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Grevy's Zebra

A rare baby zebra has been born at Chester Zoo in Britain. The as yet unnamed newcomer, a Grevy’s zebra, is the first of its kind to be born at the zoo for 34 years. There are thought to be less than 2,500 left in the wild. The foal, who was born with brown stripes that will turn black as she matures, arrived on Feb 22nd to first time parents Nadine and Mac.

Curator of mammals, Tim Rowlands, said: “Since our female zebras arrived a few years ago we have worked very hard to breed this highly endangered species and the arrival of this foal is not only a really good achievement for us and good news for the species as a whole." Conservation charity Chester Zoo is part of a European breeding programme for the species which is the largest of all zebras and distinctive from its cousins given that it has the narrowest stripes.

Grévy's zebra also known as the Imperial zebra belongs to the genus Equus, family Equidae. A fascinating animal from the horse family (equids), hunted down for its skin, it has now been driven to extinction. Grévy's zebras inhabit the arid grasslands, semi-deserts and dry savanna of east Africa. They are mostly found in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. In the wild, a Grevy's zebra can live for 20 to 25 years and in captivity a little longer, 25 to 30 years.

The stripes are the most amazing aspect of the zebra, as no two zebras have the same stripes in terms of length or width. The stripes of the Grévy's zebra are the narrowest when compared with the stripes of other zebras. The narrow stripes are in concentric patterns, running all along the zebras body right down to their hoofs. However their bellies are completely white and do not have any stripes. Stripes help the Grévy's zebra to hide from predators by standing motionless among the tall grasses . But how that happens is a wonder, as they are never known to stand still, once they sense a predator close by!

They have big heads, long necks and large rounded ears which they can rotate all around to locate the source of any sound. They have erect manes that run all along their backs. Grévy's zebras are nearly seven feet tall and can weigh up to 990 pounds, though the females are slightly smaller than males. They have good binocular vision and are very sensitive to changes in the quality of their food.

Grevy's zebras love to eat, they spend nearly two-thirds of their day just eating. They are herbivorous in nature and eat tall grasses in the places they inhabit. During summers, when there is scarcity of tall grasses, they also eat fruits, bark and leaves. They have sharp incisors, which they use to clip and grind the hard tall grass. They can stay without water for nearly five days at a stretch, but still stay close to water holes because of the foals in the herd.

The last 15 to 20 years has seen a steady decline in the population of the grevy's zebra. They are no more found in Somalia and are limited to the northern parts of Kenya and southern Ethiopia. Human encroachment and hunting has reduced their strength to just 6,000, worldwide. They are poached for their skin, which is sold for an exorbitant price in the western countries. Their water source has diminished greatly, as it is being diverted for irrigation and other human uses. The Grevy's zebra is also competing for food with domestic livestock raised by humans in their habitat.

All is not lost though for this untamed member of the horse family. Conservationists are working steadily towards their rehabilitation, by coordinating with local communities to address the threats posed to the Grevy's zebra. Captive breeding programs, eco-tourism, better anti-poaching policing and field conservation efforts are definitely helping to increase their population and save this fine looking animal from extinction.

In This Issue

  • Scientists Wake Up To Causes Of Sleep Disruption In Alzheimer's Disease
  • Coordinating Care For Persons With Dementia & Their Carers Improves Outcomes
  • No Charges In Death Of Alzheimer's Patient Mistaken For Intruder
  • Suncoast Could Be The Center Of A Caregiver Crisis
  • Alzheimer's Store Featured Product
  • Recipe Of The Week
  • Newsletter Promotions
  • Events Calendar
  • Trivia Questions

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Scientists Wake Up To Causes Of Sleep Disruption In Alzheimer's Disease

(Source: Science Daily) - Being awake at night and dozing during the day can be a distressing early symptom of Alzheimer's disease, but how the disease disrupts our biological clocks to cause these symptoms has remained elusive.

Now, scientists from Cambridge have discovered that in fruit flies with Alzheimer's the biological clock is still ticking but has become uncoupled from the sleep-wake cycle it usually regulates. The findings -- published in Disease Models & Mechanisms -- could help develop more effective ways to improve sleep patterns in people with the disease.

People with Alzheimer's often have poor biological rhythms, something that is a burden for both patients and their carers. Periods of sleep become shorter and more fragmented, resulting in periods of wakefulness at night and snoozing during the day. They can also become restless and agitated in the late afternoon and early evening, something known as 'sundowning'.
Biological clocks go hand in hand with life, and are found in everything from single celled organisms to fruit flies and humans. They are vital because they allow organisms to synchronise their biology to the day-night changes in their environments.

Until now, however, it has been unclear how Alzheimer's disrupts the biological clock. According to Dr Damian Crowther of Cambridge's Department of Genetics, one of the study's authors: "We wanted to know whether people with Alzheimer's disease have a poor behavioural rhythm because they have a clock that's stopped ticking or they have stopped responding to the clock."

