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HAPPY NATIONAL ZOO KEEPER WEEK!!!

From the AAZK website:

National Zoo Keeper Week Proclamation

WHEREAS, worldwide animal populations are declining at an alarming rate with many facing extinction; and

WHEREAS, zoological institutions have become the final hope for many endangered species recovery programs through conservation research, release programs, and by being a portal through which the general public can view and appreciate disappearing wildlife; and

WHEREAS, zoological institutions are also population managers of keystone and cornerstone species, emphasizing the restoration of not just the endangered species, but a restoration of the delicate balance of nature; and

WHEREAS, zoo keepers are the frontline soldiers for conservation, participating in the battle for species survival and preservation of the natural homelands of the animals they care for through public awareness, education, and exhibition; and

WHEREAS, zoo keepers have become animal caretakers devoting their lives to caring for these animals; and

WHEREAS, zoo keepers have become the spokespersons for vanishing wildlife, carrying the conservation message of habitat loss, endangered species, and preservation of nature’s threatened wildlands to the public; and

WHEREAS, zoo keepers have become animal specialists, as educators, choreographers of animal behaviors through enrichment, behavior managers through operant conditioning, and reproductive specialists through improved observations and husbandry; and

WHEREAS, to help increase public awareness about the need to preserve our precious habitats and the animals which inhabit them and to recognize the roles that zookeepers play in animal conservation and education, The American Association of Zoo Keepers invites all AAZK chapters to participate in National Zoo Keeper Week.”

Hello! So I need a bit of guidance! I’m moving to Georgia in about a year and I wanted to go to school over there and study zoology in hopes of working with wildlife in the research/management/conservation fields. Would it be zoology that I should major in? What school would you recommend, where could I volunteer, where could I work after a degree? Thanks! :)
Well I have a few questions for your question. Because Georgia is not a small state I can’t just suggest places like Jekyll Is sea turtle research or Georgia Aquarium that are 5-6hrs away from each other. So what part of Georgia will you be living in? Also what kind of research ate you interested in? Zoo Atlanta works with U.Ga when dealing with animal physiology, works heavily with Georgia tech in animal behavior, and relies on Emory U. for ape researchers. I don’t mean to bog you down with more choices adding to your dilemma but I try and tell people there are so many avenues to get to q career goal its easy to get lost in it all. But to simpify it. If you are heading to undergrad UGA is the better choice. Don’t tell anyone I said this but Ga.tech and Emory are the better schools and in the city so there’s more opportunities for volunteering/working. But If you are a resident in state fees for UGA are cheap(MUCH MUCH cheaper than Emory or Ga.tech) and it’s a Division 1 school so it has pretty good resources

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Ok guises, a lot of you erudites sent me messages immediately after I asked about which presentations to go to last week. Well after some begging I got my hands on them. But there’s a catch. I was made to swear not to post them on here because of fear of plagiarism. So what I’m going to do is make post summarizing the topics in my own words. I may include some results if they are significant but no data points. It’s the best deal I could come up with.
I’ll post one a day at 6pm est starting this Thursday. Hope this works for everyone.

melissafirst:

eruditionanimaladoration:

justbebrave:

ronracer:

prevetcountryaggie:

jeffreymann:

White Blue Peacock
This bird is a crossbreed between blue and white peacocks. The result is one spectacular creature.

“A crossbreed between the blue and white peacock” Man why don’t you shut the fuck up if you don’t know anything about genetics?!
I’ve said this before, they’re throwing paint on everything these days. It’s very incredible that someone found this color gene in birds.

But it IS a crossbreed. … i very complicated crossbreed, but a cross breed just the same.

