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Birds' heads torn off in rampage at zooupdated: Sat Aug 04 2012 16:37:00

Workers at the Tasmania Zoo found six birds with their heads torn off and several other animals missing.

America's best North-South roadsupdated: Tue Jul 10 2012 14:53:00

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.

7 prime spots for wildlife viewingupdated: Wed Jun 27 2012 08:59:00

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.

'Museum therapist' challenges idea of artupdated: Sat Jun 23 2012 14:29:00

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.

Ranger plunges to death on Mount Rainier updated: Fri Jun 22 2012 10:16:00

A national park ranger fell to his death on Mount Rainier Thursday afternoon while assisting in the rescue of four injured climbers.

Zookeeper killed by wolves in Swedenupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 08:13:00

A female zookeeper died Sunday morning when she was attacked by wolves in an enclosure at the Kolmarden Zoo in Sweden.

10 best motorcycle roads in the U.S.updated: Tue Jun 12 2012 13:09:00

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:

Military families to get free pass to national parksupdated: Tue May 15 2012 16:27:00

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.

National Park Service to replace National Christmas Treeupdated: Sat May 05 2012 19:56:00

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."

Freed exotic animals returned to Ohio widowupdated: Fri May 04 2012 11:20:00

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.

Widow to reclaim exotic pets in Ohioupdated: Fri May 04 2012 11:20:00

Columbia Zoo's Tom Stalf on the return of exotic animals to their owner's widow after a bizarre escape last year.

Widow of man who freed exotic animals to survivors back Fridayupdated: Thu May 03 2012 22:40:00

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.

Animals suffer amid delays over Indonesia zoo rescueupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 21:27:00

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.

Appalling conditions at Indonesian zooupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 21:27:00

Mortality rates may have fallen, but animals are still dying as authorities disagree over how to improve Surabaya Zoo.

Sides of Florida you may have never seenupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 11:11:00

CNN's John Zarrella takes us on a tour of the Florida you don't see in all those campaign stops, but probably should.

Smithsonian breaks ground on black history museum updated: Thu Feb 23 2012 06:24:00

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.

African American museum breaks groundupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 06:24:00

Lonnie Bunch, Director of the Smithsonian African American History Museum talks to CNN's Suzanne Malveaux.

Earliest 'Mona Lisa' copy hangs at Pradoupdated: Wed Feb 22 2012 06:09:00

The earliest known copy of da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa,' possibly painted by a student, is on display at the Prado in Madrid.

The boom of the Turkish art marketupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 14:30:00

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.

Turkish art market thrivingupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 14:30:00

Who says no one is buying art in this unstable world economy? CNN's Ivan Watson reports on the Turkish art explosion.

Free admission to national parks this weekendupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 13:16:00

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.

Obama bans new mining claims near the Grand Canyonupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 18:50:00

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.

Body identified as man sought in Mount Rainier park ranger shootingupdated: Mon Jan 02 2012 22:43:00

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.

Manhunt launched at Mount Rainier after park ranger killedupdated: Mon Jan 02 2012 02:04:00

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.

Stolen monkey returned to zooupdated: Sun Jan 01 2012 11:38:00

Banana-Sam, the San Francisco Zoo's beloved squirrel monkey, was returned safe and healthy a day after being stolen.

Monkey stolen from California zoo found safeupdated: Sun Jan 01 2012 11:38:00

Banana-Sam, a much-loved squirrel-monkey stolen from his enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo, has been safely returned, officials said.

Spider monkey disappears from zooupdated: Sun Jan 01 2012 01:50:00

The San Francisco Zoo says someone stole a spider monkey named "Banana Sam" from his enclosure.

7 national parks you've never heard of updated: Fri Nov 11 2011 08:36:00

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.

Warhol exhibition is one very, very long paintingupdated: Mon Oct 17 2011 11:15:00

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.

Germany's famous cross-eyed opossum Heidi diesupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 12:30:00

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.

Inside Washington Monument during quakeupdated: Tue Sep 27 2011 16:39:00

CNN's Brian Todd has new video from inside the Washington Monument when the earthquake hit August 23.

Engineers to rappel down Washington Monumentupdated: Tue Sep 27 2011 16:39:00

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.

Damaged Washington Monument deemed 'structurally sound'updated: Mon Sep 26 2011 17:21:00

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.

