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September 2011


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Palm Oil Free Treats - 3. Fairy Cakes

Fri 30th September 2011 (0 comments)



With ever increasing awareness about the negative effects that the palm oil industry is having on the environment, it remains a great shame that more and more everyday products seem to contain it. However, as companies are permitted to list it as "vegetable oil" in their ingredients consumers are unable to make an informed decision.

The worst thing for many consumer-level palm oil activists is not just the fact that basic products contain it, but also that those rare indulgences are now a thing of the past with palm oil found (but listed as vegetable oil) in all kinds of treats including chocolate, sweets, ice cream and numerous types of biscuit. So, at A-Z Animals we have prepared a number of palm oil free recipes for you to enjoy!

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Do Something Special For World Animal Day

Fri 16th September 2011 (0 comments)



On October 4th 1931, the first World Animal Day was held as a way trying to highlight the plight of endangered species around the world. Not just focusing on the rarest of the world's animals though, World Animal Day is now an international day of recognition of the importance of sharing our planet with other species.

Held on the same day every year as the fourth of October is the Feast Day of the patron saint of animals, St Francis of Assisi, World Animal Day also marks the first day of World Animal Week which runs until October 10th and extends the need of increasing awareness about how much pressure we are putting on animal species in their natural habitats.

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Watching Wildlife - September

Tue 13th September 2011 (0 comments)

European Hedgehog

It is now the time of year when the gorgeous flowers on the trees and bushes are starting to disappear leaving fleshy fruits, nuts and berries behind them. The transition from summer to autumn provides the animal kingdom with the widest variety of food available, but these opportunistic creatures cannot simply indulge themselves as this time is crucial for many animals to build up a store of food that should get them through the coming winter.

This saving for later strategy helps animals that unlike Hedgehogs, do not hibernate through the bitter months ahead and means that when every leaf, nut and berry has vanished from the surrounding vegetation, creatures can still have access to nutrition. Usually stashing their finds in a tree hole or an abandoned birds' nest numerous species are currently out and about and stocking their larders, so keep your eyes open for them (along with other animals who are also preparing for winter).

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Different Animal Tracks

Fri 9th September 2011 (0 comments)

Otter Tracks

Having almost completely disappeared from British waterways in the 1970s, efforts to save Otters from extinction have proved to be working. Otter population numbers in the UK fell drastically with increasing levels of water pollution but they have recently been reported as being found in every county in the country. These beautiful mammals can often be difficult to spot though but their prints in the mud are a tell-tale sign of their whereabouts.

By looking more not just for the animals themselves but for the distinctive clues that they leave behind, a whole new element of the natural world opens up. Different animals have different prints which can vary widely between species. Below is a small collection of the tracks of a number of different animals which are found around the world in mud, snow and even sand.

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The Great Migration

Tue 6th September 2011 (0 comments)



Every year one of the most incredible natural spectacles on the planet occurs in East Africa when nearly 2 million animals are known to travel a distance of around 1,800 miles driven by the seasonal rains. Moving through Tanzania and Kenya vast numbers of Wildebeest, Zebra and Gazelles can be seen migrating together in search of fresh grazing.

Although the exact timing of the Great Migration varies from year to year depending on the rainfall, the cycle remains the same, starting with the calving season which occurs between January and March. Some 400,000 Wildebeest calves are born on the southern Serengeti plains, with the majority of them appearing during a three week period in February.

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Palm Oil Free Treats - 2. Shortbread

Fri 2nd September 2011 (0 comments)



With ever increasing awareness about the negative effects that the palm oil industry is having on the environment, it remains a great shame that more and more everyday products seem to contain it. However, as companies are permitted to list it as "vegetable oil" in their ingredients consumers are unable to make an informed decision.

The worst thing for many consumer-level palm oil activists is not just the fact that basic products contain it, but also that those rare indulgences are now a thing of the past with palm oil found (but listed as vegetable oil) in all kinds of treats including chocolate, sweets, ice cream and numerous types of biscuit. So, at A-Z Animals we have prepared a number of palm oil free recipes for you to enjoy!

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