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We have a special post today for you! We made a little video about how the moon affects animal behavior in collaboration with our science partner- Science With My Cat!
Learn some fun animal facts with us and then head on over to their site to find a fun activity about moon phases! YAY for science!
It’s World Frog Day and we are so happy to share some amazing amphibians we met at The Ampbian Foundation right down the road from headquarters! This amazing organization is working to protect frogs and other amphibians and reptiles from around the world! We met some amazing frogs the day we visited, including the gopher frog who the foundation raises and reintroduces in to the wild. Make sure you check out The Amphibian Foundations website & help them out! We’re all here for the frogs!
Our annual printable Valentines are here! Download, cut out, glue to a blank card and give! Don’t forget the glitter! Hehehe!
Aaaah the armadillo, an animal many in the southern United States associate with road kill. But there are 20 species of armadillos in the world, each one neat in their own respects. We went looking for the biggest armadillo of the them all- the giant armadillo! This species is not to be confused with the extinct Glyptodon – a car sized relative of the armadillo that lived during the Pleistocene epoch! Our giant armadillo friend is not that big- but they are cool!
Giant Armadillo Fun Facts:
- The giant armadillo has 11-13 bands.
- They can grow up to 39 inches long and weigh up to 72 lbs. There have been a few found that weigh 180 lbs.
- They have the most teeth of any mammal- 80 to 100 per armadillo!
- These solitary nocturnal animals live in burrows.
- Giant armadillos are insectivores. They eat termites, ants, worms and spiders. They can consume the entire population of one termite mound.
- They have the proportional claw of any mammal. This is their 3rd curved claw.
- Giant armadillos can not roll up completely in to a ball.
- Due to hunting, giant armadillos are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN.
These giant armadillos are so amazing! Little is known about them in the wild. No scientists have ever seen a juvinelle giant armadillo in the wild!
Where Will the Next E&E Adventure Be?
We are packed and ready to go on our next adventure. We are giving you clues to where we are heading as this habitat is not as well known as others for sure!
- We’re going to South America.
- It’s not the rainforest, but it is in Brazil.
- There are giant areas of flood plains.
- This habitat has a specific name.
- It is a very biodiverse habitat.
Can you guess where we are going?
Today we hoped on a boat to go whale watching. There are several species of whales that call these icy waters home- at least for part of the year. We found the big marine mammals we were looking for- YAY!
Southern Right Whale Fun Facts:
- These baleen whales can grow up to 59 ft and weigh up to 99 tons.
- There baleen plates grow out of the upper jaw and are over 9 feet long.
- They have white callusites on their heads and mouths. These are home to whale lice- which are related to shrimp.
- These whales never leave the Southern Hemisphere.
- They have large heads. The head makes up a 1/4 of their body length.
- Southern right whales are also most identical to their Northern right whale cousins.
- Southern right whales are more acrobatic. They are known to do “head stands” in the water and wave their flukes.
We had fun spotting the whales. They are often seen near boats and ships. Unfortunately that can lead to run ins, so it is important for boats to watch for them.
After meeting two marine loving animals, we wanted to find one that calls the air and ocean home. We were so excited to find the Snow Petrel.
Snow Petrels Fun Facts:
- Snow petrels can vary in size, but can grow up to 1 lb.
- They spend most of their lives alone, they come together in early November to breed in large colonies.
- They are carnivores. They eat krill, fish and carrion.
- They are highly territorial during breeding season.
- Snow petrels spit an waxy stomach oil at predators to keep them away.
- They have small dark beaks and eyes.
- Snow petrels prefer packed ice and icebergs when they land. They nest on rocky areas where they make their nests of small pebbles.
These gorgeous birds are so neat. When you think of Antarctica- you usually only think of penguins, but other birds call these cold islands home too.
Where will the next E&E adventure be?
We heading towards the south, but not to tropical shores.
It is quiet a rugged place so it will not bore.
Get ready to put on your cold weather gear,
As we head to the place at the bottom of the sphere.
Can you guess where we are?
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One Funny Looking Animal!
We went looking for one funny looking animal of the rainforest. Tapirs, with their long snouts look like they might be related to Ellie, but in reality they are related to Edmond! Neat! Today, we are meeting the largest of the tapir family.
Baird’s Tapir Fun Facts:
- These large tapirs can grow up to 8 ft long and weigh over 800 lbs.
- Their funny looking feet have four toes on the front and three on the back.
- Tapirs use their long flexible noses for snorkels, sniffing odors in the forest and for finding food.
- These nocturnal herbivores look for leaves and fruits during the evening hours.
- They are excellent swimmers. They head to the water when threatened.
- Once thought to be solitary, it is now believed they live in small family groups.
- The young stay with their mothers for up to two years.
- Baird’s tapirs are listed as endangered due to habitat loss and hunting.
There are efforts to protect these beautiful animals. It would be a terrible thing to lose such a unique animal.