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AWW-lert: Where to See Baby (and Not-So Baby) Penguins in Baltimore

Where: Baltimore, MD
May 13, 2015 at 1:00 PM | by | ()

There's no denying it: Penguins are cute. Really cute. And the fact that Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has recently opened up a cool new penguin exhibit really has us giddy with excitement. Each one of the winged inhabitants in this African penguin habitat has donned their Sunday best to receive visitors to their new home. (We suppose that's easy, when you're always wearing a tux.)

Named Penguin Coast and resembling a seaside ice shack, the exhibit's main viewing area offers a way to watch all 60 birds. Since the exhibit's unveiling in November, these feathered friends have been frolicking in 185,000 gallons of water — when they're not showing off on one of the rocks made for sunning, that is. While the majority of the critters are not young, there are a few baby penguins that swim back and forth, as intrigued by the human visitors as we are by them.

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Whoo Wants to Go to The Owl Pop-Up In London?

March 3, 2015 at 9:57 AM | by | ()

If you’re in London later this month, there’s a secret owl pop-up event taking place in the Soho neighborhood. Yes, you read that correctly: A SECRET OWL POP-UP! Consider this your rare chance to learn about these birds of prey and support owl sanctuaries.

From March 19-25 from 8:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., people can meet Annie the Owl and her parliament (look it up, bird nerds), Darwin, Ruby, Cinders, Winston and Hootie. Although these are owls are used to mingling with the public – they’ve attended TV shows, weddings and county fairs – they’ll be escorted and protected by professional falconers.

Originally, event organizers planned to serve cocktails at the pop-up, but animal welfare groups raised a stink about pairing birds and booze. So in the spirit of animal safety, smoothies will instead be served.

So far, 64,000 people have applied for tickets for the highly sought-after chance to sip smoothies in the company of live owls. Tickets cost 20£ each and include entry, one smoothie and two hours of quality owl time. All proceeds from the event will be donated to a local organization dedicated to the conservation of owls in the UK.

[Photo: Annie The Owl]

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Trust British Airways to Have the Most Intellectual In-Flight Entertainment in the Skies

Where: LHR
January 19, 2015 at 12:30 PM | by | ()

When we flew to Buenos Aires from London Heathrow on British Airways last week, there was one thing we were looking forward to help us cope with the 13-and-a-half hour flight:


However, there was a problem. The much-vaunted Paws and Relax channel, which was announced in August and supposed to debut in September with nothing but animal programs was not on the inflight entertainment. Nor was it in the High Life magazine.

Actually, we can’t remember seeing it when we flew to Vegas in December, either. And, in fact, when we asked cabin crew where the puppies were, not one of them had ever heard of it. Does this mean it never launched, or it did launch but it bombed? Nope, the latter is just not possible.

While we request a ticket refund get over our trauma, there are other options. In fact, we couldn’t help noticing that BA has some rather intellectual in-flight entertainment. They may not be showing debates from the Oxford Union, as they used to, but this is still one high-class IFE roster. If you want to stimulate your brain onboard, here’s what we suggest:

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JFK's Newest Terminal Is One You May Never See

January 19, 2015 at 10:27 AM | by | ()

The newest terminal at New York’s JFK is one you might never see, as it will be specifically designed to help out and handle all the animals traveling through the airport.

Cleverly named The ARK at JFK, the air cargo facility will take up around 178,000 square feet and will cost just shy of $50 million to construct.

According to The Horse—your guide to equine health care—ARK Development and Racebrook Capital are the folks behind the venture, as they promise a state-of-the-art animal handling facility right at the airport. In a way it’ll be the first of its kind, as the place will be the first privately own facility like this—responsible for providing 24-hour airport quarantine for the import and export of critters like horses, livestock, birds, and pets.

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Where to Find the World's Smallest (and Therefore Cutest) Bear

Where: Sepilok, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
July 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM | by | ()

Time to add another novelty to the list of cool things you can see in the jungles of Borneo: The world's smallest bear, the Sun Bear, is now on display at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sepilok in the Malaysian state of Sabah.

Opened to the public this year, the Conservation Centre attempts to rehabilitate sun bears that have been the victims of deforestation and, believe it or not, those that have been mistreated as pets. Apparently, people have made a habit of poaching them as cubs, keeping them in cages and raising them like a dog while they're little. But ultimately, things go wrong as they grow and suffer from a life of captivity.

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How Your Next United Flight May Help to Track Endangered Animals

July 9, 2014 at 11:30 AM | by | ()

Chances are we've all seen a David Attenborough documentary or two, and listened as he discussed how specific animals move, live and act in their natural habitat. The reason this information is known is mostly due to animal tagging and tracking. Basically, putting small GPS sensors onto animals to track their migration and possibly help prevent the endangerment of the species plays an important part in conservation and research.

