Rome’s Bioparco zoo reopens after lockdown

Bioparco di Roma reopens to visitors after lockdown. Rome's Bioparco, the capital's zoo, reopens to the public on Friday 29 May, following a closure of more than two months due to the covid-19 crisis...

Amatrice bids farewell to Aaron the hero dog

Aaron saved several lives in aftermath of Amatrice earthquake. "A friend, a colleague, a hero, a member of my family...I have run out of tears." Francesco Sacco, a dog trainer from Pescara, bid fa...

Italy: Whales swim in ship-free Strait of Messina

Coronavirus ban on ships gives whales freedom to swim undisturbed through Strait of Messina. The majestic sight of two whales swimming through a ship-free Strait of Messina was captured in aerial foo...

WWF: Italian regions make new laws for hunters during crisis

Coronavirus emergency has not stopped new regional laws in favour of hunters, say Italian wildlife agencies. Italy's main animal welfare associations claim that measures in favour of hunting activiti...

Wild animals roam free among Roman ruins

Birds and animals reclaim Palatine Hill for themselves during Rome's lockdown. Animals and birds living on Rome's Palatine Hill are taking advantage of the lack of tourists to "take back" the hill fo...

Cats of Rome: How to help Torre Argentina cat sanctuary

Rome cat shelter appeals for online donations and distance adoptions. Rome's Torre Argentina cat sanctuary, located among the ruins of the Largo Argentina archaeological area, has provided shelter, f...

Two Ducks spotted in Piazza di Spagna Fountain

Two ducks have been spotted in the waters of the Barcaccia fountain in Piazza di Spagna.  In this period of Coronavirus emergency, during which Italians are forced to stay in their homes, cities appe...

Blessing of the animals ceremony in Rome

Annual tradition takes place in Vatican and across Italy. Italy celebrates the feast day of St Anthony Abbot, the patron saint and protector of animals, on Friday 17 January 2020. Each year an ope...

Rome seeks home for Orso the dog

Rome launches dog adoption campaign. Orso, a five-year-old dog, is the star of a video campaign designed to promote the adoption of dogs from Rome's municipal kennels. The poignant video sees Orso...

Filippo finds a home: happy ending for dog abandoned on Rome bus

Family adopts Filippo following appeal by Rome bus drivers. Filippo, the little dog found abandoned on a Rome bus, has found a new home following a high-profile adoption appeal. Bus drivers discov...

Dog abandoned on Rome bus: adoption appeal

Rome bus drivers seek loving home for abandoned dog. Workers from Rome's public transport company ATAC have launched an adoption appeal after a dog was found abandoned on a city bus, reports daily It...

Italy's Marsican brown bears face extinction

WWF Italy raises awareness of critically-endangered bear. Italy's Marsican brown bear faces the prospect of extinction as experts say there are only about 50 of the animals left in existence. The...

Horse collapses near Rome's Spanish Steps

Rome's horse-drawn carriages still on city streets despite mayor's promises. One of Rome's 'botticelle' horses collapsed on Via dei Condotti, the exclusive shopping street near the Spanish Steps, on...

Rome to cull wild boar

Culling of Rome's wild boar is a marked change in direction for Raggi's hitherto animal-friendly administration. The wild boar that congregrate in the parks and streets of Rome's suburbs are to be cu...

Wolf-dog hybrid cubs in Rome nature reserve

Wolf-dog hybrids born at Castel di Guido in outskirts of Rome. Seven wolf-dog hybrid cubs have been filmed by hidden cameras in a nature reserve at Castel di Guido, located between Rome and the capit...
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