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Monthly Archives: April, 2013

D is for Dung Beetle!

If it wasn’t for dung beetles recycling dung of every description, breaking it down and burying it in the soil, making it available for earthworms and other creatures to break down further, we would be armpit deep in poop, and our land would not be aerated or fertile. When animals such as cattle were imported …

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C is for Cheetah

Cheetahs are the fastest land animal, reaching speeds of up to 70 mph. They have extra large lungs and passages to allow the consumption of oxygen needed for such huge bursts of speed – massive muscles in their back legs to power them, and the muscles themselves use glycogen which breaks down more quickly than …

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B is for Butterfly

The monarch butterfly to be precise. Monarch butterflies form part of the largest migration of any animal – an up to 3,200 mile journey from the cool mountain forests of Mexico, where they spend winter protected from the extreme cold by clustering together in millions on oyamel fir trees, to North America and Canada. In …

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A is for Aye Aye!

Hello! Welcome to my first post on the A-Z challenge, slightly late! The first endangered animal this time is the aye-aye – oh, how cute they are! Aye-ayes are a type of lemur. They live in rain and dry forests, mangroves and bamboo thickets in Madagascar. They are the largest nocturnal primate, and also the …

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