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December 8 2019

Lincoln Park Zoo Lights

Since I filled in on WGN Radio just before Thanksgiving, we talked turkeys first, and from WKRP in Cincinnati “As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.” So, I asked Lincoln Park Zoo General Curator Dave Bernier first about turkeys and their ability to fly or not. Listen HERE to our with ranging…

December 5 2019

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes: A Pioneer in Many Ways

Her story is incredible – researcher Dr. Anne Dagg, who was out in the field studying giraffes even before Dr. Jane Goodall was watching chimpanzees.  Her story is being told in the film, The Woman Who Loves Giraffes. She paid a price for being one of the very first women to do field research, maybe…

November 24 2019

Alligator Robb’s Secrets to Catching Chance the Snapper

Frank Alligator Robb is the Chicago Animal Person of the Year. Hear Alligator Robb talk about his experience,  catching Chance the Snapper, which made national news headlines, on my WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World Show. When volunteers from the Chicago Herpetological Society failed to catch the stray alligator swimming in the Humboldt Park Lagoon,…

October 17 2019

Arizona Joins Other States to Stop Competitive Hunting: Illinois Shoots Itself

Arizona has banned all urban wildlife killing contests for coyotes, bobcats, foxes and other animals, joining a growing number of states taking action to stop these gruesome events in which participants compete for money and/or prizes for killing the most and/or largest animals. The Arizona ban, proposed in June, was voted on by Arizona’s Fish…

October 14 2019

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes: Academy Award Quality and Inspiring

There are fewer than 200,000 wild giraffes on the planet. Some of the subspecies have numbers so low that they may even have issues regarding genetics. This reality should make us all very sad, but it particularly saddens the pioneer of giraffe research, 85-year-old Dr. Anne Dagg. Dagg is finally getting her due as the…

September 26 2019

17 States Suing to Protect Endangered Species Act, Which Trump Seeks to Gut

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, under the Trump administration, announced significant changes to regulations that spell out how it will implement parts of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), all essentially gutting the ESA. That was in mid-August, now about a month later, 17 states have announced that they are legally challenging these changes. The…

September 24 2019

World Gorilla Day

Privileged and emotionally overwhelmed is how we felt when we hiked through brush and bristle in the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda, Africa to see Mountain Gorillas close up and personal. Indeed, we’ve been to wild places and have seen species ranging from New Zealand Blue Fairy Penguins to African Elephant. Somehow this was very different.…

September 23 2019

Denmark Banning Circus Elephants

Greenland couldn’t be purchased from Denmark, but Denmark just did right for elephants. Denmark is spending 11 million kroner ($1.6 million) to buy the country’s last four circus elephants to give them a proper retirement. Meanwhile, Denmark is taking action to ban wild animals in circuses. So, where do Ramboline, Lara, Djunga and Jenny live?…

August 25 2019

Bring Luna Home: Coyotes Confiscated and Killed

Shame on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and Cook County Animal Control for what they did inexplicably to Tomi Tranchita’s rescued coyotes, which she explains she had permits for. HEAR Tranchita describe it all, in her own words, on WGN Radio. She bottle-fed and saved four orphaned coyotes. Now, what? Yes, she saved…

August 15 2019

Trump Favors Industry Over Environment: Guts Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced changes to regulations that spell out how it will implement parts of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The changes focus on how officials should decide whether to list a species as endangered or threatened, what kind of protections threatened species should receive, and how officials will decide which…

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