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Panda gifted by China gives birth to second cub in Taiwan

Jul 01, 2020 - 4:18 PM

The unnamed cub weighs 186 grams after a five-hour labor by its mother Yuan Yuan

PANDA CUB. This handout photo taken on June 28, 2020 and received on June 29, 2020 shows a newborn baby panda at the Taipei Zoo in the Taiwan capital after the yet-unnamed-cub, weighing 186 grams, was born after a five-hour labor. Photo by Handout/Taipei Zoo/AFP

Virus pushes Indonesia zoo animals to brink of starvation

May 01, 2020 - 3:28 PM

'If a few more months pass and we don't get any aid from the government or other international organizations, then with a heavy heart we'll have to feed herbivores...to the carnivores.'

This picture taken on April 29, 2020 shows a tiger resting inside its enclosure at the zoo in Bandung, West Java. Indonesian officials said on April 30 that some 60 cash-strapped animal parks -- home to roughly 70,000 creatures -- across the Southeast Asian archipelago have been closed since mid-March and most say they have only enough food until the middle of May. TIMUR MATAHARI / AFP

Mother and daughters investigated over German zoo fire

Jan 03, 2020 - 9:28 AM

The tragedy sparks an outpouring of sympathy, with tearful visitors lighting candles and leaving flowers and soft toys at the entrance of the zoo

Flowers, candles, stuffed animals and placards are placed at a makeshift memorial for the animals that died in a fire at the zoo's monkey house on January 1, 2020 at the main entrance of the zoo in Krefeld, western Germany. Fire ripped through the monkey house at Krefeld zoo on New Year's Eve, killing dozens of animals, including orangutans, chimpanzees and marmosets, the management said. Christoph Reichwein / dpa / AFP

Dozens of monkeys die in German zoo fire

Jan 01, 2020 - 6:28 PM

The blaze destroys the monkey enclosure, which opened in 1975, shortly before midnight

RAZED. Firemen work at the burning monkey house of the zoo in Krefeld, western Germany, on early January 1, 2020. Photo by AFP

Boy oh boy! Twin male pandas charm Berlin zoo

Dec 09, 2019 - 9:24 PM

The cubs will be kept away from visitors 'until they can walk properly' and are more familiar with their surroundings, expected to be sometime in early 2020

TWINS. Two giant panda cubs Meng Yuan (L) and Meng Xiang are presented to the media after they were given their names at the Zoologischer Garten zoo in Berlin on December 9, 2019. Photo by John MacDougall/AFP

Dozens of endangered turtles disappear from Japan zoo

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:07 PM

Officials fear the turtles may have been stolen for sale on the black market, where they are valued as exotic pets

GONE. This handout photograph taken in 2006 and released by the Okinawa Zoo and Museum on November 6, 2019, shows a Ryukyu leaf turtle at Okinawa Zoo. AFP PHOTO / OKINAWA ZOO & MUSEUM

Brazil zoo asks public to name newest baby gorilla

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:50 PM

The Belo Horizonte zoo says the choices for the name are Anaya, Maisha or Gimbya

o4 A Western lowland baby gorilla is seen at the zoo in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on October 14, 2019. The baby gorilla was born on July 8, 2019, and is the fourth of the species -which appears on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list as critically endangered- to be born in the zoo, the only zoo in South America to succeed in breeding the species. DOUGLAS MAGNO / AFP

Boyce Avenue to perform in Manila in February 2020

Oct 18, 2019 - 1:01 PM

It's a Valentine's weekend to remember! The trio will share the stage with local acts December Avenue and I Belong To The Zoo on February 16, 2020

'Incredibly rare' monkey born at Australian zoo

Oct 04, 2019 - 11:42 PM

Critically-endangered, the animal is only found in China and Vietnam where it is threatened by poachers and loss of habitat from encroaching development

RARE. This handout picture taken on October 2, 2019 and released by Sydney's Taronga Zoo on October 4 shows a newly-born male Francois' Langur, one of the world's rarest monkeys, staying close to his mother at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney. AFP PHOTO / RICK STEVENS / TARONGA ZOO

Meng Meng, Berlin Zoo's panda, is pregnant

Aug 27, 2019 - 9:30 PM

'Every birth of an endangered species like pandas is a great gift,' says Berlin Zoo director Andreas Knieriem

