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Officials at the Seneca Park Zoo say that one of the two male snow leopard cubs born at the zoo recently has died.

The cubs were born to first-time mother Timila on May 27.  At that time, Timila seemed to reject one of her cubs and left him in an outdoor exhibit where he was born.

He was hand fed by zoo staff, and when he was reintroduced to Timila she brought him into her maternity den, and according to Zoo Director  Larry Staub says that from the time she was reunited with the other cubs, “she has appeared to be a very attentive mother.”

Monroe County

Monroe County’s Seneca Park Zoo is partnering with a program at the Cincinnati Zoo as part of a polar bear conservation project.

The circus is shutting down for good in May. Ticket sales have been declining, especially since the circus buckled to public pressure to remove elephants from the show.

We have a conversation about what the future holds for animals in the spotlight -- from the circus, to zoos, to marine parks. And what do we know about how the animals respond to their work in captivity? Our guests:

  • Dr. Lawrence Torcello, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at RIT
  • Dr. Dawn Rager, associate professor in the Department of Psychology at St. John Fisher College

Buffalo Zoo

BUFFALO (AP) A new sculpture at the Buffalo Zoo's recently opened Arctic Edge exhibit makes an environmental, as well as artistic, statement.

The Seneca Park Zoo is trying to educate their visitors in different ways this summer. They have a new tagline, and they’re hoping to move beyond “Hey, those orangutans are cool!” Instead, they’re trying to spur visitors to action after they leave the zoo, armed with new information about the habitats from which these animals come. So we’ll get a zoo education, and we’ll talk about the zoo’s future plans with our guests:

  • Pamela Reed Sanchez, executive director, Zoo Society
  • Pam Cowan, director of external affairs, Zoo Society
  • Larry Staub, Monroe County director of parks
  • Larry Sorel, zoo director

Courtesy Seneca Park Zoo

One of the polar bears at the Seneca Park Zoo may be expecting, and if she is pregnant, it could mark the first successful artificial insemination of a polar bear.

The procedure was performed by the Seneca Park Zoo, in conjunction with the Cincinnati Zoo's Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife, or CREW.

County Executive Maggie Brooks says the results could be groundbreaking.

Brooks says, if successful, the procedure will put the Seneca Park Zoo in the forefront of preservation of the world's polar bears. Polar bears are an endangered species.