A rare treat — a fabulous Giant Stag Beetle (Lucanus elaphus). My fingertips for scale. Incredible!!! Saw this one at a city greenway last week. The huge jaws are only on males, they fight for females just like male elk, deer, and moose. Check out this video of 2 males fighting (a different but similar […]
Tag Archive 'Wildlife behavior'
Photo showing an orangutan engaged in the TUBE task. Photo used with permission of the researcher William Hopkins. Mmm, love that peanut butter Apes are right-handed or left-handed, just like us. Not a big surprise, since they’re our closest evolutionary relatives. A research team led by William Hopkins of Agnes Scott College recently tested 777 […]
Photo: wikimedia commons People are good at detecting human personalities accurately, even from expressionless mug shots. A study last year showed that we can reliably tell who is extroverted, emotionally stable, agreeable or imaginative – just from their blank and expressionless faces. We can read chimps too A new study shows that we can also […]
Posted in Animal welfare / animal rights, Cancer, Film review, Food, Going Green (co-authored with Sadie Kneidel), Going Green: A Wise Consumer's Guide to a Shrinking Planet, Health, Health effects of eating meat, Japan, Marine mammals, Southeast Asia, Wildlife, Wildlife survival on Nov 23rd, 2010
Ric O’Barry, star of “The Cove” Crazy I heard Bruce Springsteen say once that the people we remember are the people who care enough to be crazy. I thought about that when I saw the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove.” It’s the story of one man’s passionate commitment to protecting dolphins, his willingness to sacrifice even […]
This post now appearing on the Daily Me Those of us concerned about greenhouse gases and climate change have a new study to ponder. This study, from Dr. Florian Altermatt at UC Davis, documents once again the biological effects of global warming. Altermatt examined insect data from Central Europe. Temperatures have been increasing there for […]
Posted in Wildlife on Dec 30th, 2009
This post now a Google News Link and on www.basilandspice.com. Chacma baboons on the road outside Skukusa in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Photo by Sally Kneidel, PhD The baboons were all over the road, the males with two-inch-long fangs. Scary? No, baboons are cool. Even though they can be aggressive, for the most part […]
All photos and text by Sally Kneidel, PhD, of sallykneidel.com I had fun this week. To my joy, I was twice asked to retrieve or rescue a little animal in a bad situation. One was an Anolis lizard on my neighbors’ living-room curtain. It took me about just a few seconds to nudge her into […]
Vervet monkeys are regarded as pests in southern Africa, and are often persecuted the same way gray wolves were persecuted to local extinction in the United States. But vervet social behavior is in many ways very similar to our own.
Posted in Africa, Eco-travel, Energy-efficient housing, Environmental footprint, Food, Going Green (co-authored with Sadie Kneidel), South Africa, Sustainable Living, Wildlife, Wildlife behavior on Aug 31st, 2009
All photos and text by Sally Kneidel, PhD, of sallykneidel.com Children of the Hamakuya community. Community residents find employment at the small “green” resort of Tshulu Camp, bringing needed revenue into the village. My husband Ken consulting his bird guide on our tent’s deck in Tshulu Camp. I’ve written a lot about supporting people in […]
We watched two lions work over a buffalo kill for 3 days. But we learned that lions are sharply declining in Africa – sad and scary news!