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    Max

    Max,(6 March 1971 - 5 May 2004) was a Western Lowland Gorilla held at the Johannesburg Zoo who became famous in 1997 after being shot and wounded by Isaac Mofokeng, a criminal that entered his enclosure at the zoo while attempting to evade police. Max was born on 6 March 1971, in Germany's famous Frankfurt Zoo and died 5 May 2004, at the Johannesburg Zoo. A bronze statue of Max has been erected near the gorilla enclosure in the zoo. Makoko, a gorilla from the Munster Zoo in Germany, replaced Max as Lisa's partner. On 18 July 1997, police surprised Isaac Mofokeng while committing a crime in Saxonwold next to the zoo. Trying to evade police, Mofokeng entered the zoo grounds and the enclosure where Max and his mate Lisa were held. During the confrontation between Max and Mofokeng, Mofokeng was seriously injured and Max was shot twice with a .38 revolver, one shot in the chest and the other in the neck. Three pursuing police officers were also injured during the ordeal, Constable Robert Tshabalala was bitten by Max on his arm and buttocks, Max broke the arm of Sergeant Rassie Rassenelebroke and Constable Amos Simelane broke his ankle. Mofokeng was eventually shot and wounded by the
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    Tuar

    Tuar is a male captive orca, currently living at SeaWorld San Antonio, Texas. He was born on June 22, 1999 At SeaWorld Orlando, Florida. His mother is Kalina and his father Tillikum. Tuar was born in the show tank of the Shamu Stadium in the middle of the afternoon. Tuar quickly became friends with Tekoa, born one year later and who has been attacked by his own mother. He also became close to Unna, his aunt. Tuar had the same personnality as most young orcas had: playful, active and ready to learn new tricks. On February 9, 2004, his mother gave birth again to a female, Skyla but just 3 months later, he was transferred to SeaWorld Texas along with his friend and half brother Tekoa. There, he finally met his 2 half brothers, Keet and Keto. Tuar is healthy and a reliable performer at SWT. He lives with three other orcas; Unna, the dominant female of the park, Kyuquet, the dominant male, and Keet. Tuar along with his half brother Keet are used as "starter whales" for newcomer trainers. Tuar at one point was introduced to Halyn, but he tended to play rough with the young calf, and now are not seen with each other since Halyn pasted away. Tuar is around third in the SWT dominance chain,
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    Ruby (1973 – November 6, 1998) was a 4.5 ton Asian elephant that lived at the Phoenix Zoo and was famous for creating paintings. The most expensive of her paintings sold for $25,000. Ruby was born in Thailand, probably in the summer of 1973, and was shipped to the Phoenix Zoo in February 1974. Her painting career began when her keepers saw her scratching in the dirt of her enclosure with a stick, and offered her a brush and paints. In time, she was moved into the main enclosure with the zoo's two other elephants, both African. African and Asian Elephants are of different species, and Ruby did not get along with the other two. Zoo officials decided to breed her, to provide her with companionship. In 1996, when she was 22, Ruby was shipped to the Tulsa Zoo to mate with a male elephant named Sneezy (who still lives in Tulsa) and lived in Tulsa for about a year. When she became pregnant in 1997, she was returned to Phoenix. Another female Asian elephant, Indu, was loaned from the Houston Zoo to be Ruby's birthing companion. Indu still lives at the Phoenix Zoo. At the end of October 1998, Ruby began to show signs of labor, but the birth didn't start. On Halloween, the zoo's
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    Tilikum (c. 1981), sometimes misspelled Tillikum, is a bull orca who lives in captivity at SeaWorld Orlando. He has sired many offspring, and has been involved in the deaths of three people. Following a year long hiatus after his last incident, Tilikum returned to performing at SeaWorld Orlando on March 30, 2011. Tilikum measures 22.5 feet (6.9 m) long and weighs 12,000 pounds (5,400 kg). His pectoral fins are 7 feet (2.1 m) long, his flukes curl under, and his 6.5 feet (2.0 m)-tall dorsal fin is collapsed completely to his left side. He is the largest orca in captivity and also the most successful sire in captivity, with 14 offspring, 10 of which are still alive. In the Chinook Jargon of the Northwest, the name means "friends, relations, tribe, nation, common people." Tilikum was captured in Berufjörður off the east coast of Iceland in November 1983 at about two years of age. A male (Nandú) and a female (Samoa) were captured alongside him. The two are now dead. Tilikum was first sent to live at Sealand of the Pacific in Victoria, Canada. There, he lived with two older females named Haida II and Nootka IV. Tilikum was at the bottom of the social structure, and Haida II and Nootka
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    Maggie the Macaque

