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1st-Ever Endemic Malaria Found in US Mammals

Scientists stumble on find at the National Zoo

(Newser) - Talk about a surprise: Two years ago, scientists researching avian malaria happened to learn that two strains of the parasite are infecting white-tailed deer—possibly 25% of those living on the East Coast, Smithsonian reports. Until then, no endemic malaria had been seen in North or South American mammals. "... More »

Baby Giraffe Dies in 'Horrific' Accident at Miami Zoo

Juvenile injured spinal cord when his head got stuck in a fence

(Newser) - Staff at Zoo Miami are mourning the loss of a juvenile giraffe that had to be put down Tuesday after the 7-month-old got his head stuck in a fence. Wesley the giraffe poked his head into a 10-inch gap in a chain link fence on Tuesday, toward where another giraffe... More »

Zoo Says It's Got Earth's Longest Salamander

Oh, you know, just a normal 5-foot-2 amphibian

(Newser) - Prague Zoo says it likely has the longest Chinese giant salamander now on Earth. The critically endangered animal is the largest amphibian on the planet. In a statement Sunday, the zoo says Karlo, a Chinese giant salamander it received 19 months ago from the State Museum of Natural History in... More »

Red Panda Makes a Break From California Zoo

Staff worried about 'naive' and 'vulnerable' escapee Masala

(Newser) - A red panda made a break for it between feeding times Thursday at California's Sequoia Park Zoo—and now staffers are frantically searching for it, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Masala, a fully grown female described by the zoo as being the "size of a domestic cat,... More »

Baby Giraffe Dies in California Zoo Accident

Ugh

(Newser) - A baby giraffe born at a Central California zoo last month has died after running into a fence in an exhibit. KFSN-TV reports that the male giraffe born Sept. 9 at the Chaffee Zoo died Sunday afternoon. It happened during a special preview event for the new African Adventure exhibit... More »

Zoo Has Decided to Dissect Lion in Public

Denmark's Odense Zoo says kids especially love this type of 'authentic' experience

(Newser) - Denmark's Odense Zoo decided it had one too many lions, so it put down one of the big cats and stored the remains in a freezer—and it plans to hold a live dissection of the animal on Thursday to "show how fantastic a lion is," RT.... More »

Houston Makes Zoo Take Down 'No Guns' Signs

Privately owned zoo is on public land, so concealed-carry OK holds sway

(Newser) - More than 200,000 schoolchildren filtered through the gates of the Houston Zoo last year, and because it's an "educational attraction," zoo officials figured the zoo was within its legal rights under Texas concealed-carry laws to ban guns on the grounds, a statement to KHOU notes. But... More »

Chicago Zoo Accidentally Kills 54 Stingrays

Animals in shallow pool died from low oxygen levels

(Newser) - Officials say all 54 stingrays in a popular exhibit at a suburban Chicago zoo died because the oxygen levels in their tank dropped too low. The Chicago Zoological Society says the four southern stingrays and 50 cow-nose rays in the Brookfield Zoo exhibit were in a shallow pool that allows... More »

Siegfried & Roy's White Lion Dies as Zoo Operates

Legend was undergoing surgery for lameness

(Newser) - A mesmerizing male white lion belonging to Siegfried & Roy died yesterday while undergoing a minor procedure at the Toledo Zoo, where he was on loan, reports the Toledo Blade . Fourteen-year-old Legend was being operated on after displaying signs of lameness in his front left foot; he was stable as... More »

Flooded Zoo's Escaped Tiger Kills Man, Is 'Liquidated'

Tiger in Tbilisi, Georgia, also injured another man

(Newser) - A tiger roaming the streets of the Georgian capital of Tbilisi—one of several creatures that escaped the Tbilisi zoo this weekend amid heavy flooding—killed a man today in a main city square, and wounded another, reports the BBC . The killing set off a hunt by camouflaged special forces,... More »

Zoo Demands Investigation Into Animals Shot in Flood

4 lions, 3 tigers, 2 jaguars among those dead in Georgia

(Newser) - Rescue workers in the Georgian capital are still searching today for more than 20 people and an undetermined number of potentially dangerous animals missing after severe flooding ravaged the area around a zoo and left at least 12 people dead. None of the dead were killed by the zoo animals... More »

Wild Animals Roam Streets After Floods Destroy Zoo

Tbilisi residents warned to stay indoors after dangerous creatures freed

(Newser) - Some 1.1 million people in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi have been told to stay indoors after widespread flooding left their streets decidedly more wild than usual: Lions, tigers, bears, wolves, and a hippopotamus escaped their confines at the city's zoo after surging waters destroyed them, reports al... More »

Zoo's Baby Kangaroo Stolen From Mom's Pouch

Wisc. zoo pleads for return of stolen animals

(Newser) - Baby kangaroos are supposed to be with their mothers until they're at least a year old, say worried staff at the Special Memories Zoo in Wisconsin. But a baby kangaroo was stolen right from its mother's pouch at the zoo's winter holding facility last week, and the... More »

Japan's Baby Monkey Will Stay 'Charlotte'

The royals took no offense: Oita officials

(Newser) - A monkey born in a Japanese zoo will keep its name Charlotte after all. Oita city officials settled a national debate over whether calling the monkey Charlotte offends its British royal namesake . The officials announced today they will stick to their first choice because there was no protest from Britain'... More »

Japanese Zoo Sorry It Named Baby Monkey 'Charlotte'

Naming macaque after England's new princess has proved a royal pain

(Newser) - A month ago, no one would have said boo about the name chosen by a Japanese zoo for its new baby monkey. But a month ago, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana hadn't yet entered the world, and now Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden is fielding a "barrage of complaints" about... More »

US Zoos to Let Their Elephants Die Out

The animals could vanish from North America within a decade

(Newser) - Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo has kept elephants for almost a century, but the tradition has now come to an end. After a third elephant died in 2014, the zoo decided to move its two animals to a zoo in Oklahoma, where they'll have more room to roam as... More »

Mom Who Dropped Kid in Cheetah Pit Is Childcare Worker

Michelle Schwab is an assistant director at KinderCare

(Newser) - The woman accused of dangling and dropping her 2-year-old boy into a zoo's cheetah exhibit is herself a childcare worker, Cleveland.com reports. Michelle Schwab is an assistant director, no less, at KinderCare in Columbus, Ohio, the company's corporate office revealed today. Schwab "is currently home with... More »

Zoo: Mom Was Dangling Kid Who Fell in Cheetah Pit

Parents could face child endangerment charges

(Newser) - Zoo officials in Cleveland say a woman was dangling her 2-year-old son over a railing when he fell about 10 feet into a cheetah exhibit. "Unfortunately, we have a number of eyewitness accounts that point to the strong likelihood that the child was dangled over the rail," the... More »

Top Zoo Body Linked to Animal Cruelty, Dolphin Hunt

Animal welfare groups blast Waza for ignoring code of ethics

(Newser) - Animal welfare groups are putting pressure on the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums to clean up its act after videos surfaced showing beatings and cramped quarters at some of the organization's 300 facilities. Though WAZA's code of ethics calls for the "highest standard of animal welfare,... More »

Feds to Zoo: Stop Using Cattle Dogs on Elephants

Pittsburgh zoo ordered to stop stressing animals

(Newser) - Using dogs bred to herd cattle to control elephants hasn't worked out so well at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, according to federal authorities. The Department of Agriculture has ordered the zoo to stop using cattle dogs in ways that cause "behavioral stress" to its African elephants,... More »

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