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October 1, 2013 | By Carla Hall
We knew the federal government shutdown would mean going without some things. Getting  a passport. Going to a national park. But to deprive us of the the  National Zoo's panda cam just seems cruel - especially at a time when giant panda Mei Xiang's female, yet-to-be-named cub is nearly 6 weeks old and a wriggling, squealing furball of fun for her mother and for the millions of us watching her. Maybe the panda cam isn't as essential as the military,...
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NATIONAL
September 5, 2013 | By Becca Clemmons
WASHINGTON -- The Smithsonian National Zoo announced Thursday that the giant panda cub born there two weeks ago is a girl, is very chatty and "has a fat little belly. " Scientists confirmed the sex of the cub, which was born to Mei Xiang (pronounced may-SHONG) on Aug. 23, according to a news release. DNA tests also showed that the zoo's panda Tian Tian (t-YEN t-YEN) is the father of the cub. Mei Xiang was artificially inseminated twice in late March, with sperm from Tian Tian and from a panda named Gao Gao at the San Diego Zoo, after unsuccessful natural breeding attempts with Tian Tian.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2013 | By August Brown
Organizers of New York's Electric Zoo dance music festival announced Tuesday that they will offer partial refunds after canceling Sunday's final day of performances in light of two drug-related deaths. The deaths included one 20-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man. Representatives for the city of New York (which owns the Randall's Island facility where the festival is held) said that use of MDMA is suspected in each death. At least four other festival patrons are currently in the hospital with symptoms apparently related to the drug.
WORLD
August 11, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
LUJAN, Argentina - Manu Peclat, a tourist from Brazil, had already fed vegetables to elephants, thrown fish to seals and posed for pictures with two white tigers. Now it was time for the bears. A zookeeper unlocked a gate and led Peclat and a few other visitors inside. After trading chunks of raw sweet potato for pesos, the keeper roused 3-year-old Gordo from his slumber. The brown bear languidly lumbered over. Peclat held out his hand and Gordo gently gobbled up the snacks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2013 | From Fox 40 Sacramento
A snow leopard at the Sacramento Zoo has been euthanized after suffering from severe traumatic injuries to her back, zoo officials said. Shanti, who at 20 years old was one of the oldest snow leopards in captivity, suffered severe damage to her vertebrae. “It was pretty clear that the prognosis was not good and her quality of life was starting to suffer, infection had kicked in and the neurological issues were getting worse, so we made the difficult decision on Friday afternoon to go ahead and euthanize her,” said Sacramento Zoo Director of Animal Care R. Harrison Edell.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2013 | By Valerie J. Nelson
Upon joining the staff of the National Zoo in 1955, veterinarian Theodore Reed was greeted by antiquated animal dwellings - some dating to the 1890s - and a budget so spare he bought medicine for his new charges at a local drugstore and wheedled reimbursement later. Within a year he was running the Washington, D.C., zoo, which struggled along until a horrific event galvanized its keepers: A toddler was pulled into a cage by a lion and mauled to death in 1958. The tragedy led Congress to appropriate funds that allowed Reed to vastly modernize the wildlife park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2013 | By Tony Perry
After a more than two-year separation due to parenthood, the San Diego Zoo's resident hippopotamuses, Otis and Funani, are together again in their 150,000-gallon pool. The two were kept apart after zookeepers decided it was unwise to have Otis near the couple's calf, Adhama, born in January 2011. But on June 13, the 1869-pound Adhama, as planned, was transferred to the Los Angeles Zoo. On Tuesday, Otis (at 3,900 pounds) and Funani (a slim 3,600 pounds) were reunited in their pool.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Marketing for the Los Angeles Zoo will be handed over to its nonprofit partner, the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn., in an attempt to boost ticket sales and memberships at the Griffith Park attraction. Two attempts by members of the Los Angeles City Council on Friday to water down a memorandum of understanding hammered out in May were defeated when they failed to muster enough votes in support. That leaves a three-year contract between the city and the association intact. The agreement grants the association the function of promoting the zoo, along with arranging site rentals and catering.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2013 | By Tony Perry
The search for a painted stork that flew away from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is finished, zoo officials announced Friday. The year-old bird, from a species native to Asia, was out flying June 17, and instead of returning, it flew away, maybe carried away by a thermal wind, officials said. The stork was in training to be part of a free-flight bird program at the park. In a statement, zoo officials thanked "the many people who have called, e-mailed and invited us to their neighborhoods to look for the bird.
NEWS
June 28, 2013 | By Carla Hall
Anyone who saw the movie “We Bought a Zoo” knows what a colossal undertaking it is to run what amounts to a village of different species of animals. Over the last few years, as the city of Los Angeles has struggled to operate on a shrinking budget and identify its core services and hand off others, there's been talk of getting out of the zoo-keeping business. That doesn't mean selling the Los Angeles Zoo. In fact, the city can't. The animals and the zoo grounds are the property of the city and its residents.
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