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Category Archives: A-Z Blog Challenge 2012 – A-Z of Amazing threatened Animals!

A-Z Reflections

I started blogging 6 weeks ago. And a week after that, my attention was drawn to the A-Z blogger challenge on the Writers’ News Talkback website. My book was due to be published, I had a gazillion things to do, and like an insane woman I decided to also take on the A-Z Challenge. And …

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Z is for zebra duiker

The last animal in my endangered animal A-Z is the zebra duiker. It’s a dainty, South African antelope, with 12-15 black stripes down its gold to copper-brown back. The word ‘duiker’ in Afrikaans means diver – it was named after the swift dive into undergrowth it makes when disturbed. This little ungulate has a very hard …

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Y is for yellow-bellied asity

The yellow-bellied asity is a tiny, extraordinarily beautiful, brilliantly plumaged bird. It lives in high-elevation forests in Madagascar. It has a downwardly curving, black beak and drinks nectar using its long, hollow tongue. Despite being very small it defends its nectar sources bravely, flashing its bright yellow throat feathers at creatures many times its size, …

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X is for Xerosecta giustii

Xerosecta giustii is a rather pretty little snail that lives in Italy. Like many snails, it doesn’t have a common name. People just don’t notice snails usually, unless they are eating their gardens, in which case they kill them. But snails, just like many other animals, are suffering in a more widespread way from human …

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W is for Wolf

The way human’s view wolves is interesting. We are sure that our pet dogs, who hold the most special place in human hearts, were bred originally from wolves.  Wolves were ideal partners – easily tameable,  hunters who were able to be trained (as they are pack animals, and cooperate with their pack to hunt) to …

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V is for Viper

A rattlesnake is a type of viper, called a pit viper. As I say in my book, Animal Magic, rattlesnakes are shy creatures that do not attack unless provoked, cornered and unable to escape. They advertise their presence by rattling the ends of their tail as a warning – not as an indication of a …

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U is for Upland Horseshoe Bat

All horseshoe bats have strange horseshoe-shaped nose leaves – unlike other bats, their ultrasound call comes through their nose and not their mouth, and it is thought that the shape of their nose helps to direct the ultrasound frequencies more accurately. The upland horseshoe bat lives in West and Central Africa, in caves in both …

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S is for Swallows!

I love swallows, and just had to get one in! Barn swallows live all over the British Isles and are widespread in the Northern Hemisphere, migrating south in the winter. They eat flying insects and are 17-19 cm long. Swallows distinctive long, forked tail makes them easy to identify from other martins and swifts. They …

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S number 1 is for Shoebill Stork

. Shoebill storks live in Africa, and are unusual, prehistoric-looking birds, about one and half metres tall. They have extraordinary, up to 30 cm long, shoe-shaped bills from which they derive their name. Not a huge amount is known about them – they hunt at night, are quite solitary, and live in impenetrable marshes. They …

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R is for Rainbow Frog

The rainbow frog, rainbow burrowing frog or painted burrowing frog lives in dry forests and canyons in Madagascar. It is unusual because it has two adaptations for completely differing lifestyles. On its hind feet it has horny projections that help it burrow in the mud – where it spend up to ten months of the …

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