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Who Is the Strongest?

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The half inch long dung beetles are the strongest living creatures on Earth. The male insects of this small species of insects can lift or pull 1141 times their own body weight. It is just like an average sized human carrying 80 tons or 72574.8 kg.

The news might take the shine off the title of World’s Strongest Man for Lithuanian Zydrunas Savickas; in 2009 he pulled a 70-tonne plane for 30m in under 75 seconds – this works out as only 411 times his 170kg body weight.

What makes dung beetles so strong?

Written Mar 26, 2016  by John Cassis

Small creatures all seem strong relative to their size, because their strength is relative to the cross sectional *area* of their muscles, not their weight or volume. If you double the length of an organism, the muscle cross-section goes up four-fold, but the weight and volume go up 8 fold – so you get bigger-er not stronger-er.

Another way of looking at it is that if a dung beetle can lift it’s own weight, then if it were to double in size, it could only lift half of its weight, without developing proportionally bulkier muscles.

This topic was famously covered in a 1928 essay by JBS Haldane, called “On being the right size”. I think it’s one of the most lucid science essays I’ve ever read.

See also:

http://britton.disted.camosun.bc.ca/scalefactor/factors.html

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161121-the-worlds-strongest-animal-can-lift-staggering-weights

Well, today at work I was barely able to lift a heavy box (to me) of files, weighing 15 kg.  My weight is 43 kg only, and if I take the load ( 15 ) and divide it by my personal petite weight ( of 43 kg), the result is 0.35 – which is a very rough SWR !!

STRENGTH TO WEIGHT RATIO

The Link above does mention working out this ratio uses averages including “Bench presses”.  You may, like me, innocently ask “But what IS a Bench press ??”    It is laying on your back and picking up weights on a bar and raising them up and straight above, in my terms.  Looks dangerous to me!  Wikipedia says:

The bench press is an upper body strength training exercise that consists of pressing a weight upwards from a supine position. … A barbell is generally used to hold the weight, but a pair of dumbbells can also be used.

This page  HERE  mentions averaging out your ratios after different types of exercises, like squats and bench presses.  The closest I note that matches lifting a heavy (for me) box is the DEADLIFT –  read  HERE for info.

However, my “dead-weight Lift” involved a square shape and a dense solid mass, not a nice (looking) bar with weights at either end – this different structure makes a difference to your SWR.

The box I lifted was destined to go to an off-site storage company, that has a weight limit for each packed box (to be picked up and carried by their drivers) – – – and that Limit is 16 kg.  Not bad therefore that I could lift 15 kg, in my great opinion.

My 43 kg weight converts to 95 pounds.   I used   THIS  site to work out that (in theory) a 45 kg female could or should (if she wanted) lift a 26 kg dead-weight.   Speaking for myself, I had best do some intense “resistance” (strength) training, before I attempt picking up and lifting a BARBELL (bar to attach weights to)  with any weights on it at all !!

If you are keen to find out more about weight training equipment for human beings,  try  THIS  page.  It mentions the lightest weight plates (which affix to the barbell) are 2.5 pounds for Americans or 1.13 kg for Australians.  It seems an average barbell itself (without the weights at the end) weighs 20 kg.  It would be a great day when I  dead-lift 21 kg total (barbell + 0.5 kg weight at each end), let alone 26 kg -barbell plus a 3kg weight at each end.

That would mean a SWR of approximately 0.5 up alot from an SWR of 0.35 for my “dead-box” lift today (LOL).  I would be happy with being able to lift 50% of my body weight, even if the Weaver Ant can lift 10 to 50 times its body weight !!

See:

http://britton.disted.camosun.bc.ca/scalefactor/factors2.html

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161121-the-worlds-strongest-animal-can-lift-staggering-weights

Deer Man – Darius helps a female Fawn

Doe, a Deer, a female deer, this lovely Story could be made a happy song.  A Deer with two babies left the female behind because she had a bad leg.  This is the natural instinct of the mother, but luckily for the Fawn, a dear man was watching.

