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  Wildfact App
Posted by: Pantherinae - 05-16-2018, 04:15 AM - Forum: Questions - Replies (4)
hope this is a place where I could ask this question. 

I was wondering if there is ever going to be an wildfact app? I have been so busy this whole year, that I haven't been able to post as much as I have wanted too, but I still visit and read all your great informative posts and enjoy all the great pictures. And I can see how much this site has grown over the years! Last week I could see some teenagers at the library going through Wildfacts to gather information about tigers for a school project. 
But back to the app wouldn't it be great to make an app I would feel it would be easier to post and read others posts if there was one, and get notifications if it was something! I have never made an app and I don't know how much would take, but I feel we could reach out to more people if there was one. 

Only a vague suggestion:)
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  Pygmy hippopotamus (Choeropsis/Hexaprotodon liberiensis)
Posted by: epaiva - 05-14-2018, 12:08 AM - Forum: Herbivores Animals - Replies (2)
The Pygmy hippopotamus is a small hippopotamid which is native to the forest and swamps of West Africa, primarily in Liberia, with small populations in Sierra Leone. Guinea  and Ivory Coast.
The Pygmy hippo is only half as tall as the Hippopotamus, Adult Pygmy Hippos stand about 75-100 cm high at the shoulders and 150-175 cm in head and body length. Their lifespan in captivity ranges from 30 to 55 years.
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  Questions related to Big cats
Posted by: sanjay - 05-02-2018, 10:06 PM - Forum: Questions - Replies (12)
In this thread you can ask your small questions related to Big cats. Do not create new threads just to ask a small insignificant questions. Ask in this thread and tag or mention few members whom you do think can answer your questions.
Open a new thread only when you think it is subjective and required debate, opinion and data to discuss.

Hope you guys understand the purpose of this thread
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  Best online personality game!
Posted by: Rishi - 04-29-2018, 09:51 AM - Forum: Miscellaneous - Replies (3)
Very thorough & dynamic. I usually don't enjoy such frivolities, but this one was a definite exception! Sharing...
(Reset button at very below)
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  Tigerfish (Hydrocynus brevis)
Posted by: epaiva - 04-25-2018, 04:35 AM - Forum: Aquatic Animals and Amphibians - Replies (4)
They are not as big as other African Tigerfish with a maximum length of 86 cm and a maximum weight of 8,3 kgs. This species has a wide distribution found from Senegal to Ethiopia, throughout the Nile. In northeast from Ghazal and Jebel sistema in Sudán as well as Baro river in Ethiopia. In Western Africa it is known from Chad Niger Senegal and Gambia.
It feeds mainly on fish and shrimps.
Pictures taken from the book Tigerfish (M. Sid Kelly)

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  About this weird canines
Posted by: honghoang - 04-22-2018, 10:16 PM - Forum: Questions - Replies (3)
Which kind of big cat does this canines belong to ?
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  Forests and Jungles
Posted by: Tshokwane - 04-17-2018, 12:16 AM - Forum: Human & Nature - Replies (4)
A biologist believes that trees speak a language we can learn:

I’m in a redwood forest in Santa Cruz, California, taking dictation for the trees outside my cabin. They speak constantly, even if quietly, communicating above- and underground using sound, scents, signals, and vibes. They’re naturally networking, connected with everything that exists, including you.

Biologists, ecologists, foresters, and naturalists increasingly argue that trees speak, and that humans can learn to hear this language.

Many people struggle with this concept because they can’t perceive that trees are interconnected, argues biologist George David Haskell in his 2017 book The Songs of Trees. Connection in a network, Haskell says, necessitates communication and breeds languages; understanding that nature is a network is the first step in hearing trees talk.

For the average global citizen, living far from the forest, that probably seems abstract to the point of absurdity. Haskell points readers to the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador for practical guidance. To the Waorani people living there, nature’s networked character and the idea of communication among all living things seems obvious. In fact, the relationships between trees and other lifeforms are reflected in Waorani language.

In Waorani, things are described not only by their general type, but also by the other beings surrounding them. So, for example, any one ceibo tree isn’t a “ceibo tree” but is “the ivy-wrapped ceibo,” and another is “the mossy ceibo with black mushrooms.” In fact, anthropologists trying to classify and translate Waorani words into English struggle because, Haskell writes, “when pressed by interviewers, Waorani ‘could not bring themselves’ to give individual names for what Westerners call ‘tree species’ without describing ecological context such as the composition of the surrounding vegetation.”

Because they relate to the trees as live beings with intimate ties to surrounding people and other creatures, the Waorani aren’t alarmed by the notion that a tree might scream when cut, or surprised that harming a tree should cause trouble for humans. The lesson city-dwellers should take from the Waorani, Haskell says, is that “dogmas of separation fragment the community of life; they wall humans in a lonely room. We must ask the question: ‘can we find an ethic of full earthly belonging?’”

Haskell points out that throughout literary and musical history there are references to the songs of trees, and the way they speak: whispering pines, falling branches, crackling leaves, the steady hum buzzing through the forest. Human artists have always known on a fundamental level that trees talk, even if they don’t quite say they have a “language.”

