animals http://kcur.org en Armadillos On The Rise In Missouri, Creeping Into Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/armadillos-rise-missouri-creeping-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The nine-banded armadillo has been naturally expanding its habitat north from Central America since 1849. They're common in the southeastern part of the country, but throughout the century they’ve started to move further north and east.</span></p><p>Sightings in Missouri started about 40 years ago. They use to be rare, but now they’re a lot more common.</p><p>“Hundreds, we’ve had hundreds so far this year it’s safe to say," says&nbsp;James Dixon, a wildlife damage biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:06:56 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 59295 at http://kcur.org Armadillos On The Rise In Missouri, Creeping Into Kansas City What To Do If Your Pet Gets Hurt http://kcur.org/post/what-do-if-your-pet-gets-hurt <p></p><p>When you burn your finger or get a gash on your leg, you know what to do—or at least where the first aid kit is. But what do you do if your pet gets injured?</p><p>On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/program/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, veterinarian Wayne Hunthausen joins us to talk about first aid for your pets. We also take a look at what bandage you should use when Fido gets a cut and what to do when you can’t get Fluffy to the vet after an injury.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58869 at http://kcur.org What To Do If Your Pet Gets Hurt The True Life Of Kansas City Zookeepers http://kcur.org/post/true-life-kansas-city-zookeepers <p></p><p>So, you like animals? You enjoy watching them, taking care of them, and talking about them? Would you make a good zookeeper? Guest Host<a href="http://kcur.org/people/brian-ellison"> Brian Ellison</a> takes a look at the true life of Kansas City Zoo zookeepers on Tuesday's <em>Up to Date</em>. Find out what it's really like to chase a fugitive chimpanzee and keep the penguins healthy and happy in their habitat. Speaking of penguins, you can watch the penguins at the Kansas City Zoo live <a href="http://www.kansascityzoo.org/node/671">right here</a>.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:55:08 +0000 Brian Ellison, Hannah Copeland & Scott Ross 58549 at http://kcur.org The True Life Of Kansas City Zookeepers The Weekend To-Do List: April 4-6, 2014 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-april-4-6-2014 <p></p><p>Wash away the recent rainy weather with Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for April 4-6.</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.middleofthemapfest.com/"><b>Ink's Middle of the Map Fest </b></a>Music festival with more that 120 bands at six venues.&nbsp; Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Gary Numan performs at 11 p.m. Thursday at Ernie Biggs Piano Bar. Country Club Plaza and Westport area. Tickets: $55 three-day-pass</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:37:23 +0000 Steve Kraske, Brian McTavish & Cody Newill 53641 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: April 4-6, 2014 Veterinary Advice For Dealing With Badly Behaved Animals http://kcur.org/post/veterinary-advice-dealing-badly-behaved-animals <p>Fido’s making strange sounds, and Fluffy’s decided to carve your couch into a masterpiece with her claws. If all your solutions so far seem to be barking up the wrong tree, we’ve got another option for you.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the first part of Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, animal behavior expert and veterinarian <strong>Wayne </strong></span><strong>Hunthausen</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong> </strong>joins us to answer your questions about pet behavior.</span></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:22:12 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 46288 at http://kcur.org Veterinary Advice For Dealing With Badly Behaved Animals Annual Zoo Conference Decends On KC, Examines New Challenges http://kcur.org/post/annual-zoo-conference-decends-kc-examines-new-challenges <p>Lions, tigers and (panda) bears, oh my! Two thousand zoo and aquarium professionals are in Kansas City this week for the annual convention of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.&nbsp;</p><p>In the first part of Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we take a look at the challenges zoos face these days and how that's been affecting attendance. We also discuss what zoos are hoping their visitors get out of the experience.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guests:&nbsp;</strong></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:19:04 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 43393 at http://kcur.org Annual Zoo Conference Decends On KC, Examines New Challenges Adopting A Furry Friend http://kcur.org/post/adopting-furry-friend <p></p><p>Buying a cat or dog from a store isn’t your only option—pet adoption is growing more popular. However, taking in a rescue animal does present challenges.&nbsp;</p><p> Sun, 07 Jul 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 39649 at http://kcur.org Adopting A Furry Friend The State Of Feral Hogs In Missouri http://kcur.org/post/state-feral-hogs-missouri <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They spread disease and pollute the land. They devour birds and baby fauns. They have sharp teeth, weigh 300 pounds, and are now in 38 states across the US. It sounds like the stuff of nightmares, but the wild pig is real and they cause damage to farms and rural communities throughout America.</span></p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 14:20:55 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 38436 at http://kcur.org The State Of Feral Hogs In Missouri Stretching Your Palate http://kcur.org/post/stretching-your-palate <p>Chances are you have eaten at his restaurant, taken in a show at his venue, or even met the dude.&nbsp; But did you know about his plan to curb regional invasive species by cooking and eating them?</p><p></p><p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Jabulani Leffall, Matthew Long-Middleton & Jeffrey Harvey 30060 at http://kcur.org Stretching Your Palate Area Nerds Unite: Nerd Nite KC Features Cryptozoology http://kcur.org/post/area-nerds-unite-nerd-nite-kc-features-cryptozoology <p>For the past couple months we’ve been bringing you clips of presentations from Nerd Nites, which happen in Kansas City, Lawrence and all around the world.</p><p> Sun, 11 Nov 2012 22:24:00 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 26957 at http://kcur.org Area Nerds Unite: Nerd Nite KC Features Cryptozoology Rats! What Will KCMO Do About The Sewers? http://kcur.org/post/rats-what-will-kcmo-do-about-sewers <p>What's&nbsp;<strong>the most common rat in Kansas City</strong>&nbsp;these days? Tipping the scales at 10-17 ounces and a nasty little 7-10-inch body, it's <strong>the Norway rat</strong>. Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:04:49 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 26898 at http://kcur.org Rats! What Will KCMO Do About The Sewers? How Animals Help Heal http://kcur.org/post/how-animals-help-heal <p>In 2007, <strong>Dale Smith</strong> was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the head and neck. Throughout his treatment, his pet dog Keegan, normally an energetic border collie, lay patiently by his side, waiting for Dale to get better.</p><p> Mon, 14 May 2012 18:16:52 +0000 Andrea Silenzi, Jabulani Leffall & Charlie Upchurch 17631 at http://kcur.org How Animals Help Heal Warm Weather & Your Pet, & A PET Scanner For Your...Pet. http://kcur.org/post/warm-weather-your-pet-pet-scanner-yourpet <p>An uncharacteristically mild winter has led to an unusually warm spring.&nbsp; You probably packed up your winter coat early and started wearing sandals sometime last month.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 15:30:32 +0000 Stephen Steigman, Steve Kraske & Kathleen Pointer 15743 at http://kcur.org Warm Weather & Your Pet, & A PET Scanner For Your...Pet.