November 23, 2006 |
Rare Abyssinian lion cubs are being poisoned at a zoo in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, and sold to taxidermists because there isn't enough money to care for them, the facility's administrator said. The lions, known for their black manes, are revered in Ethiopia, adorning statues and currency. Wildlife experts estimate that only 1,000 of the animals, which are smaller than other lions, remain in the wild.
April 9, 1992 |
It isn't easy finding a home for two whipped cream-eating polar bear cubs orphaned last month when a hunter shot their mother. "Right now they're at the lovable stage," said Bruce Batten, spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "But the older they get, the bigger they get and the more difficult it gets to place them and transport them." "They're growing like weeds and eating whipped cream like it's going out of style," Alaska Zoo director Sammye Seawell said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1990 |
Los Angeles City Council President John Ferraro and Councilman Joel Wachs said Friday that they will ask the city attorney's office to investigate conditions at the Los Angeles Zoo and determine whether any laws have been broken. "Very disturbing reports have surfaced about problems and the welfare of animals at the zoo," Ferraro said in a motion to be introduced Tuesday, the next time the council meets.
August 9, 1988 |
Inflation has hit hard at the Beijing Zoo, where the tigers are on a strict diet, the elephants have traded bananas for carrots and only the prestigious pandas still enjoy their traditional regimen of milk and bamboo shoots. Zoo officials blamed soaring prices for the food cutbacks, noting that their 3,000 mammals were not granted the government subsidies that human urban residents received this year, according to the official China Daily newspaper.
October 2, 1987 |
The American Assn. of Zoological Parks and Aquariums, which lifted the accreditation of Zoo Atlanta in 1984, officially restored it Thursday after the zoo met all of the agency's requirements in an inspection last month, officials said.
November 28, 2004 |
With shutters clicking and cameras rolling, visitors crowded into the indoor "tropical forest" at Boston's Franklin Park Zoo for the debut of its newest celebrity resident: a tiny 3-day-old western lowland gorilla. Kiki the gorilla sauntered between areas of the enclosure with her 4-pound baby tucked under her arm. The baby hadn't been named yet because its gender wasn't yet known.
September 29, 2003 |
A restless gorilla broke out of its zoo enclosure, injuring a 2-year-old and a teenager before it was sedated and recaptured almost two hours later, according to zoo officials. The gorilla escaped from Boston's Franklin Park Zoo minutes before it was scheduled to close, according to Zoo New England Chief Executive and President John Linehan. The gorilla injured the young girl and an 18-year-old woman almost immediately after escaping, Linehan said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1994 |
The owner of a petting zoo and pony ride in Reseda has filed a claim for damages of $750,000 against the city of Los Angeles alleging that she was arrested without probable cause and her ponies seized illegally by city animal regulation officers. The claim is the second legal action Linda Menary has taken against the city in recent months.
November 28, 2005 |
Armed robbers made off with a lion cub and two parrots in a recent raid on the Gaza Strip's new zoo. Zoo board chairman Suad Shawwa told Palestinian newspapers that four masked men toting Kalashnikov rifles tied up the zookeeper in a cafeteria, then made their way to the cages. They used blankets to try to snatch a pair of lion cubs but only captured one. Police chief Ala Hosni said forces were investigating the theft, which happened two weeks ago but was only made public over the weekend.
September 8, 2002 |
The zoo in Prague, the Czech capital, opened for the first time since it was submerged by last month's floods, albeit with a host of empty cages. In the frantic rescue effort, animals were dragged, carried, led, put on trucks and even lifted from the water by cranes. About 90 creatures--including a sea lion, an elephant, a gorilla, two hippos, a bear, a lion and dozens of birds--drowned or died of trauma, injuries or move-related stress. Two sea lions that escaped are back in the zoo.