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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.

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

Endangered Sumatran rhinoceros born in captivity 

July 2, 2012

An endangered Sumatrian rhinoceros has been born at a sactuary in Indonesia, which is one of only four recorded births of a Sumatrian rhinoceros in captivity in 100 years.   The birth is significant because it is believed that there are less than 200 Sumatrian rhinoceros living in Indonesia & Malaysia. A spokesman for Indonesia’s… Continue reading Endangered Sumatran rhinoceros born in captivity

Tortise Subspecies Gone Forever 

June 25, 2012

Lonesome George the last of his kind has died. The Pinta Island Giant Tortoise was found dead in his corral. George was best known for an apparent aversion to females of his species. He was the last known individual of his subspecies. George’s body will be kept in a cold chamber that will help prevent… Continue reading Tortise Subspecies Gone Forever

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