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▪ Diseases similar to bovine spongiform encephalopathy have recently been reported in several species of domestic and zoo animals.
▪ This amounts to about eighty percent of zoo animals in Britain.
▪ She had the same blank, anxious expression as some zoo animals have.
▪ A titter went around the van, everyone looking at me as if I were some kind of zoo animal.
▪ The zoo keeper said that the elephant had always been a calm and gentle animal before.
▪ When he went to the zoo he passed the elephant house quickly lest the irreverent onlooker should make comparisons.
▪ Lions go from Silverdome to zoo.
▪ Then, with a shock, she remembered her promise to go to the zoo.
▪ They knew we went to the zoo, but not that we were in marriage therapy.
▪ We're going to the zoo, remember?
▪ A busload of Democrats went to the zoo Wednesday to visit Binti.
▪ The situation is rather as though instead of going to the zoo I had invited a small group of creatures to come to me.
▪ The grocery store was a real zoo today.
▪ At first, it all looked to me like a human zoo.
▪ C., which presented this one, a male, as a gift to the zoo and park.
▪ So there are these three visually challenged yuppies at the zoo, checking out their first elephant.
▪ Some people buy rare or difficult to keep animals as pets and donate them to zoos.
▪ The directors and actors had spent months in zoos recording the noises made by apes in emotional situations.
▪ There are four main aims of a zoo.
▪ These do seem to admit of answers in terms of the working criteria of veterinarians, farm and abattoir inspectors and zoo managers.
▪ Thursday, the zoo began construction of an Avian Conservation Center.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1847, short for Zoological Gardens of the London Zoological Society, established 1828 in Regent's Park to house the society's collection of wild animals. The first three letters taken as one syllable. "From a mere vulgarism, this corruption has passed into wide colloquial use" [Century Dictionary]. Slang meaning "crowded and chaotic place" first recorded 1935.


n. A park where live animals are exhibited.


n. the facility where wild animals are housed for exhibition [syn: menagerie, zoological garden]

Zoo (file format)

zoo is a data compression program and format developed by Rahul Dhesi in the mid-1980s. The format is based on the LZW compression algorithm and compressed files are identified by the .zoo file extension. It is no longer widely used. Program source code was originally published on the comp.sources.misc Usenet newsgroup, and was compatible with a variety of Unix-like operating systems. Binaries were also published for the MS-DOS and AmigaOS user communities. A small companion program was also developed, entitled booz, that provides only decompression functionality.

The .ZOO file format was mostly popular with Digital (now Hewlett Packard) VAX computers running the OpenVMS operating system, and for a time with the Commodore Amiga community.

Zoo (CTrain)

Zoo is a stop on the Northeast Line (Route 202) of the CTrain light rail system in Calgary, Alberta. The station opened on April 27, 1985 as part of the original Northeast line. The station, which is located in the median of Memorial Drive Northeast, 2.5 km from the City Hall Interlocking, serves the Calgary Zoo, Telus Spark (science museum) as well as the community of Bridgeland.

Stylistically, the design of Zoo Station differs from the other stations in the CTrain system as it incorporates images of animals and dinosaurs. The station's center-loading platform is accessed via ramps leading up from a tunnel below Memorial Drive. The tunnel below Memorial Drive also houses several permanent zoo-related exhibits.

Although Calgary Transit does not operate a park-and-ride at this station, the Calgary Zoo has 500 spots available to LRT commuters for $5/day.

As part of Calgary Transit's plan to operate 4-car trains by the end of 2014, all 3-car platforms are being extended. Zoo station will also see new furnishings in addition to a platform extension. Construction started in early 2014 and lasted approximately 6 months.

Zoo (disambiguation)

A zoo (shortened form of "zoological garden") is a place where animals are exhibited.

