January 15, 1990 |
Hilda the hippo's brief taste of freedom ended in tragedy today. The three-ton hippopotamus escaped from her trailer onto a busy four-lane English highway but died after being shot with a tranquilizer dart while being recaptured. "It didn't survive the drug that was used and the stress and trauma of the recapture," said Roger Cawley of Longleat Safari Park, Hilda's owners.
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January 7, 2012 |
Reporting from San Diego -- Two ailing and aged elephants at the San Diego Zoo had to be euthanized this week, zoo officials announced Friday. The two Asian elephants were suffering and their chances for recovery were virtually nil, officials said. Cha Cha, estimated to be 43 years old, was euthanized Wednesday. To allow other elephants to see her a final time, her lifeless body was lifted on a forklift and taken to where other elephants in the Elephant Odyssey exhibit are kept.
December 3, 1998 |
A South African judge ruled that 30 young elephants had been treated cruelly and awarded temporary custody of them to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The elephants' plight had drawn international concern, igniting protests in Washington and London. The elephants' owner, animal exporter Riccardo Ghiazza, had planned to sell them to zoos in Europe and a safari park in China.
February 24, 2013 |
Robert the Talking Zebra from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park will speak to you at the L.A. Times Travel Show on Sunday but if you want to see some real animals, you can see them at the booth every 45 minutes starting about 11 a.m. Animal guests include a python, a cockatoo and a cerval. The show closes at 5 p.m. (Robert talks with L.A. TImes Travel Editor Catharine Hamm in the above clip.)
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February 20, 1991 |
Sea World Inc. has filed for a permit to import a killer whale from a British marine park. The application, required under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, was filed with the National Marine Fisheries Service, said Dan LeBlanc, a Sea World spokesman in San Diego. Sea World has 13 killer whales at four parks: in San Diego; Orlando, Fla.; San Antonio, Tex., and outside Cleveland, Ohio. The company hopes to acquire a 15-year-old female killer whale now housed at Windsor Safari Park near London.
May 26, 2012 |
In the 1970s, disco-themed skating rinks were all the rage. In the '80s it was paintball battlefields, followed in the '90s by urban skateboard parks. And now comes the zip line - an elevated cable ride that zips harnessed riders downhill at high speeds, powered only by gravity. Across the nation, these rides stretch over canyons, vineyards, island tourist towns and even zoos. Since 2001, the number of zip lines built in the U.S. has soared from 10 to more than 200, according to zip line experts.
May 24, 1987
Irvine-based United Leisure Corp., formerly Lion Country Safari, reported a net loss of $139,178 for the first quarter, compared with a year-earlier loss of $252,521. Revenues for the period ended March 31 were $203,808, a dramatic increase from $85,801 a year earlier. Harry Shuster, president and chairman, attributed the loss to the company being a seasonal business, with the first and fourth quarters historically the weakest of the year.
March 25, 1999 |
A runaway train carrying hundreds of people to the Kenyan port of Mombasa derailed at high speed in a safari park, killing at least 32 people and injuring at least 100. Police said five of the dead were foreigners, one of whom was a Frenchwoman. They could not immediately provide the nationalities of the other four. A police spokesman said it was too early to determine the cause of the predawn accident, but the train's crew said the train ran out of control after its brakes failed.
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July 5, 2013 |
A 65-year-old La Jolla woman was found dead Friday morning along a hiking trail several miles from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, authorities said. The body was found in the brush by two hikers on the San Pasqual Clevenger Trail, part of the San Dieguito River Park. The county medical examiner has not determined a cause of death, although the case is not being handled by the police department's homicide squad, which suggests that foul play is not suspected. The woman's name was not released pending notification of relatives, authorities said.