It may be hard to believe, but urban wildlife extends far beyond subway rats and cockroaches. Local nature nuts, Billy (aka Bernard) Brown and Tony Croasdale, launched the Urban Wildlife Podcast on July 1st. The podcast focuses on obscure critters that share our home and even wonder city streets when we’re not looking.
Brown and Croasdale talk with some of the region’s renowned wildlife brainiacs and prove that you don’t have to off-road the Serengeti to interact with fascinating creatures. “There is great stuff to treasure close to home, even as close as our backyard,” says Brown. The podcast covers a wide range of topics that aims to surprise and educate. Listen as Brown and Croasdale delve into the secluded life of urban coyotes, and discuss the overlooked yet still captivating history of sidewalk plants.
A toco toucan at the Cape May County Park & Zoo (Photo: Dan McQuade)
Trip Advisor recently released its annual list of the best zoos in the world, based on average user ratings. The San Diego Zoo ranked first overall, unsurprisingly. Number two was Loro Parque, on the Canary Islands. Zoos from places like the United Kingdom, Singapore, Vienna and Prague were in the top 10. And 13th? The Cape May County Park & Zoo, in Cape May Court House, New Jersey.
Yes, really! The little zoo in Cape May is rated the 13th best by Trip Advisor readers. In the United States, it’s the fifth best. The Philadelphia Zoo did not rank in the top 25 in the U.S. rankings.
“On behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, we are very proud of all of you,” Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders director Gerald Thornton actually said in a release “Really WELL DONE! You make our small County SHINE!”
With support like that, I had to check this place out. Here are the five coolest things about the Cape May County Zoo. Read more »
Our canine companions have shed their winter coats and are so eager to get out; they may just paw down the front door. Take them to the Dog Days of Summer festival! Chestnut Hill celebrates mans’ best friend with a day-long event that offers an abundance of activities catered to dogs and dog lovers, alike.
Look forward to caricaturists, music, and a photo booth. If the pooch just can’t seem to get that whole, “sit, stay, and roll over,” bit, professional instructors will be on-hand to help him figure it out. Once Sparky tires of obedience training, take him over to the pet psychic booth to get his paw read. Then head to one of the Chestnut Hill restaurants for “Yappy Hour” specials from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
It has been six years since Michael Vick walked out of federal prison, where he was locked up for his involvement in a dogfighting conspiracy, and I — like most law-abiding people who don’t beat animals — haven’t forgotten about those charges. So when I received an email on Tuesday inviting me to a James Bond-themed “Michael Vick Weekend,” complete with a black-tie gala and golf outing, I took a moment to respond.
The folks over on the Philadelphia Reddit page dug up a video posted yesterday of a local cop helping Philly battle rapper Uncle Nate free a kitten from his car. Unfortunately, Uncle Nate doesn’t rap us through the video, though the pussy, later dubbed “Catty” by Nate, emerges around the 1:23 mark spitting some pretty mean meows. Check it out above.
A rendering the upcoming Gorilla Treeway, an extension of the Great Ape Trail.
The latest addition to Philadelphia Zoo‘s Zoo360 program, an initiative that seeks to get visitors up close and personal with the animals like they’ve never seen them before, is set to open this weekend. That addition is Gorilla Treeway, a 300-foot, mesh overhead system of tunnels that lets the gorillas stroll around the Zoo grounds more freely—and at times right over our heads. The Treeway extends 12 feet above the visitor path and gives the animals a 5-foot by 6-foot expanse to stretch their arms and get peeks at parts of the Zoo—and their animal neighbors—that they may not have seen before.
The Philadelphia Zoo is home to a whole new crew of creatures, thanks to a new exhibit comprising animal sculptures made with recycled, renewed, reused and repurposed materials.
“Second Nature: Junk Rethunk” is on display now at the Zoo. Twelve artists from across the globe got together to make the 70 eco-friendly artworks that are made out of everything from burned-out spark plugs and recycled plastic bottles to wads of chewing gum.
If you’re going to crash an airplane, you damned sure want to crash it on a golf course, as Harrison Forddid on Thursday. Why? Because there’s sure to be any number of doctors out on that golf course, doing that thing doctors do on golf courses and have done, there, down through history. In Ford’s case, he was lucky enough to have an attending spinal surgeon, Sanjay Khurana, on the links, and Khurana led a team of doctors in stabilizing Ford’s spine and neck. Good thinking, Indy! Who else would manage to crash a plane straight into a thicket of medical professionals?