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Polar Bears Have Black Skin

I was watching a show on Animal Planet the other day and they had to do a hysterectomy on a polar bear. The intriguing thing about the surgery was that when they shaved her fur to prepare her, her skin was completely black. This makes complete sense and is an amazing adaptation for these bears. Why? Because their black skin absorbs heat from the sun. Their fur isn’t actually white…it’s clear – this allows the sunlight to penetrate their thick coats and allow their black skin to absorb this heat! Huh! Who knew? Nature is such a marvelously designed thing! There is a reason for every [ ... ]

What in the World is a Kinkajou?

Scientific Classification: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammal Order: Carnivora Family: Procyonidae Genus: Potos Species: P. flavus * There are also 7 subspecies of kinkajou. The Kinkajou is also known as the Honey Bear and is an arboreal animal native to Central and South America. They are not monkeys or ferrets…In fact, they are related to the raccoon, coati and ringtail to name a few. Kinkajous only weight between 4-7 lbs and have a long, curled tail, which is prehensile. This means that it can use it as a “limb” or 5th hand of sorts and can hang on to branches, etc with it. Although they have a

Leatherback Sea Turtle Placed on Endangered List

Exotic Animal Newsflash: As of yesterday, January 18th, 2009, the leatherback sea turtle has been moved to the critically endangered list from being only a vulnerable species in Australia. Photo left: baby leatherback sea turtle The leatherback sea turtle is the fourth largest reptilians in the world behind 3 crocodilians. What is most sad about this fact, is that the leatherback is the only species of animal in the genus Dermochelys. Once they’re gone, there’s none left! NONE! Why Are They In Peril? Because the

Most Endangered Large Mammal on Planet Amazingly Caught on Camera

Exotic Animal Newsflash: Remote infra-red wildlife camera traps caught footage of the world’s most rare rhinoceros in the Ujung Kulon National Park in the jungles of Java Island in Indonesia. The first of any footage collected in 5 years of the Javan rhinoceros, a mother and her calf were caught unawares by this “eye in the jungle”, but the mother did not like the looks of the camera and charged it, and head-butted the camera, knocking it down causing any more footage to disappear. However, the camera was retrieved with the great night-time footage that ensued prior to the “TKO”, which will be [ ... ]

A New Endangered Species Listing for Yet Another Australian Animal

Exotic Animal Newsflash: For those of you that have not yet heard, the Tasmanian Devil was put on the endangered species list last week due to an outbreak of cancer that is both deadly and disfiguring to the animals. This particular cancer starts as a brain tumor and grows so large, encompassing the Tasmanian Devil’s face and mouth until it can no longer eat. These animals seem to only last a few months, and the wild population has decreased by 60%. The Tasmanian Devil only lives in the southern island state of Tasmania in Australia. By listing this creature as endangered, the Australian government [ ... ]

Kimberly’s Exotic Animal Refuge

Exotic Animal Newsflash: Neglected Exotic Animal Finds Home: Newest refuge to be built will be home to 100s of needy exotic animals… Check out the entire story Here: Exotic Animal Refuge News *** That’s Right! I am Announcing my Plan to the World! I am developing an Exotic Animal Refuge! This refuge will take in exotic animals that have been neglected, or have outgrown an owner’s desire or ability to keep. Animals in such condition are often unable to be released back into their habitats in the wild, as they have lost many of their basal survival instincts or have tremendous injuries, physical and mental.   Apart from [ ... ]

Plan To Avoid Some Wildlife On Your Camping Trip

Camping is good, wholesome, family fun…But, it is important to be aware of the wildlife around you, especially if you are in bear country… Grizzlies can be especially dangerous! Grizzly Bear Scientific Classification: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Ursidae Genus: Ursus Species: U. arctos Subspecies: U. a. horribilis Conservation Status: The Grizzly Bear is an Endangered species. American Black Bear Scientific Classification: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Ursidae Genus: Ursus Species: U. americanus Conservation Status: The American Black Bear is a species considered to be of least concern in regards to it’s conservation status…That’s great news! *** Wildlife To Avoid On A Camping Trip by Darren Lintern Going on a camping trip can be on [ ... ]

Global Warming Is Killing Arctic Whales

How you ask? Check out this article to find out! Scientific Classification: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Infraclass: Eutheria Superorder: Laurasiatheria Order: Cetacea Photo above: Narwhals *** How Does Global Warming Affect Arctic Whales? By Sylvie Leochko Global warming affects negatively the environment and everything in it. There are more than just humans that are affected by it. In fact, such a negative process has been hasted by the human race through pollution. While the Earth is trying its best to cool out its environment by using its natural resources such as volcanic eruptions, it cannot seem to be able to be as effective as needed. Several species are affected [ ... ]

Peregrine Falcons – Making A Comeback

The Peregrine Falcon is a bird that is close to the heart of many Niagarans… At Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, they have been running a breeding program for this dangerously endangered bird in this area… Scientific Classification: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Falconiformes Family: Falconidae Genus: Falco Species: F. peregrinus Conservation Status: On a whole, the Peregrine Falcon is a species of least concern…However, in this area, their numbers have been slowly growing from an endangered state. *** Birds – The Peregrine Falcon by Michael Russell The peregrine falcon is the best known falcon and most widespread in the world. However if you travel to North Dakota, you won’t [ ... ]

Trials and Tribulations of Saving The Iberian Lynx

The Iberian Lynx is sometimes referred to as the Spanish Lynx. Scientific Classification: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Lynx Species: L. pardinus Conservation Status: This species is Critically Endangered! *** Saving the Iberian Lynx By Mike McDougall Of the 32 remaining species of big cat left in the world, the Iberian Lynx is the most endangered, even more so than the Siberian tiger. Western Europe’s last remaining big cat is in serious trouble, recent estimations place the number of lynx remaining at just over 100 and biologists maintain that if drastic action isn’t taken soon then the species will be extinct by the end of the [ ... ]