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  • 50 Circus Animals Need New Homes When Ringling Bros. Shuts Down

    05/22/2017 7:07:22 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 31 replies ^ | 1/18/2017 | Melissa Chan
    Dozens of performing animals need new homes after the owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced the looming end of the famed show. Between 40 and 50 animals, including about 18 tigers, must find new owners after long dazzling crowds in “The Greatest Show on Earth,” according to Stephen Payne, vice president of corporate communications for Feld Entertainment, the live touring company that owns Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. Officials are working to relocate about the tigers as well as several camels, horses, llamas and goats before the curtain comes down on the circus in...
  • Costa Rica Is Shutting Down All Zoos And Freeing Every Animal In Captivity

    10/11/2016 4:43:25 PM PDT · by sit-rep · 54 replies
    Higher Perspective ^ | 09-11-2016 | sit-rep
    Costa Rica has announced that it will be the first country in the world to shut down its zoos and free the captive animals they hold. Costa Rica is an especially biodiverse country, holding about 4% of the world's known species. Sadly, the country is contractually obligated to keep two of its zoos open for another decade. Still, after that, they plan to shut it down in favor of a cage-free habitat for the animals to live in. Treehugger reports that the nation, which also recently banned hunting for sport, will close the last two zoos in the next 10...
  • More Than 50 Animals Starve to Death in Venezuela's Zoos

    08/01/2016 7:36:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 31, 2016 | Paula Bolyard
    At least 50 animals have died in the last six months at the Caricuao zoo in Caracas, Venezuela, due to widespread food shortages that are affecting both man and beast in the socialist nation. Marlene Sifontes, a union leader for employees of state parks agency Inparques which oversees zoos, told Reuters that the zoo lost Vietnamese pigs, tapirs, rabbits and birds after the animals went weeks without eating. Others animals at the zoo are in danger of severe malnutrition. Lions and tigers, which should be on a carnivorous diet, are being fed mango and pumpkin just to get something in...
  • Fresh off SeaWorld victory, animal rights groups take aim at zoos, circuses and maybe your pet

    04/26/2016 9:05:24 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 26, 2016 | Greg Norman
    Fresh off a victory over SeaWorld and its controversial orca program, animal rights groups are zeroing in on zoos, aquariums and circuses -- and one prominent expert warns your dog and cat could be next. A well-funded coalition of nonprofits finally broke SeaWorld, when the theme park chain announced in March it would phase out its popular killer whale program. Now the groups smell blood in the water – and on land. “The tide is turning against SeaWorld and other aquariums and zoos,” Ashley Bryne, a campaign specialist at PETA, told “I think this is a sign of what’s...
  • Worker killed in tiger attack at Palm Beach Zoo identified

    04/16/2016 4:58:39 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 91 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 4/15/2016 | By Kate Jacobson and Emily Miller•
    PALM BEACH, Fla. _ An employee at the Palm Beach Zoo died in a Malayan tiger attack while performing a routine procedure Friday afternoon, a zoo spokeswoman said. Zoo officials confirmed tiger handler Stacey Konwesier was killed Friday by a tiger. Zoo spokeswoman Naki Carter said Konweiser was preparing a male tiger for a show at the zoo called "Tiger Talk" just before 2 p.m. when the attack happened. Konweiser, a three-year veteran of the zoo and tiger expert, was doing normal procedural actions with the tiger when it attacked her. Her husband also works for the zoo. "Stacey was...
  • Dozens of Cecil the Lions Being Shipped off to China along with Baby Elephants

    08/19/2015 8:20:58 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/19/15 | Judi McLeod
    Difficult to hold out hope for Zimbabwe elephants and lions being shipped like so much coal off to China In faraway Zimbabwe, when the veterinaries had to come to put down the family pets, because of widespread poverty, few outside the country noticed. The Western World never heard from animal rights activists until an American big game hunter dentist took down Cecil, the Lion, who now has his own Facebook page. The screams of animal rights activists went up worldwide. In the aftermath of Cecil the Lion, we learn of reports that staff at Hwange National Park have been suddenly...
  • Memphis Zoo Bans Woman for Hopping Barrier to Feed Lions Cookies