Darius took the Fawn into his home, and introduced the baby to his many other animal companions.  He fed the baby every 4 hours and put a brace on her leg.  After that he successfully introduced her back to her Family !!   Of course, the nay-sayers on You Tube have left their Dis-likes & their strange comments like one person has said ‘Some who Disliked the Huffington Post’s video of this story, don’t like a public display of the story.”

What would they rather?  Perhaps they are okay with Darius knocking on their door telling him this story or they are happy with it just being known and passed around locally?  How about the facts, that it was reported to the Huffington Post, he didn’t go looking for “fame” and the fact that this story HAS and will inspire others to carry out such kind acts.

If you go to Darius’ You Tube channel, you will find a follow up video about the dear family! Of course he has posted this in response to people asking how the Fawn has fared since he helped her and released her to her deer family.

https://www.youtube.com/user/honeysada

In my opinion the World could do with more people like Darius.

Thank you Darius !

U.S. Adopts Near-Total Ivory Ban

The regulations, which take effect on July 6, amount to a near-total ban on the commercial trade of African elephant ivory. Current law allows for the sale of ivory and ivory products in limited cases where the seller can prove the ivory is old and was lawfully imported. But the new rules further restrict exports and sales across state lines, as well as limiting ivory trophy imports to two per year, per hunter.

 

Read more   HERE

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Collective Hearts save abandoned Pup

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A deformed puppy was abandoned in a Skip or a Dumpster in Western Australia recently, out the back of a “Hungry Jacks” restaurant.  Luckily for this little fellow, whom has been named Jakk, an employee heard his cries and took it upon herself to look in the bin, where she rescued this cute pup.

Jakk may have “swimmers syndrome” – one of his front legs is crooked and the other has a paw with only a few toes.  WA Pet Project took him on, and Jakk’s temporary carer Edith has said she has no hard feelings against whoever dumped him, who MAY be backyard breeders.  For a lovely photo of Jakk and more on this story, click on the Link below.

https://www.communitynews.com.au/news/Dumpster-puppy-Jakk-getting-shot-at-life-thanks-to-WA-Pet-Project/7685166

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Easter reminder – look after your Pets

At this time of love and renewal, let us remember our connection & dependence upon our animal companions and the “Animal Kingdom”.   NO Bunnies for Easter unless you love rabbits  AND  are completely prepared to look after them.  NO CUTE KITTENS or PUPPIES either, ever, unless also you know you will be committed to look after them.  All Animals are Souls in animal form, including  US human beings!   We are the species Homo sapiens, a member of the animal kingdom.

Thank you to the non-human animals for your care and love of us, and for your service ( some of it not done willingly or to the animal’s liking or preference ).  I only wish Homo sapiens could be more like non-human Animals –  intuitive, intelligent, loyal, willing to take on others burdens, able to cheer others with a simple action, knowing what they want, getting what they want, and loving ….. right until the end.

Look,  Don’t  touch,  or  BUY  or  TAKE,  unless you can  LOOK AFTER US FOREVER

BE   RESPONSIBLE  –    NEUTER   YOUR  PET  –   DON’T  DUMP ANIMALS

Chinese New Year 2016 – Year of the Monkey

 

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What’s the Difference between an Ape and a Monkey?   Find out  HERE

The Chinese Zodiac Year of the (female) Red Monkey will start on 8th February  2016 (Chinese New Year) and run to 27 Jan. 2017.  The Monkey is the ninth in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.   The best Source for information is below.:

http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/2016/

You can find out your Chinese Zodiac sign including your Day, Month and Year animal symbols by clicking on the Link “Your Chinese Zodiac Sign” on the Page above.  You can then click on your Year Animal to see what 2016 may have in store for you.

Did you know that –

YOUR  DAY SIGN   IS just as important as your Year Sign?

If you were born in January or February see this important information  HERE.

