Happy World Monkey day! 🐒 These Sulawesi crested macaques live only in the small Tangkoko reserve on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia and one tiny neighbouring island. Wandering through a troupe as they forage on a black sand beach is an incredible experience worth seeking out if travelling in Indonesia!
Meet Jabulani, an orphaned elephant that inspired a movement. In 1997, at the age of mere months Jabulani was found in a silt mud pit that he had slipped into.
The herd, being unable to rescue him, had no choice but to abandoned him and moved on. He was luckily discovered, rescued and moved to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center where he was nursed back to health and began to flourish. Around the age of 3 they began the long process of trying to assimilate him back into the wild among other elephants. Overtime it became clear that Jubalni was not interested and was happier at the rescue center, which was quite a burden for an elephant of this size.
In 2002 twelve orphaned elephants, trained for elephant back-safaris in near by Zimbabwe, were facing culling (death). The 12 elephants were rescued and brought to Hoedspruit where Jubalni was and he immediately took to this herd of outcasts.
credit : @ladzinski
There is no more vulnerable time for a giraffe then when it’s time for a drink. The advantage of being a giraffe after all is a high vantage lookout, something that is completely compromised at a water hole, a notorious predatory zone. It’s an awkward motion, leg’s sprawled into a shakey splits-like stance and head lowered down slowly to avoid falling over.
Upon taking a long draft of water giraffes will whip their heads back to an upright position to look for predators, something that would cause any other animal to faint. Giraffes have the largest heart of any land mammal which is essential to pumping blood to the brain quickly, alleviating any chance of passing out when the head is moved around quickly, like when fighting or standing up.