animals

Fish
4:19 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Florida's Lionfish May Need To Rehearse Their Final Words

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is trying to get rid of the lionfish.
Credit Creative Commons / Flickr user Brian Popik

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is trying to eradicate an invasive species: the lionfish, which swims the South Florida seas.

It's is a funky-looking, red-and-white striped fish. Its fins fan out like a mane, hence the name. But the real image its name should conjure up is of a big bully.

The lionfish population has exploded over the past couple of decades. Its presence has increasingly hurt local native fish and other sea critters.

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Unlocal Petting Zoo
2:08 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Farm Animals: The Miami-Dade Youth Fair's Most Exotic Attraction

Show-Me Safari Petting Zoo brings animals from Missouri all the way to Miami.
Jessica Meszaros WLRN

The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair opened its doors last Thursday, bringing back roller coasters, elephant ears and magic shows. But some of the attractions are not what we typically see in Miami.

Show-Me Safari Petting Zoo brings its animals to South Florida once a year for the Youth Fair -- all the way from East Prairie, Missouri.

Nathan Tidwell is the animals' caregiver. He's traveled with them to Miami for many years.

"Kids can come in and pet ‘em and feed ‘em," says Tidwell. "Animals that they wouldn't get to see on a everyday basis."

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Pet Care Do’s & Don’ts Call-in Program

Dr. Ian Kupke
www.sabalchaseanimalclinic.com

See below to hear the bonus segment.

02/26/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupke, of Kendall’s Sabal Chase Animal Clinic.  Also with us is canine behavior and training expert Edel Miedes of K9 Advisors.  We’ll take your pet question calls, of course . . . and also focus on how to best introduce a new dog, puppy or cat into a household.  There are numerous “do’s and don’ts.”  Listen in . . . call-in . . . for Topical Currents, Wednesday at 1pm.

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Science
9:12 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Gorgeous Marine-Life Stills From UM's Underwater-Photo Contest

Mating Mandarin dragonets
Credit Pietro Cremone / Courtesy UM's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

It's not easy to get an amazing shot of marine animals or an arresting fish photo when you're in over your head and trolling camera equipment. But each spring, hopeful amateur snappers from around the globe enter the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science's annual underwater-photography contest.

And each year, the winning photos are breathtaking. This year's fan favorite is of a pair of amorous dragonets. Even their name titillates.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

South Florida's Urban Menagerie

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10/09/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines how our lives are increasingly entwined with creatures which are displaced by suburbia, highways and urban sprawl. South Florida is a prime example of urban menagerie creation, through habitat loss.  We see foxes, raccoons, wading birds, reptiles and even vultures on our streets and properties.  We’ll speak with nature writer and researcher Lyanda Lynn Haupt about her book, THE URBAN BESTIARY:  Encountering the Everyday Wild.  That’s Topical Currents . . . Wednesday at 1pm. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

“At Your Service,” with Veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee and Animal Behaviorist, Edel Miedes

Dr, Ian Kupkee
http://www.sabalchaseanimalclinic.com

08/13/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” Edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee, of Kendall’s Sabal Chase Animal Clinic. He’ll take calls about pet care and animal welfare, and cover the issue of aggression in our animal companions.

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Environment
2:43 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Florida's Most Famous Manatee Celebrates 65th Birthday

Snooty, the world's oldest manatee, on his 63rd birthday at the South Florida Museum in 2011.
Wikimedia Commons

The oldest manatee ever to be held in captivity celebrated his 65th birthday on Sunday.

In what was one of the first recorded births in captivity, Snooty was born at the Miami Aquarium and Tackle Company on July 21, 1948. In 1949, he was transferred to the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, where he has been living comfortably ever since.

To celebrate the occasion, the museum held a free birthday party.

Over the years, Snooty has proven to be invaluable in teaching scientists about conservation and education of the state's marine life.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

The Big, Bad Book Of Beasts: The Most Curious Creatures In The World.

