Pet of the week

Animal-shelter pets like toys, too

Donation suggestions to help the critters

Some of the most sought-after items for local animal shelters, as well as the nearest zoo, can be found in your child’s playroom. “Very hard balls or plastic blocks, like those toddler toys that Fisher Price makes, are good for the monkeys and for the birds,” said Mara Rodriguez, an operations instructional technician with America’s Teaching Zoo on the Moorpark […]

Birds are really ‘tweet

The Conejo Valley Audubon Society and Conejo Valley Botanic Garden will offer a series to help beginners learn to identify local bird species and introduce them to nearby birding locations. The first class on Sat., March 7 will run from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Botanic Garden, 400 W. Gainsborough Road, Thousand Oaks. Follow signs to the Kids’ Adventure […]

Pet of the week

SLOW GOING—Franklin craves human attention. He is reported to be well trained, housebroken, good on leash, good with kids, takes treats gently, is low energy, and has a very sweet demeanor. Meet Franklin, ID No. A4655699 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check Los Angeles County Animal Care and […]

Westlake Village Discovers: wild animals

Pet of the week

YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND— Murphy likes to snuggle in her favorite hiding spot until she feels it is the right time to come out to say hello, but once she does, she is all cuddles and purrs. This shy kitty is playful when feeling safe, and she gets along with small dogs. Meet Murphy, ID No. A5346995 at the Agoura […]

New big girl discovered

The National Park Service announced recently that researchers have identified a new mountain lion in their study of the region’s big cats. P-80, a female cougar that was fitted with a tracking device, is estimated to be between 5 and 6 years old and weighs 82 pounds. The cougar was captured in the central Santa Monica Mountains, in the Woolsey […]

Reflective moment at Calabasas Lake

CAN A PELICAN PONDER?—Ari Bialo, an amateur photographer who took this photo with his iPhone 11, spied a healthy American white pelican during a reflective moment at Calabasas Lake. One of the largest North American birds, the American white is able to fly with a sturdy grace due to its broad, white-and-black wings. Their large heads and huge, heavy bills […]

Party for the zoo lion

America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College invites the community to celebrate Ira the Lion’s sixth birthday Sat., Feb. 1 at the zoo, 7075 Campus Road. The day of festivities includes Ira unwrapping edible gifts made by his student trainers and guests singing “Happy Birthday” before eating birthday cake at 1 p.m. Children and adults can visit the craft station to […]

Adoption center open house

Valley Cats Inc., a Thousand Oaks-based cat adoption center, will hold an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Fri., Feb. 7 at 790 Hampshire Road, unit H, T.O. The nonprofit, which moved to the area in 2016 after 17 years in Woodland Hills, hopes members of the public will come play with some of the 30 or so felines […]

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