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01/18/2016 : Forests Move to Center Stage in 2016

2015 was a big year for forests and 2016 promises to be even bigger. With so much on the horizon for the New Year, it’s difficult to know which stories to follow. Find out some of the hot topics the Philadelphia Zoo will be watching most closely.

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12/08/2015 : Tigers in the Haze

One of the Philadelphia Zoo’s partners living in Sumatra, Erin Poor, is a PhD student conducting research with the Virginia Tech Sumatran Tiger Project, a Philadelphia Zoo Global Conservation Prize winner. Erin is studying the detailed habitat use and movements of tigers in the Riau Province Conservation Landscape in order to identify which areas of palm oil plantations tigers use and why. She recently wrote about her experience with the haze and its impact on her work…

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12/07/2015 : Mayors hold the key to more than just their cities

As climate talks continue in Paris, it’s become apparent that cities have a critical role to play in meeting COP21 goals. On Day 5 of the meetings, Michael R. Bloomberg, former New York City Mayor and current UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate, and Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of the City of Paris, co-hosted the Climate Summit for Local Leaders. This gathering was the first of its kind to be held during a UN-climate conference.

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12/01/2015 : Stop the Cull - Mauritian Fruit Bats Need You!

The Philadelphia Zoo has been working in partnership with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation for two decades to save the critically endangered Rodrigues fruit bat, a member of the flying fox family found only on the small island of Rodrigues, the principal island of the Republic of Mauritius. 

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12/01/2015 : COP21 is Underway: Global and Local Leaders Need Your Support

Leaders from around the world are gathered at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, officially known as the 21st Conference of the Parties (or COP21) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). From November 30-December 11, countries will work together to negotiate an international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions and address the impacts of climate change. Their primary objective: prevent average global temperatures from rising more than 2°C (3.6°F).

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11/25/2015 : Update from Gerry: Living Classrooms

Spent the day watching kids explore a rainforest where orangutans live — saw plenty of nests but no red apes (although 36 kids make a lot of noise even trying to be quiet.) This field trip was organized by Yayasan IR orangutan center (International Animal Rescue) as part of their ongoing education outreach to schools and communities, in partnership with PK KAL oil palm plantation education staff.

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11/24/2015 : Will Palm Oil Continue to Gobble Up Habitat for Wildlife?

Topics covered at last week’s Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) RT13 Conference ran the gambit from how to define a forest to making sure smallholders have access to the RSPO certification process.

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11/18/2015 : The RSPO Journey: What are the “Next” Steps towards Making RSPO-Certified Palm Oil Truly Sustainable?

The RSPO 13th Annual Roundtable Conference is underway in Kuala Lumpur and Philadelphia Zoo conservation partner Gerry Ellis is in attendance.

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11/10/2015 : Fires in Indonesia Claim Critical Orangutan Habitat

This year, Orangutan Awareness Week arrives as long awaited rains begin to douse the fires that have been raging across orangutan habitat in Kalimantan and Sumatra since late June. People and wildlife alike are facing significant health risks as the smoke haze resulting from the destruction of more than 4.2 million acres of forest and peatlands pollutes the Indonesian air and wafts into neighboring countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Southern Thailand, and Vietnam.

 

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10/25/2015 : Another Bachelor Update

There have been some recent changes in the way that we manage our bachelors, so I thought I’d write a little bit about that in this week’s edition of Gorilla Grumbles. By Kristen Farley-Rambo, Primary Gorilla Keeper

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10/25/2015 : Beast Feast

Every year, the Philadelphia Zoo celebrates Beast Feast during the first two weekends in October. This event is fun and exciting for both the visitors and the animals. Check out these pictures from this year’s Beast Feast!

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10/02/2015 : The Zoo During the Papal Visit

Because of the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia last weekend and the limited access around the city, the Zoo was closed to the public on Saturday and Sunday. What many people don’t realize is, even when the Zoo is closed, the animals still need to be looked after.

By Kristen Farley-Rambo, Primary Gorilla Keeper

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09/25/2015 : A Day in the Life of a Gorilla Keeper, Part 2

The fact that we work with a living collection means that every day is different, and we never really know what to expect.


By Kristen Farley-Rambo, Primary Gorilla Keeper

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09/18/2015 : A Day in the Life of a Gorilla Keeper, Part 1

I’ve enjoyed telling you all about some of the behind the scenes stuff that goes on with our gorillas.  This week, I thought I’d tell you what a day in the life of a gorilla keeper looks like!

By Kristen Farley-Rambo, Primary Gorilla Keeper

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09/11/2015 : More on Gorilla Behavior

There are a few gorilla behaviors that can sometimes be misinterpreted, so I thought I'd address those this week.

By Kristen Farley-Rambo, Primary Gorilla Keeper

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09/04/2015 : "Why do the gorillas look so sad?"

People assume that since gorillas look so much like us, they have the same facial expressions as well.  However, this is not the case.  

By Kristen Farley-Rambo, Primary Gorilla Keeper

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09/03/2015 : Deforestation-Free Palm Oil Case Study: General Mills

How one company is addressing deforestation, and why it matters to consumers.

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08/28/2015 : Bachelor Playdate Update

When introducing you to our bachelors, Louis and Kuchimba, I talked about the fact that they mostly live by themselves, and we put them together several times each week for regular playdates. 

