When God made the panda He was thinking of me.

The education team at the Kansas City Museum of History and Science wrote and sang this song for me at my going away party when I moved to Texas after graduating from William Jewell College. It was to the tune of the song the Candy Man sang by Sammy Davis Jr. This past summer my … Continue reading When God made the panda He was thinking of me.

Imagine the moon

The moon I photographed tonight rising over the Franklin Mountains and the city of El Paso is amazingly the same moon that my father saw when he was growing up in Western New York.   It is the same moon that his father saw when he was growing up on the island of Sicily and the … Continue reading Imagine the moon

Water system expert needed at shelter in Juarez

Greetings from the Tree of Hopes shelter in Anapra. The shelter is located in far northwest Juárez, about 5 miles due west as a crow flies of our new meeting place at the Mesa Street Grill.  Thanks to Robert Holguin of K-Fox and his special report earlier this summer we have recently received over a dozen … Continue reading Water system expert needed at shelter in Juarez

How you can help Afghanistan refugees in El Paso

Aerial image of the mountains of Afghanistan, Wikimedia Creative Commons Afghanistan refugees arriving at Fort Bliss are some of the lucky ones. Now they have a second chance at a better life. If you would like to help them here is some information on what you can do. Some donation items include: Clothing - NEW … Continue reading How you can help Afghanistan refugees in El Paso

Sign up to be a conservation volunteer at the Zoo

The El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens Conservation Education Program is recruiting volunteers to work with our Education Team both virtually and at the Zoo.   This  program is designed to help the Zoo accomplish its mission in support of important zoo goals including (1) providing excellent, expert, and compassionate care for our animals, (2) actively … Continue reading Sign up to be a conservation volunteer at the Zoo

They lived with mountain gorillas

FREE special Zoom presentations May 8 and June 5 - Register Soon Not everyone who writes a book about mountain gorillas makes it on the recommended reading list of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. Writing Guide to Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park, Home to Critically Endangered Mountain Gorillas was a labor of love and during the … Continue reading They lived with mountain gorillas

Following a dream to the land of the mountain gorilla

Silverback mountain gorilla at Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda by Rick LoBello by Rick LoBello All around the world people are working to save endangered species and our environment.  Many of them are inspired by their visits to zoos.  That is what happened to me when I was 4 years old and my mother joined me … Continue reading Following a dream to the land of the mountain gorilla

A story of hope: from Rwanda to the rest of the world

Everyone has stories. Some stories are happy, some are sad, others are funny, informative, motivating and still others give us something we all need every day, hope. This is a story of hope.  Frederick Ndabaramiye is from Rwanda and we know each other only from emails, but we have a mutual friend in Jeff Ramsey … Continue reading A story of hope: from Rwanda to the rest of the world

Can we realize Roosevelt’s dream for a transboundary conservation area by developing a plan for a sustainable future?

The Chisos Mountains from near the Terlingua Ghost Town. Background Big Bend National Park was first officially proposed on February 16, 1935 when Texas Senator Morris Sheppard wrote a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt suggesting a protected area of international scope in the Big Bend area. Roosevelt was a strong advocate for the proposal … Continue reading Can we realize Roosevelt’s dream for a transboundary conservation area by developing a plan for a sustainable future?

Conservationists push for quick reversal of damaged environmental rules

“First 100-Days Challenge” Delivered to New Administration The vast list of damaging environmental policy changes enacted without congressional approval by the Trump administration is about to get major attention from the conservation community. According to a just-released campaign by the Rewilding Institute (TRI) called “Healing Nature’s Wounds,” endorsed by a significant list of national environmental … Continue reading Conservationists push for quick reversal of damaged environmental rules

This is where I want to be right now and its SNOWING!!!!

The bison in the Yellowstone Park bison herd are American bison of the Plains bison subspecies. Yellowstone National Park may be the only location in the United States where free-ranging bison were never extirpated, since they continued to exist in the wild and were not re-introduced, as has been done in most other bison herd … Continue reading This is where I want to be right now and its SNOWING!!!!