Wildlife

Mermaid’s Toenails

Another shell, we found along the wrack line of the beach at Sunken Meadow State Park on New York’s Long Island was the delicate Jingle Shell. Jingles have shiny, thin, translucent shells. This organism gets its name from the sound made when the shells bump against each other when strung on a necklace. These bi-valve […]

Slippers on the Beach

After overturning horseshoe crab shells on the beach at New York’s Sunken Meadow State Park located on the Long Island Sound, my granddaughters turned their attention to the shells that washed up in the wrack. Most of the shells were Atlantic slipper shells – marine snails. If you overturn the shell and look at the […]

“Dead” Horseshoe Crabs on the Beach

During a recent visit to New York’s Long Island, two of my granddaughters and I walked along the shoreline of Sunken Meadow State Park to see what we could find in the wrack line (an area of debris deposited on the shore by high tides). They immediately find Atlantic horseshoe crab molts that were strewn […]

“Man of the Forest”

The title of this blog is the Malaysian translation of the word orangutan. The Bornean orangutan is one of two orangutan species that lives in Southeast Asia. The Bornean orangutan, pictured here lives in the tropical rain forests of Borneo. This Asian ape’s diet is mostly fruit, but insects and leaves add to its diet. […]

Nearly Extinct!

A 98% decrease in the population of the gharial, a fish-eating crocodile on the Indian sub-continent, makes this species critically endangered. Once nearly 10,000 of these crocodiles inhabited the quiet murky waters of the rivers in India, Bhutan and Nepal, but are now reduced to about 200 from over-hunting, habitat loss and the construction of dams and […]

The “Forest Giraffe”

This strange animal looks like it is related to the zebra due to its striped black and white legs, but the okapi is the only living relative of the giraffe. This species lives in one area of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa in a dense rain forest with trees, shrubs, ferns and herbaceous […]

The Nimblest Antelope!

The impala is a medium-sized antelope living on the savanna of east and south Africa. These animals are meals for lions, cheetahs, leopards, crocodiles and hyenas, but they often escape the grasp of these predators with their speed and agility. Impala are capable of leaping over 10 feet high for 30 or more feet making […]