Can it be called a piebald?

i guess you could, but technically no. Pied is black and white and would insinuated the same(or similar) pattern every time like pinto patterns. But since white-blue peacock breeds are random in their color splash it cant truly be classified…



The genetics behind this probably isn’t that complicated. In birds the male sex chromosomes are homozygous (ZZ) while the females are heterozygous (ZW). The gene for coloration is most likely on the Sex chromosomes so when you have two normal Zs together you get the bright male coloration. When you have a Z and a W you get the dull female coloration. What happened here is a heterozygous cross in the Coloration genes. There is a special regulation system in homozygous sex chromosome animals that expresses only one of the two sex chromosome’s genes in each cell, the expression is random. That is probably the reason for the random coloration, half the cells express the wild type the other half express the mutant type. This sort of thing can happen in female mammals and is the reason why almost all calico cats are female. (This is a simplified explanation of animal coloration genetics there’s much more regulation involved)
Well you are partly correct. But the fact you had to say “this is a simplified explanation” just means its complicated… ;o
you see color IS a sex linked trait but it doesnt just stop right there.
The colors in the feathers of a bird are determined two factors: pigment and structure.
Pigment colorization in birds comes from three different groups: melanins which abide by the laws of penetrance like how you can get cream variants from browns, porphyrines which is co dominant in nature and carotenoids which are acquired only by eating plants or by eating something that ate a plant like how flamingos are pink.
BUT you also have to factor in structure!! Each feather consists of thousands of flat branches, each with bowl-shaped indentations. that acts like a prism, splitting light which is how some  green in some parrots is a result of yellow pigments over blue-reflecting feathers.  It’s the same principle for butterflies and humming birds.
You see… complicated :D
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melissafirst:

eruditionanimaladoration:

justbebrave:

ronracer:

prevetcountryaggie:

jeffreymann:

White Blue Peacock
This bird is a crossbreed between blue and white peacocks. The result is one spectacular creature.

“A crossbreed between the blue and white peacock” Man why don’t you shut the fuck up if you don’t know anything about genetics?!
I’ve said this before, they’re throwing paint on everything these days. It’s very incredible that someone found this color gene in birds.

But it IS a crossbreed. … i very complicated crossbreed, but a cross breed just the same.

Can it be called a piebald?

i guess you could, but technically no. Pied is black and white and would insinuated the same(or similar) pattern every time like pinto patterns. But since white-blue peacock breeds are random in their color splash it cant truly be classified…



The genetics behind this probably isn’t that complicated. In birds the male sex chromosomes are homozygous (ZZ) while the females are heterozygous (ZW). The gene for coloration is most likely on the Sex chromosomes so when you have two normal Zs together you get the bright male coloration. When you have a Z and a W you get the dull female coloration. What happened here is a heterozygous cross in the Coloration genes. There is a special regulation system in homozygous sex chromosome animals that expresses only one of the two sex chromosome’s genes in each cell, the expression is random. That is probably the reason for the random coloration, half the cells express the wild type the other half express the mutant type. This sort of thing can happen in female mammals and is the reason why almost all calico cats are female. (This is a simplified explanation of animal coloration genetics there’s much more regulation involved)
Well you are partly correct. But the fact you had to say “this is a simplified explanation” just means its complicated… ;o
you see color IS a sex linked trait but it doesnt just stop right there.
The colors in the feathers of a bird are determined two factors: pigment and structure.
Pigment colorization in birds comes from three different groups: melanins which abide by the laws of penetrance like how you can get cream variants from browns, porphyrines which is co dominant in nature and carotenoids which are acquired only by eating plants or by eating something that ate a plant like how flamingos are pink.
BUT you also have to factor in structure!! Each feather consists of thousands of flat branches, each with bowl-shaped indentations. that acts like a prism, splitting light which is how some  green in some parrots is a result of yellow pigments over blue-reflecting feathers.  It’s the same principle for butterflies and humming birds.
You see… complicated :D
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melissafirst:

eruditionanimaladoration:

justbebrave:

ronracer:

prevetcountryaggie:

jeffreymann:

White Blue Peacock

This bird is a crossbreed between blue and white peacocks. The result is one spectacular creature.

