Ken Allen, an orangutan became famous for escaping from his enclosure at the San Diego Zoo 3 times in the 1980’s. He would peacefully stroll around the zoo looking at other animals and never acted aggressively. Other animals even followed his lead and began escaping, too.
A monkey, residing in San Diego Zoo had a diabetes. He was trained to welcome multiple blood sampling and insulin injections daily. Soon, he became a role model for children with diabetes, who were unenthusiastic about injections.
Costa Rica plans to shut down its zoos and release some animals in captivity and eventually do away with public zoos altogether.
Zoo keepers in England had to learn French in order to speak to baboons coming from a French zoo, because the animals didn’t respond to English commands.
A Japanese zoo unsuccessfully tried to mate a pair of hyenas for four years before realizing both were males.
In 1993 the owner of a zoo in Mexico was arrested when he illegally purchased an FBI agent in a gorilla suit, thinking it was an actual gorilla.
A chimpanzee named Santino was known to collect rocks and pieces of concrete in the hour before his exhibit opened. Come showtime, he would hurl the dessert plate-sized rocks at zoo patrons.
In 1987 a lone Chilean Flamingo named Pink Floyd escaped from a zoo in Salt Lake City and lived alone in the wild in Utah on the Great Salt Lake, surviving off brine shrimp. He was last seen in 2005, but others have claimed they’ve spotted him since.
There were once Africans on display in the Bronx Zoo.
A dog named Gabi fought a jaguar, preventing the big cat’s escape from the Belgrade Zoo onto the streets of Belgrade.