Talkin' Pets News
March 18, 2017
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo
Producer - Lexi Lapp
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Executive Producer - Bob Page
Special Guests - Dr. Petty will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 3/18/17 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away his new book "Dr. Petty's Pain Relief for Dogs"
Kent Atherton of GoPure Pet will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 3/18/2017 at 630pm EST to discuss and give away their GoPure Pod
“Meet the Animal Artist” Experience Added to Oakland Zoo’s Animals Saving Animals Annual Art Auction
Oakland, Calif. -- September 15, 2016 -- Oakland Zoo has added a new twist to the third year of their annual “Animals Saving Animals Art Show” to raise money for animal conservation. Bidding winners get to come to the Zoo to be part of the painting experience with the animal artist.
Zoos across the country now sell animal paintings as a way to fundraise, but Oakland Zoo wanted to enhance the concept by personalizing the experience. “We saw that people bought these artworks to connect with the animals, so we decided to offer an experience where people could meet an animal artist up-close and behind-the-scenes, for the ‘creative’ painting process.’ It’s an amazing way to connect with animals at the Zoo, support animal conservation in the wild – and, of course, acquire unique artwork,” said Erin Harrison, Sr. Manager of Marketing & PR at Oakland Zoo.
Artwork created by zoo animals is up for auction on eBay now through Thursday, September 22 at 11am. Artists featured in the Animal Art Show Experience include an elephant, lemur, goat, sun bear, giraffe, parrot, and green monkey. For a complete list of artist names, biographies and bidding link, and additional information on Oakland Zoo’s Animal Art Show Experience, go to: http://www.oaklandzoo.org/Animal_Art_Show_2016.php
“The Animal Art Show Experience is a triple win; it provides fun enrichment activity for our animals, helps support the conservation of wildlife, and draws public attention to the various conservation challenges that animals face,” said Amy Gotliffe, Conservation Director at Oakland Zoo. “The Animal Art Show is also a perfect example of how the entire Oakland Zoo staff embraces our conservation efforts, from our Marketing Department to our Animal Care team. We hope the lucky winners of this unique art know that they took action for wildlife every time they look at it.”
None of the animals are forced or coerced into participating in the Art Show. The painting sessions are conducted with zookeepers, using only positive-reinforcement methods to encourage voluntary participation. The paint used is non-toxic and water based. All funds raised from the auction will benefit Oakland Zoo’s conservation partners, who are working in the field to save wild animals.
ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO:
The Bay Area's award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid's activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to the humane treatment of animals and wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide; with 25¢ from each ticket donated to support conservation partners and programs around the world. The California Trail, a transformational project that more than doubles our size, opens in 2018,
and will further our commitment to animal care, education, and conservation with a focus on this state’s remarkable native wildlife. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks. For more information, go to: www.oaklandzoo.org
Washington, D.C. (August 17, 2016) – Jeff Flocken, North American Regional Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following statement in response to the killing of a giraffe and zebra in South Africa by a 12-year old American trophy hunter:
“It’s sad any time that an imperiled animal like a giraffe is killed for fun, regardless of who does it. Giraffes are in serious decline across Africa—it is estimated that their populations have dropped by 40 percent in the last 15 years. The last thing they need is to be killed for anyone’s enjoyment.
All the negative on-line energy focused on this should not be directed at any individual, particularly a minor. We know that the problem is so much larger than any one of these isolated incidents. These kills were just two of thousands and thousands of animals legally killed for sport annually. This includes an approximate 200,000 animals from threatened species killed for trophies over the last decade.
Trophy hunters need to stop taking the lives of wildlife simply for fun. We are in 2016 and wild animals are facing a multitude of threats to their existence. Killing them for sport just isn’t right.”
About IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare)
Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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About the San Francisco Zoo
Established in 1929, the San Francisco Zoo and Gardens connects people to wildlife, inspires caring for nature and advances conservation action. An urban oasis, the Zoo and Gardens are home to more than 2,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals representing more than 250 species as well as seven distinct gardens full of native and unusual plants. Located at the edge of the Pacific Ocean where the Great Highway meets Sloat Boulevard, the Zoo is open 365 days a year from 10 am to 5 pm (summer hours) and is accessible by San Francisco MUNI "L" Taraval Line.
