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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...

2008-09-07 12:00:13

By Associated Press DALLAS -- The oldest gorilla in captivity, a 55-year-old female named Jenny, has died at the Dallas Zoo -- her home for more than half a century, a spokesman said. Zoo officials decided to euthanize Jenny on Thursday night because of an inoperable tumor in her stomach. Jenny had stopped eating and drinking recently, and tests showed she was unlikely to recover, zoo spokesman Sean Greene said Friday. "The last couple of weeks we noticed that she hadn't been feeling all...

2008-09-06 18:00:16

By LINDA STEWART BALL By Linda Stewart Ball The Associated Press DALLAS The oldest gorilla in captivity, a 55-year-old female named Jenny, has died at the Dallas Zoo - her home for more than half a century, a spokesman said Friday. Zoo officials decided to euthanize Jenny on Thursday night because of an inoperable tumor in her stomach. Jenny had stopped eating and drinking recently, and tests showed she was unlikely to recover, zoo spokesman Sean Greene said. "The last couple of...

2008-08-20 21:00:25

The first gorilla to raise her babies at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has died, officials at the Ohio zoo said. The Columbus Dispatch reported the zoo announced Jumoke's death Wednesday. Jumoke, who was 18 years old, died Monday of complications of an early pregnancy, zoo spokesman Jeff Glorioso said. She was the born at the Columbus zoo in 1989 and was the grandchild of Colo, the world's first captive-born gorilla. Her two male offspring, Jontu and Muchana, live at the St. Louis...

2008-07-27 12:00:32

By Tim Feran, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 27--Once a month, Home & Garden visits a central Ohioan's home to peek at the room most readily associated with his or her line of work or play. Jack Hanna calls Rebecca Rose "Miss Rain Forest," partly because of her love of the jungles of the world and partly because of her lush and dense backyard, which just so happens to be located on a street appropriately named Amazon. Rose, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's field conservation...

2008-07-06 18:00:20

By Kathy Lynn Gray, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 6--He calls himself the "third J," right behind Jerry and Jack. "If my name was Mark, it wouldn't work," jokes Jeff Swanagan, the new executive director of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. On Tuesday, Swanagan took the job Jerry Borin held for 15 years, and before that, TV star Jack Hanna. And while his mantra is to listen, listen and listen before laying out goals and plans, the 50-year-old former Columbus Zoo employee already has a...

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2008-02-12 14:10:00

'Face-to-face' a first for endangered apesScientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have released the first known photographs of gorillas performing face-to-face copulation in the wild. This is the first time that western gorillas have been observed and photographed mating in such a manner.The photographs were part of a study conducted in a forest clearing in Nouabal©-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo that appeared...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.