Captivity 2018

December 2018

Lily, undated, Oregon Zoo / Oregon Zoo, Facebook / Click for more.

New Jersey Bans Use of Wild Animals in Traveling Shows — See Photos (EcoWatch, 12/17/18).

• From Namu to Lolita: History of Orca Capture in Pacific Northwest — See Photos & Videos (The Seattle Times, 12/13/18).

Rescued Kangaroo with Beefcake Build Dies in Australian Sanctuary at Age 12 — See Photos (NPR, 12/10/18).

Captive Asian Elephant Gives Birth to Calf Conceived via A.I. at Ohio Zoo — See Photo (Fox News Network, 12/8/18).

Study: Big Surprise — Bored Captive Dolphins Show Interest in Watching TV — See Video (Science, 12/3/18).

6-Year-Old Captive-Born Asian Elephant Lily Dies of Herpesvirus at Oregon Zoo — See Photos & Video (Fox News, 12/1/18). Read more, see more photos here.

November 2018

Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium Announces Wildborn Beluga Mauyak is Pregnant — See Video (WGN9, 11/27/18).

UK’s Oldest Captive Female Lowland Gorilla Dies at Age 57 at Park Near Canterbury  — See Photo (BBC News, 11/27/18).

Canada Moves 1 Step Closer to Banning Marine Mammal Captivity (, 11/22/18). Read more here.

Florida Votes to Ban Greyhound Racing, Dogs Will Need New Homes (The Washington Post, 11/8/18).

• Russia Holding 11 Orcas, 90 Belugas in Small Sea Pens for Suspected Sale to Chinese Marine Parks — See Photos & Videos (EcoWatch, 11/7/18). Read more, see map, video and news report here.

Air Force Academy Mascot Aurora, a Rare White Gyrfalcon, is Injured when Army Cadets Steal Her as Prank — See Photos & Video (4 CBS Denver, 11/5/18). Read more here.

October 2018

Lioness Kills Mate at Indianapolis Zoo, Behavior Never Seen Before — See Photos & Video (BBC News, 10/23/18).

New York Adventure Park Cancels Transfer of April the Giraffe’s 1-Year-Old Baby — See Photo (WITN, 10/21/18). See videos here.

NIH Retiring All Research Chimps, Many Will Go to Sanctuary, Some Won’t — See Photo (Nature, 10/18/18).

White Tiger Kills Zookeeper in Japan, Family Wants Cat Spared — See Photo (The Washington Post, 10/9/18).

Western Lowland Gorilla Gives Birth at Jacksonville FL Zoo, Staff Caring for Baby — See Photo & Video (EcoWatch, 10/4/18).

Advocates Want Elephant Caged Alone at Bronx Zoo Moved to Sanctuary — See Photo & Video (Forbes, 10/2/18).

Report:Writer Makes Captive Dolphin Focus of Query on Whether Animals Have Personality or Not — See Photos & Video (Hakai, 10/2/18).

September 2018

New Baby Dolphin Born, Named, in Captivity at Mirage Casino in Las Vegas — See Photo (, 9/25/18).

Born Free, Now Captive for Life, Young Orca Morgan Gives Birth at Loro Parque — See Photos (Seattle PI, 9/22/18). Read more here.

Researchers Give Ecstasy to Captive Octopuses Just to See What’ll Happen — See Photos & Video (National Geographic, 9/20/18). Read more here and here. Listen to radio segment here.

Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium Announces 37-Year-Old Beluga Mauyak is Pregnant — See Photos (Chicago Sun Times, 9/18/18).

Captive Study Confirms Bottlenose Dolphins Can Figure Out Need to Synchronize Behavior & Do It to Complete Task — See Photo & Video (The Conversation, 9/18/18).

Keepers Observe Captive Flamingos’ Night Behavior to Better Serve Needs — See Photo (COSMOS, 9/12/18).

Japan World Cup Organizers Criticized for Including Captive Dolphin Show in Opening Ceremonies — See Photo (The Mainichi, 9/11/18). Read more, see photos and video here and here.

