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Wild WGN Radio Petcast: A Gorilla Update with Ecotours

I make a slight detour in this WGN Radio PETCAST, going from dogs to gorillas (may take a moment to load). Those are mountain gorillas to be exact, Dr. Mike Cranfield veterinary director of the Gorilla Project University of California Davis Wildlife Health Center and Jed Chaddick, president of ECOTOURS.com beat their chests for gorillas…

Dolphin Kisses Dog, Jumps For Joy!

Keep in mind dolphins are wild animals – so why would an wild adult dolphin reach out of the water to kiss a dog? And how does that dolphin know this what dogs do? So many questions.

Touched by a Wild Mountain Gorilla

I am very jealous of this guy – this video means so much, I believe it’s inspirational…sadly, our species continues to wipe out gorillas.

Wild Cat Science: Fur Coloration & Sexual Dimorphism

Nature’s strategy – why coloration variations occur in wild cats (from Ocelots to African Lions) and why male cats are typically large (sexual dimorphism). And that female lionesses prefer male dude lions with darker manes, they’re apparently more like the George Clooney of the lion world. Who knew?

Unlikely Friendships: Animal Odd Couples

By Steve Dale If these guys can do it, so can Democrats and Republications…”Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom,” a new book by Jennifer Holland (Workman Publishing, New York, NY; $13.95), offers stories of improbable and mysterious friendships. Take the dwarf hamster and the rat snake. They first met at a Japanese…

Real Free Willy Story: Tangled Whale is Set Free

Whales are disappearing from our planet….Some species are potentially on their way out. Typically, I offer only pet stories – but this one touched my heart. Hope it touches yours as well. Also, check out the Great Whale Conservancy.

Holiday Hippo Treat

There’s so much we have to learn about animals. Talk about your Christmas gifts, this Hippopotamus deliberately saves a Wildebeest calf and then a Zebra foal. Why? Who knows. Hippo’s are vegetarians, but they have huge canine teeth and are known for short tempers. In fact, Hippopotamus are considered right up there with the African…

Zoo Lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Among the choices for what to do on her birthday, my wife Robin chose to see Zoo Lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo….here’s a glimpse. I once was a docent at Lincoln Park. Zoo Lights is December 3 through 5 and 10 through 12, as well as December 17 through January 2 (closed December 24…

Day at the Detroit Zoo

Instead of holiday shopping – I suggest, Go to the Zoo! Recently, posted on a visit to the Nassau Adastra Gardens and Zoo in the Bahamas, here is our visit to the Detroit Zoo. 

Thankful Penguin

An injured penguin has received a prosthetic beak and is recovering in a Rio de Janeiro zoo after he was found stranded on a nearby beach, according to News New Zealand online. Tungo, the thankful penguin The zoo’s veterinarian said the acrylic replacement will one day help the five-month-old Magellanic penguin, named Tungo, to catch…

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