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Animal petting helps de-stress students

Friendly pony posing for a picture in front of the WREC. Photo credit: Joel Peterson

Jack Lewis and Joel Peterson

December 12, 2019

Chico State once again is hosting its bi-annual de-stress animal event at the WildCat Recreation Center (WREC).Starting this week and ending next week, students can visit the WREC each day to pet a variety of different animals in order to relieve anxiety during the stressful two weeks of finals preparati...

Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation remains unharmed after Camp Fire

The Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation remains undamaged after being threatened by the Camp Fire. Photo credit: Grant Schmieding

Grant Schmieding

December 12, 2018

Smoke filled the air as the fire burned surrounding areas, under a mile from the property. Tarps and sheets were placed over enclosures to keep the smoke out. It’s no easy task evacuating lions and tigers. Like much of Butte County, the Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation—which houses a wide...

Volunteers seek to reunify Camp Fire animals with owners

Jan Reale, NVADG volunteer since 2008, with Pericles, one of the sheltered dogs being cared for at the shelter by the Chico Airport. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Olyvia Simpson

November 27, 2018

Thousands of people have been displaced by the Camp Fire, and so have their pets. Hundreds of animals have been rescued from evacuation sites but many are still waiting to be reunited with their owners. “We are currently in the reunification phase where animals are being picked up by their owners,”...

College students and pets don’t mix

Getty Image photo by Dan Brandenburg

Rayanne Painter

September 10, 2018

With cute pet videos constantly going viral over Facebook and Twitter, it’s safe to say that animals of all form are pretty adorable. They’re quirky, sometimes fluffy and often times can be a best friend. What’s not to love? But, being an adult in college brings a lot of responsibilities. Homework,...

Owning a pet in college can create more harm than good

Pets are cute but they might not be worth the time and money in college. Photo credit: Diego Ramirez

Nicte Hernandez

March 12, 2018

According to The American Institute of Stress, eight out of 10 college students experience stress frequently or on a day-to-day basis. College can get lonely and stressful at times, miles away from your family and friends. It is a whole new environment that we must get used to. So at times, it might...

Elephant reserve may be coming closer to Chico

Dr. Tag Engstrom, Co Advisor, Dr. Rebecca Brunelli, Co Advisor and Gina Kinzley part of the Oakland Zoo Elephant Team with Chico state students at Oakland zoo.

Photo credit: Farshad Azad Photo credit: Jacqueline Morales

Jacqueline Morales

March 27, 2017

The Oakland Zoo seeks approval for the Tembo Preserve in Tehama County for elephant preservation. With Tehama County's suitable climate, African elephants would be welcomed into Northern California. Located 17 miles west of Interstate Highway 5, and about 30 minutes northwest of Redbluff the preserve...

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