8/24/2015 IFAW-run wildlife rehab center in India develops a kindly curriculum to get orphaned big cats back into the wild. By Vicki Croke Scared, sick, and tiny, the orphaned clouded leopard cub has made it to safety. So far, experts don’t know how he was separated from his mother or who took him from the … Continue reading For Rescued Baby Clouded Leopard, It’s Nursery Then Jungle Camp
12/9/2013 CAPTURING TINY SAW-WHET OWLS AS THEY MIGRATE By Vicki Croke It’s 8:45 in the woods of Lincoln, MA, and we’ve got our first Northern saw-whet owl of the night. She’s no bigger than a kitten—about 7 inches tall and weighing less than a stick of butter. The brown and white ball of feathers, talons, … Continue reading Stalking The Night Stalkers
9/22/2015 New study from the University of Vienna reveals nighttime humming in the giraffe house. By Vicki Croke Scientists have usually described giraffes as tall silent types. But a new study from the University of Vienna shows that that description was only half right. It turns out that under cover of darkness, zoo giraffes do … Continue reading After Dark, Giraffes Carry A Tune
4/6/2016 Long considered dead, a great mellow bull reappears at Andrea Turkalo’s study site in the Dzanga Bai. By Vicki Croke Andrea Turkalo, who’s gotten to know some 4,000 forest elephants over the past 20 years, has recently spent months focused on a bit of sad detective work: Through careful observation, she’s been slowly piecing … Continue reading Missing For 9 Years, Ahmed The Elephant Returns
12/30/2015 In a place that welcomes hyenas after dark, an anthropologist ends up bonding with one of the fiercest predators on earth. By Vicki Croke Hyenas aren’t the most popular animals. In Western literature, they are depicted as giggling, cowardly, and dangerous. In almost all of Africa, where the formidable predators are known to bite … Continue reading Finding Friendship In The City Of Hyenas
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 … Continue reading Book review — ‘I Want To Know What It Is Like To Be A Wild Thing’
Frank and john Craighead's groundbreaking study of grizzly bears helped save the carnivores from extinction. For the twins from Chevy Chase, it was just another chapter in a lifetime of adventure.
The remarkable story of James Howard “Billy” Williams, whose uncanny rapport with the world’s largest land animals transformed him from a carefree young man into the charismatic war hero known as Elephant Bill.