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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.

Skinks saved from possible extinction 

April 15, 2014

Western Grand and Otago skinks are making their homes at Wellington Zoo in an effort to save them from extinction. In a partnership with the Department of conservation the project aims to increase numbers of the critically endangered species. These animals usually make their home near Wanaka but this group were removed in February. They… Continue reading Skinks saved from possible extinction

Eastern Bongo enters the world at Zoo Atlanta 

April 15, 2014

On April 12 2014 Zoo Atlanta’s bongo, Matilda, gave birth to her 3rd baby and it’s a boy. Mum and Dad, Tambo, are part of the species survival plan for the eastern bongo. This aims to create a genetically diverse,self-sustaining population of bongos in North American Zoos. The program has already seen captive bongos reintroduced… Continue reading Eastern Bongo enters the world at Zoo Atlanta

Perth Zoo opens new orang-utan boardwalk 

April 14, 2014

Rising 2.1metres into the air Perth Zoo’s new orang-utan boardwalk is now open. The new boardwalk aims to get people closer to the 12 orang-utans who are currently living at the Perth Zoo. It wraps for 125 metres around the habitats for the orang-utan colony. Costing $3.6 million the project also involved the planting of… Continue reading Perth Zoo opens new orang-utan boardwalk

Vincennes Zoo undergoes €133m facelift 

April 13, 2014

After 6 years the Zoological Park of Paris will finally re-open its doors on the twelfth of April 2014. What prompted this huge renovation? When the zoo closed in 2008 it was stuck in a time-warp. The zoo opened in 1934. The animals were held in a concrete jungle which raised many safety concerns. Zoo… Continue reading Vincennes Zoo undergoes €133m facelift

Chimps escape at the Kansas City Zoo 

April 12, 2014

In an amazing display of the great apes ingenuity, 7 chimps breached the walls of their enclosure at the Kansas City Zoo on Thursday afternoon. At about 4pm a chimp broke a 5ft limb off a tree or utilised one within the enclosure. The chimpanzee then pushed this up against the wall of his enclosure.… Continue reading Chimps escape at the Kansas City Zoo

Zoo Babies-Taronga Zoo Tree Kangaroo 

March 15, 2014

This little cutie is a baby tree kangaroo who is just beginning to poke her head out of the pouch since being born in September. This girl is so young that she is still yet to even receive a name. She is the first of her kind to born at Taronga Zoo in Sydney in… Continue reading Zoo Babies-Taronga Zoo Tree Kangaroo

Zoo Babies-Rare C-section on a gorilla 

March 15, 2014

A rare C-section has been performed on a gorilla at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. This was the first baby for gorilla Imani. She began to show initial signs of labour Wednesday. This was closely monitored by keepers and vets from the safari park. By the next morning she showed no further signs of… Continue reading Zoo Babies-Rare C-section on a gorilla

World’s only captive leopard seal put to sleep 

February 22, 2014

Casey a male leopard seal at Taronga Zoo has been put to sleep after a battle with illness. Casey stopped eating earlier in the year and began to go off colour. Casey was eutanised on Friday as Taronga Zoo decided everything possible had been done to assist him. Taronga Zoo said in their statement ‘Casey’s… Continue reading World’s only captive leopard seal put to sleep

Dolphins can do math 

July 22, 2012

It has been found that dolphins may use complex nonlinear math when they go hunting. A new study suggests that dolphins may be much more skilled at maths than people ever thought possible.  The study was inspired when the lead author watched Discovery channels “Blue Planet”. He noticed that dolphins were blowing tiny bubbles around… Continue reading Dolphins can do math

Gorillas Fight Back 

July 21, 2012

Two young gorillas have been found to be dismantling poacher’s snares in their forest home. These actions come just after a snare killed another young gorilla in the area. It has been noted as the first time that juveniles have been seen doing this. The observation was made at Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karioske Research… Continue reading Gorillas Fight Back

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