Now, United will play a new role in this animal tracking with their installation of radio receiver antennas on their aircraft. They'll be able to pick up signals for animal tags while they fly around, which seems like a perfect idea since the airline criss-crosses any part of the planet 5,300 times per day.

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When to Go Whale Watching: The Best Cities and Seasons

May 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | ()

Even whales prefer to travel in the summer months, and their mass migrations attract larger crowds of human spectators across the globe. From humpbacks to minkes and grays to sperm whales, there's plenty of variety to these giant mammals and plenty more places to spot them in their natural habitat.

In general, right now is the season most whales are on the move, heading to cooler waters to grab a good feed until the temps start to drop again, at which time they head back to warmer water. In the Northern Hemisphere, we're lucky that whale watching season also corresponds with the start of summer travels, but the Southern Hemisphere's winter season might make for a chilly boat ride out to the say "hi" to the gentle giants.

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Detroit Airport Puts a Pet Restroom Right in the Terminal

April 29, 2014 at 6:04 AM | by | ()

Good news for those who travel to or through Detroit Metropolitan Airport, as the airport has just added a place for service animals to make a little pit stop during their layovers.

Over in the McNamara Terminal—the one with all the Delta traffic—airport officials have set up what they’re calling Central Bark Animal Relief Area. Basically it’s a restroom for service dogs complete with a couple patches of grass, as well as a fire hydrant to set the mood.

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How to Volunteer at the Florida Keys' Dolphin Research Center

February 5, 2014 at 2:53 PM | by | ()

There are plenty of places along the Florida coast to see dolphins, swim with dolphins, or even kiss a few dolphins, but there is also one that is simply dedicated to learning about dolphins.

The Dolphin Research Center, located on Grassy Key, is a nonprofit education and research facility that hosts public programs and non-invasive research projects. The colony of bottlenose dolphins and sea lions that call the DRC home live in a natural environment and help researchers learn how they think and how they behave.

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Forget Swimming with Dolphins and Head to Exuma to Swim with PIGS

Where: Exuma Islands, Bahamas
December 27, 2013 at 10:07 AM | by | ()

A few years ago, a Jaunted contributor wrote a story about a beach in the Exuma Islands that had been overrun by wild pigs. While he was skeptical about the idea of sharing the sea with a bunch of hogs, this contributor jumped right into an experience that turned out to be one of the most memorable of his traveling career thus far.

The encounter is a combination of beautiful and bizarre from start to finish. Most tours bring you to "Pig Island" (officially called Big Major Cay) by boat from Great Exuma Island, meaning that you get to travel through the sparkling Exuma Island chain (about 360 islands), passing white-sand beaches and zipping around keys and cays through the greenish-blue waters of the untouched Caribbean.

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From New York to Florida, 'Brew At The Zoo' Events Dominate August

August 1, 2013 at 9:18 AM | by | ()

If you’ve ever wanted to get drunk with a skunk now is the time to do it. August seems to be a hit with zoos across the country, as they’re rolling out the beer as well as the animals. Here are a few spots to cool off with a sudsy drink while checking out some critters:

WaZoo – Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

You’ll need to start planning sooner than later, as this weekend is when the beers and the bears come together at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo during this year’s WaZoo event on August between 7:30 and 10:30pm. This beer festival features plenty of food from local restaurants, live music, and of course all the animals you care to view. Tickets are pricey—$70 per person in advance—but it does include plenty of beer, your tasting cup, as well as some food sampling. Local breweries like Cigar City Brewing are even cooking up something special for the event, so be sure to arrive thirsty.

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Toast To The Turtles With 3 Memorial Day 'Brew At The Zoo' Events

May 22, 2013 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

If you’ve ever wanted to get drunk with a skunk this weekend is the time to do it. Memorial Day weekend seems to be a hit with zoos across the country, as they’re rolling out the beer as well as the animals. Here are a few spots to cool off with a sudsy drink while checking out some critters:

Brew at the Zoo - Atlanta

In addition to the bears and the beers there will also be live music, free rides on the train and on the carousel, and games like Pongo Ping Pong. (We have no idea what that last one is, but after a few samples we’ll be up for a game.) The zoo's got more than 1,500 animals on hand to entertain you while you're busy sipping and sampling your way through each and every exhibit. Advance tickets will set you back $43, and that’ll get you access to unlimited opportunities to enjoy both wine and beer (5:30-9:30pm, Saturday, May 25.).

Zoo Brew – Memphis

Cut out of work a little bit early on Friday, as the brew at the zoo fun in Memphis does its thing between 7pm and 10pm on May 24. That means you can get in some quality time with the animals—and alcohol—and still have the weekend to attend family picnics and other less than fun activities. Here the tickets will go for $40, but there are always VIP options ($60) as well. Live music and plenty of food round out the options, so be sure to raise a glass to the aardvarks, zebras, and everything in between.

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