Redefining communication

Tree language is a totally obvious concept to ecologist Suzanne Simard, who has spent 30 years studying forests. In June 2016, she gave a Ted Talk (which now has nearly 2.5 million views), called “How Trees Talk to Each Other.”

Simard grew up in the forests of British Columbia in Canada, studied forestry, and worked in the logging industry. She felt conflicted about cutting down trees, and decided to return to school to study the science of tree communication. Now, Simard teaches ecology at the University of British Columbia-Vancouver and researches “below-ground fungal networks that connect trees and facilitate underground inter-tree communication and interaction,” she says. As she explained to her Ted Talk audience:

I want to change the way you think about forests. You see, underground there is this other world, a world of infinite biological pathways that connect trees and allow them to communicate and allow the forest to behave as though it’s a single organism. It might remind you of a sort of intelligence.

Trees exchange chemicals with fungus, and send seeds—essentially information packets—with wind, birds, bats, and other visitors for delivery around the world. Simard specializes in the underground relationships of trees. Her research shows that below the earth are vast networks of roots working with fungi to move water, carbon, and nutrients among trees of all species. These complex, symbiotic networks mimic human neural and social networks. They even have mother trees at various centers, managing information flow, and the interconnectedness helps a slew of live things fight disease and survive together.

Simard argues that this exchange is communication, albeit in a language alien to us. And there’s a lesson to be learned from how forests relate, she says. There’s a lot of cooperation, rather than just competition among and between species as was previously believed.

Peter Wohlleben came to a similar realization while working his job managing an ancient birch forest in Germany. He told the Guardian he started noticing trees had complex social lives after stumbling upon an old stump still living after about 500 years, with no leaves. “Every living being needs nutrition,” Wohlleben said. “The only explanation was that it was supported by the neighbor trees via the roots with a sugar solution. As a forester, I learned that trees are competitors that struggle against each other, for light, for space, and there I saw that it’s just [the opposite]. Trees are very interested in keeping every member of this community alive.” He believes that they, like humans, have family lives in addition to relationships with other species. The discovery led him to write a book, The Hidden Life of Trees.

By being aware of all living things’ inter-reliance, Simard argues, humans can be wiser about maintaining mother trees who pass on wisdom from one tree generation to the next. She believes it could lead to a more sustainable commercial-wood industry: in a forest, a mother tree is connected to hundreds of other trees, sending excess carbon through delicate networks to seeds below ground, ensuring much greater seedling survival rates.

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Seedling survival is important to human beings because we need trees. “The contributions of forests to the well-being of humankind are extraordinarily vast and far-reaching,” according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization 2016 report on world forests (pdf).

Forests are key to combating rural poverty, ensuring food security, providing livelihoods, supplying clean air and water, maintaining biodiversity, and mitigating climate change, the FAO says. The agency reports that progress is being made toward better worldwide forest conservation but more must be done, given the importance of forests to human survival.

Most scientists—and trees—would no doubt agree that conservation is key. Haskell believes that ecologically friendly policies would naturally become a priority for people if we’d recognize that trees are masters of connection and communication, managing complex networks that include us. He calls trees “biology’s philosophers,” dialoguing over the ages, and offering up a quiet wisdom. We should listen, the biologist says, because they know what they’re talking about. Haskell writes, “Because they are not mobile, to thrive they must know their particular locus on the Earth far better than any wandering animal.”
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  How to embed a facebook videos on WildFact
Posted by: sanjay - 04-14-2018, 04:27 PM - Forum: Tips, Guides, Tutorial & Technical Problem - Replies (4)
Ok, this is long time due tutorial for you guys.. So I am going to show you how to Embed a video from facebook

1. First go to the facebook page where video is located - example this page ``

2. Copy the last part of the url(link) which is numeric, i.e. 1058296017555355 (this is id of the video)

3. Add this numeric video id (1058296017555355) to the last of this:- ``

4. So the final url(link) will be like this:- `` . Now this is the link that we need to use in WildFact. Note that only numerical id will change for different videos.

5. Now follow this tutorial - to embed video on WildFact, instead using youtube use facebook in drop down in step3

Hope this help
Note: Facebook videos when embed does not show play button, that is why I write "Click on image to play the video" just below it, otherwise reader think it as image

Let me know if you guys are facing any problem
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  Replacing the Atlas Bear
Posted by: brotherbear - 04-10-2018, 06:34 PM - Forum: Bears - Replies (11)
Why not? The Atlas bear became extinct in North Africa most likely due to over-hunting during the nineteenth century. The last one reported was shot by a hunter in 1870. Since these bears, the only bears that were native to Africa during modern times, is extinct due to human ignorance and irresponsibility, then shouldn't we patch-up our mistake; though very late in the game? 
By far, most experts agree that the Atlas bear was most likely a subspecies of brown bear. Therefore, a breeding population of brown bears should be reintroduced into North Africa. But from what bear population should we choose from? 
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Posted by: P.T.Sondaica - 04-07-2018, 10:08 PM - Forum: Debate and Discussion about Wild Animals - Replies (16)
In some place in india tigers population is down after colonial hunt just 20 tiger but why wagdoh still have huge body with very muscular muscle neck and body..wagdoh is inbreed/incest why he have very good proportions(anatomy)?

In many case inbreed animal have small body and look verry weak....
sorry about my english
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