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rhamphotheca:

For World’s Oddest-Looking Antelope, Signs of a Comeback

Thanks to conservation, the saiga antelope returns to Kazakhstan’s steppes.

by David Stern

With its tubular, bulbous nose, it may look like a character from a Dr. Seuss book or the bar scene in Star Wars.

But don’t be fooled by its droll appearance: The saiga antelope is one of the animal world’s great survivors.

Saiga (Saiga tatarica) are about the size of a small goat—males weigh on average 90 pounds (41 kilograms) and females around 60 pounds (27 kilograms)—and live in the steppes, the arid grasslands that encompass parts of Eastern Europe and most of Central Asia.

Saigas, an endangered antelope species, are returning to Kazakhstani wildlife, thanks to conservation efforts…

(read more: National Geographic)

photos by Klaus Nigge

Yeah! You can do it, bonkers-looking antelope!

Hawk Moth Caterpillar (Eupanacra mydon, Sphingidae) Hawk Moth Caterpillar (Eupanacra mydon, Sphingidae)

sinobug:

Snake Mimicry - Hawk Moth Caterpillar (Eupanacra mydon, Sphingidae)

Many animals have conspicuous eye-like spots on their body. In most animals these ‘eyespots’ are thought to intimidate predators from attacking or deflect the predator strikes away from vulnerable body parts. That ‘eyespots’ could help prey by resembling the eyes of a predator’s own enemies is thought to be particularly true for butterfly and moth caterpillars. Eyespot caterpillars are often cited to be snake mimics that startle attacking birds which mistake them for dangerous snakes. Despite widespread acceptance, this phenomena is surprisingly understudied.

See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE

Oh, hi there.

headlikeanorange:

A male Darwin’s frog with a vocal pouch full of tadpoles. He carries them around until they develop into froglets and hop out of his mouth. (Natural World - BBC)

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why the GIF was invented.

headlikeanorange:

A male Darwin’s frog with a vocal pouch full of tadpoles. He carries them around until they develop into froglets and hop out of his mouth. (Natural World - BBC)

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why the GIF was invented.

(via sciencecenter)