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By Andy Warhol

Comparable well-liked to the Pop maestro's Love sequence, if wildly assorted in subject material, Vanishing Animals supplies the Warhol therapy to not attractive younger issues or motion picture stars, yet to even scarcer matters: endangered animals just like the okapi and Gal√°pagos tortoise. (A little identified truth approximately Warhol is that he used to be deeply thinking about the plight of endangered species.) those animals, rendered in his sketchy yet definite line drawings, are silkscreened on brilliantly coloured torn paper collages.

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He also observed that eversion of the hemipenises (male reproductive organs) induced intense tongue flicking by females and he conjectures that possibly pheromonal attraction occurs before mating. Few monitors have bred in zoos and so far no varanid lizard has had a second generation in captivity. Could it be that other factors in captive management are awry? Physiologist John Phillips of San Diego suspects that the animals are not kept warm enough. In comparing the Djakarta Zoo animals with those in San Diego he noted that the Djakarta animals were much more active and feeding seven times more than their San Diego counterparts.

What could be the problem in other zoos? It is just possible that pair-bonding occurs in these animals. Reptile researcher Auffenberg spent a year with the dragons in 1969 and encountered courtships and mating from July to October. He had the definite impression that pair-bonding was present. Moreover he estimated that there were only about 300 sexually mature animals on the island. He also observed that eversion of the hemipenises (male reproductive organs) induced intense tongue flicking by females and he conjectures that possibly pheromonal attraction occurs before mating.

And the answers will dictate the actions of the whooping crane recovery team in the future. The aim i~ to have 1,000 whooping cranes flying in the next century, secure from the perils of extinction and divided into several populations. " It delights me to say that there is now more room for optimism where the whooping crane and a few other crane species are concerned. They are indeed majestic animals and we would be well advised to adopt the oriental reverence for this beautiful group of birds.

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