White Alligators Vs Albino Alligators

What do you know about the magnificent White Alligator? The white alligators are one of the rarest alligators around. They are restricted to the Southeastern United States. In 1987 in the bayou of southwest New Orleans 18 baby White Alligators were found. The were all taken to a zoo in Louisiana. Out of those 18 only 10 of them have survived. There is not really a whole lot of difference between them and all other alligators. Like all others they live in freshwater, swamps, marshes, rivers, lakes and small bodies of water of the southeastern United States. The only difference is that the color of their skin looks like “White Chocolate”. They are sometimes referred to as the “Swamp Ghost”.

Believe it or not there are two kinds of white Alligators. You have the White Alligator and the Albino Alligator. These two are very similar, however there are slight differences between them. Albino’s have a red or pink eyes where White Alligators have blues eyes. Unlike the White Alligators, Albinos are very weak creatures.

White Alligators are very beautiful to look at, and just as graceful and mesmerizing as all other alligators. Unfortunately the only way to see a white alligator now would be to visit some of the few zoos that have made a home for them. The largest enemy of the White Alligator believe it or not is the sun. This is due to the fact that they actually have white pigments. Which means their skin is really just white skin.

Legend has it, that those who gaze into the blue eyes of the White Alligator will be blessed with good luck for the coming year and prosperity will surely follow.

Source by Tasha Boroff

How the San Diego Zoo’s Joan Embery Became Famous

The epitaph on my tombstone may well read: He hired animal-handler Joan Embery as the San Diego Zoo’s ambassador and set her on the road to fame.

I spent 50 years in a colorful PR and journalism career. But my naming Joan to the new zoo post and placing her on “The Tonight Show” seems to be what folks most remember.

And why not? Joan’s nearly 100 appearances with Johnny Carson made her a familiar face to millions of Americans. Snuggled by snakes and loved by leopards, she was a natural success at bringing the fun, excitement and drama of the wild-animal world into viewers’ homes.

Her climb to celebrity status began with her first booking on “The Tonight Show” in 1970 with the young elephant she had taught to paint. When artist, Carol, allowed to perform, then turned with brush in trunk, swiping it over Johnny’s crotch, it convulsed the audience and Ed McMahon. Joan, 21, became a “regular” over the next four decades, providing millions of dollars in advertising to our then-financially-strapped park.

(Little Carol rarely painted on her poster board for the 12 million viewers that night – and gained notoriety as our artistic elephant for years, gaining tons of publicity!)

As Joan’s fame spread, she appeared on other network shows with zoo residents and did hundreds of TV and radio interviews. She subsequently traveled to Africa, England, Australia and other parts of the world, spreading wildlife conservation messages, while promoting our world-famous tourist attraction.

Truth be known, Joan became our second zoo ambassador. I goofed in picking the first. And, of course, there was never a need for a third. Joan made publicizing and promoting the San Diego Zoo a career for the next 35 years, until her recent retirement.

In the late ’60s, the zoo experienced a steady attendance decline (due in part to compete from the new SeaWorld marine park). Our PR Department was given the task of coming up with ways to attract more visitors to our burgeoning menagerie.

Consequently, as head of the zoo’s public department since ’65, I proposed selecting and training a young girl to serve as zoo ambassador. After due consideration, the board of trustees and zoo director approved a small budget for a year’s trial.

My idea had actually sprung from an earlier visit to our Children’s Zoo by a young, female Disneyland roving ambassador. If it was good enough for creative genius Walt, I remember thinking, then why not someone similar for us?

Several hundred girls responded to our first call for a photogenic young woman, well-spoken, with a love of wildlife. The chosen one would give talks, take VIPS on zoo tours and make appearances at events such as the city’s upcoming 200th anniversary.

Long story short, I managed the first time to pick the wrong applicant, one who was not good at handling animals, nervous about public speaking and did not know the city well.

At the end of her year, we went back to the drawing board. I revisited our resume file and put the word out publicly again to mild response. One day it was pointed out that a good candidate worked right under our noses in the Children’s Zoo – Joan Embery.

The zoo had hired college student Joan, 18, to work with the baby animals. So with several years’ experience under her belt by 1969, I had gotten to know and admire her devotion to our orphaned wildlife and her job.

I swore that Joan could talk to the animals-and vice versa. I knew she could easily spot the pout of an insulted elephant. In fact one of her elephant friends would actually stick out a foot to trip Joan as she ran by.

