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First time scientists capture a giraffe’s point-of-view, learn habits that
could be leading to giraffe decline in Africa


Giraffe populations in Africa have declined 50 percent since 1999 BRAUNFELS, Texas- Iniosante, a Texas-based motion picture company filming giraffes around the world, partnered with biologists to fit a live-action camera on a giraffe’s head to help scientists identify factors leading to the decline of wild populations.

“This is the first time we’ve ever been able to see from a giraffe’s perspective. It’s monumental. We can learn more about what factors are causing their decline in Africa,” said Francois Deacon, whose team supported Iniosante’s concept to ‘see through a giraffe’s eyes.’

The device holding the camera on the giraffe’s ossicone, (horn-like protuberances on their heads), took three months to develop. Deacon worked alongside mechanical engineers to develop a release system to automatically disengage the device. “We needed a way for the camera to detach from the giraffe’s ossicone to ensure animal safety and protect their natural environment,” said Deacon.

Deacon has designed GPS collars and ear tags to track giraffe in the wild. He and a team of researchers collared the first wild giraffe, and have since tracked more than 30. He is a professor at the University of the Free State in his native South Africa.

Iniosante CEO and Director Ashley Davison, along with his film crew, have traveled the globe for two years collecting footage of giraffes, and interviewing scientists for his documentary “Last of the Longnecks.” The nearly finished film has spurred conversation among giraffe caretakers on what can be done to protect the species.

“It started with the birth of the twin giraffes at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch in New Braunfels in 2013,” said Davison. “It was troubling to learn what has happened to giraffes, so we began connecting with scientists to learn how we could tell the giraffe’s story—and inspire people to demand change so we don’t lose these amazing creatures.” keepers at Oakland Zoo were also keen on capturing this groundbreaking view. According to Amy Phelps, Lead Giraffe Keeper at Oakland Zoo and Research Associate for the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, there, images taken from the giraffe’s point-of-view could provide unique views enabling zookeepers to better understand their navigation habits.

“We trained our 19-year-old Reticulated giraffe Benghazi to accept the camera because we knew we would learn so much from him,” said Phelps. “He gained positive reinforcement from his trusted zoo keepers for an activity that stimulated him physically and mentally, while also empowering him to make a choice and control his environment,” said Phelps. Oakland Zoo is a sponsor of Iniosante’s documentary.

“Sometimes it can be hard to imagine what these gentle giants are seeing 19 feet in the air,” said Phelps.  “By sharing Benghazi’s amazing POV, we hope to bring increased attention to the critical situation they face in the wild.”

Fifty percent of the African giraffe population has diminished since 1999. “It’s a short timeframe for that type of decline to occur,” says Deacon. “We are trying to determine ’why’. With the ability to see from a giraffe’s perspective, I feel we can learn more, which translates to better decision-making on conservation and management practices. If we don’t learn more about what’s causing their decline, we may lose this magnificent creature from our planet.”


LAST OF THE LONGNECKS is a documentary being produced to sound the alarm about the dire straights plaguing giraffe conservation. Worldwide giraffe populations have plummeted from 140,000 in 1999 to less than 80,000 in 2015; essentially their numbers have been cut in half in just 15 years. Even more starling, the Reticulated Giraffe of Kenya has lost 80 percent of their population over the same period. Represented in advertising, logos, education, zoos, media, and motion pictures — the giraffe is a mainstay in the world of animal iconography. Yet, the majority of the world is oblivious to the giraffe's silent extinction. The truth: it’s not a giraffe problem. It is a human problem. Social inequality and economic insecurity plague the continent and are a major cause for the giraffe's decline. Last of the Longnecks is a film about wildlife in danger of a quiet demise, but also about the balance between caring for the plight of Africa's people, as much as the plight of its wildlife.


Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Flying W Ranch, Oakland Zoo,, The Nature Conservancy, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, and The Giraffe Conservation Foundation


The Bay Area's award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid's activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks

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Saturday, Nov. 14, the 318th day of 2015.
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Jon Patch - Host
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Special Guest - L. Douglas Keeney author of BUDDIES will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/14/15 at 5 PM EST to discuss and give away his book

“New Jersey has the opportunity to be a leader on this issue.” Born Free CEO

Washington, D.C. November 9, 2015 -- Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, will testify in New Jersey at a hearing today in support of Senate Bill S. 3416 to ban the possession, transport, import, export, processing, sale, or shipment of many imperiled species, including the “big five” African species: African elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and Cape buffalo. 