    Maggie the Monkey, also Maggie the Macaque (born 1991 in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada) is a crab-eating macaque from the Bowmanville Zoo renowned for her predictions in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Maggie was born and hand-raised at the Bowmanville Zoo in Bowmanville. At the zoo, she was trained to spin a wheel. In 2003, several executives and expert panelists from the Canadian sports broadcaster TSN decided they would "do something random" with their show, and they ended up bringing Maggie onto their broadcasts to make predictions. While the expert panelists all overwhelmingly favored the reigning Stanley Cup champion and number-two seed Detroit Red Wings to defeat the seventh-seeded Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the first round of the 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Maggie spun a wheel and selected the Ducks. Astoundingly, the Mighty Ducks upset the Red Wings in a four-game sweep. As the playoffs progressed, Maggie kept pace with the panelists and continued to select the Ducks each round. The Ducks eventually lost the Stanley Cup to the New Jersey Devils in seven games, but Maggie's overall record was 8-7; Maggie finished one guess behind three panelists, tied two, and defeated one. During
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    Unna

    Unna is a female Orca. She was born on December 27, 1996 at SeaWorld Orlando in Florida. Her parents are Katina (mother) and Tilikum. She is Katina's fourth calf and also Tilikum's; and she was the second calf to be born to the pair. Unna lived with her mother, father, siblings, and other whales at her birthplace in Orlando for the first several years of her life. (Asterisk indicates a deceased relative) On August 25, 2002 Katina gave birth to her fifth calf, a male named Ikaika. Unna was there to assist her mother during the labor. But just a few months later in December, Unna (aged six) was transferred to SeaWorld San Antonio in Texas. This was because the park only had three whales at the time: two males and one female. The park's two older, more dominant females had recently died and the two males were fighting over the female. The two males Unna met in San Antonio were Kyuquot and Keto; the dominant female was Kayla. Kyuquot was Unna's half-brother (same father), and Keto was her nephew. Unna fit in well. In April 2004 three males named Keet, Tuar, and Tekoa, arrived in San Antonio. Unna had already known the two juveniles, Tuar and Tekoa, from Orlando. The mature bull Keet,
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    Koko

    Koko (born July 4, 1971) is a female gorilla who, according to Francine "Penny" Patterson, is able to understand more than 1,000 signs based on American Sign Language, and understand approximately 2,000 words of spoken English. As with other ape language experiments, the degree to which Koko masters these signs has been controversial, as has been the degree to which such mastery demonstrates language abilities. Koko was born at San Francisco Zoo and has lived most of her life in Woodside, California, although a move to a sanctuary on Maui, Hawaii, has been planned since the 1990s. Koko is short for the name Hanabiko (花火子, lit. "flower-fire (fireworks) child") in Japanese, a reference to her date of birth, the Fourth of July. Francine Patterson (her longterm trainer) believes that Koko's use of signs and her actions, which are consistent with her use of signs, indicate she has mastered the use of sign language. Other researchers argue that she does not understand the meaning behind what she is doing and learns to complete the signs simply because the researchers reward her for doing so (indicating that her actions are the product of operant conditioning). However, the latter
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    Ling Ling

    Ling Ling

    Ling Ling (陵陵, September 1985 – April 30, 2008) was a male Chinese-born, giant panda who resided at the Ueno Zoo, the largest zoo in Tokyo, Japan. At the time of his death at the age of 22, Ling Ling was the only giant panda at the Ueno Zoo and the oldest panda in Japan. He served as an important symbol of the Ueno Zoo and of friendship between Japan and China. Ling Ling, who was given to Japan in 1992, was the only giant panda in the country who was directly owned by Japan. There are eight other giant pandas in Japan as of April 2008, but they are all on loan to Japan from China. Despite being a male panda, Ling Ling's name meant "darling little girl" in Chinese. Ling Ling was born at the Beijing Zoo in Beijing, China, in September 1985. He was given to Japan and the Ueno Zoo in November 1992 by China in exchange for a panda which had been born in Japan. The 1992 panda exchange, between China and Japan, which is often called Panda diplomacy, took place to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral Sino-Japanese relations in 1972. He remained one of the Ueno Zoo's most popular attractions for over 15 years. The Ueno Zoo paired Ling Ling with a female panda
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    Marjan

    Marjan (1976 – January 25, 2002) was the most famous resident of the rundown Kabul Zoo. The lion witnessed Afghanistan’s turbulent history, from the 1978 murder of King Zahir Shah’s brother-in-law, Sardar Mohammed Daoud and his entire family, to the arrival of the communist People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan that launched another coup, Great Saur Revolution, the USSR invasion, occupation and departure, state of warlordism, and the fall of Taliban. Once the western forces moved into the country, devastating conditions in Kabul’s once well kept Zoo were revealed. Marjan, the blind lion, became an instant celebrity. Marjan, which in Pashto means coral, was born in 1976 and was given as a gift to Kabul in 1978 by the Zoo in Cologne, Germany. He arrived in the Afghan capital and, soon afterwards, a lioness by the name of Chucha joined him. During the USSR occupation, Kabul's Zoo did experience attack at the hands of the Russian army but compared to the total destruction of the city around it, was still largely spared. However, once the Russians left the country, the civil war that ensued, along with the state of total chaos, enveloped Kabul in the middle of a battlefield. The zoo
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    Obaysch

