Animal Experiences
Elephants - Up Close and Personal

Elephants – Up Close and Personal

Elephants are like us, but better, says Daphne Sheldrick. They share consciousness and emotions, elaborate communication and memory, and family and social ties similar to our own. In fact, elephants share more attributes with us than most other animals.   It’s the main reason elephants have become the poster child of the conservation movement. “We tend...
Improving the World One Bird Box at a Time

Improving the World One Bird Box at a Time

This bird box story was told to me by Janie Chodosh, the co-author of my new book, Wild Lives. I loved the story so much I asked her to write it up for all of you to read. I think it’s a perfect inspirational tale in celebration of Earth Day.      Improving the World One...
Magic in Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge [video]

Magic in Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge [video]

The holiday ritual in the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge, here in New Mexico, is a spectacular gathering of sandhill cranes and snow geese. They appear en masse this time of year, ambassadors for wild things and wild places. Their numbers, about 10,000 of each species, is a reminder of what we have lost and...
Giraffes: Passion, Candy and Kisses

Giraffes: Passion, Candy and Kisses

It’s an unexplainable phenomena. Through all the years I’ve been leading safaris in Africa, with no understanding of how or why it happens, each group has more sightings of one specific species of animal than another.   For instance, on one trip it was cheetah. Almost every time we went out on our wildlife drives...
Kissing Giraffe at Giraffe Manor

Kissing Giraffe at Giraffe Manor

I’ve been in Africa many times on my birthday and this year my present to myself is staying here in Nairobi at the Giraffe Manor. It’s one of my favorite boutique hotels in the world because visitors can get quite intimate with the six endangered Rothchild giraffes roaming the Manor’s grounds.  Where else in the world...
Daphne Sheldrick says, "Elephants are like us, but better."

Daphne Sheldrick says, “Elephants are like us, but better.”

I’ve heard Daphne Sheldrick, the world’s expert on raising orphaned baby elephants, say on many occasions that “Elephants are like us…but better.”   Growing up I only knew elephants from reading Babar The Elephant books, and going to zoos. Later I would see my first wild elephants in Africa.   But it was while visiting...
13 'Animal Entertainment' activities to Avoid

13 ‘Animal Entertainment’ activities to Avoid

It’s a paradox. People are passionate about animals. They want to see them, watch them, touch them, take selfies with them. Yet the same animals providing the fascination, the experiences, and animal entertainment for humans are suffering unimaginable abuses as a result.   The use of animals as “entertainers” removes them from their natural habitat;...
Featuring Jackson Hole Wildlife

Featuring Jackson Hole Wildlife

Jackson Hole, Wyoming is cradled by the National Park lands of Teton and Yellowstone on one side, and Bridger, and the Wind River Range on the other. Having more contiguous protected land than any other area in the U.S.A. gives Jackson Hole’s wildlife plenty of room to roam and thrive. So, when I need a...
Mountain Lion in Oprah’s Backyard

Mountain Lion in Oprah’s Backyard

I had met Penny, Oprah’s California neighbor, a few times before, but on this day we were each walking through a protected swath of oak-studded wood surrounding her neighborhood.     “Who saw the Mountain Lion?” I asked her excitedly. I was referring to signs that had been recently posted along the path that read,...
Saving Wildlife from Common Poisons

Saving Wildlife from Common Poisons

Last week I was hiking a woodsy, oak-tree studded trail a few blocks from my cottage and spotted a bobcat. I had not seen a wild cat in over a year so I was excited. Until I saw the animal move.  The bobcat was walking as if it were drunk. I didn’t understand at first, and then...
Cat Cafe: Crazy or Not?

Cat Cafe: Crazy or Not?

I know, another post about cats. But you know I’ve never met a cat I didn’t like. Besides, this feline article isn’t by me. I found The Daily Beast article so interesting I posted the cat cafe story here for you in its entirety. Let me know your reaction in the comment section at the...
The Cat Lover's Killer

The Cat Lover’s Killer

If you are a cat person, I’m sure you can relate to this statement: I’ve never met a feline I didn’t love. I’m that person at a party you’ll find crawling on the floor making soft clicking noises, with an outstretched arm, moving toward a ‘just out of reach domestic cat’, hoping to make their...