Tag: wild animal safari

Animal Corner – The Short-Eared Owl

[caption id="attachment_2086" align="alignleft" width="277"] Photo Credit: Tupulak[/caption] It is easy to guess how the Short-Eared Owl got his name! This owl is known for their extremely short ears, which are so short that they are barely visible. They still have excellent hearing and are actually great communicators. They make a range of sounds, such as hooting, barking, hissing and squeaking sounds. The Short-Eared Owl can grow up 15 inches and…

Animal Corner – Helping animals through the winter

[caption id="attachment_6102" align="alignleft" width="200"] Credit: Dan[/caption] The winter is tough on animals. They have to find ways to survive with little food and limited access to shelters.  You can do your part to help wildlife survive and make life a bit more comfortable for them, even if you live in an urban area. These are some simple steps you can take to give a helping hand to wildlife: - Provide…

Animal Corner – Adaptations

Winter is upon us and most of the nation has already had its first taste of frost, freezing rain or snow.  While this is coat and sweater weather for us, how do animals make it through the harsh weather? Animals have special adaptations, these are special traits or behaviors that animals use to deal with the environment around them. These adaptations help animals deal with both cold and warm weather…

The Animal Corner – The Bull Snake

The Bull Snake is a large non-venomous constrictor snake that is related to the gopher snake. They live throughout the central US along with northern Mexico and parts of Canada. This snake is sometimes confused with a rattlesnake due to its coloration. When threatened, the Bull Snake can actually mimic its dangerous look-alike to scare off predators. In reality the Bull Snake feeds off of rodents like mice, rats, pocket…

Animal Corner – The Giraffe

Few animals are as easy to love as the giraffe. These guys are beautiful, unique and generally friendly and eager to interact. The scientific name of the giraffe is  Giraffa camelopardalis largely because they have characteristic of both the camel and the leopard. They are also the tallest land animal, growing up to 20 feet tall! The giraffe comes from Africa but they are thought to have once also resided…

Animal Corner – The Jacob Sheep

Sheep have been part of our society for thousand of years, being kept for a number of purposes that range from fleece to a food source. One such breed is the Jacob Sheep, a small breed which dates all the way back to Syria nearly 3,000 years ago. At some point in time, the Jacob Sheep moved to England, where the majority now reside. It wasn't until the beginning of…