September 9, 2016
ISSUE | PHILADELPHIA ZOO A caring, nurturing home for gorillas The Philadelphia Zoo's gorillas, our closest-living relatives (with chimps and bonobos), cannot survive in their wild, natural habitat today ("Birth marred by a life in captivity," Monday). The zoo has moved from displaying individual animals in small, barren cages, to large, open, group-living spaces that provide fresh air and an abundance of natural and man-made materials to ensure their physical and mental well-being.
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.
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.
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.
June 25, 2016 |
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.
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)
June 2, 2016 |
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.
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.
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.
April 20, 2016 |
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.