Sloth Necklace Giveaway

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In honor of International Sloth Day which takes place today, October 19, we’re hosting a giveaway for a beautiful, handcrafted sloth necklace by Mark Poulin Jewelry. This whimsical sterling silver charm measures 5/8th of an inch tall/wide and comes with your choice of a silver-plated or sterling silver cable chain in either 16″, 18″, or 20″. More details >

To enter the contest, leave a blog comment on this post telling us your favorite fact about sloths.  Be sure to include your email address so we can contact you for your mailing address if you win. (We will not use your email address for any other purpose.)

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Contest is open worldwide until October 28, 12 midnight EST. Winner will be randomly selected on October 28. Prize will be mailed out by Mark Poulin Jewelry via Priority Mail within the United States or First Class Mail for International. We are not responsible for any duties, taxes, or customs fees imposed by the home country.

Flocks, Herds, Litters & Schools

Flocks, Herds, Litters & SchoolsHave you ever heard of a leap of leopards or an ostentation of peacocks? What about a parcel of penguins?  Jim McMullan’s new book, Flocks, Herds, Litters & Schools, teaches children and adults about many of the odd names for groups of animals.

Packed with animal facts, colorful photos, and thoughtful quotes, this book is sure to entertain and educate.

Author Jim McMullan has been an actor for over 40 years. He has starred in dozens of feature films including Shenandoah, Downhill Racer and The Incredible Shrinking Woman. He has also appeared in many television shows, most famously playing Senator Dowling in Dallas.

Buy Flocks, Herds, Litters & Schools on Amazon.

We Bought a Zoo DVD and Book Giveaway

We Bought a Zoo DVD and BookAnimal Fact Guide is giving away two prize packs containing the DVD, We Bought a Zoo, and the novel it was based on!

The story follows Benjamin Mee (played by Matt Damon), a Los Angeles newspaper columnist and adventure writer who, as a single father, faces the challenges of raising his two young children.

Hoping that a fresh start and a new life will restore their family spirit, Mee quits his job and buys an old rural house outside the city with a unique bonus feature: a zoo named the Rosemoor Animal Park, where dozens of animals reside under the care of head zookeeper Kelly Foster (played by Scarlett Johansson) and her dedicated team.

With no experience, limited time and a shoestring budget, Mee sets out with the support of his family and the local community to reopen the zoo. Now, Benjamin is no longer reporting an adventure story; he’s living it in his own backyard.

Scene from We Bought a Zoo, starring Matt Damon

Scene from We Bought a Zoo, starring Matt Damon

For a chance to win one of two DVD/book bundles, comment below by April 2, 2012, 11:59pm EST with the answer to this question:

If you bought a zoo, which animal would you most like to have in it and why?

Be sure to include your email address, so we can contact the winners for their mailing address. Note: This contest is open to people in the U.S. and Canada only. No P.O. boxes.

Halloween Costume Giveaway

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Animal Fact Guide is giving away THREE Halloween costumes courtesy of HalloweenCostumes.com.  For a chance to win, simply comment below with your favorite animal fact by September 23. Be sure to include your email address so we may contact the winners for their mailing address and choice of costume.

Three lucky winners will have their choice of any costume available on HalloweenCostumes.com valued up to $50.

Note: This contest is open to people in the U.S. only.

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UPDATE: Congratulations to our winners, Amanda A., Rita M., and Nicole F.!

Yogi Bear DVD Giveaway

Win a free Yogi Bear DVD!Win a free DVD of the new family comedy, Yogi Bear, starring Dan Akroyd and Justin Timberlake!

Yogi Bear features everyone’s favorite talking bear Yogi and his adorable sidekick Boo Boo as they raise havoc with their hair-brained schemes in Jellystone Park much to the chagrin of Ranger Smith. When Jellystone is threatened by a logging company Yogi teams up with a documentary filmmaker and must prove that he is indeed “Smarter than the average bear!”

To win the DVD, comment below with your favorite fact about grizzly bears (hint: see our article about grizzly bears) by March 25. Be sure to include your email address, so we can contact the winner for their mailing address. Note: This contest is open to people in the U.S. and Canada only.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Candy from Virginia for winning our contest!

