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Argo: In Memorain to a Rescued Pilot Whale
Argo, a 22-year-old short-finned pilot whale at SeaWorld San Diego, passed away on July 3rd. According to animal care staff at SeaWorld, Argo experienced health issues a year ago. Despite efforts by the veterinary team and zoological specialists who diagnosed and treated him, Argo could not recover from his condition.
Orca Pod Adopts Pilot Whale Calf Off Iceland
On June 24th, a group of researchers from the Icelandic Orca Project was conducting a survey on local wild orca populations off the coast of Iceland when they spotted an unusual sight among one orca pod-a pilot whale calf.
The Scottish Highlands’ ancient forests formed around 11,500 years ago during the last ice age. Around that time, the glaciers were retreading because of a warming climate, which saw the rise of shrubs like dwarf birch, willows, and junipers and trees like hazel, aspen, birch, and pine. Before long, the animals, plants, and fungi reclaimed the land that was gripped by ice for thousands of years. This was because Britain was still attached to the rest of the European continent, meaning both the English Channel and the North Sea still had yet to exist.
Miami SeaQuarium Accident: Trainer Speaks Out
On April 9th, 2022, Ally Barry, a marine mammal trainer at Miami Seaquarium, was involved in an accident involving a dolphin under her care. During a show at the Flipper Lagoon habitat, Ms. Barry was rammed by Sundance, the dolphin she was working with, displayed an act of aggression. He did so by ramming her three times. While something has sparked Sundance to become aggressive, the media, as usual, is having a field day.
National Zoo Celebrates 50 Years of Giant Panda Conservation
April 16th, 2022, marks the 50th anniversary of Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing, the National Zoo’s first giant panda pair. The two bears’ arrival, gifts of friendship with China during President Nixon’s historic visit to the country. It also marked the beginning of a decades-long giant panda conservation program that remains ongoing. Their arrival drew millions of people from around the world to visit the zoo. It also gave the Smithsonian an incredible opportunity to study the behavior, health, reproduction, and ecology of the giant panda. It also helped animal care staff learn about various reproductive cycles in these endangered bears.
Sanderling Gets Adopted By Aquarium Staffer Who First Rescued Her in Maine.
On Labor Day in 2021, New England Aquarium supervisor Sarah Tempesta was enjoying a day on the beach in York, Maine, when she found a struggling wading bird. She ended up watching her throughout the day, off and on for hours, until she contacted a local wildlife facility. It was clear within the first minutes of observation that the sanderling’s wing was injured, due to it being sent at an unusual angle.
Crisis in Ukraine: How animals are affected by war
All across war-torn Ukraine, thousands of animals are enduring a scale of tragedy that remains unfolding. As people continue to make hard decisions about what to take with them across the border, animals are often caught in these heart-wrenching situations. As a rise in shortage of resources increases, many people will have a difficult time caring for their animals to the point of leaving them behind.
Tokitae Off Display at Miami Seaquarium? An Open Letter
To Whom It May Concern, I am writing regarding the welfare of Miami SeaQuarium’s elderly killer whale Tokitae, also known as “Lolita” in response to reports that she and Lii, her Pacific White-Sided dolphin companion, would no longer be on public display.
An Open Letter to Scott Ross
To Scott Ross, My name is Jenna Costa Deedy and I am a SeaWorld-Busch Gardens Adventure Camp Alumni from 2006 until 2010. As a camper at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and at the SeaWorld Parks in Orlando and San Antonio, I got to learn about and work with a variety of animals from terrestrial birds and mammals such as parrots, giraffes, gorillas, and rhinos to several species of marine animals such as sharks, stingrays, dolphins, penguins, and orcas. In addition, I was lucky enough to work alongside various zoo and aquarium professionals who served as my mentors through college.
After the COVID-19 Pandemic caused a two-year hiatus, IMATA (International Marine Animal Trainers' Association) will start off the new year by returning to in-person conferences at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. The week-long conference will run from February 27th through March 5th. This organization is dedicated to advancing the care of marine animals in zoological facilities by fostering communication between zoo and aquarium professionals who serve marine animal science through training, public display, research, husbandry, conservation, and education.