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'Greatest show on Earth': Ringling Bros circus bows out after 146 years - 22 May 2017
"Capping a legacy that stretches back to 19th-century showman PT Barnum, the circus staged its final show in New York...
The circus has long defended its treatment of animals as humane. The 13 Asian elephants used in Ringling’s two touring companies were retired to the company’s 200-acre (80-hectare) Center for Elephant Conservation in Polk City, Florida."
Famous American Circus to Broadcast Last Show on Facebook - Text + Audio - 12 May 2017
"The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is giving its last show.
The traveling show of human and animal performers will show the event on live social media."
What Is the Future of the Circus in America? - Text + Audio - 10 March 2017
"New kinds of performers are entertaining people without using elephants, bears and lions."
Mexico introduces circus animals ban - 18 March 2015
"The move means the industry now needs to find a way to address the problem of the estimated 2,000 animals it has in captivity
- including tigers, elephants and zebras."
Major US circus group to stop using elephants in its shows - 5 March 2015
"Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus said many spectators were no longer comfortable having elephants as part of the show...
Feld Entertainment, Ringling's parent company, said its 43 elephants would live at an animal conservation centre in Florida."
- U.S. circus to end use of elephants (March 08, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"One of the largest circus companies in the USA will soon no longer have performing elephants as part of its shows."
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Smithsonian Releases Video of Baby Cheetahs - Text + Audio + Video - 6 April 2017
"The National Zoo in Washington, D.C. is showing off 10 healthy cheetah cubs.
The animals were born last month at the Smithsonian Institute’s Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia."
- Boys beat flamingo to death at Czech zoo - 15 March 2017
"A group of three children has beaten a flamingo to death and badly injured another at a Czech zoo after pelting them with rocks.
The boys aged five, six and eight attacked a flock of American flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) at Jihlava Zoo...
the boys expressed no regret for what they had done...
it remains possible that the boys' parents will have to pay for the damage they caused. The flamingo was valued at about 50,000 crowns (£1,600)."
- Zoos consider security upgrades after poachers kill rhinoceros in France to remove its valuable horn - 12 March 2017
"The brazen killing of a rhinoceros at a wildlife park near Paris by assailants who removed a horn valued at nearly triple the price of gold has put zookeepers on notice that poaching could be spreading beyond the killing fields of Africa and Asia...
According to the World Wildlife Fund, the international trade in rhino horn has been banned since 1977. It says the primary market is in Vietnam, where some believe it cures cancer. It is also used in Asian medicine to treat fevers, various blood disorders and, in some cultures, hangovers."
- Zoo inspectors to face questions from MPs over 500 animal deaths - 3 March 2017
"Committee wants answers over conditions at South Lakes Safari zoo and why action wasn’t taken earlier.
Zoo inspectors have been called to give evidence to MPs after it was revealed that nearly 500 animals died at a zoo in Cumbria in less than four years...
The inspectors, who are appointed by the government, found “overcrowding, poor hygiene, poor nutrition, lack of suitable animal husbandry and a lack of any sort of developed veterinary care” when they visited in January."
Zoo Animals Show Their Artistic Sides - Article + Audio + Video - 29 January 2015
"Can animals be artistic? Some experts think so. Painting and music are part of efforts to keep animals happy at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo
in Washington, D.C. Zookeepers there believe that animals need enrichment just like people do. Their unique pieces of art are popular items."
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- Elephant carwash raises zoo cash in Oregon, USA
"For $20, visitors can have their car washed by the zoo's elephants, who scrub with sponges and rinse with their trunks."
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- Knut: A polar bear story
"The death of Knut, the world's most famous polar bear (in Berlin Zoo), has reopened the debate on the ethical minefield of man's relationship with wild animals. So should polar bears be kept in zoos, asks Tom de Castella."
Ukrainian Living with Lions - PHOTOS
"Zoo owner and artist Aleksandr Pylyshenko looks out from between bars of a cage, next to female African lion Katya, at a private zoo situated
in his yard in the city of Vasilyevka, southeastern Ukraine August 3, 2011. Pylyshenko decided to spend five weeks in a cage with a pair of African lions, Katya and Samson, to get money for improving the lions' living conditions, according to local media. He is broadcasting it on internet to attract the public's attention to plight of wild animals in private Ukrainian zoos, which do not get enough fundings."
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