Aug 312011

Penguin here.

Oryxes form a species of antelope that live in arid areas of Africa and Asia. According to Discovery News, the specific oryx found here, the scimitar-horned oryx, which lives in North Africa, is so well adapted to desert-like climates, that it can raise its body temperature to 116 degrees Fahrenheit (46.67 degrees Celsius) in order to prevent dehydration. Isn’t that neat? Unfortunately, the wild population of the scimitar-horned oryx is deemed extinct due to habitat destruction and climate-change, but thankfully there are zoos breeding these wonderful animals.

Here’s a picture of an adorable baby oryx from the Smithsonian National Zoo.

Baby Oryx Calf

Baby Oryx Calf

Here’s a picture of the baby with its mother. Aren’t the calf’s horns so small?

Oryx Calf with Mother

Oryx Calf with Mother

Found here: Discovery News

Aug 292011

Penguin here.

I’m a really big fan of birds in general; I don’t only like penguins. This exotic bird is truly a treasure. Look how tiny he is and especially compared to his beak size! Doesn’t his beak look like a carrot? It’s so cute! These birds are found in Indonesia and South East Asia.

Adorable Sulawesi Dwarf Kingfisher

Adorable Sulawesi Dwarf Kingfisher

Thanks to photographer Marc Thibault for such an adorable and beautiful picture!
Found here: Oriental Bird Images

Aug 272011

Penguin here.

I have never ever heard of a long-eared jerboa until stumbling upon a picture of one just a minute ago. How cute is this guy? I bet he has one of the largest ear to body size ratios in the animal kingdom. According to EDGE, long-eared jerboas are jumping mouse-like rodents with long hind legs. Apparently, their gigantic ears are one third larger than their head!

Long-Eared Jerboa

I can hear you!

Found here:

Aug 262011

Penguin and Blue Bear here.

This is actually our 200th post! For this special post, we decided to post a picture of dolphins, mostly because putting up a picture of belugas yesterday made us in the mood to post another picture of a marine mammal. So, what do you guys think about these two cuties? Aren’t they goofy? They look very friendly. We bet they’re having tons of fun together.

Goofy Dolphin Friends

What cuties!

Found here: Hawai’i Magazine

Aug 252011

Penguin here.

I was watching TV with Blue Bear the other day, and a lot of Marineland ads were playing. They showed a brief clip of an adorable beluga whale and I instantly knew that I had to post a picture of one on ACAD.
You can read a lot of interesting information about beluga whales here at NOAA fisheries: Office of Protected Resources. One of the surprising things I learned when reading the article was that, unlike other cetaceans (ie: whales, porpoises, dolphins), belugas actually molt, (or shed their skin to reveal a new one underneath), every Summer. Another interesting little fact is that belugas are very social animals. They form groups of ten to hundreds of belugas and together they hunt, migrate and interact.

Goofy Beluga Whale

What an adorable guy!

Found here: Phil Vischer

Aug 232011

For our final post in our 12-day Madagascar series, I will be posting a picture of a sifaka. Sifakas are yet another kind of lemur native to Madagascar. According to Wikipedia, sifakas are named because their alarm call sounds like “shi-fak”.

I love this little picture here because the mother looks so white and fuzzy and the tiny little baby looks so comfy as it grips onto its mother. It’s certainly a sweet picture.

Sifaka with Baby

Sifaka Hugging Baby

Found here: It’s Nature

Aug 222011

Penguin here.

This is my final Madagascar post, and of course I couldn’t help but choose to post a penguin as my final one. These penguins are really adorable with their yellow crests. Not only is this penguin absolutely adorable, but so are his/her teeny tiny fuzzy chicks! I love penguins!

Western Rockhopper Penguin with Chicks

Western Rockhopper Penguin with Chicks

Found here: Kewl Wallpapers

Aug 212011

I can’t directly say that aye-ayes are the cutest animals ever or anything, in my opinion, but they certainly do have a special charm of their own. Aye-ayes are lemurs though it is clear that they look very different from other lemurs, like a ring-tailed lemur, for example. According to BBC, they are the largest nocturnal primates on the planet.

Aye-Aye Hanging From Tree

Aye-Aye Hanging From Tree

Found here: BBC

Aug 202011

Penguin here.

The Malagasy civet has several alternate names. It is also known as the striped civet and yet again, is also known as the fanaloka. I’ve never heard of a civet before, and certainly not a Malagasy civet, but the animal they appear to resemble most is a fox. Apparently, these cuties are quite small, weighing usually 2.5 kg according to Wikipedia.

Malagasy Striped Civet


Found here: Lonely Planet Images

Aug 192011

The blue coua is actually a species of cuckoo from Madagascar. The characteristic trait of the blue coua is its striking blue colour. Of course, my favorite color is blue so I can’t help but be a big fan of the blue coua!

I love this picture because you get an excellent view of the bird’s striking blue plumage as well as an adorable view of his hindside! It also seems like the coua is wondering what’s going on behind him like a cutie.

Gorgeous Blue Coua

What are you looking at?

Found here: The Internet Bird Collection