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Two rare giraffes at a South Coast Zoo are pregnant. The Santa Barbara Zoo confirmed that two of its female Masai giraffes, Adia and Audrey are expecting. The Zoo’s adult male, Michael is father, and he has sired seven calves during the last 17 years living in Santa Barbara.

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An endangered gibbon living at a South Coast zoo died as the result of an accident.  The head of a white handed gibbon named "Jari" became entangled in a net in her enclosure at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

The impacts of age have led to the death of the world’s oldest snow leopard, which lived on the South Coast. Everett lived at the Santa Barbara Zoo. He was nearly 22 years old.

A South Coast zoo’s newest resident is one you will actually be able to pet. The Santa Barbara Zoo now has a Golden Retriever pup named Bradley, which will serve as a Zoo Ambassador in the community.

We’re following Dr. Julie Barnes as she prepares to do part of a checkup. Her patient is unusual. It’s a rare snow leopard, normally only seen in Asia. This is part of a typical day for Barnes, who is the Zoo’s Vice President of Animal Care and Health. The veterinary staff at the zoo has a big job, being charged with overseeing the well being of more than 500 animals ranging from gorillas to cobras.

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A popular resident of a South Coast Zoo has died. An elderly snow leopard at the Santa Barbara Zoo unexpectedly passed away. Zoe had a number of health issues, but the sudden death of the 15 year old cat was unexpected.

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A penguin at a South Coast zoo which became famous because of a custom shoe he wore to deal with a birth defect had to have his foot amputated.

Lucky the penguin got international attention after show maker Teva heard about his foot problem, and started making custom made shows so the Santa Barbara Zoo resident could move normally. He used a series of the shoes for the last eight years.

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An elephant that’s been a favorite of visitors at a South Coast Zoo for nearly a half century has been euthanized, due to major health issues. Sujatha lived at the Santa Barbara Zoo since the early 1970’s. The 47 year old female Asian elephant had been dealing with arthritis, and pain.

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You can now see koalas at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Two koalas – Two-year-old Edmund and six-year-old Thackory – are on loan from the Los Angeles and San Diego zoos for a one-year stay. They're on view in a special outdoor exhibit near the Zoo Train station, where they're housed in separate adjacent enclosures.  Their food comes from a eucalyptus plantation in Arizona.

A zoo is bringing the world’s top animal researchers to the South Coast to educate the community in a very unusual way. Science is melded with comedy to create a unique program for the public.

This is IMPROVology at the Santa Barbara Zoo where more than 100 people have gathered to learn science through improv comedy.

Groups around the world are working to save gorillas from extinction. This week, some experts from around the globe are in Santa Barbara to talk about those efforts.

South Coast Zoo Gets Cute (And Rare) New Residents

Oct 16, 2017
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There’s a tiny mammal that’s been disappearing around the world, but now there’s a few more of them thanks to a South Coast zoo.

Three Asian small-clawed otters were born at the Santa Barbara Zoo. It’s part of a breeding program by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The otters are not listed as endangered, but their population is near that level.  They are found in Southeast Asia, but the problem is they have been victims of loss of habitat, and hunting.  The otters spend most of their time on land, and live in extended family groups.

It was the story which captured the imagination of kids and adults, and now may help foster the understanding of what it’s like to live with a disability.

A little Humboldt penguin born at the Santa Barbara Zoo had a birth defect. Lucky the Penguin’s right foot didn’t develop normally, and he had trouble walking, and swimming. The zoo teamed up with locally based shoemaker Teva to come up with a custom-made penguin shoe, which has allowed Lucky to lead a normal life.

For decades, zoos were often rows of small, cramped cement cages where animals were kept in prison cell like conditions.

A researcher, and former Atlanta Zoo President who’s speaking on the South Coast Thursday night is credited with helping to change that culture, and create more natural environments for animals.

In 1984, Dr. Terry Maple, a noted Georgia Tech animal behaviorist and zoo expert, was asked by Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young to take the reins of the city’s troubled zoo.

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There is a new video game with a mission much more ambitious than just having fun.

“Condor Country” is being called the first mobile game to simulate real life efforts to save an endangered species.