In 2015 Tbillisi, Georgia was flooded. A result of flooding was the destruction of the Tbilisi Zoo, leaving half of its animal inhabitants either dead or on the loose. An escaped African penguin was found at the Red Bridge border crossing with Azerbaijan, having swam 60 km south from Tbilisi.
In 1963, the Bronx Zoo had an exhibit called “The Most Dangerous Animal in the World”. It was a mirror.
In 2006 three men tried to steal a koala from a Queensland, Australia zoo. They gave up after the koala “scratched the sh*t out of them”, so they stole a crocodile instead.
In 2013 a zoo in China tried to pass off a hairy dog as a lion.
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.