Spotted Hyenas: Gender Bending, Enchanting, Formidable

Spotted Hyenas: Gender Bending, Enchanting, Formidable

8/1/2014 They crunch bones like popcorn. The females sport pseudo-penises. And the people who study these animals just adore them. A tour of the hidden life of the spotted hyena. By Vicki Croke They can crunch bone, one researcher says, like popcorn. The females have penises (technically “pseudo-penises”), which become erect with excitement, and through which they give birth. Where ...
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Animals Do Have Emotions, But What Should We Call Them?

Animals Do Have Emotions, But What Should We Call Them?

8/28/2014 We share a lot with other animals—emotionally, cognitively, and neuro-chemically—but many humans still use outdated linguistic distinctions that put animals in their (allegedly inferior) place. By Vicki Croke Humans speak. Animals vocalize. We love. They bond. We form friendships, they maintain social bonds. We feel jealous. They resource guard. We have sex, they copulate. Notice a pattern? We humans ...
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Cincinnati Rhino Needed In Sumatra

Cincinnati Rhino Needed In Sumatra

8/26/2015 Ohio zoo sending “Harapan” to Indonesia in hopes he’ll mate and help save his species. By Vicki Croke In order to help save his species, Harapan, the only Sumatran rhino living outside Southeast Asia, is going home—even though he’s a big-city American-raised rhino who’s never even seen “home” before. Members of the Cincinnati Zoo made it official in a ...
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Take The Bat Man, Dracula, And Tequila. Mix Well.

Take The Bat Man, Dracula, And Tequila. Mix Well.

8/8/2015 How a famous biologist spent his career saving ‘the tequila bat’ and rectifying the image drawn in Bram Stoker’s classic story. By Vicki Croke On the nights that the teenage Rodrigo Medellin didn’t have enough cow’s blood stored in the freezer’s ice-cube trays to feed the 10 pet vampire bats he kept in the bathroom, his sister would help ...
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The Half-Captive, Half-Wild Elephants Of Myanmar: A Quirky Road To Survival

The Half-Captive, Half-Wild Elephants Of Myanmar: A Quirky Road To Survival

11/12/14 Have Myanmar's highly endangered Asian elephants been saved in a counter-intuitive way —in part, by keeping them employed in logging camps? By Vicki Croke As President Obama touches down in Myanmar today and many people talk of human rights and democratic reform, conservationists also see an urgent agenda: the future of elephants. Here is a country at the crossroads, ...
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Spying On The World's Most Famous Hawk: Pale Male

Spying On The World’s Most Famous Hawk: Pale Male

11/6/2014 If any bird can be considered an iconic New Yorker, he's it. At 24, a venerable age for a hawk, Pale Male has lived the lyrics of the famous song--he's done it his way. By Vicki Croke If any bird can be considered an iconic New Yorker, I’d say he’s it. Handsome. Successful. Tough, yet caring. Widowed several times ...
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For Rescued Baby Clouded Leopard, It's Nursery Then Jungle Camp

For Rescued Baby Clouded Leopard, It’s Nursery Then Jungle Camp

8/24/2015 IFAW-run wildlife rehab center in India develops a kindly curriculum to get orphaned big cats back into the wild. By Vicki Croke Scared, sick, and tiny, the orphaned clouded leopard cub has made it to safety. So far, experts don’t know how he was separated from his mother or who took him from the forest. But they do have ...
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Treetop Kangaroos? Who Knew?

Treetop Kangaroos? Who Knew?

9/4/2015 After 18 years of patient study, of course Lisa Dabek knew, but she never really saw exactly what they were up to ...until now. By Vicki Croke For 18 years, the very patient and determined field biologist Lisa Dabek has been traveling to Papua New Guinea to study the mysterious Matschie’s tree kangaroo. These kangaroos, unlike the better-known ones ...
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