Book Review – Elephant Reflections

Elephant ReflectionsElephant Reflections, a beautiful book released by the University of California Press this past May, features gorgeous photography that transcends conventional nature photography. Providing a window into the intimate lives of elephants, the photos would be at home in an art gallery.

Captured by Karl Ammann, the photographs are categorized into themes such as “Colors,” “Textures,” and “Portraits.” The images beg to be scoured over, luring the reader to examine every detail.

The photos are accompanied by an eloquently-written text by Dale Peterson. Peterson’s text informs the reader about many of the captivating behaviors and societal norms of elephants. For example, elephants are thought to use infrasound for long-distance communication. The sounds are too low for humans to hear, but elephants can sense the vibrations from miles away using their large ears and the soles of their feet.

Children will be drawn to the large format photos, while parents and teachers will find the text enhances their appreciation of the images.

Purchase Elephant Reflections at Amazon.com.

You can also learn about elephants here at Animal Fact Guide. Check out our article: African Elephant.

Book Review – In the Womb: Animals

In the Womb: Animals (cover)National Geographic has recently released a very interesting book for animal lovers. In the Womb: Animals by Michael Sims, explores the fascinating development from conception to birth of a golden retriever, a bottlenose dolphin, and an Asian elephant.

Beautifully illustrated with ultrasound images of these animals as embryos and fetuses, the book highlights the development of unique physical characteristics that the animals will come to rely on once out of womb.

For example, one section showcases the elephant fetus after four months. At this point, the trunk is recognizable, but it will need the full 18 more months in the womb to continue developing. Once out of the womb, the elephant will use this strong, highly dexterous snout to pick foliage, carry objects, suck water, and use as a snorkel while swimming.

The author also touches upon physical characteristics that provide clues about the animals’ ancestry.  For example, at 3-4 weeks, the dolphin fetus develops hind limbs which later retract and disappear. This suggests that dolphins may have evolved from four-legged land animals.

Intertwined with the three main stories are captivating glimpses into the development and behavior of red kangaroos, emperor penguins, sand tiger and lemon sharks, and parasitic wasps. These mini stories reveal the extraordinary journeys these animals make before they’re even born, as well as provide interesting points of comparison to the three main characters.

It is a fascinating read for animal lovers, but parents should note that reproductive behavior is covered in detail.

Dog fetus from In the Womb: Animals

Dolphin fetus from In the Womb: Animals

Elephant fetus from In the Womb: Animals

The book, In the Womb: Animals, is available at Amazon.com.

You may also be interested in purchasing the documentary DVD, In the Womb: Animals.

Gift Ideas for Animal Lovers

The holiday season is upon us, so here are a few gift ideas from the editors at Animal Fact Guide for your animal lover friend or family member.

  1. Planet Earth DVDPlanet Earth
    This 5-disc series put out by the BBC and narrated by David Attenborough features stunning wildlife scenes, such as a great white shark chasing a seal and a group of starving lions hunting an elephant at night.  Each 50-minute episode focuses on a different region or habitat and offers a rare glimpse at some of the world’s most elusive and fascinating animals.
    Buy it from Amazon »
  2. Growing Up Gift SetGrowing Up Wilderness
    Animal Planet’s Growing Up… series features a different orphaned baby animal in each episode.  The show tracks the animal’s progress at a zoo or a rehabilitation center until its release into the wild (if possible) or its permanent integration into zoo life.
    Buy it from Amazon »
  3. Zoo Gift Membership
    Purchase a gift membership for your friend or family member to a local zoo or aquarium.  Not only will the gift contribute to conservation efforts, the recipient will also receive free admission and discounts to zoo events. Furthermore, American Zoo & Aquarium (AZA)-accredited organizations participate in a Reciprocal Admission Program, where membership privileges to one zoo/aquarium extends to all partner organizations as well.
    Find a local zoo using the AZA’s zoo finder »
  4. Adopt a wolf kitAdopt a Wild Animal
    Symbolically adopting a wild animal in danger of extinction is a great gift to those concerned about the world’s wildlife. Several organizations offer gift adoptions for species such as polar bears, pandas, wolves, tigers, and more.  Adoption kits often include a plush toy, a photo, certificate of adoption, and information about how the donation will help that particular animal.
    Adopt from Defenders of Wildlife »

    Adopt from National Wildlife Federation »
    Adopt from World Wildlife Fund »