Monday, April 10, 2017

G'day, can you guess which country this month's endangered animals come from?



If you guessed Australia, you are right on Mate. Australia is bordered by the Indian and Pacific Oceans and is the 6th largest country in the world. In fact, it is one of the seven continents. It is a special country of dry deserts, rain forests, and endangered animals, plants, flowers, fish, insects, and birds. 

Something has to be done to stop this madness!

I will be visiting Australia in our fall season to take a look at the animals that are rapidly disappearing. My visit will be too late to see the Tasmanian Tiger, the Dusky Flying Fox, the Desert Rat Kangaroo, or any of the 27 species of mammals or 24 species of birds that have already disappeared. That makes me very sad, and it should make you sad too.

My next two blogs will feature two of the endangered animals that I want to see stay with us forever. 

Toodle-oo till next week!


"Some think it's cool, but I think it's cruel!"



Monday, March 13, 2017

We Could Lose the Giant Panda

Photo by Thad Zajdowicz/Freeimages.com

What's black and white and almost extinct all over? If you guessed the Giant Panda, then you are right! The giant panda is China's symbol of peace. 

When you look at the giant panda, you think you see a black bear with white fur, but they are just the opposite. Their bodies are white, but their ears, eyes, shoulders, and legs are black. 

There is an ancient legend that says the panda was once all white like the polar bear. In the legend, a leopard was going to pounce on a panda cub. A little girl ran to help. The panda cub was saved, but the leopard got the girl. At the little girl's funeral, all the white pandas came. They smeared black ash on their arms like arm bands to show their love for the little girl. The sadness made them cry, and when they hugged and wiped the tears out of their eyes, the ashes ashes covered their eyes, ears, shoulders, and legs turning them black.

At one time thousands of pandas roamed through China's forests. Now there are less than 2,300. These giant bears are losing their habitat and are being hunted for their fur like so many other endangered animals.

While it is true that pandas will sometimes eat eggs, fish, and even small rodents, most of a giant panda's day is spent eating bamboo. They have strong teeth that lets them munch the woody stalks, and a wrist bone that sticks out like a thumb to hold the branches while they eat.

Speaking of eating, did you know that a giant panda can eat 25-100 pounds of bamboo in a day? That's a lot of bamboo! It's easy to see how they can strip a bamboo forest, and it takes up to 15 years for all of that bamboo to grow back. In ancient times, the giant panda would just slowly move to another part of the forest. Now they cannot do that. There aren't miles and miles of bamboo forests any more. 

If you want to learn more about one of my favorite bears, check out one of the links below.

WWF



"Some people think it's cool, but I think it's cruel!"




Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Gorillas May Soon be an Animal of the Past!

photo by Rob Schrechise

I always wondered how anyone could fall in love with a huge ape that could crush you in the blink of an eye. Then I found the Mountain Gorilla. They live in Africa on the mountain slopes of Uganda and the Dominican Republic of Congo. War, poaching, loss of habitat, and disease brought by people are critically endangering them. There are only 700 left in the wild. 

American zoologist, Dian Fossey, studied the Mountain Gorilla. She found them to be:


  • Shy
  • Tree climbers even though they spend most of their time on the ground
  • Led by an alpha male Silverback
  • Non-aggressive unless threatened
  • Intelligent 
  • Worth saving
I agree with her. They need to be saved! She lost her life trying to save these amazing animals, so it's up to all of us to work together to make sure Mountain Gorilla does not disappear. Here are some links to find out how you can help.





Hey--and check out my new Facebook page dedicated endangered animals AnimalGirlsNatureWorld



"Some think it's cool, but I think it's cruel."




Monday, October 31, 2016

Antarctica Fishing Is Over!!!

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Every day more animals disappear  from the world. They are over-hunted, over-fished, and lose their homes to logging, climate change, and human building. 


I've been worried about Antarctica for a long time. It's home to over 10,000 species. Whales, penguins, seals, fish, sea birds, and even Krill call the Antarctic home. This week over twenty-four countries including China, Russia, America, Australia, and New Zealand created the largest no fishing area in the world. 


An area two times the size of Texas is now a marine reserve in the Ross Sea. This means no more fishing! Orcas and seals won't have to compete with fishermen for their favorite food the toothfish. This agreement begins in December. 


Animalgirl wants to congratulate all the countries who were smart enough to protect the animals that can't protect themselves. You get a gold star from Animalgirl. Now how about protecting the Amazon Rain Forests!!!