PREGNANT. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2017, giant panda Meng Meng enjoys some bamboo in her enclosure at the Zoologischer Garten zoo in Berlin. The zoo announced on August 27, 2019 that Meng Meng is pregnant and will give birth to at least one baby within the upcoming two weeks. File photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

A preview of 'Bagong Maynila'? Isko Moreno's first week in office

Jul 06, 2019 - 3:09 PM

(UPDATED) 'Umpisa na 'to ng tunay na pagbabago,' Mayor Isko Moreno declares during his first week as Manila chief – a week highlighted by major streets cleared of vendors and markets

MANILA CHIEF. Newly elected Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko" Moreno Domagoso deliver his State of the City Address at Manila City Hall in Manila on 1 July 2019. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

Behind the closed doors of Manila Zoo

Jun 07, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Working for an indefinitely closed facility might seem like a lost cause. But for these volunteers, and staff, there’s no such thing as wasted effort when you’re doing things for love.

More than 40 zoo animals evacuated from Gaza Strip

Apr 08, 2019 - 9:02 AM

Four Paws association, which organized the transfer, says thin and weakened 43 animals, including a wolf and monkeys, had been living in 'terrible conditions' in the Rafah zoo

TRANSFER. A sedated lion lies in a cage at a zoo in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on April 6, 2019, as members of the international animal welfare charity "Four Paws" prepare to evacuate the animal out of the Palestinian enclave and relocate it to sanctuaries in Jordan. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Forget chocolate, how about a cockroach for Valentine's?

Feb 09, 2019 - 11:50 AM

How does naming a cockroach after your ex and feeding it to a meerkat sound?

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: I Belong To The Zoo

Feb 06, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Argee Guerrero is bringing his solo acoustic project to Rappler HQ!

The week in photos: January 19-25, 2019

Jan 26, 2019 - 4:03 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

PROTEST. Women dressed as France's symbol Marianne and showing fake injuries take part in an anti-government demonstration called by the Yellow Vest (gilets jaunes) movement in Lille, France, on January 19, 2019. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

LOOK: Manila Zoo closed 'until further notice'

Jan 23, 2019 - 1:00 PM

City officials will build water treatment facilities for the zoo, which has been tagged as a 'major pollutant' of Manila Bay

CLOSED. Kids willhave to wait until Manila Zoo is reopened to the public. It was temporarily closed stating January 23, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Sachin, the runaway leopard in India, eludes dragnet of drones, elephants

Jan 05, 2019 - 12:13 AM

An officer of the West Bengal Zoo Authority says: 'Two camera-fitted drones, 4 trained elephants and nearly 100 foresters have been deployed to track the leopard'

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Child enters U.S. rhino enclosure, treated in hospital

Jan 02, 2019 - 9:03 AM

The two-year-old slips into a Florida zoo's rhino enclosure on New Year's Day

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Javan rhinos are shy creatures whose folds of loose skin give the appearance of wearing armour plating. Photo from Shutterstock

Creating meaningful solutions in the age of digital experiences

Oct 11, 2018 - 5:09 PM

At this year’s DigiCon, Dr. Joe Fry of Google ZOO reinforced the importance of building things that could positively impact culture, today and in the future

OPM artists you need to listen to right now

Oct 09, 2018 - 5:33 PM

Queue these local acts to your OPM playlist. You can catch all of them this San Miguel Oktoberfest!

Endangered animals stolen from Avilon Zoo

Aug 14, 2018 - 7:17 PM

Thieves may be imprisoned for up to 2 years and pay a hefty fine of P200,000 under the wildlife resources conservation and protection act

STOLEN. Avilon Zoo asks the public for help in recovering 9 stolen endangered animals. Photo from Avilon Zoo Facebook page

The week in photos: July 21-27, 2018

Jul 28, 2018 - 4:51 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A burning home is reflected in a pool during the Carr fire in Redding, California on July 27, 2018. One firefighter has died and at least two others have been injured as wind-whipped flames tore through the region. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

The week in photos: July 7-13, 2018

Jul 14, 2018 - 12:11 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VIVE LA FRANCE. A France fan cheers before the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

8 wolf cubs the star attraction at Mexico City zoo

Jul 11, 2018 - 2:22 PM

This is the biggest litter born in a Mexico City zoo since a US-Mexican program to boost the population of the species began in the 1980s

