When we get married, we not only adopt our partner’s family, but we adopt their passions and interests. When Victoria married Damian Aspinall, it meant she’d have to get used to Damian’s lifelong love of animals. Not only was Damian the owner of two zoos, but he had helped raise two baby gorillas when he was still a child! Damian helped to rear the two baby gorillas until they were able to be released into the wild, an experience that bonded him so strongly to the gorillas that he still thought of them as part of his extended family. He even referred to them as his cousins!Read the Full Article at Herald Weekly
Because of the friendship between the baby elephant and Duma the dog, the staff was able to breathe for a bit. The pressure to reintroduce the baby elephant into a herd of his own was lifted. They did not want to run the risk of rushing to return him to a herd before having a full recovery.Read the Full Story at Herald Weekly.
Dakshayani, thought to be the world’s oldest elephant in captivity, has died at the age of 88 in India.
Given the title Gaja Muthassi or elephant granny, Dakshayani took part in temple rituals and processions at the Chengalloor Mahadeva Temple in the southern state of Kerala.
But her vet said the elephant stopped taking food and died on Tuesday.
Keepers started feeding her pineapples and carrots in recent years after she began to have trouble moving around.
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When you think about a deadly animal, you may think shark, lion, or even a rhino. However, according to several studies, the deadliest animal in the world is much smaller and way more irritating. There are more than 100 varieties of this thing, and it feeds on human blood, transporting a vast array of diseases from one person to next. Figure it out, yet? That’s right—that buzzing, easy-to-squish mosquito is the deadliest creature, period.
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CUMBERLAND, OH (WCMH) — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced that a male Masai giraffe calf was born at The Wilds on July 10. The birth was visible to guests who were on an open air safari tour at The Wilds. The calf is reportedly strong and staying close to his mother. The zoo says the calf’s mother, Lulu, is a first-time mother. She was born at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden in 2012. The calf’s father, Raha, was born at the Los Angeles Zoo in April 2006. The calf may be visible to guests on both Wildside and Open-Air Safari Tours.Read the Full Article on NBC4i
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Eight critically endangered black rhinos are dead in Kenya after wildlife workers moved them from the capital to a new national park, the government said Friday, calling the toll “unprecedented” in more than a decade of such transfers.Read the Full Article at San Francisco Chronicles
Traditionally, the Samburu women of northern Kenya are married off at a young age without an education, let alone a chance to work. But as the first female head keeper of the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in the remote Mathews mountain range, Sasha Dorothy Lowuekuduk is breaking new ground. Though she and the women who work for her encounter resistance, the team at Reteti is united in its mission to rescue abandoned elephant calves, nurse them back to health, and reintroduce them to the wild. It requires vigilance and round-the-clock care, but Lowuekuduk’s passion for saving these 200-plus-pound babies knows no bounds.
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Koko the gorilla, who is said to have been able to communicate by using more than 1,000 hand signs, has died in California at the age of 46.
Instructors taught her a version of American Sign Language and say she used it to convey thoughts and feelings.
The abilities of the gorilla, who also apparently understood some spoken English, were documented by animal psychologist Francine Patterson.
She adopted and named pets, including a kitten she called All Ball.
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