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9 Sep

Anonymous Woman Surrenders Tiger Cub at Shelter

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

As an "open admission shelter," the Ramona Humane Society in San Jacinto, California takes in any animal who comes through its door — even when that animal is a little more wild than the shelter is used to.

Shelter staff were shocked on Thursday when a woman, who did not give her name, dropped off a 3-month-old tiger cub.

The cub had a hernia, and his front paws had been declawed, a painful procedure that can lead to later health problems, but other than that he was relatively healthy.

The shelter posted a photo of the cub on its Facebook page with the caption, "Although the Ramona Humane Society does not condone the keeping of exotic pets, he sure was cute!"

California Fish and Wildlife transferred the cub to the Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Phelan — which posted a photo on its Facebook page.

But the cub was only at Forever WIld for about 30 hours before being moved again, this time to Lions Tigers & Bears (LITB), a rescue in Alpine, California.

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15 Jun

The ASPCA is Headed to Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl! Are You?

Contributed by The ASPCA

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Photo Courtesy of The ASPCA

The ASPCA® team will be making its way to Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl in Chicago on June 27! Join us as we celebrate man’s best friend and take the pledge vowing to make pet adoption your first option. At Woofstock, the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) will be handing out blankets to the first 500 visitors who take the adoption pledge. They’ll also be providing information about the ASPCA app, a free app that offers customized step-by-step instructions to find missing pets, expert advice on protecting pets before and during natural disasters, and a place to safely store and update pets’ medical records.

Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl is an all day festival featuring Animal Planet talent, live music, food, and more. Not only will there be attractions for humans, plenty of activities will be for their four legged friends. There’s going to be a Doggie Obstacle Course, photo ops, a dog tag machine, and even a kiss cam where you and your pup have a chance to be featured in Puppy Bowl XII! Be sure to swing by the ASPCA’s tent to take the adoption pledge. If you’re unable to make it to Chicago, you can still sign the pledge online.

Photo Courtesy of The ASPCA

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18 Feb

Animal Planet and the EQUUS Foundation Shed Light on Horse Welfare Through Special Event


Join Animal Planet in supporting the Equus Foundation by attending the Fete Cheval Etoile this Friday, Feb. 20, in Wellington, Fla. The event will shine light on the importance of horse welfare through the EQUUS Foundation.

A donation of a specific amount or ticket will grant access to cocktails, dinner, and the new Best Performance Team Invitational. Animal Planet and Ariat will be sponsoring one featured team. According to a press release, "Beezie Madden will captain the Ariat/Animal Planet team of Georgina Bloomberg and Nicole Shahanian-Simpson. George Morris and Katie Prudent will judge Madden, Bloomberg and Simpson in the Best Performance Team Invitational, a first of its kind competition where teams of grand prix riders will compete over a 1.35m jumper course judged on style and performance."

Beezie Madden and Simon. Photo courtesy of Noelle Floyd.

Unable to attend in person? You can still show support. For more information, please visit the EQUUS Foundation online.

3 Sep

R.O.A.R. To Their Rescue - Calling All Pet Pics! Send Us Your Adoption Stories

Sept. 1 marked the launch of the R.O.A.R. To Their Rescue program where Animal Planet is teaming up with the ASPCA® to cover adoption fees in Austin, Texas; Miami, Fla.; and Cleveland, Ohio. You can get the details all about the initiative and partner organizations here! >>

To celebrate the launch, we want to hear from Animal Planet fans, far and wide — and we want to know all about your beautiful adoption stories!

Send us your adoption stories and photos and we'll feature our favorites right here on at the R.O.A.R. website and share them with the hashtag #ROARToTheirRescue.  To submit, email us at Be sure to send us:

  • Your Name
  • Where You Live (City/State)
  • Your Pet's Name
  • At Least 1 Photo of Your Pet (and any other family members)
  • Your Adoption Story — Tell us why you chose to adopt and how you found your pet soulmate! <3

See additional rules about photo submissions below ... And, stay tuned for YOUR stories!


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5 Aug

RARE Wild Animals


Long time readers know that I'm a naturalist National Wildlife Federation, one of Animal Planet's R.O.A.R. partners, and I sometimes highlight NWF's work in my Animal Oddities posts. In this post I want to give a shout out to a fellow conservation organizations, Rare.  Rare looks for proven conservation solutions and trains local leaders to inspire communities to adopt them and make them their own through its signature Pride campaigns. They are pretty awesome. 

