If you’re seeking veterinarians for role models for your own career in animal medicine, you have plenty of individuals to choose from. This career is, in most respects, as noble a career as a physician. But, veterinarians tend to wander a bit, playing music and becoming politicians and the like. This list of ten veterinarians who made history are, for the most part, very much alive. Others who paved the way also are listed, with their birth and death dates included. (more…)
Finding the right food for your pet can be tough. Recalls and dangerous ingredients are revealed often, making it essential to take the time to read the label to find out what exactly is in your pet’s food. These websites and forums make it easy to decipher the ingredients found in pet food, so read on for tips and ideas to have your pet eating healthy.
Pet Food Forums
There’s nothing like reviews from those who feed their pets themselves. To get the dirt on the best pet foods and which brands or types to avoid depending your pet’s needs, check out these pet food forums.
- Dog Food Chat Reviews straight from dog experts and real pet owners is what you’ll find at this site. From raw food to pet food ingredients and even pet food you can whip up yourself at home.
- Pet Food Industry This site talks about nutrition, safety regulations and everything you need to know about pet food. We love this site because you can sign up for the monthly newsletter that gives you recall notices, so you can be sure your pet food selections are on the up-and-up.
- Petfood Connection Peruse this site for tips on choosing the right pet food for your animal and to learn of any adjustments that can me made to their diets. It also has an interesting section over pet food trends.
- The Pet Food List For all of your recall news, this is the pet food message board to bookmark. Check it weekly because there’s news that’s posted on a regular basis. There’s also a forum over pet foods that the site deems “safe” for your pets, but be sure to do your own research too to ensure your pet’s welfare.
- Pets This Canada-based message board is for pet lovers to chat about your pet’s dietary needs. There’s a sizable thread dedicated to raw foods and home-cooking for pets, plus recipes for homemade dog treats.
- PETCO Scoop Blog This pet blog goes over pet foods of all varieties, including bird, cat and dog food. There are also posts over feeding fish and reptiles, which have specific dietary needs depending on the type.
- Truth About Pet Food This blog gets down and dirty when it comes to exposing the truth about pet food ingredients. Not all companies out there are honest about what’s in their food and buzzwords like “all-natural” are as abused in the pet food industry as they are in other industries, so it’s important to do your homework when choosing pet food.
- DogSmithBlog Learn how to choose food for your pup and how much to feed him or her depending on the type of dog and their size. All of these things are important for a dog’s health, as most with overeat if you let them.
- Pet Food Forum At this message board, members go over the appropriate portions and food for many different species, from birds to dogs. They also discuss getting you know your pet’s likes and dislikes when it comes to their meals.
- Humane Society The Human Society takes a serious stand on the regulations of pet food safety and talks about FDA regulations and standards on their site. There are also directions on what to do if you’ve been feeding your pet a brand that gets recalled .
- Pet Food Products Safety Alliance This site is one to bookmark to keep up with any regulation changes and recalls in the pet food industry. It reminds us of essential things to keep in mind when choosing and educating ourselves on pet food, like the fact that the FDA has nothing to do with recalls.
- The Pet Food List This site discusses the proper diet needs of many animals, including birds, cats and even some exotic pets. There is also a lively forum in case you have questions on how much or how often to feed your animal.
- Petsit USA Keep up with this site for all of your recall news, including how to get your money back once a retailer or manufacturer pulls a product from the shelves.
- Pet Food Warehouse Blog This online pet food retailer is smart enough to offer a blog that explains the difference in ingredients and food. It also talks about dog chews and what foods should be avoided for domestic animals (essential knowledge for the newbie pet owner).
- Eating Well This blog is primarily aimed at the health of people, but there’s a hefty section over watching out what your pet eats. It also discusses pet food politics, which involved a melamine scare a few years ago.
