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2009-07-07 14:46:31

A teenage girl in Sweden learned the hard way some reptiles do not like to be pointed at -- especially when the hands are within biting range. The girl was bitten Monday by a spectacled caiman, a close relative of alligators and crocodiles, at Furuviken Park in eastern Sweden several hours north of Stockholm, The Local reported. She got stitches and bandages at Gavle County Hospital. The 13-year-old and her family were in the new South American exhibit at the park when she pointed at the...

2009-07-06 06:09:19

A 265-pound elephant was born in Australia on an effort to help to conserve the scarce Asian elephant. The male was born in Sydney's Taronga Zoo on Saturday and was vigorous and created curious responses from its herd, zoo officials announced. Thong Dee, an elephant brought to the zoo in 2006 after several logging camps were shut down, gave birth to the calf. "Thong Dee's maternal instincts are kicking in, and she's being very protective of the newborn," elephant keeper Kat published on a zoo...

2009-07-03 17:41:33

Officials at Utah's Hogle Zoo said a capuchin monkey thought to be among the world's oldest has died from cancer in its jaw. Zoo spokeswoman Holly Braithwaite said the monkey, Jocco, died in its sleep June 13 and a sign has been placed at the monkey's habitat to inform his friends, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Friday. The spokeswoman said Jocco may have been as old as 45, but there is some dispute about its age due to the zoo's practice of naming dominant males Jocco in the 1960s. So,...

2009-06-30 15:29:33

A new exhibit at the New England Aquarium aims to entice an increasingly obese generation of kids into getting in shape, The Associated Press reported. The "Move It!" program at the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center, which opens Wednesday, uses the athleticism of seals as an example for children. Tony LaCasse, an aquarium spokesman, said those marine animals will do things that are jaw-dropping at times and they wanted kids to be inspired by them. The $10 million center, built at...

2009-06-13 07:35:00

The city of Los Angeles recently dished out $7.4 million for the construction a China-themed, feng shui-approved monkey cage for the city's zoo.  The extravagant expenditure was made in anticipation of the arrival of a trio of rare golden snub-nosed monkey that China had promised to lend. Recently however, the Chinese government has changed their mind and now says that the exotic primates will not be leaving their homeland, leaving officials at the L.A. Zoo scrambling to find a suitable...

2009-06-06 14:55:00

Workers at the Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park in Las Vegas suspect one of their lions grew ill and had to be euthanized after eating a rubber ball. Zookeepers said after Midas the lion's blood became anemic and a surgery to improve the animal's health was unsuccessful, the zoo resident was euthanized, the Las Vegas Review-Journal said Saturday. Zoo director Pat Dingle said the lion's unfortunate demise may have been the result of the animal eating a rubber football. The half-eaten...

2009-05-10 13:02:28

Those planning on visiting zoos such as the St. Louis Zoo need not worry about possibly catching the swine flu from the site's pig residents, zoo officials say. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums said in a statement that despite the presence of pigs at certain accredited U.S. zoos, animals and humans alike can relax given the healthy environment at such sites, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said Sunday. Rudy Socha, publisher of the Zoo and Aquarium Friends newsletter, said he had received 500...

2009-05-03 14:44:27

Behavioral changes exhibited by the Washington National Zoo's giant female panda have put zoologists on a pregnancy alert, officials said. Detecting changes in her actions and hormones, zoo officials are cautiously optimistic Mei Xiang might be pregnant. However, they warn it may be another in a series of false pregnancies for the panda, The Washington Post reported Sunday. National Zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson told the newspaper Mei Xiang is denning, meaning she is transporting bamboo...

2009-05-02 21:40:16

Giving a panda at the National Zoo in Washington a colonoscopy was a complicated procedure involving 10 employees, zoo officials said. Tai Shan, born at the zoo almost four years ago, needed the colonoscopy to determine whether he had recovered from eosinophilic colitis, which he developed last year, The Washington Post reported Saturday. The panda had to fast for a day before the procedure Friday. But he did not need to prepare by drinking quantities of liquid to clear his colon, as humans...

2009-04-30 17:34:18

Petting zoo operators need to adhere to guidelines for supervised hand washing to reduce the risk of infection in children, U.S. health officials said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Weekly Report said animal settings provide an opportunity for human-animal contact that may facilitate disease transmission. The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians released recommendations to minimize risks associated with animals in public settings. The recommendations...

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William Beebe
2014-01-07 10:37:00

William Beebe was an American who held many titles including naturalist, marine biologist, ornithologist, explorer, and author. He is most famous for the many expeditions he led for the New York Zoological Society, his scientific writings, and his deep dives within the Bathysphere. Beebe was born Charles William Beebe in Brooklyn, New York in 1877. In his early life, The American Museum of Natural History and the environment of East Orange, New Jersey influenced him to explore nature and...

2007-01-23 14:47:34

The Chinese Alligator, Alligator sinensis, is one of two living species of Alligator. The Chinese Alligator is native to only China. This species' wild habitat has been reduced to little more than a few ponds along the lower Yangtze River system. Its population reduction has been mostly due to conversion of its habitat to agricultural use. The Chinese Alligator rarely exceeds 7 feet long, with 5 feet being a more common size. It weighs approximately 80 pounds. Their heads are...

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