Articles: Ecotourism

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…

Trump Administration Supports Killing Big Game

This isn’t politics; it’s ethics. A new U.S. advisory board created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of big game, like African elephants, lions, and various rhino species, is stacked with trophy hunters, including some members with direct ties to President Donald Trump and his family (which is supposed to…

Wildlife in Mexico

Viva Natura: A Field Guide to the Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds and Mammals of Western Mexico author Petr Myska talks here on Steve Dale’s Other World podcast about how, as a tourist in Mexico, you might take a day trip to see and swim with whale sharks or sea turtles or walk through a jungle with monkeys and…

Ecotourism Truly is an Answer

Ecotourism is the way to go if you REALLY want to save animals, not hunting them. I speak with Ged Caddick of Terra Incognita Ecotours.  Listen HERE to my fascinating conversation on WGN Radio with Ged. I mention that even Illinois public officials were outraged when Cecil the lion was killed, and some of those…

Ebola Rampant in Great Apes

The Ebola crisis has currently killed an estimated 11,205 people, according to the World Health Organization, as of March 11, 2015.  Though is the U.S. Ebola is out of the new, the crisis still exists in West Africa. People continue to die. And what we are not hearing about, so are our cousins, the Great Apes.…

Mountain Gorilla Homes, Rwanda

Visiting Mountain Gorillas in their homes in Rwanda is the most spiritual thing I’ve ever done. Here, I am standing only about 10 feet in front of wild gorillas, no bars, no cages, and no fear on either side. Behind me, a giant silverback gorilla, a mom and toward the end of the video, you…

Niagara Falls with Two Birds

In Guelth, Ontario, Canada,  I spoke at the Royal Canin offices, and heard others speak about pet nutrition, then toured the amazing pet food plant. After, the group took a trip to Niagara Falls. I posted this video so you can get a feel for the power of the falls (if you’ve never visited), but…

Mountain Gorilla Babies

Gorilla, babies everywhere….I’ve beginning a new feature on my blog, that’s  to periodically offer short videos which are different from those found on my Steve Dale professional pet YouTube page. This new YouTube page will feature wildlife videos like this one I took in the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda about two years ago. If it…

Zoo Gorillas vs. Wild Gorillas: A Gorilla Baby Festival

Gorilla babies….Talk about culture shock, less than two months ago we were in the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda with Terra Incognita Ecotours, coming face to face with wild mountain gorillas of all ages, from the largest silverback on the planet to tiny ones. The experience was a thrill of a lifetime. We twice hiked to…

WGN Petcast: Getting Wild with Gorillas, Renting with Pets, Service Dogs for PTSD Veterans

Listen HERE (may take a moment to load) to this adventurous WGN Radio Petcast…. Just returned from Africa trekking the Virunga volcanoes in Rwanda to see mountain gorillas. What was that like? Hacking our way through forest, we’d reach the gorillas, and often times as we observed they’d come within inches. In one case, my…

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