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A blog about everything related to conservation biology, wildlife management and wild animals. I post things I like from the news, interesting videos, research, wildlife photography and personal things.

x Ayla

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This photograph of a Cassowary was shot while working on a story for @natgeo “The Other Darwin”. This Cassowary, which was shot at the #ClevelandZoo, was in a closed area, and as far as I could tell, had one goal, which was trying to figure out a way to get the hook on his heal into my body. Some paleontologist say the behavior is similar to the way a #velociraptor might have acted. The article was about British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, the worlds greatest field biologist and co-author of the theory of evolution via natural selection with Charles Darwin. One of his greatest contributions to the field of evolutionary biology is the Wallace Line. Drawn in 1859 this boundary separates the ecozones of Asia & Australia. West of the line are organisms related to Asiatic species; to the east, a mixture of species of Asian and Australian origin is present. The above Bird would have been found on the Asian side of this line. While a different species will fill the same niche on the Australian side. @robertclarkphoto @thephotosociety @instituteartists
#SharkWeek is in full swing! What’s your favorite #shark species? #ocean #animals #hammerhead Photo by Naomi Silver
3D Printed Hermit Crab Shells Depict Famous Landmarks
3D printing technology is completely amazing. The technology can be used to create prosthetic limbs for people or ducks, potential concrete infrastructure on Mars, tools for the ISS, replacement skulls or bones for facial reconstruction, replacement blood vessels, and much more. 
All of those uses are extremely worthwhile and noble, but 3D printers can also be used to make things that are just awesome and fun, like decked out shells for hermit crabs (the most adorable of crustaceans). Hermit crabs have soft, vulnerable bodies. Rather than make their own shells for protection, they will forage for shells left by other animals, and will switch homes quite often. If shells aren’t available, they’ll lug around bits of wood or even plastic bottle caps to protect themselves.
Artist Aki Inomata from Japan has created a collection of 3D printed shells out of clear plastic for her project, “Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs?”. While clear hermit crab shells have been done before, Inomata has given them a new twist by putting famous architecture from around the globe on the top of each one. She claims she was inspired by a piece of land that had held the French Embassy in Japan. Ownership of the land, she says, was peacefully transferred back and forth between France and Japan without causing a fuss. People also often move between countries, and even hermit crabs are able to seamlessly transfer from one home to the next.
# I love how art mixes with technology! These Dutch windmills look cute^^
White-tailed deer mostly snack on plants, but they will opportunistically eat songbirds and mice as well. (David and Sharon Bailey / #USFWS) #Deer #Iowa
Fighting Hippos! South Luangwa National Park , Zambia.
Photo by @stevewinterphoto. Although there are less than 3,000 tigers left in the wild all hope is not lost! There are still enough habitats to support healthy tiger populations, but it requires boots-on-the-ground protection, enforcement, careful monitoring of tigers and their habitats—and an end to the demand for tiger skins and tiger bone wine that’s driving poaching and a lucrative bkack market trade. As renowned field biologist George Schaller said, “I learned long ago that conservation has no victories. It’s a never-ending process that each of us must take part in.” So take part the effort to prevent the extinction of wild tigers! Consider making a donation to the organizations listed below—these are people working on the ground and undercover to fight poaching and the demand for tiger products:
Environmental Investigation Agency Wildlife Protection Society of India WildAid
  • *My type of humor*
  • He: We should get married some day soon.. People these days marry after 6 months and get divorced after 10 years..
  • Me: We are different, we marry after 10 years and get divorced after 6 months! Hahaha!
  • *I couldn't stop laughing and he looked at me disappointed and stopped talking to me for over an hour*

Fun fact: The golden lion tamarin usually gives birth to twins. #Didyouknow #nature #wildlife #animals
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So in a few weeks, I will be lecturing about sustainability and while I was looking for teaching materials, I came across this website. It might be a good idea to have a look at the site, so you can make better choices while shopping next time^^ They also have an app so you can work out which brands are the most sustainable while you are shopping.