Several times, the always-cheery Miss Embery had invited me to come into an animal’s enclosure with her. She would offer interesting bits of info – such as the reason most zoos have only female elephants is because bulls are too dangerous when they are in musth during mating season. She told me their hormones rage to the degree they can pull up concrete, or even try to kill their keepers.

And I recall once watching in awe as our future “ambassador” stuck her hand in an elephant’s mouth to pat a wiggly, pink tongue. “It’s a greeting to them – like shaking hands,” she explained as I watched, jaw agape. “Go ahead – try it!” She urged. But I was too chicken, deciding I did not want to be that friendly.

For the second round, I named Joan the zoo’s next ambassador. And in privileged years, I watched with pride at the way she handled herself in public and in media appearances. Her true love of, and devotion to, wild life, came across to audiences, giving her a fame she did not seek, while the zoo and her wildlife caused prospered.

And many Carson fans today still remember the “Tonight Show” segment when Joan let Johnny hold a little marmoset, which climbed up and relieved itself on top of the famous host’s head. Johnny’s expression is captured on reruns of “The Best of Carson.”

It topped even the night when we took “Dudley Duplex,” a baby two-headed king snake, to the NBC show. It slithered up Johnny Carson’s dress shirt sleeve to hide and would not come out. Johnny kept calling up his sleeve: “Come out, fellas – come out now!”

Selecting the wild-life-loving teen-ager as Zoo Ambassador rightfully ranks, in retrospect, as the smartest (or luckiest move I ever made). Other than marrying my wife of 60 years!

Source by Bill Seaton

How Do Anaconda Snakes Sexually Reproduce? – Explained!

An important feature of a living organism is that it breeds. It gives birth to young ones like itself. Because of this, they protect themselves from extinction and breed from one era to the next.Most believe that since an anaconda is a reptile, it lays eggs. That’s it. But that is not the case with the anacondas. Unlike most of the egg-laying reptiles, an anaconda is a viviparous reptile. It gives birth to live offspring. It breeds heavily and at one go can give birth to two to three dozen young ones or even more at a time.

Like all snakes, anacondas reproduce sexually. The courtship between the male and the female anacondas lasts for more than two months that usually starts during the months of April and May. After the completion of the courtship the fertilization of the eggs occurs within the body of the female anaconda.

Courting and mating of anacondas occurs in the water. To lure the males, the female lays down a trail of pheromone or releases a kind of a stimulant in the air. In this manner the female joins the males towards her. During the breeding process, twelve males group together with one female in a kind of a sphere, known as a breeding ball.

When observed from afar, the breeding ball moves all the time like a huge leather ball that’s being pushed and pumped. Actually, what’s happening is that, each male fight with the other males so as to mate with the female. This slow motion fight among the males can last from two to four weeks. This depends on the female as she is the larger and stronger of all the anacondas in that breeding group.

To arouse and mate with the female, the males use their spurs. During mating, they press their cloacal parts aggressively against the body of the female. In the meantime, they continue to make use of their spurs to scratch the female. The climax of their duplication occurs when the female raises her cloacal part, hence allowing the cloacae of the two to move together. After mating, the female is pregnant for 6 months.

After 6 months, the female gives birth to live anacondas. The female loser nearly half her weight post-pregnancy. The new-born anacondas are called neonates. At birth they are 70-80 cm but they grow rapidly. They became sexually matured within the first few years, following which their growth slows down.

Reality being, this fascinating reptile can now be seen on zoo’s and even on animal centers in some parts of our world. For some countries is just another exotic pet if you watch many of the online pictures. Even clueless children at some countries play with such young anacondas in South America.

However, do let me remind you that there’s a wide difference between a Hollywood snakes across Jennifer Lopez beautiful depicted Hollywood body, and the realistic views of an anaconda snake at close encounter – right? Be sure to keep doing your diligence in such a wonderful creature, you may love what you see on popular websites online.

Source by Michael Gutemberg

Pros and Cons of Wild Animals As Pets

Many people find the idea of ​​having wildlife as pet as exotic and exciting. However, if you want a wild animal as a pet, you should have thorough understanding of the animal and its behavior and needs. The people who have these animals as pets are invariably trained to handle them, but even they will tell how unpredictable these animals can be. You may have read stories in the newspaper of zoo keepers being mauled by their wards.

So, having wild animals as pets has become quite a sensitive and controversial issue. Some people like to highlight the pros, while others just point out the cons. However, both should be weighed equally and only then a decision should be taken to keep a wild animal as a pet.

Here are some pros and cons of wildlife as pets.

