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Bob DeGross, National Park Service / Bugwood.org

On Wednesday and Thursday, biologists from around South Florida gathered at the Long Key Nature Center in Davie for the annual Everglades Invasive Species Summit.

Armadillos May Be Behind Increase In Florida Leprosy Cases

Jul 22, 2015
Nathan Rupert / Flickr

A high number of leprosy cases have been appearing in Florida. The possible culprit: armadillos. 

This year, nine cases have been reported in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Health. The state usually gets about two to 12 cases a year. 

In light of the spike in reported leprosy cases, wildlife officials recommend people wear gloves when handling any animals.

Zoo Miami Hosts Exotic Pet Amnesty Day

Mar 4, 2015
Lisann Ramos

This coming Saturday, March 7, is Exotic Pet Amnesty Day at Zoo Miami. There you can give up your exotic pet for adoption or adopt one if you have the proper permits.

On that day, owners turn their exotic pets over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The goal is to provide owners with a place to send their pets once they can no longer take care of them.

Ashley Taylor is the exotic pet amnesty coordinator with the commission.  

11/18/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is our popular “At Your Service” edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee of the Sabal Chase Animal Clinic in Kendall. He takes questions about your favorite friends and companions. Also on hand is canine behavior specialist Edel Miedes of K-9 Advisors.  He says he'll give dog advice . . .  for humans.

Mark Hedden

You shouldn’t name a crocodile or ascribe it human emotions. It’s not a pet. It’s a wild and primitive creature with a lot of very sharp teeth and a crazy powerful jaw.

But that didn’t stop anyone from naming the sole crocodile living at Dry Tortugas National Park.

Cletus. That's what most people on the park staff call the croc. A few call him Carlos. No one remembers why.

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10/20/14 - Do you view your pet as a full-fledged family member?  

Look Up! It's Turkey Vulture Time In South Florida

Oct 13, 2014
Shawn Carey / Courtesy of Keith Bildstein

We may not get the brilliant reds and yellows of leaves changing to signal a switch of season in South Florida, but there is, without question, a definite visual cue that autumn has arrived in the lowest of the lower 48.

All you have to do is look up.

In the air, circling and gliding, dipping and soaring, hopping on a thermal current for a rollercoaster ride, are the turkey vultures.

Wilson Sayre

  Stray animals in Miami-Dade county will soon have a new home come fall of 2015. County Animal Services broke ground Friday on a new facility that would double the amount of space it has now.

Every year, Animal Services cares for more than 27,000 homeless dogs and cats, but that volume has pushed the current facility to its capacity.

Getting to this point, though, has been a bit of a battle.

Bonnie Berman

08/19/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupkee of Kendall’s Sabal Chase Animal Clinic. Also with us is canine behavior and training expert Edel Miedes of K9 Advisors. We focus on the painful and emotionally wrought decision to euthanize a pet. And of course, we’ll take your pet questions of course . . . Listen in . . .

MiamiSeaquarium.com

The Miami Seaquarium is facing a $7,000 fine from a federal agency for not having enough protection between trainers and a killer whale.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Miami Seaquarium this month for not having a physical barrier between trainers and the park's captive killer whale Lolita.

It’s considered a “serious” violation by the federal agency.

They’ve required these protections since the 2010 death of a SeaWorld trainer in Orlando.

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