the NY Times reports that a group of people worried about climate change are questioning the way that some science museums accept money from donors who are skeptical about whether human activity is driving climate change. Who's in the spot light?
The refrigerator magnet just sticks. The plastic handle just fits our palm perfectly. The ceramic tile just happens to keep the space shuttle cool. We take so many items for granted each day. We go about our business and the things around us stay strong and keep their shape with a precision and steadfastness that once seemed like magic.
The Toledo Zoo is putting up the last coats of paint, taking down the scaffolding, and prepping the exhibits. The Aquarium is reopening on March 27th and that means plenty of parties and events to celebrate the 3000+ animals that return to the public eye.