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All things wildlife. Wildlife management, ecology, eco-tourism, research, conservation, rehabilitation, photography, etc. For anyone who enjoys wildlife.

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Child slavery and marine piracy tied to wildlife declines

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 25. 0 Replies

Global wildlife decline driving slave labor, organized crimeBroadly re-visioning the reasons for wildlife protection is essential. Those of us who purchased…Continue

Tags: organized crime, slavery, wildlife declline, Somali piracy

Almost a third fish eaten in US are illegal

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Randall Smith Jul 18. 4 Replies

One in Three Fish Imported Into U.S. May Be IllegalThose of us who care about wildlife want wild fish…Continue

Tags: overfishing, illegal fishing

U.S. loses nearly a third of its honey bees this season

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jul 11. 5 Replies

Nearly a third of managed honeybee colonies in America died out or disappeared over the winter, an annual survey found on Wednesday. The decline—which was far worse than the winter before—threatens the survival of some bee colonies.The heavy losses…Continue

Tags: food, pollination, agriculture, parasites, pesticides

Crocodiles and People

Started by Napoleon Bonaparte. Last reply by Casey Pittman Jul 4. 16 Replies

 ''As saltwater crocodiles stalk Australia's waterways, Al Jazeera investigates if they should be culled to curb attacks on humans.Heralded as the 'animal most likely to eat a human', saltwater crocodiles are a common feature in Australia's tropical…Continue

Tags: Atheism, rationalism, crocodile, nature, Australia

Beaver attack!

Started by Luara. Last reply by Luara Jul 3. 3 Replies

A beaver leapt out of the water to maul a kayaker.Maybe it was rabid, but while being rabid would be somewhat an excuse…Continue

Bats make social alliances that affect roosting behavior

Started by Steph S. Jun 18. 0 Replies

Depending on habitat availability, the endangered Indiana bat may be able to use its social connections to survive a certain amount of roost destruction, according to research by scientists at Virginia Tech and The Ohio State University.Alexander…Continue

Tiny muscles help bats fine-tune flight, stiffen wing skin

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 27. 1 Reply

Bats appear to use a network of hair-thin muscles in their wing skin to…Continue

Exercise wheels for wildlife

Started by Luara. Last reply by Steph S. May 27. 5 Replies

Some people put a mouse running wheel outdoors, set up a videocam and saw who came to play ...The wild mice loved it.  A frog, too ...What would come and…Continue

There’s a new kitten in town: Baby Ocelot brings hope to struggling population in Texas refuge

Started by Steph S. May 4. 0 Replies

The baby ocelot recently photographed by remote trail cameras on the…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 17, 2012 at 3:21pm

Tony, White On White! Stunning! Beauty beyond imagining! We are so lucky. 

Comment by Patricia on December 17, 2012 at 1:22pm

Snowy animals......so pretty!!!!

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 17, 2012 at 8:03am

Dear Joan, haven't been able to find out if they are poisionous or toxic to humans, but they are from eastern Australia.

Comment by Steph S. on December 17, 2012 at 7:48am

Oh WOW Tony! How stunning. Breathtaking - so happy you posted these beautiful animals.

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 17, 2012 at 7:46am

And

Absoloutely gorgeous animals. Ready for winter.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2012 at 7:37pm

Tony, this is a wonderful discovery. Where do they live? Are they toxic to humans? Amazing!

Comment by Steph S. on December 16, 2012 at 10:31am

Thank you so very much Tony for the Peacock Spider. I learned a lot. And learning is so much fun!

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 16, 2012 at 5:41am

The Peacock spider. About 5mm when fully grown.

The red, blue and black colored males have flap-like extensions of the abdomen with white hairs that can be folded down. They are used for display during mating: the male raises his abdomen, then expands and raises the flaps so that the abdomen forms a white-fringed, circular field of color. The species, and indeed the whole genus Maratus have been compared to peacocks in this respect. The third pair of legs is also raised for display, showing a brush of black hairs and white tips. While approaching the female, the male will vibrate his abdomen while waving raised legs and tail, and dance from side to side.

Both sexes reach about 5 mm in body length. Females and immatures of both sexes are brown but have colour patterns by which they can be distinguished from related species.

Isn't nature just amazing? Love it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 9, 2012 at 1:25pm

Tony, your photos of a cheetah family and leopard just made my spirits soar! What beauty and grace exists in nature. Far too precious to ignore, and they need human protection. 

Patricia, I enjoyed the video of nursing polar bears, and the quiet scene of natural behaviors of wild animals. 

Comment by Steph S. on December 8, 2012 at 11:58pm

Wonderful picture Tony!

Thanks so much for posting it.

Appreciate it.

 

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