Zoo Logic with animal trainer, zoo advocate, and ZOOmility author, Dr. Grey Stafford, is a weekly conversation with zoo, aquarium, and animal experts about Nature, wildlife, pets, animal training with positive reinforcement, health and welfare, research, conservation, and education, sustainability, zoo politics, activism and legislation, and all things animals! On Zoo Logic, we’ll go behind the scenes with animal professionals and influencers from around the world to explore the latest Zoos News and issues affecting wildlife, wild places, and people. Communicating with humor, cool stories, and candor, we’ll discover the interdependent connection between civilization, conservation, and commerce.
IUCN Plan to Save Small Cetaceans
Seattle Aquarium's Grant Abel discusses a recent IUCN report on small cetacean conservation planning calling for professionals around the world to set aside differences and work together with urgency to consider critically needed research and measures both in wild environments within the species’ geographic range (in situ) and in protected environments within or outside that range (ex situ). The warning comes as species that are only found close to human activities are endangered and running out of time.
Escape From Extinction
American Humane’s new groundbreaking documentary, Escape from Extinction, narrated by Academy Award winner Helen Mirren, showcases the critical efforts of certified zoos and aquariums to preserve species on the verge of disappearing forever. Dr. Robin Ganzert and director Matt Brady discuss the first pro-zoo-and-aquarium documentary of its kind. While the crisis is urgent, the film's underlying message is one of hope as leading zoological organizations work to pull endangered species back from the brink.
The Frozen Zoo
The San Diego Zoo Global's Institute for Conservation Research maintains what is called the frozen zoo. For decades, carefully collected and prepared cell samples from over 1000 species, many of them listed as threatened or endangered and nearing extinction, have been stored indefinitely in ultra cold freezers. Recently, the frozen zoo played an instrumental role in the successful cloning of an endangered Przewalski's Horse by providing genetic material from a long deceased yet underrepresented stallion.
Successful Cloning of an Endangered Species
Recently, historic news of the successful birth of an endangered Przewalski's Horse foal conceived through cloning technology was announced. Remarkably, nuclear material used for the purpose of expanding the genetic diversity of this managed species was from a genetically underrepresented stallion that has been deceased for years. Ryan Phelan co-founder of Revive & Restore and lead scientist Ben Novak discuss the use and future promise of technology to increase biodiversity of vulnerable populations.
Environmental Journalist Jeremy Hance
Long time journalist for the environmental news site Mongabay.com, Jeremy Hance has a new book, Baggage: Confessions of a Globe Trotting Hypochondriac. He openly and humorously describes his mental illness including anxiety and depression as a child, and how his later-in-life diagnosis of OCD affects and informs his work as a world traveling journalist. Despite challenges and opportunities his condition presents, he relishes interviewing field researchers in some of the most remote and biodiverse locations.
Animal Welfare and Software
Dr. Isabella Clegg is an ethologist studying animal welfare and developing species assessments in zoological settings. David Kleven is a zoo professional and founder of Animal Care Software. They developed an animal welfare software module that caregivers can use on mobile devices in the field. The goal is to have customized data collection and analysis to better understand the welfare needs of animals. Dr. Clegg also gives a brief update on two beluga whales transferred from China to Iceland last year.