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Ex-Indiana wildlife center auctioned off after court ruling

Jul. 18, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (AP) — Hundreds of people turned out for an auction at a former Indiana wildlife center where the ex-proprietor and his ex-wife were found to have violated the Endangered Species Act by taking and wounding animals, including tigers and lions. A...

Lion habitat renovation moves forward at Lincoln Park Zoo

Jun. 27, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Officials at Lincoln Park Zoo hope a $41 million renovation will make the former lion house into the new centerpiece of the facility. The Pepper Family Wildlife Center is slated to open to the public later this fall, according to zoo officials, but an...

Man gets year in prison for buying endangered animal parts

Jun. 23, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for buying parts of dead endangered animals. Steven Phillip Griffin II, 36, was sentenced last week in Tampa federal court, according to court records. He pleaded guilty in...

Carolina Tiger Rescue takes in big cats from Tiger King Park

May. 25, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

PITTSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina big cat sanctuary will temporarily care for four animals seized from the private zoo in Oklahoma featured in Netflix’s “Tiger King.” Carolina Tiger Rescue said in a statement Tuesday that it worked with the U.S. Department...

Feds seize 68 big cats from 'Tiger King Park' in Oklahoma

May. 20, 2021 16:51 PM EDT

THACKERVILLE, Okla. (AP) — Federal authorities have seized 68 big cats from an animal park in Oklahoma featured in Netflix’s “Tiger King.” The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday that the seizure of the federally protected lions, tigers, lion-tiger...

Dubai police warn 'wild cat' stalks residential neighborhood

May. 18, 2021 14:29 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai police Tuesday warned inhabitants of a residential neighborhood in the skyscraper-studded city that a “wild cat" was loose in the area. Police didn't name the animal at large but the government's Dubai Media Office said...

In major move, South Africa to end captive lion industry

May. 06, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa says it will end its captive lion industry in a major move for conservation that would outlaw the heavily criticized “canned hunting” of the big cats and sale of their bones, as well as popular tourist experiences like petting cubs. ...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Apr. 27, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Posts...