Earth Matters

Dolphin Facts

As one of the favorites among wildlife watchers, dolphins are best known for their agility and playful behavior creating a beautiful sight as they leap from the water. Part of the toothed whale family that also includes pilot whales and orcas, dolphins are highly...

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Cheetah Facts

Known for being the world’s fastest land animal, the cheetah is a large feline that can run up to 75 miles per hour in short bursts to cover distances up to 1,600 feet and accelerate to over 60 miles per hour within just three seconds! Easily recognizable from the...

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Polar Bear Facts

Rivaled only by the Kodiak brown bears native to southwestern Alaska, polar bears are classified as the largest land carnivores in the world and sit proudly at the top of the food chain with a vital role in their icy Arctic ecosystem. Known for literally being the...

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Platypus Facts

Resembling an amphibious mole, the platypus is often described as having the body of a beaver with a duck’s bill sewn on perfectly. As one of the most evolutionary distinct mammals alive, the platypus is instantly recognizable for its broad flattened bill, dense...

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Koala Facts

As one of the most iconic animal species endemic to Australia, the koala is well-known for its bear-like appearance with a stout body and predominately gray fur. Often found climbing in the canopy of trees, koalas are fuzzy and muscular marsupials that are the only...

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Snow Leopard Facts

Native to the rocky and snowy highlands that are associated with its name, the snow leopard is a descendant of the wild cat and panther families. Easily recognizable from other related species, snow leopards are most known for their beautiful white or soft gray fur...

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10 Most Poisonous Animals in the World

When you think of poisonous animals, what springs to mind? Spiders? Scorpions? Snakes? Jellyfish? Most of the world’s most poisonous animals are either reptiles, arachnids, or undersea inhabitants.Here is a rundown of the top 10 most poisonous animals in the world,...

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Map: Net Changes In Forest Area

Below: Map indicating the the net changes in forest area 2000-2005 (note that all the areas in red - decrease of more than 50% - are in the tropics and the majority of the loss are prime habitat for primates.   Taken form the FAO 2005 publication: Global Forest...

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Primate Conservation Initiative

According to the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources or the World Conservation Union), over 1/3 of primate species are listed as critically endangered, endangered, or vulnerable (IUCN, 1996). Although primates are found in...

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