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Higgin’s Eye

Posted in RARE, Uncategorized on May 8, 2010 by theterracottawarriors

Higgin’s Eye – more than 250,000
Lampsilis higginsii
Genoa National Fish Hatchery, Genoa, Wisconsin

An important food source for muskrats, otters, and other wildlife, these native pearly mussels are losing ground to competing zebra mussels from abroad. Limited to drainages in the Upper Mississippi, it has been reduced to half its historic range. Industrial runoff also harms this bivalve, as toxic metals and chemicals become concentrated within the mussel.



Posted in RARE, Uncategorized on May 4, 2010 by theterracottawarriors

Ocelot – 195
Leopardus pardalis
San Diego Zoo, San Diego, California

Wild ocelots are gone from all U.S. states except Texas, evicted by human development. The illegal trade in exotic furs and pets has also put a dent in their population. These elusive cats still roam the wilds of Central and South America, though there’s little reliable data on their true numbers.

“The key in photographing anything is having time and good access. In this case, we had access to the only ocelot I know of that is trained to walk on a leash, at the San Diego Zoo. Time was the real issue, though. Many of these animals will stand still only for food. The moment they get full, the shoot is over. We got eight minutes.” – Joel Sartore

Rare: Photographs by Joel Sartore is currently on view at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. The photographs are installed in lightboxes facing the street, come by after dusk to get the full effect!

Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly

Posted in Uncategorized on April 30, 2010 by theterracottawarriors

Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly – approximately 4,300
Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesensis
Maguire Center, Gainesville, Florida
In 1982, bulldozers cleared a meadow southwest of Los Angeles, destroying the last known homestead of these butterflies. Eight years later, a small population was discovered in San Pedro. A captive breeding program, led by a UCLA entomologist, saved this species from the brink. An estimated 4,000 of these butterflies live in captivity, 300 in the wild.

Yellowfin Madtom

Posted in Uncategorized on April 28, 2010 by theterracottawarriors

Yellowfin Madtom – approximately 8,300

Noturus flavipinnis

Conservation Fisheries, Knoxville, Tennessee

A small catfish confined to the Tennessee River Valley, the yellowfin madtom for eons laid its eggs under rocks. Along came farmers and cows, their activity filling the rivers with silt. Gone were the nooks and crannies the madtom needed to reproduce. Survivors carry their genes into a murky future.

George the Bluebird

Posted in Uncategorized on April 15, 2010 by theterracottawarriors

How could you not love this great post about George the Bluebird visiting the National Geographic Museum?

Ace of Cakes Makes a Terra Cotta Warrior

Posted in Uncategorized on April 8, 2010 by theterracottawarriors

Tune in tonight to watch the Ace of Cakes make a Terra Cotta Warrior cake!!

Episode summary:

Charm City Cakes practices its foreign language skills as the decorators take on two formidable historic figures… a Terra Cotta warrior from China and a huge replica of Russia’s St. Basil’s Cathedral. The Cathedral delivery comes down to the wire and there seems to be a lot of smack talk about eye gouging going around.

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The Flatened Musk Turtle

Posted in Uncategorized on April 6, 2010 by theterracottawarriors

Flattened Musk Turtle – remaining number unknown

Sternotherus depressus

Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, Tennessee

A victim of habitat degradation, disease, and possibly human collection, this shy turtle is protected by Alabama and federal law. Strip mining for coal contributes to habitat disruption by increasing sediment and toxins in the water.