The bill, introduced by Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-21), is intended to curb trophy hunting. It was introduced after the tragic death of Cecil the lion, who was allegedly lured outside of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe and killed by an American hunter in July. His death was particularly tragic because he was a known, local favorite, and was collared as part of an Oxford University study.

According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, "Illegal trafficking of wildlife products is directly responsible for shocking declines in wild animal populations in recent years, and this bill is a crucial step toward reducing the availability of wildlife in consumer markets, thus reducing poaching and trade. New Jersey has the opportunity to be a leader on this issue. In 2014, New Jersey became the first state to ban the sale or import of ivory and rhinoceros horns in order to stem the state’s role as a major hub in the illegal trade of these products.”

Senator Raymond Lesniak said, “S. 3416 will stop nonsensical trophy killings being imported, transported or possessed in New Jersey in order to protect endangered, threatened or vulnerable animals from being killed to be a trophy for someone. I urge my colleagues to do the right thing today by voting in support of this humane legislation.”

Trophy hunting, involving the selective killing of wild animals for ‘sport’ is extremely controversial. Pro-hunting groups often make the argument that hunting brings conservation funding into a country through hunting permits. However, not only are the steepest declines in lion populations seen in countries with the highest hunting intensity, but there is proof that the funds reaching the local community are miniscule, reports Born Free USA. 

In 2013 Born Free USA, along with partner organizations, commissioned Economists at Large to investigate the facts.  The study shows that the trophy hunting industry makes a minimal contribution to national incomes. As a portion of any national economy, trophy hunting revenue never accounts for more than 0.27 percent of the GDP. Additionally, trophy hunting revenues account for only 1.8 percent of overall tourism in nine investigated countries that allow trophy hunting, and even pro-hunting sources find that only three percent of the money actually reaches the rural communities where hunting occurs. While trophy hunting supporters routinely claim that hunting generates $200 million annually in remote areas of Africa, the industry is actually economically insignificant and makes a minimal contribution to national income.

This information reinforces Born Free USA’s call for wildlife photography safaris and other non-consumptive use, to be the focus for tourist activities, which make a greater contribution to conservation and the African economy without killing lions.

Born Free USA is a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic "pets," trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to America the message of "compassionate conservation," the vision of the U.K.-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free, along with their son Will Travers. Born Free's mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at,, and

SMITHTOWN, NEW YORK – (November 9, 2015) – One quick Google news search of the term “animal abuse” yields over 53,000 results. Animal abuse is a serious problem that many people are beginning to take notice of due to the horrific news headlines covering the stories. These allegations lately include such heartbreaking stories as animals being slammed, starved, beaten, and more. From undercover investigations taking place at big name food manufacturers to animal cruelty being reported by individuals in communities around the nation, many people are looking for ways to help bring an end to these horrific news stories.

"We have made it our mission to help catch those responsible for animal cruelty and bring them to justice,” says Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “However, it’s a job that we don’t do alone. It is a collaborative effort to make it happen, but we have been quite successful at it.”

Guardians of Rescue (GOR) is an animal rescue organization which has built a reputation for helping to rescue abused and abandoned animals. Being serious about their mission, their investigative team is headed by Joaquin “Jack” Garcia, a former FBI agent, who spent 26 years doing undercover field work on over 100 assignments, including bringing about 39 convictions of Mafia figures.

“We investigate every animal cruelty lead that comes to us,” explains Garcia. “We have seen some awful things in doing so, but it’s always a great thing when we can rescue the animal and bring the person to justice who was the abuser. That’s what we do all of this for. Whether it’s a lack of proper care, dogfighting, hoarding, or something else, our mission is to help these animals.”

GOR goes into some of the highest crime areas looking for obvious signs of animal abuse and cruelty. They also offer 5 ways that others can help stop animal abuse:

1.    Take notice. The first step is in noticing that it is taking place. Take a look around for signs of animal abuse and cruelty, trusting your instincts when you see something that doesn’t seem right.
2.    Report it. Gather as much information as possible about the situation that needs to be reported, and then contact your local agency to make a report. The more information or support you can provide, the more it will help with the investigation and conviction. If you feel the local authorities are not taking action after reporting, then take it to social media.
3.    Support organizations. Some people prefer to not get directly involved in the reporting or investigations. They can still help to stop animal abuse by supporting those organizations that investigate abuse and rescue animals.
4.    Contact legislatures. Many animal cruelty crimes do not come with severe punishments that would help prevent them from happening in the first place. Contact the powers that be in your state and urge them to make tougher laws for those who are convicted of animal cruelty and abuse. Holding the people accountable is a big step toward preventing more abuse.
5.    Pay attention to companies that abuse. Notice the companies that are found to be involved in animal abuse cases. Write or call them to urge them to change their practices and hold their employees accountable for cruelty. When they know consumers care more, they will ensure better treatment of the animals in their care.

