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Ariz. zoo with ocelots, cougars, bobcats is major tourist attraction

Tucson boasts state's second largest tourist attraction By Lee Allen, Inside Tucson BusinessPublished on Friday, December 11, 2009 The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum entices visitors from around the world with the promise of "a new discovery with every visit." For a tourist attraction that's been around since 1952, staff and volunteers work hard to stay true to their promise."We're open 365 days of the year, no exceptions," says Visitor Services Supervisor Linda Meschino. "We get about half a million visitors annually, making us the second-most popular Read More

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Kansas City Zoo began with 4 lion cubs from circus

Posted on Fri, Dec. 11, 2009 KC Zoo marks centennial by looking aheadBy MATT CAMPBELLThe Kansas City Star Just ending its first 100 years of evolution, the Kansas City Zoo — bigger, more energetic, but ever more hungry for funds — is looking ahead.Its birthday is officially Sunday (more on that later), and the Swope Park institution is celebrating a good year of more attendance, more Friends of the Zoo memberships and more visitor satisfaction.And with next spring’s return of a polar bear exhibit and penguins on the way in 2012, more good Read More

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Kansas zoo’s cold weather cats enjoying frigid temperatures

Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure is AZA-accredited.Cool cats12/11/2009By MICHAEL STRAND Salina Journal Most animals live outdoors all the time -- but if your regular outdoors is the African veldt, a Salina winter can be pretty brutal. On the other hand, if your ancestors have lived in the high Himalayas for millions of years, single-digit temperatures are perfect. How animals and their keepers deal with this week's record-breaking low temperatures is "as varied as our species, and we have over 100," said Sandy Walker, general curator at Rolling Read More

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Snow leopard dies at Virginia zoo

Natasha the snow leopard dies at Mill Mountain ZooMill Mountain Zoo's Natasha has left a legacy of memories and offspring.By Kevin Kittredge981-3323The Roanoke TimesNot only is the big Mill Mountain Zoo cat, who died this week of cancer, remembered by many, but she had kittens in 2003 and 2005. Natasha's four offspring are now in zoos in Toledo, Ohio; Sioux Falls, S.D.; Duluth, Minn.; and Des Moines, Iowa, said Dave Orndorff, Mill Mountain Zoo director and general curator. Although snow leopards are an endangered species, it is not unusual for them Read More

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Born Free asks, "What’s going on at U.K. zoos?"

Zoo troublePublished Date: 10 December 2009IT is distressing to learn that measures to improve inadequate facilities at Edinburgh zoo have been "put on hold while the company tried to resolve financial issues" (your report, 8 December).Licensing conditions imposed on the zoo require "off-show" areas for big cats to be upgraded "to ensure staff safety, hygiene and animal welfare are not compromised by further deterioration", and the report says Edinburgh council "called for a 'radical refurbishment or replacement' of the food store and veterinary Read More