By Kristen Farley-Rambo, Primary Gorilla Keeper

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08/21/2015 : Gorilla Treeway Update, Part 2

In line with my blog entry from last week, I thought I’d talk about an interesting byproduct of Gorilla Treeway: how the gorillas have been responding to their previous exhibit spaces. 

By Kristen Farley-Rambo, Primary Gorilla Keeper

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08/11/2015 : Gorilla Treeway Update

Gorilla Treeway has been open for just about 3 months now, so I thought I'd give everyone a quick update as to how the gorillas have been taking to it.

By Kristen Farley-Rambo, Primary Gorilla Keeper

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07/23/2015 : Getting to Know a New Gorilla

This week, I want to talk about how we get a new gorilla acclimated to his or her new home, keepers and social group. 


By Kristen Farley-Rambo, Primary Gorilla Keeper

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07/17/2015 : How Do You Move a Gorilla?

In my last blog entry, I talked about how the SSP makes recommendations regarding moving gorillas. The obvious question here is: How does one go about moving a gorilla? 

By Kristen Farley-Rambo, Primary Gorilla Keeper

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07/15/2015 : Saving Orangutans Just Got More Interesting

Philadelphia Zoo conservation partner the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) recently released new findings from the Sikundur Monitoring Post in Sumatra, which is proving to be an excellent place for new discoveries.

By Nicole DeMentri, Conservation Associate

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07/10/2015 : Species Survival Plan

The Species Survival Plan, or SSP, is an organization that oversees the management of an endangered species in zoos and aquariums.

By Kristen Farley-Rambo, Primary Gorilla Keeper

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07/03/2015 : Protected Contact

People often wonder if we go into the exhibit space with our gorillas.

By Kristen Farley-Rambo, Primary Gorilla Keeper

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06/26/2015 : Let’s Talk About the Weather

People often wonder what temperature guidelines we adhere to for the gorillas.

By Kristen Farley-Rambo, Primary Gorilla Keeper

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06/25/2015 : A Cut in Trans Fats Means a Rise in Palm Oil

A recent ban on trans fats may be good for our health, but it could be disastrous for our wild animal friends. 

By Nicole DeMentri, Conservation Associate

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06/19/2015 : Gorilla Enrichment, Part 2

Last week, we discussed all of the yummy and fun things that we do as keepers to enrich our gorillas when it comes to mealtime. But what else do we do for them besides offering food-based enrichment?

By Samantha Nestor, Primate Keeper

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06/12/2015 : Gorilla Enrichment, Part 1

It’s no secret how intelligent our gorillas are, and we strive to make every day interesting and fun for them.

By Samantha Nestor, Primate Keeper

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06/11/2015 : Following in Gerry’s Footsteps

Our very own Bradley Smith, a Conservation Educator who spends much of his time developing creative themes and activities for our Overnight and Scout programs, will be spending the next two weeks in Borneo.

By Nicole DeMentri, Conservation Associate

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06/05/2015 : Companies Call for RSPO to Update Standards

Some of the world’s largest palm oil buyers and users have come together to sign a letter calling on the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to adopt stronger measures to ensure the palm oil it certifies as “sustainable” is not actually destroying forests.

By Nicole DeMentri, Conservation Associate

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06/04/2015 : Training in the Trees

Last week, we told you all about our new and exciting Gorilla Treeway. This week, we want to highlight our favorite part of the trail: the training platform! 

By Kristen Farley-Rambo, Primary Gorilla Keeper, and Samantha Nestor, Primate Keeper

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06/01/2015 : New Efforts in Protecting Migratory Birds

Conservation efforts at Philadelphia Zoo extend well beyond just protecting Gorillas. There are milestones with each project, and we want to make sure to share them with you.

 By Nicole DeMentri, Conservation Associate

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05/28/2015 : Gorilla Treeway

As you may have heard, we opened a new gorilla exhibit on May 16!

By Kristen Farley-Rambo, Primary Gorilla Keeper

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05/22/2015 : Meet Kuchimba!

Weighing in at just over 300 pounds, Kuchimba is significantly smaller than our other males, Louis and Motuba

By Kristen Farley-Rambo, Primary Gorilla Keeper

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05/14/2015 : Meet Louis!

Louis, our 16-year-old silverback, is a favorite among staff, docents and visitors.

By Kristen Farley-Rambo, Primary Gorilla Keeper

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05/07/2015 : Meet Kira!

Today, I want to talk about Kira, our younger female gorilla.

By Samantha Nestor, Primate Keeper

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05/05/2015 : Zoo360 in the Treetops

A 17-kilometer trek through an untouched tropical rainforest gives you a lot of time to look, listen, and think—for me, almost too much time to think! 

By Gerry Ellis, Philadelphia Zoo Conservation Partner

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05/01/2015 : Meet Honi!

Honi was born at the Bronx Zoo, and as the dominant female in our group, she’s pretty tough!

By Kristen Farley-Rambo, Primary Gorilla Keeper

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04/24/2015 : Will they still exist in the wild by 2020?

Meet Gerry Ellis: world-renowned photojournalist, award-winning documentarian, passionate conservationist, and Philadelphia Zoo partner in saving great apes.

By Valerie Peckham, Conservation Program Manager

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04/22/2015 : Meet Motuba!

This week, I’d like to introduce to you Motuba. The newest addition to our gorilla troop, Motuba is a 30-year-old, 430-pound silverback.

By Kristen Farley-Rambo, Primary Gorilla Keeper

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