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The Animal Facts news section brings you the latest updates on animals both in human care and in the wild. We publish our favorite story from the world’s zoos here each day. We also bring you a range of additional stories through our facebook and twitter page as part of our news alerts service.

April 30, 2014

A pair of Galapagos giant tortoise hatchlings have emerged from their eggs at Taronga Western Plains Zoo. They are the second lot of Galapagos giant tortoise hatchlings ever born in Australia. The zoo also bred the first one ever born in Australia which hatched in 2011. The two hatchlings emerged from their eggs on the 24 and 26 January.… Continue reading News

Shingleback lizard babies are an Easter surprise at Perth Zoo 

April 25, 2014

Reptile keepers at Perth Zoo got a surprise over Easter . They discovered two shingleback lizard babies in the zoo’s shingleback enclosure. The pairs mother was discovered by customs late last year at Perth airport. A smuggler was attempting to take them to Asia where they can fetch prices up to $4,000 each. The mother… Continue reading News

Western Lowland Gorilla babies welcomed into the world at Bronx Zoo 

April 25, 2014

Two western lowland gorilla babies have been welcomed into the world at the Bronx Zoo. The pair are the first lowland gorilla babies born at the zoo since 2006. The babies are number 14 and 15 at the zoos Congo gorilla forest. They are part of a troop of 20 living at the zoo which… Continue reading News

Clouded leopard twins go on public display at Denver Zoo 

April 24, 2014

Clouded leopard twins were born March 14th at the Denver Zoo. The clouded leopards are the first of their kind to be born at the zoo ever. They are the first cubs for mother Lisu and father Taji. The pair was brought together after recommendations from the Species Survival Plan for their species. The cubs… Continue reading News

Bennie the sea lion dies at Saint Louis Zoo 

April 19, 2014

Staff at the Saint Louis Zoo has been saddened by the death of Bennie the sea lion. A star of the zoo’s first bank sea lion show Bennie died on the 18th of April. His death occurred at the zoos Lichtenstein Sea Lion Arena around 1.30pm. For the past two weeks Bennie had been taking… Continue reading News

Sloth Bear and Seal babies Named at Smithsonian National Zoo 

April 18, 2014

Sloth Bear and Seal babies born recently at the Smithsonian National Zoo have been give names. The little sloth bear Born 29 December 2013, is one of the luckiest around. After her mother ate her 2 siblings Carnivores are known to eat their cubs especially if they are in some way unhealthy or were stillborn. The first… Continue reading News

Tiger cub health check at London Zoo 

April 17, 2014

At 10 weeks old London Zoo’s tiger cubs have had their first health check. First the cubs were separated from mum Melati. Then it was time to catch them but with their arsenal of sharp claws and energetic personalities the tiger cubs sure made this challenging. Zoo keepers were impressed with their ferocity though. Keeper… Continue reading News

Adelaide Zoo welcomes baby gibbon 

April 17, 2014

Born on Sunday 13 April, Adelaide Zoo’s newest bundle of zoo is a welcome addition into the white cheeked gibbon family. Parents Viet and Remus are proving to very capable parents. The baby is a very significant addition to the Australasian breeding program for these gibbons. With only 18 gibbons held at 5 zoos across… Continue reading News

Cute chicks at Chester 

April 16, 2014

At just 2 days old Rooney is already a star. He’s not an English forward, he’s a Humboldt penguin born at the UK’s Chester Zoo. Tipping the scales at 87g he is one of the first penguins to hatch this year. He is doing so well that the only problem he has caused as yet… Continue reading News

Panda artificially inseminated at Edinbrugh Zoo 

April 15, 2014

Edinburgh zoo has artificially inseminated their Giant Panda Tian Tian. Tian Tian didn’t mate with her partner naturally so zoo staff made the decision to inseminate her artificially. This procedure was carried out on Sunday afternoon. Director of Pandas for Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Iain Valentine said both were showing very positive signs. ‘We… Continue reading News

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