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December 23, 2011
'We Bought a Zoo' MPAA rating: PG for language and some thematic elements Running time: 2 hours, 3 minutes Playing: In general release
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The Los Angeles Zoo's new Rainforest of the Americas exhibit doesn't open until Tuesday, but it is already filled with commotion. Dwarf caimans and a giant bird-eating spider were exploring the creature comforts of their enclosures this week. Construction workers were inspecting thermostats and water pumps. The $19-million exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is the last in a series of major projects built under Phase 1 of the 47-year-old facility's master plan.
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OPINION
November 3, 2012
Re "What to do about the zoo," Editorial, Oct. 26 I echo The Times' editorial regarding the L.A. Zoo and its relationship with the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn. As we move forward in these challenging budget times, partnerships are key. GLAZA and our city attorney should go back to the table and forge an operating agreement that works for everyone. We can take Los Angeles County as a great example of when strong partnerships work well, especially with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and, most notably, the Hollywood Bowl.
NEWS
April 21, 2014 | By Susan Denley
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a perfect-for-spring pale yellow dress on Easter Sunday, when she and Prince William and baby Prince George visited the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia. [Grazia] Earlier in the day she wore a chic dove-gray coat and fascinator to attend church services in Sydney. [BBC] First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to appear on NBC's "Parks and Recreation" season finale on Thursday and to make a cameo on ABC's "Nashville" on May 7.  [People] The Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, model Kate Moss and Rolling Stone Bill Wyman were among the mourners who gathered in Kent, England, on Monday for Peaches Geldof's funeral.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2009 | Carla Hall
The greater flamingos squawk like ducks as they go about their busy lives in an aviary at the Los Angeles Zoo. The pale pink birds root in the mud for bugs, skimming a rank-looking pond for mosquito larvae, and get into neck-looping fights with each other. This summer, they also have another activity: child rearing.
NEWS
November 30, 2012
The Swedish firm OMM Design puts a sweet spin on a Russian tradition with retro-flavored zoo of nesting dolls. The smallest of the critters is barely an inch tall. They are joined by two other sets, one of nesting owls and another of pocket-sized people, some sporting excellent facial hair. But how could you resist such a friendly looking sea lion and optimistic lion? The nesting dolls are $28.50 for the set at Huset , 1316-1/2 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, (424) 268-4213. MORE PICKS: Gifts for the home MORE PICKS: Gifts for under $50  
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2012 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Pina Available on VOD April 6 Prior to the death of legendary choreographer Pina Bausch in 2009, she and director Wim Wenders had been collaborating on a performance film, which Wenders then re-fashioned into "Pina," as a sort of testimonial. Working in collaboration with Bausch's troupe, Wenders breaks up lengthy dance routines with interviews about the choreographer's spiritual, aesthetic and personal influence on her employees. These interviews are understandably sappy, and they prevent the dances from developing as they would onstage; but Bausch's work is still stunning, with staging that involves the addition of obstacles such as dirt, rocks and water to the dance floor.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In the furry and feathery world of "We Bought a Zoo," starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, basically everything in sight is in need of saving. Thankfully, it has filmmaker Cameron Crowe heading the rescue mission. In lesser hands, a film so unashamed of its sentiment, so affectionate about its characters, so uplifting in its message would have landed in the maw of mushy that so often devours films like these. Instead we have an intelligent family film, a rarity, and while not quite Crowe at his absolute best, it carries his humanistic imprint and benefits from a strong acting ensemble that keep emotions in check.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2013 | By Kate Mather
At first, Deputy Michael Rust didn't believe the radio call . A former Los Angeles police officer had spotted two women standing at a van parked near a Lancaster intersection Tuesday morning, Rust said. One reportedly was holding a 4-foot long alligator. Worried the women would "abandon the beast in the desert" -- residents say abandoned dogs are a problem in the area -- the man called authorities, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department said. "When I heard it on the radio, I'm thinking, 'Yeah, an alligator.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2010 | By Steve Chawkins
A raccoon somehow slipped out of its cage at a Bakersfield zoo and attacked a man and his 8-year-old daughter, gnawing into the man's finger and clawing his legs in what he described as a bloody wrestling match that lasted several minutes. Ian Smith, an unemployed 30-year-old medical supply salesman and competitive kick boxer, received about 20 rabies shots around his gashes and puncture wounds after Sunday's encounter. The raccoon, which was euthanized, proved not to be rabid, sparing Smith further injections.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Baby George, meet bilby George! As part of the duke and duchess of Cambridge's ongoing royal visit to Australia, the wee prince and his parents got to meet George's marsupial namesake during a visit to Sydney's Taronga Zoo on Sunday.  Upon arrival at the enclosure, the excited boy was wriggling and squealing at the crowd and the rabbit-like animal, according to Clarence House.  With a little help from his folks, who helped him stand up...
