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More Than the Pet Show This Weekend, WGN Radio

I began doing radio in high school….and long before I was a pet guy, i was a radio guy…Worked at several Chicago area stations playing everything from Olivia Newton-John, to the Bee Gees to Bruce Springsteen to hosting general talk shows. It’s been YEARS since WGN has given me a shout out to have fun…

Gorilla Doctors : Saving a Species One Gorilla at a Time

Mountain gorillas are the only great apes species that appear to be holding their own or better. With all the talk about the truly awful things happening to wildlife, often endangered….from exotic places like Zimbabwe Africa to downstate Illinois, check out the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project. This topic all came to light when an African…

Killing Lion in Africa or Bobcat in the U.S.: What's the Difference?

Cecil was shot and killed in Zimbabwe. It’s been in this news, that this celebrity lion was shot by a dentist from Minnesota. Cecil was a major tourist draw at Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. The 13-year-old lion, recognizable by the black streaks in his mane, suffered a slow death, according to the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force. The hunters lured…

WGN Petcast: Getting Wild with Gorillas, Renting with Pets, Service Dogs for PTSD Veterans

Listen HERE (may take a moment to load) to this adventurous WGN Radio Petcast…. Just returned from Africa trekking the Virunga volcanoes in Rwanda to see mountain gorillas. What was that like? Hacking our way through forest, we’d reach the gorillas, and often times as we observed they’d come within inches. In one case, my…

What A Rush: Communing with Mountain Gorillas

Visiting family is always fun, kind of wild….and these family members are really wild – mountain gorillas. I say family members because after all we do share about 98 percent of our genetic makeup with gorillas. I talk her about the experience of a lifetime, to commune with mountain gorillas – no bars, no cages.…

Out of Africa with Bill Moller, WGN Radio

Click HERE for my conversation with Bill Moller about our recent face to face with mountain gorillas in Rwanda. The segment with Bill is sponsored by Chicago Veterinary Emergency Services & Special Center, and I talked with Bill about how there are veterinarians who similarly are on call for the mountain gorillas in Rwanda who…

Gorilla Doctors Help to Save Mountain Gorillas

Rwanda, Africa. Veterinarians have all kinds of jobs, aside from helping pets. Some veterinarians work in agriculture, others in academia, for zoos, or in far-flung places in the field. Few are as deep into the field as the veterinarians of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project who trek high into the Virunga Mountains to study and…

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