This spring only one Northern Bald Ibis came back to the breeding site at Palmyra, Syria, with no sign of more birds returning from their migration to Ethiopia. The returning female, known as ‘Zenobia’ was last year paired to ‘Odeinat’, the last male. Read more about the lone bird’s plight here:http://bit.ly/15Q787q
The Ibis is a water-loving bird known for its long beak and neck that allows them to find food easily in marine environments. There are roughly 30 different species of ibis found around the world. See more from our collection of Ibis art and decor here: http://bit.ly/17Xvdqx
What makes lions unique? Aside from their mighty size and elegant beauty, lions actually have a lot of interesting social tendencies that separate them from other cat species.
Unlike most cats who live a generally solitary existence, the lion has developed a social system based on teamwork and a division of labor within the pride. They exist in an extended but closed family unit centered around a gr
oup of related females. The average pride consists of about 15 individuals, including five to 10 females with their young and two or three territorial males that are usually brothers or pride mates.
Any turtle lovers out there?
Due to their long lifespan, slow movement, sturdiness, and aged appearance, turtles appear as an emblem of longevity and wisdom in many cultures around the world. Despite being known for its slow pace and peaceful demeanor, the sea turtle (among other types of turtle) frequently migrates across vast ocean distances.
African folklore considers the tortoise as the most clever among the animal kingdom. A number of Nigerian fairy tales refer to Ijapa or Alabahun the tortoise, a wise trickster known to accomplish heroic acts and get into trouble for his cunning. A 130-year old Aldabra tortoise, known as “Mzee,” was named with the Swahili word for “wise old man.”
And perhaps the most well-known example of human’s lasting fascination with inserting these remarkable creatures as characters in stories is the popular Greek fable by Aesop that recounts the race between “The Tortoise and the Hare.”
You can find even more artistic renderings of turtles in our gallery of wildlife gifts and home decor. Click to link to see our broad range of turtle items: http://bit.ly/VBf1WJ
Elephants are among the world’s most intelligent animals. Their brains are the largest of the land animals, weighing up to 11 pounds, and are similar in structure to the human brain.
Aristotle once called the elephant “the animal which surpasses all others in wit and mind.” This isn’t an unfounded claim, as elephants exhibit a wide variety of behaviors that imply all different types of complex feeling. Elephants show signs of grief, they are quick and adept learners, they practice mimicry, can produce art, have playful interactions, have been known to exhibit a sense of humor, show altruism, use tools, show compassion, and cooperate with each other and humans. They are among the rare number of animals that show self-awareness, and, of course, they have excellent memories.