Sometimes, conventional pets like dogs and cats can not be kept due to lack of space. In such circumstances, one can keep a wildlife like a hedgehog or gecko as a pet as they do not require that much space. Some wild animals have their own benefits. Like a hedgehog can be used to keep insects and others pests at bay in a house.

Often it has been seen purchasing a wild animal can be cheaper than purchasing a pet that is popular and has a pedigree.

Also, many proponents of wild animals feel that some species have a better chance of survival if they are adopted. It has been seen that the dart frog is facing a problem in the wild as its natural habitat is diminishing. Here, if this animal is adopted, it will have a better chance of survival.

However, there are sufficient cons and disadvantages of owning wild animals as pets. First of all, one has to take into consideration the welfare of the animal. Having a wildlife means giving due consideration to its diet, exercise and social interactions. Often, the animal will not have any interaction with other animals of its own species and will be left to lead a lonely and solitary life. Also, the owners will not be equipped to provide proper care to the animals as they may not be well-versed in these things. Many wild animals look cute and cuddly when they are small. However, as they reach adulthood or sexual maturity, their wild side takes over and the animal becomes aggressive. This is the time many owners abandon their pets or give them away to zoos.

Wild animals are carriers of many diseases that are lethal to humans. For instance, reptiles and amphibians are carriers of salmonella infection and each year thousands of people in the US contract this disease due to their pets. Also, rats imported from Africa are known to carriers of monkey pox. An outbreak of this disease occurred in the US in 2003 when Gambian rats bought in the monkey pox into the country.

Above all, the demand for wildlife as pet is increasing. So, many illegal traders are taking advantage of this demand. Most of the wild animals are captured and then transported in cruel and inhuman manner to reach their owners. In addition, majority of the owners do not know to take care of the animals and this causes them to fall sick or even die.

So, weigh the pros and cons of having wild animals as pets before jumping to adopt one. Make sure that you are properly equipped to handle the care of the animal. Do not adopt one if you have any doubts.

Source by Kum Martin

Pros and Cons of Zoos

There are many opinions on animals in captivity. Many people think that keeping animals in captivity is abusive and that we should not use these animals for our entertainment. This is true, animals should not be held in these cages. Other people think we are saving these animals because they are rehabilitating these animals and if they were in the wild they would die. Both of these opinions are true. With zoos there is no black and white, it is gray.

Many animal activists believe that the cons outweigh the pros when it comes to zoos. Doris Lin speaks on the point of animal rights activists when saying a con about zoos is "we do not have a right to breed, capture and define other animals, even if they are endangered. Have fewer rights. " This is quite true, God did not intend for animals to be put in cages. Some animals are bred in captivity and only know life caged and never have seen the wild. These animals that are held in captivity have high stress levels and suffer from boredom and confinement.

Breeding animals in captivity leads to a huge surplus of animals and this can lead to animals being sold to other zoos, circuses, and can even be slaughtered. Most programs that breed animals do not release the animals back into the wild, they are left in the zoo system. On the topic of whales being in captivity Naomi Rose speaks against it. Orcas in the wild have a longer life expectancy than those in captivity. Orcas that live in the wild have a life expectation for females live up to 80-90 years and males 60-70 years. For orcas in captivity both male and females live up to their early 20s and maybe even late teens. Sea World has lost 26 orcas in the past 29 years. That is a reasonable amount of orca deaths. When these orcas are in these pools their aggression levels and stress levels are high. There have been 4 deaths of whale trainers. As we can see orcas should not be held in captivity.

On the other hand there are some pros to zoos. Zoos bring people together and teach the public about endangered animals. This can be a great thing for a community. Zoos also help endangered species by giving them a safer home and breeding them because in the wild it may be hard for them to find a mate. "Zoos benefit conservation not only through direct efforts such as captive breeding, wild survival training and reintroduction but also in indirect ways (Aziz)." Almost 50 percent of people live in areas where disconnected from nature. So in these cities zoos and aquariums enrich the lives of the citizens and make them want to preserve animal life. "Research on captive animals increases knowledge of animal biology, genetics, behavior, interactions, food habits etc (Aziz)." These are all very good pros for zoos but, we see that there are a lot more cons.

Here are both the pros and cons for zoos. Ultimately we all have our own opinions about the effectiveness of zoos. After we see all the facts about zoos we see the gray areas. Zoos do a lot more harm than good when it comes to these wild animals. Animals deserve to live their lives free in cadges for our entertainment.

Source by Danielle M Samela