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San Diego Zoo Continues Successful Breeding Program For Endangered Pacific Pocket Mouse
2014-04-16 08:24:10

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After five longs years of planning, San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG) researchers were able to capture endangered Pacific pocket mice in 2012 and begin a breeding program to help bring the endangered critters back from the edge of extinction. Following the zoo’s first successful breeding season that lasted from May to August 2013, of which 16 pups were born, researchers celebrated another round of successful mating, with the first...

Scotland Giant Panda Has Miscarriage
2013-10-15 13:34:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Officials at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland have announced that Tian Tian, Edinburgh Zoo’s beloved female giant panda, is no longer pregnant. The zoo said in a statement today that all of Tian Tian's hormonal and behavioral signs indicate that she had conceived and carried a fetus until late term, but then lost it. “We are all saddened by this turn of events after so many weeks of waiting. Timings are difficult to...

Artificial Insemination For National Zoo's Giant Panda
2013-04-01 04:43:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Veterinarians at the National Zoo in Washington DC have artificially inseminated a female panda after detecting a rise in her urinary estrogen levels over the weekend, various media outlets have reported. According to the Associated Press (AP), the procedure was performed on the zoo´s female giant panda, Mei Xiang, by a team of scientists on Saturday morning. The decision to artificially inseminate Mei Xiang was made after...

2009-07-06 19:48:50

The Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland said it closed part of its park after a troop of monkeys made a break for freedom during a transfer from one habitat to another. Zoo officials told The Scotsman the Barbary macaques didn't pose a threat, but as a precaution, they evacuated the 110-acre zoo. It took several hours for zoo employees, using bananas and nets, to round them all up. Onlookers said the monkeys approached the bananas, but often grabbed the fruit and took off again. The zoo was opened...

2008-10-02 12:05:20

EDINBURGH Zoo is encouraging members to sign up for an abseiling challenge. Zoo staff and supporters will be abseiling from the Forth Bridge on Sunday to raise funds for the Royal Zoological Society. (c) 2008 Evening News; Edinburgh (UK). Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-10-01 09:00:26

ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD Ryan McGuinness from St Ninian's Primary School was among pupils helping create an Asiatic lion sculpture at Edinburgh Zoo for this weekend's parade to mark the Hindu festival of Dusshera. The zoo's education department welcomed more than 250 youngsters from local schools to join in activities centred on the 5000-year- old festival, which celebrates the victory of good over evil. The parade takes place on Sunday, setting off from the Castle Esplanade at 4.30pm and going...

2008-09-11 12:00:25

By Gina Davidson WHAT'S not to like about Edinburgh Zoo? I understand there are those passionately opposed to the very idea of keeping animals in captivity, but if you have to have zoos - and I would argue that sadly, in conservation terms, you do - then Edinburgh's is truly magnificent. This was illustrated by the birth in July of Florence, a Grevy's zebra foal. She's important as the species is endangered. There are only 1500-2000 remaining in the wild, as they are the largest of the...

2008-09-01 15:00:14

By Gareth Edwards MUCKING out rhinos and tending to cockroaches might not be everyone's idea of a great day out. But staff at Edinburgh Zoo are expecting hundreds of people to pay for the privilege after unveiling plans for a "keeper for a day" experience. The public will be able to get closer than ever to some of the zoo's most popular animals, including the monkeys, penguins and chimpanzees. They may also get the chance to feed the lions - albeit from a safe distance. Cleaning...

2008-08-05 15:00:39

A LEADING animal charity has accused the Government of being "stuck in the colonial era" after Edinburgh Zoo agreed to import two giant pandas from China. The Born Free Foundation said it was "alarmed" that the move appeared to have the support of the Scottish and UK Governments. The charity said Gordon Brown would have being involved in the negotiations, which would have involved paying the Chinese government a "substantial" amount of money for the animals. Will Travers, chief...

2008-08-01 15:00:35

DETAILS of gardening projects set to be carried out at Edinburgh Zoo over the coming years are to be discussed at a talk later this month. Simon Jones, the manager of the gardens at the zoo, will discuss the current work being undertaken to maintain and develop the zoo's extensive landscapes. (c) 2008 Evening News; Edinburgh (UK). Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

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