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Monday, March 22, 2010


African Wild Dog - Mammal


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Subfamily: Caninae
Genus: Lycaon

The African Wild Dog is a intermediate sized canid found simply in Africa, particularly in grasslands and other casually wooded areas. It is also named the Painted Hunting Dog, African Hunting Dog, Cape Hunting Dog, Spotted Dog, Painted Wolf and Wildehond.

It is the individual type in the species Lycaon. The Latin term for African wild dog is painted wolf, which aptly designates the interesting coat of dark brown, black and yellow patches. Desolate dogs have luxuriant tails with snowy tips that may serve as a flag to preserve the carton in communication though hunting.

The African wild dog, also called Cape hunting dog or painted dog, characteristically roams the exposed plains and thin forests of sub-Saharan Africa.
It habitat Wild dogs live habitually in arid zones and in the grassland. They also are found in woodland and montage habitats far and wide their prey lives.

The African wild dog diet willingly which from time to time tolerates them to take down their prey in moments. Prey might be expended in a few seconds, every so often although the animal is stagnant alive. African Wild Dogs are wholly flesh-eating. They won’t eat plant food and rarely eat flesh or coming back to a previous kill.

The African wild dog physical character is very attractive they have long-legged with massive jaws and very large erect batlike ears. Even though it looks like some domestic dogs, but it varies in that it has four toes on each foot as an alternative of five.


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Friday, March 12, 2010


Gaur Mammal


Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Artiodactyla

Family: Bovidae

Genus: Bos

Species: B.gaurus

Zoological name: Bos gaurus

The gaur is a large, dark-coated forestry animal of South Asia and Southeast Asia. The largest residents are found today in India. The gaur is appropriate to the Bovinae subfamily, which also embraces bison, domestic cattle, yak and water buffalo.

The gaur is the major classes of wild cattle, bigger than the African buffalo, wild water buffalo or bison. It is also so-called seladang or, in the framework of safari tourism, Indian bison. The domesticated usage of the gaur is called gayal or mithun.

Easily categorize this sleek and smart bovine as quickly as you see it. Stand-up at a height 175cm at the shoulders, a normal gaur weighs 800kgs. It has a characteristic gleaming black coat with a well-built muscular body and a pair of sturdy, destructive looking horns. The lower helpings of the feet and the proboscis are outstandingly white and the swelling is low.

Gaurs are originating in the timbered zones of Karnataka, Assam and added parts of India. They remain also dotted a Bandipur, Kaziranga and Manas National park in India. It is now presented in India.

The habitat of Gaur favors to live in the hilly regions in evergreen, deciduous and savanna forests. Gaurs are herbivorous. It takes diet feedstuff on grass, leaves, plants, creepers, herbs, bamboo. The life time of gaur is up to 30 years.

The reproduction of Gaur reaches the sexual maturity in 2- 3 years. Development age rests for 275 days. Females give birth to one calf. Gaurs breed throughout the summer season. Females grasp the sexual maturity in 3 years, while the males yield longer time to touch sexual maturity.


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Sunday, March 7, 2010


African Skimmer


Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Aves
Order- Charadriiformes
Family - Laridae
Genus - Rynchops
Length - 36 - 42 cm
Wingspan - 106 cm
Weight - 111 - 204 g

The African skimmer is a skimmer that lives in the Senegal to northern Congo River and southern Nile Valley, southern Tanzania to the Zambezi Valley, and then to Natal and Angola.

The skimmers have very long wings, the back, hind neck and crown are black in color.
The skimmer fore head and the rest of the body are white in color with bright long orange beak, the beak end with a yellow tip.

The short forked tail is white and the legs of skimmer are bright red. The average size of the skimmer birds are about 15 inches long. The skimmers have sharp voice that hears like "kip-kip". The structure is very unique and the mandible size differed. The upper mandible is smaller than the lower mandible and it have flattened sideways like scissor blades.

The African skimmer inhabits broad rivers, coastal lagoons, open marshes & lakes, resting & breeding on large, dry sandbars & beaches

The African skimmers fly in lines over calm waters. The lower mandibles dip in water to feed and when the mandible touches a fish, the skimmer snaps its mouth shut. The skimmers are feed mostly at dawn and dusk.


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