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Tight times in Ukraine means cramped quarters for its zoo animals

The Kiev Zoo was expelled from the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria over poor conditions and mistreatment of animals.By CLIFFORD J. LEVYPublished: December 22, 2009KIEV, Ukraine — Tatyana Shvets strode through the Kiev Zoo recently as if it were her own backyard, feeding scraps of bread to the bison ("Hello, my dears!"), cooing to the storks ("Oh, you must be cold!") and lavishing love upon every creature in sight, as she has since she first visited as a child half a century ago.City officials said they hoped to have it reinstated.But Read More

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Houston Zoo’s newest arrivals are three lions

A Real ZooLife at the Houston Zoo with Deborah CannonNOTE: This reader is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Chronicle.December 22, 2009Our Newest AnimalsThe newest arrivals at the Houston Zoo are three young female African lions. Born in July 2008 at Ft. Worth Zoo, the girls are African Lion girls beginning to settle into their new home and the keepers are beginning to see signs of their individual personalities.Matungulu, also known as Mattie is the brave one. The first day they came on exhibit, Mattie was the one who came Read More

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Scottish laird wants European wildcats, wolves on his estate

Wolves may make a Highland comeback in laird's reserve plan to apply for zoo licencePublished Date: 19 December 2009 By JOHN ROSS WOLVES, not seen in the wild in Scotland for hundreds of years, could be ready for a comeback on a Highland estate.The Alladale Estate near Ardgay in Sutherland has announced it is to seek a zoo licence within the next two months so it can let the animals roam in a wilderness reserve. It is the latest move by estate owner Paul Lister, who plans to release a series of wild animals in enclosures on the estate.Reserve manager Read More

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Bobcat arrives at Michigan zoo

Bobcat arrives at Saginaw Children's Zoo at Celebration SquarePublished: Monday, December 21, 2009 1:29 PM ESTThe Children's Zoo at Celebration Square in Saginaw has welcomed Kyra, a 4-year-old female bobcat.Come to the Zoo from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, and visit Kyra and the zoo's residents that enjoy the Michigan winter weather. Then warm up with popcorn, hot chocolate and free kids crafts in the Conservation Classroom. Admission is $2 per person; infants through 11 months are free. Carousel rides are $2 per person per ride. Information, Read More

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Snow leopards at L.A. Zoo get holiday enrichment

December 22, 2009Holiday gifts for fuzzy-faced leopard cubsREAL SNOW CATS: A snow leopard plays with a cardboard cutout at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens on December 18. A pair of rare snow leopard cubs and their mother were given Christmas packages containing treats and cardboard cutout decorations to investigate as part of the zoo's behavioral enrichment program, which uses the natural behaviors of animals to keep them active and healthy. The cubs were born at the zoo on May 26 to a cat named Asia. Native to remote high mountains in Read More