Where can I see… Crazy Crocs and Goofy ‘gators?

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.

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Southern White Rhinoceros

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!

Southern White Rhinoceros

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Top 10 Of The World’s Most Dangerous Creatures!

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!

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Look out killer moose!

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News: Some Encouraging Signs from the Northern White Rhinos

It has been a while since we sent news from the Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the northern white rhinos. We decided that, instead of reporting on the same thing every two weeks, we would wait until there was some significant news to share with you. And we are happy to say that there are some encouraging signs coming from our northern white rhinos.

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News: New carnivorous mammal species found in Madagascar

A new species of carnivorous mammal has been discovered in Madagascar.

The mongoose-like creature has been called Durrell’s vontsira (Salanoia durrelli) in honour of conservationist Gerald Durrell.

New Mammal Species

New Carnivorous Mammal Species

Scientists found the creature in the wetlands of Lake Alaotra, the largest lake in Madagascar.

Read more about this at the BBC website >

Savanna Elephant

Today’s photo fact is about the Savanna Elephant, also known as the African Bush Elephant, which is one of three species of Elephant, the others being the Asian and African Forest Elephants. The Savanna Elephant is the largest Elephant and therefore the largest land animal on earth.

The elephant is the only mammal to have helical bands of muscle. These are all in their trunk, which enables them to move it strongly in pretty much any way imaginable. Elephants have a long gestation period of 22 months before the calf is born. Despite this they are still pretty incompetent on arrival and also blind. They will learn all their survival skills from the elder elephants in the herd. A number of females from the herd without a calf will help out looking after the calf, acting as babysitters.

For more ungulates and facts, visit our Ungulates gallery on Flickr.

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