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Unread postby DuQues » Sat Nov 25, 2006 1:07 am

Imberbe wrote:I stand to be corrected, but I do not think that is the case. And then ... the skin around their genital areas are indeed black!

Just a few quotes, as I never shaved a zebra:

However (there had to be a catch, right?), some zebras are born with genetic variations that make them all black with white stripes, or mostly dark with the striped pattern only on part of their coats. And as it turns out, zebras have black skin underneath their hair. So it kind of depends on how you look at it!
http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-zebra.html

Others would say that a zebra is black because if you shaved all the fur off a zebra the skin is mostly black. So it really depends on how you want to look at it.
http://www.sciencebob.com/lab/q-zebrastripes.html

Are zebras white with black stripes or black with white stripes?
Scientists generally believe that zebras have white coats with brown or black stripes. They believe this because, on most zebras, the stripe pattern does not extend to their underbelly and inner legs, which are completely white. But, if you shave a zebra’s coat off you would find that they have black skin underneath their fur.
http://www.tucsonzoo.org/just_for_kids_ ... ndzoo.html

So I think that conversation will continue for a long time. :lol:
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Unread postby Vonnie » Sat Nov 25, 2006 8:19 am

I can relate to the zebra being black theory, but the tiger remark is interesting! Do you mind doing some research on tigers'skin colouring, DQ? Would be interesting to know for sure!
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Unread postby woerie » Sat Nov 25, 2006 4:57 pm

:!: Well, I think zebras are white with black stripes...
every cartoonist knows that the BLACK stripes scare right off a zebra :wink: :?:
:twisted: Zebras are walking barcodes anyway :twisted:

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Unread postby Brummie » Sat Nov 25, 2006 6:07 pm

Dusty english remark - zebras MUST be black because roads are black but when they paint white stripes on them they are called "Zebra Crossings"

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Unread postby Imberbe » Sat Nov 25, 2006 7:00 pm

:lol:

OK, lets leave the Zebras, and get back to the Quiz! :wink:

Imberbe wrote:Q 13

Bushbaby: Just; True or False?

a. There are three species of Bushbaby (Galago) in Southern Africa.
b. Bushbabies are virtually incapable of moving their eyes in their sockets.
c. The fruit of the Acacia karoo (Soetdoring / Sweetthorn) is their single most important food source.
d. The lesser Bushbaby sleeps and forages in groups of 2-7 individuals.
e. When foraging the mother will carry her young and then "park" them on a branch while searching for food.
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Unread postby woerie » Sat Nov 25, 2006 7:49 pm

:!: A) True
B) True
C) False
D) False
E) False :?:

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Unread postby walt » Sun Nov 26, 2006 2:40 pm

Love Bush Babies, but know very little about them. Only thing I know bout them is they wee on their hands ! :lol:

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1. True
2. True
3. True
4. True
5. True

All sound right!
Anyway, which camp in Kruger has the most visible, numerous bush baby population ? Would love to have a peek at them !
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Re: Bush Baby quiz

Unread postby MarkWildDog » Sun Nov 26, 2006 2:42 pm

walt wrote:Anyway, which camp in Kruger has the most visible, numerous bush baby population ? Would love to have a peek at them !


I would definetly think Skukuza & Mopani.

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Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Nov 26, 2006 10:17 pm

a. There are three species of Bushbaby (Galago) in Southern Africa.

TRUE, common names differ but they are 1. Greater Galago (Thick-tailed Bushbaby / Bosnagaap) 2. South African Galago (Lesser Bushbaby / Nagapie) 3. Grant's Galago (found mostly in Moz. not in SA).

b. Bushbabies are virtually incapable of moving their eyes in their sockets.

TRUE, because of the size of their eyes. They are capable of turning their heads 180 degrees to be able to see all around them.

c. The fruit of the Acacia karoo (Soetdoring / Sweetthorn) is their single most important food source.

FALSE! The Gum of the Acacia karoo (and some other trees) are indeed their most important food source. They will also eat insects and some also eat fruit.

d. The lesser Bushbaby sleeps and forages in groups of 2-7 individuals.

FALSE. Well partly! They do indeed sleep in groups of around 2-7. BUT they do not forage in groups! They forage alone.

e. When foraging the mother will carry her young and then "park" them on a branch while searching for food.

TRUE.

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Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Nov 28, 2006 12:46 am

LETS HAVE A FEW HIPPO QUESTIONS!

Q 14

Hippo are well known for their enormous canine teeth, that are very effective weapons.

How do a hippo keep its canines sharp?
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Unread postby woerie » Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:11 am

:!: They grind the upper canine against the lower canine to keep it sharp :?:

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Unread postby Wild about cats » Tue Nov 28, 2006 12:23 pm

And against rocks :?:
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Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Nov 29, 2006 12:38 am

No, not against rocks! :shock:

Yes indeed, the two sets grind against each other keeping them sharp. This action is not an intentional action, but is a function of their placement in the mouth. :wink:
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Unread postby Wild about cats » Wed Nov 29, 2006 6:57 am

Ooohhhhh.... :lol:
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Unread postby Imberbe » Sat Dec 02, 2006 12:37 am

Q 15

We all know the Oxpecker (Renoster voël). It is a bird which can be found on big mammals. It grooms the mammals and remove ticks, fleas, loose skin and even "cleans" wounds.

Name the one big mammal on which it is almost never found (no not hippo and excluding carnivores!), and two apparent reasons for this.
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