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Oregon Zoo breeds rare silverspot butterfly in captivity

Dec. 4, 2019 5:26 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Conservationists have successfully bred the extremely rare Oregon silverspot butterfly in captivity, a potential breakthrough for saving a species that once was found in coastal regions from California to British Columbia but is now reduced to five isolated populations, the Oregon Zoo...

Cause of fire that killed animals at wildlife park unknown

Dec. 4, 2019 3:56 PM EST

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — The cause of a barn fire that killed 10 animals at an Ohio wildlife park remains unknown, the state fire marshal's office said Wednesday. The Nov. 28 blaze broke out in the southwest corner of a barn at the African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton, killing three bongos, three...

African elephant at Oakland Zoo dies after long life

Dec. 4, 2019 3:01 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A 50-year-old matriarch of the Oakland Zoo's African elephant herd died suddenly long after surpassing the 17-year median lifespan for such elephants in captivity,. Zoo officials announced the death Wednesday, saying they found M’Dunda collapsed in the elephant habitat, and...

Zoo names its new baby giraffe

Dec. 3, 2019 3:34 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — A giraffe born recently at the Cincinnati Zoo now has a name. The male calf born Nov. 23 has been named Theo. Zoo officials said in a news release Monday that they picked that name because it means “divine gift." “He was the gift that our team needed following the death of...

Boston zoo’s oldest gorilla dies at 47

Dec. 2, 2019 12:30 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The oldest gorilla in Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo has been euthanized after months of chronic health issues. Zoo New England said in a statement that Gigi, a 47-year-old western lowland gorilla, was euthanized Saturday. She suffered from liver and uterine tumors. The statement says Gigi...

10 grizzly bears relocated from Argentina to Colorado

Dec. 2, 2019 9:44 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Ten grizzly bears from a zoo in Argentina are adjusting to their new home at Colorado’s Wild Animal Sanctuary. The bruins were flown from Argentina to Dallas then driven to Keenesburg, north of Denver, in late November. After an adjustment period, sanctuary officials plan to move the...

10 grizzly bears relocated from Argentina to Colorado

Dec. 1, 2019 11:06 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Ten grizzly bears from a zoo in Argentina are adjusting to their new home at Colorado’s Wild Animal Sanctuary. The bruins were flown from Argentina to Dallas then driven to Keenesburg, north of Denver, in late November. After an adjustment period, sanctuary officials plan to move the...

Ohio zoo celebrates polar bear birth, monitors cub’s care

Nov. 30, 2019 8:44 AM EST

POWELL, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio zoo is celebrating the birth of a polar bear cub. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says the cub was born early Thursday morning to 13-year-old Aurora. The zoo says polar bear newborns have a low survival rate in their early weeks. Employees are monitoring the cub’s care...

10 animals killed in barn fire at Ohio wildlife park

Nov. 29, 2019 9:21 PM EST

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — At least 10 animals have died in a barn fire that erupted at an Ohio wildlife park, officials said. The blaze began Thursday evening at the African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton. Three bongos, three giraffes, three red river hogs and a springbok housed in the barn were...

BioPark Zoo, garden to open later on Friday due to weather

Nov. 28, 2019 4:45 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque officials say the ABQ BioPark Zoo, Aquarium and Botanic Garden will open later than usual on Black Friday. The City of Albuquerque says the BioPark facilities will open at 11 a.m. because of the recent snowfall. Officials say the crew on staff for the holiday week need...