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2012-10-04 23:02:39

A new anti-snare collar designed by conservation volunteer group Wildlife ACT has saved the lives of three endangered African Painted dogs in South Africa. The collar doubles as a tracking device and saved the wild dogs caught in snares set by local poachers. Cape Town, South Africa (PRWEB) October 04, 2012 A new anti-snare collar designed by conservation volunteer organisation Wildlife ACT, saved three endangered African Painted dogs who were trapped in snares recently. The collar, which...

Penn researchers connect baboon personalities to social success and health benefits    It's important to have friends, whether you are human or baboon.  Studies have shown that strong social networks lead to better health and longer lives for both species. In a new study, researchers from the Univer
2012-10-02 14:40:02

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It's important to have friends, whether you are human or baboon. Studies have shown that strong social networks lead to better health and longer lives for both species. In a new study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Arizona State University have shown that baboon personality plays a role in these outcomes. Like people, some baboons have personalities better suited to making and keeping friends than others. The...

Cheetah's Unique Coat Linked To Genetic Mutation
2012-09-21 05:17:40

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Cat enthusiasts can tell you all about the myriad of coat patterns that can be found on domestic cats and their larger, wild cousins. From cheetahs to tigers to snow leopards, wild cats have distinctive patterns of light and dark fur, forming spots, stripes, swirls, blotches, marbles and rosettes. A research team led by Stanford University has unlocked the biological secret behind a rare, striped cheetah found only in sub-Saharan...

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2012-09-09 08:33:40

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online In a new study, Japanese researchers have compared the muscle fibers of domestic cats and dogs with those of the cheetah in an attempt to discover just how the world's quickest land mammal can travel at speeds that would leave highly-decorated Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt in the dust. By analyzing the various animals, a team of experts from Yamaguchi University, Honda R&D Co Ltd, and the Akiyoshidai Wild Animal Park were...

DARPA Robot Bolts Past The Competition
2012-09-06 11:32:46

Watch the Video: DARPA´s Cheetah Bolts Past the Competition Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Hide your kids, hide your wife: Robots can now run up to 28 mph In March, DARPA released a video of their Boston Dynamic´s Cheetah robot running on a treadmill and setting the land speed record for robots with legs, an admittedly short category. Yesterday, DARPA announced that in just under 6 months, they´ve been able to successfully trump their...

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2012-08-31 21:08:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers from Michigan State University working in Kenya have shown for first time that groups of hyenas possess different odor-producing bacterial communities within their scent glands that they use to communicate everything from age to social status. “A critical component of every animal´s behavioral repertoire is an effective communication system,” said Kevin Theis, an MSU molecular biologist. “It is...

Hyenas Solve Problems Faster When They Think Outside The Box
2012-08-09 11:56:43

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Trying many different solutions is required for solving innovative problems. That´s true for humans and now researchers from Michigan State University show that it is also true for hyenas Steel puzzle boxes with raw meat inside were presented to wild spotted hyenas in Kenya. The hyenas had to slide open a bolt latch to get the meat. Only nine out of 62 hyenas succeeded even though most of the animals had many opportunities to...


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African Wild Ass, Equus africanus
2014-04-30 11:15:27

The African wild ass (Equus africanus) is a species within the Equidae family that is thought to be that ancestor of the domestic donkey. This species resides in arid habitats in a range that includes the Horn of Africa, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Eritrea. This species hold four subspecies, including the Somali wild ass and the Nubian wild ass. The African wild ass reaches an average body length of 6.6 feet, a height between 12.1 and 14.1 hands at the shoulders, and a weight between 510 and...

Agile Mangabey, Cercocebus agilis
2014-04-17 14:22:44

The Agile Mangabey (Cercocebus agilis) is an Old World monkey of the White-Eyelid Mangabey group located in swampy forests of Central Africa in Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, and DR Congo. Until the year 1978, it was considered a subspecies of the Tana River Mangabey (C. galeritus). More recently, the Golden-Bellied Mangabey (C. chrysogaster) has been thought of as a separate species rather than a subspecies of the Agile Mangabey. This...

Sooty Mangabey, Cercocebus atys
2014-04-17 14:17:40

The Sooty Mangabey (Cercocebus atys) is an Old World monkey located in forests from Senegal east to Ghana. While overall rated as Vulnerable, the eastern race, lunulatus, known also as the White-Crowned, White-Naped, or White-Collared Mangabey, is considered to be Endangered by the IUCN Red List. They Sooty Mangabey reside in both old growth and secondary forests in addition to flooded, dry, swamp, mangrove, and gallery forests. The primate is arboreal and diurnal. They are omnivores whose...

Western Woolly Lemur, Avahi occidentalis
2014-04-17 10:05:39

The Western Woolly Lemur or Western Avahi (Avahi occidentalis) is a species of woolly lemur that is native to western Madagascar, where they live in dry deciduous forests. These nocturnal animals weigh about .7 to .9 kilograms. This species is folivorous. This species resides in monogamous pairs together with their offspring. The Western Woolly Lemur mostly consumes leaves and buds that derive from around 20 different plants which haven’t matured and have high levels of sugars and...

Eastern Chimpanzee, Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii
2014-04-16 12:09:35

The eastern chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii), a subspecies of the common chimpanzee, is a primate that can be found in Africa. Its range includes Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It prefers to reside in trees, but it can also be seen on the ground. Adult eastern chimpanzees can reach an average weight between 88 and 143 pounds, with males reaching an average height of 63 inches and females reaching a height...

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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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