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Wildebeest by Evometheus6082
Wildebeest

CONSERVATION STATUS:

Least Threatened

  • Can live to be 40 years old
  • Migrate close to 1,000 miles each year
  • Can run up to 40 miles per hour

QUICK FACTS

Scientific name :Connochaetes taurinus
Weight: 265 to 600 lb.
Size:50 to 58 in. at the shoulder
Life span: 20 years
Habitat: Open woodlands, open grassy plains
Diet :Herbivorous
Gestation:8.5 months
Predators: Lions, cheetahs, hunting dogs, hyenas

Habitat

Where do wildebeest live?

Wildebeest can be found in the plains and acacia savannas of Eastern Africa. 

Physical Characteristics

What are wildebeest? 

The wildebeest (also called a gnu) is a member of the antelope family. It has a large, box-like head with curving horns. The front end of the body is heavily built, while the hindquarters are slender with spindly legs. They have a gray coat and a black mane as well as a beard that can be black or white. There are several races of wildebeest. The species forming the large herds of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem of Kenya and Tanzania is known as the western white-bearded wildebeest, while the eastern white-bearded races inhabits Kenya and Tanzania east of the Gregory Rift. The brindled, or blue, race occurs south of the Zambezi River

Behavior & Diet

Wildebeest are driven by their appetites.

Wildebeest are continually on the move, as they seek favorable supplies of grass and water. The famous Serengeti population of wildebeest is a very large nomadic group. This group makes a migratory circle of 500 to 1,000 miles each year, beginning right after the calving season at the start of the year. They are relentless in their advance and many are injured, lost (especially calves), or killed. By the end of the dry season, the wildebeest have almost exhausted the grazing lands and return to the Serengeti plains as the rains begin. 

They are noisy creatures.

Wildebeest bulls have a wide array of loud vocalizations, from moans to explosive snorts.

The majority of female wildebeest give birth around the same time.

About 80% of the females calve within the same two- to three-week period, creating a glut for predators and enabling more calves to survive the crucial first few weeks. 

Challenges

Habitat fragmentation poses a great threat to wildebeest.

The wildebeest’s habitat is threatened by fragmentation, which is caused when land is fenced off, bisected by a highway, such as the proposed Serengeti Highway—a plan opposed by African Wildlife Foundation—or divided by some other method.

Solutions

Our solutions to ensuring the wildebeest continues to thrive:

  • Engage governments and policy makers.

    AWF works with government entities to help plan and propose alternative solutions to habitat fragmentation. In the case of the Serengeti Highway, AWF provides its scientists and researchers as resources to assist in proper planning to ensure a balance between modernization and conservation.

  • Work with communities.

    We engage communities to help with agricultural planning to provide tools and techniques for sustainable agricultural growth. By providing these resources, AWF is able to minimize impact on local wildlife while helping to maximize food security and income for people.

Projects

Will you show the wildebeest your support?

With your help, AWF can continue working on critical initiatives like providing agricultural training to communities and working with governments to prevent habitat fragmentation. Donate for a cause that will help with wildlife conservation and ensure the wildebeest does not become an endangered species.


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Thelyphonida by Evometheus6082
Thelyphonida
Thelyphonida is an arachnid order comprising invertebrates commonly known as vinegaroons (also spelled vinegarroons andvinegarones). They are often called uropygids in the scientific community after the former order Uropygi (which originally also included the order Schizomida). They are also known as whip scorpions because of their resemblance to true scorpions and because of their whiplike tail.

Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Arachnida
Order:Thelyphonida
O. P-Cambridge, 1872FamiliesDiversity<abbr title="circa">c.</abbr> 15 genera, > 100 species

Physical description

The name "uropygid" means "tail rump", from Greek οὐροπύγιον (ouropugion),[1] from οὐρά (oura) "tail" and πυγή (puge) "rump" referring to the whip-like flagellum on the end of the pygidium, a small plate made up of the last three segments of the abdominal exoskeleton.

Whip scorpions range from 25 to 85 mm (1.0 to 3.3 in) in length, with most species having a body no longer than 30 mm (1.2 in); the largest species, of the genus Mastigoproctus, reaching 85 mm (3.3 in).[2] Because of their legs, claws, and "whip", though, they can appear much larger.

Like the related orders SchizomidaAmblypygi, and Solifugae, the vinegaroons use only six legs for walking, with the first two legs serving as antennae-like sensory organs. All species also have very large scorpion-like pedipalps (pincers) but there is an additional large spine on each palpal tibia. They have one pair of eyes at the front of the cephalothorax and three on each side of the head, a pattern also found in scorpions.[2] Vinegaroons have no venom glands, but they have glands near the rear of their abdomen that can spray a combination of acetic acidand caprylic acid when they are bothered.[2] The acetic acid gives this spray a vinegar-like smell, giving rise to the common name vinegaroon.

