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Michael Jackson's elephant escapes enclosure at Florida zoo

Jun. 18, 2018 9:12 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — An elephant that once lived at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch briefly escaped its enclosure at a Florida zoo. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens posted on Facebook that Ali the bull elephant wandered through a gate that was accidentally left open Sunday and wound up in a...

2 black rhinos make rare display together at Kansas City zoo

Jun. 9, 2018 10:20 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Visitors to the Kansas City Zoo usually see only one rhinoceros on exhibit at a time, even though the zoo has had as many as four of the African beasts. Zoo officials say the animals generally are solitary creatures and are fine being alone. The Kansas City Star reports two recent...

Prague zoo says it's on its way to breeding rare lemurs

Jun. 8, 2018 10:06 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Prague's zoo says its attempt to breed critically endangered white-belted ruffed lemurs is on the right track. David Vala, the zoo's chief primate curator, said Friday that three lemurs born April 22 have been doing well. Vala said: "We haven't won yet, but we already have the most difficult...

Flood hits German zoo, sparks fear of lions, tigers on loose

Jun. 1, 2018 11:46 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar were thought to have escaped their enclosures Friday at a zoo in western Germany, sparking a massive search by police and warnings to residents to stay indoors. Hours later, authorities said those animals had, in fact, never left their cages. A bear,...

The Latest: 1 peacock found dead, 3 more missing from zoo

May. 31, 2018 3:45 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on peacocks that escaped the Philadelphia Zoo (all times local): 3:35 p.m. A spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Zoo says one of four peacocks that escaped from the zoo has been found dead on a highway. Dana Lombardo says the animal was found Thursday on Interstate 76 and likely...

Frankfurt zoo shows off lion triplets, 1st cubs in 15 years

May. 30, 2018 9:53 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The Frankfurt zoo is showing off its first lion cubs in 15 years. The mother, Zarina, gave birth to triplets April 14, and kept a close eye on her offspring as they took their first steps in the zoo's lion enclosure on Wednesday. The father, 12-year-old Kumar, is being kept apart...

Visitors to zoo witness gorilla birth in exhibit

May. 25, 2018 6:14 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Visitors at a Pittsburgh zoo got a surprise when they witnessed a gorilla giving birth in the exhibit area. Moka, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium's 22-year-old Western lowland gorilla, gave birth to her third baby Friday morning. The zoo says Moka is very attentive and has been...

Hunter accused of giving bribes for African elephant kill

May. 22, 2018 5:00 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — U.S. prosecutors have indicted the owner of a South African hunting company, accusing him of bribing Zimbabwean officials while guiding a Colorado tourist and working to have the ivory tusks of an elephant that the group illegally killed inside a national park imported to the United States....

Rhino in San Diego pregnant, could help save subspecies

May. 17, 2018 8:34 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A southern white rhino has become pregnant through artificial insemination at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park — giving hope for efforts to save a subspecies of one of the world's most recognizable animals, researchers announced Thursday. Scientists will be watching closely to see if...

Yellowstone launches program to establish new bison herds

May. 16, 2018 7:40 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park is launching a new program to capture and quarantine wild bison with the goal of establishing new, disease-free herds across the nation, park officials said Tuesday. The program aims to help the conservation of the species by relocating wild Yellowstone bison...