10 Real-Life Animal Husbandry Techniques That Alien Zoos Will Use On Us

So you ‘ve been abducted and placed in an alien zoo, put on display for other aliens to gawk at. The good news is that you’ll probably get free food; the bad news is they’ll probably try the same tricks on you that our zoos play on Earth animals. Here’s all the ways these zoos will mess with you in the name of animal… » 5/06/15 10:00am Today 10:00am

Why Freeing Elephant Performers Is Not Nearly Enough

The costumes are coming off, the shackles are being unlocked, and the boxcars are opening. After more than 130 years, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus will retire its elephants. It's an important step — but animals need legal rights, and not just laws that treat them like things. » 3/18/15 8:20am 3/18/15 8:20am

The National Zoo's Senior Curator Is Here To Answer Our Questions!

How does The National Zoo care for all the different animals under its roof? Senior curator and giant panda curator at the National Zoo, Brandie Smith, is here to take questions about the Zoo's behind-the-scene's workings, animal conservation, pandas, and anything else you've always wanted to know! » 2/12/15 9:05am 2/12/15 9:05am

A video guide to artificially inseminating a rhinoceros

At ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire, England, the staff recently had the luxurious task of artificially inseminating a southern white rhino. And because male rhinoceros gametes don't rain from the sky like manna from heaven, the zookeepers had to extract semen from an ornery horned fellow. I may have watched this… » 9/17/11 1:00pm 9/17/11 1:00pm

Watch R2-D2 get eaten by a grizzly bear at a Colorado zoo

Droids don't last forever, and R2-D2 was recently laid to rest by a grizzly bear at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Of course, some unscrupulous zookeepers had filled his circuits with delicious ursine treats, so you can't blame the bear for poking around. Also, R2-D2 is made of cardboard.… » 8/22/11 1:20pm 8/22/11 1:20pm