    Obaysch (1849?- 11 March 1878) was the first hippopotamus seen in England since prehistoric times, and the first in Europe since Ancient Rome. He was captured on an island on the White Nile when he was less than one year old. His name is derived from the name of the island. The Ottoman Viceroy of Egypt, Abbas Pasha, agreed with the British Consul General, Sir Charles Augustus Murray (later known as "Hippopotamus Murray") to swap Obaysch and some other exotic animals for some greyhounds and deerhounds. Obaysch was sent by boat down the Nile to Cairo, accompanied by a herd of cows to provide him with milk. He was sent by P&O steamer to Southampton, and he arrived at London Zoo on 25 May 1850. He was an instant sensation in London, attracting up to 10,000 visitors each day, and spawning a trade in hippo memorabilia and even a Hippopotamus Polka. The number of visitors to the Zoo in 1850 was double the previous year. Abbas Pasha sent a second hippo to London, a female named Adhela who arrived on 22 July 1854. After a wait of over 16 years, the pair finally produced offspring in 1871, but the calf died after 2 days. A second calf died the following year, but a third, born on 5 November
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    Staten Island Chuck

    Staten Island Chuck

    Staten Island Chuck, also referred to more formally as Charles G. Hogg, is a groundhog who resides in the Staten Island Zoo in Staten Island, New York in the United States. He is noted as the official groundhog meteorologist of New York City who predicts the duration of winter each February 2 on Groundhog Day. He makes the prediction based on whether or not he sees his shadow at 7:30 A.M. on Groundhog Day. The ceremony at the zoo is often attended and officiated by the Mayor of New York City (currently Michael Bloomberg). Chuck's prediction for 2012 (in discord with Punxsutawney Phil's prediction) is early spring. The Staten Island Zoo claims that Chuck has correctly predicted the duration of winter 80% of the time since the 1980s.
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    Tai Shan

    Tai Shan (Chinese: 泰山; pinyin: Tài Shān, pronounced [tʰâiʂán], also known as Butterstick) is a giant panda born at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. on July 9, 2005 at 3:41 AM. He is the first panda cub born at the National Zoo to survive for more than a few days. Tai Shan is the first cub born to Mei Xiang ([mèiɕjɑ́ŋ]) and Tian Tian ([tʰjɛntʰjɛn]), the National Zoo's second pair of giant pandas. (The first pair, Ling-Ling (female) and Hsing-Hsing (male), were donated to the United States by China in 1972, shortly after Richard Nixon's historic visit. Ling-Ling died in 1992 and Hsing-Hsing in 1999 without producing any cubs that survived for more than a few days.) Both of Tai Shan's parents were born at the China Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong, Sichuan Province. Mei Xiang, his mother, was artificially inseminated in March 2005 with sperm from Tian Tian after natural mating between the pair appeared unsuccessful. Per the agreement with China, the Chinese government can require that Tai Shan be sent to China any time after he turns 2 as he, like his parents, is the property of China. (Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are technically being "leased" to the
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    Inuka

    Inuka (Inuit for "Silent Stalker") (born 26 December 1990) is a polar bear and one of the mascots of the Singapore Zoo. Inuka was born in the Singapore Zoo and is the first polar bear to be born in the tropics. This was the result of an extensive breeding programme run by the zoo. There have been four polar bears at Singapore Zoo altogether—Nanook, Sheba and their offspring Inuka, as well as another female, Anana. Nanook and Sheba arrived at the Singapore Zoo in 1978, from Winnipeg Zoo in Canada and Cologne Zoo in Germany respectively. Nanook was 11 months old and was captured in the wild, while Sheba was 14 months old and born in captivity. To ease them in, they arrived in the wee hours of the morning when the temperature was coolest. Like most zoo animals, one of each sex was brought in for mating and conservation purposes. Anana, a female polar bear caught in the wild, arrived from Canada in 1979. She died in 1999. On 26 December 1990, Sheba gave birth to a 500-gram cub. The cub was named Inuka, chosen from amongst 390 names suggested in a nationwide naming contest. More than 10,000 entries were received, including names like Arctos and Shardik. In 1993, The Straits Times named
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    Guy the Gorilla

