Ever heard of the dingiso or the tamandua or the gerenuk? Yes? You’ve actually heard of the dingiso?? Oh.
But for those of you who maybe don’t know about the Blainville’s beaked whale or the Artai argali or the black and rufous sengi (yes it’s both black AND rufous), it’s about time you did! In Even More Lesser Spotted Animals, Martin Brown shines the spotlight on some lesser known, but incredibly fascinating animals.
With fun, cartoony illustrations, Brown gives these animals personality and pizazz. His text is funny and engaging. You’ll discover some not-so-famous animals, pick up a few strange facts, and learn how to help some animals at risk for extinction — all while being wholly entertained.
Aimed at readers ages 7 years and older, this hilarious, informational picture book will be a hit for animal lovers and/or people who like jokes.
Author/Illustrator: Martin Brown Publisher: David Fickling Books / Scholastic Pub Date: July 30, 2019 ISBN: 978-1-338-34961-0
A rare yellow cardinal was first spotted in late January in Alabama. Photo by Jeremy Black.
Chances are you’ve seen red cardinals and brown cardinals. But have you ever seen a yellow cardinal?
This unique yellow cardinal was first seen in the backyard of Charlie Stephenson in Alabaster, Alabama in late January. The distinctive bird became a regular at her bird feeder, showing up at least once a day.
So why is this cardinal yellow? According to Auburn University biology professor Geoffrey Hill, the cardinal carries a genetic mutation that causes his feathers to be a brilliant yellow instead of the more common red shade. “Yellow cardinals are a one-in-a million situation,” Hill said.
For those living in eastern Australia, planting a eucalyptus tree on your property is a wonderful way to help. Here is a Koala Tree Planting PDF which provides information about what species of eucalyptus to plant.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, Australia is doubly pleased to announce the birth of two baby giraffes- born just one week apart!
The first calf has been named Zuberi, which means “strong” in Swahili. He was born in the exhibit around noon on August 8.
Photo courtesy of Taronga Western Plains Zoo.
According to zookeeper Pascale Benoit, “It was a smooth delivery and was followed by a number of giraffes in the herd getting up close to meet the new calf within moments of its arrival. They were a great support for experienced mother, Asmara, helping her to lick her new calf and encouraging him to stand.”
The second calf arrived on August 15 in the middle of the night. He has been named Kibo, which means “the highest”.
Photo courtesy of Taronga Western Plains Zoo.
“Both pairs of mother and calf are doing very well, and have integrated nicely back into
the herd,” Pascale said.
Weighing up to 6000 kg (6.6 tons) and measuring up to 3.3 m (10 ft.) at the shoulder, the African elephant is the world’s largest land mammal.
Both male and female elephants possess tusks, which are modified incisor teeth.
On average, an elephant can hear another elephant’s call at 4 km (2.5 mi.) away. Under ideal conditions, their range of hearing can be increased to 10 km (6.2 mi.).
African elephants mostly communicate through low frequency sounds called “rumbling.” They are capable of producing and perceiving sounds one to two octaves lower than the human hearing limit.
African elephants have good memory, which allows them to remember deceased loved ones, harbor grudges, and recognize long-lost friends. Upon the return of a friend, elephants take part in a joyous greeting ceremony where they spin in circles, flap their ears, and trumpet.
Did you know that fire ants have the ability to pile up on one another to form impressively high towers if they ever need to escape a container? David Hu, a professor of biology and mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech, has been studying how fire ants create their tall swirling ant structures.
Watch a video about Hu’s fire ant tower research from the New York Times:
You can also listen to an interview with Hu on PRI’s “Science Friday” hosted by Ira Flatow:
Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago proudly welcomed a baby crowned lemur on April 15. The sex and measurements of the lemur infant are still to be determined because mother Tucker is keeping her newborn close.
“With any birth, our animal care staff carefully monitors the new arrival to ensure they are passing critical milestones,” said Curator of Primates Maureen Leahy. “Tucker is an attentive and experienced mother and the infant is holding tight to her and regularly nursing, which is exactly what we’d hope to see.”
Lincoln Park Zoo welcomed a crowned lemur infant on April 15. Photo by Lincoln Park Zoo.
Crowned lemur mama Tucker is keeping her baby tucked in safely. Photo by Lincoln Park Zoo.
In the wild, crowned lemurs inhabit the forests of Madagascar. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN), crowned lemurs are considered endangered due to forest loss caused by slash-and-burn practices, habitat fragmentation, charcoal production, mining and other human-wildlife conflict.