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Belfast Monkey’s Zoobreak Ends in Tragedy

An unnamed spider monkey that broke out of Belfast Zoo enjoyed the free life for just a few short hours, after the animal – unaware of the modern world outside of captivity –was hit by a car on the M2. Read More >>

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Parisian Zoo Recaptures 50 Escaped Baboons

The Vincennes Zoo in Paris was evacuated Friday morning after a group of 50 hostages revolted against their captors. Read More >>

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Scottish Zoo Closes Because its Monkeys Are Sad

Dundee's Camperdown wildlife centre is not currently open to welcome your social media content generation field trip, as it's been closed for four days so its monkeys can grieve the death of a member of the pack. Read More >>

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Welsh Cat Lovers Warned Against Petting Escaped Lynx

There's an escaped thing in Wales, and it's either tearing through the countryside looking for blood or cowering in a corner behind someone's shed, depending on which side of the lynx debate you sit on. Read More >>

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Zoos Are So Afraid of Poachers They’re Starting to Cut the Horns Off Their Rhinos

A Czech zoo has decided to remove the horns of 18 white rhinos after a deadly attack last week at a French zoo where poachers shot a rhino and used a chainsaw to cut off its horns. Welcome to the new normal, where even zoo animals have to be mutilated to protect them from poaching. Read More >>

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Human Wearing Chimp Suit Chased Around Zoo in the Name of Safety

It was only a drill. Staff at the Tama Zoological Park in Tokyo recently chased an unlucky coworker dressed in a droopy chimpanzee suit during an escaped animal drill. Eventually, the zookeepers shot at the costumed human with a tranquilizer gun, loaded the poor guy into a truck, and hopefully, paid for all the beers at happy hour. Read More >>

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Climbers Helped a Zoo Make Sure its Orangutan Habitat is Escape-Proof

The Kansas City Zoo didn’t have the best track record when it came to penning-in its primates—two gorillas got out in 2012 and two chimpanzees ran away in 2014 (I assume they all were brought back?). So when building a new orangutan habitat, the zoo brought in some experts to test the sheer rock walls for climb-ability. Read More >>

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This Custom Poop-Chute Dispenses Droppings for Lions to Play With

There's a lion in the San Francisco Zoo that absolutely adores rhino dung: loves smelling it; loves rolling in it. A team of Stanford students found this out during a design-build course, and you know what they did? Those undergrads developed a custom three-pronged poop-chute for the lion lair. Read More >>

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Self-Aware Panda Pretends it’s Pregnant to Win Extra Treats

Giant panda Ai Hin is currently at the centre of a no-sex scandal, after zoo workers claimed she pretended to be pregnant to win extra treats. Staff at the Chengdu Breeding Research Centre in China were planning a live broadcast of the birth, although it's now thought the promise of "more buns" when appearing pregnant may be teaching some pandas to pretend they're up the duff. [Telegraph] Read More >>

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A Redesigned Zoo Where Humans Stay Hidden Could Be Better for Animals

Even the most zoo-friendly amongst us probably harbour mixed feelings about the undeniable psychological and physical toll that captivity takes on animals. The Danish architects at Bjarke Ingels Group think they've designed a better way. A Zootopia, if you will, where humans are usually hidden from animals by grass shelters and mirrored pods. Read More >>

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The Weird, Depressing Stage Sets That Zoos Build for Their Animals

If you're like me, you can remember the discrete moment when the zoo stopped being fun and started being sad; when the jungle behind the animals stopped looking like jungle and started looking like concrete masonry painted with clumsy murals of natural scenes. Read More >>

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Spy on Pandas Not Having Sex in Google’s Street View Zoo Images

Google's roving backpackers have spent the last few months productively visiting zoos and wildlife parks around the world, with a selection of high-profile animal prisons now available for viewing inside its Street View panorama tool. Read More >>

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Did This Elephant Actually Eat This Poor Tourist’s iPhone?

Imagine you're out sight-seeing in Thailand. Whoa! Elephants! Better catch some video with your iPhone. Really hold it out there for a good shot when, haha, he's touching it with his trunk! Aaaand it's gone. Sure, it'd be equal parts hilarious and a bummer if it actually happened, and while that's what this video shows, it's probably (unfortunately) bogus. Read More >>

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Watch As Zoo Keepers Struggle To Contain a Deadly Rhino Piñata

Even zoos have to prepare for worst-case-scenarios, like when an animal escapes its enclosure. But I'm not so sure the paper mache rhinoceros used at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo really drives the point home of how dangerous this could be. Read More >>