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April 3, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Sad news from the San Diego Zoo: a 5-day-old hippo calf died Thursday. The hippo was found by zookeepers in the morning, with its mother, Funani, nearby. Hippo mothers are known to be particularly protective of their young. The male calf was 30-year-old Funani's fifth baby, her first calf since 2011. The calf had gone on exhibit Wednesday with Funani and her mate, Otis, and was said to have been doing well. The river hippopotamus is a threatened species, imperiled in the wild by poachers and predators.
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April 3, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Sad news from the San Diego Zoo: a 5-day-old hippo calf died Thursday. The hippo was found by zookeepers in the morning, with its mother, Funani, nearby. Hippo mothers are known to be particularly protective of their young. The male calf was 30-year-old Funani's fifth baby, her first calf since 2011. The calf had gone on exhibit Wednesday with Funani and her mate, Otis, and was said to have been doing well. The river hippopotamus is a threatened species, imperiled in the wild by poachers and predators.
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February 14, 2012 | By Tony Perry
For the record: Yes, that was Newt Gingrich at the San Diego Zoo on Tuesday for a 90-minute behind-the-scenes tour. Gingrich was in the area raising money for his bid for the Republican presidential nomination but found time to visit the zoo, including feeding a young panda, looking at elephants, polar bears and tigers, and posing for pictures with zoo staffers. Gingrich has made other visits to the zoo and Safari Park, including a sleepover at the park's Snore and Roar program.
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March 25, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- More improvement was reported Tuesday from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in the saga of gorilla Imani and her 13-day-old baby. Both have had their medical challenges. Imani needed a Caesarian-section to deliver. Her baby underwent surgery for a collapsed lung and then treatment for pneumonia. On Monday, the pair were in contact for the first time. And on Tuesday, they walked into their outdoor exhibit with other gorillas -- an adult male, three adult females, and two young males -- watching from a distance.
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July 3, 2013 | By Tony Perry
After a more than two-year separation due to parenthood, the San Diego Zoo's resident hippopotamuses, Otis and Funani, are together again in their 150,000-gallon pool. The two were kept apart after zookeepers decided it was unwise to have Otis near the couple's calf, Adhama, born in January 2011. But on June 13, the 1869-pound Adhama, as planned, was transferred to the Los Angeles Zoo. On Tuesday, Otis (at 3,900 pounds) and Funani (a slim 3,600 pounds) were reunited in their pool.
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January 15, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - Two organizations known for their work in saving imperiled species agreed Tuesday to build a breeding center that will bring some of the world's most exotic and endangered birds and hoofed mammals to a 1,000-acre site near the Mississippi River. The new facility will include open-air enclosures for animals of more than two dozen species, including whooping cranes, okapis, bongos (a type of antelope), storks, flamingos, Masai giraffes, oryx and other creatures, under the agreement signed by San Diego Zoo Global and the New Orleans-based Audubon Nature Institute.
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January 7, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
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.
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June 20, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A summer-long "China Celebration" will bring acrobatic performers, new animal exhibits and an updated giant panda area to the San Diego Zoo . Photos : Panda Trek area set to open this summer at the San Diego Zoo Home to three giant pandas, the refreshed and rechristened Panda Trek area of the zoo is expected to open in late July or early August with new Asian-themed exhibits dedicated to antelope-like Sichuan takins, raccoon-like...
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December 23, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Sad news from the San Diego Zoo: a young Malayan tiger has been killed by the "aggressive behavior" of her intended mate. The female, named Tiga Tahun, died of injuries to her neck and breathing capability inflicted by a male named Connor during a mating session Saturday morning. A zookeeper monitoring the session witnessed the injury, but the damage was done before the keeper could intervene. No visitors saw the incident, a zoo spokeswoman said Monday. Tiga Tahun was born in 2009 at the Bronx Zoo but was owned by the Omaha Zoo. Connor was born at the San Diego Zoo in 2011.