    Guy the Gorilla (May 30, 1946 – 1978) was a Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) who was London Zoo's famous resident, something of a celebrity in the 1960s–70s and was often profiled on kids TV shows and natural history productions. Guy the Gorilla was one of London Zoo's best-loved animals. Guy arrived at the zoo on 5 November 1947, Guy Fawkes Night, hence his name. He was a tiny baby, weighing just 23 lb (10 kg) and holding a small tin hot-water bottle. Guy was the replacement for the zoo's previous gorilla, Meng, who died in 1941. Guy was captured in the French Cameroons on behalf of Paris Zoo and was traded for a tiger from Calcutta Zoo. It was organized that London Zoo would have Guy. The Paris Zoo Director sent instructions to their game department in West Africa to find a suitable female to mate with him. During pre-production for the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Dan Richter — who played the lead ape-man ("Moonwatcher") in the film — studied Guy intently and modeled his acting and mime performance partly on Guy's behavior. London sent a request to a variety of animal dealers and zoos worldwide to find a mate, and in 1969 the zoo was offered Lomie, a five
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    Babec

    Babec (December 22, 1979 in Chicago, Illinois, USA - April 11, 2008) was a male silverback Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla), the youngest of three sons born to Otto and Benga at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo. Between 1988 and 1992 he sired 8 offspring, 5 of them with Madge of the Cincinnati Zoo. Six of his offspring survived into maturity, and he has one grandchild, Kiazi Kitamu at the Pittsburgh Zoo. Babec was exhibited at the Birmingham Zoo in Birmingham, Alabama, from 1993 until his death in 2008. He was the only gorilla to have been successfully fitted with a pacemaker, which he wore for four years. In 2003, Babec was diagnosed with end-stage heart failure due to fibrosing cardiomyopathy after he exhibited symptoms including coughing, lethargy and loss of appetite and indications of chest pains. As part of his therapeutic diet, zoo veterinarian E. Marie Rush prescribed antacids, antibiotics, diuretics and two 30-oz servings of grape-flavor Powerade per day, which was donated by the Birmingham Coca-Cola Bottling Company. On September 25, 2004, Babec became the first gorilla to undergo the successful implant of a cardiac resynchronization therapy device (a type of
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    Halyn

    Halyn is the first killer whale calf at any SeaWorld to be hand-raised by people. Her blood is 12.5% Southern Resident, 25% Northern Resident, and 62.5% Icelandic.. Halyn is a female, born to first-time mother Kayla. Her father is Keet, currently residing at the park. She was born after a normal two-hour-labor. Some minutes after birth Kayla rejected her calf and staff immediately stepped in for aid. Halyn was placed in a medical or back pool along with a female bottelnose dolphin, as a companion and teacher. She was hand-fed with a special formula. Kayla is doing well and is as healthy as her strong little calf. Her reaction on her calf could be, because she lived without her mother Kenau* most of her life and also just male orcas. Kayla and Kenau were separated when Kayla wasn't even three years old. She is doing very well and has already started teething. In some months she will be able to be moved back to her family and maybe Kayla will have a different reaction on her as afterbirth. Currently Halyn is in a medical area out of public's view along with a female bottelnose dolphin, named Mattie (a bottle nose dolphin who was rescued from the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding
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    Katina

    Katina (c. 1976) is a female Orca (killer whale) who lives in SeaWorld Orlando in Florida. She was captured off Iceland at approximately two years of age on October 26, 1978. She is the most successful breeding female Orca in captivity. Upon her capture, Katina was purchased by Marineland in Niagara Falls, Canada, where she was first named Kandu 6. She was shipped to the facility soon after. However, she did not spend much time there. Sometime between April and June 1979, Katina was bought by SeaWorld. She was sent to their park in San Diego. In 1982, Katina was moved to the park in Ohio with another female named Kasatka, with whom she was captured in 1978. For two years, the two would perform in the Ohio park during the summer months and then be moved back to San Diego for the winter. Finally, in September or October 1984, Katina was transferred to the SeaWorld in Orlando. She has remained there ever since. (Asterisk indicates a deceased relative) Katina became pregnant in early spring of 1984 at SeaWorld San Diego. She had mated with a male named Winston. Soon afterward, she was moved back to Sea World Ohio in Aurora, Ohio for the summer. While there, the trainers soon realized
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    Jambo

