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St. Louis Zoo To Open Animal-Themed Hotel

St. Louis Zoo To Open Animal-Themed Hotel Oct 8th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Flickr, Jorge Rodrigo Gonzalez The St. Louis Zoo has some major expansion plans in store for the next several decades, including an open savannah, a gondola crossing the park, a formal restaurant and a boutique hotel. The Missouri zoo will be making big changes to their existing park and developing a new site, bringing the total campus to over 100 acres, and creating new animal habitats and...

A Bear Walks Into a Bar in Juneau, Politely Leaves When Asked

A Bear Walks Into a Bar in Juneau, Politely Leaves When Asked Sep 26th, 2013 at 11:15AM: AER Wilmington DE, Flickr You have to be pretty rowdy and intoxicated to be asked to leave a bar. Or you just have to be a bear. In Juneau, Alaska on Monday night a black bear walked into the downtown Alaskan Hotel & Bar. The bartender's response? Ask it to leave of course. RELATED: Pig in Australia Steals 18 Beers from Campers, Gets Drunk, Fights Cow The hotel's bartender Ariel...

Pig in Australia Steals 18 Beers from Campers, Gets Drunk, Fights Cow

Pig in Australia Steals 18 Beers from Campers, Gets Drunk, Fights Cow Sep 10th, 2013 at 1:09PM: Craig ONeal, Flickr Forget crocodiles and snakes, the real animal threat in Australia is wild pigs. At least if you're camping. At a campground in Western Australia over the weekend, a feral pig guzzled down 18 beers that had been left out improperly secured. And just like anyone 18 beers in at a rural dive bar, the pig got big-headed and decided to start a fight with a cow, resulting in the...

Family Finds Rare Animal on Vacation, Then Serves It For Dinner

Family Finds Rare Animal on Vacation, Then Serves It For Dinner Jul 30th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Labros Hydras/SWNS Nothing like catching your own food and eating it on vacation. Except for when you find out that your nightly catch is an extremely rare species. That's what happened recently in Greece. While vacationing in the sunny southern European country, Labros Hydras captured an octopus while snorkeling, and not knowing that it happened to be an extremely rare hexapus, killed it and...

Movie Questions SeaWorld's Animal Capitivity Practices

Jul 25th, 2013 at 3:30PM: A vacation to SeaWorld may not seem as innocent as it once may have with the release of 'Blackfish.' The documentary explores the case of Tilikum, an orca who killed three people in 2010, while also providing context and information on captive whales in general. Now that the movie is being screened to the public, the reviews are in, as well as the tweets: 'Blackfish': A Vital Look at Orcas...

Virgin Australia Offers Frequent Flier Points To Pets

Virgin Australia Offers Frequent Flier Points To Pets Jul 2nd, 2013 at 8:00AM: Aero Icarus, Flickr Air travel is getting better and better – if you've got four legs, that is. Just last month we told you about first class airline lounges that had been designed especially for pets – now airlines are offering award miles to furry fliers. Virgin Australia announced this week that it will reward its frequent flier members with an extra 300 points when they book a...

Photo Of The Day: Meeting A Local

Photo Of The Day: Meeting A Local Apr 4th, 2013 at 6:00PM: I am partial to a good donkey photo. Something about their sweet eyes makes them instantly loveable, and their inherent goofiness is charming. Today's Photo of the Day caught my eye partially because of the subject, as well as the gorgeous landscape in Croatia behind him, but also because of the caption: "Staying Home." Flickr user mmusnjak explains the donkey was uninterested in joining a...

Photo Of The Day: Pashmina Goats In The Himalayas

Photo Of The Day: Pashmina Goats In The Himalayas Mar 17th, 2013 at 5:00PM: The stark realities of winter are excellently captured in this photo by Flickr user arunchs. Taken in the Himalayas, these Pashmina Goats grazing in Changthang Plateau, Ladakh, belong to changpa people residing in the nearby village of Puga. The photo is striking when you think of all of the Pashmina scarves – which are made from this special breed of goat, which is indigenous to the...

National Wildlife Week Begins Tomorrow

National Wildlife Week Begins Tomorrow Mar 17th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Tomorrow marks the start of National Wildlife Week, an annual event sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) with a goal of teaching young people about the extraordinary animals that live around us. This celebration of all the diverse life that we share our planet with will run from March 18-24. The theme of this year's National Wildlife Week is "Branching Out," which puts a...

Photo Of The Day: Saturday With The Giraffes In Abu Dhabi

Photo Of The Day: Saturday With The Giraffes In Abu Dhabi Mar 12th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Today's safari-themed Photo of the Day was taken with Instagram and submitted by The Purple Passport, a travel start-up that publishes web-based guidebooks on the world's most exciting cities. The Purple Passport already has guides to New York, Los Angeles, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Beijing and Taipei. Might Abu Dhabi be next?...

