Animals http://tpr.org en The Playhouse's 'Wizard Of Oz' Still Needs A Toto http://tpr.org/post/playhouses-wizard-oz-still-needs-toto <p>Casting is nearly complete for a local Playhouse production. But there's still a part un-cast.<br /><br />“We are really excited," said Christina Casella, the education and outreach director for The Playhouse. "And who wouldn’t be? It’s 'The Wizard of Oz.' "</p><p>I asked her how the development of&nbsp; special effects was going.</p><p>"The show opens in October, but they have already started working with the pyrotechnics and the smoke," Casella said. "They’re really excited; I think they’re having too much fun up there.”</p><p>Then we moved on to casting.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:59:28 +0000 Jack Morgan 34650 at http://tpr.org The Playhouse's 'Wizard Of Oz' Still Needs A Toto Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers http://tpr.org/post/federal-plan-save-prairie-chickens-ruffles-state-feathers It's prairie chicken mating season!<p>Still, it's tough being a lesser prairie chicken these days. This type of grouse once spanned an enormous area, though now they survive mainly in pockets of Oklahoma and Kansas. Their numbers are plummeting; in 2012, the population dropped by half.<p>But after they were recently listed as a threatened species by the U.S. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Frank Morris 29771 at http://tpr.org Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers ADL In Dire Need Of New Foster Homes For Sudden Increase In Abandoned Puppies And Kittens http://tpr.org/post/adl-dire-need-new-foster-homes-sudden-increase-abandoned-puppies-and-kittens <p>An increasing number of abandoned newborn kittens have been reported across the city, and the Animal Defense League is putting out a call for fosters to help take care of them.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ADL spokesman Hugo Vital said the younger kittens&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">have strained resources at the no-kill shelter.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:54:55 +0000 Eileen Pace 28704 at http://tpr.org ADL In Dire Need Of New Foster Homes For Sudden Increase In Abandoned Puppies And Kittens San Antonio Zoo Celebrates 100th Birthday With 90,000 Guests Over Spring Break http://tpr.org/post/san-antonio-zoo-celebrates-100th-birthday-90000-guests-over-spring-break <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The San Antonio Zoo has hosted tens of thousands of visitors over spring break. O</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ne reason may be the newly-constructed </span>Zootennial<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Plaza that has everyone talking.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:11:28 +0000 Eileen Pace 28438 at http://tpr.org San Antonio Zoo Celebrates 100th Birthday With 90,000 Guests Over Spring Break Looking Back At This Week's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling In Texas http://tpr.org/post/looking-back-weeks-same-sex-marriage-ruling-texas <p><strong>Texas Matters: </strong>We<strong> </strong>recap the ruling and reaction in the case challenging Texas' ban on same-sex marriage and a look at the history behind the ban. Also on this show: A new UT/Texas Tribune poll shows how the state is changing. What do outsiders think of Texas politics? Groups push Gov. Perry to regulate stun guns in schools. And how the cold is affecting sea turtles on Padre Island.</p><p><strong>Ruling comes down in Texas same-sex marriage case</strong></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:26:08 +0000 David Martin Davies 27516 at http://tpr.org Looking Back At This Week's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling In Texas ACS Focusing On Areas With Most Bite/Stray Calls For Neighborhood Information Sweeps http://tpr.org/post/acs-focusing-areas-most-bitestray-calls-neighborhood-information-sweeps <p>The City of San Antonio's Comprehensive Neighborhood Sweeps Initiative continues this weekend to deliver responsible pet ownership info and resources directly to residents.</p><p>City Council District 1 is being targeted for the initiative this weekend.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Records kept by Animal Care Services of the high-risk neighborhoods pinpoint those with the most bite reports and the most stray animal calls. They deploy staff and volunteers to the targeted area to go door-to-door with education, awareness, and enforcement.</span></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 15:19:22 +0000 Eileen Pace 26325 at http://tpr.org ACS Focusing On Areas With Most Bite/Stray Calls For Neighborhood Information Sweeps Buddy The Dog Released Pending Appeal Of Euthanasia Order http://tpr.org/post/buddy-dog-released-pending-appeal-euthanasia-order <p>Animal-rights activists say public outcry has given a dog named Buddy another reprieve. But a local group is planning to work to bring about more awareness to state law that they say is too broad.</p><p>In a case that’s come to be known as "Buddy the Dog," the Golden Retriever’s owners are seeking a permanent resolution to keep him from being euthanized.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:32:39 +0000 Eileen Pace 25278 at http://tpr.org Buddy The Dog Released Pending Appeal Of Euthanasia Order Permit To Hunt And Kill One Black Rhino Sold For $350,000 http://tpr.org/post/permit-hunt-and-kill-one-black-rhino-sold-350000 The Dallas Safari Club's controversial auction of a permit to hunt one black rhino in Namibia raised $350,000 over the weekend, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DallasSafariClub/posts/620656804679231?stream_ref=10" target="_blank">the club confirms on its Facebook page</a>.<p>That's at the lower end of the range that club executive Ben Carter had expected. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:06:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 24984 at http://tpr.org Permit To Hunt And Kill One Black Rhino Sold For $350,000 What New Mexico Is Doing To Curb Drug Abuse http://tpr.org/post/what-new-mexico-doing-curb-drug-abuse <p><strong>Fronteras: </strong>What are the prospects for immigration reform next year? Fronteras looks at how New Mexico is dealing with its drug&nbsp;addictions and future efforts to curb drug abuse. In the Southwest, wildlife relocations have proven successful in bringing back populations of some species, but sometimes those relocations come at a steep price. Also, California's DREAM Act has started providing financial aid for undocumented students.</p><p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:51:06 +0000 Crystal Chavez 23892 at http://tpr.org What New Mexico Is Doing To Curb Drug Abuse ACS Director Addresses Euthanasia Concerns At Little-Known Brooks Facility http://tpr.org/post/acs-director-addresses-euthanasia-concerns-little-known-brooks-facility <p>The City of San Antonio's Animal Care Services operates a dog shelter facility on the Southside at Brooks City-Base. In its three year history, it hasn't attracted much attention. It was used for overflow from the main campus located off Hwy 151 near the San Antonio Food Bank.</p><p>Several weeks ago the Brooks facility transitioned from an overflow shelter to quarantine. It is now responsible for holding animals for bite or cruelty cases.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 17:44:17 +0000 Ryan Loyd 22981 at http://tpr.org ACS Director Addresses Euthanasia Concerns At Little-Known Brooks Facility