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Sanctuary closure prompts search for new homes for animals

Aug. 14, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A search is underway to find new homes for nearly 500 animals, including lions, tigers, alligators, owls and wolves, after officials announced a long-struggling Southern California sanctuary is shutting down. The board of directors of the Wildlife Waystation in Angeles National Forest...

Wayne Newton sued over monkey biting girl visiting his home

Aug. 8, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Entertainer Wayne Newton is being sued by a Las Vegas woman who claims the veteran crooner's pet monkey bit and injured her daughter during an invited visit to Newton's showpiece mansion nearly two years ago. Jocelyne Urena seeks at least $15,000 in damages on behalf of her daughter,...

Series aims to tell wildlife stories from different view

Aug. 2, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lupita Nyong'o remembers clearly the first time she touched a giraffe. She was 5, and it was part of her childhood education growing up in Kenya to appreciate the wildlife around her. "They weren't exotic, they were there," she recalled. Over the years, the Oscar-winning actress has been...

Baby orangutan born at Little Rock Zoo

Jul. 31, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Little Rock Zoo says a Northwest Bornean orangutan has given birth to her first baby. Zoo spokesman Lamor Williams says Wednesday that mother Berani delivered the baby on July 28. The baby, which is not yet named, is the fifth born to Bandar, the father. Williams says the baby...

South Sudan tries to protect wildlife after long conflict

Jul. 27, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

BIRE KPATOUS GAME RESERVE, South Sudan (AP) — Charles Matthew secures his beret, slings a rifle over his shoulder and prepares a team for an overnight foot patrol in Bire Kpatous, one of South Sudan's game reserves that survived the country's civil war but are now increasingly threatened by poachers and...

Trudy, believed the oldest gorilla in captivity, dies at 63

Jul. 25, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Little Rock Zoo says Trudy, believed to be the oldest Western Lowland gorilla in captivity, has died at age 63. Zoo spokeswoman Susan Altrui said zookeepers found Trudy dead when they checked on her Wednesday morning. Altrui says Trudy was the oldest gorilla in the records of...

AP Photos: Nepal woman spends her day feeding temple monkeys

Jul. 24, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — In the forests of Nepal's capital Kathmandu near the revered Hindu temple of Pahsupatinath, some 300 monkeys eagerly await their pieces of roti, or flat bread. For the past four years, Saraswati Dangol has been bringing the bread every day to feed the monkeys. She buys some 10...

It's an orangutan! Endangered species born at Audubon Zoo

Jul. 18, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's an orangutan! The Audubon Zoo has announced the birth of a critically endangered Sumatran orangutan to longtime inhabitant Feliz and Jambi , a male brought from Germany last fall. The species has been drastically reduced by hunting and by destruction of the forests where they live....

Skopje zoo's chimp returns after recovering from depression

Jul. 11, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Koko the chimpanzee, once a star in Skopje's zoo, has returned home after spending 10 years in the Netherlands recovering from depression, the zoo says. Koko was reunited with his keeper, Dragan Trajkovski, on Thursday, who said he was overjoyed to see the chimp again. "It...

Man pleads guilty to stealing lemur from California zoo

Jul. 8, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man who stole a ring-tailed lemur from a Southern California zoo has pleaded guilty to a federal crime. Nineteen-year-old Aquinas Kasbar of Newport Beach entered the plea Monday to unlawfully taking an endangered species. He could face up to a year in federal prison and a...