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Big Cats Love Calvin Klein's Obsession
2013-10-15 04:12:03

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While the jury’s still out on which cologne is most appealing to women, researchers from the Bronx Zoo in New York have discovered that Calvin Klein’s “Obsession for Men” is the most effective fragrance on the market at appealing to large feline species such as cheetahs, jaguars and the panthers. Experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) facility began conducting the scent-based experiments starting in 2010, and...

2013-10-10 23:25:52

Zookeepers are thrilled with the new additions as this is the third litter of pups within the last year. Oakland, CA (PRWEB) October 10, 2013 Oakland Zoo’s meerkat mob has expanded by two. Now on exhibit in African Village, guests have the opportunity to see the siblings. The pair, born in early September, has recently been spotted outside of their night house and exhibit tunnels. Zookeepers are thrilled with the new additions as this is the third litter of pups within the last year....

2013-10-03 23:33:26

Cheetah will be providing an updated look at its next generation applications and services. Westlake Village, CA (PRWEB) October 03, 2013 Cheetah Software Systems, Inc., a cloud-based transportation logistics solutions provider, will be exhibiting at the American Trucking Association Management Conference and Exhibition on October 19-22, 2013 in Orlando, FL. In addition to demonstrating the Cheetah Logistics Operations Optimization Platform (LOOP) ™, Cheetah will also be providing an...

Mother-Raised Chimps Have Higher Social IQ Than Orphans
2013-09-06 16:48:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online You’ve probably heard the phrase “mother knows best,” but may not have realized that it applies to chimpanzees as well as humans. According to a new study in the journal Animal Cognition, orphaned chimps have less social success than chimps that were raised by their mother. "Orphaned chimpanzees had more difficulties to successfully coordinate their social play interactions," said co-author Edwin van Leeuwen, a cognitive...

Cheetahs Adapt To Prey Hunting Strategy
2013-09-05 12:06:37

[ Watch the Video: You Can't Cheat A Cheetah ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Cheetahs are not only the world's fastest land animal, but new research shows that they are actually able to anticipate the escape tactics of their prey. Researchers attached GPS and accelerometers to cheetahs to gather data about how quickly the cats hunt. In a report in the Royal Society Journal Biology Letters, they wrote that cheetahs are able to adapt to the varying escape tactics...

2013-08-06 23:27:16

Donation in the Memory of Animal Conservationist Anna Merz Claremont, CA (PRWEB) August 06, 2013 Synedgen is donating a supply of its veterinary wound rinse product Synoplex®, designed to treat infected, chronic and non-infected wounds in elephants and rhinoceros, to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. The donation is in honor of the late Anna Merz, a world champion of black rhinoceroses and animal conservation, who helped start Lewa in response to the poaching and slaughter of...

Scientists Describe The Lavasoa Dwarf Lemur As A New Primate Species Native Of Madagascar
2013-07-29 10:10:24

AlphaGalileo Foundation The island of Madagascar harbors a unique biodiversity that evolved due to its long-lasting isolation from other land masses. Numerous plant and animal species are found solely on Madagascar. Lemurs, a subgroup of primates, are among the most prominent representatives of the island's unique fauna. They are found almost exclusively on Madagascar. The only exceptions are two species of the genus Eulemur that also live on the Comoros Islands, where they probably have...

Researchers Create 15-Million-Year Model Of Great Ape History
2013-07-04 06:38:40

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using the study of genetic variation in a large panel of humans, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans, researchers from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, and Washington University in Seattle have created a model of great ape history over the past 15 million years. This is the most comprehensive catalog of great ape genetic diversity. The catalog elucidates the evolution and population histories of great apes from...

Fossil Tandem Horned Rhino Link To Unicorn Rhino
2013-06-21 12:14:01

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Thought to be the source of inspiration for unicorn paintings on prehistoric cave walls, the extinct genus of the Elasmotherium rhinoceros has always puzzled scientists, mostly because of a gap in the fossil record. According to a new report from paleontologists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, a recently discovered skull of a Sinotherium lagrelii, a so-called tandem-horned rhino, has filled that gap....

Robotic Cat Based On Feline Anatomy
2013-06-17 13:56:19

Watch the video “A Robot That Runs Like A Cat” Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Many robotics engineers are turning to nature for inspiration, and a team from the prestigious École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in France has developed a new robot based on detailed observations of a house cat. The EPFL researchers say practical applications of the "cheetah-cub robot” could include search and rescue...


Latest Fauna of Africa Reference Libraries

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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siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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