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Orang-utan Beanie Toy

Wild populations of the orangutan, found only in Aceh Province in southern Sumatra, Indonesia, have declined by 80 percent in the past 75 years. Only about 6,600 orangutans were left in Sumatra, according to the   “Rarest of the Rare”  2010 report.   It really breaks my heart to think that these amazing and wonderful animals could become extinct.

Click on the “Read More” link below to see more photos of the Beanie toy.   The time is to ACT NOW, not to stick your head in the sand and ignore matters like this, or to leave them to others to help.   Show your appreciation for Life on Earth by signing the Petitions – it only takes a minute of your time.  Thank you!

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June Holiday – Carl-Daniel Steyn and Luke Michaelides enjoying nature at Nelspruit and Kaapschehoop, South Africa !!


In the June school holidays we decided to spend our off time in nature. We organized to spend time in Nelspruit and at Kaapschehoop, as well as taking a day trip into the Kruger National Park. We will write a short post on every day to keep you in the know about all the exciting adventures we had in nature.

Day 1 – Nelspruit



We set off from Pretoria to relatives in Nelspruit. It was a very uneventful and long drive with only the occasional bird or view to brighten it up. We finally arrived with numb bums and were glad to stretch our legs. After settling in, we took a drive to a lookout point at the edge of the farm. This gave us an opportunity to get a look at the Lowveld and we also managed to spot a Jackal Buzzard. We decided to walk back…

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Poll – Which 3 Aquarium fishes do you like best?

Banded Rainbowfish -  Melanotaenia trifasciata

Banded Rainbowfish

Picture Source – Free Wallpapers

The “My Aquarium Critterz” blog, run by Johno, has now got a Poll where you can choose your top 3 favourite aquarium fishes.  Johno’s blog also has pages on the fishes that are listed in his poll, so you can look at the pictures and information on his blog (or google them) to help make your choices.   (I chose Guppies, Featherfin Catfish and Glass Catfish, if you must know).

Click on the link below to enter the poll.

Poll – click here

You can get some great fish pictures and other animal pictures for your PC Desktop at the “Picture Source – Free Wallpapers” link above, if you like.  Enjoy !

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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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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