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November 14, 1997 | GEORGE MILLER/ DAILY NEWS
Colobus monkey Coleus holds her baby, Kiazi, at the Philadelphia Zoo yesterday. The three-week-old primate is the first colobus monkey born at the zoo.
NEWS
April 15, 2013
* IF YOU GO Hours for this weekend's grand opening of KidZooU are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The main zoo opens at 9:30 a.m. Starting Monday, KidZooU follows regular zoo opening hours. Zoo admission: $20, adults; $18, kids 2-11; free, kids younger than 2. Access to the children's zoo is free with zoo admission. It's 50 cents to feed the ducks. Parking, $15. SEPTA's Route 15 trolley and Route 38 bus will also get you there. Philadelphia Zoo, 34th Street and Girard Avenue, 215-243-1100, philadelphiazoo.org.
NEWS
April 20, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
Honi, one of the Philadelphia Zoo's western lowland gorillas, is pregnant. The zoo announced Monday that the 21-year-old gorilla is expected to give birth in early fall. The baby will be the first gorilla born at the zoo in about 20 years, spokeswoman Dana Lombardo said. "Honi is doing great but, as with any pregnancy, we are carefully monitoring her health," Keith Hinshaw, the zoo's director of animal health, said in a statement. "Although this is early in the pregnancy, by using ultrasound imaging, we are able to see that the baby has a normal heartbeat, which is a very good sign.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2015 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Amazing animal sculptures made from recycled material will be on display at the Philadelphia Zoo through Oct. 31. "Second Nature" features works by 12 artists from around the globe (including some from Philly) using recycled and repurposed materials, like a pink eight-foot crocodile made entirely of chewing gum. Philly artist Leo Sewell shows off his 175-pound rhinoceros sculpted from 250 silver serving trays collected from scrap piles, junk sales, and curbsides. Sculptures range from bunnies and gorillas to flowers made from a car hood.
NEWS
March 20, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia Zoo's big cats exhibit has a new addition. The zoo on Friday welcomed Grom, a 7-year-old male Amur tiger, to its tiger family. Grom, who comes to Philadelphia from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colo., is the zoo's fifth Amur tiger (also known as Siberian tigers). The 300-pound male will be in the zoo's First Niagara Big Cat Falls exhibit only in the mornings as he adjusts to his new home. For now, the public can see him there before noon each day. Grom will turn 8 on May 11. He joins Changbai and Koosaka, sisters who were born at the Philadelphia Zoo in May 2007, and brothers Dimitri and Wiz, who were born at the Columbus Zoo in June 2012 and came to Philadelphia in January 2014.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Look up and see tigers, cheetahs, pumas, lions, and more felines at Philadelphia Zoo's Big Cat Crossing, which opens Saturday as part of an extension of the Zoo360 Animal Exploration trail. Visitors can look up and see some of their favorite cats walking above and around the zoo in a 330-foot-long mesh overhead passageway that extends from the zoo's First Niagara Big Cat Falls to the main visitor path. Zoo360 also has the Treetop and Great Ape exploratory trails. The zoo's trail and exploration system is the only one of its kind.
NEWS
February 27, 2014 | By Seth Zweifler, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Motuba bounded and barreled up a flight of five stairs, smacking his humongous hands on the glass window in front of him, 4-year-old Mai Phan let out a gasp. "This is a first for her," said Mai's mother, Melanie, who had taken her daughter to the Philadelphia Zoo for the day. Standing in front of them was a majestic mammal more than 10 times Mai's weight. Mai, pressing her hands on the glass, looked on as Motuba strutted, on all fours, to the center of the room. All 432 pounds of him. The Philadelphia Zoo welcomed Motuba, a 29-year-old western lowland gorilla, on Tuesday.
NEWS
July 30, 2015 | By Madeline R. Conway, Inquirer Staff Writer
Preschool students at the NHS Human Services facility in Kensington welcomed some four-legged classmates on Tuesday: a palm-size hedgehog, a turtle, and a spotted rabbit. And there were also a couple of two-legged friends, an Asian chicken and a stuffed toy orangutan, both which got everyone's attention. So instead of playing with building blocks or perusing picture books, the 50 or so developmentally delayed 3- to 5-year-olds gathered with their new friends for a hands-on lesson from two presenters from the Philadelphia Zoo, Toni Mosley and Maren Stinson.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2013 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there In early January 2006, Stephanie, an animator who had recently begun writing screenplays, opened the networking section of Myspace. In theory, she was looking for another writer interested in critiquing each other's work. The more boxes she checked off in the site's search engine - within 10 miles of Philadelphia, must not smoke, must also be allergic to pets, only a social drinker - the clearer it became she was looking for romance. Up popped Matt's profile. The headline, "Lathe'd!"
NEWS
September 6, 2016
ISSUE | PHILADELPHIA ZOO Birth marred by a life in captivity Rather than celebrate, I mourn for the western lowland gorilla that has just given birth to an adorable baby at the Philadelphia Zoo ("Visiting hours for baby gorilla," Thursday). How can anyone feel good when looking at this mother and child confined in a cage? Honi is unable to share its true heritage with this child. It has no opportunity to receive the embrace of its peers. If we wants to see lowland gorillas or any other wildlife, it should not be in a zoo. True, we all cannot afford safari vacations, but we can see wildlife on TV with clarity and realism.
