Inside Japan's racehorse breeding empire

Aug 20, 2016

Inside Japan's racehorse breeding empire

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Harry Sweeney has his hand up a horse’s backside. The mare looks put out by this intrusion. Her eyes dart about nervously and she shifts her weight before accepting five thick human digits probing her insides. After feeling the uterus and the swelling of ...

SeaWorld says it will end killer whale breeding program

Mar 17, 2016

SeaWorld says it will end killer whale breeding program

SeaWorld announced Thursday it is ending its practice of killer whale breeding following years of controversy over keeping orcas in captivity. In a statement released Thursday morning, the company said the breeding program will end immediately. It also announced a partnership with the Humane ...

Free choice of mate may boost pandas' sex drive

Dec 26, 2015

Free choice of mate may boost pandas' sex drive

Worried about the low sex drive of giant pandas in zoos, scientists have tried many things to get them in the mood — not least Viagra and “panda porn.” When all else failed, they have often had to rely on artificial insemination to ensure ...

Zookeeper helps pad the rhino digs

Nov 19, 2013

Zookeeper helps pad the rhino digs

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To help save the rhino from extinction, a young keeper at Kanazawa Zoo is striving to make the captive environment for the mammals as close to what their natural habitat in the wild would be. “I hope visitors to our zoo will sense the ...

Crane breeding center crowded as birds age

Nov 13, 2013

Crane breeding center crowded as birds age

The Okayama Prefectural Nature Conservation Center in the town of Wake, known for having the nation’s largest population of Japanese cranes, has been wrestling with overcrowded breeding facilities as the birds age. Officials say that the unexpected longevity of the Japanese cranes, also known ...