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OKC Zoo contributes to the study of challenging theories of aging | Entertainment

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The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens have recently contributed to a new study published in the peer-reviewed academic journal Science.

In this study, researchers worked with zoos and aquariums around the world to examine 52 species of turtles and turtles using data provided by zoos.

The data recorded by OKC Zoo in the Species 360 Zoo Information Management System is the digital record management system used by zoos, and researchers say that turtles and turtles reduce their aging rate as the environment improves, contrary to common evolutionary theories. I discovered that there is a possibility. conditions.

The theory of evolution of aging predicts that all living things deteriorate with age (known as aging). Researchers at the Species360 Conservation Science Alliance and the University of Southern Denmark now show that certain animal species, such as turtles and turtles, may slow or even not age with improved living conditions.

Of the 52 turtles and turtles shown in this study, 75% show very slow aging and 80% show slower aging than modern humans.

The zoo is a member of Species 360, a non-profit organization that maintains ZIMS, which holds detailed records of animal care. The zoo took care of 34 species of turtles and turtles, and collected and shared data on these species for research.

Some evolutionary theories predict that aging will appear after sexual maturity as a trade-off between the energy that individuals invest to repair cell and tissue damage and the energy that they invest in reproduction. The gene will be passed on to the next generation. This trade-off means that after reaching sexual maturity, individuals stop growing and begin to experience aging. This means that physical function gradually declines with age.

Theory predicts that such trade-offs are inevitable and that aging is inevitable. This prediction has been confirmed in several species, especially mammals and birds.

However, it is believed that organisms that continue to grow after sexual maturity, such as turtles and turtles, may continue to invest in repairing cell damage, ideal for reducing and avoiding the harmful effects of aging. It is considered to be a good candidate.

“It only means that their risk of death does not increase with age, but it is still greater than zero. In short, they all will eventually die due to unavoidable causes of death such as illness. “” Said Dr. Fernando Colchero, Principal Statistics Analyst and Associate Professor at the Species360 Conservation Science Alliance, another researcher behind the study. At the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Southern Denmark.

Oklahoma City Zoo is a conservation partner for the Turtle Survival Alliance, supporting the organization’s goal of zero turtle extinction.

TSA has projects in turtle hotspots around the world, including Belize, Madagascar, India, China, Bangladesh and Myanmar, and is globally recognized as a force to protect turtles. TSA has also set up a large breeding center, the Turtle Survival Center, in South Carolina.

In 2021, Oklahoma City Zoo welcomed 11 young alligator snapping turtles into its animal family as part of a partnership with the US Department of Fish and Wildlife and a Conservation Headstart Program to increase wild populations of vulnerable species in Oklahoma.

Zoo caretakers keep alligator snapping turtles out of the headstart program and then reintroduce them into their natural habitat.