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Grad student discusses how her research inadvertently yielded results with significant implications for invasive Burmese pythons in south Florida

Kelly Crandall--a graduate student at Southern Illinois University (SIU)--discusses on “Talking Animals” how her research focusing on raccoons and opossums inadvertently yielded results with significant implications about the Burmese python, a rampant invasive species in...

Kate Benjamin: expert on designing cat-friendly homes

Kate Benjamin offers expertise on designing stylish, cat-friendly homes--and lives with 13 cats in her two-bedroom condo.

Largo-based lawyer specializes in pet law services

April Goodwin is an attorney and founder of Largo-based The Goodwin Firm, a law firm specializing in pet law services
live music singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards

Singer Kathleen Edwards discusses being a part-time St. Pete resident, shows, dogs, cats, birds and more

Singer-songwriter-animal champion Kathleen Edwards discusses becoming a part-time St. Pete resident, dogs, siamese cats--and performs four songs.

Dog trainer, behaviorist & former WMNFer answers listener questions on “Ask The Trainer”

Trainer answers listener questions about dog (& cat) behavior in "Ask The Trainer"

Biologist-Author Tom Mustill describes whale landing on him while kayaking, how it transformed him personally and professionally

Tom Mustill, who’s a biologist, filmmaker, and author, discusses how he’s forever primarily identified by a 2015 incident: while kayaking with a friend, a humpback whale breached, and landing on the pair.

Telfair-Garcia reflects new trend at animal shelters nationwide: hiring social workers

Alexis Telfair-Garcia, a social worker, discusses on “Talking Animals” being recently hired at the Austin, TX animal shelter, Austin Pets Alive! (APA!)

Emily McCormack’s lifelong commitment to saving tigers

Emily McCormack, the Animal Curator at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, describes this sanctuary housing mostly big cats, and her lifelong zeal for saving tigers.

Steve Koyle seeks to reduce elephant cruelty–and improve welfare–globally

In a “Talking Animals” interview, Steve Koyle surveys his decades-long experience of caring for animals, specializing in elephants, notably by founding Elephant Care Unchained.

Dr. Shayla Toombs-Withers discussed her plant-based practice on eve of Tampa Bay Veg Fest

Dr. Shayla Toombs-Withers, who runs a medical clinic called The Essence of Health Wellness Clinic, describes her plant-based, concierge-style medical practice.

Author Duncan Forgey discusses his inventive debut novel, “Flyin’ Kai: A Pelican’s Tale”–and its 50-year history

Author Duncan P. Forgey speaks on “Talking Animals” about his debut novel, Flyin’ Kai: A Pelican’s Tale, an inventive yarn, starting with a pelican occupying the center of the story.

An organizer of the recent Florida Birding and Nature Festival enthuses about the joys of birding

Ann Paul, an organizer of the recent Florida Birding and Nature Festival, recalls with great enthusiasm how she first became interested in birds.

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