If you are wondering why some call this Chinese New Year the Year of the Red Monkey, it may help you to read the Page on my “Peace” website below.

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Spirit Bear ( Kermodei Bear) – Ghost Bear of the Rain Forest

 

Check out this rare, close-up footage of a beautiful Spirit Bear (Kermodei Bear). This one was seen in the Great Bear Rainforest, this stunning creature is rarely spotted on camera. Video by Eric Posen.

Posted by ForestEthics on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Kermode bear /ˈkɜrˌmoʊdi/ (Ursus americanus kermodei), also known as the “spirit bear” (particularly in British Columbia), is a subspecies of the American black bear living in the Central and North Coast regions of British Columbia, Canada. They are also called a ghost bear or a “white black bear”.

The verdant forests of the Great Bear Rainforest — which spans roughly 65,000 square kilometres — is often called the Galapagos of Canada. There are hundreds of islands, lush forests, and diverse wildlife.

It is mainly on Princess Royal Island, where the spirit bear makes its home.

The rare white bear has been treasured by many coastal First Nations communities for hundreds of years.

Some researchers believe that the grizzlies are forcing the white bears out of prime fishing territory.

The spirit bear has long been a cherished part of the Kitasoo/Xai’xias First Nation culture, which call it the moskgm’ol.

As with most of the legends of creation, the story of the spirit bear comes through the tales of the Raven. At one time the world was covered in ice. The Raven – Goo-wee – created the green but wanted something by which to remember the great ice. The Raven chose the black bear, the keeper of dreams and memory, promising the bear peace if he would let one out of every ten bears turn white.

https://spiritbearfoundation.com/

http://docuwiki.net/index.php?title=Ghost_Bears_of_the_Rain_Forest

http://globalnews.ca/news/892936/the-elusive-spirit-bear-of-b-c-may-be-facing-a-threat-the-grizzly-bear/

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Sea-lions Starving – please Help

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California sea lion (Zalophus californianus)

Monterey Bay, California, USA
by Kevin Schafer, Seattle, Washington, USA

Jenna Ushkowitz was recently filming on a free-diving trip with Oceana at Santa Barbara Island off of Southern California.

She says:

At our dive spot, we saw cliffs known for being covered in sea lions. They were barren.

While I was in the water, a young sea lion pup came up to our boat. It was so skinny. You could see its ribs. It was truly heart breaking.

That starving pup was an undeniable example of the problems sea lions and other ocean animals face – there’s simply not enough forage fish to go around.

Excessive fishing and a combination of ocean conditions have driven down sardine and anchovy populations to such low numbers that sea lion mothers can’t find these fish. With support from the public, Oceana took action and helped win a short-term solution: closing the Pacific sardine fishery last April through next June.

But more sea lion pups will starve if we don’t find a long-term solution.

The United States fishes the same population of Pacific sardines as Mexico and Canada, yet the sardine catch limits do not accurately account for this fact. We must update this calculation to ensure we harvest a responsible share of fish and don’t contribute to international overfishing.

I subscribe to OCEANA’s Newsletters.  Oceana is an excellent organisation that helps marine life worldwide.  Please help them to help our wildlife.

Add your name before October 14 to help save thousands of sea lion pups and restore the abundance of our oceans >>

Thank you

 

Marvellous Monkeys

Silvered Leaf Monkeys

Silvered Leaf Monkeys

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The silvery lutung (Trachypithecus cristatus), also known as the silvered leaf monkey or the silvery langur, is an Old World monkey. It is arboreal, living in coastal, mangrove, and riverine forests in Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, and Borneo.

I just watched a great BBC Documentary called “Monkeys Revealed“.  It covered fascinating facts about a numerous range of monkeys or primates.  My favorite was the Silvery Lutung or Silvered leaf monkeys of Malaysia.  The babies are born ginger in colour whereas the adults are a beautiful silvery colour.   The babies are really cute and the documentary proposed that their coloration is to make them “hi-vis” or to give them high visibility vests, so to speak!   It certainly showed the babies were very noticeable in the trees for the adults to look out for and protect!

