Episode of the day: “Tiger”

Listen to “Tiger” (19:44)

Podcast: Criminal (Episode 46)

Outrage – A tiger in captivity in a truck stop! However… it’s never that simple. In relation to a similar topic and controversy, I highly recommend listening to an outstanding podcast episode by Radiolab, called “The Rhino Hunter”

More information:

Tiger Truck Stop website

Michael Sandlin and Tony the Tiger. (Image: freetonythetigercampaign.wordpress.com)

Episode of the day: “Is Yellowstone National Park In Danger Of Being ‘Loved To Death’?”

Listen to “Is Yellowstone National Park In Danger Of Being ‘Loved To Death’?”

Podcast: Fresh Air

“Each year, Yellowstone attracts millions of visitors and provides a home to countless animal species, including the once-threatened grizzly bear and bison. But finding the right balance between tourism and preservation can be tricky.”

A very interesting interview with David Quammen about the history and the challenges that Yellowstone National Park faces.

More information:

David Quammen’s article  in National Geographic

David Quammen’s website

Report on Lance Crosby’s death by a grizzly bear from the US Fish and Wildlife Service

Iain Douglas-Hamilton project – Save The Elephants

Grizzly bear damage to “bear proof” garbage cans, 1970. (Image: Canter)
Bison crossing Gardner River at Chinese Garden, 2004. (Image: Jim Peaco)

Episode of the day: "Galapagos"

“Galapagos”

Podcast: Radiolab

This one is from the archives. I’ve listened to it when it first aired and then again… and again. Would love to go to the Galapagos, therefore any opportunity to know more about the place is welcomed. This is the best documentary on the Galapagos I have ever watched/listened to. But this episode is more than just a documentary, it is yet another Man vs Nature saga.

“The strange story of a small group of islands that raise a big question: is it inevitable that even our most sacred natural landscapes will eventually get swallowed up by humans? And just how far are we willing to go to stop that from happening? The Galapagos archipelago – the place that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection. 179 years later, the Galapagos are undergoing rapid changes.”

Listen to “Galapagos”

More information:

Learn more about Project Isabela

Lonesome George on Wikipedia

Episode of the day: "Perfect Specimen"

“Perfect Specimen”

Podcast: Criminal (Episode 36)

Great story on the attempted murder of a tree! Sure I was skeptical before listening to it. But it was a fascinating episode and I truly enjoyed it. My advise: don’t let the topic deter you!

“The 500-year-old Treaty Oak in Austin, Texas was once called “the most perfect specimen of a North American tree.” But in 1989, Austin’s city forester realized that the Treaty Oak didn’t look so good, and began to wonder whether someone had intentionally tried to kill it.”

Listen to “Perfect Specimen”

More information:

Treaty Oak

Ross Perot

NYTimes

Episode of the day: "Hard Knock Life"

“Hard Knock Life”

Podcast: Radiolab

“This Valentine’s Day, a mysterious tap tap tapping leads us into a world of sex, death, and head-banging. Biologist Dave Goulson introduces us to the lonely yearnings of an especially pathetic beetle and snatches a sound back from the hands of the devil himself.”

A symbol that stands for ideas about human life and experiences! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Listen to “Hard Knock Life”

More information:

Deathwatch Beetle

Dave Goulson

Dave Goulson