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Zookeeper Killed in Tiger Enclosure

Visitors were evacuated after tiger attacked female zoo worker

(Newser) - Details are emerging of a "freak accident" Monday at Hamerton Park Zoo in Cambridgeshire, UK, that resulted in the death of a female zookeeper. The Telegraph reports that witnesses heard “screaming” as workers rushed to help a zookeeper in an animal enclosure, where a tiger had attacked her.... More »

A 'Noah's Ark' in Argentina Headed for Disaster

Animals at Buenos Aires zoo still in limbo a year after zoo shut down

(Newser) - The roars of lions, snorts of rhinos, and trumpets of elephants still blend with the cacophony of honking cars in a heavily congested area of Argentina's capital. A year after the 140-year-old Buenos Aires zoo closed and was transformed into a park, hundreds of animals remain behind bars in... More »

All the Animals in the Mosul Zoo Perished—Except These 2

Meet Simba the lion and Lula the bear, now headed to a new life in Jordan

(Newser) - Lula and Simba are headed to a new life in Jordan. The bear and lion, respectively, were discovered in February in the war-decimated Montazah al-Morour Zoo in Mosul, Iraq, apparently the only two animal survivors in the facility, the BBC reports. All of the other creatures had starved to death... More »

Knoxville Zoo Suffers a 'Catastrophic' Animal Loss

Zoo can't explain why 33 reptiles were found dead

(Newser) - Thirty-three reptiles were found dead last week at a Tennessee zoo, and officials there say they have no clues yet about how it happened. Zoo Knoxville told local news outlets that nearly all of the dead animals were snakes. They were all found dead in the reptile area. Surviving animals... More »

Zoo Sues, Says Racy Ad Traumatized Its Raccoon

Lawsuit complains of 'erotica' over topless model

(Newser) - A Moscow zoo is suing an advertising company for misuse of one of its animals. The bizarre claim? That the company used a raccoon from the zoo in an "erotic" ad and traumatized it. Officials at the Animals Aren't Toys zoo say Tomas the raccoon returned from the... More »

To Protect Rhinos, Zoo Taking Chainsaw to Their Faces

Dvur Kralove zoo is fearful of poachers in wake of French incident

(Newser) - "For the sake of rhino safety," a Czech zoo plans to take a chainsaw to its rhinos' faces. The goal is to make the herd of rare black and southern white rhinos unattractive to poachers, who last week shot and killed a white rhino at a French zoo... More »

Europe Just Experienced a Horrible First at One of Its Zoos

Vince the rhino, killed for his horn, is first live animal to be poached at a zoo

(Newser) - In what authorities say is a brazen first, poachers busted into an EU zoo and attacked a live animal. NBC News reports on the slaying of Vince, a rhinoceros who was found dead in his enclosure Tuesday morning by his keepers after perps broke into France's Thoiry Zoo overnight,... More »

Country Horrified by Beating Death of Beloved Hippo

Gustavito was killed after brutal beating at El Salvador's national zoo

(Newser) - El Salvador's widespread violence reached an unexpected corner with the brutal and fatal beating of the national zoo's beloved hippopotamus Gustavito. Even among a population numbed by a staggering human death toll due to gang violence in recent years, the animal's death late Sunday stirred outrage. Salvadorans... More »

Zoo Culls 57 Snow Monkeys Over 'Alien' Genes

Illegal breeding blamed for death of 57 monkeys at Japanese zoo

(Newser) - Wildlife activists are lashing out at a zoo in northern Japan that ordered the deaths of 57 snow monkeys carrying the genes of an "invasive alien species." Officials at Takagoyama Nature Zoo in Chiba ordered the culling after finding that the sweet-faced monkeys had been crossbred with the... More »

Keeping Apes in Zoos Isn't Evil— It's Moral

'Rarely a viable alternative,' argues essayist

(Newser) - Richard Moore is an animal cognition expert who works with apes at the Leipzig zoo in Germany. But as he writes at Aeon , he's often reluctant to mention his work at the zoo, for fear of running into a familar argument along these lines: Zoos are terrible places that... More »

