animals

A photo of the snow leopard cub.
THE AKRON ZOO

The Akron Zoo has welcomed a new member to its snow leopard family.

The cub was born April 29 to mom Shanti, the zoo's resident female snow leopard, and her mate, Tai Lung.

Snow leopard populations in zoos have been growing in recent years. The Akron Zoo partners with the Snow Leopard Species Survival Plan which will relocate the cub when she’s old enough.

The zoo’s Elena Bell says it’s typical for snow leopards in the wild to leave their mother in search of a mate.

Photo of an Amur tiger
CLEVELAND METROPARKS ZOO

Our local zoos are changing.  The Akron Zoo is in the midst of a $17 million expansion, making new homes for lions and tigers.  The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo recently opened exhibits featuring Asian wildlife and rare Siberian tigers.

In this week’s Exploradio, we examine the research that goes into making captive animals a little more comfortable.

photo of dog in kennel
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

About three-dozen pets from Florida are now being offered for adoption in Cleveland after arriving this weekend before Hurricane Irma.

The dogs and cats from West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale were in the path of the storm when they were flown to Columbus. They arrived early yesterday morning at the Cleveland Animal Protective League and are being offered for adoption.

Summit County Shelter Overrun with Animals

Jun 16, 2017
Humane Society of Summit County

The Humane Society of Summit County says it’s overrun with animals and hopes an adoption event this weekend will alleviate the burden.  

Chief operations officer Shannon Waller says the numbers are double what they were last year and it’s starting to affect the shelter’s operation.

Photo of Ginter
The Ohio House of Representatives

The Ohio House has passed a bill to help pets who need emergency medical care. 

Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles explains.

It’s rare that the House votes unanimously for anything, but lawmakers all agreed on this bill. Its sponsor, Republican Rep. Tim Ginter, says the legislation allows emergency medical personnel to provide treatment to animals.