October 2009

Obama Offers Polar Bear Protection

If Tristan Thorn, hero of Neil Gaiman’s remarkable Stardust, had offered to gallivant off to the Arctic to slaughter a polar bear and bring its head back to President Obama as a birthday gift, Barack would have sternly told him “No-no!”

I jest in fun, because this is such fantastic news. If you’ve seen Earth (or An Inconvenient Truth or Planet Earth or any other climate change documentary made by people other than half-wits—or even one of those “We’re All Connected” posters), you know that polar bears are having a pretty rough go of it these days.

A Third of Dino IDs Bogus?

Remember how stoked you were about dinosaurs when you were a kid? Don’t you miss those days? It didn’t take anything with a beep to keep you entertained. You didn’t need the latest version of Xbox or Wii or whatever; all you needed were a few dinosaur figures, maybe some dirt or a play mat, and you were set for the summer.

It was amazing to think of all of these incredible creatures that walked the Earth much earlier than we did—so humbling and at the same time simply delightful. That’s why I’m taking a personal offense against the news that some scientists are saying that a third of dinosaurs that have been catalogued don’t even exist.

Sugar Gliders

Sugar gliders are another exotic, nocturnal pet that are among the more commonly kept, (when it comes to exotic pets). They are small marsupials native to Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand, and Tasmania. Their small size, big eyes and cute, cuddly features make them very appealing, and they can fly!

While they are typically impossible to potty train, you can train them to fly to your hand and get along with other pets in your household. They are very lovable and affectionate animals who need the company of other sugar gliders and lots of love attention from their owners to be happy and fulfilled.

I Want a Monkey!

Yes, oh yes! A monkey for a pet! It would be a dream come true, don't you agree? There are so many monkeys to choose from, which fits your personality? Granted, keeping a monkey as a pet is no small chore. Monkeys demand 'round the clock attention, much like children.

Monkeys can live for up to 40 years and are very intelligent, curious, and capable mammals. In most cases, you will have to obtain a state permit or license before buying a monkey and be sure to research reputable breeders and stay away from folks without licenses.

Pet Fennec Foxes

Fennec foxes are nocturnal omnivores native to the North Africa desert. They are small, large earred creatures that never exceed 3 lbs and are extremely social and playful. Not considered domestic, these exotic pets are kept in the U.S.A., Canada, and Japan although jurisdiction varies, meaning they are not legal in all states.

Species Extinctions Cause for a Concern

Scientists are reporting some disturbing news about the rate of species extinction these days. There has been a rapid increase in the number of species that are going, going and gone, mostly attributed to loss of ecosystems and biodiversity in general.

These losses are largely attributed to climate change, urban sprawl and pollution—all at the hands, or mostly at the hands, of humans. Scientist members of the Diversitas group of experts on diversity say that world leaders have failed to combat this loss as they had previously committed to do.

Black-footed Ferrets: Back in Saskatchewan's Grasslands National Park

The black-footed Ferret, or Mustela nigripes for you

Latinists, is a small carnivorous North American prairie animal that lives in complicated social clusters and burrow complexes. It is the only ferret native to North America. Ferrets are kin to weasels, mink, polecats, martens, and even otters, and badgers. Te Black-footed ferret should not be confused with the domesticated ferret, popular as a pet and not at all in danger—and not native to North America. The black-footed ferret is native, and is the rarest mammal in North America. Mustela nigripes was declared extinct in Canada in 1934, and endangered in the U. S. in 1967.