By Karen Ann Monsy
Giant turtles have been on my must-see list ever since I first saw their pictures two years ago. But a trip to Galápagos island in the Seychelles, where these gentle beasts are endemic, was not forthcoming anytime soon. So, when a recent trip to Muscat threw the opportunity to potentially spot green sea turtles on the beaches of Sur in Oman — June being the month when they come to shore to lay eggs — I was all-in.
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By Janice Rodrigues
Of course, I love animals. I think they’re all great — as long as they’re behind the bars of a zoo. It was the comment I would usually think (or sometimes even dare say) when someone cooed over a pet and then judgmentally glanced over to see why I wasn’t sharing their enthusiasm. Having been born and raised in Oman, dealing with animals of any sort did not come naturally to me. I rarely, if ever, saw a dog on the streets, and could count the number of times I had interacted with a pet on the fingers of one hand. Add to the fact that my mother had been bitten by a stray dog when she was a toddler, and you can see where my aversion to pets stemmed from.
Continue reading The purr-fect way to end my aversion to animals
By Kelly Clarke
I remember the moment vividly; filled with indignation I knew I had to get my revenge, and eventually I did. It was sweet. I was 12-years-old. It was a Saturday evening; movie night in the Clarke household. Back then, it was a trip to the video store for Hollywood’s latest blockbuster; on-demand and Netflix didn’t exist. With my mum and I in charge of the popcorn, my father and brother were tasked with going to fetch the film.
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By Elizabeth C. Leon
A naturalist in Colorado changes her approach. Instead of shielding new buds on poppies and columbines from the mouths of wild creatures, she welcomes them to her garden buffet
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By Anjana Sankar
Spread the word to your pet-owning friends. If they’re going on holiday soon and are paranoid about what to do with Foxy the fluffball, they can contact a bunch of pet sitters who will be the perfect guardians
Continue reading If you love animals and are reliable, you can be a pet sitter
Bernd Debusmann Jr.
Seeing an elephant in its natural habitat is an unforgettable experience. It is impossible to look at an elephant and not smile. Although slow and lumbering, they somehow manage to move with grace. Luckily for us in the Emirates, elephants are just a few flight hours away, in Sri Lanka. Continue reading Go on, put Sri Lanka’s elephant orphanage on your bucket list