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New Policy Limits San Diego Shelter Dogs To One 15-Minute...

New Policy Limits San Diego Shelter Dogs To One 15-Minute Walk A Day

June 22, 2017
By Claire Trageser

The change was made in the hopes of ensuring all dogs get out at least once a day. But some volunteers at the shelter have concerns that the new rule will hurt bigger dogs who need more exercise.

'Megan Leavey' Tells Extraordinary Tale Of A Female Marin...

'Megan Leavey' Tells Extraordinary Tale Of A Female Marine And Her Dog

June 8, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

Megan Leavey is a U.S. Marine corporal veteran who worked with a bomb sniffing dog during her tour in Iraq. Her story is now the basis for the film opening Friday and bearing her name and directed by "Blackfish's" Gabriela Cowperthwaite.

California Could Soon Have A State Dinosaur

California Could Soon Have A State Dinosaur

April 17, 2017
By Associated Press, Brooke Ruth

It's looking like California will soon have a state dinosaur: Augustynolophus morrisi. A bill to add the duck-billed dinosaur to the list of state insignia has passed the Assembly and is now headed to the state Senate.

Rare White Lion Arrives In San Diego County

Rare White Lion Arrives In San Diego County

April 6, 2017
By Katie Schoolov

Three lions, including a rare white lion, will make their home at the Lions, Tigers & Bears animal sanctuary in Alpine.

Sam The Galapagos Tortoise Celebrates 53rd Birthday In En...

Sam The Galapagos Tortoise Celebrates 53rd Birthday In Encinitas

March 23, 2017
By Erik Anderson

A small crowd gathered Thursday morning in Encinitas to celebrate one of the planet's threatened land turtles — the Galapagos Tortoise.

San Diego Class Shows Dogs Are Naturals At Meditation

San Diego Class Shows Dogs Are Naturals At Meditation

March 7, 2017
By Claire Trageser

Meditation is becoming more common in helping people learn to calm down and worry less. But a six-week Wellbeing for Dogs + Their Humans class in La Jolla is taking the practice a step further, teaching meditation to dogs alongside their human companions.

Giving A Pet As A Gift? San Diego Humane Society Wants To...

Giving A Pet As A Gift? San Diego Humane Society Wants To Help

Dec. 13, 2016
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

The San Diego Humane Society has a program that aims to make is easier to give a pet as a gift.

San Diego Zoo, Northrop Grumman Developing Drones To Stud...

San Diego Zoo, Northrop Grumman Developing Drones To Study Polar Bears

Nov. 29, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Ecologists at the San Diego Zoo say the biggest threat to polar bears in the wild is climate change, but it can be difficult to observe the bears in their natural habitat. A collaboration between the zoo and aerospace giant Northrop Grumman hopes to develop unmanned drones to more easily study polar bears in the Arctic.

Love On A Leash: Therapy Dogs Spread Love Throughout San ...

Love On A Leash: Therapy Dogs Spread Love Throughout San Diego

Sept. 5, 2016
By Kenny Goldberg

A friendly dog can help you feel better. That's the concept behind Love on a Leash, a nonprofit group that brings therapy dogs to people who need an emotional boost.

Report: As More People Visit Theme Parks, SeaWorld Attend...

Report: As More People Visit Theme Parks, SeaWorld Attendance Drops

May 25, 2016
By City News Service

A new report says attendance at SeaWorld San Diego plunged 7 percent last year, a time when increasing numbers of people visited theme parks in the U.S. and abroad.

PETA To Announce Plan For Orca Seaside Sanctuaries

PETA To Announce Plan For Orca Seaside Sanctuaries

April 27, 2016
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The animal rights group is hosting a news conference in San Diego Wednesday protesting SeaWorld's continued practice of keeping orca whales in captivity.

San Diego's Baby Southern White Rhino Could Mean Scientif...

San Diego's Baby Southern White Rhino Could Mean Scientific Breakthrough

April 6, 2016
By Katie Schoolov

A baby southern white rhino born Saturday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park may represent success for zoo researchers who have been working for eight years to solve the reproductive problems among the captive-born population.

6 Cheetah Cubs Make Public Debut At San Diego Zoo Safari ...

6 Cheetah Cubs Make Public Debut At San Diego Zoo Safari Park

March 28, 2016
By Susan Murphy

The 4-month-old fur balls and their proud mom have moved into their new exhibit, where visitors to the park can watch them play and explore.

Dead Gray Whale Washes Ashore At Torrey Pines

Dead Gray Whale Washes Ashore At Torrey Pines

March 24, 2016
By City News Service

The discovery of the juvenile whale carcass near the Del Mar city limits was reported Thursday morning.

San Juan Capistrano Trying To Lure Swallows To Mission

San Juan Capistrano Trying To Lure Swallows To Mission

March 22, 2016
By Associated Press

Cliff swallows were once common at the mission, perching and nesting on its walls. They have just finished a month-long migration from Argentina and are nesting in Southern California.