- Whole Dog News This blog focuses on raising your dog the natural way. This means raw foods and natural ingredients that will aide their digestion, an integral element for aging pups. It also shows you how to read a nutrition label and judge whether it’s comprised of things you want to put in your dog’s system.
- Connected By Pets Pet lovers unite at this pet message board that posts articles on caring for your pets with the best quality foods and how to care for sick animals. Think of it as a social networking site for those who can’t get enough of their animal companions.
- Dog Food Analysis This site has been active since 2005 and there are loads of dog food reviews to cruise and peruse. They regularly post any ingredient or formula alterations made to some of the more popular dog foods on the market.
- Dog Food Chat At this dog food site, you’ll find reviews and ratings for everything from at-home dog food recipes to mass produced products. There’s also a guide to what leftovers from your own fridge are OK for Fido to consume.
- Dog Food Project This site has loads of information over the latest dog and cat foods being pulled from shelves. We love it because it’s updated often and goes into depth on pet food ingredients and what to stay away from to keep your pet in tip-top shape.
Pet Food Sites
If you need more insight on pet food and how to choose the right one for your pet, opt for these pet food sites to give you the breakdown in terms you can understand.
Pet food may seem like a trivial matter, but if your best friend is a pup or cat, you know choosing the right one is essential to their health and well being. Pet food forums and websites will help you choose pet food that does your pet’s body good and gives you peace of mind when making a purchase.
With rises in both human and pet obesity, the obvious answer is exercise. But don’t feel as if you have to double up on an exercise program for you and another for each pet you may have. There are many exercises that can be done in tangent and be made loads more fun as a result.
But for those who don’t know what or how, just getting started can seem like an impossibility. And worse yet, there can be many wrong ways to start and few ways of learning about them. To help out, we have collected below the top 15 exercises for you and your dog that are chock full of tips, guides, and more to make the most out of any exercise from a simple walk to a fun game for everyone.
- Tara Parker Pope of “The New York Times”examines why a dog could be the best piece of exercise equipment you ever had. Noting that both they and people need to be walked, the topic is discussed in great detail. Various studies and experts also weigh in on the topic.
2. Partner Up
Because it can be difficult to get off the couch and go for a walk, grab a partner who truly takes their walking seriously. With everything from your health to the state of the carpet at stake, a walk can mean far more and be far less stressful when done with a four legged buddy. Sports Geezer also includes studies that agreed with this.
3. Tips for Running With Your Dog
Christine Luff is a runner and expert for it at About.com. In this particular blog entry, she details how dogs can make great companions. Tips include which dogs to run with, how to ease them into it, and more.
4. Jogging and Other Aerobic Exercising With Dogs
Paw Rescue helps team animals in need with owners looking for pets. In this section, they discuss how jogging and other forms of exercise can be done with a dog. Tips such as breeds, warming up, and overexertion are all shared.
5. 10 Races to Run With Your Dog
If you and your dog are experts in running together, why not enter a race together? The bloggers at Active.com list ten races that are both people and pet friendly. You can also find other useful tools on the site.
6. Exercising Your Dog
Anthony Olszewki of Petcraft shares a guide on why and how to exercise with your dog. There are loads of tips to consider before you start, such as leash issues and how to lead. He even includes thoughts on how to care for the active dog.
7. Dog Exercises
While we all know that there are specific exercises people can do for trouble areas, what about pets? Jen Green is a teacher and author of the Black Dog Blog. In this entry, she shares exercises that are good for dogs such as walking backwards, standing, and more.
8. How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need?
Because every dog and person is different, it is important to know how much each needs before diving into a program. The Three Dog Blogger shares how much exercise dogs need and even how to tell when they have had enough. There are also loads of other dog related entries to choose from.
9. The Importance of Exercise
We all know that exercise can help treat diabetes in humans, but what about pets? Jeff Mendelsohn and his dog Bender are fighting the diabetic fight and share how in the blog. This particular post shared how a run helped out Bender’s glucose levels.
