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June 17 2020

COVID-19 and Pets and Wild Animals: What’s Known and Not Known

People continue to be concerned or simply curious about dogs, cats and domestic ferrets and SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. The good news is that diagnostic labs Antech and IDEXX have now tested thousands of dogs and cats with only (according to my count) two cats in New York State testing positive in the U.S. Add…

June 11 2020

Zoos on the Edge: Conservation Programs Cut While Trump Administration Makes Matters Worse

One of the greatest values zoos offer, and increasingly so, has been to study, to protect and even reintroduce animals into the wild. However, due to their doors being closed because of the novel corona virus, budget cuts may be targeted to these programs. And simultaneously in the United States, the Trump Administration removes lots…

May 3 2020

Getting Reclusive Eels to Stick their Necks Out

Being closed now for a few months, aquariums and zoos have a unique issue. Over the course of time, many captive animals have become sensitized to humans, doing what we do…..making noise, funny gestures and funny faces. However with all the people being gone some animals have again from wary of people. When keepers attempt…

April 27 2020

Animals Visiting Animals at Zoos

We can’t go to zoos at this moment  – but animals are visiting animals at zoos…..

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 5 2020

COVID-19 And Zoo or Companion Animals: What Is Known

SARS-CoV-2 which causes the novel illness COVID-19 is a human corona virus. Having said that, there have been only very rare confirmed instances of the virus appearing in companion animals, and now captive big cats at the Bronx Zoo. One Malayan Tiger (known also as Amur Tigers), named Nadia at the Zoo has tested positive…

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…

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…

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 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.…

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