March 25, 2014 |
Killer whale shows may be a bad idea, but should they be illegal? An upcoming bill in the California Legislature would ban such shows in the state - which boils down to banning them at Sea World in San Diego - as well as forbidding captive breeding and the import or export of killer whales, which despite their names are actually the largest of the dolphins. It's increasingly hard to buy Sea World's contention that killer whales are happy colleagues of their human captors in this whole training and entertainment business.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2011 |
It's a cool morning, and the Arabian oryx herd at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park is hungry and slightly hostile to the visitors in its midst. The dominant male, known as No. 337, fixes a cold stare, lets out a loud snort and waggles his sharp horns, ready to protect his harem and offspring. The females, with equally sharp horns, attempt to lead the visitors away from their babies, cat-sized creatures tucked in small crevasses in the ground. It's a matter of genetics: For eons, the herd's ancestors roamed the Arabian Peninsula, honing their survival skills.
May 16, 2010 |
I admit it: I fall in love easily. First, it was with a 268-pound guy. Despite his youth, he was gray and wrinkled. But there were others as the day wore on. One had a face like a horse. Another was nice-enough looking, but that neck — oh, heavens, that neck. And yet another was way too fast for me. Oh, baby. Or, more correctly, babies. These were all animal babies — an African elephant, a zebra, a giraffe and a cheetah, respectively — I saw on a two-hour photo caravan at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2007 |
Bai Yun, the giant panda at the San Diego Zoo, is pregnant, zoo officials said Tuesday. The father is Gao Gao, also at the San Diego Zoo. Bai Yun, 16, has had three cubs at the zoo: Hua Mei in 1999, Mei Sheng in 2003 and Su Lin in 2005. Bai Yun has been taken off exhibit and is expected to give birth within weeks, officials said.
June 1, 2007 |
The first panda released into the wild after being bred in captivity has died in China, apparently from a fall. Officials said the body bore injuries inflicted by wild pandas, and the animal may have died trying to escape. The body of 5-year-old Xiang Xiang was found Feb. 19 in the forests of Sichuan province, the official New China News Agency said. He survived less than a year of freedom, despite nearly three years of training on surviving in the wild.
April 29, 2006 |
China released a panda bred in captivity into the wild for the first time, and the animal scampered into a nearby bamboo forest where it will be monitored via satellite. Xiang Xiang, a 4-year-old male raised at the Wolong Giant Panda Research Center in Sichuan province, was trained for almost three years to survive in the wild, the official New China News Agency said. Almost 100 scientists, zookeepers and tourists saw him off.