The baby lutungs, also called langurs are born with orange fur and turn to silver at approximately three months of age, although some can begin their transformation aged just one month, according to Beth McDonald, a senior keeper at the San Diego Zoo

The link below tells more about these delightful monkeys, and shows an un-missable photo of a baby turning silver, head first.

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According to the IUCN ( International Union of Conservation of Nature & Natural Resources ) –
Considering the extensive habitat loss that has taken place within the range of the species, there is reason to believe that this species is in decline, probably at a rate of less than 30% over three generations (approximately 30 years), thus qualifying if for listing as Near Threatened, almost qualifying as threatened under criterion A2c.

http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22035/0

A monkey is a Primate and Primates are mammals belonging to the order Primates.  Homo sapiens or human beings are Primates.  If you are interested, you can find out how human beings sprung from the Order of Primates, and that apes and monkeys also originated from the same ancestor, by reading the Post below.

https://facinatingamazinganimals.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/animal-trees/

I also liked the Japanese or Snow macaques whom cuddled up in sub-zero temperatures, to keep warm during winter. They even took turns to get into the middle “hot spot”, as shown by cameras that filmed thermal ( hot ) areas.  Mind you, I wasn’t so happy to see them having a hot bath in the hot springs, but turfing out the lowly ranked.  I discovered that the monkeys have “ranks” e.g. the females are ranked according to their mothers, and the males according to their physical prowess and strength.

I liked the colorful Mandrill Baboons, but was not keen on the Hamadryas Baboon male “leader” whom attacked the females just to throw around his weight.

In finishing, I recommend this Documentary if you get a chance to watch it.

I love Orang-utans and of course, Gorillas !  Please see the information below about conservation of the magnificent Orang-utans.

https://facinatingamazinganimals.wordpress.com/action-alerts/orang-utans/

https://facinatingamazinganimals.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/celebrate-easter-by-helping-chocolate-the-orang-utan/

Rare Dingo Puppy Wave

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This is sweet.  Eight little pups – 8 dingo puppies born to a gorgeous white Alpine Dog .. . and to a rare Bogong Dingo.

They were born at Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre in the Perth Hills, Martin, Western Australia !

Please click on the Link below for full information.

http://www.yourlocalexaminer.com.au/rare-dingo-puppy-wave/

FOR INFO ABOUT DINGOES,  LINKS BELOW

http://www.outback-australia-travel-secrets.com/australian_dingo.html

http://www.dingoconservation.org.au/dingo-physical.html

FREEWAY – Young American Curl Cat Rescue

Nobody knows how this poor 2 year old American Curl ginger cat got stuck on a Freeway in Arizona, with burns to his paw pads and a bleeding mouth and paws ( some Reports say he got burned by a car engine ) but thanks to Richard Christianson, he was rescued – and now he is okay and has been adopted by his rescuer, and named Freeway.

https://www.facebook.com/TheRealMCMagic/videos/923138421042437/

The 15 second video above shows this kitty clinging for his life to a wire fence.  He will need alot of tender love and care, after going through such an experience.  A news report states that Christianson already has 4 dogs and 3 cats.  Freeway the cat is featured on two Facebook pages, one of them is Richard Christianson’s page, if you want to see how he is faring.

Freeway_catSadly, with the publicity & the nature of social media, the “trolls” come also.  Although anyone with a brain and eyes can see that the Video is authentic and that this cat would very likely have been killed if Richard had not rescued him, someone has been nasty to Richard on his Facebook page, saying it was a scam and he is just trying to make money from this.

Yes, someone else set up a Funding page to get some contributions toward paying for Freeway’s substantial veterinary bills, and via that webpage, Richard stated the excess was going to organizations helping animals.

