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Putting Your Self(ie) And Animals At Risk

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 07.14.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

Wild animals are not novelties, are not safe for human interaction, do not exist to entertain us, and belong in the wild. Period.

Beluga Whales Deeply Suffer At The Vancouver Aquarium, Experts Agree

Marc Bekoff | Posted 07.07.2016 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

It's not Happening at the Zoo There is so much happening in the study of animal behavior, cognition, and emotions that it is almost impossible to kee...

Arturo, World's Saddest Polar Bear Dies After Decades In Captivity

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 07.05.2016 | Green

Arturo, a 31-year old polar bear held in captivity for more than two decades, has died in Argentina. He first made headlines as the “world’s sadde...

As Haunted As I Am By The Death Of Harambe The Gorilla, I Believe The Zoo Made The Best Decision At The Time

Jordan Schaul | Posted 07.01.2016 | Green
Jordan Schaul

In my opinion, in regard to the death of Harambe a month after his untimely death, the Cincinnati Zoo made the best decision possible under horrible circumstances.

Harambe the Gorilla -- Symptom Of Our Deeper Dysfunction

Carl Safina | Posted 06.18.2016 | Green
Carl Safina

Being a wild gorilla is far more dangerous than being a zoo-born gorilla. Yet the wild is the only slim hope of true survival; zoos are dead-ends for creatures whose dismantled native habitat makes reintroduction impossible.

Help for Hellbenders

David Mizejewski | Posted 06.14.2016 | Green
David Mizejewski

The eastern hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) is America's largest salamander. Like many amphibian species around the world, hellbenders are i...

One Zoo Lion Video

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 06.09.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

There is no question that the lives of animals in modern zoos are on people's minds all across the world lately. Harambe the gorilla in the Cincinnati...

Zoo Tiger Slams Himself Against Glass Wall After Being Taunted By Tourists

The Dodo | Adam Goldberg | Posted 06.09.2016 | Green

A zoo animal took a flying leap at a spectator only to be repulsed by a sheet of glass....

Is it Time to Break With the Colonial Legacy of Zoos?

The Conversation US | Posted 06.07.2016 | Green
The Conversation US

Instead of seeking justice for Harambe, or improving zoo policies or exhibit design, we should first ask what, precisely, are we conserving in zoos? In my view, we are perpetuating an outmoded worldview rooted in colonialism.

Why does the death of a gorilla hurt us so much?

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 06.06.2016 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Thirty years ago, the killing of a gorilla in a zoo would have barely been noticed except by the people closest to the animal. Today, however, the sho...

The Gorilla, the Boy, and the Question: Why Do We Need Zoos?

Ken White | Posted 06.03.2016 | San Francisco
Ken White

The killing of the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo has received the attention one could only expect. I don't care to join in the bashing and blaming, but I do think this is the right time to ask a far more basic question. Why do we need zoos?


Isa Freeling | Posted 06.01.2016 | Entertainment
Isa Freeling

"Unlocking The Cage" is a smart, heroic act of film-making. This compassionate and distinctive work is a combination of single-minded legal drama and humane consciousness raising possibilities.

The Lesson of Harambe

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 06.01.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

In a world where accidents happen, we should always minimize or eliminate risk. Here, the only way to really do so is to not have certain animals in cities in the first place.

An Open Letter to the Cincinnati Zoo Mother

Jessica Ciencin Henriquez | Posted 06.01.2016 | Parents
Jessica Ciencin Henriquez

There is nothing I can accuse you of that you haven't already heard. There are no harsh words I can type that you haven't already read and etched into your mind, there has already been enough shouting to keep you up at night. So let me say something that isn't being said enough.

New Video Shows Zoo Gorilla With Boy Before Ape Was Shot Dead

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 05.30.2016 | Green

Newly released video shows the moments just after a 4-year-old boy crawled into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, which led to zoo officials ...

Is Swaziland Selling Live Elephants and Rhino Horns Simply for Profit?

Carl Safina | Posted 05.02.2016 | Green
Carl Safina

A government that can make $14,000 a pound from something confiscated from poachers, has incentive to give poachers a slap on the wrist and send them right out again.

The Essential Guide to Raising Wolves

Quora | Posted 05.02.2016 | Weird News

What does it take to raise wolves? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with...

The Deafening Silence of an Empty Pool and Voiceless Dolphins

Terrie M. Williams | Posted 04.28.2016 | Science
Terrie M. Williams

These are uncertain times for big charismatic animals in the oceans and on land. Many populations are declining. Money is scarce for pool repairs and big mammal research, made worse by the public's vocal distrust of scientists, zoos and aquariums.

Florida Tiger That Killed Zookeeper Is Now Receiving Threats

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 04.20.2016 | Crime

A tiger that killed a keeper last week at a zoo in West Palm Beach, Florida, is now receiving threats, the zoo says. Officials at the Palm Beach Zoo s...

Zoo Gorilla Sends Clear Message To Visitors That He Wants Out

The Dodo | Adam Goldberg | Posted 03.30.2016 | Green

This gorilla isn't giving up....

The On-Going Travesty of the Secretly Abducted Swaziland Elephants Including One Death: It's Not Only "Animal Rights Activists" or "Extremists" Who Care

Marc Bekoff | Posted 03.16.2016 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

An elephantine travesty: A secret abduction and a secret death I recently wrote an essay called "The Stolen 18: Swaziland Elephants Secretly Shippe...

Kidnapping Elephants Won't Save Them

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 03.11.2016 | Green
Ingrid Newkirk

The actions taken by the Dallas Zoo, the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, and Wichita's Sedgwick County Zoo have done nothing to help elephants but will irrefutably harm them for decades to come. All three zoos should be roundly condemned by everyone who cares about elephants.

Endangered in the Wild, In Danger in Captivity

Stephen Wells | Posted 02.24.2016 | Green
Stephen Wells

On February 11, in response to a lawsuit brought by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), Judge Jon Scoles issued an order that the zoo must transfer its endangered species to facilities that can meet the animals' needs.

The Best Place for a Sumatran Tiger

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 02.15.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

The best place for a Sumatran tiger is in Sumatra--not the Sacramento Zoo. Yet, it's now reported that a 15-year-old Sumatran tiger died after being a...

Zoo Seeks Volunteers Who Are Passionate About Penguins

CBS Detroit | Adam Goldberg | Posted 02.08.2016 | Green

The Detroit Zoo is looking for a few good people who love penguins....