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2013-10-24 04:20:20

Six Institutions Move Five Manatees in Three Days! SINGAPORE, Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- One rehabilitated manatee from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and two from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium have returned to Florida, and new manatees in need of tender loving care are now receiving attention from the animal experts at the two Ohio facilities. The moves, which occurred October 11 thru October 13, are part of both zoos' participation in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

2012-02-13 08:00:00

The Feline Conservation Federation (FCF) favors regulations for safe and humane exotic animal husbandry that allow present and future owners to be a part of captive conservation. Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 13, 2012 Ohio resident Terry Thompson released his menagerie of bears, lions, tigers, monkeys and pumas before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. This tragedy has prompted calls by some for a complete ban on the private ownership of exotics. The Feline Conservation Federation...

2011-11-17 15:05:00

The Explore blog brings you exciting, informative, and inspiring wildlife conservation features, zoo and aquarium stories, and profiles. Visit http://wildexplorer.org to get your wild animal fix! Silver Spring, MD (PRWEB) November 17, 2011 New research funded by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and the conservation charities Elephant Family Foundation and Aspinall Foundation, reveals significant growth in the sale of illegal ivory in China. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums explores...

2011-01-31 09:28:00

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- South African Airways Vacations® has introduced Jack Hanna Safaris, a new brand of packages designed by the wildlife expert and host of Jack Hanna's Into the Wild television series. Developed in partnership with the Mantis Collection, the packages will take enthusiasts through the same itinerary Jack himself experienced throughout travels in 2010 that were chronicled in this season's episodes of Into the Wild. During...

2010-12-14 00:01:39

New Initiative to Fund Field Conservation Projects Silver Spring, MD (Vocus) December 13, 2010 The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Ape Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) today announced a critical new campaign to sustain a future for one of the planet's most imperiled group of animals"” apes. For apes"”bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, gibbons and siamangs"”the outlook in the wild is bleak. Given catastrophic population declines, it is estimated that some ape...

2010-04-22 14:19:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- With peak travel season fast approaching, Ohio's tourism industry is unveiling a wide variety of new experiences perfect for travelers seeking affordable yet first-class opportunities. "2010 is shaping up to be an exciting summer for tourism experiences with new animals at Ohio zoos, two new water rides and plenty of new events," said Ohio Tourism Director Amir Eylon. "Ohio is conveniently located within a day's drive of roughly 60 percent of the...

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2009-05-27 15:10:00

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio said a 52-year-old gorilla walked through an unsecured door and wandered through a building. Zoo officials said Colo the gorilla, who is believed to be the oldest gorilla in captivity, left her room in the indoor gorilla enclosure through an unsecured door at about 9:35 a.m. Tuesday and wandered the halls before she was lured back to her exhibit by keepers bearing yogurt and Coca-Cola, The Columbus Dispatch reported Wednesday. Zoo director Jeff Swanagan...

2009-05-11 10:45:25

Officials at the Columbus Zoo in the Ohio capital say their newest elephant, which attracted scores of Mother's Day visitors, has been named Beco. The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch said Monday that many of more than 15,000 people who visited the Columbus Zoo Sunday took time to visit Beco, whose name represents a combination of its mother Phoebe and father Coco. Beco's chosen name was the result of a zoo poll that drew 12,783 total votes, including 6,064 in favor of Beco. Beco was among four...

2009-04-21 17:08:17

Columbus Zoo said more than 9,000 people have sent in suggestions for the Ohio attraction's Name the Baby Elephant Contest. The zoo said officials will whittle the suggestions for the elephant born at the zoo March 27 down to three finalists that the public will be able to vote for on the zoo's Web site from Saturday to May 6, The Columbus Dispatch reported Tuesday. Officials said suggestions from the public include Barack, Obama, Dumbo, Peanut and Jack -- a reference to famed zookeeper and...

2008-10-15 15:00:15

Big changes are nothing new for the world-famous Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. First came the creation of a brand new water park, Zoombezi Bay. Then a new ride area, Jungle Jack's landing. And most recently, the groundbreaking for Polar Frontier, a 13-acre exhibit that will bring polar bears back to Columbus. But perhaps the most surprising change of all is this: After 81 years, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is changing its name. For two weekends in October, anyway. Columbus Mayor...