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Przewalski’s Horse & IUCN Conservation Status

Przewalski's Horse

Photo by Jessie Cohen, Smithsonian National Zoological Park photographer

Click below for good information and pictures.


Przewalski’s Horses, Przewalski’s Horse Pictures, Przewalski’s Horse Facts – National Geographic.

Click below for Conservation status by the IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature.


International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN & the Red Lists – Endangered & Threatened Species

Conserving biological diversity or bio-diversity is the mission of the IUCN or International Union for Conservation of Nature“Bio-diversity” means having a diverse or wide range of living species on Earth, to conserve or continue a range of Life on Earth.  Bio-diversity is usually explored at three levels – genetic diversity, species diversity and ecosystem diversity. These three levels work together to create the complexity of life on Earth.  See the Australian Museum page below for an explanation of these types of Diversity.


The IUCN Programme provides the framework for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the conservation work undertaken by the IUCN Commissions and the Secretariat with and on behalf of IUCN Members. The Programme is discussed and approved by Member organizations every four years at IUCN’s World Conservation Congress.

You can download their 2013 to 2016 Draft Programme at the following page.   Look for the link on the right-hand side


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The Boy Who Lived with Buffalo – the Buffalo Whisperer


Photograph by Young Nature Lovers

He may be young, but 16-year-old Luke Michaelides has a wisdom and a sense of adventure that many people, old or young, do not have.  Luke has blogged a six part series “Hop, Skip and Jump” about his amazing and wonderful relationship with an African wild Buffalo in South Africa, called Hop.  At first, Luke and his family took in Hop when she was hurt, and then cared for Hop’s baby girl also, whom they called Skip.  Later, a male Buffalo joined the group for a while, and he was called Jump.

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Red Cherry Shrimp

Red Cherry Shrimp

Shrimp are marine crustaceans that are found on the bottom of the water in nearly every environment around the world. Shrimps are generally tiny in size, with some species of shrimp being so small that many animals cannot see them.

The red cherry shrimp is a freshwater invertebrate that is very peaceful. They are also very hardy and will accept a wide range of water parameters. Since the cherry shrimp is so tiny, they can be kept in small aquariums.  The red cherry shrimp is an omnivore. They are scavengers and will mainly graze on live plants and clean up the floor of your aquarium.  As with all aquatic invertebrates, it is important to make sure copper does not get into the aquarium.

Red Cherry Shrimp Care

Scientific Name: Neocaridina denticulate sinenis
Common Names: Cherry Shrimp, Red Cherry Shrimp.
Natural Habitat: Taiwan.
Care Level: They are easy and great for a freshwater beginner with a small tank!
Adult Size: 3 cm.
Life span: It varies, usually 1-2 years.
Water Temperature: 70°F-80°F
Water pH: 7 – 8
Behavior: Very Peaceful.
Tank Size: 1 gallon and up.
Tank Mates: Cherry Shrimp are best kept with peaceful community shrimp. Do not mix with large aggressive fish because they will get eaten.
Tank Region: Bottom of the tank, but will climb on plants.
Gender: Females are more red and the males are clear.

Source:   http://wereallwet.com/red-cherry-shrimp-care/

For great information about keeping Shrimp in Aquariums, and for information about Shrimp in general, please go to the following links.

Red Cherry Shrimp

Animals A – Z – Shrimp

At this page  here,  you can see photos of a baby Red Cherry Shrimp being born.  It is called a Hatchling.

Beautiful Butterflies

A Queen Butterfly and a Monarch Butterfly feeding on a Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia) at the Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Natural History Museum.

Date 4 April 2007
Photographer:  Ironman11

There are approximately 15,000 species of butterflies from the Class Insecta and the Order Lepidoptera (which also includes Moths).   The tropical belt holds the largest diversity of butterfly species, with South America having the richest amount.   Butterflies (and moths) are the only group of insects that have scales covering their wings, although some butterflies have reduced scales.  They differ from other insects also by their ability to coil up their proboscis.

A butterfly starts life as a very small, round, oval or cylindrical egg.   When the egg hatches, a caterpillar emerges and eats the leaf he/she was born onto.  Each caterpillar type likes only certain types of leaves.    When a caterpillar starts eating, it instantly starts growing and expanding.  The exoskeleton (skin) does not stretch or grow, so it grows by “molting” (shedding the outgrown skin) several times while it grows.   As soon as a caterpillar is fully grown, it forms itself into a pupa, also known as a chrysalis.   Inside the pupa, the caterpillar is rapidly changing.   A butterfly will emerge from the chrysalis, with the wings being soft and folded against its body, because the butterfly had to fit all of its parts inside of the pupa.

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Animal Totems – Animal Guides – Animal Spirits

3 February 2013.  Please also see this post  here  which I have just added about finding your Animal Totems.

My inner animal totem is the Buffalo. In 2009 I participated in a workshop on Animal Telepathic Communication and went in a wonderful Medicine Wheel ceremony where I lay on the ground in one quadrant of the medicine wheel with people drumming and dancing around the wheel and the “shaman” chanting in the circle.   I felt a big crowd of animals all gather around me to say “hello” and I saw a group of buffalo and I put my consciousness into one of the buffalo and felt what it was like to run wild and free as a Buffalo.  The Buffalo symbol is often the inner symbol of people whom find all Life as sacred.

Animal Totems or Power animals are spirit guides in animal form. They are allies who can help steer us through life’s challenges and obstacles, if we recognise their existence and let their gentle subtle guidance steer or inspire us. In the traditional Native American Indian system, there are animal spirit guides in 9 directions around and below and above you. These nine animal spirits are with you throughout your entire incarnation / Life-time.
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Horses in Movies – Phar Lap, War Horse & Others

Some of the horse movies that I have watched are listed below.

  1. Black Beauty
  2. National Velvet
  3. Phar Lap
  4. Sea Biscuit
  5. Secretariat
  6. The Black Stallion
  7. The Man from Snowy River

My favourite animated movie with horses in it is “Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron”.

The Man from Snowy River was filmed in 1982 in the mountains of Victoria, Australia.  It was partly based upon the poem by A.B. (Banjo) Patterson, which you can read by clicking on the link below the movie poster below.


 Click here to read the poem “The Man from Snowy River”

To hear the theme music to “The Man from Snowy River” on this site, watch the

Olympics video  here

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What is “Horsepower”?

The term “horsepower” has its origins in the days when horses were integral to the successful activities of human beings.

Horsepower is defined as work done over time. The exact definition of one horsepower is 33,000 lb.ft./minute. Put another way, if you were to lift 33,000 pounds ( or 14,968 kilogram) one foot over a period of one minute, you would have been working at the rate of one horsepower. In this case, you’d have expended one horsepower-minute of energy.

Compared to one horsepower, my physical effort is very feeble.  I can pick up a box weighing 15 kg from the ground and raise it two feet off the ground in a second or two.  Multipy that out to cover 60 seconds, and it means perhaps something like 900 kg one foot or more over one minute.  In other words, if I am interpreting things correctly, my work capacity is 6 percent ( 900 divided by 14,968 ) of what one horse can do, in the example pictured below.

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