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Facts About Orangutans

Bornean orangutan

Orangutans are known by many from their brightly colored hair; however, this incredible ape has many more amazing qualities aside from that distinctive hair color. The orangutan is the only exclusively Asian great ape genus and is also one of the most intelligent primates alive today. While many dismiss this fluffy looking critter as being of lesser intelligence than the better known chimpanzee or gorilla, the orangutan shares a great many features with these better known apes as well as with human beings. The orangutan certainly has aspects that separate it from other great apes but the similarities that it shares with both humans and other great apes make it one species that the planet should be concerned over losing. It is not that one species deserves life more so than another; however, the amount of information that research scientists could learn from studying these human like great apes is of particular value to the human race.

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Facts about The Red Wolf

Red wolf in field

The red wolf, also known by its scientific name Canis lupus rufus, is native to North America. While the red wolf was once rather populous throughout the United States ranging from Texas to Florida and up to New York, this incredible creature is now nowhere to be found in the wild. There are many reasons for the extinction of the red wolf in its natural habitat but this hardy creature has shown its resilience through captive breeding programs and reintroduction to the wild…

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Get to Know The Western Lowland Gorilla

Western lowland gorilla

The Western lowland gorilla is one of the most recognized wild animals around the world; this incredible subspecies is native to Africa; however they can be found worldwide in zoo exhibits. It is known for being an incredibly intelligent creature with an incredible amount of power packed into its solid body. As a result of various factors impressing upon their homelands they are considered critically endangered.

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Russian Dwarf Hamsters Make Great Pets

Russian dwarf hamster

The Russian dwarf hamster is just one species of hamster that small pet lovers enjoy keeping. These small rodents may not have particularly long life spans but these cute critters are sociable and easy to care for making them the ideal pet! In this article we will cover everything you ever wanted to know about the Russian dwarf hamster from taxonomy, physical appearance and diet…

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Five Killer Whales Sue SeaWorld

Jumping killer whale

To many, SeaWorld is a place of vacations and wonder as they watch giant marine animals perform feats of great acrobatics. For others, however, the use of marine mammals in this type of entertainment forum is considered unethical. Should killer whales be given the same freedoms as human beings? Should they be protected from being “enslaved?” According to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, they should…

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Ways to Save The Bees

Bubble bee on Sunflower

Even though we tend to think of bees in terms of them always being the same kind, there are several different types of bees. The bees that are primarily in danger in this case are honey bees. And while the bee fearing population might not be too concerned about the issue, the fact is that most bees are not a danger to you unless they feel that you are a danger to them. You might also think of these bees differently once you realize that their work impacts about 90% of the world’s food supply…

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What is the Difference Between a Frog and a Toad?

Toad vs frog: Difference Between Frogs and Toads

Ribbit. Ribbit. You hear them croaking at night but what is the difference between toads and frogs? Frogs and toads are both amphibians, though they do not behave or look the same if they are what are known as “true frogs” or “true toads”. These are the toads and frogs that adhere to the classic description of either amphibian. They each have very specific characteristics, though some frogs carry some of the characteristics of toads and some toads carry some of the characteristics of frogs…

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Bottled Water Facts & Stats

Bottle of water and shadow: Bottled Water Facts & Stats

Drinking bottled water isn’t only bad for the environment, it’s potentially hazardous for your body too. We’ll take a look at some shocking but important truths about bottled water and the industry that manufactures it. Although the bottles are transparent, bottled water companies are not so much. Let’s save the planet one less bottle at a time!

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Best Water Filter for Your Home

Nothing tastes better then a glass of cool, crisp ice water, especially on a hot summer day. While most municipal drinking water has already been tested and is potable to drink, filtering your water is a great extra precaution to remove unwanted minerals from your drinking water. So how do you know which filter is best to make you healthier?

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Best Ways to Lose Weight: Food or Exercise?

Person standing on scale

I’ve read several different percentages regarding exercise, eating right and how the two affect weight loss. I’ve read 75% in the kitchen (what you eat) and 25% through exercise. I’ve read 90% in the kitchen and 10% through exercise. The bottom line is, though, for optimal weight loss, it takes both. How much and the type of calories you eat combined with how many calories you burn will determine how much, and how fast, you lose. It’s important to find a balance that works well for you, but here are a few tips you can keep in mind while searching for your best ways to lose weight and how to feel better in the process….

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Chia Seeds Recipes

Chia Seeds in bowl with fruit

If you ask me, chia seeds don’t really have a taste, but some might describe them as slightly nutty. Either way, they are an easy add in to smoothies or morning oat topper. They can even be used as an egg substitute or, drum roll please… can make the most delicious and satiating breakfast, snack or dessert all on their own. And, without further ado, here are two of my favorite chia seeds recipes for you to try out…

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Cloth Diaper Reviews

When I had my first baby, my only connection to cloth diapers (commonly referred to as “Fluff” in the cloth diaper world) was pictures of myself in Gerber prefolds (the ones you buy in a pack at Wal-Mart and usually use as burp cloths) and plastic pants. The thought of diaper pins and a squirmy baby is a little frightening to me. Little did I know how far cloth diapers have come! You can still get prefolds and covers, if that’s what you prefer (and some do). However, you can also get “All in One” diapers which are essentially the cloth equivalent to disposables. I have settled on pocket diapers (a waterproof outer shell which uses an absorbent insert) because they are trimmer, but dry faster than AIOs (All in Ones)…

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Cloth vs. Disposable Diapers: A Frightening Tale

Baby crawling with books

I just returned from a trip to my mom’s house in North Carolina. It’s always nice to visit other than the fact that my baby doesn’t sleep well when we travel (does any baby, really???). This trip was slightly complicated by another issue too, though. I use cloth diapers at home, but I don’t expect my mom to give up her washing machine to poo filled diapers. Not to mention, disconnecting my diaper sprayer at home sounded no more appealing than sticking my hand down and rinsing a cloth diaper in her toilet (UGH!)…

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Washing Cloth Diapers and Protecting Your Investment

Cloth diapers hanging out to dry on the clothes line

So, here’s my dos and don’ts for cloth diaper care to make sure you “get it right!” I quit the first time I tried to cloth diaper because of leakage. Thankfully, a friend had supplied the majority of my stash, so I didn’t waste loads of money. But, it was disappointing to say the least. I don’t want to see that happen to anyone.

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