10. Advanced Dog Training Exercises
LJ has two dogs and cat, and they are the three reasons for the blog. However, it is this blog entry on advanced dog training exercises that is of note. LJ answers a reader’s question on agility training and dogs that is a good read for anyone looking to exercise with their pet.
11. Managing the Exercise Needs of Your Older and Younger Dogs
A group of bloggers meet here at the All Dog Blog, including many experts. A reader of the blog sent in a question on how to manage exercise by age to one of the expert trainers, and it is answered here. You can also get many entries from dog trainers, vets, and more.
12. Natural Exercise
The authors at this blog believe in natural pet health care, foods, and holistic supplies. However, in their blog they also take on the topic of natural exercise for pets. Visit here to get all the posts tagged as such.
13. New Year’s Resolution
We all make them and break them, but it doesn’t have to be New Year Resolution time to make a plan for you and your pet to take up exercise. The bloggers at Petlane focus on enhancing the lives of pets and their people through the site and blog. In this section, they share easy start-up tips for making an exercise plan.
14. Dog and Kids Exercise
If you have both pets and kids, click here. Dr. Marty Becker is a popular and national contributor and has been labeled “America’ Veterinarian.” In this blog post, he includes tips and ways that the whole family can exercise together.
15. Dogs Who Sniff Cancer
If the above exercises are done in whole or part to prevent cancer, check out this blog entry. Piper is a dog from Kansas City whose owner commonly writes about pooches. He reports on the ability of a dog to smell out all sorts of things and includes the implications it can have on cancer detection.
Bonus! Fetch: Although more of an exercise for the pet than the person, a good game of fetch can be enjoyed by both. This guide from The Review Dog shows you just how in addition to having loads of items for dog owners.
- Animal attack: While most pets are well trained and obedient, vets are at risk for bites, scratches and kicks from animals that are in pain or which don’t like what you’re doing to them. It’s instinctive behavior for them, and though they don’t mean to attack you, you could get hurt seriously, especially if the animal is large and strong.
- Infection: Vets could get infected with fungus or other parasites when examining pets that have contracted parasitical infections if they’re not careful about protecting themselves and following the right protocol.
- Malpractice suits: There’s a new breed of lawyers now who’re devoting all their energy and time to defending the rights of animals and their owners or caretakers, and they’re called animal rights attorneys. While it’s important to protect the rights of animals and ensure that they’re taken care of and prevented from being abused, some lawyers are akin to ambulance chasers and are trigger happy when it comes to filing malpractice suits. They exploit loopholes in the law and have a go at vets who are not at fault and who are just victims of unfortunate circumstances. So although your priority is to provide the best care for animals, ensure that you watch your back too.
- Suicide: If you’re reading this and rubbing your eyes in disbelief, vets are four times at a higher risk of suicide than other people, and twice as likely as other doctors to take their own lives, according to a study conducted at the University of Southampton. The reason for this could be that they deal with euthanasia on a regular basis. In the animal world, mercy killing is a necessity, and vets have to cope with the emotional distress of killing an animal they’ve bonded with. This affects them mentally, and over a period of time, makes them believe that it’s not wrong to take a life if the need arises. This attitude spills over to their personal life and they don’t have qualms about suicide if they’re going through a low patch.
Our bodies react differently during different seasons, so there’s no reason to assume that our pets are any different. If you own a dog, you need to change the level of the care you give them according to the weather outside – in short, you must protect them not just from extreme cold and extreme heat, but also from seasonal hazards that could cause them to suffer accidents or fall ill.
