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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 »

Huge 'Bonnie and Clyde' Rodents Loose in Toronto

The capybara pair escaped from High Park Zoo on May 24

(Newser) - A #CapybaraWatch hashtag is making the rounds online in the hopes that the public can help track down two giant capybaras that flew the coop of a Toronto zoo more than two weeks ago, National Geographic reports. The aptly nicknamed Bonnie and Clyde made a run for it on May... More »

Zoo Visitor Spots Escaped Leopard

Utah zoo was locked down for 30 minutes

(Newser) - When she got word of a leopard on the loose at the zoo in Salt Lake City, Katie Boender ducked into the nearest building with her group of preschool students: a bathroom. They spent the next 30 minutes holed up there as an emergency team tranquilized the rare animal that... More »

Lion Lunges at Toddler in Insane Zoo Video

Zoo says he was just playing

(Newser) - In a crazy video taken over the weekend at a Japanese zoo, a lion can be seen attempting to pounce on a toddler, only to slam into his glass enclosure headfirst. Per the Independent , Tokyo's Chiba Zoological Park, which introduced the glass enclosures in April, says that the lion... More »

Mom of Boy Who Got Gorilla Killed: 'I Watch My Kids'

Michelle Gregg returns fire on Facebook

(Newser) - Michelle Gregg, a bad parent? Not according to Michelle Gregg, the mother of a 4-year-old boy who got into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday, prompting a response team to shoot the animal dead , reports People . "My son ... fell in the gorilla exhibit at the zoo,... More »

Guy Attempts Suicide by Jumping in Lion Cage

Franco Luis Ferrada, 20, was critically injured

(Newser) - Two lions were killed after they severely mauled a man who stripped naked and entered their enclosure in an apparent suicide attempt early Saturday in Chile, the AP reports. The man—identified by the Guardian as Franco Luis Ferrada, 20—was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and was... More »

Walrus 'Hug' Kills 2 at Wildlife Park

Tourist fell from open walkway: reports

(Newser) - A tourist and trainer have died after a walrus "hug" at a wildlife park in China. A male tourist from northern China was reportedly taking videos of a walrus from a narrow walkway at Xixiajou Wildlife Park in Shandong Province when he accidentally fell in the walrus pool. A... More »

Zoo on Mauled Zookeeper: It's Her Fault

Stacey Konwiser seemingly broke the rules

(Newser) - A zookeeper killed by a Malayan tiger at the Palm Beach Zoo met her end by entering an area she should have avoided, the zoo's top official says. Stacey Konwiser, 38, who was mauled on April 15, apparently broke zoo safety rules by going inside the cat's sleeping... More »

Zoo Could Have Shot Tiger as It Mauled Keeper, Didn't

Tranquilizing tiger instead delayed help for injured keeper Stacey Konwiser

(Newser) - To kill, or to tranquilize? Palm Beach Zoo is defending its choice of taking the latter route when keeper Stacey Konwiser was attacked and fatally injured by a tiger last Friday. Police say the choice meant that it took longer for emergency personnel to reach Konwiser, who died after being... More »

Woman Hops Tiger Fence to Get Hat Back

Toronto Zoo wants to talk to 'moron' in video

(Newser) - People at the Toronto Zoo want to talk to somebody who got too close for comfort to one of their Sumatran tigers—for the sake of a hat. A video that surfaced over the weekend shows a woman hopping a fence at the tiger enclosure to retrieve a fallen hat,... More »

Tiger Kills Zoo's 'Tiger Whisperer'

Beloved staff member mauled at Palm Beach Zoo

(Newser) - The chief tiger keeper at the Palm Beach Zoo was killed on Friday by one of the animals she loved. Stacey Konwiser, 38, was attacked in a tiger enclosure as she prepared to give a "Tiger Talk" to visitors, CNN reports. Cops had to tranquilize the 13-year-old male Malayan... More »

Chimp Escapes Zoo, Refuses to Go Back

Chacha scaled a power pole after escaping a Japanese zoo

(Newser) - A chimpanzee named Chacha briefly lived out his King Kong fantasies Thursday after escaping from a Japanese zoo, the AP reports. According to the Japan Times , Chacha was discovered missing from his cage at the Yagiyama Zoological Park in Sendai around 1:20pm. The zoo was locked down, and workers... More »

Zoo Locked Down After Polar Bear Escapes

'This kind of stuff happens'

(Newser) - It was a bear-y close call Wednesday at the Cincinnati Zoo when a female polar bear named Berit escaped her exhibit, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. According to WLWT , the bear got out of its exhibit into an interior hallway but never left the staff-only building. Regardless, visitors were herded into... More »

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