NY Animal Adventure Park’s April the Giraffe Pregnant Again, 2-Year-Old Calf Moving to New Park — See Video (, 9/4/18).

August 2018

Colorado Zoo Euthanizes 2nd Giraffe in 2 Months — See Photos (KRDO, 8/31/18).

Dolphin Captured in Taiji Languishes in Shuttered Tokyo Marine Park — See Photo (HuffPost, 8/29/18).

Nabisco Moves Animal Crackers from Circus Cage to African Plain — See Photo (CBS News, 8/21/18).

July 2018

April the Giraffe Pregnant Again — See Photos & Video (Today, 7/25/18).

Comedian Michelle Wolf Skewers SeaWorld — See Photos (One Green Planet, 7/19/18).

10-Week-Old Male Lowland Gorilla Takes First Steps at DC’s Smithsonian National Zoo — See Photos & Video (People, 7/10/18). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

2 Circus Elephants Push 3rd into Audience in Germany — See Video (Sky News, 7/6/18).

1-Month-Old Female Lowland Gorilla Officially Named at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo — See Photos & Video (Chicago Tribune, 7/3/18).

June 2018

Koko and Penny Patterson, undated / / Click for more.

• 2nd Dolphin Dies at Captive Facility in Arizona — See Video (ABC 15 Arizona, 6/30/18). Read more, see photo here.

Review: Actors Speak for Captive Orcas in Tilikum, the Play — See Photo (Chicago Tribune, 6/29/18).

2 Captive Female Belugas in Shanghai May be First to Move to Iceland Sanctuary — See Photos (The Telegraph, 6/26/18).

Koko the Signing Gorilla Dies at age 46 — See Photos (, 6/20/18). Read more, see more photos and video here, here, here and here.

World’s Oldest Captive Orangutan Dies at Age 62 in Australia — See Photo (NDTV, 6/19/18).

Pink Writes Letter to SeaWorld Supporting PETA Campaign to Move Captive Orcas to Sea Sanctuaries — See Photos (Rolling Stone, 6/13/18).

Study: Wild Risso’s Dolphins Can Listen to Orca Calls, Tell if They’re Hunting or Not — See Photo, Listen to Recordings (Science, 6/12/18).

• 3½-Year-Old Female Bottlenose Dies Suddenly at Brookfield Zoo — See Photos   Inquisitr, 6/12/18). Read more here and here.

Chinese Trainer Puts Lipstick on Captive Beluga to Make it Look Prettier — See Photos & Video (Daily Mail, 6/11/18). Read more here.

May 2018

Mother & New Baby Western Lowland Gorilla Doing Well at DC’s National Zoo — See Photos (The Washington Post, 5/29/18).

BC’s Lummi Nation Wants Long-Captive Orca Lolita Returned to Home Waters, BC Marine Mammal Researcher Opposes Move — See Photos & Video (CBC News, 5/28/18).

Researchers Discover — Surprise, Surprise — That Captive Dolphins Like Human Interaction — See Photo & Video (BBC News, 5/28/18).

Baltimore’s National Aquarium Preparing Captive Dolphins for Eventual Move to Ocean Sanctuary — See Photos & Video (The Baltimore Sun, 5/23/18).

2nd Captive Bottlenose Dies at Arizona Facility in Less than a Year — See Photos (, 5/22/18).

BC’s Lummi Nation Says Long-Captive Orca Lolita was Stolen from Home Waters, Wants Her Returned — See Photos & Video (, 5/9/18).

Mexico City Bans Keeping Dolphins in Captivity (One Green Planet, 5/8/18).

Thomas Cook May Stop Selling SeaWorld Orlando Tickets after Park Fails Animal Welfare Inspection — See Photos (Independent, 5/2/18).

Barcelona Bans Cetacean Captivity (One Green Planet, 5/1/18).

April 2018

Virgin Holidays Will Help Fund National Aquarium’s Plan to Move Captive Dolphins to Sea Sanctuary — See Photos (Independent, 4/23/18). Read more here.

