Tails From The Zoo

More Weird Zoo News January 31, 2009

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Funny Zoo Signs

Here are a bunch of hilarious zoo signs. http://www.zuzafun.com/zoo-signs

  • If you have fun zoo signs of your own – send us a copy and we’ll post them!


Farting Gorillas Force Brussel Sprouts Off Zoo’s Christmas Menu

ZOO managers have taken Brussels sprouts off the Christmas menu after the vegetable caused an attack of flatulence in their gorillas. The staff at Chessington Zoo fed the giant apes on the seasonal favourite as they are filled with nutritional goodness. However, they hadn’t reckoned with the gassy qualities of the tiny veggies. Now the zoo has issued an apology after guests at the zoo expressed their horror at the potent smell that started emanating from the gorillas’ enclosure.

Gorilla keeper Michael Rozzi said: “We feed the gorillas brussel sprouts during the winter because they are packed with vitamin C and have great nutritional benefits. Unfortunately, an embarrassing side effect is that it can cause bouts of flatulence in humans and animals alike. However, I don’t think any of us were prepared for a smell that strong.”

Zoo’s Penguin Afraid of Water

Keepers at a British zoo said a resident penguin with a fear of water has become a hit with curious park visitors. Staff at Blackbrook Zoological Park in Leek, England, said 11-year-old Kentucky the Humbolt penguin developed a phobia of water because he was born a runt and had problems with losing feathers too quickly, making the water too cold for his comfort, The Sun reported Thursday.


“It’s a bit too cold for him in the water, so he spends all his time on the rocks just walking around,” said Adam Stevenson, the zoo’s assistant bird keeper. “It’s a bit of a pain having to go over especially to him to feed him because he won’t go in the water, but he’s a real character and everyone at the zoo loves him. We’ve got one of the biggest collections of birds in Europe here but Kentucky is a bit of a crowd pleaser.”


“He has become quite famous because it’s quite unusual for penguins not to like the water,” he said. Stevenson said keepers douse Kentucky with water at least twice a day to keep his feathers healthy and clean.

  • LEEK, England (UPI) – © 2009 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Published: Jan. 22, 2009

Zoo Drops ‘Ranga’ Free Day Campaign

ADELAIDE Zoo has dropped an ad campaign offering free visits to all “rangas” to highlight the plight of orang-utans after sensitive redheads complained. Last week, advertisements ran offering “free Zoo entry for all rangas” during the school holidays. “Ranga” – an abbreviation of orang-utan – is a common nickname for redheads.

“We seem to be getting quite a bit of a negative reaction to that request,” said Zoos SA’s director of conservation programs Kevin Evans, The Advertiser reported. “People are possibly more sensitive about it than we thought,”  he said. “We have a campaign over the school holidays because of orang-utans being an endangered species – and so are human redheads,” Mr Evans said.

Less than 2 per cent of humans have red hair. “Because of the way people move around these days, the genes that carry redheads are breeding out to brunettes and blondes,” Mr Evans said. “Eventually it looks like they are going to be extinct as well.”

The zoo will continue to offer free entry to people with red hair for the next two weeks to raise awareness about orang-utans being endangered in the wild. The campaign is timed to coincide with the birthday of the Zoo’s male orangutan, Pusung, and will include daily talks about the species.

Dyed red hair will qualify for free entry and zoo staff will not seek proof that patrons are natural redheads.

“We’re not actually checking tops and tails, or anything like that,” Mr Evans said.

  • By Patrick McDonald, The Advertiser, September 29, 2008
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