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Baby Tree Kangaroo raised by surrogate Rock Wallaby

In a world-first for conservation a tree kangaroo has been raised by a rock-wallaby surrogate mother [SLYT] When Makaia, a Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo, was only five weeks old, he lost his mum. He needed a nice warm pouch to grow big and strong in, so Adelaide Zoo tried something that had never been done before... a Yellow-foot Rock-wallaby was found to be his surrogate mum. Up until now this special breeding technique, known as 'cross-fostering', has only been done with closely related wallaby species. (Includes footage of a baby tree-kangaroo unravelling a toilet-roll dispenser)
posted by coleboptera on Jun 29, 2015 - 20 comments

Raptors & walruses & chickens & penguins & dolphins & camels, oh my!

"Actual zookeepers taking photos of themselves doing Chris Pratt's Jurassic World velociraptor taming move is a thing."
posted by Jacqueline on Jun 18, 2015 - 55 comments

Of true love, AI, and dedicated zookeepers

Chris Crowe has a girlfriend. She stands a leggy 5 feet tall, weighs a trim 11 pounds, and sports a set of wings like you’ve never seen. Walnut the white-naped crane is the most genetically distinct endangered crane on the block — which means she needs to have been making babies, like, yesterday. Walnut was raised by humans at a zoo, and as a result, she recognizes and trusts humans — and is deeply hostile to other cranes. How hostile? She killed the two male cranes that her former keepers attempted to pair with her. "I like to jokingly tell people that Walnut ‘allegedly’ killed two male cranes," Crowe says. "It’s not like she was tried and convicted. We don’t know her side of the story."
posted by ChuraChura on Apr 11, 2015 - 23 comments

Let the wild rumpus start

"In some zoos in Japan and China, staff members perform regular security drills to practice their response to a large animal escape by using costumed zookeepers as the fugitive animals. Individuals in furry costumes or pairs in full-size mockups of larger animals run through zoo property, sometimes inflicting mock injuries, as fellow zookeepers work to surround, subdue, and recapture them." A photo essay in The Atlantic.
posted by moonmilk on Feb 12, 2015 - 33 comments

Stink-eye? Or bored-eye? More like bird-eye: the shoebill's steady gaze

"A few days ago, my son, Lucas, and I took the train to Prague for his school break. Usually, when I visit a city, my first port of call is whatever passes for a botanical garden but when he told me that Prague’s zoo contained not only giant salamanders but also two pairs of shoebills, I could not resist the temptation..." (John Burnside's essay in The New Statesman.) [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 20, 2014 - 4 comments

Once There Were Billions. And Then None

One hundred years ago today Martha, the last known passenger pigeon, died in the Cincinnati Zoo. [more inside]
posted by lharmon on Sep 1, 2014 - 41 comments

A moving story about anonymous donors to the Miami Zoo

The angel approached in the summer of 1993, after the storm. Ron Magill, the goodwill ambassador and communications director of Zoo Miami, wrote this first-person article for the Miami Herald as a tribute to two longtime donors to the zoo.
posted by Pyrogenesis on Aug 16, 2014 - 9 comments

“A Shocking Sabbath Carnival of Death”

On November 9, 1874, one of the worse incidents in New York history occurred when a polar bear, a panther, a Numidian lion, several hyenas, and a Bengal tiger, slipped their cages from the Central Park Zoo. "The animals, some of which had first attacked each other, then turned on nearby pedestrians who happened to be strolling through Central Park. People were trampled, mauled, dismembered—and worse." [more inside]
posted by stbalbach on Aug 14, 2014 - 25 comments

"I Went to the Zoo With Roy Halladay"

" After more than four years, 1,800+ bolg posts, and countless silly indulgences surrendered to in the name of "being ZWR" … I’m incredibly proud to say that at approximately 10:00 a.m. this morning I went to the zoo with Roy Halladay!" [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Aug 8, 2014 - 8 comments

Blooooop bleeee blooop blop! These are the sounds of enrichment.

