Articles: zoos

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,…

Newly Discovered Orangutan Species Among Endangered Great Apes

Orangutans are the most endangered and threatened of the great apes. Specifically, according to National Geographic Society, on November 20, 2013, the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme got a call about an injured orangutan found in the mountainous region of Tapanuli. Despite veterinary treatment, the orangutan, named Raya, died eight days later. But Raya lives on as the representative member…

In Love With A Giraffe — And More

Imagine this on your resume… Reason for being fired: “I fell in love with a giraffe.” Muhammad Ben Shawari, who immigrated with his parents to Denmark when he was 12 years old, says it was “love at first sight” when he saw 2-year-old Otto, a giraffe, for the first time. At least according to printed…

Bowling for Rhinos: Steve Dale's Other World Podcast

It’s said that there’s a podcast about everything, but this might be the first podcast in the history of podcasts that describes the five remaining rhinoceros species in detail, and is all about what you can do to help the plight of these beleaguered species by Bowling for Rhinos. Listen HERE as I am joined…

Dogs Can Be a Big Cat's Best Friend

Comfort dogs serve humans with anxiety issues, but, apparently they can also serve anxious cheetahs. The San Diego Zoo has been assigning dogs to cheetahs since the 1980’s. Cheetah cubs are paired with canine companions at about three to four months of age. They first meet on opposite sides of a fence with a keeper…

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