Today has become known as Giving Tuesday. It is a day to give what you can to charity organizations that support all kinds of issues. We hear at Ellie & Edmond HQs are going to share two conservation organizations that we think are amazing! If you choose to give today, we encourage you to support these two groups.
The David Sheldreick Wildlife Foundation
This amazing organization takes in orphan elephants from the wild in Africa and raises them to return to the wild when they are old enough. Ocassionally they take care of orphan giraffes, antelope and rhinos. They have people who go out in to the wild and save adult elephants who have been injured by spears and other means. We can not say enough good things about the work they are doing. You can donate or adopt an orphan!
The Ocean Conservancy
Our second conservation organization for the day is the Ocean Conservancy. This great group is working with scientists and conservationists all over the planet to protect the earth’s largest habitats and its inhabitants- the oceans. We all are connected to the oceans- even if we live no where near them and without healthy oceans we will not have a healthy planet.
If you choose to donate to one of these great causes or a conservation group of your own- let us know and we will send you an Ellie and Edmond sticker and button. Thanks everyone!
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Hello dear fans and readers,
I wanted to introduce myself. Hi- I’m Stacey. I am the sole writer and runner of Ellie and Edmond. I wanted to share a little more behind the scenes here at HQ. This past summer and fall have been difficult, as my father became ill and passed. As we begin to move forward, I took some time to re-evaluate Ellie and Edmond and the site.
I have a full time job on top of working on art and making jewelry and Ellie & Edmond. Running 3 separate businesses can be overwhelming. And as much as I love animals and educating others, keeping up with the site had become more of a chore than a joy. This past 3 months has been a good sebatical and a good time to reflect on the goals of the site and for Ellie and Edmond. It has been a good time for me to renew my love for this little horse and elephant.
Starting Nov 12th, we will be back with all new posts, in a whole new format. My hope is share more of Ellie and Edmond’s personality while we educate you about animals and conservation. I hope to jazz up the website around the beginning of the new year too.
Thank you for your patience during our absence. And thank you for your support and love over the years. I have one request, we need to get our name out there more. So please, share your love of E&E on your pages, social media sites and with friends and family.
Stacey, Ellie & Edmond
and everyone at HQs
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We hanging out on the dock today, ready to meet some otters! Come join us campers as we say to some super cute residents of Lake Salamander!
North American River Otter Fun Facts:
- These members of the weasel family can grow up to 31 inches long and weigh up to 30 lbs.
- Otters love burrows. They live in burrows near the body of water they call home. Often the burrow allows them to directly enter the water too.
- Otters are predators and carnivores. They eat fish, amphibians and shellfish.
- They are known for their playful behavior. They love to slide and interact with each other.
- Even though they play with each other, otters prefer to live in their burrow alone or with offspring while they are young.
- They have long powerful tails that make up about 40% of their body length. Those tails help propel them through the water.
- Otters are known to be very vocal.
- They are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.
We love the otters that call this area home! They often visit us while we are out canoeing on the lake. They are quiet chatty and so much fun!
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Meet Ellie’s Cousin
We are going to meet a small, rodent look a-like today. But, guess what? It’s not a rodent, it’s one of Ellie’s closest living relatives! Are you ready to go on today’s adventure?
Cape Rock Hyrax Fun Facts:
- Cape Hyrax can grow up to 12 inches and weigh up to 13 pounds.
- Their teeth, toes and skull are structured like elephants.
- These little herbivores even have two elongated teeth like the tusks of an elephant.
- They live in family groups of 20-80 individuals.
- Hyrax have little glands on their backs they use to mark their territory.
- They do have elongated noses too. Males have longer noses than females.
- Hyrax have little suction cup like pads on their feet to help climb.
- These little prey animals can spot a predators over 900 feet away.
- They are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN>
These funny little critters of course is one of our favorites! We bet you would have never guessed they shared an ancestor with elephants.
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We are off to the southern part of the country for a day trip to locate one small mammal. They are named after elephants, but we can assure you they are not elephants. Grab your gear and let’s head off on today’s adventure to meet the cape elephant shrew.
Cape Elephant Shrew Fun Facts:
- Shrews are distantly related to moles. They are not rodents.
- They are also called the Cape Elephant Sengi.
- The cape elephant shrew weighs around 50 grams.
- These insectivores eats insects of all kinds.
- They get their names from their long noses like look like and elephant’s trunk.
- Their scientific name includes the word- Elephantulus.
- They prefer dry, rocky and arid habitats.
- They are listed as LEAST CONCERN by the IUCN.
What a joy it was to spot this tiny little animal. It’s not easy and it took some patience waiting in an area where they are known to hunt for insects. Sometime we forget that habitats all around the world have some amazing little animals. These forgotten creatures are important too.
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Off to South Africa
Did you guess where are our next adventure will be? If you guessed South Africa- you are correct! Yay! We are off to meet some of the iconic animals of this beautiful country, but first let’s learn more about South Africa today!
South Africa Fun Facts:
- Table Mountain in Cape Town in one of the oldest mountains in the world.
- The waters off the coast of South Africa can be quiet dangerous. It is believed that 2,000 shipwreck are in the waters there.
- South Africa is the 2nd largest producer of fruits in the nation.
- The largest land mammal, the elephant calls South Africa home, as does the smallest mammal in the world- the least dwarf shrew.
- Around 900 species of birds call South Africa home.
- South Africa is home to Kruger National Park. The park is a huge! It is nearly 500,000 acres.
- Kruger is home to cheetah, elephants, springbok, rhinos, zebra, giraffe and many other species.
- Kruger was established in 1898.
Kruger is where we will be setting up our base camp for most of this trip! We are so excited to see of the animals of this amazing spot- especially Ellie’s relatives.
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We spent the last few days snorkeling in and around the reefs around these magically islands. We met so many spectacular animals and we are sharing one with you today!
Spotted Moray Eel:
- Spotted morays can grow up to 6 ft long and weigh up to 5 1/2 lbs.
- These carnivores eat fish, mollusks and crustaceans.
- Spotted morays have two sets of jaws. The first set is in the front of their mouths. The second set is in the esophagus. The second set of jaws grabs the prey and pushes it down the throat.
- They have poor eyesight. They use their excellent sense of smell to locate prey.
- They are nocturnal.
- Typically spotted morays are nocturnal.
- They are listed as Threatened by the ICUN.
We had a blast snorkeling and it was even more special to meet the shy and elusive eels. They love to hide among the coral and in crevices in the rocks!
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Our annual printable Valentines are here! Download, cut out, glue to a blank card and give! Don’t forget the glitter! Hehehe!
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End of the Year!
Well it’s the end of the year and we had such a fabulous time traveling all around the world to meet so many amazing animals that we share this big planet with! Thank you to everyone who joined us! We are taking next week off to get ready for Summer Camp on June 5th! We’ll be heading back to Lake Salamander and then off to beach camp in July! Woohoo- bring on the fun in the sun!
Here are some of our year book pictures from the university with some inspirational quotes!
Make new friends wherever you go!
Tip the scales in your favor- reduce, reuse and recycle!
Live by this bear principle- honey is better shared.
Think twice before calling someone a bird brain- we are quiet smart!
Learn something new everyday!
If it comes from the horses mouth- you know it punny!
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