A bunch of otters jam on a Casio. An orangutan plays a xylophone with a banana. A sloth bear toots some harmonica. These are all a part of the National Zoo's environmental enrichment efforts, not unlike getting your cat some food balls and cat shelves. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on May 30, 2014 - 31 comments

Inside the giant panda research centre

Photographer Ami Vitale was allowed exclusive access into the Wolong National Nature Reserve managed by the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda as it trains pandas to be released into the wild. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Apr 23, 2014 - 6 comments

Telephone

A study [PDF] by CUNY Professor Diana Reiss and Rachel Morrison (Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience Subprogram in Psychology The Graduate Center of CUNY) was published last week in Zoo Biology detailing for the first time a whisper‐like behavior in a non‐human primate, the cotton top tamarin at the Central Park Zoo. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Sep 21, 2013 - 8 comments

Not everything that barks is a lion

Sometimes if the king of the jungle is not available, then use the next best animal
posted by dov3 on Aug 16, 2013 - 22 comments

shlupshBANG

A baby giraffe is born at the Woodland Park Zoo. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Aug 7, 2013 - 55 comments

Fun foal ages.

The QI Zoo is a delightful collection of animated and educational gifs about animals and their quirks.
posted by Apoch on Apr 8, 2013 - 24 comments

Wild Things

The Bronx Zoo is managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, which boasts of running more than 500 projects in sixty-five countries through global field offices whose employees work to advance sustainable development; address issues of global climate change, health and well-being, and natural-resource use; and pursue other noble-sounding objectives that attest to the totality of man’s dominion over the lesser beasts. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jan 20, 2013 - 30 comments

Remind me to thank John for a lovely weekend

Erth's Dinosaur Petting Zoo has arrived in New York One child's review of the zoo from Ann Arbor
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 18, 2013 - 19 comments

Maternal Instinct

Animals Adopting Other Animals (SLYPlaylist)
posted by empath on Jan 9, 2013 - 8 comments

i figured maybe like a horse only taller

Any parent of a young child will have experienced the ignominy of reaching a page in a picture-book featuring a giraffe and being ignorant of the appropriate sound with which to impersonate said animal. Here is that sound
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Dec 4, 2012 - 74 comments

That'll do pig. That'll do.

Little pig at a petting zoo rescues baby goat. [slyt]
posted by nickyskye on Sep 20, 2012 - 59 comments

Hey guys, you think this thing evolved from onychophorans by hybridogenesis?

The Calgary Zoo's Gorillas Entertained by Caterpillar (or at least they look at it for forty seconds). SLYT.
posted by stebulus on Sep 14, 2012 - 25 comments

oh my gosh the end of this video :3

Nellie the Sea Otter stacks cups at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
posted by boo_radley on Aug 29, 2012 - 48 comments

It poked its tiny head and looked out from the den.

Zoo workers at the Ramat Gan Safari Park in Tel Aviv said they were surprised by the number of kittens born. [more inside]
posted by obscurator on Aug 14, 2012 - 49 comments

More entertaining that Planet of the Apes?

It turns out that apes really enjoy looking in a mirror. Combine this with an iphone and you get a pretty entertaining video [more inside]
posted by Lame_username on Feb 15, 2012 - 26 comments

Pantomime Course

Not for the first time, a paper-mache rhino terrorizes Ueno Zoo. Previously: ape, polar bear, tiger, zebra.
posted by Winnemac on Feb 9, 2012 - 19 comments

The Gift That Keeps On Hissing

Unsure what to give your special someone for Valentines Day this year? Why not give their name to one of the Bronx Zoo's 58,000 Madagascar hissing cockroaches.
posted by The Whelk on Jan 27, 2012 - 47 comments

Endangered Animal Photographer Joel Sartore's Biodiveristy Project

Stunning portraits of endangered zoo animals by National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore. Part of The Biodiversity Project. Previously. (via)
posted by roaring beast on Jan 24, 2012 - 17 comments

KITTY!

Little Girl Vs. Lion - Wellington Zoo
posted by The Whelk on Jan 14, 2012 - 69 comments

Forbidden Love

A famous gay couple has decided to separate, citing irreconcilable differences force by zookeepers.
posted by hermitosis on Nov 7, 2011 - 35 comments

No Picnic Baskets Needed

Bears Love Pumpkins
posted by The Whelk on Sep 25, 2011 - 26 comments

She Goes Right for the Head Every Time

Trent the Baby vs. Angie the Lioness: SLYT, 1.25. [more inside]
posted by bwg on Jun 20, 2011 - 44 comments

#snakeonthetown

Last Friday, an adolescent cobra escaped from the Bronx Zoo. Now, it has begun taunting its former captors. (Via)
posted by zarq on Mar 29, 2011 - 57 comments

Japansese zoo practices for animal escape

Yesterday's dramatic simulation involved a Siberian tiger that escaped its pen following an earthquake.
posted by ActingTheGoat on Feb 25, 2011 - 27 comments

Flowers wilt. Chocolates melt. Roaches are forever.

Looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for that special someone? Nothing says love like a hissing cockroach! [more inside]
posted by troika on Feb 10, 2011 - 11 comments

Ligers and Tigons

Liger cubs attack a zookeeper while an uncle and nephew have a conversation. Liger Channel has a number of videos, so does Big Cat Rescue's ligers, tigers and lions section. For answers to the basic liger and tigon questions, Timothy J. Fuller has got you covered. I leave you with these tigon cubs: 1 and 2.
posted by Kattullus on Aug 19, 2010 - 42 comments

Reverse evolution?

Evolution?
posted by aqsakal on Aug 14, 2010 - 15 comments

"He liked a cigarette, he liked a bottle of beer - he drank a bottle of beer like any man "

World War II was a time that called for many things from many different people. However, one Polish soldier stepped above and beyond the call of his nature. He carried ammunition, he helped his squad members get better at wrestling, and he drank and smoked with the rest of them - Wojtek, the soldier bear. [more inside]
posted by lizarrd on Aug 12, 2010 - 48 comments

Lego Artisan Creates Endangered Species for Zoo

Opened yesterday, the Philadelphia Zoo's Lego-made exhibit, called ''Creatures of Habitat: A Gazillion-Piece Animal Adventure," features the work of world-renowned Lego artist Sean Kenney. According to Kenney, the 34 animals he created for the zoo took him over one year to complete--the largest project he's undertaken. Included in the exhibit are sculptures of endangered birds, frogs, tamarins, and a polar bear made with 95,000 Lego pieces.
posted by alynnk on Apr 12, 2010 - 6 comments

Bye, Bye Butterstick.

Tai Shan the panda more commonly known as Butterstick is being deported to China. His parents will be joining him at the end of 2010.
posted by grapefruitmoon on Dec 10, 2009 - 19 comments

Nonja

Nonja, like many 33 year old Austrians, has been taking dozens of photos of herself, her friends, and her surroundings and posting them to facebook. She's got 41,000+ friends. What makes her special? She's an orangutan. [more inside]
posted by fontophilic on Dec 6, 2009 - 34 comments

One small step.

Zoos and circuses in India will no longer be allowed to keep elephants. Elephants in captivity and PTSD. [previously]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Nov 17, 2009 - 20 comments

The Saddest Swine of Them All.

Khanzir is the only pig in Afghanistan. An already lonely existence has been made sadder as fears of swine-flu have caused zoo officials to place him in quarantine, depriving him of contact with his best friend - a nearby goat.
posted by grapefruitmoon on May 8, 2009 - 40 comments

It's the New Zoo Review, coming right at you.

Cute Overload is so yesterday. Go see Zooborns.
posted by GrammarMoses on Feb 19, 2009 - 29 comments

Where the Wild Things Aren't

Detroit's abandoned Belle Isle Zoo, beautiful disaster. [more inside]
posted by punkbitch on Feb 18, 2009 - 68 comments

NATIONAL ZOO: Mei Xiang and Tian Tian tried to mate

"Because competent mating did not occur," the zoo statement said, veterinarians anesthetized both pandas on Saturday, collected semen from Tian Tian and inserted it into Mei Xiang's uterus. [previously 1 2 3]
posted by kliuless on Jan 18, 2009 - 39 comments

snow play

Snow day at the zoo. Even the baby elephant has fun. Seals, tigers, wolf, elephants. Teh cute starts at 2:36. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Dec 26, 2008 - 21 comments

A gay penguin couple, after trying to steal eggs from other penguins, have become the best parents in the zoo to their newly adopted babies.

Parenting for the birds. Also here and here.
posted by easy_being_green on Dec 18, 2008 - 14 comments

Oy, oy, oy...

Boy goes on "rampage" at Aussie zoo, killing rare reptiles and feeding them to a crocodile. [more inside]
posted by educatedslacker on Oct 3, 2008 - 306 comments

Ecoda dobutsuen

The Eco Zoo - some amazing Japanese 3D Flash. If you take a close look at the animals there... you might be able to get some tips to live in a more environmentally friendly way!
posted by Artw on Sep 13, 2008 - 13 comments

its a small world after all

Baghdad Zoo and Entertainment Experience - “massive American-style amusement park that will feature a skateboard park, rides, a concert theatre and a museum. It is being designed by the firm that developed Disneyland.” Here's a quick roundup of some commentary. (last link with concept design sketches)
posted by infini on May 21, 2008 - 33 comments

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