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  • Jaguarundi facts

    Posted in Wildlife A-Z | February 1, 2011
    Also known as jaguar, Jaguarundi is an American mammal, which is the regarded as the largest feline cat in this continent. We all have heard about the jaguars while exploring the Mayan ruins indicating that this animal was once worshipped as god. Even today, this belief is somewhat indicated by the fact that Jaguarundi is the symbol of strength, power, and splendor. In fact, the name ‘Jaguar’ is derived from a term of Native American language, which stands for ‘the killer that holds the victim in just one jump’ directly revealing much about its power and strength. Scientifically known as the Panther Onca, this feline animal belongs to the Panthera genus. If you are looking at it for the first time, you will feel as if it is a leopard.  [...]
  • Siberian Tiger facts

    Posted in Wildlife A-Z | January 25, 2011
    Also known as Amur, a Siberian tiger refers to the giant carnivores that mostly tend to survive in the coldest regions of our planet. It is certainly the largest cat in the world, but is sadly today among the endangered animals. Currently, these superb tigers are seen typically in southeastern Russia, especially in Siberia; which says much about their origins. Although they were seen in plenty in Korea, Mongolia, as well as China; illegal poaching has reduced their numbers here. Across the world, it is now accepted that some 350 to 400 tigers only survive in the forests and other 500 in the zoos. In order to save them, efforts have been made due to which now they are heavily safeguarded in wild, but a majority of them are now in zoos. These  [...]
  • Mountain Lion facts

    Posted in Wildlife A-Z | January 18, 2011
    Also called cougars, the Mountain Lions are American wild cats seen extensively in the Western hemisphere and called by separate names in different areas. With its 40 names, one of the most interesting Mountain Lion facts is that this cat’s name is recorded in the Guinness World Record as the only mammal having maximum different names. Some of these include – puma, panther, silver lion, deer cat, Mexican lion, king cat, mountain devil, red tiger, and so on. Despite the fact that ‘big cats’ are referred to the large looking wild cats such as leopard and jaguar; mountain lions, just due to their size, still belong to this category. After lion, tiger, and jaguar; mountain lions rank fourth along with leopard in the list of  [...]
  • Ocelot Facts – The Exotic Cat That Is Now Endangered

    Posted in Wildlife A-Z | January 11, 2011
    The ocelot is ideally twice the size of the average house cat. It is a sleek animal and the most identifiable characteristic has to be its dappled coat, which is best described as ‘gorgeous’. These nocturnal cats are known to use their keen hearing capabilities and sight so as to hunt down their prey. They ideally hunt on rodents, rabbits, iguanas, frogs and fish. They also generally take to the trees; and this is what adds the stalking of birds and monkeys to their list. Unlike most cats who will avoid water, one of the most interesting and distinguishing of the ocelot facts is that they are indeed good swimmers. Ocelot Facts – Location: Ocelots are generally found in Central and South America, Texas and other states of United States  [...]
  • Javan Rhino – Rhinoceros Sondaicus

    Posted in Wildlife A-Z | January 6, 2011
    The Javan rhinoceros is the name of a herbivorous creature that belongs to the order of Perissodactyla and is said to be one of the three species of rhinos that are native to the Asian continent. This lesser one-horned rhino is perhaps the rarest of the large mammal species in the world. What we mean by ‘rare’ here is that it is almost on the brink of extinction. Lesser than 60 of these mammals are said to survive in the wild today; and none of these are in captivity. The Javan rhino is said to exist in two protected areas – Ujung Kulon National Park (Indonesia) and Cat Tien National Park (Vietnam). However, owing to the pressures of human population and the ever-increasing threat of poaching, things do not look too bright. The WWF is  [...]
  • Hawaiian Monk Seal – 2nd Most Endangered Seal

    Posted in Wildlife A-Z | January 4, 2011
    The Hawaiian monk seal is one of the most endangered seal species in the waters of the United States of America. Only about 1,200 of them are said to be left. The most endangered seal species is another monk seal, the Mediterranean monk seal, which is said to have only about 600 of them left in the Mediterranean seas. There used to be a third species of the monk seal, called the Caribbean monk seal, which is now extinct. About Hawaiian Monk Seals: The scientific name for the Hawaiian monk seal is Monachus Schauinslandi. These animals are known to inhabit the northwestern part of the Hawaiian Islands, and they spend a lot of time at sea. Believe it or not, these creatures can dive as deep as 600 feet, and can stay under water for a good 20 minutes. Diet: Their  [...]
  • Howler Monkey – Loudest Species In The Animal Kingdom

    Posted in Wildlife A-Z | January 1, 2011
    Howlers are found in the regions of tropical Central and South America. They are New World Monkeys and are aptly named for their cries that can be described as being cacophonous. When a number of them begin letting their lungs loose in concert, the cacophony can be heard till a distance of about three miles away. The male howler monkey is said to be blessed with a specialized vocal chamber which is shell-like. This will help them to turn up their volume so that you can hear this distinctive call. The noise will help to send out a clear message to all of the other monkeys in the region; thus telling them that this territory has already been taken over by a troop. These vocal primates can boast of being the biggest of all the New World monkeys.  [...]
  • Bengal Tiger Facts

    Posted in Wildlife A-Z | December 30, 2010
    The tiger is said to come from the same family as that of the cats. It is the largest of all the wild cats in the world. Among all of the subspecies of the tiger that are found in the world, the Bengal tiger is said to be the second largest, with the Siberian tiger being the largest. Given the fact that these royal creatures are found most commonly in India, they are often called the Indian Bengal tiger. These subspecies are said to be found in Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Tibet and Bangladesh. The Bengal Tiger facts include information about the unique characteristics of this magnificent animal. Bengal Tiger Facts: The Bengal tiger is best known for the way it looks. That is one extremely attractive looking animal. The reddish orange base with  [...]
  • Clouded Leopard Of Borneo

    Posted in Wildlife A-Z | December 23, 2010
    The first ever person to describe the clouded leopard was Sir Stamford Raffles. However, Griffith was the first person to give this creature a scientific name. The elusive animal is rarely seen. If you speak to anyone who has seen the animal, they’d describe it as having the skull and definition of the big cats, but having the body of a smaller cat. The adult clouded leopard will be the size of a small leopard; and will have a longer body and tail, when compared to the short legs. The coat is generally said to be rich yellowish in color or could be an earthy brown. The name of this animal comes from the blotchy cloudlike marks that cover its body. Their long tails help as counterbalances when these animals have to climb trees. Although these  [...]
  • Asiatic Lion – Endangered Big Cat

    Posted in Wildlife A-Z | December 21, 2010
    When it comes to the regal animals of the earth, the Asiatic Lion is one subspecies of the Lion’s extant that comes to mind. These animals are relatively smaller than their African cousins. The one difference that is noticeable will be the fact that there is a fold of skin that runs down the belly of the Asian lion, which is not really present in the case of African lions. Measuring Up: The adult lion can reach a measure of up to about 8 feet in body and head length. Their tails along can reach a measure of about 3 feet. The females are smaller than their male counterparts. While the male lions can weigh up to about 550 lb, the females might go up to about 400 lb. Furry Big Cats: The fur on these magnificent animals is tan in color; and this  [...]