| Oct 31, 2008
The hippo and crocodiles were statues made of glass and cement. But the lions and tigers were real.
It was one of those odd things drug traffickers do. Like decorating their assault rifles with gold and diamonds.
When Mexican authorities raided a...
| Aug 30, 2008
There's an easier way to spot celebrities than prowling the produce aisle at a Whole Foods Market in Hollywood in hopes that Paula Abdul will stumble along. You can go to the zoo.
Chico the Lonely Meerkat now joins such famous fauna as Ruby the Abused...
| Oct 24, 2007
Steve Lopez is in San Diego County reporting from the fires. He will file updates throughout the day.
5:00 p.m., Red Mountain Lane, Fallbrook
I'm standing on the front porch of a house that no longer exists.
The windows are gone. The front door is...
| Nov 2, 2007
My little creek-stone house in Modjeska Canyon is fine. Thanks for asking. I received scores of e-mails from worried readers after writing dispatches last week about returning from my East Coast wedding to find that our home stood in the path of the...
| Apr 14, 2008
The first thing you notice upon entering the tidy white room is the pervasive smell of formaldehyde.
Then you see four people in lab coats cutting into an enormous, dripping elephant's heart. A few feet away is a table strewed with a human head, feet and...
| Dec 9, 2008
Stand behind the curtain of bamboo just outside the paddock of the last, lone elephant at the Los Angeles Zoo and you'll hear the daylong drumbeat of running feet.
Boys and girls yell "elefante!" and cry out "grandotote," which is Spanish for "huge."...
| Jan 6, 2008
It was any zoo's worst nightmare.
Shortly after 5 p.m. on Christmas Day, San Francisco Zoo Director Manuel Mollinedo received a call at home: Tigers are on the loose and somebody may have been hurt.
"At first I thought it was a practical or sick joke,"...
| May 10, 2007
The day after Los Angeles Zoo animals were hustled to their off-exhibit enclosures with a fire bearing down not far away in Griffith Park, they were returned to their outdoor exhibits.
With a veil of smoke visible in the hills, zoo staffers said...
| May 9, 2007
Firefighters struggled Tuesday night to contain wind-whipped flames that scorched hundreds of acres in Griffith Park, forced the evacuation of some of Los Angeles' best-known landmarks and raced toward hillside homes in Los Feliz, prompting a hasty...
| Apr 19, 2009
Nature in the Eastern Sierra Nevadas. Art in a deep Polish salt mine. A friendly Wisconsin town. A hike with views of the Tasmanian coast. Readers have spanned the globe and discovered adventure, history and in many places, peace. Here are some of their...
| Jan 26, 2010
Jerry Snapp loved Tiffany, and it broke his heart that he had to sell her. Close to 200 pounds, almost 4 feet tall, a foot and a half wide, she was his most beautiful skull.
He picked her up in the spring of '97. He heard about her from a friend and...
| Jan 9, 2009
I traveled to the Los Angeles Zoo last week to observe Billy the Asian elephant and explore the Pachyderm Forest -- a state-of-the-art habitat being built for Billy and other endangered Asian elephants. I wanted to see for myself the project that had...