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  • Volunteer Holidays In Greece

    Posted in Europe | November 11, 2010
    If you get only a few weeks off from your workplace and you want to do something beyond the normal ‘holiday package’, you could try out going on a volunteer holiday. This would help you get an insider’s view on the culture and living of the region you decide to visit; plus, you come back feeling satisfied about having helped out in your own little way. Volunteer Holidays in Greece: So you’ve decided to hit the European coast for your holidays this time; but you want to do your own little bit of good when you’re there. If you do zero in on Greece, we have just the idea for you. You could join the Katelios Group for the Research and Protection of Marine Terrestrial Life on the Ionian Island of Kefalonia as part of their volunteer holidays  [...]
  • Newer Bird Species Might Exist In Philippines

    Posted in News | November 9, 2010
    Philippines may have been known to boast of a number of interesting bird species in the past, but as per the new studies, there has been some light shed on the fact that there may be some more interesting species of birds available in the region. This observation has come to the forefront owing to recent research conducted by a certain Dr. David Lohman, who is an assistant professor of biology with the City College of New York. As per his findings, the nation of Philippines may actually be much more of a ‘biodiversity hotspot’ than it has been given credit for. If his studies hold ground with authorities, then it might be high time that there are some serious changes made in the process of conservation practices. A number of animal species  [...]
  • Female Dolphins Need Strong Associations With Successful Dolphin Mothers

    Posted in News | November 8, 2010
    Dolphins in the Shark Bay have been being studied for a very long time now; but this observation that’s been made is relatively new. As per a new study, it has been seen that female dolphins of the region are seen to be more successful as mothers if they get the needed support from their female counterparts (friends and relatives). These researchers ended up analyzing the behavioral aspects of the female dolphins at Shark Bay for over 25 years. A number of genetic samples were also derived from the dolphins here. Said one of the doctoral students who worked on the project that the genetic and social effects on the concept of reproduction and procreation could be studied using observations that were long-term; and these would have to be conducted  [...]
  • Manta Rays Magic

    Posted in Wildlife A-Z | November 2, 2010
    Wild manta rays can never be accustomed to surface swimming that is slow, especially if it is for a fixed period of time. They do not usually swim at the surface post meals or after being handled by humans. Therefore, how can you train a giant manta that is in captive? How do you get a manta to feed from a ladle and then swim into a stretcher for veterinary purposes? Ladle Training Getting a giant manta ray into an aquarium is a huge responsibility. The staff at the aquarium must ensure that the animal gets all the nutrition and nourishment that it needs. The Georgia Aquarium located in Atlanta, Georgia is a unique one, in that they teach their mantas to feed from a ladle that is color coded. Giant manta rays traditionally consume plankton.  [...]
  • When In Perth

    Posted in Australia & Pacific | November 1, 2010
    A very large part of the Australian appeal lies in the fact that it can boast of a pretty unusual mix of wildlife. If you want to indulge in some sightseeing while in Perth, check out the options available to you. Caversham Wildlife Park: While here, you could have the good fortune of seeing some rather exotic animals and watch them in their natural habitat. This wildlife park is said to be close to Perth. There is no entry fee to the park and it is known to remain open from around 8:30 am to 5:30 in the evening. They are open all days of the week. If you choose to sightsee around this park, you will realize that this is the way to indulge in some pure relaxation. The park boasts of about seventy barbecue sites. Cohunu Koala Park: If you are  [...]
  • The Rare Breed Of Hybrid Florida Panthers

    Posted in Wildlife A-Z | October 26, 2010
    The rare Florida panthers soon seemed to go extinct. In a last minute effort Texas cougars were allowed to breed with the Florida Panthers; and the result is a hybrid and stronger breed of the panthers, that according to one scientist, should be dubbed as the Arnold Schwarzeneggers of cougars. The Florida panthers are a subspecies of the cougar, or the big cats that are found in the region that lie across America. These cats are called pumas or even mountain lions, based on the region that they’re found in. In the early 1900s, the people ended up hunting the Florida panther out of their natural habitat in the U.S. range. The animals fled to the rugged swamps of South Florida. The inbreeding amongst the few that were left ended up leading to  [...]
  • Cerbalus aravensis – New Spider Species Discovered In Israel

    Posted in Wildlife A-Z | October 21, 2010
    Earlier this year, there was a discovery of a new species of spider which have been discovered in the Sands of Samar, which is part of the southern region (Arava) in Israel. The pictures that have been released by the University of Haifa-Oranim are enough to send shivers down the spine of someone who suffers from arachnophobia. The spider in question has a leg span of about 5.5 inches; this new spider is rumored to be the biggest or the largest of its types in the whole of the Middle East. The habitat of this spider is endangered. It is said that there could be other species that could be seen in that area; and the scientists are hoping that they can come across the various species of the region before they become extinct. There is that fear  [...]
  • Aquatic Predator – The Killer Orca

    Posted in Wildlife A-Z | October 19, 2010
    Go to a beach, you wish to watch the dolphins jump and play and swing around in the shallowness of the waters they belong to. You find them cute and mischievous, don’t you? Most of us have a presumption in mind that dolphins do behave friendly and harmless. Think again. Are you talking about all dolphins? Better don’t; you may be proved wrong by Orcas. The Orcas are the world’s largest dolphins, also called the killer whales. They are the most powerful as predators of the ocean that devour the larger marine creatures and mammals like the other whales, seals, sea lions, etc. They take hold of the seals right off the ice and skid them to end up into their wide orals. Fish, seabirds and squids also serve as diet for the Orcas. The places  [...]
  • Smaller Dinosaurs Existed

    Posted in Wildlife A-Z | October 14, 2010
    When we think of dinosaurs, the first pictures to enter our mind would be that of gigantic beasts that either ate leaves off really tall trees or the carnivores that ate smaller animals. It is almost improbable for us to imagine smaller dinosaurs; especially dinosaurs the size of a chicken. Sounds bizarre, doesn’t it? But it is true. Meet Albertonykus borealis: This is said to be a chicken sized dinosaur who seemed to have a profound taste for termites; and must have been like the ‘anteater’ of the era it lived in. It would have been the smallest of dinosaurs that have ever been discovered in the whole of North America. This new species has been given the name Albertonykus borealis and is said to be a member of the group of dinosaurs called  [...]
  • Shark Bay, Australia – The Ideal Natural World Heritage Site

    Posted in Australia & Pacific | October 12, 2010
    Shark Bay could be considered the western most point of Australia and is said to be made up of a conglomeration of islands and the lands that surround it. The vast sea beds spell ‘green’ and are perhaps, the largest and the richest in the world. The dugong, nicknamed the sea cow, is native to these waters. The stromatolites make for quite an interesting sight. The region of Shark Bay is also said to house five species of animals that are listed under the ‘endangered’ list. Shark Bay and World Heritage Site Listings: Shark Bay got listed as a World Heritage Site in the year 1991. This region fulfills all of the four criteria that are needed to make it to the list as a Natural Heritage Site. The Criteria For Natural Heritage Sites: Encapsulates  [...]