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Down a Desolate Hallway, Eddie's Ghost Lingers Still

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 03.31.2014 | Green
Jeremiah Horrigan

I'd walk past tiny rooms -- cages, really -- where scared-looking, lonely creatures sometimes peered out at me. There were screams. Howls.

Why Do Some Zoos Euthanize Healthy Animals?

Posted 03.28.2014 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's Laura Moss: Marius the giraffe died on Feb. 9 from a shot to the head with a bolt gun. Workers at the Copenhagen Zoo t...

Is It Wrong For Zoo Restaurants To Serve Meat?

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green

Is it weird to eat a hamburger at the same zoo where you just pet a cow, or cooed over a panda? It's natural to wonder about zoos and ethics after ...

10 Touching Photos Of Monkeys In Captivity Will Bring Tears To Your Eyes

Posted 02.26.2014 | Arts

Look into the eyes of any animal at the zoo and prepare to experience a complex sensation of happiness, excitement, compassion, guilt and sadness. But...

They Shoot Giraffes Don't They? Why Marius's Death Is No Surprise

Karen Dawn | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Karen Dawn

It makes no sense to support zoos in general and then express anger at this one for being so public about its disposal of what it deemed surplus inventory.

Baby Elephant For Dinner?

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.06.2013 | Green

Seriously, is there ever a moment when a baby elephant isn't being the most adorable thing you have ever seen? Okay fine, we can think of a few mo...

Gus the Polar Bear - Free at last, Free at last.

Val Brown | Posted 11.03.2013 | New York
Val Brown

If you're feeling sad for you and your kids and the many delightful hours you spent watching Gus in his plate glass cell, take a moment to mourn the life he lead for your enjoyment. And then celebrate that he is finally free.

Snakes Alive! 6 Standout Serpentariums

MiniTime | Posted 10.20.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

Snakes get a bad rap for being ugly and slimy, but they play a crucial role in maintaining the health of our planet. If you've got a budding herpetologist in your family, visit one of these six serpentariums.

Costa Rica Plans To Close Both Public Zoos

AP | Posted 10.03.2013 | Green

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rican officials say they plan to close both of the country's public zoos next year so that animals can be freed fr...

PANDA-MONIUM!

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 07.23.2013 | DC

Here's something to keep you occupied while you wait for the royal baby: the Smithsonian National Zoo's panda cams are back! The two cameras, whic...

New National Zoo Elephant's Hidden Talent

Posted 05.03.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The Smithsonian National Zoo will add an artist to its menagerie this summer when Bozie, a 37-year-old female Asian elephant, joins the ...

At The Zoo: Cute Baby Animals!

MiniTime | Posted 05.21.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

One of the great joys of a spring vacation is the chance to meet all the new arrivals born at zoos and aquariums around the country. Here's where to find most irresistible babies running -- and swinging, and swimming -- around this spring.

Puzzle Study Spotlights Chimp, Human Similarities

Posted 02.25.2013 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 02/23/2013 08:54 PM EST on LiveScience Chimpanzees don't need to be rewarded for playin...

LOOK: Your Daily Dose Of Zoo Adorableness

Posted 01.28.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Feeling a little down from the dreary weather? This'll cheer you up -- the National Zoo has released an impossibly heart-warming photo o...

Uncertain Future For Six Virginia Chimpanzees

Richmond Times-Dispatch | Katherine Calos | Posted 03.16.2013 | DC

When Toby the chimp arrived at Curtis Shepperson's home near Mechanicsville, he was 6 weeks old and weighed 7 pounds. He was adorable. Curtis and Bea...

LOOK: Denmark's Gay Penguins Become Dads

Posted 11.09.2012 | Gay Voices

In what the Toronto Star describes as an "apparent world first," a Danish zoo's King penguin chick has two "adoptive" fathers. After a female peng...

Boy Dies After Falling Into Zoo Exhibit

AP | KEVIN BEGOS | Posted 01.04.2013 | Green

PITTSBURGH — A 2-year-old boy visiting the Pittsburgh zoo was killed Sunday morning when he fell off a railing that his mother had put him on to...

Baby Panda Dies, Zoo Goes On

Bob Morris | Posted 12.01.2012 | DC
Bob Morris

Zoos may not address war or unemployment, but they give us a chance to consider the profound miracle and fragility of life.

Ponte Vedra Beach Florida: A World-Class Golf Vacation

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.27.2012 | Travel
Dwight Brown

Every May thousands of golf fans head to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida for The Players, arguably the most noted tournament outside the four majors and certainly the most fan-friendly. The rest of the year, this amicable town located in St. Johns County, Florida, just south of Jacksonville, is a haven for golfers.

There's Nothing Sadder Than A Sexually Frustrated Elephant

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 06.20.2012 | Los Angeles

Billy the elephant, who has been at the LA Zoo for 23 of his 27 years, is overweight, depressed and sexually frustrated, according to a lawsuit put fo...

PHOTOS: The World's Coolest Zoos

Cheapflights | Posted 08.10.2012 | Travel
Cheapflights

Doubling in most cases as research facilities, these zoos protect endangered, rare and downright adorable animals, from pandas to monkeys to lions.

PHOTOS: Vintage Zoo Pamphlets From Around The World

Posted 06.04.2012 | Green

By Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer: Multi-person elephant rides, orangutans eating from fine china, and carnivores on display before be...

Labor Department Fires Warning Shot At Animal Entertainment Industry

David Kirby | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
David Kirby

OSHA's obligation is to protect all employees against any unnecessary risks. And if that means putting a physical barrier between human workers and potentially lethal animals, the Feds are saying so be it.

Creative Spaces: Where the Wild Things Should Be

Rana Florida | Posted 07.15.2012 | Home
Rana Florida

Ron L. Kagan made international headlines when he voluntarily decided to relocate the Detroit Zoo's elephants to a better home, a sanctuary in California. How exotic animals experience life in captivity is determined by the home that zoos give them. Here are some of the things that make this experience much better for animals.

Orangutans Using IPADS

AP | DAVID FISCHER | Posted 07.09.2012 | Miami

MIAMI — The 8-year-old twins love their iPad. They draw, play games and expand their vocabulary. Their family's teenagers also like the hand-hel...