Sunday, November 25, 2007

Rhinos, bats and candidates

Some endangered black rhinos were killed by poachers recently. That's sad because scientists say the black rhino will probably be extinct soon. Read about it here.
That was in Zimbabwe. In the US, some kids killed about 100 tiny Indiana Bats for no reason. Those bats are also very endangered.
It seems like we all need to spread the word about taking better care of the earth and endangered animals. That's why I sent in another question to Youtube today for the CNN debate. You can check it out here. I got on CNN last summer, but they didn't answer me, so maybe this time.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Endangered orangutan baby born

Zoos do a lot of good work trying to save endangered species.
A orangutan named Nyaru was born recently at the zoo in Perth Australia. That's really good news because orangutans are critically endangered. These beautiful primates are being wiped out because of poaching and habitat loss. Click here to read about Perth Zoo and what they are doing.
Orangutans are one of our closest relatives. They have almost the same DNA as people. And they have the intelligence of a six year old. They are the largest tree living mammals in the world. It seems unbelievable that they are being wiped out.
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Tell other people about saving endangered animals. There are lots of places you can send money to help, like Perth Zoo and this Orangutan Conservancy. And please vote for people who care about the earth and all the animals.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Invasion of the Naked Mole Rats

Riverbanks Zoo has a dozen new residents. Twelve naked mole rats from the Roger Williams Zoo in Rhode Island. I've seen Naked Mole Rats at the National Zoo in Washington before, and they were running fast through the tunnels in the small mammal house.

These are very strange looking rodent-mammals that are found in the sub-Sahara of Africa (that's the part of Africa that's south of the Sahara Desert).

Mole Rats have been made popular bythe show Kim Possible. That's on Disney Channel. Click here to watch a video of the Naked Mole Rat Rap.

And guess what? Nature is doing a program tonight all about ugly animals like the naked mole rat. Watch a video here.

Naked Mole Rats are very famous now! Stop by Riverbanks and check out them out. Let me know what you think-- cute or funny looking?

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Koala Knockabout

I was trekking through the jungles of Australia when I came face to face with a koala, an emerald tree boa, and a wallaby. I got it all on video-- watch it here...

OK, actually it was at the Koala Knockabout exhibit at Riverbanks Zoo. This exhibit teaches many things about Australian animals. There are also fish and lorikeets at the exhibit.

Some say koalas could be extinct in the wild in a decade if we don't do more to save them. I'd like to see one in he wild someday. And is that a cool snake, or what?