Tamandua mexicana (Anteater)
The anteater belongs to the Myrmecophagidae family, which basically means "ant eaters", and are related to sloths and armadillos. They are not very large, they measure between 50 and 80 centimeters, if we add the tail they can measure up to one and a half meters. The long tail and the "trunk" give an elongated appearance to the body that is cream colored with a black spot as a vest.
They are mainly arboreal so their body has specific adaptations for this type of life. Its tail, serves as a prehensile, this serves as a safety harness while they are climbing or balancing on the branches. Their legs have very powerful claws they help them to hold on to wood of the trees, to lift the bark off the trees and feed on their favorite food: ants and termites.
When they are on the ground they are a bit clumsy. Although you can see them both day and night, if you seem to enjoy more hours of darkness. They are not aggressive animals, so when they see your first instinct is to run to climb a tree as high as possible.
They are solitary, so you will never see more than one, except when it comes to a female carrying her young on her back; because of this peculiar way of transporting their offspring, they only have one baby per year. They live in humid, dry, secondary, riparian forests (near rivers), mangroves, savannas ... from Mexico to the northwest of Peru, from sea level to 2000 meters of altitude, although they are more common at altitudes of less than 1000 meters.
The most important hazards for them are roads, fires and habitat loss; Other problems smaller, but also serious is: hunting in rural Ecuador by the popular belief that they are capable of killing domestic dogs and in southern Mexico their hunted to sell them as pets.
Please help protect these amazing animals by helping us save the habitat they live in.
Empowering Youth Can Save Our Oceans
In Nov of 2016, One More Generation founders Olivia (14) and her brother Carter (16) launched their global OneLessStraw Pledge Campaign in an effort to help clean up our environment and educate people on the harms of using single use plastic straws.
Some interesting facts: Did you know that in America, we are using an estimated 500,000,000 plastic straws every single day? That is the equivalent to 1.6 straws for every man, woman and child living in this country every single day. If you were to take an entire day's worth of plastic straws, they would fill up over 127 school busses. That is like over 46,400 school buses full of one-time use plastic straws that are ending up in our landfills and waterways every year. Sick isn't it?
Since the launch of the campaign we have had over 3,000 people from over 46 countries around the world sign our on-line pledge form stating that “they promise not to use a single use plastic straw for at least 30-days”.
Almost 350 partners from around the world have also joined their OneLessStraw Partners Page and helped to share their initiative with their fans. We have had schools, restaurants, resorts and even zoos and aquariums sign-on showing their support for this important issue. If your organization would like to be listed as a partner, just email us your logo and website link you want associated with the logo for consideration. Olivia and Carter realized that reducing our plastic footprint could be very easy to do; we just need to say 'NO' to single-use plastics such as straws.
To encourage everyone to stop using single use plastic straws, we have partnered with the folks at Simply Straws, who has a great offer: they will send everyone who signs our OneLessStraw pledge a coupon for a free glass reusable drinking straw (excluding postage) to help them stay plastic straw free forever.
We are asking schools across the nation and even in select countries to have their students participate in the program. Schools signing on are listed as partners on our Partners Page and on our interactive Google map.
Students are then given the opportunity to sign the pledge stating they promise not to use a single plastic straw for at least 30-days. Students are also encouraged to speak with their favorite restaurant and ask them to participate by signing a pledge stating they promise to only hand out straws upon request for 30-days. We even have cool campaign buttons for servers to wear which helps explain the campaign to their customers. The buttons are FREE (just pay postage) and are now available in nine languages
If you have a school/district or restaurant you would like to speak with about taking the pledge, just email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will help you work out the details.
The OneLessStraw.org website has lots of resources and a cool interactive Google map which will tracks the progress of the campaign around the country and even around the world.
The very first restaurant to join the campaign was North Beach Bar and Grill in Tybee Island GA and they are already reporting that their staff loves the idea and even the customers are gladly participating. Check out the testimonial they sent.
Message from Kathryn Williams:
The pins are a hit! Thank you again for including us in this project. Progress is being made - I had lunch with 7 people today at the Grill. Only 1 of the 8 asked for a straw and was then shamed by the rest of the group:)
As you can see, the campaign is designed to be fun and produce long-lasting results. We encourage everyone to download the pledge forms (also available in Spanish) from our website or complete the online version.
Thank you in advance for helping us make sure this campaign is a huge success by sharing with everyone you know and please be sure to email us your signed pledge form today.
“Remember, anybody can make a difference… if we can, you can too.”
The Kids Saving the Rainforest staff