Posted October 21, 2016 by Ron Callari

Wildlife rescue facilities — dissimilar to most zoos — focuses on the rehabilitation and care of wild animals, saved from illegal breeders, circuses and other types of commercial confinement. In most instances, these centers do not seek to find adoptive homes for the animals, but rather introduce the animals to new lifestyles that suit their needs and that allow them to live out their lives in a loving and nurturing environment.

Posted August 22, 2016 by Ron Callari

The Rio Olympics 2016 have come and gone, but are certainly not forgotten. Reflecting on the two animal avatars created for the event, many of us probably mistook them as Pokémon Go characters let loose in Rio de Janeiro [even despite a Brazilian ban in place.]

Posted April 26, 2016 by John P. Barker

Today--April 26, 2016 (known as 4/26 after the planet named LV-426 in the Alien movies) is Alien Day!  As such, there are many events going on celebrating this creepy critter's origin.  Warning--some disturbing stuff ahead if you've not seen the movies (which are great).

Posted April 9, 2016 by Ron Callari

When one mentions Angus Bulls, it’s
hard for most of us carnivores not to think of a succulent juicy steak
dinner. However, to the contrary, vegetarians and one award-winning TV
comedian might think otherwise. Most recently when the fate of Frank Lee
the bull was publicly released, it quickly became a breaking
news story. Why? Because Jon Stewart was instrumental in allowing for
this particular bull to go from a ‘Blue Plate Dinner Special' to securing him safe haven in a sanctuary.

Posted March 30, 2016 by Ron Callari

While gorillas are often characterized in film as wild and mean-tempered jungle beasts, there’s
too much evidence in the real world that suggests the contrary. These
magnificent creatures are not only our closest cousins on the
evolutionary scale (98% of their DNA is identical to that of humans) . . .

Posted March 14, 2016 by Ron Callari

Like his fictional counterpart Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz,
“Dindim the Penguin” seems be of the inclination “there’s no place like
home.” Except the hometown in this case is not Kansas. In fact, it’s
not even in North America. No, this Magellanic Bird returns home
annually to visit an old friend who resides in the southern hemisphere
on Proveta Beach in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil.

Posted February 27, 2016 by Ron Callari

The story of Santa and his flying reindeer might be based on some historical fact.
It appears that in Siberia, reindeer (the animal North Americans call
caribou) are indigenous — and so is a hallucinogenic mushroom that goes
by the genus name of Amanita muscaria. For literary buffs, it’s widely known as the hallucinatory ‘shroom’ responsible for Alice tripping the light fantastic in Wonderland.

Posted February 24, 2016 by Ron Callari

only difference between a small pig and a tinier pig is the name,
and perhaps to fracture the famous quote made by our favorite
Elizabethan Bard: “a pig by any other name would smell the the same.”
Small pigs have been described as "teacup, toy, pocket, micro, mini,
nano and Juliana." And while each name might infer something slightly
different, the fact is that the smaller the swine, the more popular they