Dec 1

Everyone’s heard of the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon –  a game based on the concept that all the world’s actors can be linked through their film roles to the infamous Mr Bacon within six steps. So, it’s pretty easy to link up the incestuous world of celebrities, but what happens if you exchange your Matt Damons for mullets, your Jim Carreys for jaguars or your Tom Cruises for toucans?

Well, lets find out! This week I challenged myself to get from the Ethiopian wolf to the white rhino using whatever six tenuous links I decided were valid. So, here goes…

Ethiopian wolf

Ethiopian wolf

Ethiopian wolves eat big-headed mole-rats.

Big-headed mole-rat

Big-headed mole rat

From one big-headed species to another…

Big-headed turtle

Big-headed turtle

The legal and illegal trade of big-headed turtles is one of the main threats facing this species; similarly, pitcher plants are traded illegally for use as ornamental plants.

Pitcher plant

Pitcher plant

Pitcher plants are found in Sumatra, and so is the…

Sumatran orang-utan

Sumatran orang-utan

The main threat to orang-utans is habitat loss, much of which is due to illegal and legal logging.  White seraya is considered the most important commercial timber of northern Borneo.

White seraya

White seraya

A somewhat questionable link but both the white seraya and the white rhino are incorrectly named as neither of them are white!

White rhinoceros

White rhinoceros

You get the idea? Right, now it’s your turn to dabble in some Kevin Bacon-inspired wildlife linkage.

This week’s challenge is to get from the weird but wonderful narwhal to the oh-so-cute pika in six steps using ONLY the animals, plants and fungi found on ARKive.

Post your chains as comments on this blog and we will decide which dodgy connections are acceptable and those which aren’t. The winner will receive the most amazing prize one could possibly imagine….that’s right, the utmost respect from the ARKive office. You can’t even buy that on eBay.

Bonnie Metherell, ARKive Media Researcher

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