“A crossbreed between the blue and white peacock”
Man why don’t you shut the fuck up if you don’t know anything about genetics?!

I’ve said this before, they’re throwing paint on everything these days. It’s very incredible that someone found this color gene in birds.

But it IS a crossbreed. … i very complicated crossbreed, but a cross breed just the same.

Can it be called a piebald?

i guess you could, but technically no. Pied is black and white and would insinuated the same(or similar) pattern every time like pinto patterns. But since white-blue peacock breeds are random in their color splash it cant truly be classified…

The genetics behind this probably isn’t that complicated. In birds the male sex chromosomes are homozygous (ZZ) while the females are heterozygous (ZW). The gene for coloration is most likely on the Sex chromosomes so when you have two normal Zs together you get the bright male coloration. When you have a Z and a W you get the dull female coloration. What happened here is a heterozygous cross in the Coloration genes. There is a special regulation system in homozygous sex chromosome animals that expresses only one of the two sex chromosome’s genes in each cell, the expression is random. That is probably the reason for the random coloration, half the cells express the wild type the other half express the mutant type. This sort of thing can happen in female mammals and is the reason why almost all calico cats are female. (This is a simplified explanation of animal coloration genetics there’s much more regulation involved)

Well you are partly correct. But the fact you had to say “this is a simplified explanation” just means its complicated… ;o

you see color IS a sex linked trait but it doesnt just stop right there.

The colors in the feathers of a bird are determined two factors: pigment and structure.

Pigment colorization in birds comes from three different groups: melanins which abide by the laws of penetrance like how you can get cream variants from browns, porphyrines which is co dominant in nature and carotenoids which are acquired only by eating plants or by eating something that ate a plant like how flamingos are pink.

BUT you also have to factor in structure!! Each feather consists of thousands of flat branches, each with bowl-shaped indentations. that acts like a prism, splitting light which is how some  green in some parrots is a result of yellow pigments over blue-reflecting feathers.  It’s the same principle for butterflies and humming birds.

You see… complicated :D

ronracer:

fourpawsandasyringe:

mothernaturenetwork:


 Scientists grow bacon from stem cells  



A new technique that turns pig stem cells into strips of meat could offer a green alternative to the slaughterhouse and help end hunger.



Yes please.
Muslim Community, is this considered halal? Stem cells are basically still “pure cells” after all.

To paraphrase a fellow scientist “we have to address what type of stem cells, as there is a variety, and then, what’s defined as “haram” there are various kinds of stem cells: embryonic, fetal, adult, amniotic, cord blood and induced pluripotent cells. what is deemed ‘impermissible’ or “haram” by Christianity and Islam alike is the use of embryonic stem cells; that is, destroying a fertilized egg to utilize it’s cell population for research purposes.” BUT if we are speaking just about pork, swine is swine regardless of where it comes from so it is haram. 
BUT THE QUESTIONS I HAVE IS HOW DO THE VEGANS FEEL ABOUT CLONED MEAT???
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ronracer:

fourpawsandasyringe:

mothernaturenetwork:

A new technique that turns pig stem cells into strips of meat could offer a green alternative to the slaughterhouse and help end hunger.

Yes please.

Muslim Community, is this considered halal? Stem cells are basically still “pure cells” after all.

To paraphrase a fellow scientist “we have to address what type of stem cells, as there is a variety, and then, what’s defined as “haram” there are various kinds of stem cells: embryonic, fetal, adult, amniotic, cord blood and induced pluripotent cells. what is deemed ‘impermissible’ or “haram” by Christianity and Islam alike is the use of embryonic stem cells; that is, destroying a fertilized egg to utilize it’s cell population for research purposes.” BUT if we are speaking just about pork, swine is swine regardless of where it comes from so it is haram. 

BUT THE QUESTIONS I HAVE IS HOW DO THE VEGANS FEEL ABOUT CLONED MEAT???

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