Spring/Summer care requires:
- Keeping a watch over them around water bodies
- Ensuring that they don’t swallow bright objects on the ground or fishing tackles
- Preventing them from swallowing toxic chemicals during spring cleaning
- Protecting them from other dogs in the park and bullies who may throw stones at them in public places
- Ensuring that open windows are protected with mesh or bars to prevent your pet from falling or jumping out of high storey buildings
- Not leaving your pet alone in your car
- Not transporting your dog in the flatbed of your truck
- Protecting your pet from the harsh rays of the sun and sunstrokes or sunburns – dogs with light skin or light colored coats are susceptible to sunburns during the harsh summer months, so apply sunscreen on them when necessary
- Ensuring that your pet is well hydrated
- Preventing over-exertion on hot and humid days – this in turn prevents dehydration and heat strokes
- Ensuring that your dog has the right kind of food and is healthy and cheerful
Autumn/Winter care requires:
- Keeping your dog out of the biting cold – provide outdoor dogs with a warm bed in a kennel or in your garage, away from the wind and cold
- Ensuring that your dog has enough water and that his bowl hasn’t frozen over
- Increasing your dog’s nutrition with a high protein diet that helps keep out the cold and makes their coats thicker and more luxurious
- Keeping them well groomed so they don’t slip on the ice or suffer skin irritation because of the rock salt on pavements (trim their toenails, the hair between their toes, and wipe off their paws after they’ve been for a walk outside)
- Putting on warm sweaters for dogs that don’t have a thick coat of hair when you take them out
- Ensuring that your pet is not left alone in a closed car with no ventilation and no heat
- Preventing your dog from eating snow and ice
- Wiping your dog down to get rid of the moisture and snow on his coat after a walk outside
- Preventing your dog from licking antifreeze – it smells good to your pooch but is extremely poisonous
Summer or winter, sunshine or rain, keep a close watch over your pet and monitor his behavior to ensure that he is healthy and that nothing is wrong with him.
- If you’ve just brought home a new puppy, the best way to prevent them from growing up to be fearful dogs is to expose them to the sights and sounds of the world early on. Take them for walks to places where there are people and animals, where there are loud sounds and quiet surroundings, and where things are busy and quiet. This way, they are used to any kind of environment, whether they move from the city to the suburb, or vice versa.
- Teach your pup obedience skills and focus on their training during their formative years. This way, you don’t have a problem with them when they become adult dogs.
- If you’ve inherited or adopted an older dog that is shy and fearful, you need to work gradually on getting them to lose their inhibitions. To help them adapt to other people, use someone who loves dogs and whom you trust. Get them to stand near your dog without looking directly at them, with a treat in their hand. Repeat this until the dog is comfortable enough to allow the person to pet them. The change will be gradual – the dog will first take the treat from the floor and move away, the next time it may take it directly from the person’s hand, and in a few days, it may allow them to pet it.
- Repeat this exercise in different surroundings, with helpers of different genders and ages.
- If your dog is shy and fearful around other dogs, let them interact with friendly dogs and puppies first. Keep them away from dogs that are aggressive and which could attack.
- Send your dog to an obedience training school – when they learn new skills and how to respond to commands, they lose their shyness and fear naturally.
- Don’t comfort or praise your dog when it exhibits signs of fearfulness; this will only reinforce this kind of behavior and make them believe that it is right and accepted.
Zoology is a worldwide field of study that all animal lovers can relate to. Martin Buber once said, “an animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language,” and because of the studies conducted by zoology professionals, the rest of the world is allowed to enjoy the wonders of the animal kingdom. Whether zoologists are studying unknown species, invertebrates, or conservation for prevention of extinction; there is never a dull moment in the world of zoology. After researching the many zoology, zoo, and wildlife park blogs, we have narrowed down the 45 best out there. These bloggers are well-trained and well-read in this field, and they certainly know their stuff. Check out these blogs for the latest information in the world of zoology!
Zoologists: These blogs are written by and for zoologists. These experts know their stuff, so be sure to check them out!
1. Tetrapod Zoology – Tetrapod Zoology is a great blog written by esteemed writer and palaezoologist, Darren Naish. With a devout following, and a published book of these posts, Darren covers everything from giraffes to dinosaurs. An avid poster, so definitely worth a look for the variety of topics covered.