Please post messages of support for Richard on his FB page ( 2nd link below ) if you feel so inclined.

https://www.facebook.com/FreewayMiracle

https://www.facebook.com/richard.christianson.18

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Help save Sudan, northern White Rhino

The ultimate solution is to stop the demand for Rhino & Elephant tusks/products

 

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With only 5 individuals remaining, the survival prospects for the northern white rhino seem bleak.

Ol Pejeta Reserve in East Africa is home to three of the world’s last five northern white rhinos, including Sudan the last male, and also to 106 critically endangered black rhinos, and 20 southern white rhinos. It is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, and a centre for innovation in conservation and wildlife protection.

43 year old Sudan and some female rhinos were transported from a Zoo to the Reserve, in the hope that they would breed to help continue the line of the Northern White Rhino.  Sudan needs around the clock protection from human beings, and has had his horn removed in a bid to deter poachers from taking him.

Please click on the link below, to get information and see photos of Sudan.

Save SUDAN the Rhino

The Reserve he lives on is susceptible to poachers, and you can contribute toward Sudan’s protection through a donation via “crowdfunding”.

Please if you have a conscience and want to contribute toward stopping all of our non-human Animal species from being wiped out, share this Post and have people including yourself, click on the LINK BELOW, in order to contribute $1 or $2 or any amount –  to help keep Sudan safe.  Thank you from Sudan.

http://www.gofundme.com/olpejeta

Ol Pejeta is a  90,000 acre wildlife preserve 330km north of Nairobi, Kenya.  While it is a tourism attraction, gaining revenue from vehicle drives through the roads in the Reserve, it is well managed.  However, because of its size, it is a continual challenge to protect all of the animals within it.

For animal symbolism of the RHINO,   click  HERE.

 

 LINKS OF INTEREST

Demilitarised Drones to be used to Protect animals in Ol Pejeta Reserve

Visitor Reviews of Ol Pejeta Reserve

What to do during your Stay at Ol Pejeta Reserve

Agricultural Development Corporation joins with Ol Pejeta to conserve Animals

 

Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Perissodactyla
Family: Rhinocerotidae
Genus: Ceratotherium
Species: C. simum

Claw of the Cat, or How many Toes does a Cat have?

catclawThis morning my partner came into my Study and said “Shandy keeps shedding his Claws” and handed me a tiny interesting claw sheath.  I thought to myself “I wonder if that is normal” and “I wonder how much his claws are like our nails?”  Upon reflection, I thought sensibly that cats in the wild need their claws for climbing, hunting and defence.

I found the answers on  THIS  great page of Annie’s “Cat Talk 101” website.  For example, cat’s claws have outer layers called “claw sheaths”, which shed or fall off every few months, leaving behind a nice new sharp claw.  Cats don’t scratch to sharpen their claws, strictly speaking, but to get rid off the itchy old sheaths, which are the outer layer of their claws.

Some also say that cats scratch objects to calm themselves down and ease anxiety.

Apparently it is a myth that cats have got retractable claws.  Their claws are projectile and retractile rather than retractable, meaning they can extend and lengthen or poke out their claws or tuck them in or shorten them but not really consciously completely pull them into their paw pads.

The Claw I looked at is really a sheath of a tiny claw, as the claws renew and the outer husks of the old claw are shed.

The online Encyclopaedia Britannica says the following.

Claw, also called Talon ,  narrow, arched structure that curves downward from the end of a digit in birds, reptiles, many mammals, and some amphibians. It is a hardened (keratinized) modification of the epidermis. Claws may be adapted for scratching, clutching, digging, or climbing. By analogy, the appendages of other lower animals are frequently called claws. The claw’s shape is ordinarily suited to the food-getting habit of the animal. Eagles have long, curved talons for grasping prey; the claws of chickens are short and sturdy, for scratching the ground for food.