Zoo Loses Bet, Names Cockroach After Tom Brady

Zoo Atlanta was allowed to choose animal

(Newser) - More than a week after the Falcons fell victim to the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, an Atlanta zoo has named a cockroach after Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the AP reports. Zoo Atlanta says it had a bet with Rhode Island's Roger Williams Park Zoo that called for... More »

Red Panda Escapes Zoo, May Be Roaming Neighborhoods

Sunny hasn't been seen since Monday evening

(Newser) - Someone get Tommy Lee Jones. A manhunt—er, pandahunt—is underway in Norfolk after a 19-month-old red panda named Sunny slipped out of its enclosure and may have escaped from the Virginia Zoo, according to a statement from the zoo. Sunny was last seen Monday evening and was discovered missing... More »

300K Plead for Closure of 'Soul-Destroying' Zoo

Bandung Zoo maintains its animals have enough to eat

(Newser) - Video shot at Indonesia's Bandung Zoo in May shows sun bears begging for food , their ribs visible, though the zoo says thin bears aren't necessarily unhealthy. Another bear was filmed apparently consuming its own feces in what one expert says may signal "extreme boredom"; Gabriella Fredriksson of... More »

What to Get a Pregnant Orangutan? Zoo Starts Registry

For that primate who has everything

(Newser) - A Texas zoo has set up a gift registry for an expectant orangutan couple, complete with bubble bath and a Dolly Parton CD. The Cameron Park Zoo in Waco is requesting several items for Mei and KJ on the Target registry, reports the AP , which also includes the movie Zootopia,... More »

7 Penguins Mysteriously Drowned at Canadian Zoo

'Nothing we’ve ever encountered before'

(Newser) - Employees at the Calgary Zoo made a horrifying discovery Thursday morning: seven dead Humboldt penguins, all apparently drowned in a 3-feet-deep pool. "Everybody here is pretty shaken up by it," animal care director Jamie Dorgan tells CBC News . The penguins were being kept in a holding area this... More »

Could an 'Ark in a Freezer' Bring Back Lost Animals?

'Inside the tanks are the animals'

(Newser) - Inside the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research a few miles outside the city, in an unassuming building that smells like cleaning supplies, is the Frozen Zoo. It's an ark, really—"an ark in a freezer!" as Zach Baron writes in a feature article for GQ... More »

Armed Police Sent to London Zoo After Gorilla's Escape

Kumbuka now 'grumbling' in captivity again

(Newser) - Kumbuka the gorilla's story has a much happier ending than Harambe's . The silverback gorilla was recaptured within an hour of escaping his enclosure at the London Zoo Thursday night, and a keeper tells the BBC that he is "happy to report that he's up and grumbling,... More »

Birth of These 200 Spiders Is a Really Big Deal

Montserrat tarantulas bred in captivity for first time

(Newser) - Hundreds of tarantulas emerging from the ground might seem like the stuff of nightmares, but to scientists at the UK's Chester Zoo, it's a dream come true. About 200 baby Montserrat tarantulas recently hatched at the zoo, marking the first time the rare spiders have been bred in... More »

'World's Saddest Polar Bear' Lives in Chinese Mall

Activists want it closed

(Newser) - His name is Pizza and he lives in a Chinese mall where visitors pose for selfies next to his glass enclosure and knock loudly to get his attention. Such is life when you're the "world's saddest polar bear," per the Daily Express . Pizza , a polar bear... More »

Zoo Closing After 140 Years to Give Its Animals a Better Life

'Captivity is degrading'

(Newser) - The Buenos Aires zoo, one of the city's major tourist attractions, will be shutting down after 140 years to give its animal residents a shot at a better life, the Guardian reports. According to the BBC , the zoo had come under fire in recent years over the condition of... More »

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