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LA Zoo Welcomes Female Masai Giraffe Calf

The Los Angeles Zoo is happy to announce the birth of a female Masai giraffe calf born on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 to mother, Hasina, and father, Phillip. The currently unnamed calf weighed in at 138 pounds and stands at 6-foot-6. This will be the 11-year-old mother’s fifth calf and the 7-year-old father’s sixth calf. Hasina and Phillip were paired together through a Species Survival Plan (SSP) program that breeds Masai giraffes in order to ensure the survival of a species that is endangered in the wild.

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Boo @ the L.A. Zoo

Halloween Month Brings New Interactive Activities, Animal Feedings, Kids Shows, Autumn Photo Ops, Trick-or-Treating and Other Festive Fall Fun at the L.A. Zoo, Every Weekend in October

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CAZA Recognizes the Winners of the Outstanding Achievement Awards

Toronto Zoo reproductive biologist wins an award!!!

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Endangered Giant River Otters Introduced

Four giant river otter pups made their much-anticipated public debut Saturday at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. The pups were born to 7-year-old mother Sarave and 11-year-old father Buddy, who was born in Guyana and rescued as an orphan. Buddy is blind and the most genetically-valuable giant river otter in the Species Survival Plan (SSP), which makes these first offspring of his such a huge success for conservation.

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Holding hands with a chimpanzee: Surgeon investigates lump on Susie's wrist

Last month, John Ball Zoo reached out to Spectrum Health for an unusual patient - our chimpanzee, Susie. Susie, a 32-year-old chimp, developed a mysterious lump on the back of her right hand that needed looking into. Our zoo veterinarian, Dr. Ryan, cares for roughly 2,000 animals at John Ball Zoo - which involves 210 different species. “When you’re practicing zoo medicine, you are the ultimate generalist,” he said. “Our expertise comes in caring for so many different species. Partnering with specialists can give us their focal knowledge when we need it. By working together, we can provide the best care possible for all our patients.” Since chimpanzees and humans share very similar anatomy, we asked Dr. Jebson, a hand-surgeon at Spectrum Health, if he would come take a look.

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Mote receives federal grant to study highly migratory sharks as part of new consortium

Mote Marine Laboratory is bringing its long history of shark expertise to a new consortium studying highly migratory species, thanks to new federal funding. Dr. Robert Hueter, Director of Mote's Center for Shark Research, will be leading the shark research at Mote.

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The Maryland Zoo to Reach New Heights

BALTIMORE, MD – Some of the primates at The Maryland Zoo will soon be seen monkeying around overhead thanks to the addition of the new Colobus Trail.

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Audubon Zoo Releases Rarest Snakes in the United States

Three representatives of the rarest snake species in the United States were released into the wild thanks to partners from around the country. Three Louisiana pine snakes were released by Audubon Zoo and the United States Forestry Service (USFS) in the Kisatchie National Forest on September 19, 2019. Hatched at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in 2017 and then transferred to Audubon Zoo in 2018 for head-starting, or rearing to larger sizes that would be less vulnerable to predation prior to their release, these three individuals play a critical role in the recovery of this disappearing species. With around 200 individuals estimated to be left in the wild, Louisiana pine snakes (Pituophis ruthveni) are classified as endangered by the IUCN. Audubon Zoo's release follows the release of an additional 22 Louisiana pine snakes earlier this month that were hatched at Memphis Zoo and Fort Worth Zoo.

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Helping a Giraffe to Become a Mom

The Calgary Zoo team announced today that they’re hopeful 8-year old Masai giraffe “Emara” will become a mother for the first time by overcoming pregnancy challenges she has faced in the past.

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Toronto Zoo Receives Marketing Award from Association of Zoos and Aquariums

We were recognized by the AZA on our marketing campaign.

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