    Jambo (April 17, 1961 - September 16, 1992) was a celebrated gorilla housed at Jersey Zoo. He is well known for rescuing a young boy named Levan Merritt who fell into the gorilla enclosure in 1986. Jambo means "hello" in Swahili. The gorilla was born on April 17, 1961, in Zoo Basel, Basel, Switzerland, to mother Achilla and father Stephi. Stephi was acquired from the Columbus (Ohio) Zoo. Stephi was captured in 1950 by Columbus resident and gorilla hunter Bill Said, with two other baby gorillas, in French Equatorial Africa. The three were sold to the Columbus Zoo for $10,000. The two which the Columbus Zoo kept, Baron Macombo and Millie Christina, became the parents of Colo, the first gorilla born in a zoo, at Columbus on December 22, 1956. He was the first male gorilla born in captivity as well as the first gorilla in captivity to be raised by his own mother. Jambo's older sister Goma, born on September 23, 1959 in Basel, was the first gorilla born in Europe and still lives in the Zoo Basel. Before Jambo was transferred to Jersey Zoo Jambo and Goma had a son named Tamtam, who was born at Zoo Basel on May 2, 1971, and died at Wuppertal Zoo on July 23, 2009. Jambo also fathered a
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    Yang Yang

    Yang Yang

    Yang Yang (Chinese: 洋洋, meaning: "little sea") (b. September 9, 1997) is a male giant panda currently residing at Zoo Atlanta. He is the mate to Lun Lun and the father to Mei Lan, Xi Lan, and Po, born on November 3, 2010. Yang Yang was born at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and has been on loan to Zoo Atlanta since November 1999. He was originally named Jiu Jiu, until his "adoption" by three Norwegian organizations. Because giant pandas are solitary and males do not play any part in cub-rearing, Yang Yang is kept separate from Lun Lun and their offspring.
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    Bobo

    Bobo

    Bobo (1951–1968) was a western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) who was a prominent feature of Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington, USA, from 1953 until his death. As a publicly accessible gorilla in the wake of King Kong, Bobo was one of Seattle's most prominent attractions before the construction of the Space Needle and the introduction of professional sports to the city. After his death, Bobo's skin was stuffed and placed on display at Seattle's Museum of History and Industry. The remainder of his body was turned over to the University of Washington's Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture for research purposes; however, the skull went missing shortly after his autopsy and was reunited with the rest of the skeleton in 2007. Bobo was born in French Equatorial Africa sometime in 1951. When Bobo was approximately 2 weeks old, William "Gorilla Bill" Said captured him after killing the gorilla's mother, an acceptable and even admired practice at the time. Bobo was the youngest gorilla ever captured at the time, and no zoo wanted to buy him. Said took Bobo back to his home in Columbus, Ohio, USA, where Said's mother looked after the infant ape. Several months later,
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    Shamu

    Shamu

    Shamu was the first orca to survive more than 13 months in captivity and was the star of a very popular killer whale show at SeaWorld San Diego in the mid - late 1960s. She was the fourth killer whale (orca) ever captured (the second female) and was the third orca ever displayed in a public exhibit. After her death in 1971, the name Shamu continued to be used in SeaWorld "Shamu" orca shows for different killer whales in different SeaWorld parks. Shamu represents the first successful intentional live-capture of a healthy orca. Three previous orca captures (including Moby Doll and Namu) had been more opportunistic. The way Shamu got her name was from Namu, She+Namu=Shamu. The very young (14 foot / 4.25m, 2000 lb / 900 kg) Southern Resident orca was captured by Ted Griffin in Puget Sound in October 1965 to be a companion for the orca Namu at Griffin's Seattle public aquarium. But the new orca was soon leased to and then purchased by SeaWorld in San Diego in December 1965. She was retired from performing after an incident in which she grabbed and refused to release the leg of a female SeaWorld employee who was riding her as part of a filmed publicity event.
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    Flocke

    Flocke

    Flocke (German pronunciation: [ˈflɔkə]) is a female polar bear who was born in captivity at the Nuremberg Zoo in Nuremberg, Germany on 11 December 2007. A few weeks after her birth, she was removed from her mother's care after concerns were raised for her safety. Although the zoo had established a strict non-interference policy with its animals, officials chose to raise the cub by hand. This decision came at a time when the zoo was receiving negative attention from the media after another female polar bear reportedly ate her newly born cubs. Like Knut, a captive-born and handraised polar bear at the Berlin Zoo, Flocke ("flake" in German) quickly became a media sensation. After she made her debut to the public on 8 April 2008, her name was trademarked by the zoo and her image appeared on toys and in advertisements throughout the city. The zoo announced in May 2008 that United Nations Environment Program chief Achim Steiner would be Flocke's official patron with the hope of using the bear as an ambassador to encourage awareness of climate change. In late 2008, a Russian-born male polar bear named Rasputin was introduced to Flocke's enclosure in the hopes that she would gain valuable
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    Kliwon

    A giraffe that died on March, 2012. 18kg of plastic was found in it's stomach due to eating plastic food package wrappers thrown into its enclosure by tourists over the years.
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    Tian Tian

