Posted April 23, 2017 by Ron Callari

Humans are the only species on the planet who are not only able to invent but are also able to pass on that knowledge for others to build upon. It’s easy to illustrate this point, say in the area of communication.

Posted April 20, 2017 by Ron Callari

On April 22, 2017, our planet will be celebrating its 47th Earth Day. This special event was launched for the first time in 1970.  Back then, only a few regions around the world marked the occasion. Today, almost 200 countries will join in consort with the Earth Day Network that features an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues. Since the formal agenda does include some eco-friendly endeavors introduced by pet owners over the years, today I'd like to highlight a few of the successful and meaningful ways you can engage with your pets for Earth Day, 2017.

Posted April 16, 2017 by Ron Callari

In a recent Google Trend Survey request, a curious submission questioned the following: “What animal is the fastest on Earth: Cheetah or Peregrine Falcon?” The response was the cheetah by a wide margin. However when one digs a bit further or flies slightly higher, you begin to realize we are not comparing apples to apples. In fact, we are not even dealing with the same species, since one is a mammal and the other is a bird [aka ‘Aves] — and one has the land record, while the other, the sky's the limit!

Posted April 13, 2017 by Ron Callari

In bucolic Beaufort, South Carolina where I now reside, the locals are keen to set Northerners straight about alligators. They’re omnipresent —  they’re everywhere. They’re like squirrels in the Lowcountry [and believe me, my backyard is full of squirrels.]  And while intimidating, recorded alligator attacks are few and far between.

Posted April 7, 2017 by Ron Callari

If you haven’t heard about her before now, it’s a bit surprising, since this story has been developing for over a year. And when I say ‘developing’ I’m talking literally — because 15 months is the length of time it takes for a giraffe to deliver a newborn.

Posted April 3, 2017 by Laurie Kay Olson

Today is Pony Express Day! It was 157 years ago today that the Pony Express began it's short but glorious history. Did you know that there is still a USPS-sanctioned Pony Express currently operating in Arizona?

Posted March 31, 2017 by Ron Callari

Similar to how Antonina and Jan Zabinski interacted during World War II with their zoo animals up close and personal, actors Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh engage with animals on a movie set much the same. In the newly released flick, “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” this real-life story details how these Warsaw zookeepers used their positions to hide Jews in a zoo where the animals cohabitate with the residents. 

Posted March 21, 2017 by Laurie Kay Olson

We all remember the excitement of leaving a newly lost tooth under the pillow for the tooth fairy in exchange for a bit of cash. In some cultures it is not a fairy collecting teeth but a mouse. In Spain, Mexico, and other countries in Latin America it is a mouse named Ratoncito Peréz, or El Raton de los Dientes. In France the mouse is named La Petite Souris.