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This is Gigi, a two-week old snow monkey that is currently being hand-raised by her keepers at @blankparkzoo since her mother did not have the skills necessary to feed and raise her. When she’s old enough she will be reintegrated into her troop.
In the wild, these primates live in extremely cold conditions in Japan and can often be found warming up in the hot springs there. Snow monkeys are highly intelligent creatures. During a study in the 1950s, researchers observed a female snow monkey washing sand off of her sweet potato in river water as opposed to simply brushing the sand off like the other monkeys. She even discovered that dipping her potato in salt water added a bit of seasoning. When her siblings saw her washing and seasoning her food, they began to copy her actions. Soon, even her mother was washing her food in the river. Over the next few years, scientists discovered that this cleaning ritual had spread rapidly across the entire island, and within a decade every single monkey was washing their potatoes. Today, although none of the original monkeys are living, the monkeys on this island all still enjoy clean, seasoned potatoes.
Treated @lana040 to the blackcat cruise in Akaroa for part of her birthday trip, boy did nature turn it on for us, seeing the hectors dolphins in person is pretty damn amazing, well worth the trip, more pics will dribble in 😉
Gene Simmons may be famous for his long tongue, but he's got nothing on the pangolin! This adorable walking artichoke has a tongue that reaches over 40cm long when fully extended. Perfect for slurping up ants and termites! 👅🐜
A couple of months ago The Christmas Island Red Crabs made their spectacular, annual migration back to the ocean to lay eggs 🦀🎄At one point, there were upwards of 43 million of these little guys on the island. The human introduction of the Crazy Ant 🐜🌀has led to the destruction of over 10 million crabs. As humans, it is our responsibility to understand the world-shaking effects of our actions🌏🌘
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Life goes on as usual on the sandy beaches of Goa... just not we generally think about beach life.
Crab make the beach come to life as the tide recedes back. They keep the sea clean by eating sea plants, fungi, worms, bacteria as well as decaying remains of fish, mollusks and other crustaceans thus maintaining a balance in the system of the sea. Just hoping that we don’t litter or spill anything that would destroy this fascinating marine life.
Sand bubbler crabs (or sand-bubblers) are crabs of the genera #Scopimera and #Dotilla in the family Dotillidae.They are small crabs that live in burrows on sandy beaches in the tropical Indo-Pacific coastline. During the low tide, they form inflated sand pellets that are #disintegrated by the incoming high tide.
Sand #bubbler crabs live in burrows in the sand, where they remain during high tide. When the tide is out, they emerge on to the surface of the sand, and scour the sand for food, forming it into inflated #pellets , which cover the sand. The crabs work radially from the entrance to their burrow, which they re-enter as the tide rises and disintegrates the pellets.
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For #penguinawarenessday let’s remember our cute flightless friends, their adorable waddle, their impressive swimming skills, their fascinating mating behavior 🐧 And let’s also remember... some of them are #endangered . One more reminder to try to be wildlife advocates in any small or big way possible🧡
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This is dedicated to our rhino orphan Jemu, who is pictured here with her best friend Zac when they were still very small.
Jemu arrived at in November 2016, at around just six months old. She was found wandering alone by the Jock Environmental Monitoring Unit (or JEMU) in the Kruger National Park, which meant it was likely her mother had become a poaching victim.
Thanks to the quick response of JEMU (who Jemu was then named after) the newly orphaned calf arrived safely and swiftly.
After a few days Jemu was introduced to Zac, another orphan rhino who is around the same age. They bonded instantly and were then introduced to two other orphans, Grey and Spirit, who arrived within the same week as little Jemu!
Since then the four of them have been progressing amazingly and have been inseperable. They go out to graze into their camp during the day where they can relax in their mudbaths and sleep peacefully under a tree.
We would like to say a huge thank you to the Jock Environmental Monitoring Unit for finding Jemu and for sponsoring her during her rehabilitation.
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Yes, it’s #PenguinAwarenessDay and if you go to my bio there’s a link to the full educational YouTube video. But please take a minute to read the rest of this first. African penguins are critically #endangered , with their population dropping by 60% in the last 28 years. But why? It’s a combination of many things like, oil spills in their habitat, over fishing and removal of safe nesting sites. Reworded, that can also be said as: Introduced substance that is toxic and prevents the penguins from being able to maintain life at the sea. Food sources vanishing. Generations missing due to several seasons of minimal hatchlings making it. I know, I know... Heartbreaking, frustrating, and maddening to know humans have caused all of these problems. But the really GOOD news is that they are all human caused problems! It’s good because we can fix problems that are caused by humans. We can manage oil transportation better. We can mitigate fish harvesting and we can stop the damage being caused to nest sites. But we need to act fast, efficiently and together. No single group or organization can do this alone. Zoos and aquariums across the world are working with conservation groups in Africa. We need your help. Please support your local zoo and/or aquarium - it truly can, and does, make a difference.
Puppies! 😄 how cute are these little gems!!?
Continuing on from last week's Wild Dog feature, here are a handful of shots I was lucky enough to capture while looking down the den we found in Moremi GR, Botswana, in July 2016. Enjoy! 🐶