Cincinnati Zoo http://wvxu.org en Last Passenger Pigeon, September 1, 1914 http://wvxu.org/post/last-passenger-pigeon-september-1-1914 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Passenger Pigeon was once probably the most numerous bird on earth. Population estimates from the 19th century ranged from between one and four billion. But on September 1,1914, <strong><a href="http://cincinnatizoo.org/blog/2014/08/26/cincinnati-zoo-remembers-martha-the-worlds-last-passenger-pigeon/" target="_blank">the last Passenger Pigeon, Martha</a></strong>, died at the <strong><a href="http://cincinnatizoo.org/" target="_blank">Cincinnati Zoo</a></strong>. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Jay Hanselman 30905 at http://wvxu.org Last Passenger Pigeon, September 1, 1914 Wildlife artist John Ruthven talks about Martha, the last passenger pigeon http://wvxu.org/post/wildlife-artist-john-ruthven-talks-about-martha-last-passenger-pigeon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><strong><a href="http://www.ruthven.com/" target="_blank">John A. Ruthven</a></strong> is a naturalist, author, lecturer, and internationally acknowledged master of wildlife art, often called the “<strong>20th</strong><strong> Century Audubon</strong>.” In 1974, he led the effort to save the last of the <strong><a href="http://cincinnatizoo.org/" target="_blank">Cincinnati </a><a href="http://cincinnatizoo.org/" target="_blank">Zoo</a>'’s</strong> 19th century bird pagodas – the one where <strong>Martha</strong>, the last of the passenger pigeons, had once lived. <strong>Mr. Ruthven</strong> is the final speaker in the <strong>Cincinnati Zoo’'s Barrows Lecture Series</strong> this year (the event is sold out). The Zoo’'s <strong>Thane Maynard</strong> talks with <strong>John Ruthven</strong>, who is the recipient of the <strong>2014 Cincinnati Zoo Wildlife Conservation Award</strong>.</p><p>In January of this year, Thane Maynard spoke to <strong>Joel Greenburg</strong>, author of <strong>A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction. </strong>You can hear that interview by clicking here: <a href="http://wvxu.org/post/end-passenger-pigeon" target="_blank"><strong>Thane and Joel Greenburg</strong></a></p><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:30:10 +0000 Thane Maynard 30904 at http://wvxu.org Wildlife artist John Ruthven talks about Martha, the last passenger pigeon Plant Trial Days at the Cincinnati Zoo http://wvxu.org/post/plant-trial-days-cincinnati-zoo <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Next Thursday, August 28, the <a href="http://cincinnatizoo.org/" target="_blank">Cincinnati Zoo &amp; Botanical Garden</a> presents its fourth-annual <a href="http://cincinnatizoo.org/events/plant-trials-day/">Plant Trials Day</a>, where the zoo shares the results of its testing program. Learn about the best new plants most suitable for our area, and hear presentations by horticulture experts on a variety of gardening topics, perennials, miniature trees, selecting the best plant materials and more. Here to give us a preview of Plant Trials Day are the Director of Horticulture at the Cincinnati Zoo, <strong>Steve Foltz</strong>, and zoo horticulturist <strong>Scott Beuerlein</strong>.</p><p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:30:05 +0000 Mark Perzel 30692 at http://wvxu.org Plant Trial Days at the Cincinnati Zoo Baby gorilla makes public debut http://wvxu.org/post/baby-gorilla-makes-public-debut <p>There were lots of&nbsp; "oohs and ahhhs" from the crowd of adults and kids who gathered to see 8-day-old Mondika's first public appearance at the Cincinnati Zoo Tuesday morning.&nbsp;</p><p>The baby Western Lowland gorilla's public debut took place in the Zoo's outdoor gorilla yard along with Asha, the mother,&nbsp; Jomo, the father, and family members M'linzi, Samantha, Anju and baby Gladys.</p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:45:40 +0000 Mark Heyne 30339 at http://wvxu.org Baby gorilla makes public debut Cincinnati Zoo gorilla expecting but 'ownership' is complicated matter http://wvxu.org/post/cincinnati-zoo-gorilla-expecting-ownership-complicated-matter <p></p><p>The Cincinnati Zoo is expecting a baby gorilla any day now. But, the little tyke won't actually <em>belong</em> to Cincinnati.</p><p>Neither the unborn gorilla nor its parents, Asha and Jomo, are Cincinnatians, so to speak. Though all three will live here, ownership falls to the parents' zoo of origin.</p><p>It's all part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan which helps zoos in North America regulate breeding. Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard says it's complicated but important.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:16:08 +0000 Tana Weingartner 29812 at http://wvxu.org Cincinnati Zoo gorilla expecting but 'ownership' is complicated matter