Nov 18

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Eastern gorilla survival character

 

Name: Eastern gorilla (Gorilla beringei)

Stats: 

Status – Endangered (EN)

Height Up to 1.7 metres

Weight – Up to 160 kilograms

Interesting Fact:

You wouldn’t want to annoy this guy! The largest of the living apes, this mighty strong primate is famous for its intimidating chest-beating displays. It also likes to eat its own poo to help absorb more vitamins from its diet of plants and seeds. Best to avoid smelling its breath!

Where am I found?

Living in tropical forest, mountain gorillas, the most famous of the eastern gorillas, are found in just two remote areas, one in the Virunga Volcanoes, on the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the other in southwestern Uganda. The lesser known eastern lowland gorillas are only found in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Eastern gorilla photo

What do I eat?

Eastern gorillas are herbivorous, and their vegetarian diet is mostly made up of leaves. Because of their large size and the fact that the leaves they feed on aren’t very nutritious, gorillas have to spend a lot of their time eating!

Eastern gorilla photo

How do I live?

Eastern gorillas live in peaceful family groups, led by a large and powerful silverback male. Because there are plenty of leaves to eat and not much competition for food, eastern gorillas can live together in large numbers, and occasionally as many as 50 have been seen together!

Female gorillas only give birth only every three or four years, as they spend a long time raising each infant. Young gorillas are not fully weaned until they are around 3.5 years old. Males defend their families using their large size and intimidating chest-beating displays.

Eastern gorilla photo

Why am I threatened?

Sadly, there are lots of threats to the Eastern gorilla. Snares set to catch other animals may accidentally injure and even kill gorillas, and some poachers deliberately trap infant gorillas.

Eastern lowland gorillas are at risk from the human conflict in the area they live, many have been shot dead in crossfire, or killed for food by people hiding in the forest.

A relatively new threat to the gorillas comes from tourism, as they are vulnerable to human diseases passed on by people keen to get up close to these majestic primates.

Eastern gorilla photo

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Survival is available for free now on the App store and Android Market.

Find out more about ‘Survival’ or watch the ‘Survival’ promotional video on YouTube.

Nov 17

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 Golden frog, Survival character

Name: Golden frog (Mantella aurantiaca)

Stats:

Status – Critically Endangered (CR)

Length – up to 26 mm

Interesting fact:

This poisonous critter has small pale tubes on its belly which can be seen carrying sperm and urine around the body.

Where am I found?

The golden frog can only be found in Madagascar, where it prefers to inhabit areas with a high level of moisture. It can be found in damp, swampy habitats in primary and secondary rainforests.

What do I eat?

The golden frog has an appetite for things that creep and crawl, and will feed on termites, fruit flies, ants and a huge range of other insects.

Golden frog photo

How do I live?

A sociable species, the golden frog lives in groups usually consisting of twice as many males as females. Breeding tends to start after the first heavy rains of the year, and when there is plenty of food. Male golden frogs attract females with their call, which is a series of short notes, each of which includes three short clicks.

The females do not lay their eggs in water, but in damp leaf litter, moss or under bark and rocks next to a water source. Each clutch contains 20 – 60 white eggs, and these are fertilised by the male immediately after laying. The tadpoles hatch out two weeks later and they either wriggle into water or are washed into small pools by heavy rain. Here, they take around 70 days to metamorphose into froglets.

Golden frog photo

Why am I threatened?

The golden frog only lives in a very small, fragmented area of rainforest which is rapidly being destroyed to make way for the expanding human population. Forest fires and collection for the pet trade also pose a threat to this species, and it is at future risk from the chytrid fungus which has killed many amphibians around the world.

Photo of golden frogs being held

Play Survival today!

Survival is available for free now on the App store and Android Market.

Find out more about ‘Survival’ or watch the ‘Survival’ promotional video on YouTube.

Nov 16

ARKive's 'Survival' app logo

Tap, drag, scroll, swipe and pinch your way through a series of quick-fire mini-games to reveal the identity of some of the world’s most endangered animals, with Survival, ARKive’s new, mobile app. Download for free at the App store and Android market.

What a brilliant idea! It’s a fun way to learn about endangered species – though I have to admit I was too slow to beat my eight-year-old goddaughter.” Mark Carwardine, zoologist and wildlife TV presenter

Play Survival on your own or in a team as you race against the clock to master four key survival skills: speed, agility, endurance and intelligence. The game is packed full of stunning wildlife imagery and fascinating animal facts.

And the fun doesn’t stop there. You can continue learning about the world’s endangered species on ARKive, which is packed full of over 14,000 multimedia species profiles containing fascinating animal and plant fact files, over 80,000 photos and videos and engaging and fun educational resources for all ages.

Survival on App storeSurvival on Android Market

Find out more about Survival on the ARKive website or watch the Survival promo video.