Video: A Day in India

Jan 28th, 2013 at 4:00PM: The flavors, animals, trains, landscapes and people of India are all captured phenomenally in this latest episode of The Perennial Plate. Chef Daniel Klein and camera-girl Mirra Fine are currently on a world food tour that would make anyone supremely jealous. This video is only their first from India and it has me watering for more; the wealth of experiences conveyed are absolutely amazing. ...

Video: 2 Weeks In Rwanda

Jan 17th, 2013 at 11:00AM: "Rwanda, our beautiful and dear country / Adorned of hills, lakes and volcanoes / Motherland, would be always filled of happiness..." These first three lines of the Rwandan national anthem are epitomized in this video created by Missouri based video production company Mammoth Media. This past summer, they were invited by the Rwandan tourist department to spend two weeks capturing...

A Zoo Hater Confronts The San Diego Zoo And The San Diego Safari Park

A Zoo Hater Confronts The San Diego Zoo And The San Diego Safari Park Dec 6th, 2012 at 12:00PM: I do not like zoos. I have no ideological problem with them, but every time I bring my children to a zoo, I feel drained - financially, physically and mentally - by the time we're ready to leave. When my wife and I had the first of our two children in 2007, I don't think I'd been to a zoo in more than 20 years. But since then, I've been coerced into visiting zoos in Chicago, Brookfield,...

Leopard Responsible For 15 Deaths In Nepal

Leopard Responsible For 15 Deaths In Nepal Nov 6th, 2012 at 8:00AM: A remote district of Nepal is being terrorized by a man-eating leopard that officials believe is responsible for more than 15 deaths in 15 months. Worse yet, the creature is expected to continue preying on small villages that border its habitat unless steps are taken to exterminate the animal. The big cat's latest victim was a 4-year-old boy whose remains were discovered in the jungle, not far...

Help Quark Expeditions Select The 'Polar Big 5'

Help Quark Expeditions Select The 'Polar Big 5' Sep 20th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Big game hunters once coined the term "Big 5" in reference to the five toughest animals to hunt on foot in Africa. Today, visitors to that continent still keep their eyes peeled for those iconic creatures, although these days they are more likely to shoot them with their cameras. The animals that make up the Big 5 include lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffaloes, which are amongst the most...

World Speed Record Broken By Cheetah

Aug 5th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Before last month, the world record holder for the 100-meter dash was Olympian Usain Bolt, with 9.58 seconds. However, on June 20, Sarah the cheetah beat this time, clocking in at 5.95 seconds. The 11-year-old cheetah, whose home is the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio, was clocked in as going 60 miles per hour. "She looked like a polka-dotted missile," said National Geographic photo editor Kim...

Human Hammocks And Howler Monkeys: Visiting Costa Rica's Jaguar Rescue Center

Human Hammocks And Howler Monkeys: Visiting Costa Rica's Jaguar Rescue Center Jul 27th, 2012 at 9:00AM: "Why don't they like me?" my travel companion huffed in frustration, abandoning what he had hoped would be a welcoming hand gesture toward a group of rehabilitated baby howler monkeys. Maybe they sensed our initial apprehension. After all, we had been nervous to visit the Jaguar Rescue Center, given the world's alarming amount of faux sanctuaries that operate more akin to zoos and tourist...

Soaring Over The Serengeti In A Hot Air Balloon

Jul 11th, 2012 at 9:00AM: This video shows two of my lifelong dreams: I've always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon and I've always wanted to take a balloon ride over the Serengeti. Kym Elder has done both, and captured her experience in this beautiful video. She soars over zebra, giraffes, gazelles and many more animals. Flying over the herds on a near-silent balloon must be the best way to see them. You can get in...

Cougars Regaining Numbers, Spreading Habitat

Cougars Regaining Numbers, Spreading Habitat Jun 15th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Cougars have been declining in number for a century now, as victims of hunting and loss of habitat. Now the BBC reports they're making a comeback. The population is increasing and they are spreading out of their usual western habitats back into eastern and northern areas where they haven't been seen for many years. They've been spotted from Texas to Canada, and one even made it to Connecticut...

Travel Trend: Jaguar Spotting In Brazil

Travel Trend: Jaguar Spotting In Brazil Apr 10th, 2012 at 2:30PM: While tiger tourism is still the most popular type of cat viewing, there is another trend that is on the rise: Jaguar spotting. For those who have already watched tigers in their natural habitat – and even for some who have not yet had the pleasure – traveling to see wild jaguars is becoming a must-have experience. There is a big difference in spotting tigers and jaguars,...

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