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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…

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…

Coyote Finds a Northern Blue-Tongue Skink

Coyote Peterson is the host of Brave Wilderness, a YouTube channel show, and I’ve been a fan for a long time. He also speaks around the country. I am posting this particular episode because he features an animal we happen to have as a pet: a northern blue-tongue skink. Even this wild skink, which Coyote…

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,…

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