"Some think it's cool to hurt animals, but I think it's cruel."

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Can You Believe The Biggest Animal in the World is Endangered?

Can you believe that the biggest animal on earth is endangered? You would think that it could defend itself easily, and it does from predators. But it can't defend itself from humans. What animal am I talking about? It's the Blue Whale and it is one of my favorite mammals.

Courtesy of NOAA

The Blue Whale is almost 100 feet long and can weigh more than 150 tons. Can you imagine? My dad is 6 feet tall. It would take more than 16 dads as tall as mine standing on each others shoulders to be as long as a blue whale. And if an elephant weighs 12 tons, just think of how many elephants it would take to weigh as much as an adult blue whale. It's amazing how big this whale is! 


But this whale is not only big, it also has one of the loudest voices of all animals. It can keep in contact with other blue whales hundreds and even thousands of miles away because its powerful voice can travel through the ocean that far. 


So what does this huge whale eat? It eats krill. Krill is a small shrimp-like crustacean, and the blue whale eats 4 tons of them each day. Now, I like shrimp too, but I can't eat that much. 

Blue whales are endangered because they were over-hunted until someone smart realized that there weren't as many around as there once was. That's when they became endangered. But it's not just hunting that is bad for blue whales. 


Pollution kills whales. Blue whales need a clean ocean to live in. Plastic garbage can take their lives, and so can chemical spills. Noise is another type of pollution. That's right. Noise pollution can stop their communication and their navigational abilities. Some whales even get stranded on the coastline because of noises caused by boat traffic, explosions, military operations, and drilling for gas and oil.


For more information on how you can help blue whales contact Green PeaceDefenders, or World Wildlife Federation. You can also learn more about them through NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) here


Remember my motto--


"Some think it's cool, but I think it's cruel."


Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

Campephilus principalis (ivory-billed woodpecker) male

This is the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Until 2005, everyone thought this critically endangered bird was extinct. Then in 2005, it was spotted in Arkansas. It lives in old pine forests of southeastern America, and hopefully Cuba. More about Cuba in a minute. 


This woodpecker lost most of its habitat in the 1800s when people moved into the old forests and cut down the trees. By the 1900s, there were only a few left. Then it looked like there weren't any. So, in 1994 wildlife experts thought they were all extinct. Everyone thought they were gone forever, but in 2005 someone took a video of one in an Arkansas forest and the race was on to find it.  

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, that's bird science, set off to find it. They searched and searched. Look here. Some of the searchers thought they spotted a couple. There was even a scratchy video taken of one on a tree. But it just wasn't enough. Even after all the searching, there was no real evidence to prove the Ivory-billed Woodpecker was still alive. That is where Cuba comes in. A team went to Cuba in January. See their journals here

They didn't find the woodpecker either, but they still hope its out there.  You know, there are still some old forests in Arkansas. People there still believe it's alive. They even have pictures of it on some license plates! 

Remember: "Some think it's cool, but I think it's cruel" 








Note: 
Photo By James St. John [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Meet the Bandit of the Prairie

There is only one animal in North America that can be called the "Bandit of the Prairie."Meet the Black-Footed Ferret.


The Black-Footed Ferret is one of the most endangered mammals in North America, but that was not always true. In the 1800s, they were pretty common on the prairie, but that was before people started plowing up the prairie to make homes, farms, and towns.  

Losing their habitat to people was one reason they started disappearing. The other reason has to do with prairie dogs. Black-footed ferrets are predators of prairie dogs. Prairie dogs are their food supply. Farmers started killing prairie dogs, and the food was hard to find. By 1986, there were no black-footed ferrets left in the wild, and only 18 alive in zoos. But people cared, and now there are over 600. Here are some things you might not know about the black-footed ferret.


  • They are a member of the weasel family.
  • Their black mask keeps the glare of the sun from hurting their eyes.
  • They can twist and turn through any tunnel.
  • They spend most of the time underground.
  • They make prairie dog tunnels their homes.
  • They hunt at night.
  • They like to be alone.
  • Females have one to six babies in May or June.
  • Their babies are called Kits.
  • Kits are born blind, and stay in the tunnel for two months.
  • Kits can be on their own before winter.


Animal Girl says, "Some think this is cool, but I think it's cruel!"

Hey! I am still not allowed to have my own blog until I am 13, but I now have an email. You can send me mail at  


animalgirlsnature@gmail.com



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