Animals of New York

I Just Called to Hiss, ‘I Love You’

I Just Called to Hiss, ‘I Love You’

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Can’t decide whether to buy roses or chocolates? Longing to give something more original? What’s more romantic than…a roach? For a minimum fee of $15 dollars (with higher prices for those looking for more extravagant packages), the Bronx Zoo will let you name a Madagascar Hissing roach—which can […]

Taxidermy 101: The Art of Wildlife Preservation

Taxidermy 101: The Art of Wildlife Preservation

Some people spend their Sundays in church, others like to unwind with a good book, but in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, a small group of artists are rolling up their sleeves, grabbing scalpels and cutting open a mischief of mice to learn the craft of taxidermy. Leading the course is Katie Innamoroto, 27, a woman whose […]

Audit Slams City Animal Shelters, But Some Pet Owners Say They Aren’t That Bad

Audit Slams City Animal Shelters, But Some Pet Owners Say They Aren’t That Bad

The waiting area at Animal Care & Control of NYC on 110th between 1st and 2nd Avenues smells like vinegar. The cinder-block walls are a pale yellow and sea foam green and visitors can hear dogs bark and whimper through the walls. The animals sit in kennels upstairs. Visitors must sign in before browsing the […]