There are two mammalian modifications of the claw: the nail and the hoof. A nail is a broad, flat claw on the upper surface of the digit. It is present in mammals, such as primates, that use their appendages for grasping. A hoof is a short, thick structure that surrounds the end of the digit. It is present in various forms in the ungulates, which have a reduced number of digits. Hoofs are an adaptation for running.

Below is a link to pictures from the Children’s EB showing so-called “retractable claws” in action.

http://kids.britannica.com/comptons/art-53056/All-cats-except-the-cheetah-have-retractable-claws

You can see the claw sheathed but with the tip or point of the sharp claw still out from the paw pad, which actually means technically speaking that the claw is not FULLY RECTRACTED or rectractible if this word means completely withdrawn and completely hidden.

I have noticed Shandy cat’s claws sticking out a tiny bit and wondered if his claws really are retractable.  If you had a sharp Stanley Knife with a retractable blade, you would want the blade to be fully retracted into the tool when you store away the knife, not have a horribly sharp and dangerous tip sticking out even a little bit.

The difference between “retractable” and “retractile” is that a cat does not consciously stick out or tuck in its claws, as many people wrongly think.  However, when kitty ( or a big cat ) is relaxed and at ease, like when it is sleeping on someone’s lap, or walking, the claws are partly tucked away within the paw, because the flexor tendons attached to the claws are relaxed, and thus the claws are pulled back.  The tendons tauten to protrude the claw when a cat is alert or hunting, climbing or fighting.

However, I guess the kitty’s claws are withdrawn enough to describe them as retractable for most people.

Ligaments connect bone to bone, while tendons connect bone to muscle. The elastic ligament, pictured in red in the image above, pulls the distal phalanx close to the middle phalanx in order to keep the claws from touching the ground, working in tandem with the relaxed flexor tendon.

Cats walk on the tips and balls of their toes or “digits”.  This is known as digitigrade walking.  Each digit or toe has a claw, and there are usually five toes or digits on each cat forefoot and four on each hindfoot.

A cat’s and a dog’s paw pads are spongy pads of thick skin beneath each foot, assisting with silent movement and protecting the underlying bones and joints from injury during running and jumping.  Digitigrade walking combined with pads and small feet helps a cat move silently.

If you want to read about claws and how they evolved into nails, when Primates came along, please click on  THIS  link to a Google book titled “Mammalogy:  Adaptation, Diversity, Ecology”.

If you want to read about the hoofs or hooves of the “Ungulates”, please click on  THIS  link to “What is an Ungulate?”

By the way, DOGS do not have retractile or projectile claws, but they do walk on their toes, like cats.  Their claws are always exposed, and make dogs well suited to running.  Dogs run on their toes , and have four functional toes on both the front feet and the hind feet, and sometimes a fifth “dew claw” which serves no useful purpose, is not in contact with the ground, and is located higher on the inside of the leg.

You should NOT de-claw a Cat because that essentially means amputating part of her/his foot as opposed to trimming the claws.  We leave Shandy be, and don’t even trim his claws.  A dog’s claws become blunt with lots of walking on hard surfaces, so won’t need trimming usually.

 

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Robin Williams & Koko the Gorilla

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In 2001, Robin Williams was invited to meet Koko, a gorilla who communicates in sign language and uses more than 1,000 words. The video of their visit, the two sitting together on the floor and tickling at The Gorilla Foundation in northern California, has been widely viewed on the internet (view it below).

On Tuesday the Foundation released a statement not only to express their condolences but also their belief that Koko was actually moved, too, and mourning the death of her friend. [ Robin Williams, aged 63, was found in his home on August 11 2014, having committed suicide after years of severe depression ]

The gorilla was in the room with when calls began coming into their office asking for reaction to the terrible news.

Read more at  “THE GOOD NEWS NETWORK”

I can say that I myself love Koko, how beautiful and magnificent is she?  Apparently Robin made Koko laugh for the first time in 6 months since her mate had passed away!   See, Robin Williams can even bond with and tickle animals.

