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Visually Impaired Horse Has New Home with Old Mate

| July 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
Visually Impaired Horse Has New Home with Old Mate

Two new equines have arrived at Horses of Tir Na Nog. One is an eighteen year-old gelding that has been diagnosed with moon blindness. Moon blindness is an eye disease that is also known as equine recurrent uveitis. The causes of this disease are not completely understood. As an appaloosa, this gelding had a greater […]

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Save Our Bees!

| July 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
Save Our Bees!

I have attended three lectures on bees since I began writing this column. Years ago, a speaker gave an anecdotal talk to Mission Hills Garden Club about how she and her sister took over their father’s hives after his death. A few years later, at the San Diego Horticultural Society a speaker from UCSD brought […]

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Walkabout Australia Opens at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

| June 4, 2018 | 0 Comments
Walkabout Australia Opens at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

The Safari Park is known for its expansive habitats featuring African and Asian species, but now it offers a view into the Land Down Under, featuring Australia’s interesting and unique species. Walkabout Australia takes guests through four different types of Australian habitats: grassland, rain forest, wetlands and desert. Featured animals include western gray kangaroos, red-necked […]

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Orphan Pets Seek Superhero Adopters at 6th Annual Event

| May 11, 2018 | 0 Comments
Orphan Pets Seek Superhero Adopters at 6th Annual Event

As comic book enthusiasts prep the perfect costumes for this year’s Comic-Con Convention, local pets are busy creating their superhero “paws-tumes” for Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 6th Annual PAWmicon Convention. The 2018 PAWmicon will, once again, be held one week prior to Comic-Con to allow attendees to take in both types of animated characters. The […]

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What Now?

| April 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
What Now?

The Emperor of Entitlement Entitlement: The belief that one is inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment. Fen did not start out in life as an entitled dog. “Au contrar!” Having been born with a defective leg, he arrived hobbling pitifully on three. In fact, that’s why we rescued him, in the wake of the […]

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Wild in the Country Returns to San Diego

| April 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
Wild in the Country Returns to San Diego

Lions Tigers & Bears Annual Fundraiser Lions Tigers & Bears, San Diego’s only accredited big cat and exotic animal rescue, announced today the date for their annual springtime fundraiser. This year’s theme is Rock ‘n’ Roar! And takes place from 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday, May 19 at 24402 Martin Way in Alpine, CA. A […]

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“The Big Bang Theory” Star Adopts From San Diego County Animal Services

| March 5, 2018 | 0 Comments
“The Big Bang Theory” Star Adopts From San Diego County Animal Services

by Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office Actress Kaley Cuoco of TV’s “The Big Bang Theory” is happily settling in with two new pet rabbits after adopting them from County Animal Services. According to an Instagram post by her fiancé, Karl Cook, Cuoco woke up that day saying she wanted to adopt some […]

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The Oldest Breeding Male Gorilla in the U.S. Gets a Heart Exam

| December 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
The Oldest Breeding Male Gorilla in the U.S. Gets a Heart Exam

Winston, the oldest breeding male gorilla in the United States, is resting at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park after undergoing a thorough medical exam that included an in-depth assessment of his heart. The assessment was made after animal care staff noticed a decline in his general health earlier this year, when he showed nonspecific […]

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World’s Second Oldest Gorilla Celebrates Her 60th Birthday

| November 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
World’s Second Oldest Gorilla Celebrates Her 60th Birthday

Gorilla birthdays are always a momentous occasion at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, but today’s (Oct. 24) festivities were especially significant. Vila (pronounced VEE-la), the world’s second oldest gorilla, celebrated her 60th birthday with a joyful party that included all nine members of her family at the Safari Park, including a second birthday girl—one-year […]

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Tiger Cub Pair Gets More Room for Playtime Adventures

| October 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
Tiger Cub Pair Gets More Room for Playtime Adventures

The rambunctious Sumatran and Bengal tiger cubs being cared for by the animal care staff at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are growing and thriving. The younger of the two male cubs, a Bengal tiger, now weighs 15.6 pounds; and his Sumatran tiger companion weighs 19.1 pounds. As they continue to grow, the Bengal […]

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