November 29, 2003 |
The return of fur to the world's fashion catwalks has spelled death to thousands of endangered animals with a boom in demand for their skins, a top wildlife protection officer said Friday. John Sellar, senior enforcement officer for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, said there had been a surge in seizures of tiger and leopard skins as the fashion industry embraced fur once again.
January 20, 2005 |
Conditions at the National Zoo improved during the last year, but a number of weaknesses remain, a report released Wednesday by the National Academies' National Research Council says. After several animal deaths in early 2003, Congress asked the council to conduct a yearlong review of the zoo's flagship Washington facility and its Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Va. The report said "more than a decade of decline in almost every aspect of zoo operation" preceded the deaths.
August 3, 2003 |
Visit the National Zoo these days, and the scenes are of summer as usual: A camel blinks slowly in the sun as it lounges on a bed of straw, the giant pandas munch blissfully on bamboo as staff members track a possible pregnancy, and swarms of children in shorts and sneakers crowd in for a glimpse of the seals' acrobatics. But in recent months, the zoo's behind-the-scenes activities have been attracting far more attention, much of it unwanted, than its animal stars.
February 1, 2003 |
First, a Masai giraffe, an elegant and quiet crowd pleaser, died at the National Zoo. That was in February. Then, another Masai giraffe died in September. One day later, a gray seal died. Still, officials at the zoo -- a sylvan setting between the urban downtown and tree-lined residential neighborhoods -- found nothing out of the ordinary. Typically, several of the zoo's 3,000 animals die each year, they said. But the mortality continued. In October, a white tiger was euthanized.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2009 |
The Los Angeles Zoo paid a federal fine of several thousand dollars in the wake of a U.S. Department of Agriculture investigation into the 2006 deaths of the zoo's popular female Asian elephant, Gita, and a chimpanzee, Judeo, zoo officials confirmed Monday. Gita was found down in her enclosure early one morning in June 2006 and could not be saved despite extensive veterinary intervention.
February 27, 1990 |
A Kentucky dentist allegedly killed thoroughbred racehorses so owners could collect insurance money, the FBI said Monday. Dr. Joseph James Brown of Shelbyville, Ky., was arrested and charged with wire fraud Feb. 17 at Calder Race Course after an investigation by the FBI and the New York-based Thoroughbred Racing Protective Board. "Brown was arrested . . . by FBI agents as he was about to administer a lethal injection to a thoroughbred race horse," FBI spokesman Paul Miller said.