May 27, 2013 |
The San Francisco Zoo's 3-month-old Sumatran tiger cub finally has a name: Jillian. Born Feb. 10, the cub now eats solid food and weighs almost 30 pounds. On May 11, at Zoofest, the nonprofit zoo's annual fundraiser, comedian Robin Williams assisted in auctioning off naming rights to the cub. Literary agent Jillian Manus won the naming rights to the cub with a $47,000 donation to the zoo. “I was going to donate a certain amount of money anyway and my kids started texting me: 'Get the baby tiger,'” says Jillian Manus.
April 12, 2013 |
An 8-week-old female Sumatran tiger cub makes her debut Friday (today) at the San Francisco Zoo . Visitors are encouraged to “walk softly” (without a big stick) because the cub might hide if she hears a loud noise. The cub, born Feb. 10, now weighs almost 14 pounds. Her birth and 9 1/2-year-old Leanne's pregnancy was closely watched . The cub's naming rights will be auctioned at a May 11 zoo fundraiser. I asked Corinne MacDonald, the zoo's curator of carnivores and primates, whether Leanne was different with her girl cub. Leanne had three male cubs in 2008.
November 20, 2012 |
A 22-year-old Idaho man has been arrested and charged with two felonies in connection with the apparent bludgeoning death of a Zoo Boise monkey -- a breed known for its tendency to be timid. According to Boise police, suspect Michael J. Watkins had to overcome "several zoo security measures" in the early morning hours Saturday to gain entry first to the zoo and then to the enclosure that held two Patas monkeys, a creature described as the fastest of all primates but also one of the least aggressive.
September 22, 2012 |
A 400-pound Siberian tiger named Bachuta soon will be back on display at the Bronx Zoo after a bizarre incident in which a man jumped from the monorail into the tiger den and suffered severe injuries. Zoo workers distracted the cat long enough for the man to escape. Little is known about the man, identified by relatives and friends as David M. Villalobos, 25, of Mahopac, N.Y. He was hospitalized with broken bones and bites suffered during the roughly 10 minutes he was in direct contact with the tiger.
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December 30, 2011 |
A hunt is underway in San Francisco to find a 2-pound squirrel monkey that disappeared from the zoo Friday morning after vandals broke into his exhibit. Banana Sam, 17 years old, disappeared overnight after vandals cut two holes in the mesh of the squirrel monkey exhibit. Sam is 1 foot tall and looks harmless but has sharp teeth and "will definitely bite if provoked," San Francisco Zoo officials said in a statement. "He is a valued member of the zoo, and we wish for a safe and speedy return," officials said.
March 21, 2010 |
WAIKOLOA, HAWAII Lavaman Triathlon and Sports Festival When, where: March 28, starting line at Anaeho'omalu Bay Highlights: Some 1,000 competitors swim 0.93 mile, bike about 24.9 miles, then run 6.2 miles. The annual event also includes the Family Health, Sports and Fitness Expo. Cost: Free for spectators Info: http://www.lavamantriathlon.com SAN FRANCISCO Big Bunny's Spring Fling When, where: March 31-April 4, San Francisco Zoo Highlights: A kid-friendly celebration of all things rabbits, including a "petting patch," plus hare-related storytelling, puppet shows, crafts, games, music, photos with Big Bunny and carrot seeds to take home and plant.