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October 27, 2008 | Edmund Sanders, Sanders is a Times staff writer.
Rebels overran an army base and seized the headquarters of a nearby gorilla park in intensified fighting Sunday in northeastern Congo. Since August, nearly 200,000 more people have been driven from their homes by fighting in a region where more than 1.4 million, or about one-fifth of the population, already have been displaced, aid officials say.
September 7, 2008 | Linda Stewart Ball, Associated Press
The oldest gorilla in captivity, a 55-year-old female named Jenny, has died at the Dallas Zoo -- her home for more than half a century, a spokesman said Friday. Zoo officials decided to euthanize Jenny on Thursday night because of an inoperable tumor in her stomach. Jenny had stopped eating and drinking recently, and tests showed she was unlikely to recover, zoo spokesman Sean Greene said. "The last couple of weeks we noticed that she hadn't been feeling all that great," Greene said.
August 9, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Wildlife researchers said Tuesday that they've discovered 125,000 western lowland gorillas deep in the forests of the Republic of Congo, calling it a major increase in the animal's estimated population. The Wildlife Conservation Society, based at New York's Bronx Zoo, and the small west-central African nation said their census counted the newly discovered gorillas in two areas of the northern part of the country covering 18,000 square miles. Previous estimates, dating to the 1980s, put the number of western lowland gorillas at fewer than 100,000.
July 7, 2008 | Tami Abdollah and Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writers
Weary firefighters made progress Sunday against two California wildfires near the towns of Goleta and Big Sur, exploiting a lull in winds before rising temperatures and possible lightning storms arrive later this week. After two weeks of little gain, fire officials in Monterey County said a series of backfires started overnight helped reinforce containment lines between flames and homes near Big Sur and a Boy Scout camp farther north.
May 5, 2008 | Kelly Candaele, Kelly Candaele is a trustee of the Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System.
Last week, Fred Buenrostro, chief executive of the California Public Employee Retirement System since 2002, announced he was stepping down. Buenrostro's move came on the heels of the departure of Russell Read, CalPERS' chief investment officer, who told the organization's board two weeks ago that he was moving into the private sector. Leadership changes at public institutions occur all the time.
April 27, 2008 | Adam Tschorn, Times Staff Writer
DJ, producer and clothing designer Nigo landed in L.A. on Tuesday to open his long-awaited A Bathing Ape store on Melrose Avenue. Over the last 14 years, he has transformed his Tokyo-born, hip-hop-inspired streetwear business into a $59-million lifestyle empire and attracted legions to dress in hoodies with "BAPE" across the front, including Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. So what does A Bathing Ape mean, exactly?
April 27, 2008 | Todd Lewan, Associated Press
Mopie looked the picture of ape fitness: His shoulders were broad and imposing, his silver-haired back sculpted and muscular, his biceps bulging as wide as a wrestler's thighs when he scratched his head. He had a healthy appetite, putting away seven pounds of food daily. Nor was Mopie a couch gorilla, either: He'd nimbly scale the mesh of his enclosures at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., playfully chase the younger gorillas, and perch himself high in a maple tree, as if to show the world he was the king of the Great Ape House.
February 17, 2008 | Shermakaye Bass, Special to The Times
Where else but in Las Vegas would a con- cierge desk have a guest request a bathtub full of goat's milk (the hotel didn't comply) and another call for a stuffed gorilla to surprise the guest's beloved? In the city that never blushes, outlandish requests and earnest largesse are the order of the day, every day, dozens of times a day. (Nothing lewd, mind you. If it's not legal, the concierge desk won't do it.
November 8, 2007 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
Like most 2-year-olds, Glenda runs, claps her hands and rides piggyback on her mother. Unlike most 2-year-olds, she somersaults with the ease of a gymnast, clambers up and down rock walls and loves green veggies. Ficus leaves were her morning snack of choice on Wednesday as she explored her new environs at the Los Angeles Zoo and briefly played peek-a-boo at the edge of a wall with a small gaggle of onlookers.
May 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A 400-pound gorilla escaped from his enclosure and ran amok in a Rotterdam zoo, biting a woman, dragging her around and causing panic among dozens of visitors, officials said. The Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo was evacuated and the 11-year-old gorilla, Bokito, was eventually contained in a restaurant within the park, police spokeswoman Yvette de Rave said. Four people were injured, including the bitten woman, zoo director Ton Dorrestijn said. Bokito was sedated with a dart, a spokeswoman said.
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