Earthquake shakes walls inside buildingupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 17:21:00

The CNN Espanol studio in Washington shook during the earthquake that was generated near Mineral, Virginia.

Saving Tripoli's zoo animalsupdated: Mon Sep 12 2011 10:42:00

CNN's Jill Dougherty reports on the stress experienced by zoo animals during the siege of Tripoli.

Animal-rescue experts help Tripoli Zooupdated: Mon Sep 12 2011 10:42:00

In a city slashed by war, a tiger fights for life.

Liberty Island to remain open during statue's renovationupdated: Wed Aug 10 2011 20:55:00

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.

National Park Foundation matching Flight 93 Memorial donationsupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 12:33:00

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.

Escaped peacock returns to Central Park Zooupdated: Wed Aug 03 2011 19:53:00

A peacock that had escaped from the Central Park Zoo returned home on its own Wednesday morning, the Wildlife Conservation Society told CNN.

Bird's-eye view for loose peacockupdated: Wed Aug 03 2011 13:54:00

A peacock believed to have escaped from the Central Park Zoo perches on a window sill on New York's Fifth Avenue.

Peacock escapes from Central Park Zooupdated: Wed Aug 03 2011 13:54:00

A peacock has flown the coop, stealthily escaping from its home at the Central Park Zoo.

Washington zoo's only whooping crane the strong, silent typeupdated: Mon Jul 18 2011 16:06:00

Rocky, the National Zoo's first whooping crane since 1923, has no "whoop."

Neighbor: 'I was devastated'updated: Fri Jul 08 2011 05:51:00

Neighbors of Brian Matayoshi react to his death after he was attacked by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park.

Bear acted defensively in attacking hikers, Yellowstone officials sayupdated: Fri Jul 08 2011 05:51:00

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.

Man killed by grizzly bear at Yellowstone National Parkupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 13:43:00

A man was killed by a grizzly bear Wednesday morning at Yellowstone National Park, according to the National Park Service.

Fire rages at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexicoupdated: Tue Jun 14 2011 17:17:00

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.

12 most beautiful lakes in the worldupdated: Mon Jun 13 2011 11:13:00

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.

7 ideal summer road tripsupdated: Fri Jun 03 2011 14:26:00

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.

CNNMoney: Zoo animals face budget knifeupdated: Thu May 19 2011 10:41:00

Lions and tigers and budget cuts, oh my!

Another Bronx Zoo escapee is recapturedupdated: Thu May 12 2011 09:30:00

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.

Boy attacked by zoo leopardupdated: Mon May 09 2011 07:42:00

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.

Once nearly extinct, the California condor nears new milestonesupdated: Tue Apr 26 2011 23:44:00

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.

Shutdown would take away $32 million a day from national parksupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 10:43:00

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.

Elusive Bronx Zoo cobra foundupdated: Thu Apr 07 2011 13:00:00

The cobra that shot to fame after escaping from its home at the Bronx Zoo has been recovered.

Bronx Zoo cobra that went missing is named Miaupdated: Thu Apr 07 2011 13:00:00

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.

Public to vote on name for Bronx Zoo cobraupdated: Mon Apr 04 2011 18:13:00

The Egyptian cobra that turned into media darling after its escape and subsequent capture at the Bronx Zoo is looking for a name.

Missing cobra slithers homeupdated: Fri Apr 01 2011 12:02:00

The baby cobra missing for seven days has been found, and is doing fine, according to Bronx Zoo officials.

Missing cobra found alive in New York's Bronx Zooupdated: Fri Apr 01 2011 12:02:00

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.

Recaptured cobra doing well, zoo director saysupdated: Fri Apr 01 2011 09:34:00

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.

Missing cobra sinks fangs into Twitterupdated: Tue Mar 29 2011 22:21:00

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 to catch an escaped cobraupdated: Tue Mar 29 2011 22:21:00

How big is that escaped cobra? CNN's Jeanne Moos reports size matters when it comes to venomous bites.

Deadly snake missing from Bronx Zooupdated: Tue Mar 29 2011 09:56:00

A venomous Egyptian cobra went missing from New York's Bronx Zoo. Affiliate WCBS reports.

Search continues for Egyptian cobra missing from Bronx Zooupdated: Tue Mar 29 2011 09:56:00

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.

Deadly Egyptian cobra missing from Bronx Zooupdated: Mon Mar 28 2011 16:03:00

A venomous Egyptian cobra went missing from New York's Bronx Zoo, prompting the closure of the zoo's reptile house until further notice.

