The King of the Jungle #2

Let’s lay out some ROARsome facts about these prideful cats!

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How much bigger can these felines grow?

Lions are BIG cats… More accurately, they are the second largest cats in the world! When standing on all four paws, they can reach up to the height of a seven year-old’s shoulder and weigh about 150 to 225kg.

Not only “cubs”

Baby lions have other variations to their name and these include “lionet”, “whelp” and “cubs”.

The lioness sisterhood

Unlike the male lions who are driven away to find their own pride at the age of two, female lions are loyal to their prides and stick with each other for LIFE. Always hunting in a pack, the lioness have amazing teamwork and are able to hunt for bigger-sized animals like buffaloes, zebras and elephants. Talk about girl power!

FUR-ocious moms

Call it the “mother’s instinct”, the lioness hunting habits are driven by the motivation to protect and feed their offsprings at all costs. This is why the female lions are the ones who do the food hunting(as opposed to the males).

Hunter in the dark

No, lions do not hunt at night because they have super vision in the dark, they just lack the stamina. Lions are strategic animals and they do their hunting in darkness, as their targets are more vulnerable. They will not waste their energy on preys that have spotted them too.

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That is all we have for these majestic cats! Remember - it’s animals all the time!

Introducing - The King of the Jungle

Did you know that lions don’t actually live in the jungle?

That’s right! Most lions live in the African Savannah. There are also a small population of lions that live in Asia and India.

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Bet you didn’t know that!

There are so many things we’re going to explore and learn about the magnificent lion. For example… why is the lion called ‘the king’ and what exactly makes it one?

Let’s begin with…. its mane!

Only male lions have a mane. Female lionesses do not have one.

The mane is a very important part of a lion. It’s a symbol of pride for a him.

Lions start growing a mane as soon as they turn a year old and it has many colors to it. Age is a big factor in the color of the mane.

Some lions have really dark ones, and some have lighter manes. Some have huge manes, and some have sparse ones. A lot of research has been done on how a lion gets his mane color and size. Apparently where the lion lives and the temperature of the place plays a huge part.

A lion’s mane is unbelievably heavy and hot. So in countries like Morocco and South Africa, lions have bigger and darker manes.

 And on the contrary, warmer climates cause lions to shed hair fast and furiously, so their manes are lighter and smaller.

The color and size of a lion’s mane also indicates the health status of a lion. Lions with darker and fuller manes indicates a very healthy lion.

Having a beautiful mane makes a lion look bigger too. During fights, the mane is used to frighten the enemy.

Also it is believed that the darker the mane, the more powerful the lion is.

But there’s a slight disadvantage to that -

If a lion is injured or falls ill, the mane changes color. Hair is shed and the lion looses its respect.

However the mane regains back its vitality once the lion recovers and the King rules once again!

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There are so much more secrets to unravel about these beautiful creatures.

So stick around as we promise to bring you more about this Big Cat.

It’s always fun to learn more!

Remember - it’s all animals, all the time!

The Exciting World of a Turtle's Nest!

Today let’s take a closer look at one of the oldest and most ancient reptiles living on our planet.

Turtles!

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These sea creatures are older than snakes and crocodiles and have been on earth since millions of years ago!

Currently, there are about 365 known species alive today. Sadly, they are highly endangered. One of their main struggle is climate change.

Let’s understand why climate change is a threat to sea turtles.

All Turtles lay eggs.

When it is time, they will swim to shore and look for dry, sandy beaches for that perfect spot for their eggs.

Sea Turtles in particular have a good memory. They will return back to the same nesting place they were born, to lay eggs. But with rising sea levels, these beaches are disappearing. Thus the turtles don’t return back to their nesting grounds.

Also since turtles are cold-blooded, the surrounding environment helps to determine its body temperature. This will help the turtle live in its natural habitat more comfortably.

Temperatures of the environment plays a big part in deciding the gender of a turtle egg too. The temperature of the sand in which the egg is buried in, will determine whether the egg develop into a boy or girl. If the temperature is high, a baby girl turtle is formed. And if the temperature is lower, a boy is formed.

Amazing right! But wait… If the nest temperature gets warmer, there will be more baby girls than baby boys. And that creates a breeding problem with the turtles.

Turtles lay roughly about 70-190 eggs into the sand.

Once done, they will quickly cover the eggs with sand. Then, they will leave the eggs to hatch by themselves.

Word for the Day: Baby Turtles are called Hatchlings.

The eggs take about 70-120 days to hatch. And once they have hatched, it’s the survival of the fittest.

The baby turtles will have to wiggle their way out of the sand and rush towards the water. The faster they get to the water the safer they are. There are a lot of predators such as big birds and crabs, waiting to eat them up. Some baby turtles simply go the wrong way and end up getting lost.

Unfortunately, it is said that only 1 in 1000 hatchlings will make it to adulthood.

So what can we do to help these hatchlings reach the sea safely? 

In some countries, beach goers are told not to have beach bonfires during the nesting season. And if they were to see any mummy turtles, they are not to disturb it.

Shinning bright lights at them is also forbidden because hatchlings use the moonlight as a guide to the waters. Seeing other sources of light will make them go the wrong way.

Isn’t it great that such measures are taken so that people know how to handle these hatchlings if they ever encounter one?

How many of you have a pet turtle, tortoise or terrapin? Share the love for these creatures with us. Click a picture of both of you and #AnimalFunFacts.

It’s always fun to learn more!

Remember - it’s all animals, all the time!

5 Reasons to Adopt! Not Shop!

Have you ever borrowed an old book at the library? I bet the story was so interesting that you didn’t even notice how tattered and torn the old book was! You were only interested in the contents of it. 