2. Bonobo Handshake – Bonobo Handshake is written by Vanessa Woods, as a memoir of her time in the Congo. She went to the Congo to study extremely endangered bonobo apes, “who teach her a new truth about love and belonging.” An interesting tidbit, we share 98.7% of our DNA with the bonobo ape.
3. WA Zoologist – WA Zoologist is an exceptional blog written by Richard King, all the way from Western Australia. Richard is there to conduct fauna surveys and animal relocations. While this blog covers all topics, it shines with its vivid imagery alongside each post. Enjoy!
4. The Z Blog – The Zoologist’s Blog is a heartfelt blog that expresses the sentiments and lessons learned of an eager zoologist. Covering topics from evolution to homo sapiens, this blogger has a lot to teach!
5. IASZoology – IAS Zoology is a website for any student studying Zoology. If you are in need of zoology help (that is ideas, research, articles, public forums), the categories on this site are endless. A genius created this for all the students out there who are looking for a great resource!
6. Rory Wilson – National Geographic has a great feature post on a Zoologist in Wales, Rory Wilson. Wilson has spent three decades inventing dozens of devices to monitor the behavior of birds, reptiles, fish, and mammals. His latest adventures in studying animal behavior is what he calls a “daily diary,” that tracks a animal’s everyday habits and routines. Interesting stuff!
7. The Lord Geekington – The Lord Geekington is an insightful blog written by Cameron McCormick. While the site itself uses pretty scientific terminology, Cameron has written it so that any newfound zoologist can understand!
8. Zooillogix – Zooillogix is an informative yet wonderfully humorous blog written by brothers, Andrew and Benny Bleima. Covering everything from life science to the humanities, these zoology lovers have got you covered.
9. Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology – The Museum of Comparative Zoology has a great blog that keeps visitors (on the web and in person!) coming back for more. Harvard people clearly know their stuff, so this museum is comprised of the best of the best. World reknown researchers contribute to all of the articles and artifacts at the museum and on the blog.
10. Still on the Track – Cryptozoology Online is a site devoted to cryptology. These enthusiastic writers are often caught chasing unknown animals, and therefore started a daily magazine devoted to cryptozoology. Enjoy!
11. EAMCET Zoology – EAMCET Zoology is blogged by Murali Krishna, a professor of Zoology. While this is not completely directed at the class, this is a way for anyone on the internet to get a peek into the world of zoology!
12. Invertebrate Zoology – Invertebrate Zoo is written by a PhD educated blogger, Helen Hess. She teaches a variety of biology courses, but prefers to teach about invertebrates!
Zoo Blogs These city zoo blogs are all outstanding and will definitely keep you up to date with all the latest happenings at the zoos! Be sure to tune in when new animals are born!
1. The San Diego Zoo – the San Diego is known as America’s greatest, and continues to reign with this title. Years of continuous awards will keep this zoo and its blog at the top. If you’re in San Diego, check out the blog before you visit the zoo, so that you can be up to date on every animal’s status!
2. The Houston Zoo – The Houston Zoo has risen up the ranks when it comes to one of America’s best zoos. There are many blogs within this blog, and the list continues to grow with the addition of every animal. Each post is accompanied with great photos and videos of animals and zoo visitors!
3. The Edinburgh Zoo – The Edinburgh Zoo blog keeps you up to date on the latest happenings and viewings at the zoo. They have a conservation section and a section for special attractions that keeps this zoo with devout returning visitors.
4. The Sacramento Zoo – The Sacramento Zoo blog will have any zoo-lover booking their flight to Sacramento. With the perfect weather for many zoo animals, this zoo provides an atmosphere that creates for the whole family. Updated often, you are never unaware of what the animals are doing!
5. Cincinnati Zoo – The Cincinnati Zoo is a great zoo with a great staff. There are plenty of videos on this blog that will make any person want to work with animals! Check out the 2010 recap and their special section devoted to King Penguins, laughs all around!.