First time scientists capture a giraffe’s point-of-view, learn habits that
could be leading to giraffe decline in Africa
Giraffe populations in Africa have declined 50 percent since 1999
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas- Iniosante, a Texas-based motion picture company filming giraffes around the world, partnered with biologists to fit a live-action camera on a giraffe’s head to help scientists identify factors leading to the decline of wild populations.
“This is the first time we’ve ever been able to see from a giraffe’s perspective. It’s monumental. We can learn more about what factors are causing their decline in Africa,” said Francois Deacon, whose team supported Iniosante’s concept to ‘see through a giraffe’s eyes.’
The device holding the camera on the giraffe’s ossicone, (horn-like protuberances on their heads), took three months to develop. Deacon worked alongside mechanical engineers to develop a release system to automatically disengage the device. “We needed a way for the camera to detach from the giraffe’s ossicone to ensure animal safety and protect their natural environment,” said Deacon.
Deacon has designed GPS collars and ear tags to track giraffe in the wild. He and a team of researchers collared the first wild giraffe, and have since tracked more than 30. He is a professor at the University of the Free State in his native South Africa.
Iniosante CEO and Director Ashley Davison, along with his film crew, have traveled the globe for two years collecting footage of giraffes, and interviewing scientists for his documentary “Last of the Longnecks.” The nearly finished film has spurred conversation among giraffe caretakers on what can be done to protect the species.
“It started with the birth of the twin giraffes at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch in New Braunfels in 2013,” said Davison. “It was troubling to learn what has happened to giraffes, so we began connecting with scientists to learn how we could tell the giraffe’s story—and inspire people to demand change so we don’t lose these amazing creatures.”
Zoo keepers at Oakland Zoo were also keen on capturing this groundbreaking view. According to Amy Phelps, Lead Giraffe Keeper at Oakland Zoo and Research Associate for the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, there, images taken from the giraffe’s point-of-view could provide unique views enabling zookeepers to better understand their navigation habits.
“We trained our 19-year-old Reticulated giraffe Benghazi to accept the camera because we knew we would learn so much from him,” said Phelps. “He gained positive reinforcement from his trusted zoo keepers for an activity that stimulated him physically and mentally, while also empowering him to make a choice and control his environment,” said Phelps. Oakland Zoo is a sponsor of Iniosante’s documentary.
“Sometimes it can be hard to imagine what these gentle giants are seeing 19 feet in the air,” said Phelps. “By sharing Benghazi’s amazing POV, we hope to bring increased attention to the critical situation they face in the wild.”
Fifty percent of the African giraffe population has diminished since 1999. “It’s a short timeframe for that type of decline to occur,” says Deacon. “We are trying to determine ’why’. With the ability to see from a giraffe’s perspective, I feel we can learn more, which translates to better decision-making on conservation and management practices. If we don’t learn more about what’s causing their decline, we may lose this magnificent creature from our planet.”
ABOUT LAST OF THE LONGNECKS
LAST OF THE LONGNECKS is a documentary being produced to sound the alarm about the dire straights plaguing giraffe conservation. Worldwide giraffe populations have plummeted from 140,000 in 1999 to less than 80,000 in 2015; essentially their numbers have been cut in half in just 15 years. Even more starling, the Reticulated Giraffe of Kenya has lost 80 percent of their population over the same period. Represented in advertising, logos, education, zoos, media, and motion pictures — the giraffe is a mainstay in the world of animal iconography. Yet, the majority of the world is oblivious to the giraffe's silent extinction. The truth: it’s not a giraffe problem. It is a human problem. Social inequality and economic insecurity plague the continent and are a major cause for the giraffe's decline. Last of the Longnecks is a film about wildlife in danger of a quiet demise, but also about the balance between caring for the plight of Africa's people, as much as the plight of its wildlife.
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Flying W Ranch, Oakland Zoo, CompareStructuredProducts.com, The Nature Conservancy, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, and The Giraffe Conservation Foundation
ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO
The Bay Area's award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid's activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks