The ears, also known as the Binturong or Bearcat Asian.
Arctictis binturong

manturon

The Manturón (Arctictis binturong), also known as Binturong, the Asian bearcat, the Bearcat Palawan, or simply Bearcat, is a species in the family Eupleridae, which includes Civets and to the ginetas.

It is the only member of its genus. The binturong It is neither a bear nor a cat, and the true meaning of the original name has been lost, as well as the local language that gave him that name.

The binturong It is nocturnal and sleeps on branches. It´s omnivorous feeding mainly on fruits, Although also has been known to eat alligators, mice, rats, spiders, insects and beetles. They can live more than 20 years in captivity, knowing cases have come to the 26 years.

The deforestation It has significantly reduced the number.

You can make sounds laughing between teeth when she feels happy and an annoying sharp groan when he feels cornered.

Being burly and aggressive against any threat, to the binturong sometimes compared with a bear, Although it is considerably smaller than, being no bigger than a small dog. It´s, However, the largest living species of the family Eupleridae, matched only by the African civet.

Its length ranges between 60 and 97 cm., weighing between the 9 and 20 kg.
Its body is covered with coarse and thick black hair. The hairs are often white silver tip, giving the animal a somewhat hoary appearance. It has a clear or silvery Mane in the contour of your face to give the appearance of greater size. The tail, hairy and fully prehensile, It can act as a fifth hand and can measure between 50 and 84 cm.. The binturong It is one of only two carnivores with a prehensile tail (the other is the kinkajou). The ears of the ears are small and rounded, small eyes. Females are a 20% larger than males.

    Habitat

Its natural habitat is the forest canopy, in the dense tropical jungle primary or secondary, from sea level to the 400 meters above sea level.
While sometimes there may be small groups in logged forest, This species does not seem to adapt well to spaces modified with great human activity. Widely distributed in not very numerous groups, this species can be found in the Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Borneo and Viet Nam.

    Reproduction

Females give birth to 2 or 3 pups after a gestation period of 90 days. It seems that there is no defined year-round breeding season, but there are births more frequently between February and April. The females are breeding from the 30 months. It is believed that the female binturong It is one of the few female mammal that can delay the implantation of the egg in the womb (phenomenon known as embryonic diapause or delayed implantation), so looking for the most opportune moment for the breeding season.

    Behavior

The binturong It is solitary and nocturnal. It climbs trees and leaps from branch to branch, using its tail and claws to cling to them during the search for food. You can rotate legs backwards so that its claws still have grip to move between the branches. It sometimes moves through the forest floor, either to cross over to other trees or to feed on fallen fruits.

The binturong also it uses its tail to communicate through the scent glands. The females also have pairs of glands of odor on both sides of the vulva. Musk perfume binturong It is often compared with hot butter on the popcorn and cornbread. Rozan its tail against trees and howl to announce its presence to other manturones.

The manturones They have stable territories, but they are not very territorial and often overlap in range with their peers. In Thailand, the estimated range of average territory for a female is of 4 km square and 4,7 to 20,5 km square for males.
Although they are sympatric with several potential predators, including leopards, and reticulated pythons, predation on manturones adults is very rare. It is believed that it is due in part to its arboreal and nocturnal habits. In addition, Although it is normally quite shy, It can be notoriously aggressive when he is harassed. It is known that it uses urine and feces initially faced a threat to then emit a grunt showing teeth, If you do not deter the harasser you will make use of their powerful JAWS in self-defense. The binturong It is believed to be one of the animals with more character of nature.

Is considered ecologically an important important due to their diet frugivore seed disperser.

The female has a pseudopene similar to that of hyenas. They have been domesticated and are common as pets, as they are very protective with children.

The rare loris of probe, Slow Loris or loris Pygmy sloth
Slow Loris

loris de Sonda

Primitive primates called prosimians that are in the tropical forests of Laos, Viet Nam, China and Cambodia. These arboreal primates become extinct almost during the Viet Nam war. Much of the forests where they lived the loris were destroyed. After the war, deforestation remains a threat. Due to numerous environmental hazards, the species is classified as “vulnerable” by the Programme of the United Nations to the Centre global environmental monitoring of conservation

To help the repopulation of the species, Moody Gardens, an accredited member of the Association of zoos and aquariums (AZA), teamed with the AZA to participate in a Plan of survival of species (PS3). The birth in Moody Gardens was a great success of this cooperative breeding and conservation program, to help ensure the survival of the species, both in the natural environment such as captivity.

Icarus parents and Luyen have 11 and 15 years of age and have been an integral part in the reproduction of animals Moody Gardens in the past seven years.

“The twins are very young, so you spend the day beside Luyen for breastfeeding”, said Kolvig.

loris de Sonda

loris de Sonda

Via: zooborns

Photo credits: Moody Gardens

The probe loris

It measures 30 to 38 cm long and weighs 1 to 2 kg. The hair is dense, woolly, short and smooth, tawny colour with tones ranging from greyish or yellowish brown to reddish brown, and in the ventral area is white to yellowish or grayish. Along the back, the nape of the neck and up to the forehead has a narrow black band. The snout is short. Between the forehead and the nose it presents whitish hair around the eyes, you are surrounded by dark brown rings.

There is a tendency of the dorsal band to grew as it goes from North to South of the area of dispersion of the species, so close to the ears and becomes confused with facial mask.

The toes are short and the second finger of the hand is very low, but in the hind limbs, the second toe presents a long fingernail specialized for mutual grooming.

Nocturnal and arboreal habits. Mark territory with urine to avoid conflicts with other individuals of their own species. Lives alone or in small family units. During the day, it sleeps inside a cavity of a trunk or simply on the branches. Night moves slowly through the trees, step by step, and only hurry with your hand to catch a prey. If perceived any danger, It stays motionless and can remain so for hours.

As a rare case among the mammals, can you give a poisonous bite: the toxin, a polypeptide of inflammatory effects, It is produced by a brachial gland located in the center of the elbow and the loris is responsible for bring it to your mouth. If it is threatened, inoculates the toxin with a bite, by means of the characteristic of the estrepsirrinos dental comb. With poisonous saliva, the female spread your puppy to repel predators.
Has numerous vertebrae dorsals, which allows you to rotate the trunk with respect to the abdomen.

Consumes mainly insects, but in addition it eats small vertebrates, leaves and fruit. Unlike the funny loris, I plucked not captured birds but is limited to pass the lip on the feathers before eating the prey.

The female has two periods of oestrus per year. Gestation lasts from 5 to 6 months, after which a baby is born, that breastfeeding with 4 nipples, until the 8 or 9 months of age, Although it is rare to leave it before the year, When it reaches sexual maturity. In captivity live up to 26 years.

Source: Wikipedia

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The strange fish drop
Psychrolutes marcidus

Pez Gota

The species Psychrolutes marcidus, best known for fish drop, smear fish, Pez sapo or Janira, It is without a doubt one of the fish more ugly from the ocean. These saltwater fish have what resembles a large nose and appear to be frowning. Its length is about 30 cms. Found at extreme depths off the coast of Tasmania and Australia. For this reason the drop fish is very difficult to see in its natural state.

Fish drop has the ability to withstand the high pressure of these depths because your body is actually a gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than the water of the sea. This gives you the ability to float and swim on the seabed without hardly spending power.

They are not very active. In fact, most of the food, sea urchins, molluscs and crustaceans, simply floats next to them. This deep-water fish, simply pick and choose what to eat. Drop fish are often caught in trawl nets, What makes it an endangered species and is currently in danger of extinction.

A strange in the drop fish fact is that playing sit on their eggs until they hatch.

The tenrec

The tenrec are family of mammals and are found in Madagascar and parts of Africa. They resemble hedgehogs, shrews, weasels, mice and even, otters, as a result of convergent evolution.

The smallest species are the size of the shrews, with a body length of around of 4,5 centimeters and a weight of only 5 g., While the largest, the common or tenrec tailless, is of 25 to 39 cm in length, and you can weigh more than one kilogram. While they may resemble shrews, sea urchins, or otters, they are not closely related to any of these groups, their closest relatives are other African insectivorous mammals such as moles of gold and elephant-shrews.

Most of the species they are nocturnal and they have vision problems. Their other senses, However, they are well developed, they have especially sensitive whiskers. As with many of its other functions, the dental provision of the tenrecs varies greatly between species, they may have of 32 to 42 teeth in total. Unusual for mammals, the permanent dentition in the tenrecs is unlikely to erupt fully until long after that his adult body size has been reached. This is one of the common anatomical features to, hyraxes, sengis and Golden moles (but apparently not the aardvarks), in keeping with his descent from a common ancestor.

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The Echidna's short snout

The short snout Echidna It is the only species of Echidna of Australia. It is easy to recognize by their sharp spines, short legs and long snout.

Measured between 30 and 45 cm.. and weigh between 2 and 5 kg. Found on Australia, including Tasmania. While found in all Australia, It is not as common in Sydney as it was before. The body, with the exception of the bottom, the face and the legs, It is covered with cream-coloured spines. These thorns, that it reach 50 length mm, they are actually modified hairs.

It lives in forests and woodlands, grasslands, heathland and arid environments.

The Echidna is shy and moves slowly. Is solitary most of the year, but in time of mating several males may follow a female. Their patterns of activity differ according to the location and temperature – in the warmer areas of Australia is completely nocturnal, through the rest of the day resting in the heat. It usually took refuge in rotten logs, stumps or Burrows, either under bushes. In more temperate areas activity occurs at sunset, While in the South of Australia the echidnas are often active during the day, especially during the winter.

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The Fossa

The Fossa, a rare Carnivore native to Madagascar, It is the largest predator of the island. With only 2500 surviving individuals, It is considered one of the most endangered species in the world.

The fossa is an animal of the family of the Mongoose, with a length of almost 2 meters from snout to the tip of the tail and a weight of up to 12 kg.

Reserved, like a cat, they are expert climbers and well-equipped to pursue the lemurs in the forest, hunting down even the largest of the lemur species.

On the island of Madagascar, The Fossa is the largest carnivore and in fact is the largest predator on the island. As predator eats practically everything, from lemurs to wild pigs and poultry. Unlike its cousin the Mongoose, This species has many features that make it look like a cat, such as retractable claws and sharp teeth. It has a reddish brown layer and its snout is similar to that of a dog.

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Honduran white bat

murcielago blanco

The Honduran white bat It is only in a few countries of Central America. With luck you can find in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and, of course, in the country which is named, Honduras. However, is extremely rare and, otherwise, is tiny – the largest examined have never exceeded the 5 26cm in length. Not only that, but his white skin has been developed for a reason: camouflage.

This species lives in primary and secondary forests, in groups of 4-8 individuals, they live in leaves of Heliconias, that builds a kind of shops, where they sleep and are protected during the day. When resting, is hanging together upside down in the center of the blade.

White pelage serves to reflect the green light that is filtered through the platanilla sheet. So they hide grouped, between the sheets, and is protecting predators that can attack from the ground.

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Aye-Aye Aye!

aye-aye

The aye - aye is the only living member of the family Daubentoniidae, and is considered to be the most unusual of all primates.

Key data

Conservation status: Near-threatened

MORPHOLOGY

The Aye-woes have a unique method of feeding: A large percentage of its diet consists of insect larvae that live in dead wood inside. They find the larvae by tapping in the branches and listening to the echo. When is a cavity in the wood (that may contain insect larvae), the aye - aye bites through the outer layers of bark to then get a long finger at the bottom of the hole to remove the dam. It also tends to use this third finger to drink fluids in a quick way and to groom themselves.

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