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February 5, 2013
Life in the zoo, 2013

A zoo (short for zoological park or zoological garden, and also called a menagerie) is a facility in which animals are confined within enclosures, displayed to the public, and in which they may also be bred.

The abbreviation "zoo" was first used of the London Zoological Gardens, which opened for scientific study in 1828 and to the public in 1847. The number of major animal collections open to the public around the world now exceeds 1,000, around 80 percent of them in cities. -- Wikipedia

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A polar bear swims in the newly inaugurated Arctic Circle, in Copenhagen Zoo on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. The area will be open to the public from Feb 5. AP / Bidstrup Stine
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Gorilla Kijivu holds her newborn baby at the Zoo in Prague, Czech Republic, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. Kijivu gave a birth to her fourth child on Dec. 22, 2012. AP / Petr David Josek
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Baby and Nepal, two elephants suffering from tuberculosis, stand in their enclosure at the Parc de la Tete d'Or Zoo in Lyon, central France, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. Sex symbol-turned-animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot is threatening to join actor Gerard Depardieu in Russian exile unless France halts the scheduled euthanasia of the two sick elephants. The 1960s screen diva says authorities have ignored her "numerous proposals" to save Baby and Nepal, a pair of 42-year-old elephants dying of tuberculosis at a Lyon zoo. AP / Laurent Cipriani
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A muddy Bullfrog is inspected during a photo call for the annual stock take at London Zoo, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. More than 17,500 animals including birds, fish, mammals, reptiles and amphibians are counted in the annual stock take at the zoo. AP / Kirsty Wigglesworth
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Kepper Amy Callaghan takes a close look at Jill the Red Kneed Spider during the annual stocktake at London Zoo, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. AP / Kirsty Wigglesworth
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A meerkat sits on a keepers clipboard during a photo call for the annual stock take at London Zoo, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. AP / Kirsty Wigglesworth
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Two Great White Pelicans sit on a rock and are reflected in a pool at the zoo in Frankfurt, central Germany, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. AP / Nicolas Armer
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A red handed Tamarin is being fed with a locust during stock taking at the Zoo in Duisburg, Germany, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. Some 3,657 animals of 262 species are counted at the zoo. AP / Frank Augstein
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The Boa snake Charlotte is prepared to be measured by zoo keepers during the annual stock taking at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. Charlotte is 13 years old and has a length of 2.99 meters (9.8ft), Boas reach an age of 20 years. AP / Frank Augstein
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The head of a sea lion is mirrored in a pond of his enclosure in the zoo of Neunkirchen, southwestern Germany, Wednesday Jan. 9, 2013. AP / Michael Gottschalk
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A zookeeper prepares an African bullfrog (Pyxicephalus adspersus) for weighing during the annual stocktaking the Dresden zoo, eastern Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. During the annual inventory the animals are counted, measured and put on the scales. AP / Jens Meyer
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A Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) catches a fish in his compound at the zoo in Dresden, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. AP / Matthias Rietschel
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Three week-old orangutan baby Sayang clings to its mother Rosa at the zoo in Frankfurt, central Germany, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. It is not yet determined if the cub is male or female. AP / Alex Domanski
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One of the three two-week old African lion cubs is caressed by its keeper in the zoo of Gyoengyoes, 80km norhteast from Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Dec., 28, 2012. AP / Peter Komka
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A Japanese macaque with baby macaque sit in a hot spring bath, set up to keep from cold weather at a zoo of the Everland amusement park in Yongin, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. AP / Lee Jin-man
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A polar bear is fed from a zookeeper at zoo of the Everland amusement park in Yongin, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. AP / Lee Jin-man
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This Dec. 16, 2012 photo shows two baby jaguar cubs born at the Milwaukee County Zoo in November. Jaguars are an endangered species. Stacy Johnson, coordinator of the jaguar species survival plan for the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, said heir birth is a big deal because their father was born in the wild and brings new genes to zoos. AP / Milwaukee County Zoo
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Western Lowland Gorilla Kigali sits on his the back of his mother, Rwanda, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at the Gulf Breeze Zoo in Gulf Breeze, Fla. the young gorilla was originally cared for by zoo staff but was reunited with his mother in October 2012 and turned one year old today. Northwest Florida Daily News / Devon Ravine
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In this Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 photo, a wild bald eagle is seen near the open-topped enclosure at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, Ill. Zookeepers believe the eagle has taken interest in the two flightless eagles housed at the exhibit. Wildlife biology professor Given Harper of Illinois Wesleyan University says he suspects the wild eagle is looking for a mate. He says it could be an eagle that's just reaching maturity or one that lost its mate. The Pantagraph / David Proeber
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Mimi, a Wolf's Guenon holds her first baby born at the Sacramento Zoo on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. The Sacramento Bee / Randy Pench
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Xiao Liwu, a 5 1/ 2-month-old male panda rolls on his back at the San Diego Zoo Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in San Diego. The panda cub now is on display for short periods at the zoo, after passing recent health examinations. AP / Gregory Bull
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In this Dec. 26, 2012 photo, Lyutyik, one of two polar bears at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, Alaska, rolls in snow and yawns in his enclosure. Anchorage Daily News / Marc Lester

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