Zoo may also apply to:

Zoo (film)

Zoo is a 2007 American documentary film based on the life and death of Kenneth Pinyan, an American man who died of peritonitis due to perforation of the colon after engaging in receptive anal sex with a horse. The film's public debut was at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2007, where it was one of 16 winners out of 856 candidates. Following Sundance, it was selected as one of the top five American films to be presented at the Directors Fortnight sidebar at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

Zoo (Janja Vidmar novel)

Zoo is a novel by Slovenian author Janja Vidmar. It was first published in 2005.

Zoo (Patterson novel)

Zoo is a science fiction thriller novel by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge published in September 2012 and appeared on the New York Times best seller list. A sequel, Zoo 2, by Patterson and Max DiLallo, was released 7 June 2016.

Zoo (Japanese band)

ZOO was a popular Japanese pop music band, which was formed in 1989 and debuted with the single "Careless Dance" on 5 May 1990. They had one major hit with the song "Choo Choo TRAIN," released on 7 November 1991. In 1993 British dance music duo Band of Gypsies and singer Miriam Stockley released an album of cover versions of ZOO songs called Song of ZOO Meets House Style. After disbanding in 1995, a former member, Hiroyuki Igarashi, made the band Luv Deluxe debut in 1996, but it was soon disbanded in 1997. In 1999, he formed the band J-Soul Brothers, which was renamed Exile in 2001, which in turn re-made the song "Choo Choo Train" in 2003 and quickly became one of their biggest hits.

Zoo (Norwegian band)

Zoo was a Norwegian band mainly active in the late 1970s and early 1980s, though originally founded in 1966. The band consisted of Ketil Stokkan (guitars, vocals), Sverri Dahl (keyboards, vocals), Erling Andersen (bass guitar, vocals), Rudi Høynes (drums, vocals) and Trond Nyrud (flutes, saxophones). They rose to national success with the singles "Evig Ung" (Forever Young, 1980) and "Vent, Ikkje Legg På" (Wait, Don't Hang Up, 1981). Frontman and songwriter Stokkan later represented Norway twice in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Zoo (dance troupe)

Zoo were a dance troupe who appeared on the weekly British music series Top of the Pops between 1981 and 1983.

Like previous dance troupes Pan's People, Ruby Flipper and their immediate predecessors Legs & Co., Zoo were put together and choreographed by Flick Colby (whose credit on the TOTP end credit changed from "Choreographer" to "Dance Director" on Zoo's debut). However, unlike the previous troupes, Zoo were formed as a repertory dance group with an ever-changing line-up, featuring a mixture of male and female multi-racial dancers with backgrounds in classical dance, the circus and the disco dancing scene.

Zoo were credited as appearing 45 times on TOTP between 5 November 1981 and 27 September 1983, although members of the troupe still appeared on the show in this time and beyond their residence outside their capacity as members of Zoo.

Their first appearance on TOTP featured a routine to the Electric Light Orchestra's Twilight.


A zoo (short for zoological garden or zoological park, and also called an animal park or menagerie) is a facility in which animals are confined within enclosures, displayed to the public, and in which they may also be bred.

The term zoological garden refers to zoology, the study of animals, a term deriving from the Greek zōon (ζῷον, "animal") and lógos (λóγος, "study"). The abbreviation "zoo" was first used of the London Zoological Gardens, which opened for scientific study in 1828 and to the public in 1857. The number of major animal collections open to the public around the world now exceeds 1,000, around 80 percent of them in cities. In the United States alone, zoos receive over 180 million visitors annually.

Zoo (book)

Zoo is a book by Louis MacNeice. It was published by Michael Joseph in November 1938, and according to the publisher's list belongs in the category of belles lettres. It was one of four books by Louis MacNeice to appear in 1938, along with The Earth Compels, I Crossed the Minch and Modern Poetry: A Personal Essay.

Zoo is primarily a book about London Zoo. During the writing of the book, from May to August 1938, Louis MacNeice was living in Primrose Hill Road, London, in a maisonette overlooking Primrose Hill and a short distance from London Zoo. (In the last chapter of the book, MacNeice notes that: "As I write this on Primrose Hill I can hear the lions roaring in the Zoo.") According to the blurb on the flap of the dust jacket, Zoo "contains impressions of the Zoo from a layman's point of view, and impressions of the visitors; information about the keepers and feeding of the animals (and visitors); discussion of the Zoo's architecture and general organisation; and special studies of animals."

