This is both hilarious and makes total sense. Just like everyone else, zoos have to practice for emergencies. And zoo emergencies include escaping animals. Problem: You can't just release a real animal for a drill. Solution? Fellow employees dressed as animals. »
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! »
As part of their management of their animals, zoos get together to create breeding recommendations for each species. But sometimes the animals have their own plans. Despite being on contraceptives, a Los Angeles Zoo hippo delivered a surprise baby on Halloween. »
Most people think giant pandas are doomed. We've all heard about the disastrous failures in breeding them in captivity, and the massive die-offs. But you may not realize that panda breeding programs have become a stunning success. Here's why. »
A Chinese zoo is under fire for trying to disguise a Tibetan mastiff dog for a lion. The twisted scheme began to unravel when the supposed "African Lion" started to bark.
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… »
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.… »