Extinct mammals: Archaeolemur
By: Michael Smoker
Archaeolemur is a genus of two species of lemur that became extinct around 1,100 to 900 years ago. With fossils found copiously in present-day Madagascar, the archaeolemur was a quadruped lemur adaptation that divided its time between the ground and the tree branches and...
Molting process of emperor scorpions
By: Sylvia Harrison
The Molting Process of Emperor Scorpions Emperor scorpions are one of the larger species of scorpions. Some grow to be eight inches long. Born in litters by the mother scorpion they will undergo several periods of growth before reaching adulthood themselves. They live well in...
How the Fongoli chimps of Senegal are redefining animal behavior
By: Michael Smoker
The Fongoli chimps are a tribe of about forty chimpanzees that belong to the Savannah chimpanzee population of western Senegal and eastern Mali. They are so named because their territory covers about twenty-four square kilometers near the Fongoli River. Unlike Central African chimpanzees, which spend...
By: D. Vogt
In the 20th century, centuries of research into biochemistry finally started to pay big dividends for humanity, with major inventions ranging from antibiotics to DEET, an organic compound which proved extraordinarily useful in repelling mosquitoes. Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly clear that the 21st century...
Questioning whether the natural order of life is compromised when certain animal species are saved from extinction
By: Michael Cronin
There are many reasons for animal extinction. Some of them are natural and some of them are man-made. Identifying causes for extinction may help in the decision-making process when deciding whether or not to attempt to save a species. The idea that a choice should...
Durrell's vontsira: A new carnivore discovered in Madagascar
By: D. Vogt
These days, new species are usually only discovered with the aid of a microscope (i.e. bacteria) or a deep-sea submersible. One recent exception, however, is the discovery of a new carnivore in Madagascar, named Durrell's vontsira or (formally) as Salanoia durrelli. It was named...
Durrell's vontsira: A new carnivore discovered in Madagascar
By: Judith Willson
In 2004 the first new carnivore to be discovered for 24 years was found in Madagascar. It was officially described as a new species in 2010. The Durrell’s vontsira (Salanoia durrelli) is a kind of mongoose, closely related to the brown tailed mongoose or...
By: Janet Grischy
To zoo visitors in the U.S., sand cats are delicate and beautiful, their fur colored from buff to gray, their tail ringed with dark lines, and more bars across the tops of their cobby legs. Their eyes are lined in black, and ornamented with...
The diet of moles
By: EgorEvans
When you discovered that you have moles sharing your yard, did you ask yourself “Why do I have moles?” The answer, if you don’t already know it, is because your yard contains a lot of food. Lawn moles love a beautiful lawn...
By: Wayne Ramsey
Watching caterpillars grow into butterflies can be a truly marvelous way to show a child about the life cycle of a butterfly. It also makes for an exciting display at any major event. Regardless of the reasoning behind raising butterflies for release into the wild...

 

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