Happy Bow Tie Day

Hello everyone. It was Bow tie on the 28th and I celebrated by wearing my latest bow tie featuring balloon dogs.

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Porgs

Hello all, it has been a while since I posted on here, since my last WWF project finished I have been thinking long and hard about a new project and I can finally announce that it will be starting in Jan 2018. While we are waiting for that to start I decided to have a go at making a Porg, the little fluffy creature from the next Star Wars Movie to hit the screens this Winter. 

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See you all soon

Rob 

A-Z OF ENDANGERED SPECIES - ZEBRA

This week is my final week of my Endangered Species project, over the last 26 weeks I have featured a different balloon species for each letter of the alphabet and for my final week and the letter Z I thought I would go for the obvious choice and that would be the Zebra. 

There are several species and subspecies of Zebra and not all of them are at risk, the Mountain Zebra however is threatened so this is Zebra I am featuring this week. The Mountain Zebra can be found in South Africa and Namibia, they live in small groups and can be found on mountain slopes, open grasslands, woodlands and areas with vegetation, but their preferred habitat is mountainous terrain.

In the 1930s the Cape mountain Zebra population was down to just 100 individuals but conservation efforts have saved them from extinction, they are still at threat from hunting, poaching and of course habitat loss so the conservation efforts are on going. There is also a European Zoos Endangered Species Program for this zebra as well as co-operative management of zoo populations worldwide so hopefully the future of the Mountain Zebra is looking positive.

So I have reached my final week, I have covered 26 different species from Axolotl to Zebra and it has been an exciting journey for me, I have learnt so much about many of the creatures at risk and I hope you have too, There is still plenty of time to donate to the WWF so please head on over to my Just Giving page here - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/EndangeredSpecies

Thank to everyone who has donated so far, also a huge thanks to the WWF who have been following my project from the very beginning. Please to check out the work they do at their website - https://www.wwf.org.uk/

Thanks for watching everyone

 

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A-Z OF ENDANGERED SPECIES - Y FOR YAK

Wow, have I reached the penultimate week already? it is week 25 which is the letter Y and that means we take a look at the wild Yak. Before I talk about the Yak I must mention that this weeks design was heavily influenced by the Japanese balloon artist Masayoshi Matsumoto, I spent ages trying to come up with a design for my yak but just couldnt get it looking that good,  I remembered I had seen an excellent cow design by Masayoshi Matsumoto so thanks to him for the inspiration, please do check out his work, he is a master of balloon art. 

The Domestic Yak can be found all over the Himalayas, Tibet, western China and parts of Russia, They have been farmed by humans for thousands of years, mainly for their milk, hair and for meat, Their droppings are an important fuel source and they are also used for sports such as yak skiing and yak polo. The Wild Yak is a slightly different species and it is this animal I am featuring today, they very similar to the Domestic Yak and can be found manly in Tibet, The Yak has very long dark brown hair to help keep them warm, in some males the hair actually reaches the ground, there are however a small number of yaks with golden brown hair and these are a subspecies of the wild yak, it is thought there are just 170 of these golden yaks left. 

The Wild Yak has suffered in the past from poaching, plus it is thought they have been affected by diseases from domestic cattle herds, the species was classified as endangered however due to the efforts of authorities to prevent poaching and to create nature reserves for the animals the status has been lowered from endangered to vulnerable, hopefully the continued efforts will enable the yak populations to grow. 

Next week is my last animal of the series, the letter Z, I wonder what animal it will be, will I take the obvious route? or go for something more unusual? you will have to wait and see. I am STILL collecting money for the WWF, I would be so happy for any donations no matter how small, every penny makes a difference to help the WWF with their work and my just giving page is both safe and secure - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/EndangeredSpecies

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A-Z OF ENDANGERED SPECIES - X

A-Z OF ENDANGERED SPECIES - XANTUS'S HUMMINGBIRD

Hello wildlife fans, well we have come to the most difficult week of the whole set, what kind of animal begins with the letter X? I actually had a couple of options but decided to go with a species of bird called the Xantus's Hummingbird. 

Xantus's hummingbird lives in Mexico in the state of Baja California, if you are wondering , it is the bit of land on the west coast of Mexico that sticks out into the pacific ocean below California USA. Although the species lives in southern Baja California there are a few very rare vagrant populations along the pacific coast of the USA and they have even been spotted as far north as Canada but these are very rare. 

The Unusual name of the hummingbird comes from John Xantus de Vesey the hungarian zoologist who discovered the bird in the 1800s, while we are on the subject of names I was delighted to find out that a group of hummingbirds has many collective nouns, including a “bouquet", "glittering", "hover", "shimmer", and a "tune” of hummingbirds.

Xantus's hummingbird is not strictly endangered, its not threatened and actually has a status of least concern, so why am i including it on this list of endangered animals? well it is because the populations of the hummingbird fluctuate so much that they often reach the threshold for becoming vulnerable, it is not really known how many of Xantus's hummingbird there are and the slightest change to weather patterns, their habitat and food sources could tip the balance at any moment plunging the bird into vulnerable or even worse into endangered status.

I have just 2 more animals to go before I bring my project to an end, I am STILL collecting money for the WWF, I would be so happy for any donations no matter how small, every penny makes a difference to help the WWF with their work and my just giving page is both safe and secure - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/EndangeredSpecies

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