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Zoo

Zookeeper wanted: good animal skills; previous Marxist knowledge an advantage

Warning: corporate fat cats and capitalist pigs will be purged. Photo: EPA

The Yangcheng Evening News recently stumbled upon Guangzhou Zoo’s entrance exam and found a section of it aimed at evaluating applicants’ “mastery” of Marxist-Leninist thought.

Thursday, 21 February, 2013, 10:09am

Wild dogs maul boy to death after fall from railing at Pittsburgh zoo

One of the Pittsburgh zoo's African painted dogs.

Like many young visitors to the zoo, the boy may simply have wanted a better look. But his mother's decision to hoist the two-year-old onto the railing surrounding the exhibit of wild dogs turned out to be a fatal one.

The boy was killed on Sunday at the Pittsburgh zoo when he fell off the railing and the pack of African painted dogs pounced and mauled him to death, police said.

6 Nov 2012 - 4:29am

Elephant's rescue pulls in jumbo donations

A Hong Kong charity that rescued a badly injured, three-tonne elephant from a life of misery on the streets of Cambodia had a rush of donations after its work was highlighted by the Sunday Morning Post.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Channel hop

Last year in Ohio, in the United States, 56 wild and potentially dangerous animals - including lions, tigers, bears, giraffes and wolves - were found running free in a rural area near a home-made zoo. The owner, 62-year-old Terry Thompson, had let the animals out of their cages before shooting himself.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

I love you my deer - zoo plans nuptials with a twist

A three-year, inter-species love story at a zoo in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, will culminate in a Valentine's Day wedding ceremony tomorrow.

Changmao, a love-struck ram, has been mating with a chital deer named Chunzi since late 2010. They have become inseparable and Yunnan Zoo decided to hold a wedding so they can spend the rest of their days together.

13 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Reviving family life in a rundown zoo

Directed by Cameron Crowe, We Bought a Zoo explores the hardships of a father who wants to save his troubled family while also preventing a neglected animal park from being closed. The film is based on the memoirs of a British columnist Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon).

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Caged shame

Zoos tend not to be an issue to get people steamed. My colleague expressed indifference when I gave him a mini-rant about the keeping of animals at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, in response to the freedom-loving gibbon that had fled while its cage was being cleaned.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Ape roams Mid-Levels after escape from zoo

An endangered gibbon made a brief break for freedom in the urban jungle of Mid-Levels yesterday after escaping from the city's oldest zoo.

The 10-year-old buff-cheeked gibbon sneaked out of the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens in Central at about 10.45am as its cage was being cleaned and headed for the hills.

6 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

We cannot learn about behaviour of animals by keeping them locked in zoos

Your article ('Sea change for Ocean Park?' September 19), raises several important issues highlighting the ongoing battle between the proponents and opponents of zoological parks.

24 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Poll on beluga whale plan

Ocean Park wants to know what you think about its plan to capture a group of beluga whales in the wild and bring them to Hong Kong for display.

The park has commissioned an independent public opinion survey, officials said yesterday. They want to weigh the pros and cons of a decision to import some of the animals.

19 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Baby orang-utans should be allowed to stay with their mother in zoo

As a representative of Orangutan Aid in Hong Kong, I am compelled to comment on the recent captive birth of twin orang-utans.

While we are totally opposed to zoos, the sad reality is that these two infants will never be able to be released into the wild, as recommended by an animal organisation quoted in your article.

19 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Ocean Park's polar exhibit will contribute to global warming

Recently, there has been a massive promotion campaign by Ocean Park for its new aquarium, Aqua City.

The park has also talked about increasing its shopping areas, which will be suitable for mainland visitors. These zones clearly have no educational or conservation purposes.

1 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Shanghai's plan to cull stray dogs stirs outcry

The Shanghai government has stirred up controversy with a proposal to cull stray dogs that are not claimed within 30 days.

The plan, part of draft revisions to the city's regulations on dog ownership, prompted heated debate during public consultation sessions on Monday, according to local media, and the discussion has continued in online forums.

2 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

letters

We can all learn from Chilean miners

I was so delighted with the happy ending in the Chilean miners' story. All 33 men were rescued successfully after being trapped underground in a collapsed tunnel for 69 days.

4 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Tigers kill zoo visitor after gate left open

A man was mauled to death by a group of Siberian tigers after he and his son walked into the animals' enclosure in a wildlife park in Shaanxi on Sunday, mainland media reported yesterday.

15 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

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