Animals and Wildlife


  • 12 Seized Shipments: The Exotic Animal Trade Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | 4:49 PM ET
    Rare and beautiful, exotic animals have spurred an illegal trade worth more than $10 billion worldwide, according to the World Wildlife Foundation. Live animals fuel an illegal pet trade, while products made from exotic animals, such as medicines and ivory carvings, can fetch large sums in the underground market. Given the possibility of enormous profits, smugglers use inventive methods to get live animals and their products inside U.S. borders. While the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service battles t

    From air, land and sea, these 12 examples show the risks smugglers will take in the hunt for large profits.

  • Investing in Animals: Illegal Trade Takes Off Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | 3:21 PM ET
    These two small primates, called pygmy lorises, were smuggled into the U.S. in a small cloth pouch, concealed in a man's pants.

    Killing animals for profit. It smacks of a National Geographic documentary from the 1970's. But in 2012, it's still happening.

  • Westminster’s Most Successful Dog Breeds Friday, 10 Feb 2012 | 2:19 PM ET
    For 135 years, breeds of all shapes and sizes have vied to be named top dog at theThis year, 185 breeds and varieties will be competing for the title Best in Show. Some breeds have grabbed the coveted title more times than others.Here we look at the breeds that have won the most Best in Show awards and how much it would cost to purchase a puppy in that group. Since several factors affect the price of a potentially award-winning pup, each breed has a price range. Those factors include pedigree, l

    For 135 years, breeds of all shapes and sizes have vied to be named top dog at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.  Some breeds have grabbed the coveted title more times than others. Which ones are they?

  • Halloween Costumes for Kids and Pets Wednesday, 5 Oct 2011 | 2:34 PM ET
    Americans are expected to spend more than $1 billion on costumes for their children and $310 million to dress up their pets, according to the National Retail Federation, an industry trade group. Although many young adults hunt for original looks, when it comes to finding a costume for the kids, traditional themes usually win out. That’s not to say everyone will be dressed alike. More retailers are selling costumes, and this means more choices for consumers. Costumes for kids and pets tend to dra

    Video game characters and monster mash-ups are big for the little set this year. Click to see some of the hottest costumes.

  • Australians Spend Billions on Pets Amid Retail Lull Friday, 30 Sep 2011 | 1:43 AM ET

    Australians may be cutting back on spending on themselves as they cope with inflation, but when it comes to their pets no expenses are spared.

  • If Fido Meets Irene—First-Aid Gear for Pets Friday, 26 Aug 2011 | 4:13 PM ET
    Hurricane In this handout satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Hurricane Irene on August 25, 2011 in the Caribbean Sea.

    Hurricane Irene is bearing down on the East Coast, and emergency responders are preparing to rescue residents unlucky enough to be overcome by Mother Nature. They're also preparing to save the animals, too.

  • 10 Outrageously Expensive Pets Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 3:56 PM ET
    Recently, eccentric rocker  in an auction for an eight-week old Yorkshire terrier. Pricey? Not compared to the price tags of some of the pets out there. In fact, Ozzy was lucky to have paid so little. Just like with cars, purses, and jewelry, people with deep pockets will spend outrageous sums of money on animals. The reasoning behind these purchases can vary from investing in the animal’s DNA and their breeding prospects, to owning a unique creature, or for simple companionship.

    To get an idea of how expensive animals can be, CNBC.com gathered some of the most expensive animals that have been sold or that can be purchased. Check out the list!

  • Cat Strollers and Live Food for Your Pets Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | 11:18 AM ET
    Cat Stroller

    "I have a stroller for my cat," the attractive young woman said with a Cheshire grin. "How much did it cost?" I asked. "Oh, about $140, but I don't care," she answered. That's exactly what the 8,000 people at the SuperZoo 2007 trade show in Las Vegas are counting on. It's a 41 billion dollar business and growing by double digits, all things to do with pets. From food (some of which is alive) to organic leashes and collars.

  • Crazy About Pets Friday, 13 Apr 2007 | 6:04 PM ET

    Some 80,000 animal lovers are attending America's Family Pet Expo in southern California this weekend.

  • We Love Our Pets, Blame it on the Weather, & More Wednesday, 4 Apr 2007 | 9:07 AM ET

    Why run Gymboree with the real money is at Petco? Here’s the latest proof that we’d rather have a nanny raise the kids, but don’t get between me and my dog: Doggie Yoga classes. That you PAY for. Apparently, they are a hit at the Humane Society in Seattle, where dogs and their masters relax together, with the “upward facing belly pose.” Namaste!

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