And it just so happens that a lot of the species Rare works to protect through these campaigns are pretty odd. Here are two of the most unusual species they work with:

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The Leaf Cutter ant is considered a delicacy in parts of South America.  During its reproductive season the Leaf Cutter ant’s abdomen swells and it flies around in a sexual flurry only to be caught and grilled by the local people.  An average nest of leafcutter ants contains over 5 million ants.  They are also known as 'parasol' ants because of the way they carry leaves above their heads.  The ants can carry over 50 times their own body weight.

Here's Jeff Corwin exploring these awesome ants.

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15 Jul

Happy Shark Awareness Day!

Today is Shark Awareness Day! And with Shark Week swimming up quickly, what better way to celebrate everyone's favorite week a little early? Don't know how to celebrate? You could head over to our Shark Cam full of Blacktip sharks on APL!VE!


You could also read some of these fast shark facts that show just how cool sharks are and why they need to be protected!

  • There are over 400 species of shark around the world, ranging in size from mere inches to over 50 feet!
  • Out of those 400 species, only 20 species of shark are known to attack humans.
  • Sharks can smell one drop of blood in a million drops of water.
  • Sharks have lived in our oceans for over 400 million years.
  • A shark's liver is full of oil, which makes the shark buoyant and better able to keep its balance in the water.
  • You are more likely to be injured by a cat, a dog, your toilet, lightening, or a bucket than be injured by a shark.
  • Humans are sharks' #1 predator, followed by killer whales, crocodiles, and seals.

Other ways to help and learn about sharks:

Need more convincing? Watch this video to learn What's To Love about Great White Sharks!


11 Jul

Could Sloths Hold the Cure for Cancer?

Just a few days ago, Vice News posted a 20-minute documentary about the rainforests of Panama and how they might hold the cures for diseases such as malaria, Chagas, and even breast cancer. Among the plants and animals highlighted in the documentary, the sloth, everybody’s favorite slow-moving critter, was one of the most important. But how could the laziest creatures of the animal kingdom possibly hold the cures for fatal diseases -- even cancer?


Photo Credit: Thinkstock

The answer lies in their hair, which is especially adapted to carry algae which can only be found on the backs of sloths. Hair is usually smooth, but the hair of a sloth is cracked to accommodate the growth of algae and fungi. On average, a sloth could be carrying up to 85 different kinds of fungi whose compounds could help in fighting diseases. In the documentary, sloths are called, “little pharmacies,” and it isn’t far off from the truth.

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14 Mar

Ricky Gervais ROARS Against Canned Hunting - and So Can You

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Ricky isn't the only one roaring about this issue. Join thousands across the globe (myself included) this Saturday, March 15 as activists march to draw attention to the cruel, but perfectly legal, practice of canned lion hunting in South Africa. Unfamiliar with this practice? It's been outlawed in many places, including 20 states, but is still abundant in South Africa. It's a form of hunting that limits the animal's ability for a "fair chase" since it's kept in an enclosed area in order to make it easier for the hunter to come home with a "trophy." Essentially, hunters are guaranteed a kill since the animal is unable to escape.

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Lion breeders argue  that it’s better to shoot captive-bred lions than the dwindling population of wild lions. However, in the last 20 years the number of wild lions has declined by 80 percent. This suggests that the argument for canned hunting in order to protect wild lions is invalid.

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22 Oct

Animal Planet's Second Annual Adopt-a-Palooza!


Credit: Beth Howell Caldwell

Here at Animal Planet, we love celebrating animals every day, but there's a special place in our hearts for dogs and cats who are rescued from shelters. As part of our ROAR (Reach Out, Act, Respond) campaign, which aims to inspire people like you to help make the world a better place for animals, Animal Planet, along with our host Downtown Silver Spring, teamed up with D.C.-local animal rescue organizations for an adoption event in downtown Silver Spring, Md., where Animal Planet is headquartered.

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30 Nov

You Did it: Watch and Give Updates and More!


Did you tune in last Saturday for Animal Planet's annual "Watch and Give" for Pit Bulls and Parolees? If so, thank you! You were one of 1.3 million viewers who helped drive $50,000 in donations towards the Villalobos Rescue Center. This was the third year in a row that viewers' generosity helped Tia Torres's New Orleans-based pit bull rescue.

[WATCH: See Highlights from Pit Bulls and Parolees!]

As a thank you, tune in on Saturday for an all-day marathon of Pit Bulls and Parolees starting at 10 AM E/P. The marathon leads into the mid-season finale of the show, which premieres at 10 PM E/P. Are you ready to catch up on a season full of laughs, tears and, most of all, gorgeous pit bulls? Tune in tomorrow and prepare yourself with this clip from this season!

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