Facility Spotlight: Monarto Zoo (South Australia)

Facility Spotlight: Monarto Zoo (South Australia)

  Located in Monarto, South Australia, at 2,700 acres Montarto Zoo is the largest free-range zoo in the world. It is so large that the Adelaide Zoo (also operated by the non-profit Zoos SA) could fit inside the lion habitat with room to spare. They are home to more than 500 animals of 50 species, … Continue reading

Species Spotlight: Bats

Species Spotlight: Bats

Bats have a bad rap. Whether it be the belief that they are flying rodents, blind and get tangled in your hair, or want to suck your blood, there is no end to stories about them that feed on fear bred from a lack of understanding, and unfortunately the fallout for these ecologically important creatures … Continue reading

Facility Spotlight: Vancouver Aquarium

Facility Spotlight: Vancouver Aquarium

With a strong focus on research and conservation, the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, Canada, first opened its doors in 1956, and have become a progressive and excellent example of which other facilities should aspire to be (or be more like, as different facilities satisfy different niches and/or learning styles). For example, in 1996 they became … Continue reading

Facility Spotlight: Sea World Gold Coast (Australia)

Facility Spotlight: Sea World Gold Coast (Australia)

Facility Spotlight: SeaWorld Gold Coast. (Queensland, Australia) Visited: August of 2014. To be clear, Sea World Gold Coast is not affiliated with the American SeaWorld, instead being operated by Village Roadshow. Although my friend had warned me that the place was “kind of bogan”, I was not prepared for how underwhelming it was. Simply put, … Continue reading

Facility Spotlight: Bloedel Conservatory (Vancouver, BC)

Facility Spotlight: Bloedel Conservatory (Vancouver, BC)

Vancouver’s Bloedel Floral Conservatory, nestled deep in the heart of Queen Elizabeth Park, opened its doors in 1969. Originally containing just plants, over the years the conservatory has become home to over 200 free-flying birds of various species (at least some of which come from Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary).   Admission is nominal ($6.75 at the … Continue reading

Facility Spotlight: Toronto Zoo

Facility Spotlight: Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo, which was born out of the old Riverdale Zoo and officially opened as a new venture in 1974, is Canada’s largest zoo. It is currently home to over 5000 animals from over 450 species. The Toronto Zoo is incredibly active in global conservation efforts, which includes the breeding of endangered species – … Continue reading

Travel Tips: The Backpacker (and how to avoid them)

Travel Tips: The Backpacker (and how to avoid them)

Many species have been misrepresented over the years. The killer whale’s Latin name roughly means “Demon from the Depths of Hell”, and they were used as target practice until Moby Doll showed us otherwise. Wolves have been mercilessly hunted to extinction in some regions because they too were viewed as monsters. The thylacine was hunted … Continue reading

Vladimir Putin is a Hairless Cat

Vladimir Putin is a Hairless Cat

I recently heard a story about Vladimir Putin visiting the Primorsky Aquarium — a controversial yet once seemingly promising aquarium in the Russian Far East, plagued with delays due to embezzlement and allegedly shoddy construction — and effectively yelling at staff, demanding they finish building it already.  Although this is undoubtedly at least part fabrication, … Continue reading

Tour Review: Dolphin Explorer

Tour Review: Dolphin Explorer

Official Tour Site Where: Port Adelaide, South Australia Cost: $8/adult, $6/child Who is it for?: Hungry people, gawkers, children, anyone who is happy with a fleeting glimpse of a dolphin Who is it not for?: Serious nature lovers and photographers. Despite the abundance of dolphins in the Port River, including a population known to do … Continue reading

On Being Pro-Captivity

On Being Pro-Captivity

Note: this post ran away on me, and there are still so many aspects not covered or elaborated on.  Hopefully this will provide a general idea of where the two sides stand on captivity, however.  Feedback is more than welcome! ———————————————— The world is not black and white, and yet the debate surrounding captivity seems … Continue reading