Workers at the Tasmania Zoo found six birds with their heads torn off and several other animals missing.
Go west, young man! This historic cliché still resonates when it comes to road trips. But whether it's bombing to the Bay Area along the often dull-as-dirt I-80 or trying to find traces of iconic Route 66 amid a tangle of bland Interstates, the old paradigm of thinking horizontal when planning a road trip is simply not the way to go.
A massive herd of caribou grazes the Arctic tundra. Sea birds fatten up on shellfish along the Chesapeake Bay before flying thousands of miles to winter in South America. A pod of orca glide past Pacific islands blanketed in fir and cedar as they hunt for salmon.
After all these years, Fred Wilson still smirks when he talks about the time he wore a security guard uniform to give a tour of New York's Whitney Museum.
A national park ranger fell to his death on Mount Rainier Thursday afternoon while assisting in the rescue of four injured climbers.
A female zookeeper died Sunday morning when she was attacked by wolves in an enclosure at the Kolmarden Zoo in Sweden.
A great road is a great road, but if you're riding a motorcycle, you're looking for something special: twisties, vistas, turnouts, that perfect stretch of smooth tarmac, and biker-friendly stops that make getting there most of the fun. Here are 10 of the best roads across America for an unforgettable motorcycle journey:
Members of the U.S. military and their families are now eligible for free annual passes to national parks and monuments as part of a program timed to celebrate Armed Forces Day on Saturday, the White House announced.
The National Park Service said Saturday that the National Christmas Tree located just south of the White House has died due to complications from "transplant shock."
Five exotic animals once owned by an Ohio man who last year set free dozens of animals before committing suicide were returned to the man's widow Friday.
Columbia Zoo's Tom Stalf on the return of exotic animals to their owner's widow after a bizarre escape last year.
Five exotic animals once owned by a Zanesville, Ohio, man who let loose dozens of animals last year before committing suicide will be returned to the man's widow Friday, the Ohio Department of Agriculture said.
A tiger swims in a pond to cool off on a hot Saturday morning. School children stroll under a canopy of trees and watch Kalimantan gibbons playfully swing on the branches.
Mortality rates may have fallen, but animals are still dying as authorities disagree over how to improve Surabaya Zoo.
CNN's John Zarrella takes us on a tour of the Florida you don't see in all those campaign stops, but probably should.
The Smithsonian Institution officially began construction Wednesday on a new museum dedicated to African-American culture and heritage -- a complex committed to the celebration and study of one of the central components of the American story.
Lonnie Bunch, Director of the Smithsonian African American History Museum talks to CNN's Suzanne Malveaux.
The earliest known copy of da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa,' possibly painted by a student, is on display at the Prado in Madrid.
The auctioneer rattled off prices and artists' names with breathtaking speed, punctuating every sale with the announcement "Saa ... saa ... saa -- TIM!" meaning sold in English.
Who says no one is buying art in this unstable world economy? CNN's Ivan Watson reports on the Turkish art explosion.
Soak up history and the outdoors this weekend with a fee-free visit to a national park. All 397 national parks will waive admission fees Saturday through Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The Obama administration on Monday announced a 20-year ban on new mining claims on more than 1 million acres of public land near the Grand Canyon, a move meant to protect the iconic landmark from new uranium mining.
National park officials said Monday afternoon that the man found dead in Washington's Mount Rainier National Park is Benjamin Colton Barnes, the suspect in the shooting death of park ranger Margaret Anderson the previous day.
Authorities scoured the national park around Washington's Mount Rainier on Sunday for a man they say fatally shot a park ranger and fled into the woods, a park spokeswoman said.
Banana-Sam, the San Francisco Zoo's beloved squirrel monkey, was returned safe and healthy a day after being stolen.
Banana-Sam, a much-loved squirrel-monkey stolen from his enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo, has been safely returned, officials said.
The San Francisco Zoo says someone stole a spider monkey named "Banana Sam" from his enclosure.
On November 7, Great Falls in Paterson, New Jersey, became the latest addition to the national park family. After a long fight by Paterson residents and officials to have the 77-foot waterfall recognized, their dreams were fulfilled -- partially -- by Monday's agreement. There remain years of work to mold Great Falls around National Park Service standards, but the will, and the funds, can now be brought fully to bear on the project.
One hundred and two canvases all with similar composition but different colors hung edge-to-edge make up the totality of Andy Warhol's painting called "Shadows" currently on display at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington.
An opossum that gained worldwide fame for its comedic cross-eyed looks has been put to sleep after its health deteriorated, Leipzig Zoo said Wednesday.
CNN's Brian Todd has new video from inside the Washington Monument when the earthquake hit August 23.
A team of engineers will delay until Wednesday their plans to rappel down the sides of the Washington Monument, a photographer for the contractor said Tuesday, citing bad weather as the cause.
The Washington Monument remains "structurally sound" and is "not going anywhere," a top National Park Service official said Monday, announcing the result of a comprehensive assessment of the structure's interior.
The CNN Espanol studio in Washington shook during the earthquake that was generated near Mineral, Virginia.
CNN's Jill Dougherty reports on the stress experienced by zoo animals during the siege of Tripoli.
In a city slashed by war, a tiger fights for life.
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will undergo renovations totaling more than $27 million beginning in late October, according to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.
The National Park Foundation will match donations totaling up to $2 million for a memorial in Pennsylvania commemorating United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed on September 11, 2001, after hijackers took over the plane, according to an official of the fundraising effort.
A peacock that had escaped from the Central Park Zoo returned home on its own Wednesday morning, the Wildlife Conservation Society told CNN.
A peacock believed to have escaped from the Central Park Zoo perches on a window sill on New York's Fifth Avenue.
A peacock has flown the coop, stealthily escaping from its home at the Central Park Zoo.
Rocky, the National Zoo's first whooping crane since 1923, has no "whoop."
Neighbors of Brian Matayoshi react to his death after he was attacked by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park.
The grizzly bear that attacked and killed a man in Yellowstone National Park acted in defense, park officials said on Thursday, adding that they have no plans to kill the bear.
A man was killed by a grizzly bear Wednesday morning at Yellowstone National Park, according to the National Park Service.
A fast-growing wildfire in southeast New Mexico prompted the evacuation Tuesday of White City, a small community on the outskirts of the Carlsbad Caverns National Park, a fire official said Tuesday afternoon.
These 12 lakes go to all the right extremes -- highest, deepest, clearest -- and showcase nature at its most spectacular. Soak up the views from a boat, a cable car, a trailhead or a castle tower.
Summer in the U.S. and Canada is all about road tripping. Here are 7 of our favorites, some well known, others following country roads that only locals usually travel. All of them have plenty of room for improvisation.
Lions and tigers and budget cuts, oh my!
While an Egyptian cobra-turned-celebrity is safely back in its pen and no longer in the headlines, another Bronx Zoo inmate is now getting all the attention.
A 7-year-old boy is attacked by a leopard at a zoo in Wichita, Kansas. KWCH talks to a woman who witnessed the attack.
Almost 25 years after the California condor went extinct in the wild and dwindled to just 27 birds in captivity, North America's largest flying bird is on the verge of a watershed moment: Its total population is projected to hit 400 this spring, including 200 birds thriving in the wild.
An average of $32 million a day in national parks revenue could be shut off if the Beltway showdown results in a government shutdown, officials say.
The cobra that shot to fame after escaping from its home at the Bronx Zoo has been recovered.
An Egyptian cobra that turned into a media darling after its escape and subsequent capture at New York's Bronx Zoo was named Mia on Thursday after a public vote.
The Egyptian cobra that turned into media darling after its escape and subsequent capture at the Bronx Zoo is looking for a name.
The baby cobra missing for seven days has been found, and is doing fine, according to Bronx Zoo officials.
An Egyptian cobra that drew thousands of Twitter fans has been found alive after it went missing for days from a New York City zoo.
The Egyptian cobra that turned media darling following its escape and subsequent capture at the Bronx Zoo is doing well and should return to display in a week or so, the zoo's director said Friday.
An escaped Egyptian cobra has slithered its way out of a New York City zoo and onto the internet, where the reptile is winning tens of thousands of fans.
How big is that escaped cobra? CNN's Jeanne Moos reports size matters when it comes to venomous bites.
A venomous Egyptian cobra went missing from New York's Bronx Zoo. Affiliate WCBS reports.
It may take days or even weeks to find a venomous Egyptian cobra that has gone missing from New York's Bronx Zoo, officials say.
A venomous Egyptian cobra went missing from New York's Bronx Zoo, prompting the closure of the zoo's reptile house until further notice.
