Month: February 2010

Echidna’s of Tasmania

Tasmania is one of Australia’s most remarkable environments and the echidna is one of Australia’s most remarkable native animals. Observing echidna’s whilst in Tasmania is indeed a remarkable experience. The Tasmanian Echidna was once considered a separate species but is now placed as a subspecies, Tachyglossus aculeatus setosus. This subspecies, found only in Tasmania, is

10 Animals You Never Knew Were Poisonous

There are many creatures on this planet that are widely known to be poisonous or venomous including numerous species of spiders, snakes and scorpions. The average person is probably familiar with deadly creatures such as the black widow spider, rattle snake and the box jellyfish but what about lesser known animals that are poisonous such

Greater bamboo lemur

The Greater bamboo lemur s found exclusively on the island of Madagascar and can be immediately recognized by its prominent white ears. The Greater bamboo lemur was actually believed to have been extinct up until 1972 when a small isolated population was discovered. Like many other lemurs the Greater bamboo lemur is currently listed as

Slender Loris

The Slender Loris is a small primate that is found in Sri Lanka. Currently listed as endangered the Slender Loris is losing its habitat due to human expanse and agriculture which is causing the Slender Loris population to plummet. The Slender Loris which gets is name from its long slender limbs is found predominantly in

Pygmy Hippopotamus

The Pygmy Hippopotamus differs from most peoples mental image of a Hippopotamus as the Pygmy Hippopotamus is tiny in comparison. These unique hippos are exclusive to Africa and can be found in small populations cut off from each other. There is estimated to be around 2 – 3000 Pygmy Hippopotamus’s left in the world wit

Giant Panda

Giant Panda’s are much loved across the world and are one of the worlds most talked about endangered species. These powerful mammals live exclusively in China and can be found in a handful of different areas that are unfortunately isolated from one another making breeding harder than it should be. Giant Pandas need to eat

Onager

The Onager are a large type of wild ass and the fastest of the species reaching up to 70km per hour. Once situated across all of Iran the Onager’s can now only be found in two locations and both of which are conservation areas. The Onager population is estimated to be around 500 and although

Asian Elephant

The Asian Elephant is the biggest of all mammals in Asia and is crucial to the forest ecosystem. These wonderful mammals are extremely intelligent and live in large social groups that are dotted across Asia. As with too many species in today’s world the Asian Elephants are walking the path to extinction thanks to loss

Javan Rhinoceros

The Javan Rhinoceros is the rarest of all living rhino species today. Boasting a massive bulk and densely folded skin the Javan Rhinoceros population has decreased rapidly leaving only around 60 individual rhinos alive today, one group in Vietnam and the other in Java, Indonesia. The massive drop in population is down to a combination

Northern hairy-nosed wombat

The Northern hairy-nosed wombat is the world biggest burrowing herbivore mammal and is exclusive to Australia. The Northern hairy-nosed wombat is listed as critically endangered because of the massive drop of population  caused by loss of habitat and the introduction of dangerous predators like Dingos. There are no more Northern hairy-nosed wombats left out in

Bactrian Camel

The Bactrian Camel is a true survivor, these ancient dual humped camels and survive for great periods without food or water and can even with stand nuclear radiation. Unfortunately the Bactrian Camel is now classed as critically endangered because although a true survivor the Bactrian Camel’s can not withstand human advancement, constant hunting and habitat