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NEWS
September 6, 2016
ISSUE | PHILADELPHIA ZOO Birth marred by a life in captivity Rather than celebrate, I mourn for the western lowland gorilla that has just given birth to an adorable baby at the Philadelphia Zoo ("Visiting hours for baby gorilla," Thursday). How can anyone feel good when looking at this mother and child confined in a cage? Honi is unable to share its true heritage with this child. It has no opportunity to receive the embrace of its peers. If we wants to see lowland gorillas or any other wildlife, it should not be in a zoo. True, we all cannot afford safari vacations, but we can see wildlife on TV with clarity and realism.
NEWS
August 8, 2016
ISSUE | NATURAL SCIENCES Phila. area's top-notch centers beckon As a longtime science educator, I enjoyed the commentary about the history of science in Philadelphia ("Experiment with Philly's science legacy," Thursday). While it covered a lot of ground, the natural sciences deserve more attention. In addition to the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Philadelphia Zoo - America's first - is a landmark and a pioneer in the history of science. But the natural science network also includes a stunning diversity of arboreta and nature centers, many with long legacies, offering environmental science programming for thousands of people annually.
BUSINESS
July 5, 2016
The Philly Ad Club has elected the following members to serve as the executive committee for the 2016-17 service year: Bernie Prazenica, president and general manager of WPVI-TV/6ABC in Philadelphia, is president; Jill Deardorff, president and CEO at Deardorff Associates and Deardorff Digital, is chair; Paul Muller, president of the Tri-State Toyota Dealers Association, is first vice presient; Amy Shearer, chief marketing officer at...
NEWS
June 26, 2016 | By Valerie Russ, Staff Writer
THERE IS NO graffiti on the quiet East Germantown block of redbrick rowhouses where Darryl McCray lives. His home is modest, with a pink hydrangea bush out front. A black-and-white cat sleeps beneath a beige patio chair. For McCray, 62, it's a subdued existence, considering that at one time he had celebrity status due entirely to the nickname he spray-painted all over Philadelphia: Cornbread . Legend has it that at age 17 he hopped a fence at the Philadelphia Zoo to spray-paint "Cornbread Lives" on the hind side of an elephant, a stunt to disprove a newspaper article that had mistakenly declared "Cornbread Shot to Death" about a murder outside a bar at 40th and Filbert Streets in West Philly.
NEWS
June 18, 2016 | Staff
KIDS 6 p.m. Friday, Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse , 3500 Reservoir Dr. $10. 215-765-4325. Wee ones get a chance to get wack and whirl in tie-dyed onesies as the third annual children's festival gets underway with the first of three concerts this summer. On the bill: Lucy Kalantari, playing her 1920s hot-jazz ukulele tunes, and divine kindie-rock diva Joanie Leeds. - Michael Harrington 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Brandywine River Museum of Art , 1 Hoffman's Mill Rd., Chadds Ford.
NEWS
June 18, 2016 | By Jason Nark, Staff Writer
There's a stuffed bald eagle giving a wild turkey a little side eye at a museum on Independence Mall, a stern look of "Don't make me fly up there. " In the United States of America, the bald eagle is most definitely the boss, the symbol of our nation, even though Benjamin Franklin preferred the gobbler over that snowy-headed raptor. On June 20, 1782, the Second Continental Congress voted to make the bald eagle a national symbol, and 200 years later, President Ronald Reagan deemed June 20 "National Bald Eagle Day. " "Whether silhouetted against the sky on a rocky pinnacle in Alaska or soaring majestically overhead in Florida, the bald eagle is admired as one of nature's most spectacular creatures," Reagan said in a proclamation at the time.
NEWS
June 11, 2016
ISSUE | ZOOS Ways to learn about and conserve wildlife Harambe's death at the Cincinnati Zoo was very sad but certainly understandable. Concerning the Inquirer's editorial on the story ("Harambe reconsidered," June 3), which questioned the ethics of keeping primates and other large animals captive in urban centers, there are some thoughts that should be considered. I was a zookeeper at the Philadelphia Zoo for more than 24 years. I have observed and studied captive and wild animals, including gorillas, elephants, and killer whales (orcas)
NEWS
June 9, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Morris Cheston Jr., 78, of Spring House, a lawyer as renowned for his civic work as for his legal skills, died Sunday, June 5, of a heart attack at home. Mr. Cheston joined the Philadelphia law firm of Ballard Spahr L.L.P. in 1964. He became a partner in 1971 and senior counsel in 2009. His specialties were securities and corporate law, and legal matters involving the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Perhaps his signature achievement in Philadelphia came in 1997 when, as board chairman of Pennsylvania Hospital, he campaigned for and implemented the merger of Pennsylvania Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania Health System into Penn Medicine.
NEWS
June 2, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
What happened at the Cincinnati Zoo this weekend - when a child fell into a primate enclosure prompting zoo staff to shoot a beloved gorilla - is something local zoo officials plan and train for but at the same time hope will never happen. "It was a tough situation, but they made the right call," said Shaun Rogers, marketing director of Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown. Philadelphia Zoo officials plan to hold a meeting this week to evaluate their own operation in light of the Cincinnati incident, said Andy Baker, the zoo's chief operating officer and a primatologist.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. expanded its discounted Internet Essentials program to older Philadelphians, the company said Thursday. The cable giant launched the program for older residents in Seattle, San Francisco, and Palm Beach County, Fla., last year and then agreed during cable-TV franchise negotiations with Philadelphia officials to add it here. Internet Essentials entails high-speed broadband service for $10 a month and since its inception in 2011 had been available only to low-income families with schoolchildren.
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