Dec 06 2019

Busting Out of the Whale Jail

One year ago, a troubling video hit the Internet. Drone footage showed orcas and belugas – a hundred or more. They were all crammed into tiny sea pens on the Pacific coast of Russia. Winter was coming. The sea water was icing up. How would they survive? The “whale jail...


May 31 2019

The Big Pig Problem

Canada has a wild boar problem. A big one. Wild boars aren’t native to Canada. These wild pigs were imported from Europe in the 1980s and 1990s. Farmers planned to raise them for meat or as game for hunters. But the big porkers had other plans. Many of them escaped...


Apr 18 2019

The Cat Came Back

Most endangered species fight a losing battle with extinction. Many big cats, like the leopard and cheetah, may disappear within 10 years. Not the Siberian tiger. It’s fighting back. Tigers are the world’s largest cats. The Siberian (or Amur) tiger is the biggest...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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?


May 05 2017


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...


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...