Animals

Animals

Nov 23 2018

Mountain Gorilla Population Climbs

Good news for the mountain gorilla! It recently moved from “critically endangered” to “endangered” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. When so many species are going extinct, mountain gorillas are slowly bouncing back. In 1997, just 624 lived in the wild. By...

Animals

Oct 12 2018

Bat Rescue

Scientists in Nova Scotia are on an undercover mission. They’re staking out a secret spot. Who are they spying on? Bats. But not just any bats. This colony of flying mammals has survived white nose syndrome (WNS). WNS is like the zombie apocalypse. It has killed seven...

Animals

Apr 20 2018

The Need for Milkweed

Do you know where monarch butterflies spend the winter? They don’t curl up in a den like bears. They don’t turn white like snowshoe hares. Monarchs fly south. As fall sets in, monarchs from across North America head for their winter colonies. The colonies are in Mexico...

Animals

Apr 13 2018

Panda Time at the Calgary Zoo

The Calgary Zoo just got a very special delivery. Cute and cuddly pandas! The giant pandas are on a ten-year loan from China. Toronto had them for the first five years. Now it’s Calgary’s turn. Why all the excitement? You don’t see pandas in many zoos. The loans are...

Animals

Jan 12 2018

To the Rescue!

It was the first day of 2018, bright and early. The temperature in Nova Scotia was a chilly -20° Celsius. A man walking his dog on Rainbow Haven Beach reported a pilot whale, washed up on the sand. It was still alive! The call came in to MARS, the Marine Animal...

Animals

Dec 15 2017

Smelling Out Danger

Who’s the newest star of the animal kingdom? It’s the African giant pouched rat, better known as the HeroRAT. Giant (gulp!) rats? They’re only the size of a cat. But these rodents do big work. They save people from two major killers. Their first job is finding hidden...

Animals

The Himalayan brown bear. (Abdullah Khan/Snow Leopard Foundation)
Dec 08 2017

The Abominable Snowbear

Quick! What’s wild and shaggy and lives in the Himalayas? Did you guess the yeti? Legends say this man-beast hides out in the mountains between Tibet and Nepal. Folks claim they’ve seen one or spotted its tracks. Some have even snapped pictures. But are yetis real?

Animals

May 05 2017

Goosebusters!

Canada geese are party animals. They migrate together in big Vs. They waddle around together. They eat together, too. Cornfields are the perfect place for a goose party. There’s room for thousands of geese. Predators can’t sneak up on them. And waste corn is all over...

Animals

Apr 07 2017

City Chickens

Where does your family get eggs? Do you buy them at the grocery store? Or do you reach under a warm, fluffy hen, feel around in the straw and pull them out one by one? You don’t have to live on a farm to get eggs right from the chicken. City families can keep hens, too...

Animals

Feb 10 2017

Swallowed by the Waves

Sharks lost their biggest champion last week. Rob Stewart, a Toronto filmmaker and conservationist, died while diving. You wouldn’t think sharks need a hero. They’re apex predators. Kings of the ocean. They’re man-eaters, right?

Animals

Nov 25 2016

Invasion of the Beavers

The beaver is Canada’s national animal. It’s cute. Distinctive. Hardworking. We’ve put it on our nickel and our first postage stamp. It has even inspired a tasty fried pastry called the beavertail.   Argentina and Chile don’t share our love for this bucktoothed rodent...

Animals

Oct 28 2016

Baby Boom

Oh, baby! It’s been a busy two years for British Columbia’s orcas. The clan of orcas known as southern resident killer whales had a baby boom in 2015. Ten new calves were born. “We haven’t had a year like this since 1977, when we had nine,” says Michael Harris,...

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