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2014-03-25 23:02:35

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 10:00am Pacific Standard time, four California condors will be released into the wild for the first time by Ventana Wildlife Society biologists. Big Sur, CA (PRWEB) March 25, 2014 On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 10:00am Pacific Standard time, four California condors will be released into the wild for the first time by Ventana Wildlife Society biologists. People around the world will have the ability to watch these endangered birds in real-time transition from...

2013-11-20 23:22:14

From November 29 through January 5, 2014, hundreds of thousands of sparkling lights will illuminate the night sky to celebrate a holiday tradition in Oakland known as ZooLights. Oakland, CA (PRWEB) November 20, 2013 Final preparations are being made for Oakland Zoo’s holiday festival of lights. Friday November 29 marks the date Oakland Zoo will officially plug in the lights, sights, and sounds of the season. From November 29 through January 5, 2014, hundreds of thousands of sparkling...

2013-11-06 23:00:23

Halloween has passed, but thousands of leftover pumpkins are now becoming sweet treats for Oakland Zoo’s animals. Oakland, CA (PRWEB) November 06, 2013 Halloween has passed, but thousands of leftover pumpkins are now becoming sweet treats for Oakland Zoo’s animals. In the last few days, truckloads of donations from local pumpkin patches have been arriving at the Zoo and zookeepers are making sure to put the orange edibles to good use. Zoo guests can see animals feasting on the orange...

2013-10-17 12:29:52

Portland-Based Veterinary Practice Shares Advice for Introducing a Feline into the Family with Three Special Big Cats in Mind PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Banfield Pet Hospital(®), the world's largest veterinary practice and a proud partner of the Predators of the Serengeti exhibit at the Oregon Zoo, is thrilled to join in welcoming the three lion cubs born at the Oregon Zoo to their new home. Banfield knows that just like pet owners bringing home a new kitten, the zoo...

2013-10-10 23:25:52

Zookeepers are thrilled with the new additions as this is the third litter of pups within the last year. Oakland, CA (PRWEB) October 10, 2013 Oakland Zoo’s meerkat mob has expanded by two. Now on exhibit in African Village, guests have the opportunity to see the siblings. The pair, born in early September, has recently been spotted outside of their night house and exhibit tunnels. Zookeepers are thrilled with the new additions as this is the third litter of pups within the last year....

2011-10-26 07:57:00

ASHEBORO, N.C., Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hendrick Construction, Inc. won a contract to expand the North Carolina Zoo's polar bear exhibit to create space for new polar bears, as well as allow caretakers to establish a breeding program. The $6 million project will feature a new exhibit with a splash pool, cooling areas and digging pits, as well as a new visitors' plaza. Hendrick will build a 5,500-square-foot holding facility with a maternity den, a 4,500-square-foot visitor building...

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2009-06-20 11:15:00

A rare California condor chick has hatched in Baja California on a cliff side, according to the San Diego Zoo. The zoo announced the hatching on Thursday. This is only the second time a condor chick has hatched since 2002 in Mexico, when the zoo reintroduced the endangered species to the area. In 2007 another chick hatched, but it disappeared a month later. The newest chick was immunized against West Nile virus when biologists rappelled down a 330 foot cliff to the nest...

2009-02-10 10:45:15

A curator at Florida's Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens said a wild North American river otter somehow found its way into the zoo's otter exhibit. Craig Miller, curator of mammals at the zoo, said only one otter was left in the exhibit when the attraction closed Sunday night but keepers arrived Monday morning to find the otter had been joined by a wild cousin from outside, the (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union reported Tuesday. Miller said the incident was a first for the zoo. We get birds or...

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2008-11-26 09:55:00

In a zoo in northern Japan, handlers of a popular polar bear were in for a surprise when they brought him in to mate with a female and found that he, was in fact, a she. Masako Inoue, a zookeeper at the Kushiro Municipal Zoo, said that four year old Tsuyoshi, a 441 lb. polar bear, had been living in harmony with a female polar bear since June. "We thought he was a male, so we never had any doubts as we took care of him," she said. "But one day we realized that the two bears urinate in the...

2008-11-05 09:00:17

There is only one elephant left at the Los Angeles Zoo. His name is Billy, a 21 year-old Asian Elephant who in his natural habitat would walk 20-30 miles per day with a life expectancy of 60 years. Billy stands still, bobbing his head unnaturally in a small facility, as other elephants have in the past, most of which never made it to age 20. "It's time to close the elephant exhibit and send Billy to retirement and to an appropriate sanctuary," said Lily Tomlin, actress and animal welfare...