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A Discussion With Teen Actor/Animal Activist Lou Wegner

Dr. Jordan Schaul introduces teen actor Lou Wegner as the newest young crusader and first young celebrity crusader to be featured in Nat Geo. Lou serves as National Youth Ambassador for the American Humane Association. He also hosted Young Hollywood For Humanity at the Hero Dog Awards in Beverly Hills and was named the 2013…

Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK): An Interview With Dr. Michael Hutchins

The following interview is my 12th in a series with my esteemed colleague Dr. Michael Hutchins. Michael recently joined the American Bird Conservancy, as the organization’s National Bird Smart Wind Campaign Coordinator. The distinguished ecologist has agreed to answer my questions about indigenous knowledge and the impact of such informational resources on the management of…

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s Farrah Smith Takes Advancement Program to the Wolf-Dog Hybrids

The plight of some of the world’s most magnificent marine mammals, and the largest animals on Earth, has not been more recognized or better publicized than in the last five years with the television broadcast premier of Animal Planet’s Whale Wars. The award-winning docudrama follows Captain Paul Watson and the activities and operations of the…

Vital Ground Safeguards More Habitat for Grizzlies & Other Wildlife in Western Montana

Dr. Jordan Schaul provides some recent news regarding Vital Ground’s continued efforts to protect wildlife habitat in Montana. Recognized as a formidable apex predator, we sometimes forget that the iconic grizzly bear is part of an impressive faunal assemblage where it occurs in the western states. From large deer species to mesopredators, quality habitat for…

Young Crusader Declan Gregg Advocates for America’s Horses on Behalf of Children 4 Horses

Dr. Jordan Schaul interviews another young crusader. To date, Jordan has introduced our audiences to young wildlife crusaders determined to help Taiji’s dolphins and South Africa’s rhinos. Here at home, another young crusader with a compelling story is making a difference for our most majestic of companion animals—horses. Bio (Submitted by mom, Stacie) Animals are…

Real Housewife Joanna Krupa is the Real Deal When it Comes to Animal Activism

Renowned celebrity animal activists, the Barbi Twins tell me she is the “it” girl. I don’t know what that means, but I wanted to find out more about the Polish-born actress/model’s life off the runway and off the screen, including the Big Screen. After all, Joanna Krupa is one of the biggest celebrity animal activists…

Tiger Expert Dr. Ron Tilson Leaves Great Legacy—But Great Cats’ Future To Be Determined

In reference to his favorite animals—tigers—Ron Tilson once said, “How can you not be fascinated by an animal like that?” Surely, we are all fascinated by the iconic tiger—the world’s largest cat and Asia’s most dominant, yet endangered predator. We are also fascinated by hard-working field biologists like Ron who have dedicated their lives to…

Award-Winning Animal Activist—Actress Charlotte Ross—Campaigns for Great Apes

Twice Emmy-nominated actress, singer and fitness guru Charlotte Ross has starred in over 12 Prime Time television series. She is most known for her regular starring roles on Daytime and Prime Time shows like Days of Our Lives and NYPD Blue and Glee. On the Big Screen, Charlotte has starred along side Nicholas Cage and…

A Conversation w/ Project Save Our Surf’s Co-Founder—Actress & Surfer Tanna Frederick

Born and raised in Iowa—true thespian—Tanna Frederick—relocated to Hollywood after graduating as the valedictorian of her class at the University of Iowa. She did so double majoring in theater and political science! I think that the scholastic achievement was, at the very least, a hint that the actress had ambitious aspirations in life. Tanna arrived…

Katie Cleary & Peace 4 Animals Present “Give Me Shelter”

Dr. Jordan Schaul reviews the ground-breaking, award-winning documentary Give Me Shelter produced by model/actress Katie Cleary of Peace 4 Animals and Director Kristin Rizzo. The film explores the lives of animals in a society that continues, despite progress, to abuse and neglect them. I admit that I’ve worked in pet stores, zoos and sanctuaries, in…

A Conversation with Simone Reyes on Rescuing Disabled Companion Animals

This month, while working on my black cat book, I’ve been reminded of “Homer” the blind black cat. If you recall, “Homer” was the inspiration behind the New York Times Best Selling book Homer’s Odyssey. October is a rough month for black cats, in part because of cat lore and their historic association with witchcraft…

Inspired by Late Animal Actor “Bart the Bear” — Vital Ground Protects Grizzly Bear Habitat

Highly acclaimed natural history writer Doug Chadwick first met with Doug Seus, perhaps the world’s preeminent bear trainer, while Chadwick was researching an article for National Geographic Magazine on grizzly bears. Chadwick had seen a photo of Seus riding on the back of “Bart the Bear.” And then he just showed up on Seus’ doorstep…

Fate of the Jaguar: A Conversation with Panthera’s Dr. Howard Quigley

News Watch Contributor Dr. Jordan Schaul interviews Dr. Howard Quigley of Panthera about the status of the jaguar. Like many apex predators the jaguar serves as a national symbol for multiple countries, where it is revered as a most powerful and stealthy predator. The iconic wild felid is a member of the pantherine lineage of…

A Conversation with World Famous Cat Geneticist—Dr. Leslie Lyons

Dr. Leslie Lyons is a world famous cat geneticist.  So you might surmise that she studies inheritable diseases in cat lineages or hereditary traits expressed in different cat breeds like coat color. Well, she and her students, staff, and colleagues study both health conditions and coat color because the same mutations that have influence over…

One More Generation’s Carter & Olivia Ries are Helping to Conserve South Africa’s Rhinos

I selected Carter and Olivia Ries of the Atlanta, Georgia-based non-profit One More Generation to be my second choice to profile for my series on young crusaders for National Geographic’s News Watch. I caught up with the brother and sister team of environmental conservationists just before they embark on a trip to South Africa to help…