From A to Zoo


Davina Lewis, Editor

Zoos widespread are having ups and downs. Here are just a few happenings:


Locally, The Knoxville Zoo has welcomed an endangered species into their safe haven. There were three additions, as the Northern Spider Tortoises hatched from their eggs. This species has made its home here in the Southern Valley of East Tennessee, contrasting from their native coastal Madagascar. This can make for a challenge to upkeep them and to help them adapt to the new environment.

One student, Carly Lance (11) shows her opinion on the subject. “I think as long as they are well kept, I see it [spider tortoises living in a zoo] as a positive thing. Animals tend to live longer in captivity than in the wild. They can be better bred and repopulated that way,” said Lance.

Ashton Hall (11) sees this is a positive notion as well. “I feel like they could use this as an opportunity to repopulate the species and release them back into the wild,” said Hall.

On the other hand, the Virginia Zoo has lost its 19-month-old red panda by the name of Sunny. On Tuesday of the 24th, Sunny was missing from her enclosure. There was an all-inclusive investigation conducted at the zoo, yet Sunny the red panda was nowhere to be found.

All the way across the globe on the continent/country of Australia, people are being told to catch and/or donate fatal, venomous, funnel-web spiders to zoos, as there is a low stock on venom antidote.

Oddly enough, back in the states in Ohio’s Cincinnati Zoo a baby hippo was born six weeks early. The unnamed hippo is being cared for by the zookeepers, as they give her plenty of fluids, nurture, and shelter.

This is just a fraction of what goes on inside zoos locally and worldwide.