The Smithsonian’s National Zoo has been part of an international effort to breed highly endangered giant pandas in captivity ever since Richard Nixon visited China in 1972. But in 43 years, they’ve had only two solid successes–cubs Tai Shan and Bao Bao. They hope the new twins born this weekend will make it four.
Look at that adorable slow mover! That is little baby Edward, a sloth who needs a lot of help to survive since his mother stopped producing milk. So Zookeeper Kelly-Anne Kelleher and a stuffed sloth toy give him food and love.
Happy summer: here’s an overview of all the frozen treats animals in European zoos are being given. Blood popsicle, anyone? (Not you, Dr. Lecter.) [BBC]
So you ‘ve been abducted and placed in an alien zoo, put on display for other aliens to gawk at. The good news is that you’ll probably get free food; the bad news is they’ll probably try the same tricks on you that our zoos play on Earth animals. Here’s all the ways these zoos will mess with you in the name of animal…
It’s tough to know what drugs zoos and parks use to keep their animals calm. The zoos themselves usually aren’t talking. Some trainers and researchers do reveal what animals are “on,” and the news, while troubling, isn’t all bad.
The costumes are coming off, the shackles are being unlocked, and the boxcars are opening. After more than 130 years, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus will retire its elephants. It's an important step — but animals need legal rights, and not just laws that treat them like things.
This is both hilarious and makes total sense. Just like everyone else, zoos have to practice for emergencies. And zoo emergencies include escaping animals. Problem: You can't just release a real animal for a drill. Solution? Fellow employees dressed as animals.
How does The National Zoo care for all the different animals under its roof? Senior curator and giant panda curator at the National Zoo, Brandie Smith, is here to take questions about the Zoo's behind-the-scene's workings, animal conservation, pandas, and anything else you've always wanted to know!
As part of their management of their animals, zoos get together to create breeding recommendations for each species. But sometimes the animals have their own plans. Despite being on contraceptives, a Los Angeles Zoo hippo delivered a surprise baby on Halloween.
Most people think giant pandas are doomed. We've all heard about the disastrous failures in breeding them in captivity, and the massive die-offs. But you may not realize that panda breeding programs have become a stunning success. Here's why.
A Chinese zoo is under fire for trying to disguise a Tibetan mastiff dog for a lion. The twisted scheme began to unravel when the supposed "African Lion" started to bark.
If you're eating pancakes right now, don't even bother pouring on the syrup. This is the sweetest thing you'll see all day, nay, all week. This is the tale of Lil' Drac, an orphaned short-tailed fruit bat who was raised by the folks at Bat World Sanctuary. Here's his biography:
At ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire, England, the staff recently had the luxurious task of artificially inseminating a southern white rhino. And because male rhinoceros gametes don't rain from the sky like manna from heaven, the zookeepers had to extract semen from an ornery horned fellow. I may have watched this…
Standing in front of enclosure 99 at Edinburgh Zoo, we looked in as the animals were stretching and bending together, moving rhythmically about the space. In one corner, a pair patted and poked each other as if testing what they could get away with. They seemed to be playing.
Droids don't last forever, and R2-D2 was recently laid to rest by a grizzly bear at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Of course, some unscrupulous zookeepers had filled his circuits with delicious ursine treats, so you can't blame the bear for poking around. Also, R2-D2 is made of cardboard.…