Although legally protected, they are still shot by hunters mistaking them for domestic cats. In the Scottish Highlands, where approximately 400 are thought to be remaining in the wild, interbreeding with feral cats is a significant threat to the wild population.
Though once abundant over much of Eurasia, North Africa and North America, they inhabit a reduced portion of its former range due to widespread destruction of its territory, human encroachment, and the resulting human-wolf encounters that sparked broad extirpation.
Non-plant material consumed include spider webs, termite mounds and even cremated human remains. They forage on agricultural crops and other human foods, and even accept handouts. Although they occasionally drink, they get most of their water from the moisture in their food.
In the UK, these birds suffers illegal persecution by gamekeepers and their employers on shooting estates, particularly those managed for Red Grouse shooting, resulting in local and regional extinction in many areas, particularly in England where only 20 pairs survive despite abundant suitable habitat capable of holding several hundred pairs.
These are the second largest living land animals. They live in extended, family-based herds led by the eldest female. These guys have been used as a ‘Beast of Burden’ for over 5,000 years. These animals is widely domesticated, and has been used in forestry for centuries and also for ceremonial purposes. Historical sources indicate that they were used during harvest seasons primarily for milling.
Their favorite roosting locations are in the canopies of trees in rainforests, such as mangroves, eucalyptus, or paperbark while in the sun, and colonies can number in the hundreds. They prefer to stay close to these locations as they offer abundant sources of food, shelter, and places to roost at night.
A male requires one rabbit per day; a female bringing up cubs will eat three rabbits per day. As the population of rabbits in its homeland has declined due to myxomatosis, these guys are often forced to attack young fallow deer, roe deer, mouflon, and ducks. They compete for prey with the red fox and the wildcat.
These fish have recently become a major research organism for evolutionary biologists trying to understand the genetic changes involved in adapting to new environments. The entire genome of a female fish from Bear Paw Lake in Alaska was recently sequenced by the Broad Institute and many other genetic resources are available.
These birds wait, listen, and watch for prey, then swoop down; they also may fly low through open areas in search of prey. Their large facial disks, also known as “ruffs”, focus sound, and the asymmetrical placement of their ears assists them in locating prey, because of the lack of light during the late and early hours in which they hunt.
Recently we had the opportunity to present our program “Plastic Awareness Week” program to the extremely talented students from the SKA Academy of Art and Design school in Duluth GA. Co-founder of the school Dr. Leng Chee Chang (who is a Graduated with Ph.D. Degree in Pharmacognosy from University of Illinois at Chicago) heard about our program and invited Olivia and Carter to come and teach to several of their classes over the course of several weeks.