Articles: wild animals

Jane Goodall Institute Executive Director on WGN Radio

i begin my Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show HERE talking about the fire that killed over 30 dogs in January in West Chicago. That tragedy prompted me to say “enough is enough,” as these fires happen too often around the country. I contacted Marc Ayers, Illinois director of the Humane Society of the United…

Jane Goodall: Nobel Prize for Peace

Jane Goodall is the most inspirational person I’ve ever met. I’ve had the distinct honor to interview her on several occasions, though it has been several years. Of course, she’s a famed primatologist – but she is so much more than the person who taught us a bit more about ourselves but better understanding chimpanzees.…

Elephants in Thailand: Kanta Elephant Sanctuary

With Brian Noonan on WGN radio, I talk HERE about my visit to Kanta Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand. I explain why elephant sanctuaries exist in the first place. I speak about the differences between the two types of Asian elephants. I also talk about why I didn’t visit an elephant sanctuary where elephants “perform” and give…

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…

Return of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom

As a kid my dad and I used to watch Marlin Perkins on Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. The joke – and it was a national joke that even Johnny Carson had fun with – was Jim Fowler was seemingly always in danger, wrestling a crocodile and running from African elephants while Marlin was ensconced…

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…

Queen of the Orangutans

  Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas has enjoyed one wild career, her life’s mission is studying wild orangutans. On this Steve Dale’s Other World podcast, I speak with my old friend – and I say that because several decades ago, I spent some time under Galdikas participating in field research of wild orangutans in Borneo. She’s…

A Devil of a Problem

Tasmanian Devils aren’t only a creature of cartoons. They’re an endangered marsupial found in the wild only in Tasmania (of course they are). And they’re disappearing really fast because of cancers that they are spreading to one another. Their name is about right. Their disposition isn’t exactly laid back and calm. They sometimes bite each…

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…

Is Shooting Coyotes Really the Answer?

Q: I don’t know what to do about the coyotes who live in our area. I’m worried about out small dogs in the yard and our cats. I guess shooting them is the only way. —R. A., Cyberspace A: Do nothing about the coyotes—let ’em be. You’re the problem, not the wildlife. Although, you’re not…

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