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March 21, 2020

☀️In order to lighten up the lives of people in these gloomy times, we will be adding daily photos of the cutest, prettiest and most interesting animals zoos have to offer... all with a dash of science, OF COURSE!

Chester Zoo Reintroduces 800 Critically Endangered Snails Back Into the Islands of Bermuda

March 16, 2020

GOOD NEWS to lighten up these dark times! Chester Zoo has reintroduced 800 critically endangered Bermuda snails back into the islands of Bermuda. This species was believed to be extinct in the wild for over 15 years, as habitat destruction and the introduction of invasive species decimated the remaining populations. 

San Antonio Zoo Breeds Threatened Salamander Species in a World's First

March 08, 2020

In a world's first, San Antonio Zoo has successfully bred the threatened reticulated flatwoods salamander. The zoo has been working on breeding this species for over 10 years, and this is an important milestone for their conservation, as only two to three populations are known to remain in the wild.

Four Critically Endangered Dama Gazelles Moved to Protected Reserve to Join Resident Population

February 28, 2020

Desperate times call for desperate measures... Less than 100 Dama gazelles remain in the wild, in Chad and Niger. The NGO Sahara Conservation Fund, in partnership with several institutions (zoos included), captured four genetically-important wild Dama gazelles and moved them from an unprotected area to a reserve, where they joined the resident population of around 40 individuals.

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Zoo-bred gazelles may be released in this reserve later on, to further boost this population.

Breakthrough for Cheetah Conservation as First Two Cubs Born Via Artificial Insemination & Embryo Transfer at Columbus Zoo

February 26, 2020

In a world's first, two cheetah cubs have been born via artificial insemination and embryo transfer. This was achieved by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium & partners, and represents a breakthrough for the management and conservation of this species.

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The biological mother of the cubs has valuable genes for the ex-situ population but the surrogate mother, whose genes are already well represented, is younger and has a better chance of delivering healthy cubs.

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