Betty the Butterfly's Blog

Betty the Butterfly's Blog

Hello and welcome to Betty the Butterfly's Blog for A-Z Animals.

This blog will keep you up-to-date with what's happening in the animal world and will also include some treats and humour for you along the way.

New Primate Species Discovered, The Skywalker Hoolock Gibbon

Wed 11th January 2017 (1 comment)
A Skywalker Hoolock Gibbon
A Skywalker Hoolock Gibbon, Copyright Sam Turvey
A Skywalker Hoolock Gibbon, Copyright Sam Turvey

Scientists have confirmed that a species of hoolock gibbon that they have been studying for sometime in the forests of south west China is in fact a new species of primate not previously known to science.

Named as the Skywalker hoolock gibbon, these rare and elusive primates have been given the scientific name of Hoolock tianxing which when translated from Chinese characters means "Heaven’s movement". The gibbon has been named as such due to the scientists being fans of the Star Wars films.

The New A-Z Animals Website!

Thu 5th January 2017 (0 comments)
You may have noticed we have updated the A-Z Animals website.

For those of you using computers/laptops, the changes are subtle and you should only notice a cleaner design, and faster loading times. For those of you using mobile devices and tablets, you should notice a huge difference as the A-Z Animals website is now mobile friendly!

Essential Commands: Protect Your Dog Using Positive Reinforcement

Mon 17th October 2016 (0 comments)
This is a guest blog post by Amber Kingsley.

Long gone are the days that the majority people believed that using physical contact or force with an animal is a necessary means associated with training. Teaching a pet appropriate behaviours, even accomplishing some entertaining tricks, is more easily and effectively achieved by using positive reinforcement techniques instead.

Your Animal Questions Answered!

Tue 27th September 2016 (1 comment)
(c) A-Z Animals

Ever wondered why dolphins jump out of the water, why cats knead or why bats sleep upside down? Well look no further as we have tackled some of the most common and slightly obscure questions about your favourite animal species to give you the answers you have been looking for!

Why do giraffes have black tongues?
A giraffes tongue (which is up to 21 inches in length) is thought to be black in colour to protect it from sunburn. Giraffes spend a large part of their day feeding in the hot African sun and it is thought that without the dark colouration, their tongues would be easily burnt!

The Return Of The Giant Panda - A Triumph For Species Conservation

Thu 8th September 2016 (1 comment)
(c) Jeff Kubina - Image released into the Public Domain

On Monday 4th September we were treated to the delightful news that Giant Pandas are no longer considered to be endangered animals, something that even now a couple of days later, is still sinking in with many people around the world. In the latest report by the IUCN (The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) they have found that population numbers of the beautiful Giant Panda bears have risen from 1,596 adults to 1,864 in 2014, which is the result of extensive work by the Chinese government and international organisations to enforce poaching bans and expand the areas of protected forest reserves that are the Giant Pandas natural habitats.

Giant Pandas are natively found in the mountainous regions of central and western China where they live peacefully grazing in the bamboo forests. They are one of the most famous and easily identifiable animals in the world and are unique among bears as they do not hibernate; have very small babies at birth (weighing a tiny 100g which is roughly the same as an average sized mouse); and survive on a diet that is almost entirely vegetarian. Since their discovery in 1869 by a French naturalist the Giant Panda has fascinated the western world and become a global symbol for conservation.