WOLF CUBS. Three-month-old Mexican wolves (Canis lupus baileyi) are seen at the Coyotes Zoo in Mexico City on July 10, 2018. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Panda cub makes first public appearance at Malaysia zoo

May 26, 2018 - 5:59 PM

The fluffy little cub is born to Liang Liang, who has been on a loan to Malaysia since 2014

CUB. A 4-month old female giant panda cub, the second offspring of parents Liang Liang and Xing Xing who are on loan from China, is unveiled for the first time inside the panda enclosure at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur on May 26, 2018. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Pregnancy of southern white rhino at U.S. zoo could save subspecies

May 18, 2018 - 12:35 PM

Artificial insemination of rhinos has rarely been attempted in zoos and there have only a few births from this procedure in the past

Sarah Chin: A zookeeper’s tale of turning passion into action

May 07, 2018 - 10:57 AM

One Singaporean zookeeper proves that pursuing one’s passion is something worth doing

Inuka, 1st polar bear born in the tropics, is put down

Apr 25, 2018 - 4:25 PM

In recent years, Inuka had suffered age-related ailments including arthritis, and an examination at the start of this month revealed his health was failing markedly

'SILENT STALKER.' Inuka, a senior polar bear, sits on a sand bed inside its enclosure at the Singapore Zoo on April 13, 2018. Inuka was put down on April 25, 2018 after a rapid decline in health, with Singapore Zoo mourning the loss of one of its best-loved animals. Roslan Rahman/AFP

The week in photos: April 7-13, 2018

Apr 14, 2018 - 2:13 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

Animals aplenty, space at a premium in Africa's oldest zoo

Nov 09, 2017 - 11:38 PM

'We wish the natural environment could be recreated for the animals. It's not normal for an elephant to live in a tight space and on hard ground,' says Mona Khalil, head of the Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals.

WORLD'S OLDEST. Giza Zoo in Egypt

No dog's life for elderly animals in Singapore Zoo

Oct 25, 2017 - 7:42 PM

As with humans, animal populations in developed countries are living longer, putting a strain on healthcare resources, with experts warning animal enclosures in Asia are ill-equipped to handle the burden

AGING. This photograph taken on September 20, 2017 shows the Wildlife Reserves Singapore medical team checking on Kima the cheetah at the Singapore Zoo. Photo by  Roslan Rahman/AFP

The week in photos: August 26-September 1, 2017

Sep 02, 2017 - 2:31 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

INK FESTIVAL. A participant displays his tattoo to audience of the Dutdutan festival at the World Trade Center in Pasay on September 1, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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Tokyo zoo releases video of 'fluffy' baby panda

Aug 14, 2017 - 3:22 PM

The footage shows the as yet unnamed cub being weighed and measured by keepers at the zoo and napping crawling and playing with her mother Shin Shin

BABY PANDA. This handout picture taken on August 11, 2017 and released from the Tokyo Zoological Park Society on August 14, 2017 shows Ueno Zoo's two-month-old female baby giant panda in Tokyo. Tokyo Zoological Park Society / AFP

World's 'oldest' hippo dies at Manila Zoo

Jul 10, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Manila Zoo director James Dichaves says Bertha lived far beyond the 40 to 50 year lifespans which are typical for the species in the wild and in captivity respectively

WORLD'S OLDEST. Manila Zoo director James Dichaves says Bertha was found dead Friday, July 7, in her enclosure, with a post mortem examination concluding that she died from multiple organ failure. File photo of Manila Zoo from Wikimedia Commons

The week in photos: June 24-30, 2017

Jul 01, 2017 - 1:17 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

An enthusiast browse through a collection of toys on display during the 2017 ToyCon Pop Life FanXperience at the SMX Convention Center, in Pasay on June 30, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

WATCH: Singapore zoo marks 44th birthday with feast for its orangutangs

Jun 29, 2017 - 10:26 AM

The Singapore Zoo celebrates its 44th birthday with a durian feast for its orangutang family who are seen as mascots of the park

DURIAN DELIGHT. Orangutans Ah Meng (L) and Comel (R) enjoy durian fruits to mark Singapore zoo's 44th year anniversary in Singapore on June 27, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Japan zoo celebrates birth of panda cub

