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FOUR LEOPARDS FOUND IN REMOTE VALLEY IN PAKISTAN

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The Snow Leopard Trust has found four cats in Pakistan! Now they need to find ways to protect them.

In May and June of this year, the Snow Leopard trust team was able to photograph snow leopards at 19 different sites in Misgar Valley. Misgar Valley is the most northern point of Pakistan, before reaching China. Known for it’s remoteness and unpredictable weather of floods, mudslides and snow, the area is a very difficult place to for the team to work.

After extensively evaluating the coat patterns, the team was able to identify at least four cats.

The team took community surveys and found generally negative attitudes towards snow leopards among local herders, mostly due to livestock depletion. Now comes the challenge of working with the community, addressing negative attitudes. The families seem interested in their livestock insurance program, started by Indianapolis Prize 2014 Nominee Charu Mishra.

To the Trust, there are three pillars to conservation:

  • livestock insurance programs
  • livestock‐free wildlife reserves
  • environmental education

These initiatives will restore wild lands, increase wild prey abundance, reduce persecution of threatened predators, catalyze greater use of the habitat by the endangered snow leopard, and raise conservation awareness.

The Snow Leopard Trust, based in Seattle Washington, is a world leader in conservation of the endangered snow leopard.

14 UNUSUAL FACTS ABOUT HUMMINGBIRDS

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Here at Little Critterz, we are fascinated by hummingbirds. I bet that most people enjoy hummingbirds, love keeping feeders in their backyard, and probably don’t know more about them than that can fly incredibly fast. But hummingbirds are even more remarkable than their speed.

But did you know this about these birds?

  1. The average lifespan of a hummingbird is about 4 years. In one instance, a female hummingbird lived over 12 years.
  2. Common hummingbirds wing beats 50-200 times per second, on average.
  3. It’s a common misconception that the sugar-water in the feeder should be red. It shouldn’t. Do not put any dye into the mixture. The red and yellow coloring on the feeder itself is what attracts the hummingbird.
  4. Hummingbirds are able to hover by flapping their wings in a figure-8 pattern.
  5. They are an endangered species.
  6.  Hummingbirds are only found in the Western Hemisphere.
  7. Habitat loss and climate change are the biggest threats to hummingbirds.
  8. They are the smallest bird in the world.
  9. They can flash or hide their colors when they want.
  10. A hummingbird’s brain is 4.2% of it’s body weight, the largest in the bird kingdom.
  11. They can hear better and see farther than humans.
  12. Hummingbirds do not use their beaks to drink nectar like a straw, they lap up the liquid using their tongue.
  13. They can weigh between 2-20 grams. A penny weighs 2.5 grams.
  14. They can dive at speeds up to 60 miles per hour.
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