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May 2012

The Coral Triangle

Mon 28th May 2012 (0 comments)
Coral Reef

The Coral Triangle is a 6 million square kilometre region that spans across 6 countries in south-east Asia and the Pacific, covering regions that are home to more than 500 coral reef species. It contains more coral reef species than any other place on the planet.

Home to 76% (605) of the world's coral reef species and 37% (2,228) of the world's coral reef fish species, the Coral Triangle is the most biodiverse marine ecosystem on Earth and is known to directly support 120 million people that inhabit coastal regions throughout the area.

An Elephant Never Forgets!

Thu 24th May 2012 (1 comment)

At the beginning of May this year, a 13 year old African Elephant (named Ahai) finally got fed up of being a target for tourists to throw things at and decided to return the favour one morning after a male visitor threw at stone at him.

Disrespectful visitors to the Wuhan Zoo in central China were known to throw stones, mud and even plastic bottles at the zoo's (and the world's) largest land animals, as they happily meandered around their shared enclosure.

Beautiful British Butterflies

Mon 21st May 2012 (0 comments)
Large Blue

Large Blue

Butterflies are vitally important to numerous eco-systems both in the UK and all around the world as they feed on nectar and help to pollinate flowering plants as they move from one to another. They are incredibly delicate yet resilient animals that even hibernate throughout the colder winter months until the weather warms and they are then able to breed in the spring.

Britain is home to 59 different butterfly species that actually breed here along with being visited by a number of migrants on their journeys elsewhere including the elaborate Swallowtail Butterfly. British butterflies vary drastically in their size, colour and wing patterns and are often easy to identify however, these ten species are among the most common and distinctive throughout the country.

Watching Wildlife - May

Thu 17th May 2012 (0 comments)
Common Dog-Violet

Common Dog-Violet

With the average temperature now much warmer and following the rainy showers that April brings, May is a month when both flora and fauna are really flourishing with the increasing amount of flowers attracting more and more insects. Animals have ended their hibernation throughout the colder winter months and are stocking up their food supplies with the abundance of new shoots, nectar and seeds.

Many animals are continuing to court and mate and signs of this can be heard throughout a variety of different habitats including the grunts from hedgehogs and distinctive bird song. Subtle changes also occur in some species including male sand lizards that develop their beautiful green colour to attract a female. Badger cubs that were born underground last month also begin to really start exploring their new surroundings.

Palm Oil Free Treats - 10. Lemon Drizzle

Mon 14th May 2012 (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!

Featured Article: Dog Dandruff, how can we avoid it?

Wed 9th May 2012 (0 comments)
Border Collie

My Border Collie has extremely thick, long hair and when we first got him it was a pleasure to brush his coat and keep him looking shiny. However, the moulting and hair loss has become a real problem; I have to hoover the sofas and chairs everyday unless we want his hair on our clothes! My vet said to keep up with regular grooming but I really felt it was getting worse so I needed to go one step further.

I also noticed that his skin underneath was quite dry and it looked like he had dog dandruff (it stood out a lot against his black hair) in some places. I searched online for skin problems in dogs and also dog moulting problems and I found some useful advice.