6. Zoo Peeps – Zoo Peeps is a place for all Zoo and Aquarium professionals to meet up, discuss, and exchange knowledge. While most of us are used to working with humans every day, these pros need a place to unwind and relate to each other. A great site for any animal lover to dive on in!
7. Sriracha Tiger Zoo – This special feature post from Thai-Blogs is all about the Tiger Zoo. Sriracha has a zoo dedicated to tigers (200 Bengals, and some other animals as well), and is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area!
8. Kansas City Zoo – The Kansas City Zoo has a fun blog that makes zoo and animal education fun. Known for their school programs, The KC Zoo encourages zoo and wildlife in the schools. For this, you can find a staff member with live animals at many of the area schools .
9. Oklahoma City Zoo – The Oklahoma City Zoo has a devout following and an excellent blog to attract visitors. You can tell that this zoo is passionate about it’s animal care, and encourage many education programs for kids (and adults too!).
10. The LA Zoo – The Los Angeles Zoo is home to a beautifully, mild climate that is sure to attract any visitor. While LA may be shadowed by the entertainment biz, this zoo is surely not to be missed! Be sure to check out this site’s special Asian Elephant section.
11. Zooborns – Zooborns is what you’ve been waiting for. A site purely devoted to the latest little animals born all over the world. With wonderful photos to display these amazing baby creatures, you’ll feel like you were there for the birth. Really, is there anything cuter than a baby animal?
12. Australian Zoos – The land down under is known for having all sorts of wildlife, and for this there are many zoos and wildlife parks that people can visit. As conservation is important, these Aussie bloggers do a great job keeping us informed of the latest ventures at each spot. With an array of blogs to choose from, you will not run out of sites to look at!
13. The Belize Zoo Blog – The Belize Zoo Blog, known as the “the best little zoo in the world,” has occasional cute stories and posts of what is going in at the zoo. Authored by Sharon Matola, Founder and Director of The Belize Zoo, Tom Pasquarello of SUNY Cortland, and Nancy Kennedy of the Friends of the Belize Zoo, this small but strong blog is a winner!
Wildlife These two wildlife parks maintained their great blogs very well. Differing from a a zoo, these two blogs deserved their own category!
1. Dade City – Dade City’s Wild Things is a Floridian wildlife park that is up to date on all the latest birth announcements. The photos on this blog wil have you ooh-ing and ahh-ing in no time. This wildlife park has a great reputation, and the blog is worth visiting if you’re in the area!
2. The Frog Blog – Fota Wildlife Park’s Frog Blog keeps all avid readers up to date on the latest and greatest from the park. Recently, there was a Red Panda born, which always receives world recognition. Primarily a school’s site for promoting science education, this site does a good job of getting the kids involved in a fun way!
Zoology Posts: These stand-out posts are all zoology related, but come from an array of sources. From primate studies to scientific research blogs, these interesting posts will keep you entertained.
1. Earth Touch – Earth Touch has done a good job featuring an article on a zoologist in the workplace (regarding creepy crawlers!) A humorous post, this zoologist will make you think twice about throwing a millipede at someone!
2. Balfour Library – The Balfour Library, of Cambridge University, maintains an exquisite blog for all things zoology Run by the Department of Zoology, this blog is written by professionals and has a plethora of e-resources for all those willing to learn.
3. Centre for Fortean Zoology Australia – CFZA Australia is a great blog written as part of the non-profit UK based Centre for Fortean Zoology Australia. Investigating “mystery animals,” these naturalists, authors, photographers, and academics all have a strong interest in zoology.
4. Michael Tuma – Michael’s Zoology Information Site is a good site that follows conservations, nest monitoring, and habitat restoration. Michael also encourages others to start a career in zoology, and provides information on how to do so.
