Archives for January, 2011

Quill Attack

Temperatures and tensions rise as summer starts at the DeYoung Family Zoo. With crowds pouring in, Bud and Carrie struggle to keep up.  Their to-do lists grow longer and longer by the minute.  And Emo, an inbred white tiger, must be neutered to protect future generations from genetic defects. Bud and Carrie struggle to prepare…

Raccoon Removal

© Matt Shakespeare/Granada Anglia Raccoons are bandit-masked, adaptable omnivores, living about two or three years in the wild. They’ll eat almost anything and can live in a variety of habitats – from forests to prairies to cities. In our cities, human and nuisance animal conflicts are commonplace. And a frightened suburban resident has called the…

What’s all this Betelgeuse brouhaha?

After an article on an Australian website, News.com.au, quoted a physics professor saying that Betelgeuse might go supernova on us  and light up the sky like a second Sun, and speculated that it might happen next year, the the MSM and the blogosphere went into a frenzy.“Will the Earth have Two Suns by 2012?” a representative headline on Time.com…

The most puzzling book of all time?

In 1912, in the library of Nobile Collegio Mondragone, a Jesuit college near Rome, an American rare book dealer named Wilfrid Voynich discovered what may be the strangest and most puzzling book ever created. It consisted the book consists of 234 pages fashioned from animal skin, written in longhand in a bizarre, incomprehensible script, and illustrated…

Gator Battles Python

© Mike Barron The American alligator is a species success story. For millions of years, their kind has survived and evolved with the planet. And while the American alligator was once endangered, they now thrive in their native range, growing up to 15 feet in length. These giant reptiles are opportunistic hunters, lurking in waters…

Risky Business

© Jim Edds As we all know (especially Nat Geo Wild fans!), wildlife cinematography can be absolutely breathtaking, allowing us entry into an exotic world few humans get to experience first hand. But how did these images come to be? Who made them and under what conditions? Well, behind every camera is a person, and…

Hyena Hunt

© Herbert Brauer / Aquavision Wildlife Filmakers In the heart of Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia, spotted hyenas reign as the top predator. Known to many as a scavenging species, hyenas are also masterful hunters. They live, hunt and travel in groups called clans which can include up to 80 individuals. By tracking down…

Kangaroo Kick

Kangaroos have extremely muscular hind legs and enormous feet, giving them the ability to execute large jumps with every bound. In a single leap, a gray kangaroo can cover 25 feet in distances and jump 6 feet into the air! In short bursts, they can reach speeds of over 35 miles per hour, or travel…

Mudskippers in the Mangroves

Along the northern shores of Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa, there’s a place of constant shift and change: the mangroves. Perfectly positioned between the sea and a series of lakes, this unique place makes it possible for diverse ecosystems to flourish side by side. Within this finely-balanced environment there lives the strange mudskipper, a…

Hippo Phobia

© NGT Written by Dr. Brady Barr, Dangerous Encounters: In Africa, hippos and crocs generally live in the same parts of the river – they’re like two cold war superpowers living by the doctrine of mutually assured destruction! They’re both so powerful and so well armed that they don’t really fight, since if one attacks…