Latest Zoological parks News

Happy is an Asian elephant. But is she also a person?

May. 18, 2022 16:20 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — She has four limbs, expressive eyes and likes to stroll through greenery in New York City. Happy, by species, is an Asian elephant. But can she also be considered a person? That question was before New York's highest court Wednesday in a closely watched case...

Bracing for her future: Baby giraffe fitted with orthotic

May. 13, 2022 16:44 PM EDT

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — Over the past three decades Ara Mirzaian has fitted braces for everyone from Paralympians to children with scoliosis. But Msituni was a patient like none other — a newborn giraffe. The calf was born Feb. 1 at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido,...

Bracing for her future: Human medicine rescues giraffe

May. 12, 2022 19:53 PM EDT

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — Over the past three decades Ara Mirzaian has fitted braces for everyone from Paralympians to children with scoliosis. But Msituni was a patient like none other — a newborn giraffe. The calf was born Feb. 1 at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido,...

Endangered Malayan tiger is new addition to Florida zoo

May. 10, 2022 18:26 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A 13-year-old Malayan tiger named Bashir is adjusting to new surroundings after arriving at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens as part of a species survival plan, officials said. “Bashir is acclimating nicely and at his own pace,” Tirzah Nichols, the...

Fox chews through fence, kills 25 flamingos at National Zoo

May. 04, 2022 16:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Zookeepers at the National Zoo made a macabre discovery this week, when they entered the outdoor enclosure that housed 74 flamingos. A wild fox from neighboring Rock Creek Park had apparently chewed a hole in the metal mesh fencing and wreaked havoc, killing 25 flamingos and...

It's a joey! Bronx Zoo announces birth of rare tree kangaroo

Apr. 29, 2022 15:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A baby tree kangaroo that's just poking its nose out of its mother's pouch is the first of its species born at the Bronx Zoo since 2008, zoo officials announced Friday. The birth of the Matschie’s tree kangaroo joey “is an exciting birth for the Bronx Zoo and a...

Program helps Congo families protect endangered gorillas

Apr. 22, 2022 09:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Decades of conservation efforts have stabilized the population of endangered mountain gorillas in eastern Africa. But the number of Grauer’s gorillas — a less furry, lower elevation-dwelling animal — has declined, largely due to habitat loss and hunting. On...

Pandas devour ice cake to celebrate 50 years at National Zoo

Apr. 16, 2022 13:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The “cake” was made from frozen fruit juice, sweet potatoes, carrots and sugar cane and it lasted about 15 minutes once giant panda mama Mei Xiang and her cub Xiao Qi Ji got hold of it. The National Zoo's most famous tenants had an enthusiastic breakfast...

Missing wallaby found hiding in bush near zoo exhibit

Apr. 15, 2022 15:06 PM EDT

Honey Bunch, the wallaby who went missing at the Memphis Zoo after storms passed through Tennessee this week, has been found hiding — nearly in plain sight. “It was an area right behind the exhibit ... that had been searched multiple times in the past 36 hours, but he was...

Feds: Primates frostbit in North Carolina lose tips of tails

Apr. 15, 2022 08:49 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Three primates suffered frostbite while enduring subfreezing conditions this year at an exotic animal farm operated by a North Carolina county commissioner that has been repeatedly cited by federal inspectors. The latest citations, involving a black and...