Oct 27

Breathtaking scenery, beautiful coastline, a subtropical climate and cultural diversity attract around 246 million tourists to the Mediterranean region every year.

The beauty of the Mediterranean Basin is world famous, but how much do you know about the animals and plants found there? As part of our Mediterranean Basin eco-region pages, profiled with support from the MAVA Foundation, we have created a quiz to test your knowledge about the animals and plants living in the region.

Some of the species featured in our Mediterranean Basin quiz include:

The magnificent Spanish imperial eagle 

Spanish imperial eagle image

Spanish imperial eagle

 

The Critically Endangered Mediterranean monk seal

Mediterranean monk seal image

Mediterranean monk seal

 

The charismatic loggerhead turtle

Loggerhead turtle image

Loggerhead turtle

 
Want to challenge your friends and find out more about animals and plants living in the Mediterranean?
 

Play the Mediterranean Basin quiz now!

Rebecca Goatman, ARKive Media Researcher
 
Oct 6

The moment you’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived – we can finally reveal the winners of our fantastic ARKive Superfan competition! Over the past two weeks, ARKive’s biggest fans have been telling us why they like us so much over Facebook and Twitter.

After much debate in the ARKive office last week, we chose 10 reasons from Facebook and 10 reasons from Twitter to be put to a vote!

We then asked you to vote for your favourite reason for liking ARKive and end the quest to find ARKive’s ultimate Superfan. It has been a close call throughout, and it’s no wonder, with such fantastic reasons for liking ARKive!

So drum roll please…

ARKive’s Superfan Winners

Facebook:

Mia Macadam: I don’t just “LIKE” ARKive, I LOVE ARKive…I love ARKive because it is an extraordinary collection of precious information which for all   we know may be lost to future generations if it weren’t for inspiring ventures like ARKive. On ARKive you can see videos, pictures and very  hard to come by information on some of the rarest species on earth…so keep up the amazing work  and know that there are many of us who dream of being a part of such projects!! 

Twitter:

S Holloway: @saunieindiego @ARKive puts me in touch with animals and creatures I would not otherwise know existed. I love @ARKive

 

We hope you enjoy wearing your jewelled crowns ARKive Superfans!

If you didn’t see our favourite reasons on Facebook and Twitter before, then here they are as a reminder…

Facebook Top 10:

I like ARKive because it brings to me the animals, plants and other parts of Mother Nature that are too far away for me to personally experience.  Apart from the super cool name and the awesome web interface, I love how ARKive is such a great platform to learn and share vital information and amazing photographs of our fellow inhabitants of planet Earth.
ARKive could be the single most complete online encyclopaedia of wildlife on the internet; closing a gap between the public and the natural world. I like ARKive because it is the best resource for any pictures of any life-form: algae to chickens. It is free. It is a great place for information and wild news and jokes. I love ARKive because it helps wildlife around the world.
I love ARKive because it doesn’t put any animal above another. The creatures that some find disturbing or insignificant get as much ‘air time’ as the cute fluffy ones. And, being a fishy person, it’s great to see all the species of fish you highlight… I like ARKive because it has lots of information and I even dreamt to be in the ARKive team when I am big.
I like ARKive because it is a great resource for sharing with my children to show them the wonderful creatures we share the planet with. We like ARKive because it’s a unique source of inspirational images, footage and knowledge about nature. Takes us to journeys beyond and under and never fails to amaze us.
I like ARKive because it is an information resource that is powerful. To excite people about protecting habitats, or doing their part to be good stewards, it helps to know that there are some amazing creatures out there that are too incredible to lose.

Twitter Top 10:

@moongirl01: @ARKive I follow ARKive because I’m passionate about wildlife and conservation and I enjoy learning as much as I can about all animals. @brittgow: I love @ARKive because my students learn about threatened species and sometimes even develop empathy for our wild creatures on earth. @nom_ennuyeux: @ARKive Like?! I love ARKive. It’s a fantastic site for finding facts quickly or reading 
@madbirdhouse: @ARKive I like ARKive because you share knowledge, help educate the world, and.embrace social media. Plus your pics are lovely! @biocreativity: I LOVE @ARKive because it gives us all a chance to see endangered species in action via the #biocreativity of photographers and filmmakers! @Elyphaleth: I LOVE @ARKive because it helps me finding amazing pictures, videos and complete information about many animal species that I love.
@VEcotours: I follow ARKive because I love randomly perusing the animals! And it’s a great resource. @rozpen love the fab photos and unusual facts! @p_potto:@ARKive I love looking at the amazing variety of plants & animals you feature. I’ve learned a lot, & enjoy beautiful photos too!

Thanks to you all for playing our Superfan game and voting for the ultimate Superfan! The ARKive team has really enjoyed reading all your reasons for liking ARKive. We hope you enjoyed playing too and even if you weren’t the winner, you’ve helped us to spread the word about ARKive and raise awareness about the world’s most endangered species.

The ARKive Team

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