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May 12, 1995 | by Jenice M. Armstrong, Daily News Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Zoo may be good at feeding animals, but when it comes to satisfying hungry people, that's another matter. After years of complaints from visitors about the quality of the hot dogs, hamburgers and fries, the zoo's fast-food workers have turned in their aprons. McDonald's recently has begun serving up its regular menu, as well as traditional zoo favorites. That's right, McPopcorn anyone? How about some McPeanuts? It's something of a first, McDonald's officials said.
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March 10, 1987 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / GERALD S. WILLIAMS
There are many fine things to be done with a warm afternoon toward the end of winter - ride a bike, work in the yard, pack a picnic. On Sunday, about 28,000 people - many of them parents with their children - decided it was time to go to the zoo. Yesterday, some of the zoo's long-term residents were hanging out with the kids, too.
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November 6, 1997 | by Mister Mann Frisby, Daily News Staff Writer
The tiger that leaped out a North Philadelphia window and into the hearts of Philadelphia died at the zoo yesterday morning, apparently from a sudden illness. Zookeepers found a lifeless Corona, the cub who grew up at 7th and Master streets, when they arrived for work at 8 a.m. The 8-month-old cub, who had lived at the zoo since his owner was busted for having an endangered species in August, seemed fine when zookeepers checked on him around 5 p.m. Tuesday. "Preliminary results indicate that Corona may have succumbed to an acute viral infection," said Antoinette Maciolek, spokesperson for the zoo. "There are certain strains of virus known to cause sudden death in exotic cats.
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August 17, 1990 | By Fran O'Byrne and Bernadette Balcer, Special to The Inquirer
In the New Jersey Pine Barrens, there is a zoo whose residents include Rudolph, a deer hit by a car on Christmas Eve; Dancin' Gambler, a monkey who showed up one day at an Atlantic City casino, and Sugar Ray, a rooster rescued from a cockfight. The Popcorn Park Zoo in Forked River also houses former circus performer Simba the declawed lion, and Arnette the pig, found strolling across the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Clearly, this is no ordinary zoo. Since 1977, abandoned, injured and elderly animals have found a home in this unusual place, operated by the Associated Humane Societies, a nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Newark, N.J. The zoo cares for a wide assortment of creatures.
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June 8, 1990 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
"Zed" is how the English pronounce the letter Z. "Nought" is how they say "zero. " Thus, A Zed and Two Noughts, the title of a 1985 Peter Greenaway film, could be read as z-zero-zero (zzz). Or it could be read as a roundabout way of spelling Z-O-O. Let's just say you could read it either way and you would be correct. Set in and around an archetypal zoo - the actual location of this one is Rotterdam - A Zed and Two Noughts meditates on most things zoological, including the origins of life, the evolution of man and beast, and the negligible line between the higher and lower orders.
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October 30, 2011
Firefighters were battling a two-alarm blaze at the Animal Kingdom, a zoo in Bordentown. Firefighters responded to a call at about 8:40 p.m. A building which houses puppies and other domestic animals was reported to be on fire. No exotic animals or endangered species were kept in the building, police said. The animals are being evacuated. The zoo houses animals including monkeys, camels and giraffes, according to the zoo's website. - Kristin Holmes  
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April 7, 1990
It shouldn't be up to you and us to join in cleaning up, painting up and fixing up the Zoo. That's the sort of thing the city should be responsible for, right? Right. But the city is in such desperate financial straits it has drastically cut the Class 500 program, under which the Zoo would have received almost three-quarters of a million municipal dollars. Even raising the admission fee isn't enough to meet that shortfall. So unless volunteers do what has to be done at the Zoo, there's a good chance it won't get done.
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May 25, 2016
The long: Year-round, the zoo's most outwardly visible, helium-filled attraction rises above the Schuylkill, inciting pleas of, "Can we?" every time you pass. Yes, you can. The short: A 10-minute rite of passage for Philly kids. The demo: All ages. Must be at least 9 to ride without a grown-up. The wait: On a recent, unusually sunny weekday, about 25 minutes. Weekends: Arrive early. How high: The tether stretches 400 feet - high enough to warrant warning flags to low-flyers not to pass underneath.
