WWF :: Using Chillies to Protect Maize Fields and Elephants

Using Chillies to Protect Maize Fields and Elephants | Stories | WWF.

Pretty cool story about a simple way to deter elephants! Great to have people who care about the animals around them as well as themselves. WWF is assisting in this country’s production of chillies in the hope that it will help those in need by becoming a cash crop.

 

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Alphabet Challenge :: X :: Xoloitzcuintli

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Hairless and Coated Xoloitzcuintles side by side.

Hairless and Coated Xoloitzcuintles side by side. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Xoloitzcuintli, often shortened to Xolo, is pronounced show-low-eats-queen-tlee. They were removed from the American Kennel Club in 1953 then re-recognized in 2011. For AKC standards click here. Xolos are a rare breed that comes in three sizes; toy, miniature and standard. Hairlessness is a recessive trait, so some members of the breed can come out with a full coat. These dogs were initially used as healers since their intense body heat could soothe some ailments. Health issues for the Xolo revolve mainly around their skin.

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Alphabet Challenge :: W :: Wolverine

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Wolverine cubs

ARKive – Wolverine videos, photos and facts – Gulo gulo.

Those cute litte buggers up there are wolverine cubs.

Wolverine Dansk: Jærv

Wolverine Dansk: Jærv (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

– Scientific Classification –

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Mustelidae
  • Genus: Gulo
  • Species: G. gulo
This solitary creature is the largest member of the weasel family. They are omnivores that feed on plants berries as well as live prey and carrion.
Wolverines have a circumpolar distribution in the northern hemisphere, and are found from the western United States, Canada, and Alaska to Siberia, Russia, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia.
Though they are listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, they are threatened by habitat loss and subsequently, loss of prey and the carrion left by other predators. Forcibly coming into contact with humans in their hunt for food has also affected their numbers.

Alphabet Challenge :: V :: Vaquita

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Vaquita calf

Vaquita | Basic Facts About Vaquitas | Defenders of Wildlife.

ARKive – Vaquita videos, photos and facts – Phocoena sinus.

– Scientific Classification –

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Cetartiodactyla
  • Family: Phocoenia
  • Genus: Phocoena
  • Species: P. sinus
IUCN Red List: Critically Endangered (CR)

Alphabet Challenge :: T :: Two-Toed Sloth

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How ridiculously cute are these things?!?!

English: Two toed sloth named Herman, taken at...

English: Two toed sloth named Herman, taken at Detroit zoo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

– Scientific Classification –

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Superorder: Xenarthra
  • Order: Pilosa
  • Suborder: Folivora .
  • Family: Megalonychidae
  • Genus: Choloepus
  • Two species: Choloepus didactylus, Choloepus hoffmanni

I want a forest of them.

Two-Toed Sloths, Two-Toed Sloth Pictures, Two-Toed Sloth Facts – National Geographic

ARKive – Southern two-toed sloth videos, photos and facts – Choloepus didactylus.

Alphabet Challenge :: Q :: Quoll

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ARKive – Spotted-tailed quoll photo – Dasyurus maculatus – G18251.

Who wouldn’t wanna squeeze this angry little face?? It’s probably not a good idea since the Spotted-tailed Quoll is one of the most vicious animals in the Australian bush.

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They are the largest of the six species of quoll. Males can grow to a meter from head to tail. Spotted-tailed Quolls have shorter legs than most other Quoll species which may aid in generating power with a lower center of gravity but leaves them as slower runners. Their teeth are designed to tear flesh from mammalian prey and crushing invertebrates. Communication consists of cries, hisses and screams. They are native to Australia and Tasmania with 2 subspecies: D.m. gracilis, D.m. maculates.
Spotted-tailed quolls favour rainforest, closed canopy Eucalyptus forest, creek and river forest habitats but will also venture into adjoining woodlands and open pastureland in search of food (6). Den sites include caves, crevices and dens (4).
The Spotted-tailed Quoll may be “naturally” rare as they are a specialist mammal requiring certain foods and habitats. They are also threatened by competition with Eastern Quolls, Tasmanian Devils, and other cats, predation by foxes and the like, and deforestation. They are classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

Eastern Quoll female with young

ARKive – Eastern quoll videos, photos and facts – Dasyurus viverrinus.

And, since one species of quoll isn’t enough, here’s the Eastern Quoll!

– Scientific Classification –

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Dasyuromorphia
  • Family: Dasyuridae
  • Genus: Dasyurus
  • Species: D. viverrinus
The Eastern Quoll is a medium-sized carnivorous marsupial that comes in two distinct color morphs: fawn with whitish underparts and black with brownish underparts. The former is more common but both morphs can occur in the same litter. They have a smaller build than their relatives, the Spotted-tailed Quoll, and lack the spots on the tail. They exist in the wild now only in Tasmania and nearby Bruny Island, to which they may have been introduced. This is after a 50-90% range reduction as they used to occur in southeast Australia as well.
The eastern quoll occurs in a wide variety of habitats, including open forests, heaths, wet scrub, moorlands, woodlands, alpine habitats and grasslands (1)(2)(3)(4)(6), at elevations from sea level to around 1,500 metres (3). It is also found on agricultural land, being particularly common where pastures occur adjacent to forest(2)(3)(4)(5)(6).
They are listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List.