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APSU alumni Lynn Von Hagen celebrates her role in ‘a new generation of women’ undertaking remote fieldwork

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) graduate Lynn Von Hagen is living a lifelong dream working with elephants in the Kenyan bush while pursuing a doctoral degree at Auburn University.

Austin Peay State University alumni Lynn Von Hagen in Kenya. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University alumni Lynn Von Hagen in Kenya. (APSU)

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Nashville Zoo to host “Toss the Tusk” To Save Animals, October 19th

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – To help protect elephants, Nashville Zoo will be hosting an ivory surrender event on Saturday, October 19th from 10:00am – 2:00pm to encourage public participation in the fight to save this species and others from wildlife trafficking.

Toss the Tusk is a public service program whose goal is to raise public awareness about wildlife trafficking. It will provide Nashville Zoo guests with an actionable way to combat illegal wildlife trade with a focus on elephant poaching.

Tennessee State Representative Jason Powell and a representative from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be present for the event.

African Elephants at the Nashville Zoo. (Amiee Stubbs)

African Elephants at the Nashville Zoo. (Amiee Stubbs)

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APSU alumni Lynn Von Hagen realizes lifelong dream working with elephants, locals in Kenya

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) graduate Lynn Von Hagen’s work with elephants in the Kenyan bush is the culmination of a dream for her.

“I have loved elephants and wildlife as long as I can remember,” Von Hagen, 46, of Nashville, said. “I always wanted to make an impact through conservation of the natural world, while also helping people.”

Lynn Von Hagen is developing community workshops to increase livelihood stability and reduce human-elephant conflict. (APSU)

Lynn Von Hagen is developing community workshops to increase livelihood stability and reduce human-elephant conflict. (APSU)

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Nashville Zoo to relocate Elephants by November

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Nashville Zoo is beginning plans to relocate three, female elephants living at the Zoo to new homes. The move will enable the Zoo to create a barn that can support new elephant management requirements.

“We are planning to have elephants in the future of Nashville Zoo,” Zoo President Rick Schwartz said. “First, though, we need to relocate our elephants and begin making plans for a state-of-the-art facility for our African expansion. We place the highest priority on the well being of each animal in our care. Now is a good time to move the elephants while the weather is in our favor.”

The Nashville Zoo's plan makes way for improved facilities and future elephants. (Christian Sperka)

The Nashville Zoo’s plan makes way for improved facilities and future elephants. (Christian Sperka)

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Nashville Zoo plans expansion for Elephant Facility

 

Elephants Will Temporarily Leave During Construction

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Nashville Zoo is taking steps now to eventually grow the Zoo’s African elephant herd. The expansion includes additions to the elephant facilities and installation of state-of-the-art equipment.

“Our vision is to have a growing herd to ensure generations of visitors will see and experience elephants for years to come,” Zoo President Rick Schwartz said. “Nashville Zoo’s commitment to providing the best care to our animals has led us to begin planning and designing improvements to our elephant facilities and program.”

As part of the planning and preparation, Juno, a 36-year-old African elephant, was recently relocated to live at The National Elephant Center in Fellsmere, FL. «Read the rest of this article»

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NASA research study shows how Electrical Energy on the Sea Floor may have spawned Life on Earth

 

Written by Whitney Clavin
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Life took root more than four billion years ago on our nascent Earth, a wetter and harsher place than now, bathed in sizzling ultraviolet rays. What started out as simple cells ultimately transformed into slime molds, frogs, elephants, humans and the rest of our planet’s living kingdoms. How did it all begin?

A new study from researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, and the Icy Worlds team at NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, based at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA, describes how electrical energy naturally produced at the sea floor might have given rise to life.

Michael Russell and Laurie Barge of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, are pictured in their Icy Worlds laboratory, where they mimic the conditions of Earth billions of years ago, attempting to answer the question of how life first arose. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Michael Russell and Laurie Barge of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, are pictured in their Icy Worlds laboratory, where they mimic the conditions of Earth billions of years ago, attempting to answer the question of how life first arose. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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