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October 20, 1997 | by Gloria Campisi, Daily News Staff Writer
The teacher called his home a petting zoo. The animal welfare agent, who found a dead puppy in a frying pan on the teacher's stove, called it a "zoo of horrors. " Tri Ngo, a suspended Camden High School teacher and Vietnamese immigrant, was to stand trial today, accused of animal abuse. The charges are based on a spring raid during which authorities found nearly a dozen dogs and a half-dozen puppies - alive, but in deplorable condition. The raiders also found the bones of a puppy in the frying pan, two other dead pups in cardboard boxes and a fourth in the trash, according to Tom Shiflet, an enforcement officer for the New Jersey SPCA.
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July 10, 2016
While wandering through the San Diego Hall of Champions sports museum, we came across an unexpected sight: a full-size twin of the Rocky statue that is a popular tourist draw in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Its clone in San Diego, on the other hand, was nestled inside a museum where it was hardly noticed. Had we just entered some sort of space/time warp? To enhance the mystery, the sports museum is just one of more than a dozen major attractions in the 1,200-acre, landscaped confines of Balboa Park, one of the largest urban cultural parks in the world.
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June 27, 2016
Game of Thrones. It's time - already - for the Season 6 finale, "The Winds of Winter," so bring your best theories about what happens next (i.e., who might be dying). 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO. Ray Donovan . Season 4 premiere finds Ray (Liev Schreiber) trying to mend some fences, and Abby (Paula Malcomson) dealing with some bad news. 9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. BET Awards. Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, the stars of ABC's Blackish , host the 16th annual awards show, which will feature a tribute to Prince scheduled to include Sheila E., Philadelphia's the Roots, and Janelle Monae.
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June 25, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Two Hartmann's mountain zebras have joined the cast of animals at the Elmwood Park Zoo. The female zebras, named Hannah and McKenzie, are now living in an indoor enclosure and outdoor exhibit area near the Norristown zoo's giraffes, the zoo said Thursday. Once the animals are more comfortable in their new home, they will join the giraffes in a larger space, the zoo said. It's common for giraffes and zebras to live together at zoos. "We are overjoyed to add such beautiful and distinctive animals to our zoo's family," Al Zone, the zoo's executive director and CEO, said in a statement.
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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)
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 2016
The long: Year-round, the zoo's most outwardly visible, helium-filled attraction rises above the Schuylkill, inciting pleas of, "Can we?" every time you pass. Yes, you can. The short: A 10-minute rite of passage for Philly kids. The demo: All ages. Must be at least 9 to ride without a grown-up. The wait: On a recent, unusually sunny weekday, about 25 minutes. Weekends: Arrive early. How high: The tether stretches 400 feet - high enough to warrant warning flags to low-flyers not to pass underneath.
NEWS
May 8, 2016
THIS MOTHER'S DAY, Philly's human moms won't be the only ones deserving of homemade cards and breakfasts in bed. Honi (pronounced "honey"), the Philadelphia Zoo's 21-year-old western lowland gorilla, is pregnant with her second baby and due in early fall. A member of a critically endangered species, Honi is Philly's first gorilla to be in a family way in 20 years. Her 13-year-old son, Kuchimba, was born at the Bronx Zoo and lives at the gorilla compound in Philly, near his mom. Naturally, gorilla keeper Kristen Farley-Rambo and the rest of the zoo staff - and from the looks of it even Honi's group mates - are fairly thrilled.
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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.
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April 17, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
A Montgomery County zoo's porcupine exhibit now has two new members. Two female North American porcupines at the Elmwood Park Zoo gave birth to baby boys this month, the Norristown zoo announced Friday. Ivanna gave birth April 6, while Lola's son was born April 10. Spork, the zoo's only adult male porcupine, is the father to both babies, which are known as porcupettes. Guests can see the babies in their exhibit. The zoo says they have been exploring their space and learning to climb trees.
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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.
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