    06/25/2014 9:53:17 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 18 replies
    MEMPHIS, June 24 (UPI) -- Wonder if they were animal crackers? An unidentified Tennessee woman has been banned from the Memphis Zoo for hopping a barrier and entering the enclosure that holds the lions to feed them cookies. Other zoo patrons called the zoo's hotline number after seeing the woman jump the barrier and hearing her singing to the lions. When the woman was over the barrier, the only thing separating her from the lions was some wire. "[She was singing] some song that was telling how much she missed them. It was bizarre," witness Michelle Beasley told WMC. "I've...
  • Female Malayan tiger killed during mating at San Diego Zoo

    12/24/2013 11:27:16 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 46 replies
    UPI ^ | December 24, 2013
    SAN DIEGO, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- A female Malayan tiger at the San Diego Zoo died during mating after the male tiger bit her neck and severely injured her spinal cord, zoo officials said. The two endangered Malayan tigers were involved in the mating process Saturday before guests arrived at the zoo, but it appeared as though the male tiger, Conner became a little too rough with the female, Tiga Tahun, U-T San Diego reported Monday.
  • Officials unsure what prompted lion to kill fellow big cat at Dallas Zoo

    11/18/2013 4:24:16 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 18, 2013
    A female lion at the Dallas Zoo was killed by a male lion in front of visitors on Sunday and officials are unsure what prompted the attack. The female lion, 5-year-old Johari, was bitten on the neck by one of two male lions in the exhibit, Kamaia and Dinari, although it’s unclear what lion delivered the fatal bite. Lynn Kramer, the zoo’s vice president of animal operations and welfare, told he had never seen such an attack in several decades of experience with the animals.
  • First Lady Expands Anti-Obesity Campaign to Museums

    05/17/2013 11:00:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 17, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    First Lady Michelle Obama has expanded her anti-obesity campaign to museums, enlisting them to offer “healthy food options,” and change their menus. Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative is now calling for museums, zoos, gardens, science and technology centers to “join the call to action,” to decrease obesity among children. The first lady is recruiting these institutions to join the “Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens” project because of their power to “influence real and sustained behavior change” on the eating habits of kids. “With their impressive reach and great potential for impact, museums and gardens can launch community efforts to create...
  • Animal rights group helps cancel SoCal elephant rides

    01/30/2013 9:47:50 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Enterprise Media ^ | January 29, 2013 | Laurie Lucas
    Elephant rides are becoming endangered species at SoCal parades, zoos, fairs and festival. Several organizations have yanked elephant rides from street fairs, festivals and zoos in SoCal, thanks to the lobbying efforts of Animal Defenders International.
  • Swedish flamingoes massacred in frenzied anteater attack

    04/07/2011 8:17:49 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 2,366 replies · 1+ views
    The Local (Sweden) ^ | April 5, 2011
    A flock of ten flamingoes have met a brutal end at a zoo in Eskilstuna in eastern Sweden after a curious anteater broke into their compound and clawed them to death, leaving a further five birds nursing injuries.
  • Berlin zoo: Beloved polar bear Knut has died

    03/19/2011 9:42:11 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 29 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 03/19/2011 | Staff
    BERLIN – Berlin's beloved polar bear Knut, who rose to stardom when he was hand-raised by zoo keepers after being rejected by his mother rejected at birth, died on Saturday, a zoo official said.
  • Dog adopts panda cubs at zoo

    07/16/2009 7:06:10 AM PDT · by Hawthorn · 7 replies · 557+ views
    Times Online ^ | July 16, 2009 | Jane Macartney
    Two panda cubs abandoned at birth by their mother have been adopted by an unlikely wet nurse – a mongrel dog.
  • Officials warn: Cuts would be dead-serious for zoos(MA)

