Saturday, September 13, 2014

Rescuing African Elephants

Rescuing African Elephants

September 13, 2014

To satisfy the global demand for ivory, poachers have killed more than 100,000 African elephants in the last three years alone. This staggering figure has inspired conservationists and politicians alike to buckle down on illegal animal harvesting. In kind, Wildlife Conservation Society has launched an investigation of poaching in Mozambique. We speak with Alistair Nelson, program director of the group’s Mozambique headquarters.

Sounding the Alarm for Animal Control Officers:Animal safety is a rising priority in the Nation’s Capital, thanks to one member of the Washington DC City Council. Councilmember Mary Cheh proposed legislation to allow the use of sirens on animal control vehicles responding to emergencies. If the measure passes, WAMU’s Metro Connection reporter Lauren Landau says officers of the Washington Humane Society’s Animal Care and Control unit could benefit as much as the animals and people they serve.

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

September 13, 2014

Dog Seizures: Dr. Gary Weitzman of The San Diego Humane Society fields a question from Andrews Air Force Base about canine seizures and MRIs.

Four-Legged Houdini: A Bealeton, VA woman struggles to keep her escape artist dogs in the yard, despite a chain-linked fence.

Cat Box Battles: In Silver Spring, MD one dominant cat refuses to share the litter box with his lesser kitty friends.

Reaching the Souls of Pets and Wildlife

Reaching the Souls of Pets and Wildlife

September 13, 2014

Many people feel a deep connection with their pets and even with the wildlife that cross their path. That sense can come from interaction and observation alike. Vint Virga, an animal behavior specialist, has spent more than three decades observing the creatures he treats. He wrote about his experiences in The Soul of All Living Creatures, a 2014 Silver Nautilus award-winning book. We speak with Dr. Virga from Rhode Island Public Radio.

May I Ask Who’s Calling? We learn to identify one of the most elusive animals in North America just by its distinctive call. Our guide is Courtney Flatt of Northwest Public Radio.

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

Pets and Wildlife with Dr. Gary Weitzman

September 13, 2014

A Turtle’s Appetite: A red-eared slider turtle has lost interest in his favorite treat. Katrina Smith of the Mid-Atlantic Turtle and Tortoise Society gives us clues as to why.

Feline Indigestion:In Mountain View, CA there is a 14-year old cat with an inexplicably sensitive stomach. What can cause indigestion in cats?

Greyhound Slowed Down: Stuck with a constantly swollen toe, a Washington, DC greyhound is not sure how to heal.

The Animal House is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.