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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.

Rare macaw hatches at Chester Zoo 

July 17, 2014

Keepers at Chester Zoo in the United Kingdom are caring for an endangered Hyacinth macaw. The chick made its first appearance when it hatched out of its egg inside an incubator. With parents named James Bond and Miss Moneypenny this bird has big future ahead of it. Currently though keeper Karen Neech says it ‘looks… Continue reading Rare macaw hatches at Chester Zoo

Animal Oracles predict world cup results 

July 15, 2014

With the world cup over we thought it was time to review the animals who attempted to guess the winners of this year’s tournament. Following in the footsteps of Paul the octopus, the original oracle from 2010, many animals have taken on the challenge. The question is who could beat his 85% success rate and… Continue reading Animal Oracles predict world cup results

Critically Endangered crocodiles hatch at London Zoo 

July 14, 2014

London has welcomed the UK’s first ever clutch of Philippines crocodiles. The 6 crocodiles were hatched over a 48 hour period. The first crocodile emerged on the 16th of June weighing in at just 37 grams. Iri Gill, the deputy head of the reptile house at London Zoo said, ‘The arrival of these six Philippine… Continue reading Critically Endangered crocodiles hatch at London Zoo

A simple fix for a smelly mongoose’s big problem 

July 5, 2014

When one mongoose at the Fort Wayne children’s zoo left for the vets he didn’t expect to be attacked by his mates upon returning home. Unfortunately that was what happened luckily a keeper quickly stepped in with a solution that fixed all the problems. Banded mongooses communicate using their scents. When this one was taken… Continue reading A simple fix for a smelly mongoose’s big problem

First koala joey for the season at Taronga Zoo 

July 2, 2014

Taronga Zoo has welcomed their first koala joey for the season. Little ‘Bai’yali’ has emerged ready to say ‘Budyari yaguna’ to people with NAIDOC week set to begin next week. ‘Bai’yali’ was named for the stringybark tree a favourite food of the koalas. She was named in the ‘D’harawal’ aboriginal language in honour of NAIDOC… Continue reading First koala joey for the season at Taronga Zoo

Endangered rhea chicks hatch at Edinburgh Zoo 

June 28, 2014

Keepers at Edinburgh Zoo are looking after a group of nine rhea chicks. The zoo had hoped to breed just one chick this year so nine hatchlings was a massive surprise. With the species becoming increasingly threatened they are very excited. The chicks parents were both born in France throughout 2011. They moved to Edinburgh… Continue reading Endangered rhea chicks hatch at Edinburgh Zoo

June 28, 2014

A giraffe calf has been born at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Even though she is only 7 days old she has already reached 6 feet in size and tips the scales at 123 pounds. To enter the world she dropped 6 feet to the ground. The baby was born last Sunday to dad, Travis and… Continue reading Baby giraffe arrives at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

13 is a lucky number for Taronga’s glider program 

June 27, 2014

Taronga Zoo has welcomed the 13th Yellow bellied glider born into their breeding program. The baby is another step forward for the only successful glider breeding program in the world. Only recently have keepers been able to get a close up look at the baby when he had his first vet check. During this he… Continue reading 13 is a lucky number for Taronga’s glider program

A first rattle for endangered snakes 

June 25, 2014

13 Eastern Massasauga rattlesnakes have slithered into life at the Lincoln Park Zoo. This species of snake is endangered in Illinois. They are the first of their kind ever hatched at the Lincoln Park Zoo. On June 20 the little snakes hatched out of their eggs. Curator of Lincoln Park Zoo, Diane Mulkerin said, ‘The… Continue reading A first rattle for endangered snakes

Another chance at parenting for Adelaide Zoo orangutan 

June 25, 2014

Adelaide Zoo’s orangutan Karta is set to have a baby this November. The orangutan has lost 5 babies in the past so zookeepers are hoping for greater success this time. Orginally keepers believed that she was an inexperienced or a bad mother. In 2011 though keepers discovered it was her anatomy which caused these deaths.… Continue reading Another chance at parenting for Adelaide Zoo orangutan

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