These guys inhabit both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, found in shallow beaches and coral reefs. These guys freak me out. And why are there so many pictures of them eating whole fish alive!?
06 Mar 2014 Leave a comment
The animal of the day is the Baboon. (Did you know: Most old world apes still rather live in trees, but there are two that love open savannahs and wide spaces! One is a baboon, the other is you! You dirty stinking ape…
Female baboons are less than half the size of males, exhibiting one of the more extreme forms of sexual dimorphism among mammals. Don’t worry, because in a typical troop of baboons, there are twice as many females as males so it all evens out.
05 Mar 2014 Leave a comment
The animal of the day is the Thomson’s Gazelle. (Did you know: I’m not a fan of naming animals after the person who ‘discovered’ them. So for the rest of this post, we’re gonna call these bad boys Tommie G’s.
Tommie G’s are the most widespread gazelle in East Africa, and they have a unique way of ‘intimidating’ predators called ‘pronking’. They make athletic leaps displaying how fit they are, basically daring a predator to f*ck with em. (Of course when[and I can't imagine this working very often] this doesn’t work, like all gazelle, they can haul ass).
04 Mar 2014 Leave a comment
The animal of the day is the Ostrich. (Did you know: Ostriches don’t need to drink! They can survive on the water extracted from the food they eat! However, they do enjoy a good drink of water, and will drink when they can.
Contrary to popular belief, ostriches do not bury their heads in the sand: the myth probably originates from the bird’s defensive behavior of lying low at the approach of trouble and pressing their long necks to the ground in an attempt to become less visible. Their plumage blends well with sandy soil and, from a distance, gives the appearance that they have buried their heads in the sand.
Unlike all other birds, Ostriches pee and poop separately. (All other birds take a pee and poop at the same time. Note: pee and poop sound way better than, ‘separate their urine and feces’)
Ostrich eggs are the largest eggs in the world, though they are the smallest proportionally to the size of the adults! (The largest proportionally goes to the Kiwi)
28 Feb 2014 Leave a comment
The animal of the day is the Great Blue Heron. (Did you know: These gorgeous birds are the largest members of the heron family, and are found all throughout the America’s spanning from Canada all the way down to Caribbean and parts of South America!
These buys are some gangsta hunters! They slowly stalk their prey, be it a fish, frog, even a gopher or a mouse! and with lightning quick speed, they strike and eat their food whole!
Seriously, these guys will eat anything…
27 Feb 2014 Leave a comment
The animal of the day is the Zebra. (Did you know: There are a couple subspecies of Zebras , but we’re just gonna do the general striped horsie that we all know and love. Those wonderful patterns on zebras are as unique as fingerprints on humans, and when they’re in a big group all those stripes help confuse their predators making it hard to pick one out in a chase!
Here’s something CRAZY though! As you move from North Africa to South Africa, Zebra stripes of go from thinner to thicker! WHAT?
No one knows why. Yup. Consider your mind blown.
26 Feb 2014 Leave a comment
These snakes are completely arboreal and are rarely not found in a tree! If you see one on the ground it’s because it’s trying to evade predators (not much messes with these rather poisonous snakes). They are born, mate and die in trees!
These guys are very poisonous and are hard to detect in their native habitat. I advise if you’re somewhere in the jungles on the east coast of Africa, just don’t go climbing random trees.
25 Feb 2014 Leave a comment
The animal of the day is the Lycaon pictus aka African Wild Dog. (Did you know: In the carnivorous hunting world, these guys are the Mafia. They are the MOST efficient hunting carnivore on the planet, with 85% of their hunts ending in a kill. Compare this with lions (~ 30%) and wolves (~40%) and even Killer Whales (~55%) and hands down, these guys are the ‘top dogs’ (pun intended).
To put this in persepective, if a pack of African Wild Dogs (packs can be as large as 50 individuals) wants to kill you, you’re gonna die. They use the same strategies Marines and Army use to hunt their prey. This includes ambushing, flanking, and pre-planning routes that they will chase their prey down in order to corner them.
And unlike silly Hyenas, these guys are smart enough to not f*ck with lions, instead they keep a wide berth and use their large groups to dissuade lions from trying to steal their kills.
20 Feb 2014 Leave a comment
Keep in mind though, if you choose to keep this fish in an aquarium, it’s a voracious predator and will dominate any fish in the tank small enough to get eaten. They’re also schooling fish so make sure it’s got some homies to chill with.
19 Feb 2014 Leave a comment
The animal of the day is the Cave Swiftlet. (Did you know: These South Asian birds are one of two types of birds that use echolocation similar to bats and dolphins (The other being oilbirds)! Indeed, they tend to inhabit the same caves as bats!
They’ve taken a unique approach to building their nests in the cave walls however. They make them using their own dried saliva! Whoa! These nests are a part of a Asian delicacy, bird-nest soup, but due to how hard the nests are to harvest, it’s some expensive soup!