Pittsburgh Zoo http://wesa.fm en Cheetahs Make Debut At Pittsburgh Zoo http://wesa.fm/post/cheetahs-make-debut-pittsburgh-zoo <p>Ajamu, Ramses, Nalah and Zola arrived in the U.S. from Africa more than six months ago, but today, the four young cheetahs made their first public appearance at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.</p><p>The cats moved slowly from their temporary habitat into their new 7,500 square-foot enclosure next to the African Overlook. But within minutes, the world’s fastest land animals showed just how quick they can be, sprinting their way around the new surroundings.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:53:20 +0000 Michael Lynch 33231 at http://wesa.fm Cheetahs Make Debut At Pittsburgh Zoo Social Club for the Weekend of July 25th http://wesa.fm/post/social-club-weekend-july-25th <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the podcast this weekend, 90.5 </span>WESA’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Josh and Yelp’s Rachel ask the deep questions: What's your favorite animal, and are </span>meerkats<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> related to cats? </span></p><p>Of course, the Social Club has some suggestions for how to spend your weekend beyond these animal-related inquiries. Listen in for why, “Adults and face painting don’t often go together, but I think whiskey maybe is the missing ingredient there.”</p><p>This week’s happenings:</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:14:30 +0000 Reid Carter 33188 at http://wesa.fm Social Club for the Weekend of July 25th Two Galapagos Tortoises Are Making The Pittsburgh Zoo Their Home For The Summer http://wesa.fm/post/two-galapagos-tortoises-are-making-pittsburgh-zoo-their-home-summer <p>Galapagos tortoises can live more than 100 years and can weigh up to more than 400 pounds.</p><p>The two visiting the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium for the summer aren't that old, or that big. The male and female tortoises were born in 1992, and weigh in at 160 and 120 pounds. Both were born in captivity.</p><p>“All Galapagos tortoises are highly endangered,” said Ken Kaemmerer, curator of mammals for the zoo. “There’s only about 20,000 left in the wild.”</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:17:51 +0000 Deanna Garcia 29680 at http://wesa.fm Two Galapagos Tortoises Are Making The Pittsburgh Zoo Their Home For The Summer 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