January 9, 2005 |
Steve Martin Wild animal trainer Current project: The family film "Racing Stripes," about a plucky zebra (voiced by Frankie Muniz) that becomes a racehorse. (Hayden Panettiere and Bruce Greenwood are the two-legged stars.) Challenge: Training a group of wild zebras to play the zebra called Stripes. Credits: The 1960s TV series "Daktari," "Dances With Wolves," "The Bear." "We have an exotic animal ranch here in California, Working Wildlife.
November 11, 2007 |
The thing about having a zebra in your film is that if you need one, you're going to need two because zebras are herd animals. And for the second zebra, you'll need a pony so he'll have someone to hang with while the first one is shooting.
December 24, 1991 |
Blaming declining interest rates, Walt Disney Co. announced Monday that it has withdrawn plans for an innovative--and controversial--bond offering tied to the performance of its television shows. The Burbank-based company had hoped to raise $220 million for TV production from the $420-million offering of 15-year zero coupon bonds knows as ZEBRAS. The offering had a guaranteed yield of 4% but held the promise of up to a 20% return if Disney shows were sold into syndication.
August 30, 1998 |
Cresting a rise on the bumpy game park road, the Land Rover momentarily startled a herd of seven odd-looking zebras. "There they are! Wonderful, wonderful!" exclaimed park ranger Theresa Huber, cutting the engine so as not to scare off the skittish creatures munching on grass and leaves in the semi-desert Karoo National Park.
April 17, 2005 |
Comedy Are We There Yet? Ice Cube on a road trip. Sony: $28.95, May 24. Back Roads. Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field star as a drifter and a hooker. Paramount: N/A, May 3. Bear Cub. Gay Spanish man bonds with nephew. TLA Releasing: $24.99. May 10. Be Cool. John Travolta returns as Chili Palmer in the sequel to "Get Shorty." MGM: $27.98, June 7. The Boys and Girl From County Clare. Liverpool band challenges for All-Irish music championship in 1970. With Colm Meaney. First Look: $24.98, July 12.
August 27, 2006 |
Raising zebras isn't as simple as black and white. The striped equines are wild animals at heart, leaving only a few patient and experienced breeders in the U.S. "Not everybody in town has one. Everybody in town should have one," breeder Duane Gilbert says with a grin. "They're neat." They're also quite temperamental, so maybe everybody isn't ready for one.
April 1, 2001 |
A primary source of food for young fish is quickly disappearing from the Great Lakes, according to scientists who fear it could jeopardize decades of progress in restoring fish populations. Diporeia, half-inch-long shrimp-like crustaceans, have vanished from Lake Erie and are declining at alarming rates in lakes Michigan, Ontario and Huron--a phenomenon scientists suspect is linked to zebra mussels, a Black Sea native that arrived in this country in the late 1980s.
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December 20, 1990 |
A federal court jury in Los Angeles was asked to decide Wednesday whether a South African safari tour leader illegally imported nine skins from a rare and threatened species of zebra and tried to peddle them in Orange County. The prosecution contends that Wallace Charles Venter, 37, knew it was illegal to sell the Hartmann's Mountain Zebra skins in the United States and had written a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service saying that the skins were not intended for sale.
June 9, 1996 |
Once or twice a week, in a country where hunting is banned and poachers are harshly punished, Philip Tilley and a team of trained marksmen load their rifles and climb quietly into a truck. They ride off into the night in pursuit of ostrich, zebra, wildebeest, impala, oryx and giraffe. "We shoot at night, between 7 p.m. and midnight. It doesn't scare the other animals, so you can still get close enough to shoot them," Tilley says.