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Climbers Helped a Zoo Make Sure Its Orangutan Habitat Is Escape-Proof

The Kansas City Zoo didn’t have the best track record when it came to penning-in its primates—two gorillas got out in 2012 and two chimpanzees ran away in 2014 (I assume they all were brought back?). So when building a new orangutan habitat, the zoo brought in some experts to test the sheer rock walls for… » 5/15/15 7:40pm 5/15/15 7:40pm

10 Real-Life Animal Husbandry Techniques That Alien Zoos Will Use On Us

So you ‘ve been abducted and placed in an alien zoo, put on display for other aliens to gawk at. The good news is that you’ll probably get free food; the bad news is they’ll probably try the same tricks on you that our zoos play on Earth animals. Here’s all the ways these zoos will mess with you in the name of animal… » 5/06/15 1:48pm 5/06/15 1:48pm

This Custom Poop-Chute Dispenses Droppings for Lions to Play With

There's a lion in the San Francisco Zoo that absolutely adores rhino dung: loves smelling it; loves rolling in it. A team of Stanford students found this out during a design-build course, and you know what they did? Those undergrads developed a custom three-pronged poop-chute for the lion lair. » 9/16/14 3:25pm 9/16/14 3:25pm

How Polar Bears Will Keep the Elephants Warm at the Oregon Zoo

Zoos are weird places. You have fake safari next to fake tundra next to fake rainforest—all separated by a glass and concrete and a few feet of space. At the Oregon Zoo, a new energy plan manages to both subvert and perfectly embody the zoo's artificial ecology: The excess heat from the polar beat habitat will keep… » 9/04/14 2:45pm 9/04/14 2:45pm

A Redesigned Zoo Where Humans Stay Hidden Could Be Better For Animals

Even the most zoo-friendly amongst us probably harbor mixed feelings about the undeniable psychological and physical toll that captivity takes on animals. The Danish architects at Bjarke Ingels Group think they've designed a better way. A Zootopia, if you will, where humans are usually hidden from animals by grass… » 7/29/14 7:07pm 7/29/14 7:07pm

Costa Rica Is Actually Closing All Of Its Zoos

Beginning in March 2014, the two government-owned zoos in Costa Rica will be closed. The country is known for prioritizing environmental conservation, and zoo closures are a major step that animal rights and environmental advocates have been supporting worldwide for years. And Costa Rica really doesn't need… » 8/04/13 8:00pm 8/04/13 8:00pm

Did This Elephant Actually Eat This Poor Tourist's iPhone?

Imagine you're out sight-seeing in Thailand. Whoa! Elephants! Better catch some video with your iPhone. Really hold it out there for a good shot when, haha, he's touching it with his trunk! Aaaand it's gone. Sure, it'd be equal parts hilarious and a bummer if it actually happened, and while that's what this video… » 12/30/12 7:00pm 12/30/12 7:00pm