Posted February 20, 2017 by Ron Callari

As much as it's been reported our world has entered the ‘sixth mass extinction,’ is it comforting to learn that scientists are experimenting with de-extinction? While the ethical issues may be of concern for some, such is the case with the scientific studies conducted by a Harvard team to create hybrid mammoth-elephant embryos in the next two years.

Posted February 15, 2017 by Ron Callari

When I first heard about Morgan Island  - more descriptively known as ‘Monkey Island’ — I conjured up images of H.G. Wells’ 1896 science fiction novel, The Island of Doctor Moreau. Later adapted for the movies, both Burt Lancaster and Marlon Brando were brilliantly cast at different times in the demonic role of the mad doctor, hell-bent on conducting science experiments on animals and humans.

Posted February 7, 2017 by Creature Features

Hey tigers, where's your pride? We hate to fat-shame animals but these bloated big cats at the Siberian Tiger Park near Harbin, China make Garfield look like an Olympic athlete.

Posted January 17, 2017 by Creature Features

A new species of gibbon discovered by Chinese researchers in the lush tropical rainforest of southwestern China has been named after iconic Star Wars character Luke Skywalker.

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 28, 2016 by Creature Features

A newly discovered species of Hawaiian coral reef fish has been named after President Barack Obama – the second fish to be named in honor of America's 44th president.

Posted December 11, 2016 by Ron Callari

Most recently I documented research in a blog post pertaining to the ‘sixth mass extinction,’ which is shockingly taking place as we speak. While under-reported, the current indicators point to several species diminishing as much as 67 percent by the year 2020. In light of those devastating findings, it’s encouraging to learn about efforts to save and reverse the extinction process of one mammal you may never have been aware of — namely, the Pacific fisher.

 

 

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.