Articles: zoos

International Orangutan Day

August 19 is International Orangutan Day. Orangutans are close to my heart, but the plight of this species should matter to all of us. While the various gorilla species, chimpanzees and bonobos (sometimes called Pygmy chimpanzees) are all more high profile great apes, orangs share about 97 percent of our genetic makeup, according to a…

Human Animal Bond Isn’t Species Specific

Dr. Jenifer Chatfield notes that the human/animal bond includes far more than the dogs and cats were typically think about, or even other pets. Zookeepers have a bond with the animals they care for. Farmers have a bond, even with food production animals. And beekeepers even have a surprising bond with their insects. Chatfield is…

Dr. Mark Goldstein – Versatile Veterinarian Has Done It All: From Elephants to Shelter Dogs

Dr. Mark Goldstein is as versatile as a veterinarian can get, with the longest book title ever: “Lions and Tigers and Hamsters: What Animals Large and Small Taught Me About Life, Love, and Humanity.” He’s done it all: collecting semen from rhinos (which he explains) and a lowland gorilla, he was once nearly killed by…

Sir David Attenborough on Our Planet

Our Planet is a must see for anyone – young and old. If you have NetFlix, I hope you can take time to make viewing this series a family event. This nature series, narrated and hosted by Sir David Attenborough, features stunningly spectacular photography. I don’t have a clue how they managed to get these…

Valentine’s for Your Ex: A Roach

The Bronx Zoo is re-launching its “Name-A-Roach” program, which allows you to name one of over 50,000 giant Madagascar hissing cockroaches. For only $15, you can not only name a roach, but you can also send a certificate to the honoree. What a better way to honor your Ex for Valentine’s Day. Or I suppose if your significant…

Chicago Animal Care and Control Rescues; Bowling for Rhinos

On Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio HEAR me talk with Kelly Gandurski, new acting director of Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) talks about how so many rescues/shelters instantly came together to save 48 small dogs from one property. The good news is that the animals were in great shape. The dogs didn’t really spend…

World Elephant Day

In 1989, CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) issued an international ban on the ivory trade. Despite this, legal trade still exists in many countries, including Japan, and the black market continues to do a brisk business, more business than ever before. In many cases, poachers out weaponize game wardens, and governments…

The Buzz on Elephants: Bees Keep them Away

Imagine, you’re sitting and reading a book on a Sunday afternoon. Instead of hearing a knock on the door – you feel a rumble. And the next thing you know the roof of your home has been collapsed by a herd of elephants. Or your crops have been destroyed by elephants trampled through or snacking…

Get TV Monkeys Off Their Backs

Pet monkeys are not a good idea. That statement doesn’t appear to be rocket science. Yet, to some, the notion of having a pet monkey is appealing. And, perpetuating that appeal are monkey guest shots on TV sitcoms. I just viewed the most recent episode of Will & Grace, and Megan Mullally’s character, Karen Walker,…

Best of Steve Dale's Other World on WGN

Check out some of the best of my podcasts from Steve Dale’s Other World on WGN Plus, heard 2 – 5 a.m. filling in for Nick Digilio, right HERE. I replayed excerpts of some of my favorite podcasts from 2017, including: * Behind-the-scenes stories from the Lincoln Park Zoo with former Director Dr. Lester Fisher,…

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