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Wildlife Devotion

Posts by Laurie Wagner

Wildlife Devotion

There are a few animal species that display behaviors that look similar to what humans might call love.   3-5% of mammals could be considered monogamous, possibly because multiple parents are needed to ensure the survival of offspring. Owl monkeys take a year to get acquainted before mating, then exhibit behavior that researchers think may illustrate a type of…

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Wildlife in Winter

Have you ever wondered what animals in the wild do to cope with the cold of winter? Some bears go into torpor to lower their temperature and heart  rate, saving energy until food is more plentiful in spring.  Some bird species migrate to find food.  Many animals get warm winter coats and some even change the color of their fur…

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Animal Defenses

Have you ever felt scared? What did you do? Did your body react? When we feel scared our bodies naturally respond to whatever it is that makes us afraid. For example, if we hear a loud sound we might hold still or feel our heart beat faster. We have natural defense mechanisms to help us…

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5 Animal Species Who Use Tools

For years, humans thought they  were the only creatures to use tools. But it’s not true!  Certain animal species use tools to eat, play and survive. Here are just five species who use tools in everyday activities. Who Used Tools First,  Humans or Monkeys? Did humans first learn to use tools by observing monkeys use…

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Five innovators you’ve never heard of

Give it up for these innovators in science! We have these five creators, researchers and inventors to thank for very disparate things – like the discovery of the Plesiosaur, raincoats that keep us dry and the piano to keep us entertained!  Read on to find out which incredible minds we have to thank – and…

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5 surprising facts about your tongue

1) Your taste buds tell your brain what food tastes like. Your tongue has bumps called “papillae,” and each of them is covered by “taste buds.” Each taste bud is made up of 50-100 gustatory receptor cells that send messages to your brain about what your food tastes like. The receptor cells can sense sweet,…

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San Francisco Business Times | CuriOdyssey announces $35 million rebuilding campaign to give more kids the superpower of science

CuriOdyssey announced today they have received landmark contributions totaling $19 million to create a “world-class, serious science playground” in San Mateo. Comprising more than 50 percent of a projected $35 million campaign goal, these leadership gifts ignite CuriOdyssey’s plans to modernize and completely remake its building, vastly increase its usable space to triple exhibit and…

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San Jose Mercury News | CuriOdyssey seeks $35 million for major renovation

Nearly a decade after financial problems threatened to shutter the children’s museum, CuriOdyssey is back on its feet and ready to unveil an ambitious new vision. The science- and nature-themed museum on Saturday will launch the public phase of a $35 million fundraising campaign to pay for a major renovation that will triple its exhibit…

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Animal Stories: Boa Constrictor

This is the final post in a series about our animals who are former pets, like our skunk, desert tortoises, and ferrets. Our Central America boa constrictor is an animal that is sadly, surrendered often. “MaryAnn” came to us from Recycled Reptiles in 2007. Boas are illegal to have as pets in the San Francisco Bay Area and like…

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