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October 4, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
It's good to be a kid this month at the San Diego Zoo and the zoo's Safari Park. Children skip the $32 entrance fee at both venues and can take advantage of free activities inside, such as mingling with zoo characters, feeding a giraffe or taking in a Camp Critters Show. The deal: The zoo has been offering Kids Free in October for more than 25 years, for children 11 and younger. No need to show a ticket (usually $32), and there's no limit on the number of children you can bring, though they must be accompanied by an adult ($42)
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March 21, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Zoo has joined a long-odds international effort to save one of nature's tough guys: the Tasmanian devil. Although possessed of sharp fangs, a powerful jaw and a carnivorous personality, the devil is on the verge of being wiped out by a rare and contagious form of cancer on its home island of Tasmania off the coast of Australia. Wildlife officials Down Under, watching in horror as the devil population moves rapidly toward extinction, decided that a public relations effort was needed to raise public awareness about the marsupial's plight . In October, four devils arrived at the San Diego Zoo on long-term loan from the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Australia.
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March 19, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Good news from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park: the 8-day-old gorilla that had been struggling with pneumonia is now stable and "showing great improvement," officials said. "She's developing normally and very rapidly," said Nadine Lamberski, associate director of veterinary services at the park. The baby, as yet unnamed, was born through a rare Caesarian section after its mother experienced distress during labor. Later, the baby underwent emergency surgery for a collapsed lung and was treated for pneumonia.
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March 19, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A San Bernardino County woman has been given permission to shoot and kill the mountain lion blamed for killing her llama should it return to her 60-acre ranch in Devore. The mountain lion was spotted in the area over the weekend and Shelly Smith, who has lived on the Cable Canyon Road ranch for more than 25 years, blames the state's drought for driving the mountain lion down onto her property. "We're just assuming that he's thirsty and hungry and coming down for that reason, but unfortunately it's terrorizing our property," Smith told  NBC-LA . After hearing screaming sounds a few weeks ago, Smith said she found her llama, "Frosty," dead and another llama that had been bitten.
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March 13, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Imani, who is 18 and had never given birth before, was in labor and in distress. The survival of the baby seemed to be in doubt. So a team of veterinarian staff from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and (human) neonatal specialists from UC San Diego Medical Center decided to perform a Cesarean section -- a rare procedure for a gorilla. "In retrospect, the C-section was the right decision," said Nadine Lamberski, associate director of veterinary services at the park.
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March 11, 2014 | By Tony Perry
 SAN DIEGO -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has filed a lawsuit against the San Diego Airport Authority after PETA's anti-SeaWorld advertisement was rejected for display at Lindbergh Field. PETA sought to buy space at the airport terminal for an ad featuring actress Kathy Najimy ("Sister Act," "Hocus Pocus") asking people to avoid SeaWorld "if you like animals like I do. " PETA is backed by the ACLU. "While the government has some authority to regulate advertising, this is an example of the government abusing that authority and unfairly discriminating against the message of a specific advertiser," said ACLU senior staff attorney Sean Riordan.
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March 7, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Friday blasted a bill in Sacramento that would ban orca shows at SeaWorld -- saying it "will only serve to hurt San Diego jobs. " "SeaWorld is a critical part of San Diego's economy," said Faulconer, a Republican who made job growth a key part of his recent campaign. "In addition to drawing thousands of tourists to San Diego each year, it is also a leader in maritime and wildlife conservation. " Of the bill sponsored by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica)
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February 25, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A male koala, thought to be in the grip of spring fever, escaped from the koala enclosure at the San Diego Zoo on Tuesday and scampered to a tree several dozen yards away. The koala was discovered missing about 9 a.m. and was soon found in a nearby tree. By midafternoon, the 2-year-old koala named Mundu, who was born at the zoo, was still in the eucalyptus tree. Zookeepers were keeping an eye on the animal and plan once the zoo is closed to retrieve him, a spokeswoman said.
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March 7, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
It's Daily Detour 's birthday and we're celebrating with a picture of, um, panda poop. Well, why not? Since its launch March 7, 2013, the Daily Detour photo gallery has set its sights on “odd spots, strange trips and great moments in travel.” In a word, detourism. The idea is to surprise you a little, perhaps with raincoat-clad travelers awaiting dawn on Mt. Haleakala, or a white-coated waiter awaiting customers at the Tadich Grill in San Francisco. Maybe with a shot of Ken Burns grabbing snaps in Wyoming; or a Tijuana tout helping his “zebra” smile.
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