May 20, 1999
At last! A good word for the opossum ("Saving a Sluggish Spring Garden Without Using Poison," March 18)! Many people don't know that favorite foods of the possum are things we don't like: snails, rats, mice, bugs and worms. The opossum is a gardener's best friend. We always wish they would set up permanent camp in our yard, but they're true wanderers, always on the move to the next neighborhood. Other good things about possums: They "tiptoe through the tulips," moving slowly and carefully in search of snails and other pests.
November 22, 1990 |
Always wanted a swamp wallaby? Would you love to have a white-handed gibbon to call your very own? You can, through the Something Wild animal adoption program sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Ana Zoo. The 3-year-old program allows people to choose an animal on exhibit at the zoo to adopt. Even the animals that roam the grounds, such as peafowls, and the pond animals--Japanese koi and western pond turtles--are available for adoption.
May 5, 1995 |
Covered in white and ocher face and body paint over a thick paste that makes them look like ancient mud figures come to life, dancers of the Northern Australian Territory re-enact a mythic odyssey ("The Wallaby Dreaming") a world away from the Tanami Desert that is their home. Accompanied by deep-toned singing and the rhythmic clack of wooden boomerangs, they walk heavily, wearily, with long boomerangs held across their shoulders, re-creating a journey of a thousand miles in only a few minutes.
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November 21, 2004 |
It's a bit like "The Apprentice," except the jungles of Manhattan have been replaced by the wilds of the Santa Barbara Zoo. This semester, about two dozen Cal State Channel Islands students have been packing the boardroom at the city zoo, splitting into teams to work up proposals for new exhibits at the ocean-view park. It's not a competition and no one will get fired. The only thing riding on the exercise is a semester grade.
October 17, 1993 |
The idea seemed simple enough--even fundamental--for a creative TV enterprise targeted at children: Hire people to develop original cartoon series. In fact, however, it was almost radical. Television in the late 1980s had come to be dominated by cartoons that were based on characters children already knew--from toys ("G.I.
July 25, 2001 |
If you doubt that "SpongeBob SquarePants" has become a major underwater force in the TV cartoon world, well, you're all wet. SpongeBob is the lovable, earnest sponge who lives in a pineapple at the bottom of the ocean. He also is the current star of the phylum porifera, for all you fans who like to mix a little biology with your cartoon viewing pleasure. Nickelodeon has declared this "SpongeBob Summer," with the half-hour show going prime time Monday through Thursday.
March 9, 1986 |
At 82, the beloved Dr. Seuss has published his first book for adults. That's assuming that all his children's books weren't meant for adults, and that this one isn't meant for children. "Is this a children's book?" the jacket blurb asks slyly. "Well . . . not immediately. You buy a copy for your child now and you give it to him on his 70th birthday."
August 12, 2001 |
My husband, Tom, and I needed a break from the 90-degree February heat in Sydney. Our friends there vacation in Cairns, a city 15 degrees higher in latitude and 10 degrees higher in temperature. But I wondered whether Tasmania, a shield-shaped island state in the most southerly part of Australia, might be an agreeable spot. Our friends said it was lovely. None of them, however, had ever been there.
June 19, 1995 |
Doodles doesn't claw the furniture anymore. She doesn't hiss at strangers or meow when she wants to be fed. In fact, Doodles never stirs from a pillow near the fireplace in her Reston, Va., home. That's because Doodles' owner, Jim Gottlieb, had her stuffed after the cat's death last year. "Today you can pet her and look at her and she won't bite you," said Gottlieb, 35, who cared for the temperamental seal-point Siamese for five years.