Zebras and Their Stripes

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Members of the horse family, zebras are known for their boldly patterned black and white striped coats. Each stripe pattern, like a human fingerprint, is completely unique to each individual zebra. Zebras live in a range of habitats, from grasslands to mountains to coastal hills.

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Like horses, they have four gaits: walk, trot, canter, and gallop. Though generally slower than horses, zebras have incredible stamina when running that allows them to run long distances avoiding predators.zebra_stripes_wall_tapestry__75913.1445824974

Zebras have excellent eyesight as well as night vision, and even better hearing than horses because of their larger, rounder ears. Their exotic stripe patterns are believed to be a form of camouflage that help the zebra blend into the grassline in prairie settings.  Though not many people realize it, a zebra’s body is actually black with white stripes and not white with black stripes.

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No comments, Elise Anderson, May 26, 2017

History of the African Safari

The Swahili word “safari” means “journey,” and was originally used to mean any type of journey or travel from one place to another. These days, this word specifically refers to a trip taken into the African wilderness to observe, photograph, or in some cases to hunt wild animals.

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The first recorded instance of modern safari was in 1836, when William Cornwallis Harris (English artist, military engineer, and hunter) led an expedition to observe and record wildlife sightings and local landscapes. His “safari-style” journey began with rising at dawn, walking throughout the day observing nature, then resting through the afternoon and concluding with formal dinner and exchange of stories from the day.

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It’s no wonder that this nature-themed, easy-going style of sightseeing caught on. Tourists today flock to popular safari spots to see leopard, lions, elephants, and more – though these days we tend to observe African predators from the safety of SUVs and not via footpath.

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No comments, Elise Anderson, May 23, 2017

Big Cats: The Elusive Lynx

Lynx is the name given to any of four species within the Lynx genus of medium-sized, wild cats. The name originated in Middle English, from the Greek for “light” and “brightness,” because of the lynx’s super-reflective eyes.

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Most lynx species are identifiable because of the unique tufts of black hair that form at the tip of their ears. They have large, padded paws that aid in walking on snow, and short tails unlike other big cat species.

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Usually a solitary creature, the lynx sometimes travels in small groups when traveling or hunting. They prefer wooded habitats with dense shrubbery, tall grass, and high altitudes for stalking their prey. The lynx is a powerful, stealthy predator that feeds on a wide variety of animals, from whitetail deer to rabbits, foxes, sheep, and mice.

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No comments, Elise Anderson, May 23, 2017

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