Animal Friend of the Week: Robyn and Vilson the White-Cheeked Gibbons

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Good morning from a cold and wintery day.  Tomorrow is officially the first day of winter and we are now definitely feeling it.  The temperature has dropped drastically and it is time for all the winter woollies to come out.  We have been lucky with such a warm autumn so this cold snap is going to hit us hard.

Robyn and Vilson are Wellington Zoo’s resident duo of White-Cheeked Gibbons.

Vilson, like all adult males, is black with white cheeks. He’s the more active of the two and is a big fan of his own reflection, so keepers sometimes bring him a mirror as enrichment.

Vilson-

I think he is a bit shy.

Robyn, his golden coloured counterpart, likes a more relaxed lifestyle and can often be spotted hanging out in her favourite hammock.

Gibbons are known for their early-morning singing. Robyn and Vilson sing a unique duet every morning to maintain their bond and mark their territory. Their song can be heard all around the Zoo and even from neighbouring suburbs.

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White-Cheeked Gibbons are arboreal, spending most of their time swinging from the tree tops. They live in the forests of Laos, Vietnam, and southern China, and the deforestation of these habitats is a major threat for their species.

You can help protect their wild homes by purchasing sustainable timber and paper products marked with the FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) logo.

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Animal Friend of the Week: Agouti

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This week I am featuring the Agouti.  I know it looks like a guinea pig but it is larger than guinea pigs.

A little info courtesy of Wellington Zoo.

In the wild

IUCN: Least concern

Despite being known as the Brazilian Agouti, they are also native to the forests of Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Trinidad and Tobago and Lesser Antilles.

Agouti are one of the few animals in the world that can open Brazil nuts without tools, thanks to their strength and sharp teeth – making them critically important to the survival of Brazil nut trees and the people who depend on them. These hard-working rodents open the fruit, take some of the nuts and bury the rest, which germinate to become new trees.

They look cute, but I wouldn’t like to get in the way of their teeth.

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I want to showcase our animal kingdom.  It runs from Tuesday New Zealand time and is weekly.  You can join in anytime at all over the week.  You can post your furry friends (babies), wild animals, birds, insects and butterflies.  Even reptiles are welcome.

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I look forward to seeing all the different animals around the world

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Animal Friend of the Week: Pygmy Marmoset

Pygmy Marmoset

It is start of a new week for my animal friends challenge.  To find out more about and to download the banner check it out here.

These pygmy marmosets are just so cute and adorable.  They are so small that we sometimes had trouble finding them among all the trees and bushes.

A little information courtesy of Wikipedia:

The pygmy marmoset (Cebuella pygmaea) is a small New World monkey native to rainforests of the western Amazon Basin in South America. It is notable for being the smallest monkey and one of the smallest primates in the world at just over 100 grams (3.5 oz) (Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur is smaller). It is generally found in evergreen and river edge forests and is a gum-feeding specialist, or a gummivore.

About 83% of the pygmy marmoset population lives in stable troops of two to nine individuals, including a dominant male, a breeding female, and up to four successive litters of offspring. The modal size of a standard stable troop would be 6 individuals.[4] Although most groups consist of family members, some may also include 1-2 additional adult members. Members of the group communicate using a complex system including vocal, chemical, and visual signals. There are three main calling signals that depend on the distance the call needs to travel. These monkeys may also make visual displays when threatened or to show dominance. Chemical signaling using secretions from glands on the chest and genital area allow the female to indicate to the male when she is able to reproduce. The female gives birth to twins twice a year and the parental care is shared between the group.

The pygmy marmoset has been viewed as somewhat different from typical marmosets, most of which are classified in the genera Callithrix and Mico, and thus is accorded its own genus, Cebuella, within the family Callitrichidae. It is listed as Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as it is common across its wide range and not at immediate risk of widespread decline. The biggest threats to the species are habitat loss and the pet trade.[5]

For more information check out the Wikipedia Page.

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Animal Friend of the Week: The Red Panda

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Good morning from a cool autumn day here in Hastings.

My animal friend of the week is the red panda.  Despite it’s name it is not related the the giant panda.

