Rome's Bioparco faces closure

City owes Rome zoo arrears of €3 million in public funds. Rome's Bioparco is "at risk of closure" due to the non-payment of €3 million by the city, which provides one third of the zoo's funding, acco...

Swallows dying in Rome's cold spring

Swallows seek shelter from cold in Rome houses.Rome's newly-arrived swallows, swifts and housemartins are suffering in this year's uncharacteristically cold May, with numerous reports of the birds dyi...

Dog kills Villa Pamphilj fox

Dead fox believed to be Giglio, not Olimpia. A search is underway for the owner of the dog presumed responsible for killing one of the two foxes resident at Villa Borghese, Rome's largest park. A...

Olimpia the Fox: mascot of Rome's biggest park

Friendly fox becomes celebrity at Villa Pamphilj in Rome. In recent weeks a friendly fox has been attracting increasing attention in Villa Pamphilj, Rome's largest park. The animal has been christ...

Baubeach: Rome's eco-friendly beach for dogs

Rome dogs have fun at the seaside as Baubeach reopens for the 2019 season. Baubeach, Rome’s beach designated exclusively for dogs and their owners reopens for the summer season on 19 April and this y...

Baby dolphin sighted off Rome coast

Rome experts say group of ten dolphins included baby. A baby bottlenose dolphin has been sighted off Rome's southern coastline, according to Oceanomare dolphins Onlus. The organisation is involved...

Rome pets: Hansel the lamb and Dior the piglet

Young farm animals adopted as pets in Rome. Rome residents and tourists have begun to notice a peculiar sight on the streets of the city centre in recent weeks: farm animals being walked around as pe...

Rome considers microchips for cats

Rome city council studies new proposals regarding welfare of cats. Rome's environment commission has recommended several new rules regarding the protection and welfare of animals, subject to approval...

Hope for Italy's brown bear with birth of 11 cubs

Third consecutive year of new brown bear cubs in central Italy. There was good news for the critically endangered Marsican brown bear – the rarest sub-species of bear on the planet – with the arrival...

Bull on the loose in Rome suburb

Rome police round up bull and two cows in Bravetta. Video footage has emerged of a bull walking through the streets of Bravetta, a suburb in west Rome, on the evening of 22 January. In addition to...

Blessing of the animals ceremony at St Peter's

Annual tradition takes place in Rome and across Italy. Italy celebrates the feast day of St Anthony Abbot, the patron saint and protector of animals, on Thursday 17 January. Each year an open air...

Rome dog adopted after 11 years at kennels

16-year-old Thor adopted following Rome's dog adoption campaign. Life begins again for Thor, a 16-year-old dog, who was adopted after spending the last 11 years housed in kennels in the Muratella sub...

Environmentalists protest arrival of endangered penguins at Rome's Bioparco

Animal rights activists say endangered penguins should return to South Africa. The arrival of a group of African Penguins at Rome's Bioparco has provoked protests from animal rights activists who are...

Rome's horse-drawn carriages move to city parks

Rome will not grant any new botticelle licences. Rome's horse-drawn carriages, or botticelle, are to be moved off the streets to four of the capital's parks following legislation approved by the city...

Rome residents urged not to abandon dogs

Annual campaign calls on Romans not to dump their pets over summer.Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi has launched a campaign urging residents of the capital not to abandon their pets as they head off on sum...

Rome's zoo animals cool off with frozen fruit

Bioparco battles Rome heatwave with frozen fruit and swimming pools.Authorities at Rome's Bioparco are ensuring the zoo's residents are coping with the current heatwave by providing the animals with s...

Rome's zoo animals cool off with frozen fruit

Bioparco battles Rome heatwave with frozen fruit and swimming pools. Authorities at Rome's Bioparco are ensuring the zoo's residents are coping with the current heatwave by providing the animals with...

Rome to move horse-drawn carriages off the streets

Rome mayor hails "historic" decision to move botticelle from city streets. Rome's horse-drawn carriages, or botticelle, are set to be moved off the streets to four of the capital's parks following le...

Rome police investigate alleged crocodile sightings

Reports of large reptile swimming in canals around Maccarese area. Officers from the carabinieri and forestry police are conducting searches of drainage canals around Rome's coastal district of Macca...
Rome's dog beach reopens for summer
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Rome's dog beach reopens for summer

Baubeach - a summer haven for Rome’s dogs - celebrates 20 years. Baubeach, Rome’s beach designated exclusively for dogs and their owners has reopened for the summer season and this year celebrates it...

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