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  Hurricane Florence!
Posted by: Polar - 09-12-2018, 05:45 AM - Forum: Miscellaneous - Replies (15)
I don't mean to take a haunting tone, but my area (Blacksburg, VA) and both Carolinas are at extreme risk for being severely flooded from Hurricane Florence. Due to its speeds, it is making its way towards the US's mid-Atlantic east coast at a dastardly estimated 140 mph as of its top winds, and that is "only a conservative" speed according to the Washington Post article! Flooding is expected to be anywhere from 15-30 inches depending on area of hit and severity. Furthermore, they are predicting it flooding much deeper into each state (including into Blacksburg, VA) and covering my area up to 10 or 15 inches of water. In fact, my university has already prepared an evacuation plan in case conditions are much worse than expected (Duck Pond Lake is already flooding). This isn't good and I might see classes and other activities canceled if this gets any worse.

Virginia Tech keeping a close eye on Hurricane Florence

Hurricane warnings issued as ‘life-threatening’ Florence strengthens

I hope this hurricane doesn't significantly impact our local area. 10-15 inches is incredibly intense for normal university functions!
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  Tigers hunting and killing large pachyderms
Posted by: brotherbear - 09-04-2018, 11:57 PM - Forum: Tiger - Replies (33) 
A 20-year-old female elephant has been killed by a tiger in the Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR), a forest official said.
The half-eaten body of the pachyderm was found by a forest patrolling team on Friday morning, Uttarakhand Chief Wildlife Warden Srikant Chandola said.
‘Rare incident'
“The killing of elephant calves by a tiger is a common incident in jungles, but this is a very rare incident when the tiger has attacked and killed an adolescent elephant,” he added.
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  The California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)
Posted by: epaiva - 09-03-2018, 10:47 PM - Forum: Reptiles and Birds - Replies (2)
Accounts from the mid-19th century indicate that this speciews was scarce even then. Throughout most of the 20th century the California Condor was harrased, shot and even poisoned, and by the 1970s scarcely 30 birds survived. During the 1980s researchers captured the few remaining wild birds and began captive breeding programs. These have been succesful, but it remains not to be seen if reintroduction into natural habitats will ultimately suceed.
45-55" (114-140 cm) A massive black bird with wingspan up to 9 feet (275 cm). Adults show large areas of white feathers on the forward part of the wing. They have reddish-orange, featherless heads and black ruffs or neck collars. They weight from 7 to 14 kg (15 to 31lb), their normal average weight goes from 8 to 9 kg (18 to 20 lb).
Habitat: Mountainsides and open brush country, Nests in cliffside ledges.
National Audubon Society - North American Birds of Prey.
Range: Historically from the Columbia River in Oregon south throught Lower california. During the 20th century, restricted to southern California.

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  Indian Army SUV sale- great for safari in Indian forest
Posted by: Rishi - 08-26-2018, 10:11 AM - Forum: Packages & Offers - No Replies
Maruti Gypsy used by Indian Army for sale- Price from ₹1 lakh(100,000).

Maruti Gypsy is one of the most used car for safari in India, due to superb off-roading capability.

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Indian Army has over 31,000 units of Maruti Gypsy SUVs. This 1,298cc petrol SUV, which first entered production in 1985, is nearing the end of its life (in the forces).
The army intends to replace their fleet of Gypsy with a newer & larger diesel SUV called TATA Safari Storme. 

Those Gypsy’s which were used by the Indian Army will be aauctioned off or discarded. Depending on the version & condition, prices start at Rs 1-2 lakh per unit.
Older Army stock vehicles bought for civilian use register as new vehicle for next 15 years, as far as i know. 

Maruti revealed that Gypsy does not meet the upcoming Bharat NCAP crash test norms, which will come into effect from 1st October 2019. This will make the car not sellable in India anymore from then!

Army had been receiving new Maruti Suzukis until three years ago. Maruti-bags-4-000-gypsy-order-from-army-Dec2014.

Gypsy’s ex-showroom price starts from about ₹5-6 lakh (varying from city to city). Thus the next one year will be a window to get your hands on reasonably well maintained 2nd-hand Gypsys, at as less as a quarter the showroom price.

With many new Protected Areas in India seeing significant increase in numbers of tigers & other wildlife, prospects of forming a fledgling safari agency are better than ever.
So if you're a regular safari goer with contacts & basic know-how, then if interested, it'd be good to save up some capital & keep an eye out or keep in touch with dealers.
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  Is Jaguar capable of killing big crocodiles ?
Posted by: sanjay - 08-22-2018, 10:24 PM - Forum: Questions - Replies (6)
Ok, This question keep coming in my mind from time to time. And I really don't know if the Big Male and experienced Jaguar is capable of killing the big Crocodile or Alligator like Salt water corcos , Nile Crocodiles and American Alligators. We have seen great footage and photos of Caiman hunt by Jaguars.. even big size Caiman are not safe.. The plus point of Jaguar is, They are most capable hunter inside water compared to any other big cats.

