As reported in the article I wrote last year, Copenhagen 2009 was the big chance for USA, and specifically Obama, to show that they had courage in first of all admitting that climate change exists, and secondly that humans have a big part to play in that change. These two admissions alone would have resulted in swaying any doubts of nations in a similar position and would have ensured that everyone could take the next step in outlining carbon cuts, wildlife and forestry conservation proposals, among others.
A year later we arrive in Cancun, Mexico, home of drug lords, violent crime and kidnapping. Yet Mexico has some of the most astounding natural, archaeological and historical treasures on earth. It is seen as having a big influence as it rises out of the shadows of a developing country to be a major player on the world stage, with talk of developing countries having to contribute more to reduce emissions and over population, it is a good choice for a host.
These crazy creatures are unbelievably old. Estimated at 200 million years, that’s almost 150 million years older than the last known dinosaur went extinct! They have been rocking our world for so long that our presence appears as just a blip on their seemingly eternal reign. Can we learn something from these guys? Do they hold the secret to everlasting youth? Okay, so their direct ancestry dates back a little before ours and even before that of the dinosaurs, what’s the big deal? Well actually, this means that a lot can be learnt from these ancient beasts, how have they managed to do this? Scientists are investigating these many questions and hope to provide an answer that will aid not only the longevity of the human race, but also help prevent mistreatment and protect these reptiles by showing them in a better light.
Our latest photo fact animal is the Southern White Rhinoceros, more accurately known as the Square-lipped Rhinoceros. These guys are larger than their Black counterpart but far less skittish! Dominant males will mark their territory, for example using dung middens, to which they will return repeatedly to top up! There are 5 species of rhinoceros, White, Black, Sumatran, Indian and Javan. Strangely enough as you can see from the picture these guys aren’t actually white but grey!
Following our 10 Most Venomous Animals post last month, we are going to look at which of the world’s animals are most dangerous to human beings! You will be surprised that it’s not always the scariest or most poisonous animal that is our biggest killer! In this Top 10… list we will explore the world’s biggest animal threats towards us humans. It goes without saying that humans kill the most humans, we are our own biggest enemy. However, we also have diseases, wars and man-made objects to slow down human domination a little. Animals are helping us out too! What follows are the top 10 most dangerous human killing animals on earth!
This crazy bird is not one you will find on any Pirate’s shoulder. First off he’s a bit too big, almost half a meter tall, secondly he’s a landlubber and only hangs around the mountains of New Zealand, so you’re more likely this guy when you are skiing. The Kea is one of the few Alpine parrots, they are intelligent and curious. They love to check out new things, and will often pick at passing tourists and cars.
Check out this amazing Octopus! It’s like a crazy contortionist twisting and turning and slipping into all kinds of crazy shapes. It is well known that animals can change their colours or behaviour (mimicry) to fend of predators or fool prey but this nimble octopus is one of the only creatures able to change its shape as well!
Welcome to the wonderful world of mimicry! Where animals take on the appearance, sound, smell, or behaviour of another animal or its surroundings as a form of defence or tactical attacking technique to fool potential prey. Any of you Australians out there who thought I might go on about the origins of dim-witted clumsy people have to look elsewhere I’m afraid.
There are a few main species of Drongo; the Black Drongo, the Spangled Drongo and the Fork-Tailed Drongo. The Black Drongo is native to Asia, the Spangled Drongo is native to Australia and the Fork-Tailed Drongo is found in Africa. These tweeting twitterers are actually quite aggressive and confident birds, often known to attack or invade larger birds’ territory and nests.