Lisa Kimmerling

Lisa Kimmerling

I'm a biology nerd, naturalist, and wildlife conservationist in the Appalachian foothills of the southeastern United States. I'm currently a moderator at JungleDragon.com--and on the Georgia Naturalists group on Facebook. While I am interested mostly in the identification and photography of plants, fungi, and insects--I enjoy taking advantage of and learning from any opportunity that Nature provides me!
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    1. Shanelle, this is such a precious bird! How beautiful!
    2. Comment on Sole Hippo, Mara River, Tanzania 2 days ago
      Awww, thanks to you both!

      I guess I CAN come up with half-decent ideas when I'm tired (lazy)? Bahaha!
    3. Comment on Sole Hippo, Mara River, Tanzania 2 days ago
      From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:

      "Happy National Hippo Day! On this special day, we are shining a spotlight the Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius).

      Some interesting facts:

      1. Despite being a semi-aquatic mammal, the hippo is not an adept swimmer. Fortunately, it can ambulate rather well in underwater environments, walking and trotting along river bottoms with much ease.

      2. The hippo is capable of holding its breath for up to 7 minutes, but it usually resurfaces for air every 3 to 5 minutes. Resurfacing is regulated by the autonomic nervous system, so even the sleeping hippo will automatically come up for air!

      3. The hippopotamus spends the majority of its days in water, not only to escape the powerful African heat but to protect its sensitive skin. Its skin is completely devoid of scent and sweat glands, so it secretes a red oily substance with antibacterial and UV-protective properties from its mucous glands when foraging on land.

      4. The word "hippopotamus" translates to "river horse" from the Greek language.

      5. The hippopotamus has an average weight range of 1500 to 3200 kg. Coitus occurs underwater as the full weight of a male hippo (on land) would likely crush a female. Newborn calves weigh between 23 and 45 kg!

      6. The closest living relatives of the hippo are whales and porpoises. Hippos are descendants of anthracotheres, a long-extinct group of even-toed, herbivorous, semi-aquatic mammals.

      7. The hippo can open its mouth to a mind-blowing 150 to 180 degrees. This display is not only used to scare off other males, but it also attracts the attention of potential mates.

      8. The hippo is highly aggressive and unpredictable, making it one of the most feared animals in Africa.

      9. Hippos are gregarious and live in groups of 10-100 individuals called pods. They are also referred to as herds, schools, dales, and bloats. Pods are led by a single dominant bull.

      10. Hippos were listed on the IUCN Redlist as Vulnerable in 2008. They face a definite threat of extinction as populations are on a steep decline due to poaching (for ivory teeth and for meat) and habitat loss."
    4. Comment on Hemitrichia Calyculata 2 days ago
      Christine's pristine photographs? ;) :P
    5. Comment on Inocybe sp. Mushroom 2 days ago
      How pretty! i love the pileal pattern!
    6. Comment on Woolly Oak Gall - Callirhytis lanata 3 days ago
      Ahhh these are so cute!
    7. Comment on Woodland Sunflower 3 days ago
      Haha! Ooops! Sounds like something I would do! :D
    8. Comment on Centaurium maritimum 3 days ago
      I love miniature flowers! They are so overlooked!
    9. Gorgeous! Some sort of nursery web spider (Pisauridae)? I'm definitely not great with arachnids, but the body shape looks like members of that family.
    10. Comment on Woodland Sunflower 3 days ago