Friday

The Plight of the Snow Giraffe



The critically endangered Snow Giraffe can only be found in one spot on earth; at the snowy center of Mount Kilimanjaro, an extinct volcano in Africa. 

But their numbers are deteriorating so quickly that finding one to photograph is rare.


Tuesday

Why the only REAL Wolves are Gray Wolves



There are many different sizes and colors of wolves around the world. Their colors range from white to gold, brown to red.

They are even bi-colored and tri-colored wolves. 

But did you know that ALL of them belong to only one species of wolf?

Sunday

The Speed Demon of the American Plains



It's not an antelope or deer, in fact, there's nothing like it on earth.

It has horns instead of antlers.

Its eyesight is so keen, its vision is often compared to high-powered binoculars!

Its hair is hollow.

It runs as fast as a car on the highway; up to 55 miles per hour! Of all land animals, only the cheetah is faster

And it's only found in North America.....

Tuesday

Strange Ways to Go Dashing Through the Snow


What do you know about sledding?

Everyone knows about dog-sledding...the Iditarod, etc. So I had to post this gorgeous photo of a dog sledding team. Dogs have been known to sled 90 miles in one day, each one pulling 85 pounds apiece!


And then there's the more traditional sleigh pulled by one or two horses. The troika in the photo below, however, is pulled by three horses. (Troika means three of a kind.)

Friday

Polar Bears and the Sled Dogs They Love




I do have a thing for Polar bears. 

They look so furry and white...like the bear pulling the sled below. 

Tuesday

The Strangest Tiger That Ever Lived






There was a tiger that lived in Australia and Tasmania. But it was not like the tigers you're familiar with.

It was the size of a wolf, striped; very rare and very special. How special?


 - It was the largest meat-eating animal in Australia and Tasmania

 - It had a pouch like a kangaroo, which means it was a marsupial.

 - Both the female AND the male had pouches

 - Its tail was heavy and thick, like a kangaroo tail

 - It could open its jaws twice as wide as any wolf or dog could... a full 120 degrees wide!

Here it is: the Tasmanian Tiger

Friday

The Dove of Love

Oriental Turtle Dove making a heart with its wings

Awww... doves are so Valentines, aren't they?  Soft, pure symbols of love.  

And who hasn't seen the sweet turtle doves nestling together cozily?

Doves...

...are another name for pigeons.

...which have been characterized, not by me, as "rats with wings"!

So why do "doves = love"  but "pigeons = pests"?