No Charges In Death Of Alzheimer's Patient Mistaken For Intruder

(Source: NY Times.Com) - A man who shot to death an Alzheimer’s patient he feared was trying to break into his house will not be charged with a crime, a Georgia prosecutor said Friday.

“After review of facts and the relevant law, the district attorney’s office will not pursue charges against Joe Hendrix arising out of the tragic shooting death of Ronald Westbrook,” Herbert E. Franklin, the district attorney for the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit, said in a statement.

Mr. Hendrix, 35, had been under scrutiny since he fired up to four shots at Mr. Westbrook, 72, a retired Air Force officer who had wandered away from his home and appeared three miles away at the house Mr. Hendrix was renting.

After Mr. Westbrook tried around 4 a.m. on Nov. 27 to open the door of the house on a cul-de-sac in Chickamauga, Ga., Mr. Hendrix’s fiancée dialed 911, and a sheriff’s deputy was dispatched.

As the minutes passed, Mr. Westbrook, who had spoken with a sheriff’s deputy earlier that night after another resident reported seeing a suspicious figure, turned away from the front door and moved toward the back of the house.

Coordinating Care For Persons With Dementia & Their Carers Improves Outcomes

(Source: Medical News Today) - A care coordination programme for patients with Alzheimer's and their carers resulted in improvements in psychosocial function of patients with dementia. The programme, a partnership between community and health organisations, also showed positive results for carers. The work is published in the journal Alzheimer's Research and Therapy and shows that non-pharmacological programs and interventions can play a role in improving care for people with dementia and their family caregivers.

Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia. It affects the brain and has a number of symptoms ranging from memory loss to mood swings and depression.

Partners in Dementia Care (PDC) is a partnership between healthcare and community agencies that provides care coordination for medical and non-medical needs of both patients and carers. The program consists of assessment setting goals, and ongoing care goals to facilitate improved cooperation between medical care and community services.

Baseline interviews were conducted with 333 patients, 263 of whom completed six month follow-ups and 194 had 12-month follow-ups. Those on the care programme had significantly less adverse outcomes at six months than those receiving usual care, particularly for more impaired patients. This included: reduced relationship strain and depression; reduced unmet need, and less embarrassment about memory problems. At 12 months, more impaired veterans had further reductions in unmet need.

Suncoast Could Be The Center Of A Caregiver Crisis

(Source: My Suncoast.Com) -The number of people in need of caregivers is expected to nearly double by the year 2050, according to the national center for health statistics. There is much demand for caregivers and diminishing supply.

According to a New York Times report, more than 1.3 million new paid caregivers will be needed to meet demand over the next decade. Given our older demographics here, that need will be more pronounced.

"The fact that our nation is getting older, the eighty-five plus is the fastest growing segment in the nation, fifty percent of those will develop Alzheimer's disease…so that's already a formula for caregiver crisis." Nicci Kobritz of Youthful Aging Home Health says that here on the Suncoast, the need for caregivers is more pronounced.

Sarasota and Charlotte are the two counties with the highest populations of people eighty-five and up in the nation. But there is a decrease in the number of caregivers available.

“When you take a look at the caregivers however, you look at that ratio and you see that in 2010 we had seven caregivers to every person who was eighty-five plus. In 2050, that number is going to be reduced to three to one."

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Recipe Of The Week
Stuffed peppers is a 1950’s classic, but this recipe gives it a modern overhaul. Instead of packing the stuffing with calorie-busting bread, use quinoa, one of the world’s most powerful super-foods. Skip the green peppers and go for red, yellow, or orange peppers for a sweeter taste.

Cooking tip: Arthritis-fighting foods: red bell peppers (vitamin C and beta-carotene), turkey (selenium) and extra-virgin olive oil (polyphenols) - Recipe From Healthline
Quinoa and Turkey Stuffed Peppers


1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water
½ teaspoons salt
½ pound fully-cooked smoked turkey sausage, diced
½ cup chicken stock
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
3 red bell peppers


Stir together quinoa and next two ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 15 minutes or until all water is absorbed.
Uncover and let stand 5 minutes. Stir in sausage and next five ingredients.
Cut peppers in half and scoop out seeds and membranes. Cook in boiling water 5 minutes, then drain.
Fill each pepper with quinoa mixture and place in a lightly greased 13-x 9-inch baking dish. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes.

Servings: 6
Total Time: 55 min
Prep Time: 15 min | Cook Time: 40 min

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1. What was the Grevy zebra known as in the Roman Circus?

2. The Grevy's zebra is known as Loiborkurum which means white-rumped in what language?

3. Who was the zebra named in honor of? Hint: he received the first known species as a gift in 1882

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