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2007-01-12 15:15:00

The giant panda cub Mei Lan made her media debut Friday, romping about a Zoo Atlanta exhibit area for a crowd of reporters and cameras while her mother chomped bamboo.

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2006-12-28 16:00:00

If you think kids are picky, try feeding a giant panda. It takes four full-time bamboo hunters at Zoo Atlanta to satisfy the palates of the zoo's panda pair, Lun Lun and Yang Yang. And they are not always successful.

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2006-10-18 09:45:34

The Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo opened its new Asia Trial and giant panda habitat Tuesday, the first phase of a complete makeover of the zoo's exhibits.

2006-09-07 11:06:00

After seven years of trying and hoping, Zoo Atlanta officials announced a rare giant panda birth Wednesday, one of only a few in the United States.

2006-07-01 18:56:55

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 23-year-old western lowland gorilla named Kuja died at Washington's National Zoo on Saturday while having surgery for heart disease, officials said.

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2006-04-10 19:23:11

Inside a small clear tube, a naked mole-rat decides to change direction. Contorting its wrinkled, hot dog-shaped body, the animal nearly somersaults over itself and pokes out its head on the other side. It shows off four big teeth, sniffs the air and turns around again.

2006-03-03 20:24:09

By Patricia Wilson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Five weeks after the U.S. National Zoo put down one of its elephants, veterinarians artificially inseminated another, hoping to add one more notable birth at an institution hit by high-profile deaths.

2006-01-27 08:50:00

An animal rights group on Thursday appealed to the U.S. National Zoo in Washington to send its three remaining Asian elephants to an animal sanctuary and close its elephant exhibit.

2006-01-26 20:20:00

An animal rights group on Thursday appealed to the U.S. National Zoo in Washington to send its three remaining Asian elephants to an animal sanctuary and close its elephant exhibit.

2006-01-26 10:26:19

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Zoo said it put down an arthritic elephant on Wednesday in the latest in a series of high-profile deaths at the flagship institution, which has also marked notable births.


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ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.