Richard Scarry: The Bunny Book
We’re gonna have a wonderful Easter season this year.
My life as a wolf,
by British naturalist who dared to infiltrate a pack in the wilderness
Live with wolves, and you learn to howl ~Spanish Proverb
Longish article, but highly recommended: Really, this is the best article I’ve ever read on wolves. It also has a great sidebar on how wolves help us choose a a pet — do you think the puppy that runs up to you is the alpha? It’s not. Read it
When the World Broke in Seven Pieces
Once upon a time, all the earth’s animals lived on an island in a great sea. When the island broke into seven pieces, the Quaggathyl could not choose. The front half was carried away with the movement of the great island we now know as Australia. The rest of him remained on the continent we call Africa and cried for its other half in its own strange tongue.
In the end, it didn’t matter.
This is a true story.
Photographs of Extinct Beasts
Quagga at London’s Regent’s Park Zoo, 1870
The quagga (Equus quagga quagga) is an extinct subspecies of the Plains zebra, which was once found in great numbers in South Africa’s Cape Province and the southern part of the Orange Free State. It was distinguished from other zebras by having the usual vivid marks on the front part of the body only. In the mid-section, the stripes faded and the dark, inter-stripe spaces became wider, and the rear parts were a plain brown. The name comes from a Khoikhoi word for zebra and is onomatopoeic, being said to resemble the quagga’s call. The only quagga to have ever been photographed alive was a mare at the Zoological Society of London’s Zoo in Regent’s Park in 1870.
The last wild Quagga was probably shot in the late 1870s, while the last specimen in captivity died in 1883 at Artis Magistra Zoo in Amsterdam. Once abundant in southern Africa, the Quagga fell victim to ruthless hunting for its meat and hide, and because it was seen by settlers as a competitor to livestock like sheep. It was the coat of the Quagga that distinguished it best, with only the front part of its body showing the zebra’s vivid striped markings. Projects to breed back the Quagga have produced favourable results, visually at least.
Thylacine yawning: Note the unusual extent
to which it was able to open its jaws
The Thylacine had largely become extremely rare or extinct on the Australian mainland before European settlement of the continent, but it survived on the island state of Tasmania along with several other endemic species, including the Tasmanian Devil. Intensive hunting encouraged by bounties is generally blamed for its extinction, but other contributory factors may have been disease, the introduction of dogs, and human encroachment into its habitat. Despite its official classification as extinct, sightings are still reported, though none proven.
Like the tigers and wolves of the Northern Hemisphere, from which it obtained two of its common names, the Thylacine was an apex predator. As a marsupial, it was not related to these placental mammals, but because of convergent evolution it displayed the same general form and adaptations. Its closest living relative is thought to be either the Tasmanian Devil or Numbat.
and more photos of extinct animals
Google algorithm to predict the next extinct species
A cheery good morning from ani.