Dominican Republic Bans Purchase, Sale of Captive Dolphins for 5 Years (One Green Planet, 4/20/18).

Baboons Outwit Keepers, Use Barrels Provided as Enrichment Toys to Help Jump Fence, Escape from Enclosure at Texas Lab — See Photo & Videos (The Washington Post, 4/17/18).

15-Year-Old Lowland Gorilla Gives Birth at National Zoo — See Video (The Washington Post, 4/16/18).

Busch Gardens Posts Video of Gorilla & Trainer Doing Mirror Handstands — See Video (The Washington Post, 4/13/18).

Brookfield Zoo Euthanizes 50-Year-Old Wild-Born Lowland Gorilla, Ramar — See Photos & Video (ABC 11 Eyewitness News, 4/13/18). Read more, see more photos here  and here.

Judge Delays Civil Suit against SeaWorld until U.S. Dept. of Justice Criminal Investigation is Complete (Orlando Sentinel, 4/11/18).

Orphaned Baby Manatee Sent to Miami Seaquarium — See Photos & Video (Orlando Sentinel, 4/11/18).

Oklahoma City Zoo Euthanizes Captive-Born Bridget, 19-Year-Old Lioness with Mane — See Photos (The Washington Post, 4/6/18).

Orca Katina Suffers Horrific Injury to Dorsal Fin at SeaWorld Orlando — See Photos (, 4/1/18).

March 2018

Zoo Consultant Says Canada Shouldn’t Ban Dolphin, Whale Captivity (The Conversation, 3/30/18).

SeaWorld Fires Chief Marketing Officer (Skift, 3/27/18).

• Louis, Philadelphia Zoo’s 18-Year-Old Lowland Gorilla, Often Prefers Walking Upright — See Video (The Washington Post, 3/19/18).

Lummi Tribe Wants Miami Seaquarium to Return Tokitae, aka Lolita, to Family & Home in Salish Sea — See Photos & News Report (Local 10 News ABC, 3/10/18).

Beluga Calf Found Stranded in Cook Inlet Shipped to SeaWorld San Antonio (The Washington Post, 3/9/18). Read more, see photos here.

February 2018

CEO Joel Manby Out a SeaWorld — See News Report (USA Today, 2/27/18).

Girl “Calls” Captive Dolphins at SeaWorld Orlando with Technique Park Shouldn’t Allow — See Video (Daily Mail, 2/19/18).

Advocates Help Appeal Dismissal of Suit against Miami Seaquarium for Keeping Lolita in Substandard Tank (AWI, 2/14/18).

SeaWorld San Antonio Wins Bid for Baby Beluga Rescued, Rehabbed in Alaska (KRISTV6, 2/11/18). Read more, see photo here.

Thomas Cook Tours Agrees to Stop Promoting SeaWorld on Websites, Social Media — See Photos & Videos (The Sun, 2/7/18)

January 2018

SeaWorld Kills Florida Bill Making It Illegal to Keep, Breed Captive Orcas (Orlando Sentinel, 1/30/18). Read more here. See news report here.

Vancouver Aquarium Agrees to Stop Keeping Dolphins, Whales in Captivity — See Photos (CBC News, 1/18/18).

Orca Morgan Born Wild, Consigned to Life in Captivity at Loro Parque, Pregnant at Age 11 — See Photos (One Green Planet, 1/18/18).

Court Rules Lolita Can Stay at Miami Seaquarium — See Photo (Reuters, 1/12/18). Read more here.

Captive Study Finds Baby Bottlenose Show Signs of Self-Awareness at Surprisingly Early Age (PLOS One, 1/10/18). See video here.

Baby Dolphin Born into Captivity at Miami Seaquarium Gets Name — See Photo (Sun Sentinel, 1/9/18).

Dedicated Dolphin Activist Russ Rector Dies in Florida at 68 — See Photo (FLKeys News, 1/9/18

Bob Barker Appeals to Miami Seaquarium in PSA for PETA: Let Lolita Go! — See Video (Sun Sentinel, 1/4/18). Read more herehere, here and here.