A Life Well Lived – The Whale Sanctuary Project

A Life Well Lived – The Whale Sanctuary Project

We know a great deal about cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) thanks to the remarkable work of scientists all over the world.  They have been studied in their natural habitat as well as in captivity.  As a result, scientists have identified the...
Pain in the Cat – The Feline Grimace Scale

Pain in the Cat – The Feline Grimace Scale

How do we know when an animal is experiencing acute pain?  As it turns out, for at least some animals like felines, a good indicator of their experience of pain can be seen in their faces.  As we humans wince or grimace when we experience pain, so do...
Feeling Groovy – The Five Domains of Animal Welfare

Feeling Groovy – The Five Domains of Animal Welfare

How can we tell if an animal is truly well and has quality of life?  The five domains model of animal welfare is designed to help scientists, veterinarians, animal caregivers in zoos and others evaluate and monitor the welfare of animals.  But the model is also useful...
Monkey Business – Tails from a Primate Sanctuary

Monkey Business – Tails from a Primate Sanctuary

Monkeys are smart, sophisticated autonomous beings born to be wild and live in communities with their own kind.  They aren’t meant to be pets or entertainers.  Yet there are so many among us far from their natural habitat mainly due to the exotic pet trade and...
Saving Mountain Gorillas

Saving Mountain Gorillas

If you had to guess, how many mountain gorillas do you think remain in the wild today?  For context, there are 7.9 billion humans in the world.  How many mountain gorillas do you think there are?  The answer: just 1,063.  Until recently, there were a...

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