    Tian Tian

    Tian Tian (Chinese: 添添; pinyin: Tiān Tiān; literally "More and More") is a 275-pound male giant panda at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. The panda was born on August 27, 1997, at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda at the Wolong National Nature Reserve in Sichuan Province, to Yong Ba (mother) and Pan Pan (father). Tian Tian is the half-brother of the San Diego Zoo's Bai Yun. Giant pandas are thought to be solitary creatures, except for mating season and mothers with young cubs. In keeping with the habits of wild pandas, Tian is generally alone, although the zoo's female panda, Mei Xiang, and Tian are occasionally together outside of breeding season. While Tai Shan was still at the National Zoo, Tian and Tai occasionally viewed each other through a mesh-opening in the fence and were aware of each other's presence through scent marking. Male Giant Pandas play no part in raising their young in the wild. Tian and Mei are trained to participate in a full medical examination, including a blood draw, without anesthesia. Tian Tian mated with Mei Xiang in the spring of 2005. Mei gave birth to a male cub, Tai Shan, on July 9, 2005. Some of Tian Tian's semen was
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    Jumbo

    Jumbo

    Jumbo (1861 – September 15, 1885) was a large African Bush Elephant, born 1861 in the French Sudan – present-day Mali – imported to a Paris zoo, transferred to the London Zoo in 1865. In November, 1881, Jumbo was sold for $10,000 to P. T. Barnum, who removed the beast to America for exhibition in March, 1882. The giant elephant's name has spawned the common word "jumbo", meaning large in size. Jumbo's height, estimated to be 3.25 metres (10.7 ft) in the London Zoo, was claimed to be approximately 4 metres (13.1 ft) by the time of his death. Jumbo was born in 1861 in the French Sudan, whence he was imported to France and kept in the old zoo Jardin des Plantes, near the railway station Gare d'Austerlitz in Paris. In 1865 he was transferred to the London Zoo, where he became famous for giving rides to visitors, especially children. The London zookeeper association leader Anoshan Anathajeyasri gave Jumbo his name; it is likely a variation of one of two Swahili words: jambo, which means "hello" or jumbe, which means "chief". Jumbo was sold in 1881 to P. T. Barnum, owner of the Barnum & Bailey Circus, known as "The Greatest Show on Earth", for 10,000 dollars. There was popular objection
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    Kyuquot

    Kyuquot, which is often misspelled Kyuquet, is a bull Orca who was born on December 24, 1991. He was born at Sealand of the Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia. His mother was Haida II and his father is Tilikum (whale). At the age of 13 months, Kyuquot was moved to SeaWorld San Antonio in Texas, with his mother in January 1993. He has been there ever since. Kyuquot's mother, Haida II, died on August 1, 2001. Kyuquot, who had an extremely close bond with her, was devastated and it took him months to recover from the loss. Ky, as he is normally called by his trainers, is nearly mature, so he is quite massive. His pectoral fins are growing larger and his dorsal, which is quite tall in its own respect, leans very far to his left side. Also, his flukes are beginning to curl under, like all adult male Orca's. He has grown at an astounding rate in the past year and a half; he currently measures nearly 6 m (20 ft) and weighs in at 3.2 tonnes (7,200 pounds). Even though he was involved in a minor incident with a trainer in July 2004, Kyuquot still does water work with his trainers and may continue to do so when he reaches his final size (which will probably around 21 to 22 feet and 11,000
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    Knut

    Knut

    Knut (German pronunciation: [ˈknuːt] ( listen); 5 December 2006 – 19 March 2011) was a polar bear who was born in captivity at the Berlin Zoological Garden. Rejected by his mother at birth, he was raised by zookeepers. He was the first polar bear cub to survive past infancy at the Berlin Zoo in more than 30 years. At one time the subject of international controversy, he became a tourist attraction and commercial success. After the German tabloid newspaper Bild ran a quote from an animal rights activist that decried keeping the cub in captivity, fans worldwide rallied in support of his being hand-raised by humans. Children protested outside the zoo, and e-mails and letters expressing sympathy for the cub's life were sent from around the world. Knut became the center of a mass media phenomenon dubbed "Knutmania" that spanned the globe and spawned toys, media specials, DVDs, and books. Because of this, the cub was largely responsible for a significant increase in revenue, estimated at about five million euros, at the Berlin Zoo in 2007. Attendance figures for the year increased by an estimated 30 percent, making it the most profitable year in its 163-year history. On 19 March 2011,
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    Lun Lun

    Lun Lun

    Lun Lun (Chinese: 伦伦) is a female giant panda at Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. The panda, now 235 pounds (107 kg), was born at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China on August 25, 1997. Her original name, Hua Hua, was changed to Lun Lun by her sponsor, the Taiwanese rock star Su Huilun. On September 6, 2006, at 4:51 PM EDT, Lun Lun and mate Yang Yang became the parents of a male cub, named Mei Lan, who made his debut in early 2007. On August 30, 2008 at 10:10pm (22:10) EDT she gave birth to a second cub, also a male, named Xi Lan. On November 3, 2010, at 5:39 a.m. EDT, Lun Lun gave birth to her third male cub, later named Po.
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    Kayavak

    Kayavak

    Kayavak (born August 3, 1999) is a female beluga whale that currently resides at the Shedd Aquarium in downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is the only daughter of the mother beluga named Immiayuk. The father whale, Inuk, was moved to Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut, to breed with other whales. Kayavak was born on 3 August, 1999 to a beluga named Immiayuk at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and was described by Shedd as "a happy, healthy and curious calf". As part of a Shedd tradition, she was given an Inuit name. "Kayavak" means "singing game producing soft echoes". Immiayuk died suddenly on December 26, 1999. The cause of death was erysipelas, a rare bacterial infection found in the fish that the whales eat. Many feared that Kayavak would also soon die without the nurturing of her mother. The aquarium decided that Kayavak might be rejected if introduced to another adult female, Puiji, for nurturing purposes, and it was feared that even the best substitute formula would not give her enough nutrients. (The first such substitute was used for the first time in July 2010 when a beluga calf at SeaWorld San Antonio was rejected by her mother). Kayavak needed around-the-clock monitoring and
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    Kayla

    Kayla is a female Orca (killer whale) who was born on November 26, 1988 at SeaWorld San Antonio in Texas. Kayla's parents were Kenau and Orky II, both now deceased. Kayla never met her father Orky II because he died exactly two months prior to her birth. Kayla only lived with Kenau for the first two and a half years of her life. Kenau was moved to SeaWorld Orlando in Florida in January 1991, and Kayla was moved to SeaWorld Ohio in April of the same year. Kayla would never see her mother again; Kenau died on August 6, 1991 at SeaWorld San Antonio. Kayla lived at SeaWorld Ohio in Aurora, Ohio for the next eight years with another young female, named Katerina, who was just three weeks older than her. After Katerina was moved out, another much older female named Winnie was moved in. In November 1999, Kayla and Winnie were both moved out of the Ohio park. They were transferred to SeaWorld San Antonio. Kayla and Winnie joined a female named Haida II and her son Kyuquot. A young male named Keto arrived in March 2001. Haida II died on August 1 of that year, making Winnie the new dominant female. Winnie died on April 11, 2002. Kayla became the new dominant Orca in the stadium and has been
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    Xi Lan

    Xi Lan (simplified Chinese: 喜兰; traditional Chinese: 喜蘭, meaning: "Atlanta's joy") (b. August 30, 2008) is a male giant panda cub currently residing at Zoo Atlanta. He is the son and second offspring of Lun Lun and Yang Yang. He is the brother of Mei Lan, who was born at Zoo Atlanta in 2006, and Po, born at Zoo Atlanta on November 3, 2010. Xi Lan was born at Zoo Atlanta on August 30, 2008, and is the only panda cub born in the United States in the year 2008. As with Mei Lan, Zoo Atlanta announced that the public would be able to vote for the cub's name. Twelve selections were made and on December 8, 2008, the winning name, Xi Lan, was unveiled at his 100-day naming ceremony. Xi Lan made his public debut on December 30, 2008.
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    Winnipeg

    Winnipeg

    Winnipeg, or Winnie, (1914 - 12 May 1934) was the name given to a female black bear that lived at London Zoo from 1915 until her death in 1934. She was bought as a small cub for $20 (probably from the hunter who had shot her mother) at a stop in White River, Ontario, by Lt. Harry Colebourn of The Fort Garry Horse, a Canadian cavalry regiment, en route to the Western Front during the First World War. The bear was smuggled into Britain as an unofficial regimental mascot. Lt. Colebourn, the regiment’s veterinarian, named her after his home city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Before leaving for France, Colebourn left Winnie at London Zoo. Winnipeg's eventual destination was to have been the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, but at the end of the War, Colebourn decided to allow Winnie to remain at the London Zoo, where she was much loved for her playfulness and gentleness. Among her fans was A. A. Milne's son Christopher Robin, who consequently changed the name of his own teddy bear from "Edward Bear" to "Winnie the Pooh", providing the inspiration for his father's stories about Winnie-the-Pooh. A statue of Winnie and Captain Colebourn stands in Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, in the park's
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    Nalani

    Nalani (meaning "calmness of the skies or heavens" in Hawaiian) is a female Orca born on September 18, 2006 at SeaWorld Orlando in Florida. Nalani's mother is an Icelandic female named Katina. This is Katina's sixth calf after Kalina (born in 1985), Katerina* (born in 1988, died in 1999), Taku* (born in 1993, died in 2007), Unna (born in 1996) and Ikaika (born in 2002). Nalani is an inbred calf, (her father Taku is also her half brother), trainers were optimistic on how the health of this calf would develop over time, considering the fact inbred orcas are at higher risk of disease, but so far Nalani is doing very well. (Asterisk indicates a deceased relative)
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    Trua

    Trua is a male Orca who was born at SeaWorld Orlando in Florida on November 23, 2005. His parents are Takara and Taku*. Takara and Kohana had just been moved to SeaWorld Orlando when she and Taku* met and obviously became extremely close. At the time of Trua's birth, Kohana was by Takara's side and thus acted as the midwife. Trua currently lives at Sea World Orlando with seven other orcas: Katina(matriarch), Tilikum, Kalina, Kayla, Taima, Nalani, and Malia. Trua, now three years old, is a very vibrant and playful whale. He is very interactive and has recently been learning water works. Trua is a very intelligent and eager whale, in which he learns quickly. Trua and Takara, his mother, could usually be seen performing in almost every show together, since they are almost inseparable. In February of 2009, Takara was moved to SeaWorld San Antonio. (Asterisk indicates deceased relatives)
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    Willie B.

    Willie B.

    Willie B. was a gorilla who lived at Zoo Atlanta for 39 years, from 1961 until his death on February 2, 2000. He was named after the former mayor of Atlanta, William Berry Hartsfield. Willie B. was kept in isolation for 27 years with only a television and a tire swing to keep him company. In 1988, he was moved to an outside exhibit and allowed to socialize and raise a family. He then embraced his role as silverback and leader of a troop. Willie B. fathered five offspring at Zoo Atlanta: Kudzoo, Olympia, Sukari, Kidogo, and Lulu. Kidogo, the only male offspring, took on the name Willie B., Jr. after his father died, taking his place as the heir. When he died at the age of 41, he was the oldest gorilla in the United States to have fathered offspring. More than 8,000 people attended the memorial ceremony held in his honor, and the zoo now has a life-size bronze statue of him on permanent display outside the Gorilla exhibit. His remains were cremated and 80 percent of his remains were kept in a bronze box in the bronze statue at Zoo Atlanta and the other 20 percent were flown back to the African jungle. The Atlanta Silverbacks soccer team is named in his honor.
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    Mei Lan

    Mei Lan

    Mei Lan (simplified Chinese: 美兰; traditional Chinese: 美蘭; intended meaning: "Atlanta Beauty"), is a male giant panda. He was born at Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia on September 6, 2006, after a record-setting 35-hour labor. Originally identified by zoo staffers as female, Mei Lan was determined to be male by staff in China at the Chengdu Research Base of Panda Breeding. He is the first offspring of Lun Lun and Yang Yang, who are also the parents of Xi Lan and Po. Mei Lan was relocated to Chengdu, China on February 4, 2010. Mei Lan was named at a naming ceremony held on December 15, 2006, following the Chinese tradition of naming panda cubs when they are about 100 days old. He received person of the year from Atlanta's The Sunday Paper on December 24, 2006. In so doing, he defeated Atlanta humans Michael Vick, Cynthia McKinney, Dallas Austin, Sonny Perdue, and Bernard Marcus. Mei Lan, which may also transliterate as "American Orchid" or "Beautiful Orchid", was submitted by WSB-TV, the Atlanta ABC affiliate. The name was chosen from a public online poll on ajc.com after it won 22% of the votes. Mei Lan, like other zoo-born giant pandas in the U.S., contractually belongs to China.
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    Mei Xiang

    Mei Xiang

    Mei Xiang (Chinese 美香 [mèiɕjɑ́ŋ] "beautiful fragrance") is a female Giant Panda who lives at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. Mei Xiang was born on July 22, 1998, at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong, Sichuan Province; she weighs about 233 pounds. Her mother was Xue Xue and her father was Lin Nan; both parents were wild pandas. She and Tian Tian, a male, are the National Zoo's second pair of Giant Pandas. Giant pandas are thought to be solitary creatures, except for mating season and mothers with young cubs. In keeping with the habits of wild pandas, Mei is generally alone, although Mei and Tian are occasionally together outside of breeding season. Tian and Mei are trained to participate in a full medical examination, including a blood draw, without anesthesia. Mei Xiang has given birth to two cubs, both while at the National Zoo and both fathered by Tian Tian. Tai Shan, a male, was born July 9, 2005. He was the first panda cub to be born at the zoo and live for more than a few days. He lived at the zoo until February 4, 2010, when he moved to China, as per an agreement between the United States and China. Mei Xiang was artificially
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