Posts in category "zoos"

Enriched Pet Environments Lead to Healthier Lives

Enriched Pet Environments Lead to Healthier Lives
I contend the average monkey, black bear or lion at a zoo has a more enriched life than most of our dogs and cats at home.  In fact, all pets require some enrichment – even lizards, and most certainly pet parrots. Enrichment is manipulating the environment to suit an animals’ natural behavior.  Over a long... Read more »

Lincoln Park Zoo and Animals Lose a Friend

Lincoln Park Zoo and Animals Lose a Friend
Sometimes people impact your life so profoundly….sometimes they are school teachers, one of mine was an animal teacher, named Pat Sass. My interest in animals goes back many years, and includes more than pets. Back when I was in college (University of Illinois, Chicago), I had a regular contingent of guests on my college radio... Read more »

Otters Play Piano

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Otters (Asian Small-Clawed Otters to be exact) at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. do (sort of) what our cat Ricky did back in the 1990′s – play the piano. I wanted to demonstrate that cats CAN learn (which back then – even today – requires proof by some) and enrich Ricy’s life. This... Read more »
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Keep Flies Away with Fashion

Keep Flies Away with Fashion
A report in the Journal of Experimental Biology is that a pattern of narrow stripes makes zebras “unattractive” to the flies. Dr. Susan Akkeson of Lund University and her team placed a blackboard, a whiteboard, and several boards with stripes of varying widths into one of the fields of a horse farm in rural Hungary. The striped board... Read more »

Baby Sloth Speaks

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Who knew baby sloths have so much to say?   Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.

Giraffe Kisses Friend Goodbye

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Mario, who has terminal cancer, last wish was to say goodbye to his best friends, who happened to be giraffes. The 54-year-old man worked at the Rotterdam Zoo in The Netherlands for years. When he was wheeled up to the giraffe exhibit, one of the giraffes came over, leaned down, and gave Mario what appeared... Read more »
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Zoo Shoots Its Own Giraffe

Zoo Shoots Its Own Giraffe
Zoos are supposed to protect animals, not kill them. I understand the issue of inbreeding regarding this individual giraffe, but Marius has lived at the zoo for nearly two years – the giraffe didn’t just appear overnight leaving the zoo to make an instant decision. Marius, was shot in the head Sunday February 8 at... Read more »

Betty White on Steve Dale Pet World, WGN Radio

Betty White on Steve Dale Pet World, WGN Radio
The one and only Betty White joined me on my WGN Radio show, Steve Dale’s Pet World, if you missed it – listen HERE to my conversation with the most beloved person in America. We talked about everything from mountain gorillas to Johnny Carson, to dogs.   Type your email address in the box and... Read more »

How Cold Is It? Ask Polar Bears, Penguins or Siberian Huskies

How Cold Is It? Ask Polar Bears, Penguins or Siberian Huskies
How cold has been? You know it’s cold when even polar bears and penguins prefer indoors. And JoAnne Smithson’s Siberian Huskies apparently would rather go to relatively balmy Siberia. Anana, the lone polar bear at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, has never grown the thick layer of fat that bears in their native Arctic... Read more »
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Zoo Archive Project, Lincoln Park Zoo and Mark Rosenthal

Zoo Archive Project, Lincoln Park Zoo and Mark Rosenthal
Zoo Archive Project is explained by Mark Rosenthal curator emeritus Lincoln Park Zoo. A fascinating conversation, listen HERE to Bill Moller and myself, who takes us all behind-the-scenes at zoos. Mark discusses conversations he’s had with famous, legendary zoo folks about how zoos have changed over the years. Mark is a contributing author of “Ark... Read more »