    07/11/2009 5:06:50 AM PDT · by GQuagmire · 20 replies · 600+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | July 11, 2009 | Dave Wedge
    The state’s zoos may be shuttered and lions, giraffes, apes and other exotic animals could land on a furry death row if devastating funding cuts proposed by Gov. Deval Patrick go through, alarmed officials warned. The governor’s proposed $4 million whack would shut down Dorchester’s Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Zoo New England boss John Linehan told the Legislature in a no-nonsense letter this week. Worse yet, he warned, officials could have to unleash a tragic string of mercy killings because it would be impossible to find new homes for all 1,000 of the zoos’ fuzzy friends.
  • Baby Hippo at Swiss Zoo Won't Become Tiger Food (Farasi)

    03/16/2009 3:50:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 406+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Saturday, March 14, 2009
    Farasi the baby hippo won't be euthanized and fed to the big cats after all. The Basel Zoo said media reports that Farasi will be euthanized and put in the nearby tiger cage because of a lack of space are misleading. Yes, animals are euthanized from time to time, the zoo said, but that is unlikely to be an option in the case of Farasi, who was born in November and has become one of the zoo's star attractions.
  • Ape Gun Control

    07/24/2008 6:49:46 AM PDT · by fings · 2 replies · 92+ views
    Where on this great earth of ours could King Kong’s descendant survive an attack from an army of zoo workers carrying guns and tranquilizing darts? If you said Skull Island you’re right, but you’re also living in a fantasy world. Those living in the real world know the only logical place would be Japan, and sure enough, that’s where this latest ape-human drama played out. (Ichiro the chimp, a 42-year-old resident of Ishikawa Zoo in Japan, managed to escape to the roof in order to cool down during a heatwave. But it took a lot of work from the zoo...
  • Zoos Weather Katrina Well

    09/05/2005 7:22:47 PM PDT · by sassbox · 20 replies · 482+ views ^ | 09/05/05
    While New Orleans officials were saying that Hurricane Katrina's death toll would likely be in the thousands, the city's animal centers fared better, with only a pair of river otters reported dead at the Audubon Zoo and a whooping crane lost at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species. "From what I understand, we didn't take any water," zoo spokeswoman Sarah Burnette told CNN. Most of the damage to the zoo -- which houses about 1,200 animals in natural habitats -- appeared to be limited to uprooted trees and plants, she said.
  • Birthday boy goes off his rocker - (World "Leaders" Take Note)

    11/29/2004 2:12:46 AM PST · by Bandaneira · 7 replies · 855+ views
    The Herald Sun ^ | 29th Nov. 2004 | Staff Writer
    Birthday boy goes off his rocker 29nov04 IT was like any other fifth birthday party on a Sunday afternoon. The birthday boy scoffed his sweets - then got into a blue with his brother over toys. Melbourne Zoo star attraction Yakini turned five yesterday and the young western lowland gorilla received a plastic rocker to mark the occasion. But he wasn't about to share it with his brother, Ganyeka. It took a bit of gorilla warfare to sort it out, but Yakini was soon happily playing solo with his new toy. With his family looking on, including his 190kg dad...
  • Truncated farewell to elephants with pink slips

    11/06/2003 11:21:43 AM PST · by Willie Green · 3 replies · 126+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | November 6, 2003 | Kevin Cowherd
    WHEN THE NEWS of the elephant layoffs first hit yesterday, I immediately drove out to the zoo to say goodbye to Dolly and Anna, who would soon be in a huge, antiseptic tractor-trailer bound for God knows where, wherever they send elephants that get pink slips. Look, you know a city's in trouble when they start laying off cops and firemen and municipal workers. But when they start laying off the elephants, well, it's over, Jack. Time to pack your bags and call a real estate agent.