Monday, January 30, 2012
The polar bear is a bear native largely within the Arctic Circle encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses. It is the world's largest land carnivore and also the largest bear, together with the omnivorous Kodiak Bear, which is approximately the same size. An adult male weighs around 770–1,500 lb, while an adult female is about half that size.
Friday, January 27, 2012
In chimpanzee society the 'dominant male' does not always have to be the largest or strongest male but rather the most manipulative and political male who can influence the goings on within a group. Male chimpanzees typically attain dominance through cultivating allies who will provide support for that individual in case of future ambitions for power.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Lemurs are a clade of strepsirrhine primates endemic to the island of Madagascar. They are named after the lemures (ghosts or spirits) of Roman mythology due to the ghostly vocalizations, reflective eyes, and the nocturnal habits of some species. (Wikipedia)
Monday, January 23, 2012
Mandrills are the world's largest species of monkey. They are social primates, living in groups with a dominant male, several females and their offspring. Smaller groups will band together, forming large troops that can have over 600 individuals. Leopards are a natural predator of mandrills. Mandrills are also hunted by humans for the bushmeat trade and are threatened by habitat loss for agricultural purposes.