Tag: wild animal

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Animal Corner – Sulcata Tortoise

The Sulcata Tortoise is indigenous to areas in northern Africa, which is why it is also sometimes called African Spurred Tortoises. These are the third-largest species of tortoise in the world, able to grow up to 200 pounds! This is pretty amazing considering they start out life as hatchlings that are just about three inches in size! This animal is an herbivore and basically consists of various plants and grasses.…

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 – Gopher Tortoise

Gopher Tortoises hail from North America and can be found in areas around Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina. They are one of the oldest living species dating back 60 million years. They are considered an important species because they dig long burrows that eventually provide shelter for many other animals, like mice, foxes and skunks. The Gopher Tortoise can reach about 12 inches long and has a…

Animal Corner – Animal Adaptations

Change is in the air, and for people that means getting homes ready for colder weather and snow. Have you ever thought about what animals do to prepare for the winter? Here are some of the types of adaptations animals have to deal with the changing seasons. Extra fur - Some animals put on an extra fur to help protect them from the cold and wet conditions they might face…

Animal Corner – Père David’s Deer

[caption id="attachment_1855" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo Credit: Airwolfhound[/caption] "Père" is the French word for "Father," which might seem an odd name for  a deer, but this species was actually first discovered in 1866 by Father Armand David, a French missionary in China. These animals have unusual feature including cow-like hooves, a camel-like neck, a donkey-like black tufted tail and the antlers of a deer. Other unusual features of this deer are…

Animal Corner – Bison

[caption id="attachment_5309" align="alignleft" width="267"] Credit: Schmidt[/caption] Buffalo, also called Bison, used to number in the millions here in America. They used to roam freely across the Great Plains and were vitally important to the indigenous people, who revered these amazing animals. Now days bison are far fewer in number, but still considered a majestic animal that's symbolic of the West. Bison are heavyweight that can weigh over 2,000 pounds and…

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…

Animal Corner- The Oreo Cow

What does an Oreo and a cow have in common? Apart from the fact that milk goes well with cookies, nothing really... unless you're talking about the Belted Galloway. This animal is sometimes called the Oreo Cow due to their coloration, which is black with a white belt-like stripe down the center! Interestingly enough, it is uncertain where this special coloration came from, but like most traits, it is likely…

Animal Corner – The Vietnamese Potbelly Pig

Everyone is familiar with the standard pig found on farms across America, but did you know that the Vietnamese potbelly pig belongs to the same species?  These guys, however, have been bred to have certain characteristics, giving them their trademark look.  The average between 100 to 200 pounds and they stand just 16 to 20 inches tall. Native to Vietnam, these guys are popular as pets because they tend to…

Animal Corner – How Animals use Camouflage

[caption id="attachment_3296" align="alignleft" width="300"] Matching the color of the surrounding area is a good way to camouflage![/caption] Camouflage is an important survival tool in the animal world. It helps animals hide from danger and get close to prey. So for those doing the hiding, it can make it harder for predators to find them. For those that hunt, it can help them sneak up close to their prey and improve…