Animals http://wunc.org en Noted Biologist, Naturalist E.O. Wilson Releases Cutting-Edge iBook Textbook http://wunc.org/post/noted-biologist-naturalist-eo-wilson-releases-cutting-edge-ibook-textbook <p>Attention teachers and lifelong learners: noted naturalist and biologist Dr. Edward O. Wilson has a new product out that just might make you swoon. It's a gorgeous high-tech interactive textbook series with full-color photos, 3D animations and interviews with working scientists. It's aligned with educational standards and it's free.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:15:03 +0000 Carol Jackson 38182 at http://wunc.org Noted Biologist, Naturalist E.O. Wilson Releases Cutting-Edge iBook Textbook Bear Spotted In Raleigh, 'Looking For A Place To Live' http://wunc.org/post/bear-spotted-raleigh-looking-place-live <p></p><p>Early Monday, officials were tracking a bear in the Five Points area of Raleigh. <a href="http://www.wral.com/bear-spotted-in-raleigh-s-five-points-area/13713002/">WRAL reported</a> that information about the bear began to come in after midnight.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:50:30 +0000 Carol Jackson, Eric Hodge & Rebecca Martinez 36941 at http://wunc.org Bear Spotted In Raleigh, 'Looking For A Place To Live' Scientists Rush To Find (And Name) Species To Save Them http://wunc.org/post/scientists-rush-find-and-name-species-save-them <p></p><p>Species are going extinct about 1,000 times faster than they should be because their habitat is being destroyed. That's according to new <a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/content/344/6187/1246752.abstract">research led by Duke University</a>.</p><p></p><p>Conservation Ecology Professor Stuart Pimm said the worse news is that nearly 90 percent of the species are unknown to scientists.</p><p></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:52:31 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 36923 at http://wunc.org Scientists Rush To Find (And Name) Species To Save Them Broken Flipper, Collapsed Lung; Nichols The Sea Turtle Finally Back In NC Waters http://wunc.org/post/broken-flipper-collapsed-lung-nichols-sea-turtle-finally-back-nc-waters <p></p><p></p><p>In the fall of 2012 a severely injured loggerhead sea turtle was rescued off the coast of North Carolina.</p><p>The loggerhead was brought to the<a href="http://www.seaturtlehospital.org/"> Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Topsail Island</a>, and then was transported to North Carolina State University School of Veterinary Medicine where a team worked on her injuries. The team named the turtle Nichols and began to figure out the extent of the damage.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:53:38 +0000 Carol Jackson 36758 at http://wunc.org Broken Flipper, Collapsed Lung; Nichols The Sea Turtle Finally Back In NC Waters Two Young Gorillas Must Leave NC Zoo, Here's Why http://wunc.org/post/two-young-gorillas-must-leave-nc-zoo-heres-why <p></p><p>This fall the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro will ship its five gorillas away.&nbsp; The decision was made after a recommendation from the members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Gorilla Species Survival Plan.&nbsp;</p><p>Here’s the problem—wild gorillas exist in groups that include one male, two or three females and their offspring.&nbsp; Two baby male gorillas were born at the North Carolina Zoo this fall, Apollo and Bomassa, and all was well.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 19:05:39 +0000 Phoebe Judge 36430 at http://wunc.org Two Young Gorillas Must Leave NC Zoo, Here's Why Rain Forest Diversity http://wunc.org/post/rain-forest-diversity <p><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Rain forests are home to an incredible variety of species. From cute </span>olinguitos<span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;"> to slimy </span>spittlebugs<span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">, scientists are discovering creatures all the time. The exhibit "Rainforest Adventure" at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences educates kids on rain forest diversity and conservation.</span></p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 13:46:17 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 36355 at http://wunc.org Rain Forest Diversity New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved http://wunc.org/post/new-fossil-takes-bite-out-theory-sharks-barely-evolved Sharks have looked more or less the same for hundreds of millions of years. But a newly discovered fossil suggests that under the hood, a modern shark is very different from its ancient ancestors.<p>The finding, <a href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature13195.html">published in the journal Nature</a>, strongly implies that sharks are not the "living fossils" many paleontologists once thought they were. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 33923 at http://wunc.org New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved VIDEO: Baby Otter Swims For the First Time, Story Behind This Long-Awaited Pup http://wunc.org/post/video-baby-otter-swims-first-time-story-behind-long-awaited-pup <p>It doesn't get much cuter than this. A baby otter at the North Carolina Zoo swims for the very first time:</p><p>http://youtu.be/y5jg0SXVbuw</p><p>The story behind this first swim involves 5 years of infertility, an anxious ten months, and a joyous birth day.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:47:36 +0000 Carol Jackson 32579 at http://wunc.org VIDEO: Baby Otter Swims For the First Time, Story Behind This Long-Awaited Pup VIDEO: Cougar Kittens Arrive At NC Zoo http://wunc.org/post/video-cougar-kittens-arrive-nc-zoo <p>Too cute for words. Kind of hard to imagine them growing into cougars:</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="575" scrolling="no" src=" http://152.2.63.71/dfd/fbembed/fb_zoo_embed.html" width="580"></iframe></p><p></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:55:08 +0000 Carol Jackson 31603 at http://wunc.org VIDEO: Cougar Kittens Arrive At NC Zoo “Kitten Season” Is Coming, And Animal Services Says That’s A Problem http://wunc.org/post/kitten-season-coming-and-animal-services-says-s-problem <p></p><p><a href="http://www.co.orange.nc.us/animalservices/" target="_blank">Orange County Animal Services</a> is looking for ideas from the public to handle the pet-overpopulation problem.</p><p></p><p>Director Bob Morotto said many cats are "unaffiliated" with a specific owner and haven't been spayed. They have high mortality rates and can spread disease to domesticated cats.</p><p></p><p>Morotto said the coming warm weather means "kitten season" is around the corner.&nbsp; That's when cats begin having litters on litters, causing the population to spike.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:39:47 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 31541 at http://wunc.org “Kitten Season” Is Coming, And Animal Services Says That’s A Problem