Alligators

Poster: up to your ass in alligators Alligator = a large semiaquatic reptile similar to a crocodile but with a broader and shorter head, native to the Americas and China Embedded Tweets Perhaps no other animal is more closely identified with the Everglades than the American alligator, and rightly so. Alligators are a keystone species …

Tigers

Photo: Bernard Spragg, Sumatran Tiger The tiger (Panthera tigris) is the largest cat species, most recognizable for its pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with a lighter underside. The species is classified in the genus Panthera with the lion, leopard, jaguar, and snow leopard. Headlines The cheap and shady business of taking selfies …

International Tiger Day

Photo International Tiger Day is an annual celebration to raise awareness for tiger conservation, held annually on July 29. It was created in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit. Hashtags: #InternationalTigerDay, #GlobalTigerDay Embedded Tweets #WorldTigerDay #InternationalTigerDay #TigerCensus Nine long years ago, it was decided in St. Petersburg that the target of doubling the tiger …

Oaxaca Grasshoppers

Photo: A Serving of Fresh Grasshoppers at Pochimilco Si quieres regresar a Oaxaca come chapulines. Oaxaca – Oaxacans eat a lot of insects. Among the favorite bugs are the grasshoppers (chapulines) consumed (legs intact) as a snack garnished with wedges of lime. For those who wish to sample this local specialty, there are plenty of …

Grasshoppers

Photo: San Jose del Progreso Wikipedia: Grasshoppers are a group of insects belonging to the suborder Caelifera. They are among what is probably the most ancient living group of chewing herbivorous insects, dating back to the early Triassic around 250 million years ago. Grasshoppers are typically ground-dwelling insects with powerful hind legs which allow them …

Bison

Photo: Denver Bison entered the Americas through the landbridge from Siberia during an Ice Age. – Wikipedia Celebrations National Bison Day is the first Saturday in November. Hashtag: #NationalBisonDay Elsewhere on the Web http://storyofthebison.com/tatankaaboutbison.html https://www.wcs.org/get-involved/updates/senate-passes-bison-day-resolution Headlines https://deadspin.com/bison-gets-irritated-by-tourists-tosses-child-into-obl-1836670446 Bison are Back – The Conversation https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/12/how-native-american-tribes-are-bringing-back-the-bison-from-brink-of-extinction http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/06/us/utah-bison-herd/index.html Embedded Tweets The National Park Service has released a guide …

Kākāpō

Photo: Shellie Evans The kākāpō is the word’s largest parrot, flightless and with a tricky breeding cycle. Recently their number actually went down to a mere 51 birds on Earth, but now scientists have successfully found ways to breed them. Recommended Listening One of our favorite new podcasts of 2018: Kākāpō Files, breaking bird news …

Coelacanth

Photo: James St. John, Latimeria chalumnae Publisher’s note: Many thanks to Martin Hatchuel for preparing the text for this feature on the Planeta Wiki. Coelacanth = a genus of fish which has existed for more than 360 million years, but which was believed to have been extinct since the time of the dinosaurs. It was …

Butterflies

Photos Butterflies are insects in the macrolepidopteran clade Rhopalocera from the order Lepidoptera, which also includes moths. Adult butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight. The group comprises the large superfamily Papilionoidea, which contains at least one former group, the skippers (formerly the superfamily “Hesperioidea”) and the most recent analyses suggest …

Wild

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