Michael Largo
www.michaellargo.com

05/16/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with author Michael Largo, whose specialty is unusual topics. He’ll discuss THE BIG, BAD BOOK OF BEASTS:  The Most Curious Creatures in the World. A Rhino can stand six-feet tall and weigh ten-thousand pounds.  A sawfish has a six-foot saw blade snout.  A sponge doesn’t mate, but clones.  And a cobra can spit venom into the eye of a predator from six feet. And more. 

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Around the Nation
2:44 am
Fri April 19, 2013

As Florida Bill Looks To Aid Feral Cats, Opponents Claw Back

The Miami-based Cat Network operates a program that traps, neuters and releases feral cats back to their colonies. A bill before the Florida Legislature would offer legal protection to those programs.
Greg Allen NPR

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 6:59 pm

In state legislatures around the country, lawmakers are debating important subjects — education reform, election laws, gun control and abortion. But in Florida, one of the hottest issues to come before the Legislature this term involves cats.

There, lawmakers are considering a contentious bill that would offer legal protection to groups that trap, neuter and return feral cats to their colonies.

An Alternative To Shelters

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9:31 am
Mon April 1, 2013

City Life....Raccoon Style!

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Got a Pet? Ask the Vet.

Dr. Ian Kupkee
www.sabalchaseanimalclinic.com

02/25/13 - Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee of  Kendall’s  Sabal Chase Animal Clinic and canine behavior specialist Edel Miedes from ​K9 Advisors.  We’ll discuss pet care issues . . . and take listener calls.  That’s Topical Currents . . . “At Your Service” .

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Science
12:08 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

House Cat-Odyssey Highlights The Mysteries Of Animal Migration

A Sandhill Crane flies in at sunset to roost for the night in the wetlands of the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge in Colorado. Migrating along the same route they've followed for thousands of years, about 25,000 Greater Sandhill Cranes pass through the San Luis Valley in late winter every year.
Doug Pensinger Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 5:50 pm

Early in November, a tortoiseshell cat named Holly jumped out of her human family's RV in Daytona Beach, Florida, and ran off. After a fruitless search, the husband and wife returned home to West Palm Beach without their cat.

Holly showed up back in West Palm Beach, only a mile from her house, on New Year's Eve. Because she had been micro-chipped, the family, two surprised and grateful humans and one bedraggled cat, were readily reunited.

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Dog Agility Trials
6:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

What We Can Learn From A Ballroom-Dancing Weimaraner And A Poorly Timed Bathroom Break

It takes two to tango, typically one is not a Weimaraner. Carol Clark with six-year-old Boo.
Credit Kenny Malone

Listen to radio story here (includes WLRN exclusive, an up close and personal interview with Boo while eating a biscuit).

Over the weekend,  more than 250 dogs competed in an American Kennel Club event at Miami-Dade County’s Tropical Park. Anyone in attendance learned that canine athletes are capable of feats humans can only dream of doing and would never dream of doing.

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We're Glad It's Not Florida
2:58 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Yikes! 15,000 Crocodiles Escape Farm In South Africa, Area Evacuated

His cousins are on the loose. (2008 file photo taken at the Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane, South Africa.)
Warren Little Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 6:44 pm

As flood waters rose Sunday, a South African crocodile farmer near the border with Botswana was forced to open his gates to prevent a storm surge from destroying the property.

And, no, this isn't the plot of some horror flick:

About 15,000 crocodiles escaped, according to the local newspaper, Beeld.

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Environment
2:00 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Why Wading Birds Are Getting A Little Less Busy In The Everglades

Nesting numbers of wading birds are considered an important measure of the health of the overall system.
Credit Vlabed/Flickr

Breeding numbers were down for some bird species for the third straight year in a row in the Everglades.

Nesting numbers for wading birds fell by 38 percent compared to the past decade. That's according to an annual survey compiled by the South Florida Water Management District.

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