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Red River Radio
10:34 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Chimp Haven Set To Begin Construction On New Housing

The national chimpanzee sanctuary in Keithville, La., is making accommodations to care for 111 newly-retired government-owned chimps that were used in medical research over the years. To date, Chimp Haven has taken in 50 of the chimps from the New Iberia Research Center. Chimp Haven President Cathy Willis Spraetz said the remaining 61 will not be relocated to the sanctuary until September.

“We will delay the transport of those chimpanzees until the fall because the brutal summer can be really devastating, particularly for an elderly chimpanzee," Spraetz said.

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Red River Radio
8:41 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Chimp Haven rallies midway through $5 million capital campaign

The introduction of new chimpanzees into the established groups at Chimp Haven can be tricky. There tends to be some infighting at first. Eight federally-owned former research chimps from New Iberia are learning to live in their new groups at the national sanctuary in Keithville, La. Chimp Haven is now home to 169 retired chimps.

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Audubon Zoo
12:29 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Escaped Monkey Prompts Audubon Zoo Shutdown

An African Colobus monkey.
Sam DCruz Shutterstock.com

A 33-pound monkey escaped its enclosure at the Audubon Zoo Friday morning, prompting an hour-long shutdown of the facility while zookeepers wrangled the animal back into captivity and made sure the area was safe.

The monkey, an 11-year-old black-and-white African Colobus named Kivuli, was spotted on the loose at about 10:17 a.m. Zoo officials ushered park-goers indoors and shut the gates of the facility, according to Audubon spokespeople and eyewitnesses.

Kivuli is a Swahili word meaning "Ghost." The monkey was born on Halloween, according to the zoo.

Animals
5:24 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Ascension Parish Faces Tough Choices on Animal Control

The Ascension Parish Animal Control Center could be closed if parish officials determine they can't continue to swallow $177,000 in deficit costs each year.

The Advocate reports that the parish operates the control center with a six-person staff on call 24 hours a day to pick up aggressive and injured animals. The shelter also accepts animals brought in by residents of Ascension and St. James parishes.

The Ascension Parish Council's Strategic Planning Committee is considering whether to continue funding the shelter.

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Community
8:25 am
Fri March 1, 2013

People vs. Pets? Plans For City Dog Parks Draw Growls From Some Owners

Dogs tussle at Mickey Markey Park
Katy Reckdahl

If you own a dog in New Orleans, there are two places where your dog can legally run around off-leash: your yard and City Bark, the private dog park in City Park.

The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission wants to change that. NORD-C has selected two off-leash dog-runs for each district, but with city money tight there’s no telling when they’ll be built.

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Tiger Truck Stop
10:44 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Appeals Court Hears Truck Stop Tiger Case

Tony the Tiger.
Frankenstein Jones Flickr

An attorney for a truck stop owner told a Louisiana appeals court that an animal rights group and several individuals had no legal right to file suit in 2010 challenging a Grosse Tete truck stop's state permit to house a 550-pound tiger at the facility.

But a lawyer representing the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the other plaintiffs countered that Tony poses a threat to the "safety and welfare of the citizens" and that those very citizens, as taxpayers, had the right to contest the permit.

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Latest News
8:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Two Zoos, One Big Breeding Ground for Antelope, Birds

Two top zoos are creating a home where endangered antelope can roam and help repopulate their species on 1,000 acres in New Orleans.

More than two dozen species of hoofed animals and birds may live in the facility planned by the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy and New Orleans' Audubon Nature Institute.

Of 28 species under consideration, about half are endangered, vulnerable or near threatened.

Latest News
4:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Miss., La. Participate in New Horse Travel Permit

Mississippi and Louisiana are among more than a dozen states participating in a new interstate travel permit for horse events.

Officials say the Equine Interstate Event Permit allows horses and their owners to travel to events in participating states for six months. The permit can be used in lieu of a 30-day certificate of veterinary inspection.

The permit can be obtained from an accredited veterinarian.

Wildlife conservation
7:00 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Audubon Teams With San Diego Zoo For Wildlife Conservation

The slender-horned gazelle is among the animals to be bred at the Audubon Species Survival Center.
San Diego Zoo Global

Audubon spokeswoman Karyn Kearney explains the wildlife breeding program.

The Audubon Nature Institute is joining forces with the San Diego Zoo to help preserve endangered and threatened mammals and birds. New Orleans will provide space for a five-year, $10 million project.

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Latest News
1:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

All Horses Coming From Ill. Must be Checked

Louisiana's agriculture commissioner says any horse coming into Louisiana from Illinois must have a health certificate showing that it has not been at Hawthorne Race Course in the past 30 days because nearly 70 horses there have tested positive for a very contagious and potentially lethal virus.

The Department of Agriculture and Forestry quotes Stanley Seeling, president of the Louisiana Horseman's Benevolent and Protective Association, as saying horses typically travel from Hawthorne Race Course to Louisiana for the winter races.

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