The red panda (Ailurus fulgens), also called lesser panda, red bear-cat, and red cat-bear, is a mammal native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China.[1] It has reddish-brown fur, a long, shaggy tail, and a waddling gait due to its shorter front legs, and is slightly larger than a domestic cat. It is arboreal, feeds mainly on bamboo, but also eats eggs, birds, and insects. It is a solitary animal, mainly active from dusk to dawn, and is largelysedentary during the day.

The red panda has been classified as Endangered by the IUCN because its wild population is estimated at less than 10,000 mature individuals and continues to decline due to habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching, andinbreeding depression, although red pandas are protected by national laws in their range countries.[1][4]

The red panda is the only living species of the genus Ailurus and the family Ailuridae. It has been previously placed in the raccoon and bear families, but the results of phylogenetic research provide strong support for itstaxonomic classification in its own family Ailuridae, which along with the weasel, raccoon and skunk families is part of the superfamily Musteloidea.[5] Two subspecies are recognized.[3] It is not closely related to the giant panda.

As usual my source of information is Wikipedia.  For more info about this cute and adorable endangered animal check this page out.

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Animal Friends of the Week: Three Ducklings in a Row

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Good morning from a crisp but sunny Hastings morning.  As I was working on my computer I had one eye on the skies outside.  We had another great sunrise.  I was a bit reluctant to go out, thinking it was a tad too cold.  But my itchy fingers took over and I went out with my cellphone and got some nice photos. They are for a later post.

Yesterday I got to meet Aletta from Nowathome.  It was great getting together and I got to show off Cornwall Park at it’s best.  Beautiful colours, calm waters and fantastic reflections.

The ducks were very vocal and active.  As we were walking around the back of the cricket pavilion I spotted these ducklings.  It was rather funny.  Every time we went to get closer, having only a cellphone on me, the ducklings would get up and walk towards their mother.  But they kept the same distance each time.  Another way of surviving the late summer/autumn weather and other aggressive ducks is staying together.  Which they did.  They always settled down in the same way too.

It was hard to get away from them.

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Animal Friend of the Week: Puss Puss

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Good morning from a cool but sunny Hastings morning.

Yesterday I didn’t post anything as I went to the dawn parade – that’s right, up at 5 AM for the 5.30 AM service.  It was 10 people deep around the cenotaph, plus all the armed service men and women there to lay their wreathes and poppies.  It was very moving.  I felt a bit guilty at taking photos in such a solemn ceremony.  But there were others with their cell phones taking pictures and videos.  It was good to see a lot of young people there, wearing their forefathers medals too.

Then after breakfast and dragging my son out of bed we went to my parents to talk about my relatives who fought in WWI and WWII.  None of them would ever talk about their experiences.  In the parade there was a volley of three shots.  Those with hearing aids were told to turn them off beforehand.  They were really loud and made us all jump.  Our ANZACs had to put up with that constant sound, all day and night.  And that was just the sounds, not the sights or smell of trench warfare.  No wonder many couldn’t talk about their experiences.

Anyway onto something a lot happier and brighter.  This is Puss Puss.  Just after my parents poodle Abbey died their cat Socks decided he was too lonely.  My father really missed Abbey too, not so much my mother with her Alzheimer’s.  So one day Socks came home with Puss Puss.  A gorgeous tortoiseshell cat.  She was about 6 – 9 months old.  And heavily pregnant.  I have a feeling that she was dumped at a stream close by, probably because she was with kittens.

My parents took her to the vet to have her spayed etc.  I don’t want to say much about the kittens.  She has now made herself at home and has brought much joy to both Mum and Dad.  She is a lot more gentle than Socks too.

I am a firm believer that pets can really understand our emotions and know what to do when you need that help from them.  Socks knew that Dad especially was suffering with the loss and found Puss to bring her home for him.  And both cats get on really well.

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Animal Friend of the Week: Hungry lion

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Good morning from a cool but sunny Hastings day.

I have decided to start up my own weekly challenge.  I want to showcase our animal kingdom.  It runs from Tuesday New Zealand time and is weekly.  You can join in anytime at all over the week.  You can post your furry friends (babies), wild animals, birds, insects and butterflies.  Even reptiles are welcome.

My first photo is of this rather hungry looking lion at Wellington Zoo.

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