Vinegaroons are carnivorous, nocturnal hunters feeding mostly on insectsmillipedes, scorpions, and terrestrial isopods  but sometimes on worms and slugs. Mastigoproctus sometimes preys on small vertebrates. The prey is crushed between special teeth on the inside of the trochanters (the second segment of the "legs") of the front appendages. They are valuable in controlling the population of cockroaches and crickets.

Males secrete a spermatophore, which is transferred to the female. After a few months the female will dig a large burrow and seal herself inside. Up to 40 eggs are extruded, within a membranous broodsac that preserves moisture and remains attached to the genital operculum and the fifth segment of the mother's ventral opisthosoma. The female refuses to eat and holds her opisthosoma in an upward arch so the broodsac does not touch the ground for the next few months as the eggs develop into postembryos. Appendages become visible The white young that hatch from the postembryos, climb onto their mother's back and attach themselves there with special suckers. After the first molt, they look like miniature adults but with bright red palps, and leave the burrow. The mother may live up to two more years. The young grow slowly, going through four molts in about four years before reaching adulthood. They live for up to another four years.

LIFE CYCLE/SOCIAL STRUCTURE:
Nocturnal and arboreal. The male courts the female with trembling movements of his extra long legs, guiding her to a sperm packet he has deposited. She inserts it into her reproductive opening. Six to sixty eggs are kept in a membranous sac underneath her abdomen until they hatch. Young are carried on their mother's back until their second molt, after which they scatter. Life span is 2 to 3 years.

SPECIAL ADAPTATIONS:
This amblypygid uses its front whip-like legs as sensory organs to aid in hunting and orientation; it walks sideways with these front legs leading the way. The pedipalps (leg-like mouthparts) are used to capture and hold insect prey as it is torn apart by the chelicerae(fangs).

INTERPRETIVE INFORMATION:
When Professor Moody used one of these to practice his "Unforgivable Curses" in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, it was suggested even one bite could kill. That makes a good story but this "scorpion" has no venom and is harmless to humans. They can pinch in defense however.


Habitat

Vinegaroons are found in tropical and subtropical areas excluding Europe and Australia. Also, only a single species is known from AfricaEtienneus africanus, probably aGondwana relict endemic to Senegalthe Gambia and Guinea-Bissau.
They usually dig underground burrows with their pedipalps, to which they transport their prey. They may also burrow under logs, rotting wood, rocks, and other natural debris. They prefer humid, dark places and avoid light.

Subtaxa

As of 2006, over 100 species of vinegaroons have been described worldwide. Subtaxa of vinegaroons currently include only one extant family and a doubtful extinct family:
Rowland & Cooke (1973) provided a useful synopsis of the order, including a key to genera and a checklist of species. They also presented a novel classification that included the division of the group into two families, Thelyphonidae and Hypoctonidae. In 1979, Weygoldt suggested the existence of two families was not supported by the available data, and, in 1996, Haupt & Song formally reduced the Hypoctonidae to a subfamily as there was little support for a monophyletic Hypoctonidae. In 1996, Dunlop & Horrocks suggested that the hypoctonids may be the sister-group to the Schizomida and Proschizomus Dunlop & Horrocks 1996, but the character polarities they utilized were regarded as uncertain and many features of Proschizomus were not observable in the fossilized material.
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Myrmecoleon by Evometheus6082
Myrmecoleon

Myrmecoleon is an animal from Medieval bestiaries, also referenced in some sources as a Formicaleon (Antlion), Formicaleun or Mirmicioleon.

There are two interpretations of what a Myrmecoleon is. In one version, the ant-lion is so called because it is the "lion of ants", a large ant or small animal that hides in the dust and kills ants. In the other version, it is a beast that is the result of a mating between a lion and an ant. It has the face of a lion and the body of an ant, with each part having its appropriate nature. Because the lion part will only eat meat and the ant part can only digest grain, the ant-lion starves.

The ant-lion story may come from a mistranslation of a word in the Septuagintversion of the Old Testament, from the book of Job. The word in Hebrew is laiisch(ליש), an uncommon word for lion, which in other translations of Job is rendered as either lion or tiger; in the Septuagint it is translated as mermecolion, ant-lion.

