Category Archives: animals
you can watch the video @ conservation international
40 species discovered and some rediscovered like the bird of paradise.
also 10 new plant species.
watch the video, see cute animals in a magical forest, donate if you can.
its october 1st and autumn is in full swing.
i have not yet gone pumpkin or apple picking but i hope to very soon.
if you already have or you are about to–check out these free stencils (they even work on pumpkins that you bought from the grocery store or whatevs).
you can put them on the pumpkin and carve away. i may just have a sea turtle pumpkin on
my porch in the coming weeks. i will post of photo–of course.
wwf pumpkin stencils!
WWF’s World’s Cutest Animal Contest
A winner has been chosen! Over 23,000 of you voted for the animal you wanted to win. You narrowed a field of 40 animals to one, and we’re pleased to announce that the winner of WWF’s World’s Cutest Animal Contest is the panda!
The panda is recognized in WWF’s logo as an international symbol for endangered species. This charismatic species has been an integral part of WWF’s mission for nearly three decades. In 1979, WWF was the first international organization invited into China to work on panda conservation. To this day, we remain the primary international conservation organization protecting pandas in the wild, and with your help we can ensure their survival for future generations.
The panda isn’t the only species WWF safeguards–from tigers to sea turtles to gorillas, we work to protect hundreds of species around the world. Protecting biodiversity means saving ALL life on Earth, not just the “cutest” animals.
and i thought sir william was the world’s cutest animal!
i guess the people like furry animals?
sir william is #1 in my ❤ heart ❤ forevers!
the great turtle race ended some time ago. and stephanie colburtle has not been heard from in over 100 days! what could have happened?
i turn to Conservation International for explanation,
With the excitement of The Great Turtle Race behind us, you’re probably wondering, “What are the turtles up to now?”
Seven of the eleven turtles – Genevieve, Sundae, Turtleocity, Freedom, Purple Lightning, Billie, and Saphira – are well on their way to their feeding grounds off Peru and Chile. Unfortunately, two turtles, Stephanie Colburtle and Drexelina, haven’t transmitted any information on their locations for over 100 days. We are also concerned about two other race contenders, Windy and Champiro, who haven’t been heard from in a while. Leatherback turtles face many threats on their ocean journeys. Below are some possible explanations for the silence from Stephanie and her fellow racers:
Did they die of old age?
“It’s not likely that Stephanie died of old age,” says Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) researcher Jim Spotila, a turtle researcher who has been monitoring leatherbacks at Playa Grande, Costa Rica, for decades. Though it is difficult to tell a turtle’s exact age, scientists did not consider any of the racing turtles old, based on their nesting histories on Playa Grande.
Did the leatherbacks’ harnesses fall off or were their satellite tags broken?
If seaweed, slimy algae, or barnacles have covered the tag, information on the location of the turtle cannot be transmitted. “We’ve had tags go offline for as much as six months until the turtle moved to colder latitudes where the hitch-hiking critters presumably died and allowed the tag to restart,” notes TOPP researcher Scott Eckert. Also, the tags are attached to the turtles with specially designed harnesses. The harness can fall off if the turtle gets entangled in a fishing line or encounters an aggressive male turtle. Sometimes, missing turtles have been known to reappear on nesting beaches without their tag.
Did commercial fishermen or shark-finners working off the Galapagos or Peru accidentally kill Stephanie, Windy, Drexelina, and Champiro?
It’s possible that the turtles were caught by commercial fishermen. Though fishing policies are in place to protect the turtles in certain areas, illegal fishing does occur. Also, fishing by-catch in many areas, especially in the waters off Peru, is still unmonitored, so we don’t truly know how many turtles or other ocean creatures are incidentally caught in fishing gear.
Did they eat too many plastic bags that looked like jellyfish?
Leatherback turtles can mistake plastic bags floating in the water as their favorite food, jellyfish. Ingesting plastic can weaken or even kill them. Because they are then unable to digest their real food, they can starve, or they may choke on the plastic and drown. Reducing your plastic bag use is one simple way you can take action in your daily life to improve life for leatherback turtles. Take action today to reduce your plastic bag use and sign CI’s Plastic Bag Pledge now!
It’s difficult to track the mysterious lives of leatherback turtles. We can only speculate on what may have happened to Stephanie, Windy, Drexelina, and Champiro, but given all the things that could go wrong, we feel lucky that we’re still hearing from seven of the eleven Great Turtle Race leatherbacks.
As a part of the global conservation community, you have a chance to make a real difference in the future of our planet. I hope you’ll take action today by taking the Plastic Bag Pledge to help secure a future for leatherback sea turtles.
Director, Online Community and Membership
P.S. Please help us spread the word about the threats that plastic bags pose to sea turtles by telling a friend today. Even simple, everyday actions like reducing plastic bag use can have a huge global impact.
save my turtle friends!
take the plastic bag pledge!
i love turtles.
in other turtle news:
william is looking and feeling better! thank goodness!
i cannot believe there really is a pacman frog! check it out…
here is a photo
here is another photo this one has a turtley pattern.
Pacman Frogs as Pets
This frog is relatively common in the pet trade, and gets its common (pet trade) name from the popular video game. The frog’s generally rounded appearance and huge mouth led to the cute name. The frog’s scientific name is Ceratophrys ornata, and it is also known as the ornate horned frog.
Pacman frogs are native to South America, and are terrestrial in nature. In fact, they are very poor swimmers and care must be taken that they do not drown in their water bowls.
These frogs are quite large, and can reach around 6-7 inches in length (15-17 cm), although males tend to be quite a bit smaller than females. They are generally about as wide as they are long, so are quite hefty for a frog. Their appetite matches their size, and they will pretty much eat anything that moves.
Pacman frogs have a reputation for being somewhat aggressive, which is largely undeserved.
While they do sometimes bite, it is usually a case of the frog feeling threatened or simply confusing a finger with a food item. FROM ABOUT.COM ARTICLE, link above.
gees! frogs are almost as cool as turtles, almost.
stephanie the turtle is in the lead! traveling from costa rica back to the galapagos islands.
the great turtle race
you can see the head to head battle play out @ the link above, its updated daily.
then you can read more about the turtle racing in honor of stephen colbert @ the link below.
stephanie colburtle’s stats
here is silly stephen colbert’s site below
did i mention we got cable tv?!