NATIONAL
April 10, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
It was not quite "Planet of The Apes" -- human civilization is still here and still in charge. But the chimpanzees at the Kansas City Zoo did briefly outwit their keepers Thursday afternoon, breaking loose from their enclosure and forcing zoo attendants and employees to shelter inside behind locked doors. The pen-break started about 4 p.m., when one of the chimpanzees broke a 6-foot-long tree limb and used it as a ladder to scale the wall around the creatures' enclosure, then encouraged others to follow, officials said.  As many as seven chimps climbed the wall, and three made it to the other side in the zoo's "Africa" area, officials said, before employees lured the chimps back into their enclosures with food treats.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NATIONAL
April 2, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Bao Bao, the National Zoo's 7-month-old panda cub, would be allowed for the first time to go outside and play, the zoo announced Monday in a news release.  "She may decide to stay inside the panda house," the zoo warned. "It may take several weeks. " Are you kidding? Bao Bao was up and out the door. On Tuesday, she spent about two hours in mom Mei Xiang's yard. PHOTOS: Pandas, just because Born Aug. 23, Bao Bao is only the second surviving cub born in the last 42 years at Washington's National Zoo. Pandas were installed there in 1972 with a high political profile.  As the Los Angeles Times wrote in 2006: "Chinese panda diplomacy dates at least as far back as the Tang Dynasty, when Empress Wu Zetian (624-705)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Two 15-year-old African lions will make their public debuts Friday at the Los Angeles Zoo after being introduced to their new exhibit earlier in the week, officials announced. Hubert and Kalisa, which have been together for 10 years, hail from the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. They mark the return of lions to the L.A. Zoo since Cookie, suffering from cancer, was put down in 2012. She was 23 years old. A year earlier, Cookie's male companion, Lionel, also 23, died after developing neurological and other issues.
NEWS
March 27, 2014 | By Karin Klein
You would think that by now we would all have a pretty good idea of what a zoo is. But the killing of four healthy lions at the Copenhagen Zoo - just weeks after it put to death a healthy young giraffe that was of little genetic value - shows that the definition can vary widely. Does a zoo exist primarily to entertain audiences? Educate the public? Protect wild animals? Preserve the viability of species? All of those might be correct answers, but it's clear that in the case of the Copenhagen Zoo, and, experts say, many other European zoos, zookeepers seem to lean more toward (d)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1991
Two articles ("San Diego Zoo Halts Sales Over Hunt Farm Link," Sept. 18, and "Sale of Elephant to Mexico Zoo Protested," Sept. 20) were especially troubling. How do animals become "surplus animals"? Why are they sold from or taken from their zoo homes? In this respect does surplus mean unappealing, ill or old? Why can't these animals remain where they are until their deaths? Old or infirm humans are no longer put on ice floes. The animals have been taken from their natural homes by humans or were born in captivity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A court commissioner has issued an emergency order for the police to hold the cellphones and a car belonging to the two brothers who survived a Christmas Day tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo. The order addresses a letter sent by the city attorney's office to the lawyer for Kulbir and Paul Dhaliwal last Friday, asking him to preserve any photographs or call logs that were on the phones before the Dec. 25 maulings. A hearing has been scheduled for Friday in San Francisco Superior Court
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
The Danish zoo that drew so much criticism for killing a healthy young giraffe named Marius and inviting schoolchildren to watch as he was dismembered and fed to lions is at it again. This time, the zoo announced that it euthanized four healthy lions Monday to make way for a young male lion. It did not say what it did with their carcasses, nor whether they were among those who ate Marius. Of course it's tempting for any older person to anthropomorphize the situation (four old guys equals one young guy)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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