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Frogs, fish and small birds die in English zoo fire

Dec. 16, 2018 8:34 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A zoo in northwest England says insects, frogs, fish and small birds perished in a fire that broke out in an enclosure devoted to exotic tropical habitats. Chester Zoo said in a statement issued on Sunday that keepers were able to lure all mammal species to safety, including critically...

Visitors evacuated, animals moved after fire at British zoo

Dec. 15, 2018 12:06 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A fire broke out Saturday in an enclosure at one of Britain's largest zoos, forcing keepers to evacuate visitors and move animals away from the flames. Witnesses said the blaze broke out about 11:30 a.m. in the Monsoon Forest habitat area, with winds fanning flames in the building's...

Should Johannesburg Zoo's last elephant stay or go?

Dec. 11, 2018 4:06 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — When the last African elephant at the Johannesburg Zoo lost her male companion to illness in September, some people said 39-year-old Lammie should be sent to a bigger sanctuary so she wouldn't spend her final years alone. The debate is particularly sensitive because the world's biggest...

Ape, 'sweetest gibbon,' dies Friday at Dickerson Park Zoo

Dec. 10, 2018 9:54 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A 12-year-old ape has died at the zoo in Springfield after contracting an acute bacterial infection. The Springfield News-Leader reports that the siamang gibbon named Lucu caught the infection about a week ago. It didn't respond to treatment, and he died Friday at the Dickerson Park...

Columbus Zoo announces birth of baby elephant

Dec. 7, 2018 10:26 AM EST

POWELL, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has announced the birth of a baby elephant. The zoo says the Asian elephant, born Thursday, appears strong. Its sex has not yet been determined because the zoo is giving it time to bond with its mother, Phoebe. It is the first elephant born at the zoo in...

Women shot while taking children to see holiday lights

Nov. 26, 2018 5:17 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities in Tennessee say two women taking children to see a Christmas light show at the Memphis Zoo have been wounded in an apparent road rage shooting. News outlets report the two were taken to a hospital for treatment and the children were not injured. Memphis police responded...

Endangered white rhino on display at South Texas zoo

Nov. 24, 2018 1:14 PM EST

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — An endangered white rhino named Bebop is the newest member of a South Texas zoo, and zookeepers hope he gets along with his new female neighbors. The 5-year-old Southern white rhino recently joined other endangered white rhinos on display at Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville. White...

Endangered Mexican wolf escapes at Colorado wildlife center

Nov. 21, 2018 7:11 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — An endangered Mexican wolf escaped from a Colorado wildlife center where it had been taken to breed with other captive wolves, authorities said Wednesday. The year-old, captive-born male got out of an enclosure at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center in the town of Divide, 55 miles (90...

Study predicts monkey population boom in Florida park

Nov. 19, 2018 3:32 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A troop of roaming primates in north-central Florida will nearly double in size if state wildlife managers don't step in and stop the monkey business, according to new research released Monday. In a study published in The Journal of Wildlife Management, researchers found that...

Kansas City Zoo mourns death of 55-year-old chimp

Nov. 19, 2018 2:21 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Zoo has euthanized a 55-year-old chimpanzee because her health was failing. The zoo announced Monday in a Facebook post that the chimp, named Blackie, died Friday. Born in Africa, she came to the Kansas City Zoo in 1966. She has eight offspring and is a grandmother....