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May 12 2020

Treatment for COVID-19: Investigating Llamas and Pangolin

Desperate to seek a treatment for COVID-19, researchers are now studying a llamas and a species which few have even heard of, called pangolin. The pangolin is an anteater like mammal that’s covered with scales, which all species are highly endangered because they are so often illegally trafficked to wet markets where their scales are…

May 10 2020

The Pandemic Could Have Been Avoided: Blame Wet Markets

I am saddened by the division happening in America. Historically, after national (or international) tragedies, our leadership and our collected patriotism typically brings us together, as political affiliation in these times becomes irrelevant. To be sure, there’s been some of that. However, there are millions of Americans who actually believe the novel corona virus is…

May 7 2020

COVID-19 and Wildlife

Q: “Since some lions and tigers at the Bronx Zoo were diagnosed with COVID-19, what about lions, tiger or other wildlife. Are endangered species at risk?”  S. B, Long Island, NY A: Your question isn’t completely outrageous. While we know it’s possible that big cats can get the novel corona virus SARS CoV-2 and suffer…

May 5 2020

Giant Hornets Could Turn on One Another

Here’s the good new about giant killer hornets, which have arrived into the U.S. from Asia, when they have nowhere else to turn for food, they turn on one another. And heads will roll, literally. Their preferred preference of attack is decapitation. The bad news is that the largest hornet on earth much prefers a…

April 25 2020

Dr. Jane Goodall, Sir David Attenborough: They Warned Us

They’re ambassadors for the planet, 93-year old Sir David Attenborough and 86-year old Dr. Jane Goodall. They’ve dedicated their lives to warn us. Unfortunately, the human species has not heeded their wise words. While it remains unclear if this virus known as the novel corona virus “escaped” a nearby lab in Wuhan, China or mutated…

April 20 2020

Dedicated Zoo Staff Continues to Care for Animals During Pandemic

Among the heroes are zookeepers. Obviously, captive animals are dependent on the keepers and curators for their care. During the pandemic shut down, zoos have provided a source of education and entertainment for kids and adults too. However, most zoos are dependent on visitor income. Zoo director at Neumünster Zoo in northern Germany has even…

April 14 2020

There’s a Rhinoceros in Town

I posted an image of a motorcycle driver nearly paying an ultimate price for being out on the road in an Indian town as he turns a corner and comes face to face with an Asian Elephant. As cities around the globe become deserted, more and more wildlife encroaches. If they’re complaining about coyotes in…

April 11 2020

Planet is Getting a Breath of Fresh Air As a Result of the Pandemic

How can there be a silver lining to a pandemic? Maybe in some crazy way, it was planet earth offering a warning shot. And the good news, surprising even to many scientists, is how quickly the planet and wildlife who we share the planet with are responding.   The cloud of nitrogen dioxide that was…

April 5 2020

Malayan Tiger at Bronx Zoo Tests Positive for COVID-19

The following information was released today (April 5, 2020) by the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo: Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo, has tested positive for COVID-19. She, her sister Azul, two Amur tigers, and three African lions had developed a dry cough and all are expected to recover. This positive…

February 24 2020

Trump Jr. Now Aims to Kill Grizzly Bear

Donald Trump Jr. wants to a new conquest, to shoot a Grizzly bear, according to the self-proclaimed conservationist. My question is simply why? Grizzly bears are not small animals, and using a gun these large bears aren’t especially hard to shoot. Shooting to kill and not injure is another matter. Clearly, Trump doesn’t much care…

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