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Weird Wildlife Factoid Game

I dug this up from a project I did a few years ago, but wildlife factoids never go out of style. So go ahead and test your wildlife savvy with this wacky wildlife trivia. Some you probably know without breaking a sweat, but others might take you by surprise. (Answers are upside down in the green border at the bottom. You can click on the quiz to view it bigger.)

Weird Wildlife Factoids by Morgan Heim

Stepping out in nature to teach kids and dogs the joy of photography

Smudge the bulldog can't resist the camera as students practice their photography skills during the University of Northern Colorado's Student Enrichment Program. His flyby visit brought an extra moment of excitement to the outting.

Smudge the bulldog can't resist the camera as students practice their photography skills during the University of Northern Colorado's Summer Enrichment Program. His flyby visit brought an extra moment of excitement to the outing, Monday, July 6, 2009. (Photo/Morgan E. Heim)

Say hi to Smudge the bulldog. My pleasure this week comes from sharing the love of photography with kids. In the coming weeks my team of budding photogs will hit the natural spaces of Greeley to learn all about capturing moments with a camera as part of the University of Northern Colorado’s Summer Enrichment Program. This program has been going on for more than 30 years, fostering gifted and talented children and their interests in everything from drama and forensic science to well…photography.


Wildlife Conservation Society traps jaguars in Ecuador

A jaguar recently captured in a camera trap in Ecuador. (Photo/Santiago Espinosa)

The Amazon forests of Ecuador may be some of the most biologically rich on Earth, and thanks to the innovative technology of camera traps triggered by body heat, the Wildlife Conservation Society has captured 75 images of American jaguars in little more than a year. The photos help biologist Santiago Espinosa and his team survey wildlife populations in Yasuni National Park and Waorani Ethnic Reserve – 6,500 sqaure miles of wilderness threatened by increasing oil development, invading road systems and bushmeat trades.

Espinosa is working with indigenous Waorani groups to set up and monitor the complex camera networks. So far the traps are proving a success, giving researchers and the public a glimpse at rarely seen Amazon wildlife in their natural habitat, including white-lipped peccaries, (a type of wild pig and important prey of the jaguar), and the truly bizarre-looking short-eared dog. While there are plans to extend the range monitored by camera traps to other regions of Ecuador, you can catch up on more photos from Yasuni National Park and Waorani Ethnic Reserve for the meantime at the Wildlife Conservation Society Web site.


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