Cockatoos Learn To Make Tools By Watching Their Friends

More than fifty years ago, humans were pretty well convinced that they were special, different from the rest of the animal kingdom. That all changed in 1964 when Jane Goodall reported her observations of tool use in chimpanzees. Now we have evidence that Goffin's cockatoos, parrots that don't use tools in the wild,… » 9/03/14 5:23pm 9/03/14 5:23pm

Urban Birds Make Music With Their Bodies in "Birds on the Wires"

Prepare to be blown away by the beauty found in apparent randomness. Usually birds make music by singing; these birds did it just by sitting. Brazilian musician Jarbas Agnelli took a photo of birds sitting on electric lines and, using the birds' positions as musical notes, turned the scene into a song. » 4/29/14 10:38am 4/29/14 10:38am

Saving California Condors, One Puppet At A Time

I've been obsessed with California condors for some time, possibly because my own local zoo in Los Angeles has been at the forefront of the California Condor Recovery Program. It's one of the coolest examples of science-based conservation in zoos, since baby chicks are often hand-reared by keepers wearing condor… » 4/18/14 2:44pm 4/18/14 2:44pm