The book also contains descriptions of Whipsnade Zoo, Bristol Zoo and the new Paris Zoo in the Bois de Vincennes, together with a number of "digressions" - short descriptions of the lawn tennis championships at Wimbledon, cricket matches at Lord's, and a week-end visit to Northern Ireland.

Zoo is illustrated with drawings, mainly in carbon pencil, by the English artist Nancy Coldstream (later Nancy Spender), under her maiden name of Nancy Sharp. Nancy Coldstream had earlier provided illustrations for I Crossed the Minch, a book on the Hebrides by Louis MacNeice.

Zoo was a Book Society Recommendation and, as Jon Stallworthy notes in his biography of Louis MacNeice, it "sold well enough, though much less well than Modern Poetry."

Zoo (TV series)

Zoo is an American drama television series based on the 2012 novel of the same name by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. The series premiered on June 30, 2015, on CBS, and concluded the 13-episode first season on September 15, 2015. On October 2, 2015, Zoo was renewed by CBS for a second season, which premiered on June 28, 2016. On August 10, 2016, CBS renewed the series for a third season.

Usage examples of "zoo".

Het was een moeilijke taak, al kon zij nog zoo goed praten, en het was misschien tot het ongeluk van haar Georges, dat zij zoo pleitte, maar ach, de jongen was zoo verliefd, en misschien had hij het toch wel aan het rechte eind!

Je bent zoo een gezellige meid, als je wat vroolijk bent, je moet je niet aan die buien overgeven.

Zoo klaagde zij voort met lossamenhangende zinnen, in haar nervoziteit geprikkeld door een avond eenzaam gemijmer in een overwarme kamer, steeds terugkomende op haar doelloos leven, dat zij voortsleepte als een vervelenden last, en er klonk iets in hare stem als verweet zij dit alles aan hem, aan Henk, aan haar zwager.

Zij had zoo gaarne uitgeroepen, dat Freddy haar eens bekend had, hoe zij berouw gevoelde over hetgeen zij gedaan had, dien vorigen zomer.

Maar het had zoo niet mogen worden: zij was zoo verpletterd zwaar met het leven belast geworden, en zij wist nu, dat zij gaarne zou willen sterven.

Ik, integendeel, bewonder Eline, dat ze, vreemd als ze in onze familie is, zich juist zoo dadelijk thuis voelt, met ons allemaal.

Zelfs de onverschilligste toeschouwer wordt geboeid door het verrassend schouwspel, dat deze zoo verschillende dieren opleveren en ziet dan tevens met bewondering, hoe deze schijnbaar zoo logge en stijf-ledige reuzen de hoogste toppen van de klip beklimmen.

How many of you children who visit the zoo long to steal Blinky just for your very own?

Het zou wezen, als ware zij zoo opgetogen over hun cadeau, dat alle vroegere onaangenaamheid nu was goedgemaakt.

Cabeza and Cuerpo were so remarkable that they quite possibly belonged in a zoo.

Maar zij zou, zelfs met behulp van dikke juffrouw Frantzen, niet zoo heel spoedig haar doel bereiken.

Zoo langzaam, langzaam aan had mevrouw uit hare onzekerheid en doelloosheid een doel zien verrijzen.

Maar hij scheen dat zoo eenvoudig en natuurlijk te vinden, dat zij hem niet eens dorst vragen, of zij zich even mocht verkleeden.

He recalled how the street seemed inanely alive with the horrid cheer that haunted zoos and menageries, how the cries of bird sellers, of puppy wallahs and cat peddlers intermingled and created an eerie and disturbing echolalia, at once mocking of and mocked by the chatter of their caged and staring stock in trade.

Ik moest ieder elken dag een geheele doode Muis of Spitsmuis of een Vogeltje, zoo groot als zij zelf, geven.