Beasts of the Wild
Lions and tigers and bears - oh my! Exploring majestic beasts in their natural habitats.
How Locals Negotiate the Dangerous Australian Wildlife
It can’t be denied that some of the world’s most deadly creatures can be found in Australia. Sharks lurk in the ocean. Snakes are numerous and bountiful. Spiders are big and scary or small and deadly. Saltwater crocodiles and box jellyfish rule some parts of the land. Even the kangaroos can pack a deadly kick if aggravated.
Introduction Pangolins are the only mammals to have scales. The scales of pangolins are very strong; when they are threatened pangolins curl into a ball to protect themselves and can withstand an attack from a lion or tiger. There are 8 species of pangolins, 4 in Africa and 4 in Asia. There are pangolins in rainforests, woodlands, swamps and savannas. Pangolins are sometimes referred to as “scaly anteaters” or “walking pinecones.” All species of pangolins are endangered.
The leaves of the trees rustled in the soft wind as it entered the forest in the early dawn. The wind carried with it an array of smells all but alien to the inhabitants. Strange sounds, too, echoed in from the open ground just outside. Most of the residents, however, ignored the strangeness and went on with their daily rituals.
My Grizzly Bear Story
I can still hear my Grandfather’s words carried by the wind through the trees, whispering to me, “Leave the wild animals in peace, Peter.”
How Beavers Engineer The Land
Beavers bring life to rivers and the land. They re-engineer the landscape to create safe habitats for themselves, where they can hide from predators and swim to where their food grows.
Five Life Lessons From The Mighty Octopus
I wanted to challenge myself: can I write a self-improvement article about a random animal? It seemed like a good way to break out of the repetitive content I see.
The Toucans of Costa Rica
Perhaps the most well-known tropical bird, the toucan, is a symbol of playfulness and intelligence known by children the world over. They are highlighted on many a cereal box and candy wrapper! From a marketing standpoint, the vibrant colors on the box immediately direct the child's eye and when the child starts pointing and yelling at the top of their lungs, usually a sale is made! It's as simple as that!
Grey squirrels is the most common of numerous squirrel species found in North America, and is more notorious for being unafraid of humans and being more comfortable among us, however the endangered subspecies, the red squirrel, is increasingly at risk of extinction due to the grey squirrels being much more aggressive on collecting food and nesting, also the red squirrel is commercially harvested for its fur.
Meeting the Yellow Eyed Penguin
“Do the penguins know we’re here?” asks the little girl. “Yes, they do,” replies Dan, our tour guide and penguin expert. “But because we’re looking at them through such a small hole in the wall, the penguins can only see very little of us and so they think that we’re smaller than them and not a threat”.
The Birds of the Seas
The Dolphin is one of the most beautiful and lively marine creatures on this Earth. It sings underneath the Oceans of this world and jump out of the waters to ‘see’ the world we live in. They are graceful, sleek swimmers and can reach speeds of more than 18 miles an hour. They are playful and often frolic in a boat’s wake, leaping out of the water --- mainly for fun but also to communicate and shed pesky parasites.
Dead whale mother
in Western Scheldt near Terneuzen, 'doomed young'. One of the whales that were seen swimming in the Western Scheldt on Sunday was washed up dead near Terneuzen on Monday. According to SOS Dolfijn, this is an adult bottlenose whale of six meters. Her cub is still swimming around, but is also doomed.“If the calf still drinks milk from the mother, there is no chance of survival,” explains Annemarie van den Berg of SOS Dolfijn to Hart van Nederland. "The only thing we can do is keep an eye on the calf and possibly put it out of its misery." That is why there is a call to watch out for the whale cub.Rare in the Netherlands
Are You a Mosquito Magnet?
Mosquitos are smarter than most people realize. They have four well-developed senses (sight, smell, taste, and hearing), a capacity for making decisions, and have developed flavour preferences — yes they like some of us more than others, based on how we taste.