How’s this week swinging by? .
This photo was taken at Chai Lai Orchid, an amazing elephant sanctuary that properly takes care of their elephants and gives back to the community and charities.
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Of all the words to describe a crocodile, ‘sensitive’ may not be the one that immediately comes to mind. These animals are known for its almost impregnable armor, but studies have shown that the entire body of Nile crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus) is covered in hundreds of scales, each with a tiny spot full of nerve endings. During embryo development, these spots start forming in the head but eventually reach the whole body. Each spot reacts to touch, as well as changes in temperature and pH. “We used molecular techniques and, to our great surprise, found clear expression of not only mechano-receptors but also of chemo- and thermo-receptor channels”, said Prof Michel Milinkovitch, biologist and lead author in the study.
The spots allow these reptiles to detect prey even in total darkness, by feeling water ripples caused by any unlucky fish swimming nearby. What’s more, with temperature and pH sensors in the skin, crocodiles quickly pick up on weather changes and move to find the best spot for a snooze or a snack. It is likely the presence of hundreds of these sensory organs have contributed to the wide geographical distribution of crocodiles, in contrast to more specific habitats of, for example, alligators and caimans, which only have these spots in the head.
These beautiful lion images were taken by wildlife photographer @steve.witteveen.photo in our private game viewing area where @wildlifecampzambia is situated.
The land is owned by the Wildlife Society of Zambia and @wildlifecampzambia started operating here in 1992 and is completely issolated from the public, making it the pefect place to enjoy a sighting like this.
More about the society and our contributions in the next post.
Her eyes are so intense I want to look away . . . or never look away, I can’t decide.
Leopard fact 1:
Most leopards are light coloured and have dark spots on their fur. These spots are called “rosettes” because their shape is similar to that of a rose. There are also black leopards, too, whose spots are hard to see because their fur is so dark.