Animals

It’s all happening at the zoo – at night during the holidays

WASHINGTON – Each holiday season since 2007, after the animals go to sleep, the rest of the Smithsonian National Zoo comes to life as a colorful winter wonderland.  More than half a million LED lights are transforming the zoo’s grounds…

Black bear hunt numbers up with growing population

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Starting with a chance in a lottery, black bear hunting in Maryland can be a long process. After winning a license, carefully choosing a location and days outside hunting the bear, the payout can sometimes be as…

Among the flowers, animals or pints of beer, yoga is a draw

WASHINGTON – Walking through the United States Botanic Garden, you might be surprised to see some visitors carrying yoga mats on their backs. Most likely, they just finished or are about to start a yoga session in the outdoor garden.…

Elephants March still draws supporters even after event is canceled

WASHINGTON – The sixth march to protect elephants held in the nation’s capital on Saturday  was canceled 30 minutes before it was supposed to start, but a group of about 15 activists and protesters still gathered to show their support.…

A new way to relax at the Maryland Zoo with yoga and penguins

Yoga enthusiasts now have a wild alternative to their usual setting. They can relax with an hour-long vinyasa-style class while enjoying the up-close view of the African penguins at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.

New Amur tiger at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

WASHINGTON – The Smithsonian National Zoological Park on March 1 welcomed a new Amur tiger to its “Great Cats” exhibit in a conservation effort to increase the population of the critically endangered subspecies. If all goes well, 6-year-old Nikita will…

Local non-profit sells jewelry to benefit dog rescues

Helping out shelter dogs in need is now easier, and more fashionable than ever. Pearls for Pups is a local non-profit run by a mom and her two daughters. They donate 100 percent of proceeds from their business to rescue shelters.

Local non-profit helps with meeting needs of pet owners impacted by government shut-down

It’s not just the humans who’ve been impacted by the government shut-down. Many of their four-legged family members have been as well. One local non-profit is helping to fill the need and help with preparing pet owners if federal workers are hit with a second shut-down.

SHA using its roadkill compost for turf this year

Deer are acting up for mating season — and while that means more collisions with motorists and more roadkill, for the State Highway Administration, it also means more compost.

Patriotic Pups: Maryland pets show up at the polls

CNS gathered some of the best photos of pets voting (along with their humans) in last week’s midterm election.