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The Animal Facts news section brings you the latest updates on animals both in human care and in the wild.

Chimps escape at the Kansas City Zoo 

April 12, 2014

In an amazing display of the great apes ingenuity, 7 chimps breached the walls of their enclosure at the Kansas City Zoo on Thursday afternoon. At about 4pm a chimp broke a 5ft limb off a tree or utilised one within the enclosure. The chimpanzee then pushed this up against the wall of his enclosure. […]

Zoo Babies-Taronga Zoo Tree Kangaroo 

March 15, 2014

This little cutie is a baby tree kangaroo who is just beginning to poke her head out of the pouch since being born in September. This girl is so young that she is still yet to even receive a name. She is the first of her kind to born at Taronga Zoo in Sydney in […]

Zoo Babies-Rare C-section on a gorilla 

March 15, 2014

A rare C-section has been performed on a gorilla at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. This was the first baby for gorilla Imani. She began to show initial signs of labour Wednesday. This was closely monitored by keepers and vets from the safari park. By the next morning she showed no further signs of […]

World’s only captive leopard seal put to sleep 

February 22, 2014

Casey a male leopard seal at Taronga Zoo has been put to sleep after a battle with illness. Casey stopped eating earlier in the year and began to go off colour. Casey was eutanised on Friday as Taronga Zoo decided everything possible had been done to assist him. Taronga Zoo said in their statement 'Casey’s […]

Dolphins can do math 

July 22, 2012

It has been found that dolphins may use complex nonlinear math when they go hunting. A new study suggests that dolphins may be much more skilled at maths than people ever thought possible.  The study was inspired when the lead author watched Discovery channels "Blue Planet". He noticed that dolphins were blowing tiny bubbles around […]

Gorillas Fight Back 

July 21, 2012

Two young gorillas have been found to be dismantling poacher's snares in their forest home. These actions come just after a snare killed another young gorilla in the area. It has been noted as the first time that juveniles have been seen doing this. The observation was made at Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund's Karioske Research […]

Endangered Sumatran rhinoceros born in captivity 

July 2, 2012

An endangered Sumatrian rhinoceros has been born at a sactuary in Indonesia, which is one of only four recorded births of a Sumatrian rhinoceros in captivity in 100 years.   The birth is significant because it is believed that there are less than 200 Sumatrian rhinoceros living in Indonesia & Malaysia. A spokesman for Indonesia's […]

Tortise Subspecies Gone Forever 

June 25, 2012

Lonesome George the last of his kind has died. The Pinta Island Giant Tortoise was found dead in his corral. George was best known for an apparent aversion to females of his species. He was the last known individual of his subspecies. George’s body will be kept in a cold chamber that will help prevent […]

Anjalee the elephant has arrived at Auckland Zoo 

National Park

New national park helps save the bilby 

Anteater

Endangered anteater born at Brookfield Zoo 

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