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August 2011

Unique Animal Defence Mechanisms

Fri 19th August 2011 (0 comments)

Successful defence from predators is a critical thing for any animal to have to ensure that they have the chance to continue their species. Away from the large claws or enormously tough bodies of some of our more iconic species, numerous animals have had to evolve more unique methods of defending themselves or their community when they feel under threat.

Found throughout North America, parts of South America and on a number of islands in Indonesia and the Philippines, Skunks are best known for the foul liquid odour that they release when under threat. Glands located in the anus are able to accurately spray this chemical defence as far as 3 meters.

Aliens Invade Our Waterways

Tue 16th August 2011 (1 comment)
Wild Rabbits

Wild Rabbits

With the increased travel of Human populations it is little wonder that numerous species around the world are now found far from their native lands. Introducing animals to different countries has been going on for centuries, with the first Rabbits thought to have appeared in the UK around 1,000 years ago and although they appear to have mixed well with British species, they can cause millions of pounds worth of damage every year to crops.

Not only do non-native species affect the welfare and livelihood of local people but they also often dominate their new habitats by either eating vast quantities of plants that countless native species depend on, or eating the animals themselves. A recent study released last week by the Environment Agency has compiled a "hit list" of the ten most invasive species in our waterways that can cost up £1.7 billion a year to maintain.

How To Eat A Stinging Nettle

Fri 12th August 2011 (0 comments)

Foraging for food is becoming more and more popular all over the country at the moment and is not just free, but it can also provide you with vital nutrients that are simply not eaten enough. Stinging nettles are no exception being rich in vitamins A, C, iron, potassium, manganese and calcium.

Said to be similar to spinach once cooked, there are five distinct sub-species of nettle that are native to Europe, Asia, North America and northern Africa, where nettles have been used as a good source of food by people for hundreds of years, and they have also played crucial roles in both clothing and medicines.

Spotting Seals On The British Coast

Tue 9th August 2011 (0 comments)
Blakeney Point Seals

Over recent years eco-tourism is becoming more and more popular all around the world, benefiting both local wildlife and people that live in the area. However, you don't need to travel thousands of miles to another country to really take advantage of seeing animals in their natural habitats as there are numerous ventures in the UK alone.

Although most of our large mammals have all but disappeared throughout the British Isles, there are still some that can be spotted in large numbers along the coasts co-inhabiting remote beaches with birds and other wildlife. There are only two species of Seal that are native to British waters which are the Grey Seal and the rarer Common Seal.

Palm Oil Free Treats - 1. Oatmeal Raison Cookies

Fri 5th August 2011 (0 comments)
Wild Orangutan

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!

Rubbish Mountain

Tue 2nd August 2011 (0 comments)
Great Wall of China

People have been making their mark on our planet for thousands of years primarily in the form of the development and expansion of their settlements. However, the world's largest man-made structure began appearing brick by brick well before the era of our modern steel skyscrapers.

Starting in the 5th century BC, the Chinese began building small sections of wall to protect them from being invaded by tribes and nomadic groups. The Great Wall of China (as it became known), was continually built and maintained right up to the 16th century, becoming man's largest structure that can even be seen from space today.