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S.F. Zoo workers say young gorilla's death was avoidable

San Francisco - Animal caretakers at San Francisco Zoo say the Nov. 7 death of a young endangered gorilla in its enclosure could have been prevented.

Endangered young gorilla dies at San Francisco Zoo

San Francisco - A hydraulic door that crushed an endangered young gorilla to death at the San Francisco Zoo on Friday night was custom-made with a fully functional manual shut-off switch, a zoo spokesman said Sunday.

Harpist's mellow tone soothes apes at zoo

When harpist Terri Tacheny visited the St. Paul, Minnesota Zoo with her daughters, she thought she had the perfect solution for the lethargy the big creatures exhibited: she played the harp for them.

White tiger kills youth at New Delhi zoo

New Delhi - A white tiger on Tuesday attacked and killed a youth who appeared to have jumped or fallen into its enclosure at a zoo in the Indian capital, witnesses said.

VIDEO: Bear turns lifeguard, saves drowning crow

Budapest - Its not often you see a grizzly bear appear to act out a scene from the popular television show Baywatch, but that is exactly what visitors at the Budapest Zoo witnessed recently.

'World's Saddest Bear' to remain in sweltering hot Argentine Zoo

Mendoza - Despite worldwide criticism from animal rights activist and constant pleas for his release, the "world's saddest polar bear" will not be moved to a Canadian zoo.

Party goer threw beer at tiger at 'Zoo Lates' event at London zoo

A party goer threw beer at a tiger, while another reveler wanted to "fight a penguin" at a series of Friday night parties at the zoo in London.

Woman banned from zoo after trying to feed cookies to lions

Memphis - A woman was recently banned from the Memphis zoo after exhibiting some strange behavior. Fortunately she was caught before she could endanger herself or the lions.

Kaeng Krachan elephant park opens at Zurich Zoo (Video)

A herd of six elephants at the zoo in Zurich, Switzerland just got a real treat, as the new Kaeng Krachan elephant park opened to the public on Saturday. With loads more space to run around in and six water basins for swimming, they are happy indeed.

Spanish zoo vet shoots keeper in gorilla escape drill

Madrid - A Spanish zoo vet shot a keeper with a tranquillizer dart when a gorilla escape drill went awry, knocking out the unfortunate victim who spent the next three days in hospital.

New-look Paris Zoo rethinks 'humanimal' relationship

Paris - Paris zoo reopens its gates on Saturday after a six-year revamp to shed its image as a traditional city zoo and change how humans see wild animals.

Danish zoo that killed giraffe puts down four lions

Copenhagen - A Copenhagen zoo that prompted international outrage by putting down a healthy giraffe and dissecting it in public has killed two lions and their two cubs to make way for a new male, it said on Tuesday."Because of the pride of lions' natural structure ...

Three tiger cubs born in London zoo

London - The birth of three tiger cubs at London Zoo has been filmed using hidden cameras. After a 106-day pregnancy the five-year-old Sumatran tigress gave birth to three bouncing cubs.

Danish zoo may kill second giraffe named Marius

Copenhagen - Just days after a Copenhagen zoo sparked global outrage by putting down a healthy giraffe named Marius, another Danish zoo says it may do the same thing to a giraffe with the same name.

German monkey stud to be moved to Czech zoo after 50 babies

Leipzig - Purus, a 10-year-old squirrel monkey, has been the only breeding male available for the 53 females at Halle Zoo near Leipzig. After siring 50 babies, the zoo says enough is enough, and he is being moved to a Czech zoo to prevent possible incest.

Uproar as young giraffe put down at Copenhagen zoo

Copenhagen - A Danish zoo sparked outrage Sunday when it put down a healthy young giraffe to prevent inbreeding as young children looked on, before chopping it up and feeding it to lions.

Video: Tokyo zoo runs simulated gorilla escape

Tokyo - In an effort to be prepared for the unexpected, officials at Tokyo zoo ran an emergency drill on Thursday. They dressed a member of staff in a gorilla costume, who then mimed the great escape.

Tokyo zoo stages 'gorilla escape'

Tokyo - Staff at a Japanese zoo chased a keeper in a gorilla costume on Thursday as part of an annual escape drill to brush up their skills in the event of a real breakout.

Tokyo zoo stages 'gorilla escape'

Tokyo - Staff at a Japanese zoo chased a keeper in a gorilla costume on Thursday as part of an annual escape drill to brush up their skills in the event of a real breakout.

