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Panda Cub Kicks Off New Year With New Moves

 (YouTube Link) Xiao Liwu, the giant panda cub at the San Diego Zoo, is now 22 weeks old. He’s close to being mature enough to be put on display at the zoo. In the lively cub’s 20th medical exam, shown in the video above, Xiao Liwu’s coordination and range of motion have increased. It seems as [...]

Why Pandas Are Terrible Investments

There’s a new baby panda at the San Diego Zoo! While they’re obviously adorable, they’re also the high-priced divas of the animal kingdom. Here’s why you should think twice before taking in a stray. Getty Images $1,000,000 PER YEAR IN RENTAL FEES Zoos around the world don’t own their pandas; they lease them from the Chinese government for as [...]

Visit the Great Barrier Reef via Google

Google Street View allows you to travel through the Amazonian Rainforest, The San Diego Zoo, even a few buildings, but come September 2012, you can even swim along the perimeter of the Great Barrier Reef just as though you were looking at the Street View of a place around your hometown. Obviously, they didn’t drive their [...]

The Late Movies: 11 Animals Celebrating Their Birthdays in Style

Remember the excitement and joy you felt as a child when your annual birthday celebration finally rolled around? You can capture that feeling again, at least to some extent, by enjoying these fun videos of pets and zoo animals celebrating in delightful fashion. A Panda Here’s Yun Zi from the San Diego Zoo digging into her ice [...]

Baby Hippopotamus is Graceful Underwater

(Video Link) Adhama, a five-month old hippo at the San Diego Zoo, probably can’t dance on land. But she sure can swim with finesse! -via Uniblog

The Quick 10: 10 Celebrity Zoo Residents

With the recent popularity of the Bronx Zoo Cobra, I thought it was a good time to check out some other zoo animals that received celebrity status during their heydays. I don’t know if any of their Twitter feeds could have competed with the Cobra’s nearly quarter of a million followers, though! 1. Knut the polar [...]

7 Animals Humans Brought to Extinction

When you’re a kid, you know the dinosaurs went extinct, but it seems weird that a creature alive today could suddenly be wiped off the earth tomorrow. I remember the first time I really realized what extinction meant when I went to the San Diego Zoo and saw a picture of the dodo bird on [...]

Satanic Gecko is First Animal Baby of 2011

Photo: Ken Bohn / San Diego Zoo I’m a sucker for New Year baby – you know, like Timeo Goede, who had excellent timing to be born at 11:11 AM on 1/1/11 (Don’t mom and baby look so heavenly?) Well, this one is nifty as well, though perhaps not quite so heavenly -the first animal baby born [...]

Google Street Views Of The Zoo

If you just finished looking at the Google Street View of Stonehenge, it might be time to take a trip to the World Famous San Diego Zoo. All from your computer, of course. The paths can be a little difficult to navigate and some of the animals are hard to see from the street map [...]