Free-living gorillas live only in Africa. There are two main kinds of gorillas: Western gorillas (Gorilla gorilla) and Eastern gorillas (Gorilla beringei).

Eastern Gorillas

Eastern gorillas live in Rwanda, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of Congo. There are two subspecies, Mountain gorillas and Grauer’s (or Eastern lowland) gorillas. There are approximately 700 Mountain gorillas, and several thousand Eastern lowland gorillas — down from about 17,000 in the 1990’s according to the World Wildlife Fund.

Western Gorillas

Western gorillas live in Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Central African Republic, Angola, and Nigeria. There are two subspecies, Western lowland gorillas and Cross River gorillas. There are only several hundred Cross River gorillas left in the world, and as many as 100,000 Western lowland gorillas, but the latter population has decreased by approximately 60% in the past 20-25 years, due to poaching, habitat loss, and disease, according to the WWF.

Watch Robin and Koko on the You Tube video – click on the square at the bottom right corner to view full screen.   Rest In Peace, Robin.

What’s Orange & beautiful and Needs your Help

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It’s the Orang-utan.

Orangutan Facts

Orangutans are great apes, as opposed to monkeys, and are closely related to humans, having 97% of DNA in common.

Orangutans are extremely patient and intelligent mammals. They are very observant and inquisitive, and there are many stories of orangutans escaping from zoos after having watched their keepers unlock and lock doors.

Extinction in the wild is likely in the next 10 years for Sumatran Orangutans and soon after for Bornean Orangutans. The Sumatran species (Pongo abelii) is Critically Endangered and the Bornean species (Pongo pygmaeus) of orangutans is Endangered according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

The Sumatran and Bornean Orangutans’ rainforest habitats are disappearing at an alarming rate due to deforestation and clearing of the land for pulp paper and palm oil plantations, with the remaining forest degraded by drought and forest fires.

You can help the Orang-utans by not buying products with Palm Oil in them and / or by making a donation to The Orang-utan Project.  Any amount, however small or LARGE will help.  Please visit the excellent website of the Western Australian The Orangutan Project  for GREAT information, wonderful photos of these gorgeous creatures, and abundant information about the Orang-utans and the SUPERB work of the T. O. P. organisation.

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Follow the T.O.P. Project & you will receive Newsletters like this one here.

Share the information with your Family & Friends and with Strangers, with your Teachers & your Students.

Also, see the other Posts & Pages of my blog.

Action Alerts –  Orang utans

Help save Orang-utans

Help Sumatran elephants and Orang-utans

Palm Oil in Australia

Please help me – help Chocolate the orang utan

Celebrate Easter by helping Chocolate the orang utan

DON’T JUST STICK YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND

DO SOMETHING TO HELP THE ANIMALS

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Help Save Orang-utans & Elephants and more

Hi everyone, or some one, if any one is reading this.

I have just received an Email from Leif Cocks, Founder of “The Orangutan Project” ( or T.O.P.) to say that TOP are pleased to tell you that Orphan Updates are now available on some of the infants.

If you can, or if you know someone who can, sponsor a baby orang-utan ( or two ) OR maybe sponsor a baby Elephant or two ( or three – see the Action Alerts / Elephants tab of this Blog ), please consider doing so.

I have been making monthly donations of $10 to help the gorgeous orang-utan called Chocolate ( and monthly donations of $10 to help the magnificent and sweet young Asian Elephant, Bona who was saved from death by three wonderful Australians ).

Have a look at the sweeet cheeky face of my beautiful Orang-utan friend Chocolate at the UPDATE page here.

If you are fit and able, you can even go to Sumatra and tour the orang-utan’s home.

Of course I love all the Orang-utans, and am proud of the Western Australian based organisation  , The Orang-utan Project,  for its efforts in raising awareness of the plight of these awesome creatures and for helping them as much as they do.

Please be aware that Palm-oil trees are being cleared and taking away the natural habitat of the Orang-utans.

