By the early to mid-1980s, fewer than 300 mountain gorillas were known to still exist in the world. Zoologist and primatologist Dr. Dian Fossey, who studied mountain gorillas exclusively in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, wanted to change those numbers.
Known as the jackass penguin because of its donkey-like bray, the African penguin once flourished. Unfortunately, this penguin species—the only one to breed in Africa—has suffered severe population declines in recent years and is currently classified as endangered. Current numbers are estimated at only 10 percent of the more than 1.45 million adult penguins that existed at the start of the 20th century.
Morris Animal Foundation is pleased to announce that our board of trustees has a new chairman and three new trustees, all of whom bring a wealth of expertise from their related fields to benefit the Foundation and help advance our mission.
Morris Animal Foundation’s K9 Cancer Walk Program has taken us many miles around the country and has introduced us to many canine friends. We’ve traveled through the Smokey Mountains of east Tennessee where we met Emmitt, cruised down the Pacific Coast Highway in California where we were greeted by Abby, and danced our way down into South Florida where we heard a story about Miles, an adorable Golden Retriever.
The Humane Society of the United States estimates there are nearly 50 million “feral” cats in the United States, although numbers vary widely. Some of these free-roaming cats have owners, yet spend most of their time outside. Others are what the Humane Society defines as community cats, those that have been abandoned and are homeless, but were socialized. Still others are truly feral, meaning they’ve never been socialized.
Julie Jarrett and her stunning Golden Retriever, Grace, recently became a milestone dog by doing something that may help the future of animal health. Sound monumental? Well, it is. Grace became the 2500th Golden Retriever to become fully enrolled in Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.
At a time when most veterinarians were working with farmers and agricultural animals, Dr. Mark Morris, Sr, catered to companion animals and their owners. In 1929, he established one of the very first exclusively companion animal veterinary clinics in the country, Raritan Animal Hospital in Edison, New Jersey. In addition to being at the forefront of providing companion animals with outstanding veterinary care, Dr. Morris also felt that nutrition could be used to manage various health conditions that affected animals.
The Memphis Zoo has been offering citizens in western Tennessee and eastern Arkansas a glimpse at wildlife of the natural world since it opened in 1906. Located near Rhodes College and just 10 miles from Graceland, the Memphis Zoo offers 19 exhibits situated on 55 developed acres.
Happy 2015! We at Morris Animal Foundation are thankful for your continued support and we are really looking forward to many exciting things this year, one being the ongoing progress of our Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. We expect to hit a huge milestone in 2015 as we work to meet our enrollment goal of 3,000 strong.
Owning a companion bird is no small task. One of the many pets that “owned” me was an adorable cockatiel named Frosty. She was 3 years old when I adopted her. Unfortunately, inbreeding for her unusual white and black coloring contributed to her many health problems. When I met her, she was housed in a cage designed for a much smaller bird, leaving her inadequate room to move around. She was obese, could not fly and could barely walk.
As the calendar pages turn toward the end of the year, I like to set aside time to reflect upon the year coming to an end and on what the future holds. In the case of our work here at Morris Animal Foundation, we have so much to be proud of...
At only 7 years of age, he’s already accomplished so much. Parker’s a professional animal model and actor, a registered therapy dog with Pet Partners and he competes in agility in his spare time. He can skateboard, surf and even play a very bad rendition of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on the keyboard—if you listen very carefully and have a lot of imagination.
Animals provide unconditional companionship and loyalty, and are also a crucial component of the world’s ecosystem. Morris Animal Foundation, a world leader in helping animals by investing in the most relevant and impactful science to advance animal health and welfare for dogs, cats, horses, llamas and wildlife, thrives to partner with the groups that align with and help to spread its mission. Recently, the Foundation partnered with NatureStage Inc., a non-profit arts organization that explores relationships with species around the world through its One Language Project. Through this new partnership NatureStage has created images to help...