Today I learned of Ken Allen, a Borneo orangutan in the San Diego Zoo who escaped his enclosure three times. He never acted aggressively towards anyone during his escapes, and generally wandered around the zoo looking at other animals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
The San Diego Zoo Animals & Plants is the only zoo outside of Australia to have Platypuses. When they were sent from Australia, in 2019, it was the first time in 50 years that Platypuses had been cared for outside of Australia. animals.sandiegozoo.org/a…
2 donkeys that have been together for 10 years at a zoo in Poland were separated after a local politician and parents complained about them mating in front of children. Experts weighted in and a petition to rejoin them got 7,000 signatures so the zoo put them back together. thestar.com/news/world/20…
In 2013, a wild male tiger walked right up to a tiger enclosure at a zoo in India. Attracted by a captive female, the zookeepers let him in through a door in the enclosure. He stayed for a month, then escaped by jumping the fence, then returned a few weeks later. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
An English submarine on a combat patrol in WWII accepted a Russian reindeer as a gift. The reindeer spent six weeks at sea, slept under the captain's bed, and got fat off of condensed milk. It then spent the rest of its life in an English zoo. news.bbc.co.uk/local/hamp…
A baby penguin was born without feathers in a Chinese zoo and was thus rejected by his parents, but the zookeepers found out he had digestion problems so they fed him by hand until he grew feathers and was reunited with his parents themarysue.com/bald-baby-…
On December 22, 1956, a baby gorilla named Colo enters the world at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, becoming the first-ever gorilla born in captivity. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Today I learned of the Orangutan Opening, a chess opening so named because the grandmaster Tartakower "consulted" an orangutan at a zoo the day before a tournament game, who "somehow indicated, Tartakower insisted, that he should open with b4". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sok…
Elephants in zoos are fat! Reproductive rates for captive elephants are drastically lower than wild elephants. Leading research suggests it's due to overfeeding in Zoos. youtube.com/watch?v=hfDAY…
Today I learned about Gu Gu, a panda at Beijing zoo who has attacked trespassers on 3 different occasions. The first incident happened in 2006, when a drunk man jumped the fence and tried to give the panda a hug. Gu Gu and the man bit each other until zoo officials separated them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gu_…
A group of students from the University of New South Wales "kidnapped" an alligator from the Taronga Zoo as a prank, then collected a Β£100 ransom which went towards establishing the first aboriginal scholarship of the university. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Today I learned about a Mississippi born alligator named Saturn. He was gifted to the Berlin Zoo in 1936, escaped during the allied bombing in 1943. British soldiers found Saturn 3 years later and gifted him to the Soviet Union. He died at Moscow Zoo on May 22, 2020 (approx 83 years old) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat…
Some zoos feed female polar bears glitter to differentiate which bear produced a particular poo when collecting waste from the habitat for analysis. wlwt.com/article/cincinna…
In 1963, the Bronx Zoo had an exhibit called "The Most Dangerous Animal in the World". It was a mirror. flashbak.com/watching-the…
A frozen zoo is a storage facility in which genetic materials taken from animals are stored at very low temperatures. Material preserved in this way can be stored indefinitely and used for artificial insemination, in vitro fertilisation, embryo transfer, and cloning. institute.sandiegozoo.org…
The first written documentation of the word "nerd" appeared in Dr. Seuss' 1950 book "If I Ran the Zoo" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ner…
A zookeeper secretly grew a cannabis plantation inside the rhino enclosure at an Austrian zoo for years. He was the only one who had access to the enclosure and police made the discovery after a tip from a drug user. digitaljournal.com/articl…
Today I Learned before becoming household pets for children Hamsters were kept as zoo animals back in the 1930's nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Today I learned of Cookie, a cockatoo at Brookfield Zoo that lived to be 83 and was believed to be the oldest member of his species and one of the longest living birds on record. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coo…
The community of Anacostia, one of the oldest residential areas in Washington, D.C, got the first public library built under the D.C. Public Works Program in 1956. The one-story, red brick modern-style library was designed by the same architect for the National Zoo dclibrary.org/node/719
, in the 1700's you could get admission to the London Zoo by bringing a dog or cat to feed to the lions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men…
In 2001, Berlins Love Parade techno party was so loud that vets at the nearby zoo said it gave half the animals diarrhea. quiet.org/noiseletter/spr…
Gus was a polar bear in Central Park Zoo described as "bipolar", "neurotic", and "depressed" who swam obsessively 12 hours a day. He was the first zoo animal to be given Prozac. He stopped eating, and after surgery revealed he had a thyroid tumor was euthanized. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus…
For the 1958 World's Fair, Belgium set up a live display of people from Congo for the 1958 world fair and had displayed Central Africans in "human zoos" for more than fifty years prior. theguardian.com/world/201…
There's a Gorilla in Japan who is famous for being so handsome that women go ape over him. Shibani the Gorilla is so ikemen (a really good looking guy) that he was made the official spokesman for the Higashiyama Zoo. boredpanda.com/handsome-g…
