Animal Stories
Beyond Words by Carl Safina

Beyond Words by Carl Safina

In his newest book, Beyond Words, Carl Safina says, “Science usually asks ‘it’ questions about animals. Where does it live, what does it eat, what does it do when danger threatens. But, always forbidden is the one question that might open the door: Who?”   Beyond Words is Safina’s quest to explore ‘Who are you?’...
Clever Octopus Takes Himself Back Home

Clever Octopus Takes Himself Back Home

This story about an octopus named Inky is endearing on so many levels. Inky reminds us once again how much we do not know about the cleverness, emotions and thoughts of animals. Inky also reminds us that when given the choice, as I have written about before, animals will always choose the wild over captivity....
Hummingbird's Gift for You

Hummingbird’s Gift for You

If you’ve been noticing hummingbirds around you lately, consider it a gift. In his book Animal Speak, Ted Andrews says hummingbirds bring joy to whomever they encounter. “They come to remind us to love life.” Hummingbirds are the tiniest of all birds. Their eight and a half centimeter long bodies weigh only slightly more than...
6 Ways to Help Bees Do Their Job

6 Ways to Help Bees Do Their Job

Every year around this time, billions of commercially managed honey bees from around the United States are stacked inside semi-trailers headed for California. Specifically, the bees are being trucked to a 600-mile stretch of trees in the Central Valley that produces 80% of the world’s almonds (about 2 billion pounds in a good year). The...
101 Kruger Tales [Book Review]

101 Kruger Tales [Book Review]

Now this looks like a fun Africa book. Having only just been published in June, I doubt you’ve read 101 Kruger Tales  yet. I haven’t. That’s why I’ve decided rather than keep you waiting for my review, I’m going to share what Roxanne Reid, author and sister Africa blogger, had to say about 101 Kruger Tales. Based...
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...
Cheetah Cubs get Cheetah Hunting lessons from Mom

Cheetah Cubs get Cheetah Hunting lessons from Mom

Witnessing a mom giving cheetah hunting lessons to her cheetah cubs is one of my most memorable animal experiences. To be successful hunters, cheetah cubs must learn from their big cat mothers how predator-prey relationships work among Africa’s animals.  Fact: Cheetah is the most endangered African big cat. Laurie Marker and the Cheetah Conservation Fund estimate...
Which African Cats Purr?

Which African Cats Purr?

Cheetah, wild-cat, and serval, all found in Africa, purr. I love cats, and a cat’s purr makes me feel calm and happy. Like a sound tonic for the soul.  Lions roar, and leopards saw, but neither purr. Whether a cat purrs or not has to do with the structure surrounding their voice box. My cat, Busty...
Lions Escape, Nairobi

Lions Escape, Nairobi

“There are some lions roaming around the suburbs,” my host, Mickey told me in February when I stayed in his house in Karen, a posh suburb outside of Nairobi.  How thrilling, I thought when I heard the news. It’s the same thought I always have back home in California when someone tells me they saw...