Saturday, 15 July 2017

The Most Hunted Animals In The World

  • This week we are going to look at some of the most hunted animals in the world, I do not agree with hunting and it sucks to see how many animals have died due to this act!

1. Pangolin - Manidea sp.

Over the past decade, more then one million pangolins have been illegally trafficked, making it the most trafficked animal in the world! one specie, (Manis pentadactyla) has become extinct because of over hunting. In August 2016, a man was arrested because he had 650 dead Pangolins in his freezer!!

Here are some interesting facts about the pangolin

  • A Pangolin's tongue can be larger that it's body when fully extended!
  •  An average Pangolin will eat around 60 million insects a year!
  • Pangolins are the only mammals in the world covered in scales!

2. Siberian tiger - Panthera altaica

It is estimated the wild population of Siberian tigers is around 400-450! Almost all wild Siberian tigers live at the southeast corner of Russia. They can also be found in northeastern china. The Siberian tiger is the largest of it's specie growing up to 4 meters in length (13 feet). They are considered critically endangered because of hunting and habitat loss from intense logging

Here are some interesting facts about the Siberian tiger  

  • The Siberian tiger is the largest cat in the world!
  • Apparently the Siberian tiger will only roar during mating season!  

  • Siberian tigers hunt alone, but will share there meals with other tigers!

3. African Bush Elephant - Loxodonta africana 

In 1900 there were approximately 10 million of these animals, today their total number is estimated at around 300,000! Most of the elephants killed today are linked to illegal poaching. In some places it is legal to hunt elephants; South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania. The African bush elephant is the most endangered animal in Africa 

Here are some facts about the African Bush Elephant 

  • The African Bush Elephant is the largest and heaviest land mammal on earth! 
  • They have a large life span, living up to 70 years old in the wild!
  • More than 25,000 elephants died because of poachers in 2016

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Organisms in my Garden - Wolf spider

Organisms in my Garden - Wolf spider spp.


I found it sitting on a white flower, probably waiting for a big juicy bee to come by.

What is it?

Wolf spiders are members of the family Lycosidae. They are robust hunters with excellent eyesight.
They normally live and hunt alone. They will bounce on their prey and sometimes even chase them.
Wolf spiders carry their eggs in sacks, that are carried on their backs. The spiders are normally around 10-35 mm in length. They have eight eyes arranged in three rows. They will inject venom if harassed. if you get bitten with venom the symptoms will include: swelling, mild pain and itching. BUT it depends on what type of wolf spider. Most the species are completely harmless.    

What do they eat?

In the wild, a wolf spider will eat almost any prey smaller than himself that comes nearby.
But normally they will eat: houseflies, moths, worms and crickets. 

Babies will eat fruit flies 

What eats them?

They can be eaten by pretty much any bird, amphibian, reptile, mammal
and some types of insects. They also eat each other!