Educate yourself and other on such matters via this Blog and other means.  If you can’t financially support organisations like   T.O.P.   and Save Bona, please consider signing relevant Petitions and / or otherwise taking action to help conserve these wonderful animals, and many other amazing animals too of course.

DON’T JUST STICK YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND

( OSTRICHES DO NOT – but it is a good saying ! )

DO SOMETHING TO HELP THE ANIMALS

gokongtwo year old Gokung

GOKUNG

Sex: Male
Approximate Date Birth: February 2012
Arrival Date: 19 February 2013
Care Centre: Batu Mbelin Quarantine Centre
Physical Condition: Healthy

Bio

Confiscated from the home of an Indonesian palm oil plantation worker, he was weak, suffering from malnutrition and severely underweight. He had been snatched from his mother, witnessed her brutal torture, and was bought for AU$10.40 from the fisherman who stole him from his wild home.

Fisherman came across this opportunity to snatch this little baby from his mother and sell him to an employee working for PT Socfindo for a ‘quick buck’ highlighting the desperate situation Orangutans face in their fight from extinction.

Tripa where Gokong was confiscated is part of the world famous Leuser Ecosystem. This precious and unique biodiversity hotspot contains over 80% of the world’s remaining wild Sumatran Orangutans and is the last place on Earth where the Sumatran tiger, orangutan, rhino and elephant co-exist.   His once-thin body is starting to fill out and he has started to learn to climb! The Care Center team have worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome.

Courtesy:   The Orang-utan Project –  T.O.P.

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The Cougar

Cougar (Felis concolor)- captive in winter habitatClick on picture then Save to your Computer as your

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Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Felidae
Genus Puma

The symbolism of the Cougar is ease, grace, strength and focus.

The Cougar is the largest cat in North America.   Cougars are solitary and nocturnal, and are excellent hunters.  Cougar teaches decisiveness, and imparts resolve to those who come across the “Cougar” or have her (him) as their Totem Animal or as an animal ally.   The Cougar has a high sense of awareness and intuition, and can sense what is happening around her/him for miles, and thus can make the right decisions to both fend off danger and carry out other actions.

The Cougar spirit animal represents the Fury of the female spirit.  As a Mother, the female Cougar will fight violently to protect her cubs and feed them.   She will do whatever is necessary to provide for her cubs and ensure that they are always safe.

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Your Recommended Daily Dose of Puppies

norbert-the-french-bulldog_72187_2013-08-13_w450Norbert the French Bull-dog

One day I’ll get myself a puppy friend.  It might very well be a French Bull-dog because I have fallen in love with this one above.  He is sooooooo cute and cuddly looking.  Click on the link above, to see more photos of the gorgeous Norbert.   So sweeeet.

The Daily Puppy website is a fantabulous resource for your daily dose of pups of all breeds, and follow ups of pups that have become adults.  It reads like a Newspaper, and you can submit photos and articles of your own treasured and adorable Puppies.

I follow it by a Widget on my Peace site.   If you have your own website, you can get the Javascript code to paste in the Widget showing a number of new little puppies each day or so.  Just click on the “Get My Widget” under “Puppy Up Your Blog”, although you will have to pay a little bit for it on an annual basis.

Enjoy!

The San Joaquin Kit Fox

Kit fox

The San Joaquin Kit Fox  couresty of   Dave Collins

Phylum   Chordata

Class      Mammalia

Order      Carnivora

Family     Canidae

Genus     Vulpes

Species   velox

A Kit Fox is either of two small pale gray or buff coloured foxes, Vulpes velox macrotis  or Vulpes velox velox,  found on plains and in open, sandy areas of western North America, commercially valuable for their fur.

In the U.S.A. the San Joaquin Kit Fox species, Vulpes velox macrotis, was federally classified as Endangered in 1967, and as Threatened by the state of California in 1971 (USFWS 1998).  It is sometimes referred to as Vulpes macrotis mutica.

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