By: Julie Thomas-Zucker
San Bruno Mountain, near San Francisco California, is the home of three endangered butterflies: the Mission Blue Butterfly, the San Bruno Elfin Butterfly and the Callippe Silverspot Butterfly. All three are rare. They share four additional characteristics: they all live on San Bruno Mountain; they...
Animal behavior: The differences between "nature" and "nurture"
By: Christyl Rivers
Animals, including human animals, are enormously influenced by both nature, inherited traits, and nurture, environmental influences. Neither exists independent of the other, so both together drive all animal behavior and traits. Often the dualistic view that everything is one thing or another is simplistic, and...
By: Sharon Rowe
The Woolly Bear Caterpillar is the lava of the Isabella Tiger moth its Latin name (Pyrrhactia Isabella) other common names for this caterpillar are Fuzzy Bear and the Hedgehog Caterpillar. The home range of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar is Northern Mexico to southern Canada, but...
How maggots help solve crimes
By: Sun Meilan
Most people blanch at even the thought of maggots, because of their association with decaying vegetation, flesh or manure. However, maggots certainly have their uses. They can be used to clean wounds, but one of the most amazing advantages that they have is that they...
All about lichens
By: J. Lang Wood
Though many people may not even know what lichens are or where they are found, these organisms play an important part in the ecology of our wildlife areas. Lichens are a combination of other species, which makes them unique in the biosphere. Though often confused...
By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
Lichens can be described as a perfect example of a symbiotic relationship between algae and certain fungi. The relationship allows the two organisms to tolerate even the harshest weather conditions and sustain an active life for many centuries. Due to its efficient lifestyle, lichens can...
Anatomy of a manta ray
By: J. Lang Wood
The manta ray, Manta birostris, is a marine creature found in temperate, subtropical and tropical waters around the world. Its unusual shape makes it easily identifiable, with a flat, shovel-shaped body with curling edges, a long tail and no discernible, separate head. The anatomy of...
Anatomy of a manta ray
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
The manta ray is classified as one of the largest fish. Manta rays, along with sharks and rays, belong to a subclass of cartilaginous fishes, which do not possess a hard bony skeleton. The reef manta ray and the giant oceanic manta ray are the...
By: Patricia Jankowski
Manta rays are classified as a type of fish. They are found in tropical, subtropical, and temperate waters around the world. Manta rays belong to the biological family known as Mobulidae. The genus “Manta” contains two species of manta rays: the Reef Manta Ray...
Most famous elephant sanctuaries worldwide
By: Linda L Kinyon
There are many famous elephants sanctuaries in the world. Two of these are in the United States and the other three are located in Africa. With all of the zoos and wildlife reserves around the world it would seem that elephants would have plenty of...

 

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