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News and Updates

The Animal Facts news section brings you the latest updates on animals both in human care and in the wild.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Siamese Crocodiles

Siamese crocodiles set to return home 


Bronx Zoo welcomes a baby porcupine 


Cincinnati Zoo celebrate their 50th baby gorilla 

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