5. Zimbio – Zimbio is not zoology specific, but a resource for any zoologist or wildlife enthusiast. A great engine for ways to see the latest information regarding zoology. This site also has a bonus of pictures and videos.
6. Whogivesamonkeys – A top-notch, well-written blog by Asha Tanna, a UK celeb and esteemed journalist. This blog focuses on many relevant, worldly issues that are affecting every part of wildlife. This “UrbanPrimate” discusses many current issues going on around the world, from legislation to the oil companies’ latest initiatives. A special bonus of beautiful images for each post.
7. Primatology – Primatology is dedicated to the study of primates, and Primatology.net is a blog run by a group of volunteers interested in the research, preservation, and conservation of primates. With multiple contributors, this blog excels with variety, professional writing, and timely tweet updates!
8. Molecular Station – Molecular Station’s Zoology Forum is a great place for zoologists, students, professors, or just curious civilians, to interact and share their latest zoological news. Everyday there are many questions asked, so tune in to see if you can help out, or pose a question of your own! Very helpful for those who cannot seem to find the answer!
Science!: These general science blogs have provided an array of information, all pertaining to zoology. Check out these blogs for some science fun!
1. The Mystery of Wild Nature – The Mystery of Wild Nature is written by Emil Zafirov and covers everything from endangered species to Darwinism. Extremely well-written and well-thought out, this blog deserves your time.
2. The Sticky Tongue – The Sticky Tongue is a diverse blog that expands upon herpetology, zoology and wildlife conservation news. Encouraging and thoughtful, this blog is worth a browse from anyone who is curious about the animal kingdom.
3. The Other 95% – The Other 95% is a “an appreciation of the underappreciated majority of life,” invertebrates. A self-proclaimed spineless biologist, Kevin opens our eyes to a world we often overlook. Good stuff!
4. Laelaps – Laelaps is a science blog for Wired, written by freelance science writer, Brian Switek. A dinosaur lover, he also blogs at the Smithsonian’s Dinosaur Tracking.
5. Invaders Beware – Invaders beware is a magnificent site about conservation research. Passionate about the cause, CJA Bradshaw goes a step deeper with biodiversity, and blogs about the latest scientific breakthroughs.
6. Animal World – Animal World’s newsletter and forum reports in any and everything from the land to the sea. Specializing in pet care, you are sure to find what you are looking for on this site. Aside from pets, you can learn new things about exotic animals as well!
7. SciBlogs – SciBlogs covers everything science, but has a special section devoted to zoology. A New Zealander’s POV, this author gives a great roundup of a “miscellany of science.” Check it out!
8. Amphidrome – Amphidrome has a great blogroll and is part of the Nature Blog Network. This particular post focuses on USOs (unidentified swimming objects), and has an array of pictures attached. Enjoy this exploration!
9. Chem Heritage – The Chemical Heritage Foundation is a cluster of all things science. Comprised of a museum, center for scholars, and a library, they’ve got all the research a zoologist needs covered. Their recognized research center has an exceptional zoology section, that spans from new species to zoo-living.
10. The Scientific Life – The Scientific Life is a branch of scientopia, and the biology section has an outstanding part dedicated to zoology. Through all those layers you will find many posts dedicated to observation and conservation.
- Know the locale: Research the location where you’re going to shoot – the Amazon forests are a far cry from the African savannah. Know the terrain and the territory and be aware of the dangers and impediments you’re likely to face. If you’ve done your homework right, you minimize the dangers that you’re likely to face and are able to get your work done quickly.
- Know the animal: Read up on the habits of the animal(s) you’re hoping to photograph. You need to understand their behavior, know what they do when they’re threatened, and be prepared for evasive and protective action in any eventuality. Familiarity with the habits of the animal is the best way to avoid attacks and know when to retreat.
- Never get too close: It may be tempting to move closer for that fantastic shot you know is waiting in the wings; however, it’s not worth it when you have to pay with your life or your health. Use telephoto lenses when photographing animals that are dangerous and known to attack – the shots turn out just as good and you get to come back in one piece.
