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Lions Back To Africa.Org

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Votes1 DateFeb 26, 2017

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Domestic Animals

Votes1 DateNov 4, 2016

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Domestic Animals

Goat Who Lost His Legs Loves To Run

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This goat has a wheelchair — and he loves to use it.
Video by: Keren Aronoff Masser

Votes1 DateOct 20, 2016

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Wildlife

Martial Eagles

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Crowned as the largest eagle in Africa and the fifth heaviest eagle (on average) in the world, the martial eagle has a wingspan of up to 2.6 metres, and it can lift prey weighing up to 8kg (although typically they lift only 1-4 kg). The martial eagle even occasionally preys upon the adult kori bustard, which may well be the heaviest flying animal alive today.
Martial eagles have extremely keen eyesight (3.0-3.6 times human acuity) and can spot potential prey up to five kilometres away!
The martial eagle can be found in most of Sub-Saharan Africa, wherever food is abundant and the environment favourable. Greater population densities exist in Southern Africa, especially in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Generally, these birds are more abundant in protected areas, such as the Kruger National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa, or Etosha National Park in Namibia.
They tend to prefer desolate or protected areas. Their territory can vary greatly in size – from more than 1,000km² to areas where nests are less than 10km apart. This disparity is due to differences in food supply.
The diet of the martial eagle varies greatly depending on prey availability, and it can be dictated largely by opportunity. One study of the eagles in Kruger National Park found that 45% of their diet was made up of birds, particularly game birds and Egyptian geese.
The estimated population of the martial eagle is about 30,000 individuals, although this is difficult to ascertain given the eagle’s shy nature and avoidance of humans. Listed as Near Threatened due to a major decline in their numbers over the last few years, this eagle’s greatest threat comes from habitat loss and humans, as is the case with most apex birds of prey.
Viewed by farmers as a threat to livestock, the martial eagle is often poisoned and shot. However, most of this persecution is unfounded, as domestic animals make up a very small part of the eagle’s diet. Other threats come from powerline collisions and habitat destruction. The eagle’s low reproductive rate is also a problem for its long-term survival.
The future success of the martial eagle will depend greatly on educating African farmers to understand that this raptor is an integral part of a healthy environment. An increase in protected areas, so that the martial eagle can hunt and nest, will also greatly increase their chances of long-term survival.
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Votes1 DateSep 29, 2016

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Habitats

Animal Instincts: Fear of Open Spaces-How it Affects Us

Samuel Posin
Agoraphobia, an anxiety disorder characterized by people’s irrational fear of open spaces, may be related to a natural behavior among animals to avoid predators, according to a study in Biological Psychiatry.
Most animal species stay close to the edges of open spaces and only later explore the center, an instinctive, self-protective behavior known as thigmotaxis, the researchers said. People with agoraphobia, or at risk of developing the disorder, also spent significantly more time near the edge of large open areas compared with control subjects, the study found.
An exaggerated form of thigmotaxis may be the biological basis of agoraphobic fear, the study suggests. The disorder affects fewer than 2% of U.S. adults, according to the National Institutes of Health.
“Knowing that open fields are evolutionary triggers of anxiety may help patients understand the origins of their fear and reduce their despair,” lead researcher Dr. Paul Pauli, professor of biological psychology, clinical psychology and psychotherapy at the University of Würzburg in Germany, said in an email. This knowledge may motivate patients to seek treatment, he added.
The study involved 16 agoraphobics paired with 16 controls without the disorder, and 18 highly anxious people paired with 19 low-anxiety controls.
The subjects, who were 18 to 60 years old, took a solitary 15-minute walk through a soccer field hedged by a natural wall of shrubs and trees. Agoraphobics spent 90% of the walk near the perimeter, compared with 68% by the controls. The high- and low-anxiety subjects spent 78% and 70% of their time near the edge, respectively. The agoraphobic and high-anxiety subjects also walked significantly closer to the wall.
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Ann Lukits
Wall Street Journal

Votes1 DateSep 22, 2016

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Wildlife

Votes1 DateSep 7, 2016

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Wildlife

Votes1 DateSep 7, 2016

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