National Zoo Accused Of Incompetence, Ignorance | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

National Zoo Accused Of Incompetence, Ignorance

Play associated audio

By Stephanie Kaye

The National Zoo is being accused of mishandling its experiments to save bats from a deadly fungus.

The experiment to save Virginia's endangered big-eared bat involved creating a colony of the small, flying mammals at the National Zoo's conservation center in Front Royal. Five months into the project, most of the bats are dead. A consultant with the zoo's program says the bats were mishandled by workers, which lead to skin infections and injuries.

The zoo disputes the allegations, saying this species has never been held in captivity before, which led to problems.

The group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility is accusing the zoo of "ignorance and incompetence." Members are asking for the remaining bats to be removed.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the Smithsonian is trying to care for the remaining bats and moving them would just cause more stress.

WAMU 88.5

Audiences Get A Modern Look At A 19th Century Opera

Opera as seen through the lens of Google Glass? Wolf Trap is giving audiences the chance to mix technology with Bizet’s classic "Carmen" this month.
NPR

Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food?

A new book claims the organic label can't be trusted, especially on food that's imported. Yet there is a global system for verifying the authenticity of organic food, and it mostly seems to work.
NPR

Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency

The latest version of the DISCLOSE Act, which would force donor disclosure on outside organizations that engage in election politics, is facing now-familiar opposition from Republican lawmakers.
NPR

A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We're Gone

In the digital age, our online accounts don't die with us. A proposed law might determine what does happen to them. But the tech industry warns the measure could threaten the privacy of the deceased.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.