- Avoid the young ones: An animal that is normally safe turns into a terror when it thinks you’re going to attack its young ones. So if you see cubs, beat a hasty retreat unless you want the mothers to come chasing after you. No matter how cute they look, never pick them up or approach them – they’re not cuddly toys but wild animals that could end up getting you killed.
- Watch your step: The wild terrain is full of rocky paths and uneven ground; watch where you step and be careful about overhead branches as well. Lookout for snakes and protect yourself against leeches when journeying through rain forests. Be aware of swamps and rivers that could wash you away in flash floods; and watch out for gorges and canyons when hiking along narrow trails.
- Be aware of the weather: The jungle is a bad place when it starts to rain; the desert is not a pleasant experience when the sandstorms blow in; and the rivers could spell death when a thunderstorm sets in. Be aware of the weather conditions and forecasts before venturing out with your gear.
- Be properly attired: Wear the right clothes based on the climate conditions and terrain of the locale you’re shooting in. Prevent scratches from thorns and mosquito bites with full-sleeved clothing; wear high boots if you’re going into swamps and marshy land; and protect your skin and head from the harsh sun if you’re shooting in the desert.
- Carry the right equipment: Besides your camera equipment, take along a compass, a map of the area and a GPS so you don’t get lost and are stranded in the middle of a jungle or a desert. Also carry enough water and food to tide you over in case of an emergency.
- Let someone know where you are: Even if you’re travelling in a small group, tell someone where you’re going so people know where to look for you in the event you don’t return for any reason. It’s better to be safe now than sorry later.
- Take a local guide with you: If you’re not familiar with the territory or if it’s too dangerous, it’s best to take along someone who knows the locale well. They are the best people to point out the likely haunts of the animal you’re hoping to photograph, and they know their way around so you’re unlikely to get lost or stranded without any sense of direction.
- The giraffe reveals its secret to being tall and thin: Do you know why the giraffe is blessed with a lithe and lissome body? It’s so tall and skinny that any woman would give an eyetooth to look as elegant and slim. Well, maybe the secret is because this unique animal can survive for long periods of time without water. But all jokes aside, the giraffe really can go without water for longer than the camel, the animal we all know as the ship of the desert.
- Drunken sex gets you pregnant even in the animal kingdom: How often have we heard of dumb blondes (or their brunette and redhead equivalents) being knocked up after a night of drunken sex? Well, apparently the bee and the flower are not exempt from this practice too – bees get drunk on orchid nectar, become disoriented and confused, and then drop the pollen on the flower to pollinate it.
- Kangaroos could teach us a thing or two about efficient back up measures: We’ve all been in a position where we’ve rued not making adequate copies of our data and important information after we’ve lost or inadvertently destroyed the only copy we had. Maybe we should learn a thing or two from the kangaroo – this jumpy beast from Down Under keeps a backup of her embryo when she’s pregnant. The first baby is in the pouch and the embryo is on standby. And if the first joey (baby kangaroo) should die, the embryo steps in to take its place.
- Meet the holy man of the animal kingdom: If you’ve ever seen a holy man meditating, you would have noticed that they stay motionless in one position for days together. Well, there’s an reptile that can do just the same; meet the tuatara from New Zealand – it has the lowest body temperature among reptiles, can sit motionless for days at a time, and can hold its breath for an hour or so. Besides, it can live for more than a 100 years and is born with a third eye in the middle of its head (which disappears as it grows older), so any wonder that it reminds you of Hindu rishis who were known to live long, have mythical third eyes, and be able to stop breathing for hours together?
- Alcohol is a killer of killers: And finally, if you’re terrified of scorpions, there’s a way to get rid of them – just pour a small amount of alcohol on one and it goes crazy enough to sting itself to death. It’s sad no doubt, but rather the scorpion than you as the victim.