A slow comeback
The zoo has been working with this species since 1998 in hopes of creating a genetically viable and sustainable group. The zoo is also working closely with the Turtle Survival Alliance to support tortoise conservation in Madagascar.
[Full Story: Baby Tortoise Hatches at San Diego Zoo]
Searing summer heat
Yesterday (June 21), on the first full day of summer, high temperatures in states from Maine to New York to Arizona shattered previous record highs for the day, in a catalog that stretches back more than 100 years in some places.
Across the nation, the scalding heat broke a total of 47 record highs and tied 30 of them.
[Full Story: Sizzling Summer Heat Breaks Records Across US]
Steps taken toward survival
The country became the last in the Americas to outlaw the practice of cutting off the fins of live sharks and tossing the animals back into the ocean to slowly die.
[Full Story: Venezuela Bans Shark Finning, Establishes Shark Sanctuary]
[View Images: Photos: Belfast Zoo's New Giraffe]
Checkin' out the neighborhood
At more than a month old, the male and female jaguar cubs born to mother Nindiri are ready to spend some time in their large outdoor habitat at the zoo. For the last two months, the siblings have been visible in the cave area at the Harry and Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey that serves as their den. Yesterday, animal care staff opened the door of this area, giving mom and her two cubs access to the exhibit, which has grass, climbing structures and lots of things to play with for two active little cubs.
[Full Story: Jaguar Cub Finally Sets Paws Outside]
[View Images: Images: Endangered Species of the 'Red List']
Stunning volcanic view
Part of Russian territory, Alaid has the textbook cone-shape summit of a composite volcano and tops out at 7,674 feet (2,339 meters). A composite volcano, or stratovolcano, is made of many layers of hardened lava and ash spewed out during periodic eruptions.
[Full Story: An Astronaut's View of a Volcano]
Our White Marble?
The newly launched Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) satellite, which was blasted into space on Oct. 28, 2011, circled the Earth 15 times to capture the visual data used for the stunning picture.
[Full Story: Photo: 'White Marble' Shows Arctic View of Earth]