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: Hyena laughs and giggles decoded

From the BBC Wildlife Website:

The giggling sounds of a hyena contain important information about the animal’s status, say scientists.

In the first study to decipher the hyena’s so-called “laugh”, they have shown that the pitch of the giggle reveals a hyena’s age.

What is more, variations in the frequency of notes used when a hyena makes a noise convey information about the animal’s social rank.

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A Warm Welcome to Michaela

Weblog UpdateExciting News 29th January 2010

Every once in a while there will be some interesting articles where I have invited authors to contribute towards the weblog. These authors will be more like frequent contributors than one-off guests. I feel you should really give people who make valuable contributions the option of returning again and again should they so choose.

With this in mind it gives me great pleasure to welcome Michaela to the team, she is a keen wildlife follower and her expertise is in bush craft and animal tracking. She has taken part in many outdoor adventures including spending time in the wild South African bush staring lions straight in the eyes. Certainly not for the faint hearted! She‘s one crazy chick, so please check out her first article Probably The Cutest Animal in the World? It’s a real cracker, enjoy it and tell us what you think.

I am excited to announce we have also added two new pages to the Crazy Creatures line up. Taxonomy, which explains how we name and classify all Earth’s creatures, and at long last a Glossary which will hopefully take some of the confusion out of those strange biological expressions. Hope it clears things up! If you’re still confused or have any questions or feel you can contribute I would be happy to hear from you.

There’s lots more interesting and exciting stuff coming up in the near future, in the mean time we have enhanced our picture viewing so you can click to take a closer look at our Crazy Creatures.

’til next time

Laurens

Adventures and Excitement in 2010?

First off, welcome to 2010 everyone. It’s been a fun filled first few months blogging and creating crazycreatures.org. I hope you are enjoying it. I certainly hadn’t expected it to involve so many things aside from researching and writing articles. A great deal of self promotion and interaction is needed to make readers aware that this blog exists. On that note a big thank you to all of you who have been reading, commenting and mailing me and I hope to build some momentum over the coming year to really make crazycreatures.org a fun place for everyone to come.

So far I have covered interesting facts about some of the different types of bears and dolphins, which I hope will become a regular feature spanning a whole host of interesting and exiting animals. I also added a bite sized statistics item for the bears to accompany this, which I hope you like.

As I love them so much, and also because I have adopted it as the image for my blog, I couldn’t help but include a piece on our amphibian friends the frogs. I picked out a few points about them which appealed to me, and I will no doubt add many more on this extremely entertaining family of creatures.

Following these were articles covering some of the more unusual animals we share our planet with as well as more serious topics. For this set I delved south of the equator and found one that lives underground, one that hops on top and yet another that likes it somewhere in between.

My goal when starting off this blog was initially to make it an informative and humorous entity but I think it might have become a bit too text driven. With this in mind I intend to include a photo and video gallery of the best crazy acting wildlife shots I can find, and I need everyone to contribute ideas and links to make this a great feature, I will then choose a couple to write about too.

In 2010 I am going to be introducing some guest authors to provide content on some of their favourite animals. Hopefully that will give another perspective and keep this blog even fresher. Equally, if you feel you have something interesting to contribute then get in touch.

I thought I would leave the most exiting announcement ‘til last and let you all know I am actually going to be travelling around South America in the very near future for a few months, so I thoroughly intend to explore and report on some interesting specimens while I am out there, hopefully with some of my own pictures and videos too! How great is that? If any of you have any hints or tips on where I should go and what I should see, especially in Central America, then please tell me.

Here’s to a great year.

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Our Little Big Planet

I am hesitating to write this simply because it has everything and nothing to do with what I want this weblog to be. A place where people who care for animals in any shape or form can come to get information or amuse themselves with the wonderful animal facts and videos. Not a place where politics and protest will influence what I put on the site, yet it seems this can’t be avoided. As unqualified as the politicians and their advisors seem to be, it is they who will shape the life or death of our world’s species, including us humans. For this reason I want to dedicate a little article to the Copenhagen Summit currently taking place. Time is running out, fast.

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