The big male Jaguar
Big jaguar
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The Big Saltwater Crocodile
Big Saltwater crocdile
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The Big Nile Crocodile
Big Nile Crocodile
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Big Alligator
Big Alligator
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Would like to know your views.. Please be gentle during conversation .. this is not your favorite animal contest... so don't go mad.. remain unbiased with logical arguments.
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  Orinoco Crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius)
Posted by: epaiva - 08-22-2018, 06:44 AM - Forum: Aquatic Animals and Amphibians - Replies (18)
The Orinoco crocodile (Crocodylus intyermedius) is a critically endangered crocodile. Its population is very small and it can be found only in freshwater enviroments in Venezuela and Colombia with about 2000 individuals in Venezuela and 200 in Colombia, in particular the Orinoco River and its tributaries. Extensively hunted for their skins in the 19th and 20th centuries, this species is one of the most critically endangered species of crocodiles. It is one of the larger species of crocodilian. Males have been reported up to 6,6 m. (22 ft) in the past, but such sizes do not exist today, largest males today measure 5 m (16 ft). Males average 4,1 m (13 ft) in length weighing 380 kg (840 lb), while females are substantially smaller averaging 225 kg (496 lb) measuring and 3,30 m long. The coloration is light even in adults.
The Orinoco crocodile is an apex predator and will take opportunity to prey on a variety of reptiles, birds, and mammals, including Caiman crocodilus on occasion. The prey base is mostly made up of large predatory fish, challenging the general view by locals complaining about crocodile hunting local fish to a very low numbers, despite its large size the Orinoco crocodile rarely poses a threat to humans. Reproduction takes place in the dry season when the water level is lower.
Orinoco crocodiles are hole nesters, diggins holes in the sand to lay their eggs. The females guard the nests and young upto several years.
Photos taken in Puerto Miranda, Estado Guarico and Hato El Frio, Apure, Venezuela.

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  Homotherium ischyrus
Posted by: epaiva - 08-19-2018, 01:31 AM - Forum: Pleistocene Big Cats - No Replies
Homotherium ischyrus on the basis of a nearly complete skeleton from Birch Creek, Idaho. in general morphology the animal is similar to the Old World species Homotherium latidens, but some characters such as the retention of a two toothed third upper premolar in the mandible and an elongated lumbar section in the vertebral column suggest an early separation from the Europe lineage.
Taken from de book The other Saber-Tooths Scimitar-Tooth Cats of the Western Hemisphere (Virginia L. Naples - Larry D. Martin - John P. Babiarz)

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  Big Cats Sounds
Posted by: AlexE - 08-12-2018, 02:47 PM - Forum: Wildlife Pictures and Videos Gallery - No Replies

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  Reverse Image Search
Posted by: Rishi - 08-09-2018, 04:26 PM - Forum: Tips, Guides, Tutorial & Technical Problem - Replies (2)
Most of the photos shared by the posters on Wildfact are copyright of someone else. 

Often people surf through Internet once in a while & hoard all good stuff they find. Later on while posting those one might have no idea where he/she had found them, or who the photographer was.
Even if someone bookmarks every one of them & individual photo sources are still hectic to find from the pile.

To encourage the habit sharing of links & credits to photographs' source website/profile/article, here's a reliable and easy to use "Reverse Image Search" engine:
Prepostseo Image Search

What it is & how it works.

Upload the image normally like you'd do otherwise. For example:

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Simply copy the images url (in edit mode, or by opening it in new tab).

Open the Image Search & paste the link, or directly use the upload image feature. Press "Search Inage".

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It will show available search options with multiple major search engines.

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Unless the original image is in some private profile or gallery, there is a good chance that you'll find other copies of the image on the internet.

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In this case, a WWF article:

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Give it a try. By sharing the source not only are you giving owners their due credit, you are also making additional details available to the viewers of your post & may hit other interesting material related to it.

It is also a great way to double check the authenticity of images & find quality versions of them.
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  Golden Jackal (Canis aureus)
Posted by: Pckts - 07-28-2018, 03:16 AM - Forum: Canids (Canidae) & Hyaenids (Hyaenidae) - Replies (1)
Hedayeat Ullah‎ 

(10 May 2018). Loc: Nakhanda Barpeta.

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