Questionable Practices at the Calgary Zoo

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Another animal dies at the Calgary Zoo and more questions are being raised about their practices. I don't track zoos, but this seems like an unusually high number of casualties. The Calgary Zoo is again under scrutiny as details emerged Friday about how a capybara, a species of giant South American rodent, died after becoming caught in a hydraulic door last weekend as it was being moved from one area to another. Tags: zoos welfare violations animal welfare

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San Francisco Zoo Struggles After Tiger Attack

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Things have been tough at the San Francisco Zoo after Tatiana the Siberian tiger attacked those three people in 2007. Here's an article that explains the hard times the Zoo has faced since then. The attacks led to intense scrutiny from the city and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which threatened to yank the zoo's accreditation. The zoo's budget fell into the red as it tried to recover. Tags: zoos california san francisco tigers

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PETA Wants Knut Castrated!

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He was the cute little polar bear whose birth at the Berlin Zoo was so controversial because his mother rejected him. He was raised by a trainer. Tags: zoos knut Germany polar bear PETA We're talking about Knut the polar bear. PETA Germany's position is that he should be castrated so he doesn't mate with his cousin Giovanna. She's here temporarily for companionship, but the group is concerned. Check out a couple of the pictures in this story. How suggestive!

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On "Imposing" Our Beliefs on Our Children

Animal Person

My parents did their best to raise my sister and me. Animals existed for my entertainment in zoos, water parks and at circuses. They were simply raising us as best they could within the mainstream culture.

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Pets Aplenty Blog Tour

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Pets Aplenty is a humorous book written by Malcolm Welshman, a retired vet who has worked at London Zoo, in a small animal hospital, and as a consultant dealing with exotics.

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Busch Gardens Welcomes New Baby Cheetah

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The new cub was born at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens to a mother who wasn’t able to care for him. When zoo keepers saw that the baby was not eating and having trouble gaining weight, they made the decision to hand-raise him.

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From Today's Los Angeles Times

Animal Ethics

To the editor: The gorilla Harambe’s killing at the Cincinnati Zoo surely calls our society to ask if it is moral or just to keep animals in a prison to be used, at worst, as objects of entertainment or, at best, under the guise of “education.” (“ Harambe the gorilla dies, meat-eaters grieve ,” Opinion, June 5) Is there no accountability on the part of the parents of the child who found himself in the gorilla exhibit? This horrible incident has raised some tough questions indeed.

Miracle Babies; Pandas and Leopards

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Each animal they raise to adulthood is a step away from extinction, with the ultimate challenge to return them to the wild. We’ll see ambitious programs to save diverse species from the outback of Australia, the savannahs of East Africa, the Brazilian Amazon and some of the most successful zoo breeding programs in the world. The Atlanta Zoo in Georgia is borrowing Chengdu’s winning technique to help try and have a baby of its own.

Cute of the Day: Open Wide!

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Until recently, the population of tawny frogmouths in North American zoos was facing extinction — and breeding programs were largely unsuccessful. SeaWorld worked with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to develop a program to sustain the species’ growth.

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Awkward Fostering

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Especially it is associated with dogs, which may raise kids of other species and even of scary and dangerous representatives of wildlife! Dogs are likely to be true-born wet-nurses; in particular, it is related to whelp dogs, which are often used as step-mothers for young predators in the Zoos. In 2006, in Yalta private zoo (Ukraine) two white lions were left without mother’s care.

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Why I Question Animal Testing 2.2

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They were one, two or three to a cage, and I am 80 percent sure the accommodations were exemplary as far as such institutions (or for that matter traditional zoos) go. I do not claim to have the answer, but I think it is certainly worthwhile to raise the question: Why, exactly, all over the civilized world, in virtually every major city, are apes in prison? I particularly question the use of chimpanzees in medical research.

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The Emotional Lives of Animals

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Donna Fernandes, president of the Buffalo Zoo, witnessed a wake for a female gorilla, Babs, who had died of cancer at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo. Grief, friendship, gratitude, wonder, and other things we animals experience. by Marc Bekoff.