The Korea Central Zoo in Pyongyang is home to a chimpanzee that smokes a pack of cigarettes a day nbcnews.com/news/world/no…
Big cats like tigers and cheetahs are attracted to Calvin Klein's Obsession. The Banham Zoo has requested people to drop off their perfumes due to low supplies. The fragrance has also been used in India in 2018 to catch a reported man-eating tiger. bbc.com/news/uk-england-n…
A woman visited the Gorilla enclosure at the Rotterdam zoo on a near daily basis and smiled at the male, Bokito while staring at him. She was warned not to but kept doing it, claiming Bokito smiled back and that they shared a bond, until one day Bokito escaped and charged her, almost killing her en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bok…
There are 7,000 tigers living in the US either in zoos or privately owned, which is nearly double the estimated 3,890 tigers in the wild around the world. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
From 1974-1990 the largest McDonald's restaurant in the entire world was located in Scarborough inside the Toronto Zoo blogto.com/eat_drink/2016…
A zoo in Hokkaido sells lion-ripped jeans, beaver-gnawed coasters and other animal inspired products to stay open amid the COVID pandemic. pop.inquirer.net/95626/zo…
During WW1, a Canadian soldier brought his pet bear to Britain. He named the bear Winnie after his home town Winnipeg an later donated the bear to the London Zoo where a boy named Christopher Robin liked it so much it inspired his father to write about it, thus Winnie the Pooh. s.telegraph.co.uk/graphic…
Ham the Chimp, the first hominid in space, spent the last two decades of his life after returning from space living with other chimps in a zoo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ham…
Today I learned of Canned Lions, who are taken from their mothers, sold to petting zoos and then ultimately to hunting events for tourists to shoot. It’s legal in SA. cannedlion.org/#
Today I learned about Hillary and Castro, a pair of Cuban Crocodiles that belonged to Fidel Castro, then a cosmonaut, then the Moscow zoo, then a Swedish aquarium, where they attacked someone during a crawfish party in 2019. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cub…
The only known albino gorilla was found in Spanish Guinea and was later moved to Barcelona zoo. He was named "Snowflake" and supplied the nickname for Ronald Koeman when he was a Barcelona player. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sno…
Hearst Castle, home of media tycoon William Randolph Hearst, had a private zoo featuring zebras, camels, ostriches, kangaroos, giraffes, lions, tigers, orangutans, an elephant, and more. Most of the animals were later donated or sold, but zebras can still be seen grazing along the highway hearstcastle.org/history-…
Female primates in zoos are put on birth control for health reasons and to help control their populations dallasnews.com/news/2017/…
Today I learned about Marjan the lion, a beloved member of the Kabul Zoo in Afghanistan; he witnessed the country under both Soviet and Taliban occupation and survived multiple artillery strikes on the zoo during the Afghan Civil War as well as being blinded by a grenade. In 2002, he died of old age at 23 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned of Binky the polar bear who lived in Alaska Zoo where he mauled two visitors who jumped over the safety rails on separate occasions. After the maulings Binky merchandise was sold with the slogan β€œSend another tourist, this one got away” & his cage was upgraded to keep visitors out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bin…
Late 80s, during visiting a zoo, Mike Tyson offered the zookeeper $10,000 to open a gorilla cage so he can go in there and punch the Gorilla who he noticed was bullying all of the other primates. muaythaiauthority.com/mik…
In 2016, Shabani, a male Gorilla at a Japanese zoo received worldwide attention when women started flocking to see him as they thought him to be extremely handsome and manly. The crowds of women yelling his name made him so uncomfortable, zoo staff had to put up signs telling them to stop en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
The myth that elephants like eating peanuts comes from 19th century circuses and zoos that sold bags of peanuts for visitors to feed to the elephants and other animals. chocolatebar.com/elephant…
In 1874, the NY Herald published an article about a mass escape of wild animals from the zoo, concluding with "the story given above is a pure fabrication". Most readers overlooked the final paragraph, and it sparked a mass panic, with the NY Times editor leaving his house with two pistols hoaxes.org/archive/permal…
Giraffes were thought to be nearly completely silent because their long necks make vocal vibration difficult. However, researchers spent 8 years recording almost 1000 hours of audio at three zoos and discovered that giraffes produce a deep, spooky humming noise, almost like tantric chanting. thescienceexplorer.com/na…
At theoutbreak of the Second World War, zookeepers killed all the poisonous insects and snakes in London Zoo, in case it was bombed and they escaped zsl.org/blogs/artefact-of…
Nebraska is home to one of the top paid attractions in the USA, the Henry Doorly Zoo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
During WWII, the Amsterdam zoo hid around 250 people from the Nazis during the Nazi occupation of Holland. the-low-countries.com/art…
Carl Hagenbeck was German animal supplier for zoos. He would go on to create "human zoos" where he would show off indigenous people living among animals in exhibits for guests to watch. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned of "Freddy Krueger," a parrot caught in the crossfire during a drug raid and was blinded and burned, thus his namesake. Freddy recovered at a zoo where he was bitten by a snake yet survived; later he was stolen by armed thieves. He came back to the zoo later but unknown how. checopie.com/the-parrot-t…

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