Posted January 16, 2017 by Ron Callari

As nostalgic as circuses were for many of us growing up, the “Greatest Show on Earth” is taking its final curtain call this May. In following this story for almost two years, I’ve reported on the waning public interest in circuses, due mainly to animal activist groups protesting against the maltreatment associated with animals held in captivity.

Posted January 9, 2017 by Ron Callari

As fate and the stats would have it, even though Alabama’s Crimson Tide took home the win and bragging rights last year, the odds-on favorite for 2017 by several sources is calling Alabama . . .

Posted January 4, 2017 by Ron Callari

My blogs over the years have covered the perils and forecasts of the many endangered species on this planet. In my post, “Why We Should Be Concerned About The Sixth Mass Extinction?” I reported on the current ‘extinction event’ that is happening in our lifetimes. Think about that! There have only been five periods of heightened animal extinction since the dawn of time, and the most current one is happening right under our noses.

Posted December 1, 2016 by Laurie Kay Olson

At this dark time of year people don't usually think of braving the cold to go to the zoo -- especially at night. During the month of December zoos all over North America change this up by creating month-long events called Zoo Lights or Wild Lights. They decorate their grounds with millions of twinkle lights and displays of animals made of lights right alongside the live animals that live there.

Posted November 30, 2016 by Ron Callari

Animals are herd animals. As such, and according to the American Zoological Association [ASA], which sets elephant care standards for zoos — female elephants should be kept in groups of three. This is the minimum standard they require and crave in the wild.

Posted November 23, 2016 by Laurie Kay Olson

When it comes to Turkey Day for many people the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is nearly as important as the bird, friends and family, and football. Well, maybe not football. At any rate, this year marks the 90th anniversary of the iconic parade and there is a huge history with animals and the parade right from the start. Chances are that this event will be a part of your holiday.

Posted November 19, 2016 by Ron Callari

Remember the dinosaurs? Probably not . . . since it’s been 65 million years since they roamed the planet. An extinction event (also known as a mass extinction or biological crisis) is a widespread and rapid decrease in the biodiversity on Earth. When it happens, it occurs at an uneven rate. Based on fossil records, the rate of extinctions on Earth is about two to five species of animals every million years. Estimates of the number of major mass extinctions in the last 540 million years indicate there has been as many as five since the dawn of time.

Posted November 14, 2016 by Ron Callari

Vietnam, the war-torn country of the 60s is back in the news fighting a modern-day battle. This time it’s a humanitarian effort to bust-up the illegal wildlife trafficking of rhinoceros and elephant ivory. Estimated at $7 million dollars on the black market, horns and tusks were seized and set on fire to send an emphatic signal to poachers that this practice is no longer to be tolerated.