Tag Archive | 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 […]

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 […]

Africa’s Most Common Gazelle

Numbering over a half a million individuals, the Thompson’s gazelle is an abundant antelope of dry grasslands in east Africa. This spry small animal is hunted by lions, leopards and cheetahs. Its keen sense of hearing, sight and smell gives this gazelle an advantage in spotting danger. It often escapes predators with shorts sprints of […]

World’s Largest Antelopes

Two species of eland hold this record; the giant eland is the largest and the common eland is the second largest antelope. (An antelope is an even-toed hoofed animal of Africa and Eurasia where there are about 25 species.)  Eland prefer open forest and savanna habitats where they eat foliage and grasses. This antelope is […]