Dear Iceland, I know you are loved by many, and rightfully so. You are beyond beautiful, with all your natural splendor and opportunities for mere mortals to experience your otherworldly wonders. It has been two weeks since I returned, and I cannot stop thinking about you. I close my eyes and envision driving along the two lane highway hugging the southern coast. I see the … Continue reading To Iceland With Love
Dear Walter, I didn’t know who Cecil was until his beautiful, majestic face appeared all over the Internet following the callous and sadistic manner by which you ended his precious life in Zimbabwe. My heart was broken. This beloved lion was simply living among his pride when you lured him out of the sanctuary, shot him with your bow and arrow and made him suffer … Continue reading Open Letter to Walter Palmer, Murderer of Cecil the Lion
Visiting the Galápagos islands was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Opportunities to get up close to nature’s wonderful creations are abundant in the enchanted isles. This animal lover was in paradise. Read all about my experience aboard a seven-day Ecoventura cruise in my latest for 25A Magazine by clicking on the picture below. Continue reading Cruising in Paradise: An Eco-Friendly Galápagos Adventure
The other night, I awoke from a deep sleep to silence. There was no cacophony of frogs, no giggling kookaburras, no pitter-patter of possums on the roof, and no cows marching across the lawn throwing water bowls around. There were definitely no wallabies clucking for their babies. These were the sounds of the bush, where I spent nine amazing, life-affirming days on my recent trip … Continue reading Taking Refuge in Australia’s Kindness
I have witnessed parrots in captivity. I have heard their loud calls. I have seen in horror parrots who pecked their feathers out. I have also met wonderful parrot owners and rescuers who have dedicated their lives to making the lives of their feathered friends better. But until I saw Allison Argo’s film “Parrot Confidential” on PBS Nature, I did not question the status of … Continue reading PARROT CONFIDENTIAL: Film by Allison Argo Shows the Bittersweet World Parrots Share with Humans
Article previously published on NBC Petside.com Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to quit your job and move abroad to rescue animals? Diana Edelman from Maryland did just that. A year ago, fed up with her PR job, 33-year-old Diana decided it was time to follow her dreams. She always knew she wanted to help animals, and that desire took her to Chiang … Continue reading Want to help elephants? Read this inspirational interview with volunteer Diana Edelman at Save Elephant Foundation.
The wildlife conservation world is abuzz after learning about the extinct status of the Western black rhino in Africa by the IUCN yesterday. Rhinos have been hunted to extinction for their horns, which supposedly possess medical properties according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. There is no scientific proof. Conservationists have been working tirelessly to protect these endangered pachyderms. They are truly heroes. Yet, I wonder if … Continue reading Save the Rhino, but Kill the Cow?
You’ve heard of seeing eye dogs, doggie therapists, and search & rescue dogs. But have you heard of guard dogs that are helping cheetahs? The Livestock Guarding Dog (LSGD) program started by the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia is one of the most successful programs implemented to help farmers guard their livestock from cheetahs—and help save the lives of cheetahs in the process. The … Continue reading Cheetah Conservation Fund’s Livestock Guarding Dog Program Helps the African Cheetah
SEE Turtles Organization launches billion baby turtles campaign Baby turtles are adorable. They are also in serious trouble. The Billion Baby Turtles campaign launched by the SEE Turtles organization has a lofty goal. A billion is a big number, but that’s exactly what’s needed to save endangered turtle species. “Odds are long for a baby sea turtle, even under the best of circumstances. With all the human … Continue reading Billion Baby Turtles: Give a Dollar, Save a Turtle
“The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves.” ~ Jane Goodall Amazing women like Jane Goodall have been helping animals for years. They have been raising awareness about endangered species, developing sustainable solutions to bring back species on the brink of extinction, studying animal behavior to further protect them, and helping bring about positive change. Below is information on three … Continue reading Women Helping Wildlife Around the World