What if I told you that the same concept applies for other things too?

For example, adopting dogs rather than buying them.

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There are approximately 900 million dogs on this planet. Many of them are in animal shelters because pet owners do not want them anymore or they are strays living on the streets.

If you would like a pet dog, then you can make a difference by adopting and not shopping!

Here are 5 reasons why…

Reason No. 1:

You are a LIFESAVER!

Millions of dogs in shelters around the world are euthanised (put to sleep forever in a non-painful manner) every year when no one comes forward to adopt them. By adopting from animal-shelters, you give a fur-friend a family and save it from being put down.

Reason No. 2: 

You are COOL!

Yes we said it. You’re cool when you adopt. 

You lead by example and make an impression by encouraging others to adopt too.

Spread the love because you cool like that!

Reason No. 3:

You are a SMART SAVER!

Most animal shelters give all of their animals the needed vaccinations. This saves you a lot of money because your dog is coming to you with a clean bill of health.

Important note to self: Dogs help improve our physical and emotional well-being.

 Now that’s priceless.

Reason No. 4:

You are a FIGHTER! 

Yes! And you can put up a great and worthy fight when you stop pet shopping. The money spent to buy dogs from pet shops directly helps boast puppy mill businesses.

Getting dogs from animal shelters, will show puppy mill owners that you mean business because you DO NOT want to support them.

Reason No. 5:

You are a TRENDSETTER!

You help reduce overpopulation in animal shelters by adopting.

Adoption decreases the demand for ‘new dogs’, such as puppies.

Animal shelters will have more room for other homeless animals when the current residents find new homes.

Psstt… you would be surprised to see many of these dogs are purebreeds if you’re intending to get a particular one. And they are in great health!

So set the trend, attract the followers.

Be all of these and more when you ADOPT and NOT SHOP.

The next time you feel like you want to get a dog, make your way down to an animal shelter and speak to the people there. There is always a fur-friend for everyone.

 And while you’re there, take a picture and #AnimalFunFacts.

It’s always fun to learn more!

Remember - it’s all animals, all the time!

The Magic of a Dog's Nose

You know what we’re going to talk about when we say, ‘Wet Nose, Warm Heart’. Yes, you’re right!

Dogs.

Now how many of you have dogs as pets? And how many of you actually KNOW everything about a dog so you can be a better person to man’s best friend.

Today, ZooMoo is going to reveal some awesome facts about our dog pals’ nose.

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Your thought on a dog’s nose = wet, wriggly and cute.

 Your dog’s nose = a very powerful gadget that guides him daily in pretty impressive ways.

To begin, a dog’s nose has 2 roles to play; one is to breathe air and the other is to smell. With the ability to separate air, scents go directly to the noses’ sensing area whereas the other part is purely for breathing. How cool is that!

And unlike us humans, dogs can take in and breathe out air at THE SAME TIME! This helps create a continuous circulation of air.

 Try breathing in and out at the same time? Can you do it? *cheeky smile*

Not all breeds are excellent sniffers. Dogs who have short noses or flat faces, have lesser scent detecting receptor cells. Chihuahua, pugs and boxers are some examples.

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German Shepherds and Labradors rank high in their smelling ability because of their longer snouts. Thus they are favorites in any law enforcements. Have you seen any sniffer dogs in action in a public area?

Dogs can smell up to 100,000 times better than us humans. For example, a dog’s nose is so sensitive that it can smell a teaspoon of sugar *teaspoon emoticon* mixed in an Olympic size pool.

Amazing right!

Have you ever wondered why these amazing K9s have wet noses? Well we found out that their noses are wet because they produce mucous in order to pick up smells better. And they LOVE to lick their noses; it’s their way of keeping it clean if they have food or dirt on it.

Also having a wet nose, keeps them cool.

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Just like our fingerprints, every dogs’ nose print is unique. There are companies that you can register your dog’s nose print and it can come in handy if the pet ever gets lost or stolen.

Want to show some love for your dog pal, click *camera emoticon* a nose to nose pic and #AnimalFunFacts. 

It’s always fun to learn more!

Remember - it’s all animals, all the time!

The Itsy Bitsy Spider!

What’s creepy looking, have eight legs and sharp fangs that can inject deadly venom.

Yes!

We are talking about SPIDERS.

Did you know that many people mistake spiders for insects, when in actual fact they belong to a group of animals called ‘arachnids’.

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Arachnids have eight legs and only two body parts. Insects have six legs and three main body parts. Also most insects have wings; spiders don’t.

How many different types of spiders have you seen? 1? 10? Maybe 50?

Well there are at least 45,700 spider species on our planet! Can you imagine, if you have that much of spiders crawling all over your bed!

And it’s easy to differentiate the males from females. Male spiders are usually smaller than females. And because of that the GIRLS like to eat the BOYS up.

*BURP*

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ALL spiders have fangs and these fangs are full of venom. Most use their venom to paralyze their insect victims so they can eat them.

If you ever get a spider bite, don’t worry too much, because most spider venom will not harm us humans as its pretty weak.

But of course, it’s always wise to see a doctor if you ever have one right?

Another great thing about spiders is that they can produce SILK *WOW*. They have these glands called spinnerets on their bellies. And through the spinnerets, spiders release the silk as a liquid. They pull, tug and spin the liquid thread till *PRESTO*… webs are created.

But beware… these webs are really sticky and help trap unaware preys for the spider’s next meal.

*Yummy*

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So remember, the next time you’re in a sticky situation… see if there are any spiders nearby. Snap a picture and share it with us and #animalfunfact.

 

It’s always fun to learn more!

Remember - it’s all animals, all the time!