“Many people want to help animals, but are unsure how to go about doing so,” shares Katie Cleary, model, film producer of “Give Me Shelter” available on Netflix, and founder of World Animal News which brings you the latest breaking animal welfare news from around the world.  “I’ve made animal abuse and rescue issues a top priority in my life for many years. I urge others to get involved to help make their community better for all animals. There are ways to help make the world better for animals, whether you are directly or indirectly involved in the efforts.”

Another organization working to aid in the rescue of animals is the Eastwood Ranch Foundation, a California-based animal welfare and rescue organization. The founder of the group, Alison Eastwood, actress, film producer, and is the daughter of the beloved actor Clint Eastwood. They routinely rescue animals from high-kill shelters, care for them, and work to find each one a forever home.

“Our shelters are filled with beautiful pets who need good homes and families to live their lives with,” says Alison Eastwood. “They just need a chance. That’s something we hope we are giving to them as we work to rescue them and change their life for the better.”

Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster-home placements. Many families are still struggling, such as from Hurricane Sandy, making it difficult for them to care for their pet, either financially or while living in temporary housing. They are also instrumental in helping military members with their pets, and providing therapy dogs to veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. To learn more, get involved, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log onto

About Guardians of Rescue Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at

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Special Guests -Dr. Pia Salk spokesperson for and Co-Author of THE TOTAL DOG MANUAL will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/7/15 at 5PM EST to discuss and give away her book  

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Washington D.C., November 2, 2015 -- The Born Free Foundation is working with its partners at the Arcturos Bear Sanctuary in the mountains of Northern Greece, to enable the rescue and relocation of three female bear cubs from Georgia who were found wandering the streets of Tbilisi following the floods in June this year. The nine-month-old cubs have been kept in the municipal dog pound outside the city center, as the authorities had nowhere else to put them. The kennels they are currently housed in are designed for the short-term keeping of stray dogs and are unsuitable for bears.

According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, “These intelligent, inquisitive orphaned bears are subjected to the noise of barking dogs day and night, are at risk of disease, and are severely stressed. The authorities continue to do what they can, but they desperately need to be moved, and Born Free is doing everything possible to initiate and expedite the process to get them to our sanctuary by Christmas.”

The cubs will join 10-month-old Ushka who arrived at the Arcturos Bear Sanctuary in the spring after tragically sustaining a broken back from possibly being hit by a car, and is now paralyzed in both hind legs. Ushka is currently under expert care at the sanctuary where he pulls himself along a smooth, tiled floor as a means to move and play. 

Bears are in serious trouble throughout Europe. Many languish in dysfunctional zoos and circuses and some countries, like Albania, still have dancing bears. In the wild they are persecuted and often illegally hunted or victims of human/animal conflict in ever decreasing areas of natural wilderness. Born Free is calling for tighter controls, enforcement of laws and more humane solutions to the problems they face. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, there are an estimated 14,000 brown bears in Europe (excluding Russia). It is estimated that there are just 150 in Greece, and about 450 in Georgia.

In Georgia, brown bears are on the country's ‘Red List’ and protected - and greater efforts are being made to conserve and look after them. However, poaching persists and accidents happen. Born Free is looking to enter discussions with the government on how to enhance the welfare of bears and conservation of this troubled species.

Legendary actress and the co-founder of Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, Virginia McKenna OBE, said, “For us it is always the most wonderful moment when we are asked to help with a rescue. One, little ‘Ushka’, has many challenges to face – but we want to help him overcome as many as possible, for as long as possible. The other three cubs now in Georgia, will have a hopeful future if we can get them quickly out of the dog kennels where they languish. Time is of the essence here and we cannot fail them.”

To help Ushka and the three cubs, visit

The Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity, devoted to compassionate conservation and animal welfare.  Born Free takes action worldwide to protect threatened species and stop individual animal suffering. Born Free believes wildlife belongs in the wild and works to phase out zoos.  The Foundation rescues animals from lives of misery in tiny cages and give them lifetime care.  Born Free protects lions, elephants, tigers, gorillas, wolves, polar bears, dolphins, marine turtles and many more species in their natural habitat, working with local communities to help people and wildlife live together without conflict. The Foundation’s high-profile campaigns change public attitudes, persuade decision-makers and get results.  Every year, Born Free helps hundreds of thousands of animals worldwide. More at

My Adventures with the World’s Most Misunderstood Mammals
by: Dr. Merlin Tuttle

October 20, 2015
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

"The Secret Lives of Bats is a whirlwind adventure story and a top-shelf natural history page-turner. But perhaps most important, it tells the feel-good conservation success story of the century: how Merlin Tuttle changed the world's perception of bats from monsters to angels—by befriending people, then showing them the truth. Everyone who cares about animals must read this riveting book about a fearless, indestructible gentleman-adventurer and the beautiful, gentle bats he has studied, protected, and loved.”

Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus and The Good Good Pig

"The Secret Lives of Bats dispels the bad reputation of bats, long lurking in our imagination as creepy, somewhat scary creatures—the bit players in horror movies and Gothic romance. Tuttle’s innovative photography, adventurous spirit, and compelling words and science reveal bats for what they are: intelligent, social, and fascinating mammals. In short, Tuttle's fifty years of research and conservation commitment has turned our aversion into awe."

Kathy Moran, National Geographic

"Tuttle's recent attempts to photograph them in their natural habitat have led him through many hair-raising adventures, which he entertainingly chronicles. A page-turning memoir of curiosity about—and dedication to—a significant part of the natural world."
Kirkus Reviews

The Secret Lives of Bats highlights the life-long journey of the man who arguably has done more for the conservation of bats than anyone else on the planet. Filled with personal and professional stories and peppered liberally with scientific insights about bats, this book is a must-read for a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the world’s most misunderstood mammals. ”

John P. Hayes, Colorado State University

TIMELY. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish THE SECRET LIVES OF BATS on October 20, which is National Bat Week and the week before Halloween, when awareness for bat conservation is highest. Ideal for Halloween coverage.

LEADING BAT EXPERT. No one is more qualified to write this book than ecologist Dr. Merlin Tuttle, who has dedicated his life to setting the record straight on the good bats bring to the economy, environment, and population. He founded Bat Conservation International—the leading authority on bat protection—in 1982.

STUNNING PHOTOS. Extraordinary photos that Tuttle has taken over the years of bat species from around the world are available for excerpt. Nothing stops Tuttle from getting his shot: inserts in the book show him roping into caves, crawling into hollow trees, and scaling cliff walls to get to the highly intelligent and elusive bats.

A lifetime of adventures with bats around the world reveals why these special and imperiled creatures should be protected rather than feared.

How do you feel about bats? Everyone has a bat story. Dr. Merlin Tuttle has thousands of them, and none involve him running away screaming or calling an exterminator. Tuttle, an ecologist and founder of Bat Conservation International, has spent his lifetime searching the globe for every bat species known to man, documenting his experiences through photography and writing (his work has appeared in Science, the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and National Geographic). THE SECRET LIVES OF BATS (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, on-sale: Oct. 20, 2015) is the culmination of his lifetime’s worth of meticulous study.

The opening scene is of young Tuttle exploring a known bat cave with his dad. He stumbles upon thousands of them as they’re nesting, disrupting their sleep and causing them to fly all over him, inside his shirt and up his pant legs. Tuttle, who would one day be known as the “real life Batman”, wasn’t remotely afraid. “I soon realized that they meant no harm and were only seeking places to hide. In fact, they had more to fear than I did…they neither scratched nor bit me as they swarmed over me, and I had to hold quite still to avoid inadvertently crushing them.”

So begins Tuttle’s lifelong dedication to changing pre-conceived opinions about bats. Instead of fearing the vampire bat, for example, we should thank it for its saliva, which has aided in the development of modern medicines. Bats promote healthy crops and sustainable living for farmers by eating nighttime insects and reducing the need for pesticides. They are responsible for the pollination of over 500 plant species, including different types of mango, banana, cocoa, durian, guava, and agave (so no bats, no chocolate or tequila!). Bats are not by nature blood-thirsty attackers of the human race, but gentle, cuddly creatures, with off-the-charts intelligence. Bats are essential to the environment and to the economy.

Tuttle has encountered bats as cute as any panda and as strange as any dinosaur, from tiny bumblebee bats to flying foxes with six-foot wingspans. He shares harrowing details of moonshiner standoffs, close encounters with tigers, cobras, and poachers, and daring feats just to get close. He did it for love of bats and the thrill of scientific discovery, and it’s all in the book.

What’s not to love?

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Saturday, October 17, the 290th day of 2015.
There are 75 days left in the year.CREW
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Special Guests - Sophie Gamand author of "Wet Dog" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 10/17/15 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away her book
Rebecca Gadd from Gold Paw Series will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 10/17/15 at 630pm EST to discuss and give away her new Sunshield Tees for pets

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