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Mckenna-Foster A.,Ma-Maria | Perrotti L.,Roger Williams Park Zoo | Blyth J.,Ma-Maria | LoPresti E.,University of California at Davis | Kennedy R.S.,Ma-Maria
Journal of Insect Conservation | Year: 2016

The American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) is a federally listed endangered beetle and since 1993 multiple organizations have collaborated to reintroduce this species to Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, USA. We present evidence that despite very successful reintroduction methods, the reintroduced population is not self-sustaining and requires human assistance for long term maintenance. Beetles were reintroduced from captive stock and each year we augmented the population by trapping wild beetles, pairing males and females, and supplying the pairs with carrion. Long term monitoring of this population has shown that, when provided with carrion, N. americanus on Nantucket have an over winter survival rate of 15 % and a reproductive success rate of 54 %. After seeing the number of beetles captured between 2007 and 2011 double, we modified protocols to determine if the established population would be self-sustaining and we have seen a drastic decline. We suggest that a lack of natural carrion is the main reason for this decline. © 2016, Springer International Publishing Switzerland.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.cnet.com

In an expert example of how to lose a Super Bowl bet, Georgia's Zoo Atlanta trolled New England Patriots fans, and gave the rest of us a good laugh. The zoo had a bet on the big game with Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island. Whichever zoo's team lost would have to name a baby animal after the opposing team's quarterback and post a video about it. And not just any baby animal, but a Madagascar hissing cockroach -- no matter which side lost. The zoo introduced little-bitty Brady in an Instagram video posted Monday. Best of all, tiny little Brady is joining a family that shares his name -- the zoo has dubbed the other roaches Mike, Carol, Greg, Marcia, Peter, Jan. Cindy and Bobby. (Even though her last name wasn't Brady, we kind of want an Alice, too.) He's so small, about five of him would fit on an adult thumbnail, so he wouldn't fare well against a defensive end like Atlanta's Dwight Freeney. Not everyone loved the idea. "Yea not funny really," Instagram user lfenske wrote of the zoo's video. "Kinda petty." But user noml_noml saw the positive side, considering roaches' reputation for indestructibility. "Fitting Brady would still be playing after the bomb drops. #invincible" It's Complicated: This is dating in the age of apps. Having fun yet? These stories get to the heart of the matter. Batteries Not Included: The CNET team reminds us why tech is cool.


McBride M.,Roger Williams Park Zoo | Cullion C.,Roger Williams Park Zoo
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine | Year: 2010

A 3-yr-old, female captive golden lion tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia) developed an abscess initially within the oral cavity that progressed to the cheek. Treatment with amoxicillin/clavulanic acid, enrofloxacin, and sulfamethoxizole/trimethoprim resulted in temporary resolution of the abscess. Cultures from the abscess included Escherichia coli, Enterobacter cloacae, hemolytic Staphylococcus, and Serratia marcescens. Histopathology was consistent with chronic cellulitis. Ceftazidime mixed with a thermoreversable polymer gel was surgically placed in the wound to provide long-term local antibiotic therapy. This provided complete resolution of infection without the need for additional surgical procedures. © 2010 American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.


McBride M.P.,Roger Williams Park Zoo | Wojick K.B.,Roger Williams Park Zoo | Georoff T.A.,Roger Williams Park Zoo | Kimbro J.,IDEXX Laboratories | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine | Year: 2015

Eight free-ranging timber rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus) from two geographically isolated Massachusetts populations were observed with skin lesions located primarily on the head but occasionally also on the lateral and ventral surfaces of the body. The snakes underwent health assessments that included physical examination, clinical pathology, full body radiographs, and full thickness biopsies of skin lesions. Each snake had fungal elements present histologically in tissue sections from skin lesions. Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola was identified from skin lesions using polymerase chain reaction in all eight snakes. Copyright 2015 by American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.

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