Articles: wild animals

Reptile Awareness Day

Reptile Awareness Day was October 21, in case you missed it. Some reptiles make great pets, including Northern Blue-Tongue Skinks. This is our pet skink, Cosette. Other great beginner reptile choices include (but aren’t limited to) Bearded Dragon lizards, Leopard Geckoes and Corn Snakes. Indeed, reptile pets bring a bit of the natural world into…

In Charge of the Planet: World Veterinary Association

The World Veterinary Association (WVA) is unique. As President Dr. Rene Carlson explains, this organization supports wildlife, companion animals, and food animals, as well as illnesses than can be passed back and forth between people and animals. Carlson, a past president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, notes that the idea of “One Health” isn’t a…

Animal Advocate, Musician and Friend Skip Haynes Dies

Skip Haynes was known by some as on impassioned animal lover, a founder of Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife (CLAW) – responsible for banning traps that snare or grip coyotes, bears, foxes and other animals in the city, deeming such traps inhumane in 2014. He sang about animals, and founded the only record label in the world creating…

Ridding Rabies, Taking Action

World Rabies Day was September 28. Over 60,000 people die of rabies and nearly half are children. Do consider experts suggest the human death toll is likely much higher as many deaths are not recorded, in rural China, India or Africa. This program will not only save human lives today and tomorrow (via education), but…

Animals' Responses to Toal Eclipse of the Sun

In case it’s news to you, there’s going to a be a solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. Of course, you have to be living in the wilderness somewhere to not know this. But, wild animals, even our pets, don’t receive either an advance warning or an explanation about the eclipse. Research on this topic…

In Love With A Giraffe — And More

Imagine this on your resume… Reason for being fired: “I fell in love with a giraffe.” Muhammad Ben Shawari, who immigrated with his parents to Denmark when he was 12 years old, says it was “love at first sight” when he saw 2-year-old Otto, a giraffe, for the first time. At least according to printed…

Bowling for Rhinos: Steve Dale's Other World Podcast

It’s said that there’s a podcast about everything, but this might be the first podcast in the history of podcasts that describes the five remaining rhinoceros species in detail, and is all about what you can do to help the plight of these beleaguered species by Bowling for Rhinos. Listen HERE as I am joined…

Which Animals Use Tools?

We know some animals use tools, specifically great apes—our closest relatives—but there are lots of other examples in the wild. Here is one of those examples: an elephant is using a large branch to fend off a rhinoceros, although the elephant could have better aim. And, it’s impossible to understand why this female elephant felt…

Are Wild Canines Getting the Dog Flu?

Q: Louisville is being slammed with cases of dog flu. I have been keeping my dogs on my property, but I know we are visited by coyotes and foxes at times. I vaccinated my dogs two years ago and then again this year. I’m also the former president of WAGS, a pet therapy group and currently…

Global Warming is Not Fake News

I am sure I’ll get many emails that this post is politically charged. I’m unsure why protecting our planet, and the fact that climate change exists, has become a political issue. There are 192 nations that believe climate change is real, and, from China to Iceland, they are determined to do something about it. Here are…

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