Animal Kingdom

Slow down people! Scientists say we are consuming ecological goods of one-and-a-half Earths

Scientists say we are now consuming the ecological goods of one-and-a-half Earths and if we don’t slow down, there will be nothing left to sustain us. According to a new report, wildlife populations have been cut in half over the past 40 years. More specifically, 39 percent of wildlife on land, 39 percent of wildlife in the ocean and 76 percent of freshwater wildlife have disappeared over the last 40 years.  Those are scary numbers. The main threats to wildlife are habitat loss, exploitation, and climate change – all of which are attributed to humans. Habitat loss occurs when people cut down forests for the wood or clear land for development. Exploitation refers to the illegal hunting and fishing of animals. In some cases, both threats combined…
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Animal Kingdom

Uh oh – more African elephants being killed than are born!

Africa’s elephants have just crossed into a pretty scary area. Researchers recently that found more African elephants are being killed than are born. They warn that at this rate, the animals could be wiped out in 100 years. African elephants are killed for their tusks. Called “poaching”, the elephants are killed, their tusks removed, and their bodies left behind. The tusks, which are made of ivory, are sold by the poachers for thousands of dollars. Researchers say about 7% of the elephant population was killed between 2010 and 2013. Births on the other hand, only increase the elephant population by 5% each year. At this rate, there won’t be any elephants left on the planet by the year 2100. What you can do about this?…
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Elephant teeth – everything you ever wanted to know about Elephant’s teeth

So be honest with Reeko. How many times have your parents told you to go brush your teeth? Six time today ?!?! We all know that brushing your teeth is needed to keep your teeth healthy and white. If you were an elephant though, healthy teeth would not be a problem. Elephants simply grow new teeth. Most mammals, including humans, are born with a set of "baby teeth" that are used for practice runs before a full set of permanent teeth grow in. The permanent teeth that replace them are used for the remainder of their lives. Elephants however, go through six sets of 9lb teeth during their lifetimes, with new teeth growing in to replace old ones that have worn out. An elephants starts…
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