It took us hours of heated debate, weeks of research, and years of experience to whittle down America's monuments to a definitive list of 15 musts for anyone under 15. Not only are these attractions fun and (shhhh) educational, they're especially magical through the eyes of a child.
A zoo and a nation mourned the death of a beloved animal friend on Monday.
In 2007 polar bear Knut gave up croissants to slim down. CNN's Diana Magnay reports.
Feared lost forever, 20 ancient ivory artifacts looted from Afghanistan's national museum were presented to the country's president, Hamid Karzai, in London Tuesday.
Spring is in the air, and now, on the ground. CNN talked to garden experts to get the scoop on this year's best destinations to view beautiful, budding flowers.
An icy cold front that swept through northern Mexico over the weekend left 65 zoo animals dead, the zoo's owner told CNN on Monday.
Impressionist painting and football are words you don't often hear in the same sentence.
CNN's Ayesha Durgahee checks out Google's virtual tour of galleries round the world.
With Google's Street View, Web surfers can pinpoint and zoom into many parts of the world -- in some places, right down to street level.
The chief curator at Doha's new modern art museum, Mathaf, on Qatar's commitment to Arabic art.
With exhibits showing nudity and politically radical ideas, Qatar's brand new modern art museum may raise a few eyebrows in the traditionally conservative Middle East.
Anderson Cooper tries to understand what animals think. Can they really communicate or are they parroting for a treat?
An elephant calf runs through a sprinkler, trunk held high with excitement. An orphan sea otter pup cries noisily until keepers join him in the pool for a swim. A tiny tiger cub sneaks up on its mother and pounces, only to be subjected to a thorough licking.
Scores of law enforcement officers are scouring rugged terrain in Utah for a wounded man they say repeatedly shot a park ranger, authorities said.
When people think of Venice, three things come to mind: gondolas, art and sinking buildings. The watery city, a treasure trove of Renaissance art and architecture, is not normally associated with cutting-edge cool.
A giant panda cub -- the only one this year in the United States -- was born early Wednesday at Zoo Atlanta, the zoo said in a statement.
Lun Lun the giant panda gave birth to the first cub to be born in a U.S. this year at Zoo Atlanta.
As the only African American permanent ranger in Yosemite National Park in California, I often lament that I'm more likely to meet visitors from Japan or France than I am to see an African-American family from nearby Sacramento or Oakland. So I couldn't be more appreciative of my recent opportunity to lead Oprah Winfrey through this national treasure for a two-part television special that airs Friday and Monday.
Zoo Atlanta is soon expecting the first panda birth in U.S. this year. Lun Lun could give birth in 10 days to two weeks.
Giant panda Lun Lun is pregnant, and officials at the Atlanta, Georgia, zoo say they are thrilled.
Dave Paladino, who was with the missing hikers, shares his thoughts on their condition. KETV reports.
Three experienced hikers were rescued from California's Mount Whitney, but a father and son in a separate group are missing, the National Park Service said.
Rescue workers in Utah have found the wreckage of a small plane that crashed Friday night, killing two park rangers on board.
"I commend you for wanting to try the Cinder Cone trail," the park ranger said ominously at the visitor center of Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northern California.
The smartphone app SCVNGR announced Wednesday it is teaming up with National Geographic to try to make visiting zoos, aquariums and museums more like having an adventure or playing a childhood game.
A pair of brush fires broke out within two hours of each other Wednesday afternoon on New York's Staten Island, closing part of a national park.
A chimpanzee in an Oklahoma zoo escaped from his exhibit on Monday, but was coaxed back to safety with no reported injuries, said a zoo spokeswoman.
Check out these 10 scenic spots to swim, float and soak in the sun at the West's amazing national parks.
The majestic views overlooking the Grand Canyon make it one of America's favorite destinations, but a new report finds several man-made threats are contributing to the deterioration of Grand Canyon National Park.
A fire at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming continues to spread in the same area where a 2001 fire burned at the park.
There is at least one bright spot amid this otherwise wretched job market: The National Park Service is hiring!
A new report has found widespread abuse of performing animals in zoos and safari parks in China.
Bears riding motorcycles, tigers jumping through flaming hoops and pigs leaping off diving boards. Just some of the "entertainment" that can be seen at circuses, zoos and safari parks in China, according to a report by Animals Asia into animals cruelty.
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