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For the past few years, the Dallas Zoo has been trying to get an accurate blood pressure reading for their gorillas – without having to put them to sleep.

It’s part of a national effort across several accredited zoos to better understand cardiovascular health in apes to prevent heart disease in captivity.

Oh sure, you could argue there are other, more important things happening in the world. And frankly, you'd be right. (For those things, by the way — which some people, in somber tones, might call newsplease see here.)

But sometimes, you just need to watch a big gorilla dance in a small pool.

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For a new project, National Geographic's Joel Sartore has photographed over 6,000 species held in zoos, sanctuaries and other captive institutions across the world because they're "the animals we have."

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The Dallas Zoo welcomed five new elephants last month as part of an import from Swaziland. They’ve just finished their mandatory quarantine, and staffers are preparing them for their public debut.  

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An animal rights group has sued to stop zoos in Texas and two other states from bringing in new elephants from Africa.

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The Dallas Zoo has been authorized to import elephants from Swaziland. The zoo announced today that it’s received a permit from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to provide a home for elephants that it says would otherwise be killed.

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The next battle over gun rights in Texas may take place in an unlikely setting: the zoo.

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The Dallas Zoo is among three American zoos looking to import 18 elephants that are in danger in Swaziland, a country in southern Africa. As they wait for approval from the federal government, animal rights activists are speaking out against the move. 

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Dallas Zoo staffers and fans are mourning, after a 3-month-old giraffe died in a freak accident.

The giraffe, named Kipenzi, was frolicking around her habitat Tuesday when she turned the wrong way and ran into a wall. She broke her neck and died almost instantly.

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Mama, an African elephant at the Dallas Zoo since 2010, has died.

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The Dallas Zoo’s baby giraffe has a name: Kipenzi. And she’ll soon start appearing outdoors at the zoo.

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The Dallas Zoo has announced three potential names for the baby giraffe that was born in front of a world-wide audience last week.

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If you’re ever bitten by a venomous snake, your local hospital can probably take care of you. But if an exotic snake bites you, chances are a hurried phone call will be made to the Dallas Zoo. It has one of the country’s largest supplies of anti-venom.

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We have some breaking news to report – of the baby giraffe variety. Katie, a Dallas Zoo giraffe, has given birth – and it’s being streamed live.

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A Dallas Zookeeper went on a fossil hunt with his little boy at a construction site in Mansfield. And the 4-year-old picked up what turned out to be a dinosaur bone – likely 100 million years old. On Wednesday, scientists found another key bone.

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After two weeks without a name, the public has chosen the moniker for the Dallas Zoo's new giraffe. 

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The Dallas Zoo welcomed a newborn giraffe to its 12-member giraffe herd last week and someone already bought the naming rights to the calf, but now, the public will get some say on what to name the 6-foot fellow.

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We interrupt your day … to bring you video of a cute baby otter learning to swim.

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Emergency personnel were using ladders to retrieve people stranded on a monorail at the Dallas Zoo. 

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Winspear, the Dallas Zoo’s cheetah cub, is on the mend after coming down with a respiratory illness.

Today, the zoo released a cute video of Winspear playing and hanging out with his puppy companion, Amani.

Winspear's brother, Kamau, died Tuesday from pneumonia. Kamau and Winspear became sick last week and were treated around the clock by veterinary staff. They tried to resuscitate Kamau.

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Kamau, the Dallas Zoo’s beloved 6-month-old cheetah cub, died Tuesday afternoon from pneumonia.

Kamau and his brother, Winspear, became sick last week and were treated around the clock by veterinary staff, the zoo reports.

Winspear is recovering and in stable condition. Kamau, who was smaller, became gravely ill Tuesday. Zoo staff tried to resuscitate him.

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There’s been a baby boom at the Dallas and Fort Worth Zoos. Earlier this month, both zoos announced animal births -- that's on top of several other animals born in recent months.

Want to see some cute videos and pictures of these baby animals? You know you do.

Cheetahs and okapis and jaguars, oh my!

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