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REJOICE MY FRIENDS x6 GOD HAS GIVEN US ALL  A VERY RARE AND SPECIALl GIFT BEHOLD THIS LINK www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetec…
THE LAST TIME THIS OCCURRED ADAM AND EVE'S ANCESTORS HAD BEEN GIVEN FIRE, NOW LET THIS DAY BECOME THE DAY WE BEGIN OVERCOME OUR TRIALS AS A SPECIES WITH THE HELP OF THE KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM OF OUR ANCESTORS AS WELL AS THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, MOSES, MUHAMMAD AND OUR GLORIOUS KING AND SAVIOR  JESUS CHRIST MAY THE NEXT 1 MILLION YEARS BE THE  AGE OF HUMANITIES RENEWAL  AND TRANSFORMATION FOR THE BETTER.
Green Tiger Beetle by Evometheus6082
Green Tiger Beetle
This species is the commonest British tiger beetle. All tiger beetles are long-legged and fast-running. When disturbed they make fast, buzzing short flights . Adults are a beautiful iridescent green in colour with yellowish spots on theelytra or wing cases. Their large eyes and mandibles belie the fact that these beetles are superb predators .
KingdomAnimalia
PhylumArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderColeoptera
FamilyCarabidae
GenusCicindela 

Size Length: 10.5 – 14.5 mm

Green tiger beetle biology

The adults can be seen from April until September. Both adults and larvae are fearsome predators of other invertebrates. The larvae dig pits, typically on pathways, in order to create a pitfall trap.

Green tiger beetle range

This beetle is widespread and common in many parts of Britain. It has a wide Eurasian range, and is found from Europe across Siberia to the Pacific Ocean

Green tiger beetle habitat

This tiger beetle is always found in sunny sites. It occurs in areas with bare ground and little vegetation such as sandy heaths and hillsides, and raised bogs. It is associated with well-draining soils.

Green tiger beetle status

Not threatened

Green tiger beetle threats

This species is not threatened.

Green tiger beetle conservation

Conservation action is not required for this species

Find out more

For more on invertebrates and their conservation see Buglife, the invertebrate conservation trust: 
www.buglife.org.uk/


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REJOICE MY FRIENDS x6 GOD HAS GIVEN US ALL  A VERY RARE AND SPECIALl GIFT BEHOLD THIS LINK www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetec…
THE LAST TIME THIS OCCURRED ADAM AND EVE'S ANCESTORS HAD BEEN GIVEN FIRE, NOW LET THIS DAY BECOME THE DAY WE BEGIN OVERCOME OUR TRIALS AS A SPECIES WITH THE HELP OF THE KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM OF OUR ANCESTORS AS WELL AS THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, MOSES, MUHAMMAD AND OUR GLORIOUS KING AND SAVIOR  JESUS CHRIST MAY THE NEXT 1 MILLION YEARS BE THE  AGE OF HUMANITIES RENEWAL  AND TRANSFORMATION FOR THE BETTER.

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You Visted my SpritelandersClub?
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Thanks so much for the birthday Llama Badge!  You are so thoughtful!

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Thanks a lot for the watch!
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ようこそに私達の基~!.::. Youkoso ni watashitachi no ki~!
:squee: *Welcome to our group~!* :squee:
Our group may just be starting out, so thank you so very much for giving us a chance and joining! I plan to submit new journals weekly, so don't miss out! Nod Also, once we receive enough support, we may even do contests, giveaways, and other community projects. So if you know any other Japanese enthusiasts, please feel free to invite them over. Heart

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Evometheus6082 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for inviting me in the 1st place may the 4th be with you
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No problem. xD I'm sure I saw you in another Japanese group so I thought that you might be interested is all. x3 I'm glad you're happy! / By the way, have you read the journal that I posted? fav.me/d7gs6x4

The reason I ask is that I plan on doing similar journals in the nearby future based around a certain aspect of Japanese culture that our members would like to hear about. C: Could you help me out?

I just need to know (for now xD) what are the top 5 aspects of Japanese culture that you would like to learn more about?
(In example: (tales/stories vs poems) literature, (tradition vs modern) music, (traditional vs modern) art, (t.v.m.) food, patriotic (anthem, flag, etc.), games, etc.)

Please and thank you!
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dango117 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Student Artist
welcome to autistic angels Kermityay  im one of the co founders feel free to ask me qs or chat! XD
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Uncanny.  My son (Kilauea2011.deviant art) has high functioning autism.  He is a gifted photographer (animals, mushrooms and other nature-scapes) and writer.  His favorite band is Within Temptation, and he also listens to Dragonforce and Evanescence.  Our family loves watching Through the Wormhole together, too!  You should look him up -- I bet you'd find you have even more interests in common, as well as someone to share with, who understands first-hand what it is like to have a unique, blessed world-view!  Best of luck in your artistic endeavors! Ninja Sherlock Holmes 
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