Didik’s Journey To Orangutan Baby School

Didik’s Journey To Orangutan Baby School

10/31/2016 Shot and stolen from the wild, one orphaned orangutan, an emblem of conservation efforts, gets a second chance. By Vicki Croke He’s proved to be a fighter, more resilient than anyone could have imagined when he was rescued from a shop in West Borneo on June 14. On that very first day, what the experienced team from International Animal ...
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Hen Zen: What The Chickens Have To Teach Us

Hen Zen: What The Chickens Have To Teach Us

4/7/2014 Life lessons from a chicken? Watch this interview with Terry Hill and her hen Mrs. Grey and you may discover that chickens can be more sensible than some of your friends. Terry Hill reads to Mrs. Grey in the waiting room of the New England Wildlife Center. Photo: Christen Goguen. Produced by Christen Goguen. Originally appeared on WBUR’s The ...
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Road Trip For Rescued Rhinos May Give The Species A Lift

Road Trip For Rescued Rhinos May Give The Species A Lift

10/19/2018 In India, conservationists truck orphaned rhinos from a rhino-rich park to one with a rhino deficit. By Vicki Croke Three young female greater one-horned rhinos who were saved as orphans from monsoon floodwaters in 2016 and hand-reared at one national park, have just been moved to a different park in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas. It’s part of ...
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Observing Crow ‘Funerals’ … And Plenty Of Lively Crow Life

Observing Crow ‘Funerals’ … And Plenty Of Lively Crow Life

7/12/2017 Crow thanatology isn’t a bummer for researcher Kaeli Swift—that’s because the Cheeto-munching, sunbathing birds make sure of it. By Vicki Croke In the crow-dense metro-area of Seattle, and beyond, Swift does a lot of crow watching. Photo: Kaeli Swift. Kaeli Swift’s specialty is, as she defines it, the thanatology of crows. Basically, she puzzles out the meaning of “crow ...
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From Orphaned, Frostbitten Cub To Fearless 'Tiger Princess'

From Orphaned, Frostbitten Cub To Fearless ‘Tiger Princess’

1/27/2015 Great tiger news this month as one fierce test-case orphan makes it on her own in the Russian Far East, and the big cat census is on the rise in India. By Vicki Croke Vicki spoke with Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson about good tiger news in Russia and India: Zolushka, once orphaned, and now healthy, and recolonizing a ...
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Big, Beautiful, And Rare: Twin Elephants In Tanzania

Big, Beautiful, And Rare: Twin Elephants In Tanzania

4/17/2018 At 57, their mother, Eloise, is the oldest known elephant to give birth to twins. By Vicki Croke The wise mother: Eloise, the 57-year-old matriarch, gave birth in August 2017 to twins who are thriving. Conservationists who monitor the group have named them "Elon Tusk" and "Emma" (after the actress Emma Watson). Though it’s exciting to find twin elephant ...
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Book review — ‘I Want To Know What It Is Like To Be A Wild Thing’

The New York Times Book Review Charles Foster's 'Being A Beast' By Vicki Constantine Croke It’s not easy being a theriomorph. The gods of myth never seem to break a sweat when they sprout an elephant head, goat hooves or swan’s wings. But few of us mere mortals can take on an animal’s nature so effortlessly. My own early experiments ...
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Book review — Helen Macdonald’s ‘H Is for Hawk’

The New York Times Book Review Helen Macdonald’s ‘H Is for Hawk’ By Vicki Constantine Croke Follow @VickiCroke If birds are made of air, as the nature writer Sy Montgomery says, then writing a great bird book is a little like dusting for the fingerprints of a ghost. It calls for poetry and science, conjuring and evidence. In her breathtaking ...
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Book review — Winged Victories

The New York Times Book Review Winged Victories: 'The Thing With Feathers' and 'The Homing Instinct' By Vicki Constantine Croke Avian migration is such a vast and complex phenomenon that it can accommodate star treatment in two new books. “The Thing With Feathers,” by Noah Strycker, takes on the miracle of navigation as part of a sweeping look at bird ...
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Book review — Three-Ring Circuses

A book review of 'Topsy' by Michael Daly and 'Behemoth' by Ronald B. Tobias ...
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