Endangered animals in Texas are getting a second chance at life thanks to the Houston Zoo.
The Attwater’s prairie chicken, the Houston toad and five species of sea turtles are being rehabilitated to be released into the wild in coming weeks, according to Peter Riger, the zoo’s vice president of conservation and science. The grouse-like Attwater’s prairie chicken, which once thrived throughout coastal Texas and Louisiana, are now believed to number less than 100 in the wild.
“The zoo is a vital link to getting these animals back into the landscape,” Riger said. “At this point, they need assistance. Their numbers
By Susan Guyett INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – The daughter of Ariel Castro, the chief suspect in the Cleveland abduction of three women freed on Monday, is serving time in an Indiana prison for attempted murder after she slashed her baby’s throat four times with a knife, court documents show. Emily Castro, 25, was sentenced to 25 years and is at the Rockville, Indiana, Correctional Facility. She was found guilty in Allen County Superior Court of attempting to murder her 11-month-old daughter, according to a decision by the Court of Appeals of Indiana on November 5, 2008. …
The pandas at Edinburgh Zoo have helped turn around its fortunes to record a £5m increase in turnover.
Financial results just released by the society which runs the zoo show income has increased by 53%, to almost £15m.
COLCHESTER, England, May 5 (UPI) — An air ambulance touched down in the elephant pit of England’s Colchester Zoo in order to rescue a woman suffering from breathing problems, officials said.
The Essex Air Ambulance was called to the zoo just before 11:30 a.m. Sunday to pick up a 19-year-old woman, The Sunday Telegraph reported. What exactly the woman was suffering from was not reported.
Officials determined that the elephant pit would be the easiest place for the helicopter to land, so zookeepers moved four elephants living there inside their house before the helicopter touched down.
An East of England Ambulance Service
The zoo now has three Asian elephants. But it recently opened a state-of-the-art elephant complex that zoo officials said can accommodate many more elephants. There is an indoor community center with a four-foot-deep layer of sand and a cushioned floor in another enclosure. There are also a 5,700-square-foot barn, two new yards, a pool and a quarter-mile walkway through woods.
Altogether, the zoo’s new elephant trails complex can house up to a dozen elephants.
Bozie was born in Sri Lanka in 1975, and the Baton Rouge Zoo has had her since the late 1990s, it said.
Phil Frost, director of the