Mammals

The Annual Cycle Of Wolves – Winter

As an appreciator of wolves, I’ve found them to be misunderstood and mysterious animals. It’s inspired me to come up with a blogging series about the annual cycle of wolves. For every season I’ll be focusing on how a wolf lives and how they respond to the changing environment. Winter is a time for keeping warm, whether through finding shelter or curling up. Wolf activity during winter is less vigorous than other seasons.

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The Ingenuity Of The Golden Mole

Deserts are known to be harsh environments, testing even the most resilient animals. Yet one of the most adaptable is a creature that’s rarely seen. The golden mole is a small, burrowing animal that lives in Southern Africa and recently had a starring spot on David Attenborough’s Planet Earth II series. The species isn’t a true mole, rather a convergent family called Chrysochloridae.

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Having A Nosy At The Proboscis Monkey

As primates are our closest living relatives, it’s only natural they are diverse like us. From powerful gorillas to beautiful golden lion tamarins, primates have colonised every continent. One of the most unique species is the proboscis monkey of Borneo. Known for their distinctive long nose, proboscis monkeys have a number of weird and wonderful traits.

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The Secret Lives Of Coastal Wolves

When we think of wolves we have an image of a pack loping through the trees, hunting together and howling at the moon. But wolves are a diverse species and not all of them are the same. One of the most elusive types are the coastal wolves found on the shore of Canada’s Vancouver Island. Also known as sea wolves, this population of gray wolf is known to feed on salmon, river otters, seals and whale carcasses.

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The (Tasmanian) Devil You Know

A feature named ‘The Hunter’s High Road.’ Check back to see an animal that represents the apex of predatory evolution. Carnivores come in a range of shapes and sizes, using a variety of tricks to catch their prey. Some are powerful, some are beautiful. All are deadly.

Predators don’t have to be big and intimidating to be top hunters, and that is the case with the Tasmanian Devil. Native only to Tasmania, the carnivorous marsupial is known for its powerful bite, distinctive screech and ferocity when it comes to feeding. The size of a small dog, Tasmanian Devils have large, thick heads with males being bigger than females. Males have an average body length of 10.2 inches while females are 9.6 inches.

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Guest Blogging

In honour of reaching 100 hundred followers I’d like to thank everyone who has liked or commented on my articles. I hope everyone has found them beneficial. With the milestone reached, I’ve decided to start accepting guest posts of animal related articles between 300 and 1000 words in length.

Guest posts can be a range of topics, from a special interest in a charity to an endangered species you want to shed more light on. Content that I’m especially interested in is anything to do with birds of prey, big cats or wolves.

It’s my hope that with guest posting we’ll be able to work in collaboration for the betterment of animals. For full submission guidelines please go here.

Pheromones Link Bees And Mammals Together

As humans we crave companionship and social interaction, much like other mammals such as killer whales and bats. When thinking of insects it’s tempting to think they are from another world, but a new study has shown there are more similarities than we thought. The study shows honey bees and mammals share the common sociability trait due to their genomes.

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Ratel

How can I make my skin bullet proof like yours?
Wound after wound
inflicted but never cutting deep

How can I defy death like you?
Fighting giants
who turn into mice
and scurry at the sight of you

How can I be resilient like you?
snarling at self-flagellation
clawing, biting, tooth, nail
until doubt is dead

How do I show the world I’m not afraid?
When you wear it like a golden cloak
swagger and not give a damn
drunk on pride and bravery

How do I find my place?
in a wilderness of desolation
you dig deep
carve out a home

Show me what it means to be courageous
Show me what it means to leap into the unknown

And I will be proud of who I am.

Jaguar Alive In Arizona Offers Hope For Species Survival

A recent video captured jointly by two conservation organisations points towards a possible rejuvenation of jaguars in the US. Affectionately known as El Jefe, the big cat was shown prowling through Arizona’s Santa Rita mountains. That he’s been seen alive and well is a step in the right direction towards the protection of such a beautiful species.

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