When compared to demographics 30 years ago, less than 5% of tiger and rhino populations remain in the wild (Congressional). The main culprits for this abominable crime against nature are avaricious poachers who seek personal gain and profit. Poaching is the illegal killing of endangered animals. This crime was a large problem in the 1970s that was mitigated in the early 90s by intensive legislation (Coniff). More recently, the problem has returned, and it is worse than ever.
What do we really know about the first of the big cats? Big cats or cats in general are solitary animals, so finding any fossils, let alone a well preserved fossil is like finding a needle in a hay stack. I believe that it is important for us to take a look back in time so we can try and see what pressures the ancient big cats faced, to prevent making some of the same mistakes that caused the extinction of many of the ancient big cats. Today many of the big cats of Central Asia, South America, and Africa are facing extinction due to humans impeding onto their territory and destroying the necessary habitat for them to survive. The history of the cat family Felidae has its origins that can be traced back to the late Eocene Epoch about thirty-seven millions years ago.
Although, a more specific classification of a Mexican free-tailed bat is listed as aerial insectivore. This class uses echolocation to locate its prey, while inactive or in motion. Dietary needs of Tadarida brasiliensis, include but are not limited to moths, beetles, flies dragonflies, and wasps. Egg-laden moths contain a high percentage of fat, making them the main candidates for feasting by nursing female free-tails... ... middle of paper ... ...ed Bat Chirp Syllables: Bayesian Functional Mixed Models for Nonstationary Acoustic Time Series." Journal of the American Statistical Association 108.502 (2013): 514-26.
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They were brought to Australia as a biological control, to eat the cane grubs that were killing the farmer’s canes and causing them loads of money. The Australian native, Cane grub is the larvae of Cane beetles. They initially eat the roots and the shoots of young plants. The plants become so damaged that they are not able to grow again, all the moisture in their roots is drained by the larvae (Guzmain, 2012). All of the ontogenetic stages of the cane toads contain toxins (Guzmain, 2012).
While the claws and teeth of the animal are used in traditional Asian medicine. Tiger parts are regarded highly in Asian medicine; however, there is no medical value to any part of a tiger. Rhinos are highly endangered due to poaching. A type of rhinos, called Javan rhinos, is known as the closest mammal to extinction with less than 100 of these beasts still roaming Africa. Rhinos are killed mainly for their horns while the rest of their bodies are left to rot in the wilds.
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The nursery rhyme “ Ring Around The Rosy” is more than a popular song little children sing while holding hands, walking around in a circle and then falling down. The nursery rhyme refers to the Black Death, one of the worst plagues of all time (Schladweller). Known as infectious diseases that spread quickly and kill countless people, plagues have had a tremendous affect on people around the world since the beginning of time. The Black Death, also known as the bubonic plague, is a contagious bacterial infection that has killed millions of people. With the bubonic plague brutally killing one fourth of Europe in the 14th century and devastating China in the 18th century (Link), it is noted in history books as the worst plague of all times.