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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.

Monkey see, monkey do, monkey win copyright 

August 23, 2014

When a monkey got hold of a camera in 2011 in the forests of Indonesia nobody could have predicted what would happen next. This one photo has gone on to inspire a change in copyright law. During 2011 British photographer David Slater journeyed to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi where he set out to photograph… Continue reading News

Winter pampering time for Tiquie the tapir 

August 23, 2014

Over winter the skin of Tiquie the Brazillian tapir at Taronga Zoo has a habit of becoming dry. As such keepers are engaging her in a daily pampering session which keeps the hair and her skin healthy. Tiquies keeper Nat Dunn said, “Although Tapirs are normally solitary and quite elusive in the wild, Tiquie loves… Continue reading News

Weigh in day for all creatures great and small at London Zoo 

August 22, 2014

The keepers of London Zoo have been busy weighing and measuring all their charges as part of the yearly weigh in. Everything from the zoo’s massive silverback gorilla, pint sized snails and rare baby crocodiles are being weighed and measured as part of the annual weigh in. As well as being one of the key… Continue reading News

Rare red pandas receive check-up at Chester 

August 22, 2014

A pair of red pandas has been born at Chester Zoo in the UK. Keepers discovered that they had babies after hearing “little squeaks” coming out of the panda’s nest box. The twin pandas were sexed as a boy and a girl when they received their first health check the other day. Keeper Maxine Bradley… Continue reading News

Peek-a-boo we see roo 

August 20, 2014

 Saint Louis Zoo has welcomed a mastiches tree kangaroo into its family at the zoo’s Emerson’s children zoo. Recently she has begun to take her first peeks out of her mother’s pouch. Rocket the tree kangaroo was born six months ago. Life for him began as a tiny joey which was the size of a… Continue reading News

The crane delivers at Chester Zoo 

August 20, 2014

A pair of rare African black crowned cranes have hatched at Chester Zoo. These cranes are the first of their kind to have been born in the UK this year. It took 30 days in the incubator for the cranes to break out of the egg. They hatched on the 19/07/2014. Andrew Owen, Chester’s curator… Continue reading News

Rocky’s hop onto the scales 

August 18, 2014

Ahead of their annual moult the Northern rockhopper penguins at Edinburgh Zoo have stepped up onto the scales. The penguins normally weigh in at about 8 pounds and stand just 20 inches tall. They have been putting on weight ahead of their moult. Moulting is a period where the penguins replace their old feathers by… Continue reading News

Rare box turtle hatches at Bristol Zoo 

August 15, 2014

A rare Vietnamese box turtle has been hatched at Bristol Zoo in the UK. It is only the second zoo in history that has hatched Vietnamese box turtles in European. Currently the tiny tortoise tips the scales at 14.6grams and is the size of a matchbox. After 85 days of incubation in the egg the… Continue reading News

Aloha to the new Alalas 

August 14, 2014

San Diego Zoo Global’s breeding program for the alala has been a big success this year with 9 new chicks being born. That’s brilliant news for a species which currently numbers only 115. Animal care staff at the Keauhou Bird Conservation Centre are being kept busy feeding the partially feathered youngsters. These birds also known… Continue reading News

Malayan tiger cubs born at Baton Rouge Zoo 

August 14, 2014

The Baton Rouge Zoo has welcomed their first Malayan Tiger cubs in 25 years. These young cubs represent a hope for the future as their species currently only numbers 500 in the wild. The international union for conservation of nature lists this species as endangered. Zoo director, Phil frost said “We couldn’t be more excited… Continue reading News

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