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Virginia zoo remains closed because of winter storm

Tuesday, December 22, 2009Roanoke zoo closes for a time, but animals are safe, snugMill Mountain Zoo will be closed until at least Wednesday because of last weekend's storm -- but the animals are fine."We've had a staff member spending the night up there," zoo spokeswoman Lisa Uhl said. "But most of them [the animals] are used to this climate, so they're enjoying the snow. This is actually a treat for them. They create little snow bunkers."She said Bo, the zoo's wolverine, likes snow so much that staff members sometimes make snow for him or give Read More

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Abuse complaint against Canadian zoo continues to grow

13 more join abuse complaint against private zooUpdated: Thu Dec. 17 2009 21:11:24Darcy Wintonyk, ctvbc.caThirteen more former employees have joined an animal abuse complaint against a world-class conservation centre in Langley, B.C. Twenty-one people, including four current employees, have lobbed an arsenal of allegations against the Mountain View Conservation and Breeding Centre. The centre, which cares for rare species like the Fishing Cat and Vancouver Island Marmot, is accused of euthanizing animals using inhumane methods, including using non-lethal Read More

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OPINION: "Why zoos are in crisis"

What's good for the box office isn't always good for the animalsMargaret Wente Published on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 7:08PM ESTLast updated on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009 3:31AM ESTThree weeks ago, Tara, the matriarch of the fast-dwindling elephant herd at the Toronto Zoo, was found dying in her enclosure. Staff tried to get her back on her feet, but she never got up. She was 41. Zoo-raised elephants don't do very well. They're prone to arthritis, lameness, tuberculosis, herpes, infanticide, behavioural disturbances, obesity and infertility. They die younger Read More

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Pallas cats find temporary home at Virginia Zoo

Saturday, December 12, 2009Mill Mountain Zoo welcomes feisty felinesBy Kevin Kittredge981-3323Chin-Li was shy.Alexey was cranky."If you want to breed, you're going to have to be a little nicer," advised Lisa Uhl, Mill Mountain Zoo's public relations manager.Say hello to the two newest cats at Mill Mountain Zoo. Chin-Li and Alexey are Pallas cats. They look quite a bit like house cats, with more fluff.If the animals seemed a little overwhelmed by their surroundings last week, well, they had reason. The 7-year-old cats arrived here recently from the Read More

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India: Oldest lion dies at Indore zoo

BHOPAL | Friday, December 18, 2009Oldest lion dies at Indore zooPioneer News Service | IndoreAkbar, a 21-year-old lion, the oldest in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore Zoo, has died after a prolonged illness, officials said. "The lion was favourite with visitors. He was paralytic and was suffering from bedsores for the last 4-5 months," said Devendra Porwal, Indore Zoo superintendent. The lion died on Wednesday.Born at Indore zoo on January 15, 1988, Akbar enthralled hundreds of animal lovers for nearly two decades. He was cremated after school students Read More