April 21, 2014 |
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...
April 10, 2014 |
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.
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April 3, 2014 |
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.
April 2, 2014 |
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)
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March 28, 2014 |
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.
March 27, 2014 |
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)