To Ride or Not?

To Ride or Not?

Thailand. So I am contemplating how to get on Bounma, my elephant, without passing out with fear. Breathe. I keep telling myself. Just breathe. But one thought which never occurred to me as I was climbing up on my gentle giant, is it fair to the elephant to ride her?...
Farmed or Wild?

Farmed or Wild?

Australia. The view of a salmon farm from our single engine plane high above the waters of Tasmania looks pretty cool and well, pristine. So why when I ask the  restaurant server “is the salmon farmed or wild” do I order something else if the answer is...
A Vixen by Any Other Name

A Vixen by Any Other Name

Florida. Pretty cool to walk out your door and see not one, but two red foxes. In Palm Beach? Next to my house? But are they vixens (females) or reynards (males) or one of each? What neat names and even better scrabble words! I never knew a female fox was called a...
A Full Moon and Honey Bees?

A Full Moon and Honey Bees?

Africa. So what do a full moon and honey bees have in common? Elephants, of course. Really? Well they are both crop deterrents to elephants. As elephants and humans compete for scarce land and water resources, they come into conflict, sometimes with fatal results. But...
Where is My Shell?

Where is My Shell?

Palm Beach, FL. I wasn’t sure what this was when Gibbs, my Havenese,  and I came across it on the beach until a friend pointed out it was a homeless hermit crab. Homeless? If I had only known, I would have tried to find it a new home/shell. Hermit crabs are...
Extinct or Not?

Extinct or Not?

Boston, MA. A stuffed Tasmanian Tiger seen at The Harvard Museum is something to behold. With stripes on its back and the features of a large dog or wolf, it was the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial (distinguished by the young being carried in a pouch).And...