Pittsburgh Zoo http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh Zoo, Department of Agriculture Reach Settlement http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-zoo-department-agriculture-reach-settlement <p>The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium has agreed to pay $4,550 to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ending the agency's investigation into the death of a child who was fatally mauled after falling into the wild African Painted dog exhibit.</p><p>Barbara Baker, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Zoo, said it’s the right time to take the next step.</p><p>“Safety is always our top priority,” she said in a written statement. “All of our exhibits meet the highest USDA and AZA standards and we will continue to work with both agencies to ensure those standards are met and exceeded.”</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:17:45 +0000 Michael Lynch 24423 at http://wesa.fm Cheetahs are More than Just an Attraction at the Pittsburgh Zoo http://wesa.fm/post/cheetahs-are-more-just-attraction-pittsburgh-zoo <p>The cheetahs at the Pittsburgh Zoo are more than strikingly beautiful and graceful animals. They could play an important role in the breeding of future cheetahs. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 21:26:11 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 22873 at http://wesa.fm Cheetahs are More than Just an Attraction at the Pittsburgh Zoo Not Just Cute: How the Pittsburgh Zoo's New Cheetahs Play an Important Role http://wesa.fm/post/not-just-cute-how-pittsburgh-zoos-new-cheetahs-play-important-role <p>From South Africa to Pittsburgh — four cheetahs are now living at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.</p><p>The animals are considered “genetically valuable” according to Dr. Ginger Sturgeon, the zoo's director of animal health. The goal of acquiring such animals is to ensure that future populations of the endangered cats can continue to be diverse.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 19:55:38 +0000 Deanna Garcia 22475 at http://wesa.fm Not Just Cute: How the Pittsburgh Zoo's New Cheetahs Play an Important Role Conservation Center Breaks Ground On Elephant Barn http://wesa.fm/post/conservation-center-breaks-ground-elephant-barn <p>Pennsylvania’s Somerset County isn’t exactly the African Savanna, but as many as 20 elephants could be calling it home in the next few years.</p><p>The International Conservation Center broke ground Saturday on a 1-acre elephant cow and calf barn, to add to the 724-acre facility.</p><p>Pittsburgh Zoo CEO Barbara Baker said the barn will focus on elephant breeding to try and combat the declining population.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:51:42 +0000 Michael Lynch 18468 at http://wesa.fm Thermostat Challenge Marks International Polar Bear Day http://wesa.fm/post/thermostat-challenge-marks-international-polar-bear-day <p></p><p></p><p>Wednesday February 27th is International Polar Bear Day, a day aimed at raising awareness to the continuing threat to polar bear habitat and encourage action to reduce individual carbon footprints. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 20:12:51 +0000 Deanna Garcia 1620 at http://wesa.fm Thermostat Challenge Marks International Polar Bear Day