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A chimpanzee holds an enrichment treat at the Oakland Zoo in Oakland, Calif., on April 14, 2020. Zoos and aquariums from Florida to Alaska are struggling financially because of closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. Yet animals still need expensive care and food, meaning the closures that began in March, the start of the busiest season for most animal parks, have left many of the facilities in dire financial straits. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Financially struggling zoos could be latest pandemic victims

Aug. 5, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Since the coronavirus pandemic began keeping visitors at home, the jaguars and chimpanzees at the Oakland Zoo have enjoyed the quiet, venturing out to areas of their exhibits they usually avoid. The bears and petting pigs miss the children, though, and are seeking more attention from...

New Mexico starts offering rescue loans to small businesses

Aug. 5, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State finance officials started accepting applications Wednesday for low-interest loans that are designed to help small businesses endure the financial stress of the coronavirus pandemic. Legislation approved in June sets aside up to $400 million in state trust funds for loans to...

A zoo keeper feeds an elephant calf born July 6, 2020 in a photo provided by the Saint Louis Zoo. The baby elephant has died several weeks after it was born at the St. Louis Zoo. Zoo officials say the Asian elephant calf named Avi was euthanized Sunday, Aug. 3, 2020 because he had developmental problems that limited his ability to feed.( Joshua Sydney-Smith/Saint Louis Zoo via AP)

Baby elephant dies at St. Louis zoo weeks after his birth

Aug. 3, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A baby elephant has died several weeks after it was born at the St. Louis Zoo. Zoo officials said the Asian elephant calf named Avi was euthanized Sunday because he had developmental problems that limited his ability to feed. The zoo said Avi's condition had deteriorated quickly in recent...

Los Angeles Zoo's aged African lion couple euthanized

Jul. 30, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two African lions that were inseparable companions at the Los Angeles Zoo were euthanized Thursday due to declining health and age-related illness, officials said. The male, Hubert, and female, Kalisa, were both 21 years old and had lived at the LA Zoo for six years. The zoo said in a...

This photo, circa 1915, from the Library of Congress, shows Ota Benga. The organization that runs New York's Bronx Zoo is apologizing for racist episodes in the zoo's past, including putting Ota Benga, a Central African man, on display in the Monkey House in 1906.

Zoo officials apologize for display of African man in 1906

Jul. 30, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The organization that runs New York's Bronx Zoo is apologizing for racism in the zoo's past, including putting Ota Benga, a central African man, on display in the Monkey House in 1906. “In the name of equality, transparency, and accountability, we must confront our...

In this photo provided by the Tierpark Zoo in Berlin, Thursday July 30, 2020, shows a red panda cub. The little cub was first discovered on June 6 in its mother's cave only a few months after its parents were brought to the German capital from the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in India. (Tierpark Berlin via AP)

Red panda born in Berlin as part of global breeding program

Jul. 30, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A rare red panda has been born at a Berlin zoo, only a few months after its parents were brought to the German capital from India, the zoo said in a statement Thursday. The little cub was first discovered on June 6 in its mother's cave at the Tierpark Zoo and it is now the size of a guinea...

This June 13, 2019, photo provided by the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens shows a giraffe named Floyd in his enclosure with a Kudu at the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens. Floyd, the oldest and tallest giraffe at the San Francisco Zoo, died Friday, July 24, 2020. The 18-year-old reticulated giraffe had joint degeneration from aging and his health had declined. (Marianne Hale/San Francisco Zoo & Gardens via AP)

Floyd, the San Francisco Zoo's tallest, oldest giraffe, dies

Jul. 25, 2020 12:36 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Floyd, the oldest and tallest giraffe at the San Francisco Zoo, died Friday. The 18-year-old male reticulated giraffe had joint degeneration from aging and had suffered a significant decline in health, a zoo statement said. “His imposing size yet serene demeanor, and independent...

In this July 23, 2020, photo provided by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, a red panda named Kora takes up position in a tree on the grounds of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, in Powell, Ohio. Kora, who had disappeared from her habitat on Tuesday, July 21, was successfully returned after zoo officials tranquilized her on Thursday, causing her to safely fall 10-feet into a net below. (Amanda Carberry/Columbus Zoo and Aquarium via AP)

Missing red panda found safe in Columbus Zoo

Jul. 24, 2020 8:03 PM EDT

POWELL, Ohio (AP) — A red panda that disappeared from its habitat at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium “is home safe and sound” after it needed to be tranquilized in a tree, the zoo said. Two visitors on Thursday spotted Kora on the ground among dense foliage between the rhino habitat and the...

In this undated handout photo provided by the Wroclaw zoo, a little tiger is pictured at the zoo in Wroclaw, Poland. The 2-month-old Sumatran tiger cub is getting to know the world and learning to hunt from her mother at a zoo in southwestern Poland, the first such cub born there in 20 years. The as-yet-unnamed cub was born May 23 as her mother Nuri’s first offspring and the authorities at the Wroclaw Zoo are overjoyed that the mother is taking very good care of her. (Wroclaw Zoo via AP)

Sumatran tiger cub learns to hunt from mother at Poland zoo

Jul. 23, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A 2-month-old Sumatran tiger cub is getting to know the world and learning to hunt from her mother at a zoo in southwestern Poland, the first such cub born there in 20 years. The as-yet-unnamed female cub was born May 23 as her mother Nuri’s first offspring and the authorities...

Columbus Zoo searching for missing red panda

Jul. 23, 2020 6:14 AM EDT

POWELL, Ohio (AP) — Staff at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium were searching dense vegetation within the complex for a red panda that disappeared from its habitat. The small nocturnal mammal, which is about the size of a raccoon, was last seen in her Asia Quest habitat on Tuesday evening. “Red pandas...