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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
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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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
February 20, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The bad news: Exotic acacia trees pose a pesky problem for native coastal dunes at Los Angeles International Airport. The good news: Giraffes like them -- a lot. Now a long-term partnership that began last fall between the airport and the L.A. Zoo keeps invasive species out of L.A.'s landfills and gives zoo animals a leafy treat. "At first I thought, 'Can we bring the giraffe to the sand dunes?'" environmental specialist Peggy Nguyen said Wednesday in describing how the plan took root.
OPINION
February 11, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The killing of a young giraffe at a Danish zoo - after which it was publicly butchered and fed to a lion - breaks what should be the most inviolate if unwritten contract when humans remove wild animals from their natural habitat: to protect and keep healthy those animals and their descendants. A spokesman for the Copenhagen Zoo said the killing with a bolt gun of the 2-year-old giraffe was done to prevent inbreeding of the zoo's population. The zoo brushed off other options, such as giving the animal to another willing zoo (and there were several)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
OPINION
December 22, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
If you live in or near Los Angeles, you've probably seen television ads and billboards for the zoo. The San Diego Zoo, that is. While that zoo's marketing reach goes well beyond the borders of its city, the Los Angeles Zoo has a history of barely advertising itself at all, even within city limits. (For those who don't know, the zoo is in Griffith Park.) Los Angeles officials and zoo boosters all agree that the zoo, which is owned by the city and answers to the City Council, needs to be more aggressively marketed.
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
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