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After a Millennium, Bears and Wolves Return to British Woodland—and You Can Watch

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/18/2019, 8:00 AM

Bears and wolves haven't shared space in British woodlands for more than 1,000 years.  Due to deforestation and overhunting, the European brown bear disappeared from England in the 11th century; gray wolves followed in the 17th.  But soon, those animals will once again live in the same forest—and visitors will be able to observe all the ursine and lupine goings-on. Opening to the public on July...

What Do Reindeer Do in the Summer? Attend Yoga Classes, Apparently.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/27/2019, 4:15 PM

Goat yoga classes, which combine breathing, posing, and snuggling with special guest ruminants, may be all the rage among limber animal lovers. But Alaska just upped the antlered ante. At a summer yoga class in Fairbanks, attendees complete a 60-minute hatha or vinyasa flow session in the presence of reindeer.  Classes take place Monday and Friday evenings at 6pm at Running Reindeer Ranch, whi...

An Animal Rescue Group Is Opening Its Own Hotel—Humans Allowed

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/17/2019, 9:30 PM

An animal rescue organization is opening its own hotel, which won't just be pet-friendly—it'll be "pet-centric," according to a news release.  Set to welcome two- and four-legged guests as of August 15, Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile is a new, 40-room property with a desert-modern look in Kanab, Utah. The hotel is owned and operated by Best Friends Animal Society, a nonprofit no-kill resc...

Spot Orcas and Dolphins Along Western Scotland's New Whale Trail

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/12/2019, 9:30 PM

About a quarter of the world's whale and dolphin species have been spotted at one time or another in the waters around western Scotland's Hebrides islands, according to the nonprofit Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust (HWDT).  Starting in May, visitors should have an even better chance of glimpsing those cetaceans with the launch of the Hebridean Whale Trail. Developed by the HWDT, the trail is...

Museum of The Dog Learns New Tricks As It Returns to NYC

By Michele Herrmann

Posted on 01/10/2019, 1:00 PM

After being in Missouri for 32 years, the AKC Museum of the Dog is a getting a new leash on life.   The American Kennel Club’s repository of canine-related art will now be dog housed at the club’s headquarters at 101 Park Ave. in Midtown Manhattan, two blocks south of Grand Central Station.   This is actually a homecoming for the museum, which originally opened in New York City in 1982...

Thinking of Taking an African Safari? Some Tips from an Expert

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/16/2018, 1:30 AM

African safaris: They are, for many, at the tippy top of the bucket list. But the how-tos for finding the right one have shifted in the last few years, so old conventional wisdom may not necessarily apply. On our Frommer's national radio show, I spoke with Sunit Sanghrajka, president of Alluring Africa, a company that plans custom safaris for individual travelers, to get his advice. Here’s a bit of...

American Airlines Cracks Down on Support Animals

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/15/2018, 7:00 PM

Emotional support insects are no longer welcome on American Airlines flights. Whoever heard of an emotional support insect, you ask? We have two words for you: Jiminy Cricket. In addition to keeping your helpful, devoted, and musically gifted bugs from the passenger cabin, the carrier's newly revised animal restrictions, which go into effect July 1, ban goats, hedgehogs, amphibians, ferrets, rep...

Famous Hawaiian Mule Ride Closed Indefinitely

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/30/2018, 9:45 PM

One of the most popular tourism experiences in Hawaii has shut down, possibly for good.  Travel Weekly reports that the operators of the long-running mule rides down the cliffs of Molokai have been evicted from the location where they stable their animals and organize riders for the daylong descent to Kalaupapa National Historical Park some 2,000 feet below.  That idyllic seaside spot was once a...

Meet Ozzie, the Only Giraffe in Nevada—And a Painter, Too

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/18/2017, 4:00 AM

Travelers with overlapping interests in art and animals may want to add the Lion Habitat Ranch to their itineraries for any upcoming trips to Las Vegas.  The animal sanctuary, which is actually located in suburban Henderson, is home to Ozzie, who holds the distinctions of being the only giraffe in Nevada and a prolific artist.  With the help of trainers and an artist from local gallery...

If You're Traveling to Australia from Asia, Beware Stowaway Toads

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/17/2017, 4:00 AM

An Indonesian toad's wild ride had an unhappy ending in Australia last week. At Cairns Airport in the country's northeast, a sniffer dog brought a biosecurity officer's attention to a shoe being worn by a man who had just arrived from Indonesia. Discovered inside the shoe was a dead black-spined toad. And get this: Officials believe that the stowaway amphibian had only recently died an...

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