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Chattanooga Zoo to Celebrate Rare Leopard's Birthday
The Chattanooga Zoo is set to celebrate the first birthday of one of its most popular residents, Maliha, the snow leopard. Maliha was born a year ago today to long-time Zoo residents Czar (8) and Kasimir (14). Maliha has since grown into a healthy active snow leopard that enjoys playing with her mom’s tail and jumping around on the rocks in her exhibit.
The birth of Maliha is especially significant given that snow leopards are considered a highly endangered species with only four to six thousand remaining in the wild. To compound the problem, efforts at breeding snow leopards in captivity have been marginally successful at best due to their highly solitary lifestyles and low birth survival rate. Maliha was part of a second litter from parents Kasimir and Czar. Their first cub, Renji, was born on January 10, 2011 and now resides at the Cincinnati Zoo as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) program’s breeding efforts. It is likely that Maliha will also be transferred to another Zoo at some point per the breeding recommendations of AZA.
The Chattanooga Zoo, an active participant in the AZA’s SSP program for snow leopards, works hard to breed genetically healthy zoo populations of snow leopards and save their native habitat through awareness and education efforts.
“Over recent years, Snow Leopards have not bred well in North American zoos so for the Chattanooga Zoo to have two litters over a short period of time is a great achievement,” notes AZA Snow Leopard SSP Director and Superintendent of Miller Park Zoo, Jay Tetzloff.
Zoo Executive Director Darde Long says, "It's wonderful to be able to celebrate the one-year birthday of a snow leopard again at our Zoo. It speaks volumes to the special care our Zoo staff gives to our animals."
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"GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY" - ZOE SALDANA
LONDON (AP) -- Zoe Saldana hopes fanboys find her sexy in "Guardians of the Galaxy" even though she has green skin. Saldana says green is not a sexy color. She says it's the color of vegetables, swamp things and "boogers." Saldana took a lot of time coming up with a shade of green that she hopes boys will like. "Guardians of the Galaxy" opens today.
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Zoe Saldana hopes fanboys find her sexy in "Guardians of the Galaxy." But as we hear from AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld, they'll have to get over the color of her skin.
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Zoe Saldana, actor
Zoe Saldana says green isn't a sexy color. ((longer version of cut in wrap))
<<CUT ..004 (08/01/14)>> 00:10 "of a woman"
Zoe Saldana, actor
Zoe Saldana says she hopes she came up with a shade of green that fanboys will find sexy.
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Zoe Saldana, actor
Zoe Saldana says the color green has a bad reputation. ((longer version of cut in wrap))
"GET ON UP" - DAN AYKROYD
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dan Aykroyd has been a fan of James Brown ever since he saw him perform on top of a bar in Canada in 1968. It was at The Esquire Show Bar in Montreal. Aykroyd says Brown's Bolero heels were real close to their beers. And he was backed by his full band, too. Aykroyd plays Brown's manager in "Get On Up," which opens today.
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Dan Aykroyd, actor
Dan Aykroyd says he's been a fan of James Brown's since seeing him perform on top of a bar in Canada in 1968.
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Dan Aykroyd, actor
Dan Aykroyd says he was real close to James Brown when he was performing on top of a bar in Canada in 1968.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Syfy's "Sharknado" swallowed up nearly four million viewers Wednesday night. The ratings for "Sharknado 2: The Second One," nearly tripled the 1.37 million viewers who saw last summer's premiere of the original "Sharknado." The setting in the campy "Sharknado 2" moved from Los Angeles to New York City. The Big Apple is hit by a storm of rain and falling sharks. Syfy says "Sharknado 2" will air again tomorrow and Sunday.
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Sandy Kozel, AP correspondent
'Sharknado 2' whipped up a storm of viewers and tweets. AP correspondent Sandy Kozel reports.
"GODFATHER" MAKEUP ARTIST
NEW YORK (AP) -- The makeup artist who turned Marlon Brando into "The Godfather" and Linda Blair into a demon in "The Exorcist" has died. Dick Smith also gave Robert De Niro his mohawk in "Taxi Driver" and shared an Oscar for his work turning F. Murray Abraham into an old man in "Amadeus." He also turned Jonathan Frid into a vampire on "Dark Shadows." Smith was the first makeup artist to win an Oscar for lifetime achievement. He was 92.
AUDRA MCDONALD SUICIDE ATTEMPT
NEW YORK (AP) -- Audra McDonald reveals she once tried to kill herself. She told "Popcorn With Peter Travers" that she was in college at Julliard when she tried to slit her wrist. She was battling depression. She says she checked herself into a mental hospital for a month and got the help she needed. The people at Julliard urged her to stick with musical theater because that made her the happiest.
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