Latest Philadelphia Zoo Stories

2014-07-08 08:32:33

PHILADELPHIA, July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Philadelphia Zoo and United Concordia Dental today announced a three-year partnership to increase awareness of how the health of the mouth can impact the health of the body for children and animals alike. "Today cavities have become one of the most common diseases of childhood," said James Bramson, D.D.S., chief dental officer, United Concordia. "They're now five times as common as asthma and seven times as common as hay fever in children,...

2013-05-07 23:33:08

Salter Spiral Stair, based in Collegeville, PA, recently announced the completion of their year-long project at the Philadelphia Zoo where they worked with architects and contractors to build a variety of spiral stairs. These stairs were designed for both exhibit and maintenance use, which were installed this spring. PHILADELPHIA, PA (PRWEB) May 07, 2013 Salter Spiral Stair, a company specializing in spiral stairs for residential, commercial, and industrial designs, recently announced the...

2011-04-05 09:10:00

PHILADELPHIA, April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Philadelphia Zoo announced today that GDF SUEZ Energy Resources, the retail energy business of GDF SUEZ Energy North America, will supply its electricity for the next two years, beginning with 25 percent of the Zoo's electricity consumption offset by renewable energy certificates (RECs). RECs represent the environmental attributes of electricity generated from wind, solar or other renewable power facilities. (Logo:...

2010-03-15 07:15:00

In an effort to save many endangered species in their country, Rio de Janeiro's zoo has been taking in a collection of animals in order to become a maternity ward for many of them that have never been born in captivity. Among the rare animals that are finding refuge at the zoo: the black-collared anteater and the Ararajuba Golden Parakeet. These are just two of the many unique animals threatened by extinction. The zoo is now home to more than 500 mammals, 900 reptiles, and 1,000 birds,...

2008-06-21 06:00:00

Old age has claimed another animal at the Philadelphia Zoo. Twigga, who at 29 was one of the oldest giraffes in the nation, was euthanized Thursday at the zoo, her home since 1979. In announcing her death yesterday, the zoo said the giraffe -- tall for a female at 15 feet -- had been on medications for age-related arthritis for some time. "Based on Twigga's comfort and behavior, the zoo's veterinary team decided this week that humane euthanasia was now the best course for her," the zoo's...

2008-06-19 06:00:00

Kutenga, a female African elephant, was only 27 when she collapsed in her stall at the Philadelphia Zoo in 1991 and died despite heroic efforts to get her to her feet, including trying to lift her with the hook from a tow truck. Peggy, 52, a female Asian elephant, fell to the concrete floor of the zoo's elephant quarters in 1994 and was euthanized shortly afterward because of debilitating arthritis and dental disease, which made eating difficult. Monday morning, a keeper found Petal, 52,...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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