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Poaching of critically endangered elephants and rhinoceros is a severe problem in most of Africa. Hunted down for their ivory tusks, poachers kill an estimated 100 elephants EVERY DAY in Africa! Canines are instrumental in their survival.
Owl experts have been very excited by the increase in sightings of these beautiful animals throughout Ontario and the rest of Canada during this winter. Bird watchers are eager to gather and photograph one of nature’s most photogenic creatures too.
You already know that wolves live in packs. Living in a pack helps the survival of all involved. Together, they can take down bigger prey, defend their territory, and raise the pups. Jeremy describes some reasons they lay so close together. It may surprise you.
They can perform tasks like detecting bombs or seizures, finding missing people, guiding those who are blind, and more. Dogs can be trained to do amazing things.
The largest threat to wildlife habitats world-wide is the fragmentation of vast landscapes caused by human expansion. As these natural areas become disturbed by human development, noxious weeds can invade and outcompete native vegetation. These alien invaders spread by natural avenues, such as wind or water, or human-caused activities, such as infected equipment or even intentional dispersal.
It’s no secret that human activity is causing harm to the environment that we depend on, and the victims of that damage come in the form of plants, land animals, marine animals, and eventually, ourselves.
What’s at stake without current conservation efforts?
They’re also considered an “umbrella species”, because of how much territory they need to survive. When that territory is protected for them, it also provides protection for all the other organisms living there, too. Meet the Cougar!
The Nez Perce Tribe is reclaiming an ancestral village site in the Eastern Oregon town of Joseph more than a century after being pushed out of the area. This month, the tribe purchased 148 acres of an area known as “the place of boulders,” or Am’sáaxpa.
These dogs are the ones who didn’t quite fit into any of the other groups.1 So they have a group of their own! All the dogs in this group vary wildly in size, appearance, and personality. Meet the Non-Sporting Group.
National Parks are a huge part of our country’s landscape. Our national parks consist of more than 400 areas and 85 million acres in the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands.1 But what exactly is the point of the National Park Service? And how did it come about?
One of the big questions when it comes to birds is what is a raptor? The answer can get confusing for two reasons. One, because the term raptor is sometimes used interchangeably with the term bird of prey, while other times it’s used to only refer to Falconiformes.
The dogs in the Toy Group were bred as social companions to humans. Many of these dogs have ties to royalty. You’ll recognize the pomeranian, pug, chihuahua, cavalier king charles spaniel, and more in this group.
Wildlife life crossings are structures that allow safe passage for wildlife to cross major roadways. They can be bridges, overpasses, underpasses, or even tunnels. They’re built with the natural habitat in mind, so they have plants and rocks and shrubs to blend in with the environment and encourage animals to use them instead of trying to cross the road where they may be hit by a car.
They are highly adaptable animals and can be found in many different habitats, like forests, mountains, and semi-deserts. Rugged terrain provides good areas for dens to protect the kittens and can be good for hunting. Meet the bobcat.
They are high energy dogs and do require a special type of grooming to maintain their appearance. These dogs were bred to hunt vermin and guard their homes. They would dig up burrows of vermin, rodents, and foxes to drive them out for hunters. Sometimes they would finish the job off themselves. They are the Terrier Group.
There are many animals throughout the world that have dwindling numbers and are in dire need of help. These animals are poached, their habitat is destroyed, they may face difficulties maintaining a steady population, and more. All of this leads to the need to conserve them as best we can so we don’t lose them forever.
These animals can be found all over the world in various habitats. Some foxes weigh as little as a pound and a half, while others can weigh up to 24 pounds. Most are around the same size as a medium-sized dog.
Today we’re going over the dogs in the Hound Group! These dogs were originally put in the Sporting Group, but in 1930, the American Kennel Club created a new group for these dogs. Today, more than 30 dogs are part of the Hound Group. These dogs are all very unique, but the one thing they all have in common is that they were bred for hunting. Some would use their nose to help find quarry, while others would chase after them. Each of these dogs has a special skill that would help hunters take down their target.
Biologists and wildlife managers now commonly use dogs to assist in finding, repelling, and relocating bears. In fact, one breed in particular—the Karelian Bear Dog has become notorious for its courage and tenacity in moving bears.
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They are some of the largest birds found in North America as well. They stand between 27 and 37 inches tall with a wingspan of about 80 inches, and they weigh between 6.5 to almost 14 pounds.
You’ll recognize many of the dogs in this group, like german shepherds, border collies, and corgis!2 Herding dogs are very active, intelligent, and loyal. They’re used to working day in and day out – which means they need constant activity to keep them entertained.
You’re bound to recognize many of the dogs in the Sporting Group! This group is made up of some of the most popular dogs, like Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and Cocker Spaniels. Sporting dogs are broken up into four types.
What’s one of the biggest strengths a wolf has? Problem-solving. When compared to domesticated dogs, wolves solve problems at a younger age and are more creative in their strategies of figuring out a solution. Not only that, but wolves know the value of working together. While hunting, the whole pack takes down large prey together.