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Named in 1840 by French explorer Jules Dumont d'Urville after his wife, the Adelie Penguin is easily recognised with a blue-black back and head, white underside and a distinctive white ring that circles each eye. They also have pink, webbed feet that help them to swim and move around on land.
The mysterious disease was first investigated in September and October last year after reports came in of dogs becoming seriously (sometimes even fatally) ill, shortly after having visited one of the areas that are now under investigation by the Animal Health Trust.
Whaling ships usually leave Japan with the arrival of autumn when they tend to head south into the Antarctic Ocean, and do not return until the spring. Last year however, the Japanese hunting fleet returned early with only a fifth of the animals that it was hoping for, after being held back by animal activist group, Sea Shepherd.
The RSPO has been working since 2004 to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil products throughout every stage of the palm oil chain. It is a non-profit organisation that has united all sectors of the palm oil industry including producers, processors and traders, manufacturers, retailers, investors and environmental conservation groups.
Soon after, fist size balls of oil started being washed up on the nearest beaches and volunteers began flocking down to the shore to do their bit in the clean-up operation. However, more than a week later and 350 tonnes of oil are now thought to have entered the water.
It is at this time of year as the nights close in earlier and the climate becomes damper and colder that species rarely seen at other times of the year begin flourish in these decaying conditions. Numerous fungi species spring up from amongst the debris on the forest floor and on rotting logs and tree stumps. It is also during this month when wildlife becomes most exposed in the forest as the trees shed their leaves and begin to shut down for the winter ahead.
The Dwarf Wedgemussel is a tiny creature that only rarely grows to more than four and a half centimetres in size, making this rare animal even harder to spot amongst the pebbly sand on the riverbed. They are most commonly found in small streams and deep rivers where they prefer to bury themselves in the clay amongst the roots of trees in the water.
Despite still being technically listed as a Critically Endangered species, the Panamanian Golden Frog has not been seen in the wild since 2007, when it was filmed as part of a BBC nature series involving David Attenborough. Many now consider the Panamanian Golden Frog to be extinct in the wild, with a small population still found in zoos around the world.
They spend the daylight hours buried in the mud on the floors of rivers and lakes where they wait ready with their mouths open to ambush their prey. The Alligator Snapping Turtle has a thread of skin on the end of it's tongue which is used to lure unsuspecting fish right into it's mouth, before it rapidly snaps it's strong, sharp jaws shut.
The Beluga Sturgeon is the largest species of freshwater fish in the world with some individuals growing more than 7 meters long and weighing nearly 1.5 tons. They are also able to live for more than 100 years but this means that they are slow-maturing and often won't reach sexual maturity until they are in their twenties.
Of course, the main key to keeping fish healthy is to take care of the water. Without properly maintained water, the fish will not thrive. While it's fine to use tap water to fill your tank, it should be conditioned first, using an aquarium water conditioner. Make sure you do this before adding the water to the tank. You should also use fish filters to oxygenate the water as well.
Natively found in the forests of Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina, the Green-Cheeked Parrot is an incredibly sociable bird that inhabits it's woodland home in a flock that usually contains between 10 and 20 members. However, unlike numerous other South American tropical birds, the Green-Cheeked Parrot rarely participates in mixed species feeding, tending to remain with their flock instead.
There are thought to be four different subspecies of Black Rhino that differ slightly in both appearance (the horns of some are straighter or more curved than others) and where they live, as certain species are better adapted to more arid climates where others prefer the lush, tree-lined grassy plains. Out of the four Black Rhino subspecies, the South-central Black Rhino is the most numerous.
Not restricted to any one nationality, creed, religion, political belief or ideology, World Animal Day is intended as a day of celebration for anyone in the world who cares about animals. The launch in the UK on 4th October 2003 meant that organisations, groups, animal shelters, places of worship, schools, clubs and individuals participated in what was to become an annual event and, quite simply, helped make history!