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Sep 23

Creatures of the Continents - Part 5: Australia by Cody Rasmussen

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 23, 2022 at 9:39 AM by Genesis Gaule

kangaroo

"Much of human behavior can be explained by watching the wild beasts around us. They are constantly teaching us things about ourselves and the way of the universe, but most people are too blind to watch and listen."
- Suzy Kassem, “Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem”

Upon this planet we call home, one can find a great multitude of forms of life. From the birds in the sky to the creatures beneath the waves, the creatures that move upon the earth to the ones that move below it. They are everywhere. Some can be seen in certain places around the world more than others. One of these places is none other than the Australian continent.

Cassowary

It doesn’t take long for those who visit Australia to see that it has such a wide variety of unique creatures. Birds like the Emu and the Cassowary roam the land, while in the sky the Splendid Fairy-wren and the Tawny Frogmouths take flight.

dingo

Alongside the Emu and Cassowary, the land is roamed by creatures such as the Dingo and the Kangaroo; and in the trees the koala makes its home.

platypus

While the waters of the continent are host to fish such as the Eel-tailed catfish and the Australian grayling, other creatures like the ever-unique Platypus can be found at times in the waters of Australia and Tasmania. 

snake

Reptiles roam the continent from waters to the desert inlands: the Skink to the Crocodile to the ever venomous Coastal taipan.  Life is everywhere.

Tasmanian Tiger

Yet like so many other places in the world, many of the creatures of Australia face the constant threat of extinction. Though this is beginning to change with the advances of modern science. In August of 2022, it was announced that the University of Melbourne will partner with a Texas-based Biotechnology company in the effort to bring back the extinct Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine) (source).

koala

The continent of Australia has many wondrous creatures that call it home. The sounds echo throughout the mountains and valleys, constantly reaffirming that life is bountiful there.  Keep watch for the next blog post in this series, where it will be based on the creatures of Antarctica.

“We don’t own the planet Earth, we belong to it. And we must share it with our wildlife.”
- Steve Irwin

More in this Series: Part 1: North America | Part 2: South America | Part 3: Europe | Part 4: Asia

Jun 17

Creatures of the Continents - Part 4: Asia by Cody Rasmussen

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on June 17, 2022 at 11:24 AM by Genesis Gaule

Tiger

"The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
- Mahatma Gandhi

Upon this planet we call home, one can find a great multitude of forms of life. From the birds in the sky to the creatures beneath the waves, the creatures that move upon the earth to the ones that move below it. They are everywhere. Some can be seen in certain places around the world more than others. One of these places is none other than the Asian continent.

vulture

When it has the opportunity, nature flourishes. This is something that can be accepted with great certainty, and this is true in regards to Asia. Amongst the mountains and through the skies the birds of the continent soar, from the Japanese tit to the White-rumped vulture to the Indian peafowl. And upon the land move a variety of creatures; whether in the open areas or amongst the forests or even the deserts and mountains. Predators such as the Snow leopard in the mountain ranges and the Tigers stalking the forests, while the Orangutans and the Giant panda go searching for their meals amongst the trees.

Komodo dragon

Asia is also the dwelling place for a wide variety of lizards and snakes. From the venomous King cobra and Indian cobra to the Burmese python, they are everywhere. Who can forget the Komodo dragon? However, like other continents, so many of these animals are at riskDue to the growth of cities, much of the native habitats are slowly dwindling away. Yet poaching is one of the greatest risks that these creatures face. From the Snow leopards to the Javan rhinoceroses, the Malayan tiger to the Borneo elephant, they are being hunted for their prized and treasured body parts and even for medicinal purposes. In order to protect these creatures, we must look deeply on who we are as humans.

Panda

The continent of Asia has many wondrous creatures that call it home. The sounds echo throughout the mountains and valleys, constantly reaffirming that life is bountiful there. Keep watch for the next blog post in this series, where it will be based on the creatures of Australia.

“Wildlife needs wilderness-not just to survive, but also to live freely. Sadly, many species struggle to survive due to increased human activity and expansion into habitats they call home.”
- Zoe Helene

More in this Series: Part 1: North America | Part 2: South America | Part 3: Europe

Apr 01

Creatures of the Continents - Part 3: Europe by Cody Rasmussen

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on April 1, 2022 at 1:29 PM by Genesis Gaule

golden-eagle

"Animals don't lie. Animals don't criticize. If animals have moody days, they handle them better than humans do."
- Betty White

Upon this planet we call home, one can find a great multitude of forms of life. From the birds in the sky to the creatures beneath the waves, the creatures that move upon the earth to the ones that move below it. They are everywhere. Some can be seen in certain places around the world more than others. One of these places is none other than the European continent.

lynx

For all that the wilderness of Europe has been subject to great change, what with the increase of agriculture and the ever increasing number of cities, nature still manages to flourish in the way only it can. The birds of the continent still fly in the skies, such as the Eurasian skylark and the Golden eagle. And upon the land move a variety of creatures; whether in the open areas or amongst the trees or even the valleys and mountains. Predators such as the Eurasian lynx and the wolf move quickly, stalking their prey, while the Brown bear and the European pine marten go searching for anything from berries to fellow animals.

puffin

Europe is also the home to a variety of lizards and snakes. From the venomous European viper to the easygoing European green lizard, they are everywhere. Yet while so many creatures are free to wander the fields and forests of Europe, such as the moose and the reindeer, many of the various animals are at risk. Due to the constant spread of new farmland and the growth of cities, much of the native habitats are slowly dwindling away. Birds such as the European turtle dove, water-dwelling creatures such as the Mediterranean monk seal, and small mammals such as the European mink. Each of them are at risk of disappearing unless we are able to mitigate the damage that we are causing.

moose

The continent of Europe has many wondrous creatures that call it home. The sounds echo throughout the mountains and valleys, constantly reaffirming that life is bountiful there. Keep watch for the next blog post in this series, where it will be based on the creatures of Asia.

“The wild is where you find it, not in some distant world relegated to a nostalgic past or an idealized future; its presence is not black or white, bad or good, corrupted or innocent... We are of that nature, not apart from it. We survive because of it, not instead of it.”
- Renee Askins

More in this Series: Part 1: North America | Part 2: South America