Visitors witness lion kill lioness at Dallas zoo

Dallas - A male lion killed a lioness with a bite to the neck at a zoo in Dallas over the weekend. The incident was witnessed by families and other stunned visitors.

German zoo forced to change name of Fidel, the Cuban crocodile

Hoyerswerda - One of seven endangered Cuban crocodiles hatched at the Hoyerswerda Zoo was given the name "Fidel". Apparently his name has caused some problems due to associations with the Communist revolutionary, Fidel Castro, and has had to be changed.

Image of kid at closed zoo goes viral

Quickly spreading across the Web, via sites such as reddit, is a photo of a child holding onto the bars of The National Zoo gate, the "temporarily closed" sign hovering above him. Does this photo best define the fallout of the U.S. government shutdown?

Tasmanian Devils find new home at San Diego zoo

San Diego - Four Tasmanian devils are now living at the San Diego Zoo after arriving from Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Australia earlier this week.

Rare white rhinoceros birth at Spanish natural park

Penagos - A rare birth in captivity in a Spanish natural park has brought a baby white rhinoceros into the world. The calf is of the southern subspecies of the white rhinoceros and mother and baby are doing well.

Seal escapes to hang out in swan lake in German zoo (video)

Karlsruhe - Lola, a young seal, is now a special attraction at Karlsruhe Zoo in Germany. She managed to escape from her enclosure and is hanging out in the swan lake. Apparently she's been there for three weeks, evading capture.

Photo Essay: Can zoos be humane and survive? Special

A debate rages in the modern world on the humanity of caging animals, asking intelligent sea life to perform for us and having circus animals perform for us. Is it inhumane? Is there a way to do it humanely?

Zoo in China replaces lion with dog, hopes no one would notice

While a zoo in the central province of Henan was out (allegedly) enjoying himself at a breeding center, the zoo staff replaced him with what they thought might be the next best thing.

Chinese zoo in trouble for displaying a dog as a lion

Luohe - A zoo in China got into trouble when a so-called "African lion" started barking. Turns out he was a Tibetan mastiff, which is a large and shaggy breed of dog, and rather different from a big African cat.

Photo Essay: A photographic safari at the local zoo Special

Toronto - Looking for an adventure to take your kids or grandkids on? Try something old with a twist. A photographic safari at the local zoo.

Panda from China delivers cub in Taiwan

Taipei - A nine-year-old female giant panda donated by China to Taiwan four years ago gave birth to a female cub Saturday night at a Taipei zoo.
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Colobus Monkeys
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Lemur from Madagascar
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FAMILY: This adult female gorilla is the surrogate mother to the 8-month-old boy gorilla seen with h...
FAMILY: This adult female gorilla is the surrogate mother to the 8-month-old boy gorilla seen with her at San Francisco Zoo in 2009.
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Two of Major s offspring  Joko and Becky at Parc Zoologique de la Boissiere du Dore  western France
Two of Major's offspring, Joko and Becky at Parc Zoologique de la Boissiere du Dore, western France
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Pic taken by me  a Bear on a tree at Guwahati Zoo  Assam  India.
Pic taken by me, a Bear on a tree at Guwahati Zoo, Assam, India.
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The elephants at the Zoo at Grassmere.
The elephants at the Zoo at Grassmere.
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Realistic baobab tree at entrance to lemur enclosure.
Realistic baobab tree at entrance to lemur enclosure.
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A crow stares at the bear who just saved him from drowning.
A crow stares at the bear who just saved him from drowning.
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Tori the smoking Orangutan at the zoo in Central Java  Indonesia
Tori the smoking Orangutan at the zoo in Central Java, Indonesia
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The Topeka Zoo is getting a trunk full of cash thanks to its newest gift products: dolls and gifts made from elephants' poop.
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Pic taken by me  a Rhino at Guwahati Zoo  Assam  India.
Pic taken by me, a Rhino at Guwahati Zoo, Assam, India.
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American Alligator
American Alligator
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Buff cheeked gibbon and baby
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At times it appears as if the meerkats enjoy watching the zoo visitors as much as the visitors enjoy watching them.
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A boy on the merry-go-round at the Toronto Zoo.
A boy on the merry-go-round at the Toronto Zoo.
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One of the Giraffes at Nashville s Zoo at Grassmere
One of the Giraffes at Nashville's Zoo at Grassmere
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Otters playing at Paradise Park in Broxbourne
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Ruffed (or black and white) lemur
Ruffed (or black and white) lemur
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After a long game of chase, this little meerkat decided to stretch out and relax.
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