Jun 12, 2017 - 3:02 PM

Eleven year old mum Shin Shin gave birth just before noon June 12 officials at Tokyo s Ueno Zoo said in a statement

MOTHER PANDA. This file photo taken on May 24, 2017 shows 11-year-old female giant panda Shin Shin taking a rest in her cage at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Giraffe dies 'of anxiety' in latest Taiwan animal scandal

Aug 11, 2016 - 7:50 PM

An autopsy shows the giraffe suffered from pneumonia and anxiety as he was loaded onto a truck

This handout picture released by Taipei Zoo on August 11, 2016 shows zoo staff caring for a giraffe at the zoo in Taipei on August 10, 2016. A seven-year-old male giraffe has died from anxiety on a trip from a Taiwan zoo to a special breeding programme, the latest animal death to spark angry calls for tougher laws on protection. / AFP PHOTO / Taipei Zoo / Taipei Zoo / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Taipei Zoo" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

What to try at Zoo Coffee, Korean café with cute 'animals'

Aug 03, 2016 - 4:48 PM

Korean cafe Zoo Coffee gives you the vibe of being inside the zoo

'It's a boy!': Chinese panda gives birth in Belgium

Jun 02, 2016 - 8:05 PM

UPDATED Less than 2 000 pandas can be found in the wild making every birth a true miracle says the Pairi Daiza zoo

This handout picture taken and released on June 2, 2016 by the Paira Daiza shows female Giant Panda Hao Hao holding her cub in her mouth at the Paira Daiza zoologic parc. A giant panda on loan to Belgium from China has given birth to a cub, a rare event for the endangered species, the Pairi Daiza zoo said on June 2, 2016. The zoo and the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda "have the great pleasure to announce the birth of a panda cub", Pairi Daiza said in a statement."Less than 2,000 pandas can be found in the wild, making every birth a true miracle", it said.  / AFP PHOTO / Paira Daiza / Benoit Bouchez / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / PAIRA DAIZA / BENOIT BOUCHEZ- NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

US zoo kills gorilla after boy falls into enclosure

May 29, 2016 - 8:46 AM

Witnesses say the gorilla dragged the three year old boy around the habitat

Disturbing trend: Critically endangered elephant is latest animal to die in an Indonesian zoo

May 12, 2016 - 4:47 PM

The elephant s death comes after a tiger also died in April in a separate zoo

SLOW TREATMENT. Yani lies down on the ground in Bandung city's zoo, West Java province, several hours before eventually dying. AFP PHOTO / TIMUR MATAHARI

Young vet dies after being trampled by elephant

May 11, 2016 - 8:33 PM

The elephant has a history of turning on its keepers

Bad conditions or natural causes? Rare tiger dies at Indonesia's 'death zoo'

Apr 20, 2016 - 8:01 PM

Rama died at what is dubbed the death zoo as so many animals have died there prematurely because of neglect – including several orangutans a tiger and a giraffe

DEAD. This photo shows Rama, a 16-year old male Sumatran tiger, with a tranquilizer dart on his leg while inside his enclosure at the zoo in Surabaya. Rama died on April 10. Handout / SURABAYA ZOO / AFP

First-timer's guide to Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, and more

Jan 04, 2016 - 12:19 PM

Take a peek inside the Singapore Zoo Jurong Bird Park River Safari and Night Safari where you can be kissed by giraffes and monkeys swing overhead

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Danish zookeepers fire rubber bullets to save man from polar bear

Dec 02, 2015 - 11:37 PM

He went up to the bear and it examined him by sniffing him and shoving him and he sustained some superficial injuries

BEAR WITH ME. In this file photo, polar bear cub Anori explores the open-air enclosure at the zoo in Wuppertal, Germany, 29 March 2012. Marius Becker/EPA

Rare white rhino dies in US

Nov 23, 2015 - 10:58 AM

The 41 year old female known as Nola saw her health take a quick turn for the worse

Nola, the northern white rhinoceros at the San Diego Zoo. Image courtesy San Diego Zoo Global © 2014

Male rhino arrives in Indonesia to mate with his endangered species

Nov 02, 2015 - 9:30 PM

We hope he will be able to breed and boost the Sumatran rhino population here

MATING MISSION. Harapan the Sumatran rhino is flown from the United States to Indonesia, in hopes of him mating with his critically endangered species. Photo from AFP/Cincinnati Zoo