15 places kids should see by age 15updated: Fri Mar 25 2011 11:46:00

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.

Germany mourns the death of Knutupdated: Mon Mar 21 2011 13:39:00

A zoo and a nation mourned the death of a beloved animal friend on Monday.

2007: Strict diet for portly polar bearupdated: Mon Mar 21 2011 13:39:00

In 2007 polar bear Knut gave up croissants to slim down. CNN's Diana Magnay reports.

Ancient Afghan artifacts salvaged from black marketupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 09:51:00

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.

12 places to see beautiful spring bloomsupdated: Tue Mar 01 2011 10:47:00

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.

Freezing temperatures kill 65 zoo animals in Mexicoupdated: Mon Feb 07 2011 15:49:00

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 paintings wagered on Super Bowlupdated: Fri Feb 04 2011 05:38:00

Impressionist painting and football are words you don't often hear in the same sentence.

Google's Art Project exploredupdated: Wed Feb 02 2011 13:54:00

CNN's Ayesha Durgahee checks out Google's virtual tour of galleries round the world.

Google offers virtual tours of the world's top art museumsupdated: Wed Feb 02 2011 13:54:00

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.

Qatar's investment in arts and cultureupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 03:20:00

The chief curator at Doha's new modern art museum, Mathaf, on Qatar's commitment to Arabic art.

Nudity courts controversy in Qatar's new museumupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 03:20:00

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 meets amazing animalsupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 11:01:00

Anderson Cooper tries to understand what animals think. Can they really communicate or are they parroting for a treat?

Facts of life behind cute animal facesupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 11:01:00

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.

Suspect in Utah park ranger's shooting is at largeupdated: Sat Nov 20 2010 22:38:00

Scores of law enforcement officers are scouring rugged terrain in Utah for a wounded man they say repeatedly shot a park ranger, authorities said.

Beyond the gondolas: A guide to contemporary Veniceupdated: Wed Nov 03 2010 12:44:00

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.

2010's only US giant panda cub born in Atlanta zooupdated: Wed Nov 03 2010 11:14:00

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.

Giant panda gives birthupdated: Wed Nov 03 2010 11:14:00

Lun Lun the giant panda gave birth to the first cub to be born in a U.S. this year at Zoo Atlanta.

National parks have room for all racesupdated: Fri Oct 29 2010 20:55:00

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.

Pregnant panda at Zoo Atlantaupdated: Fri Oct 22 2010 21:07:00

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.

First panda birth in U.S. this year expected soonupdated: Fri Oct 22 2010 21:07:00

Giant panda Lun Lun is pregnant, and officials at the Atlanta, Georgia, zoo say they are thrilled.

Search for missing hikers in CAupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 19:34:00

Dave Paladino, who was with the missing hikers, shares his thoughts on their condition. KETV reports.

Three California hikers found, but two more missingupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 19:34:00

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.

2 park rangers die in small plane crashupdated: Tue Oct 12 2010 12:01:00

Rescue workers in Utah have found the wreckage of a small plane that crashed Friday night, killing two park rangers on board.

'Heart-pumping' trip to volcano's topupdated: Fri Oct 08 2010 07:45:00

"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.

App turns museums, zoos into interactive gamesupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 11:02:00

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.

Two brush fires burn at New York national parkupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 19:03:00

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.

Chimp escapes zoo exhibit in Oklahomaupdated: Mon Aug 30 2010 15:48:00

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.

Best of the West: National park beachesupdated: Mon Aug 30 2010 07:58:00

Check out these 10 scenic spots to swim, float and soak in the sun at the West's amazing national parks.

Report warns of man-made threats to Grand Canyon National Parkupdated: Mon Aug 23 2010 13:17:00

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.

Lightning-ignited fire at Yellowstone National Park still growingupdated: Sat Aug 21 2010 02:28:00

A fire at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming continues to spread in the same area where a 2001 fire burned at the park.

CNNMoney: Can't find a job, college grad? National Park Service is hiringupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 13:06:00

There is at least one bright spot amid this otherwise wretched job market: The National Park Service is hiring!

Cruelty to performing animalsupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 04:15:00

A new report has found widespread abuse of performing animals in zoos and safari parks in China.

Performing animals mistreated in China, says reportupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 04:15:00

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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