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What Makes This Species So Cute?

Posted by Khalid Mohieldin on January 6, 2014 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (64)
What Makes This Species So Cute?

Like most people, you probably thought the photo above was extremely cute and adorable. However, the photo below, you probably thought, was extremely disgusting. Why do our brains and bodies react differently to different species? Read more below to find out.

The Cuteness Factor of Each Species
As Homo Sapiens, we tend to like species that resemble humans and have human charecteristics. When see two elephants holding trunks (like the two below), that resembles a couple holding hands. Our bodies react to this by thinking that this extremely cute, cuddly, adorable, etc. This is similar to when animals "hug" or "kiss," or when animals bring presents for each other or their caretakers. Also, as mammals, we tend to only adore other mammal species. When you think of a mammal, there is a 93% chance you will think of a mammal. In addition, we like species taht look similar to us. Monkeys that have human-identical faces are extremely cute and cuddly to most.

The Ugly Factor
When we see non-mammal species such as reptiles and birds that have absolutely no relation to humans, we consider them ugly. This can be proved by looking at it like this: chimpanzees are almost identical to human faces, and they are considered cute to many. However, chameleons, with their bulging eyes, rough skin, small body, and constantly changing colors, are ugly to quite a bit. We also think a species is ugly when we know it's dangerous (this is mainly because poisinous and dangerous are known to look differently, but it also has to do with our emotional harmones). Pandas, believed to be harmless (though this isn't entirely true) are adored by many. Snakes, on the other hand, known to be poisinous and dangerous, are both ignored and frightened by many.

LDF Donates $3 Million Dollars to Help Save Tigers in Nepal

Posted by Khalid Mohieldin on November 25, 2013 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Leonardo DiCaprio, Hollywood actor and star of many best-selling films, including Titanic, the Great Gatsby, and Inception, is partnering with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to help save tigers in Nepal.

Both WWF and Leonardo Dicaprio are hoping to double the number of wild tigers in the world by 2022-the next Chinese Year of the Tiger. So, in favor of this, the Leonardo Dicaprio foundation donated $3,000,000 ($3 million) to WWF in order to save Tigers. This donation will help strengthen anti-poaching campaigns, restore critical habitat, and monitor tiger population continuously. The donation has already made huge results. Some estimated 18-50 tigers have been introduced to the park.

“Time is running out for the world’s remaining 3,200 tigers, largely the result of habitat destruction and escalating illegal poaching,” said Leonardo DiCaprio, a WWF Board member. “WWF, the government of Nepal and local communities are on the front lines of this battle and I am hopeful this grant will help them exceed the goal of doubling the number of these noble creatures in the wild. I am grateful for the amazing support our Foundation has received -- especially to our partners at Christie’s who helped create an historic night for conservation fundraising with the 11th Hour Auction."

Keep Oil Exploration out of Africa's Oldest National Park

Posted by Khalid Mohieldin on October 16, 2013 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)
Virunga National Park-Africa's Oldest National Park.
But Now, its Newest Oil Field?

Virunga National Park is Africa's oldest National Park, located inside DRC, Democratic Republic of the Congo. It holds a stunning array of wildlife and plants, such as the Okapi, Giraffe, Chimpanzee, and African Elephant. However, Virunga is most known for is 700 endangered Mountain Gorillas. Thousands of tourists visit Virunga each year in hopes of finding these rare and incredible species. And not only does Virunga provide habitat for wildlife, it also has a population of people living in the park. If British Oil Company, Soco, begins Oil Drilling in Virunga National Park, it will affect a large population of people as well as wildlife. Stop Oil Drilling in Virunga by signing the petition to End Oil Drilling in Africa's Oldest National Park. 

Virunga was a paradise for these species-until now.

Virunga is not only home to a variety of species, it also holds a number of people inside and near the region. Oil Drilling in Virunga National Park could severely affect both the wildlife and the people. This is why Kingdom of Animalia asks you to sign the petition at http:/www.change.org/petitions/virunga-national-park-keep-oil-exploration-out-of-africa-s-oldest-national-park to stop Soco from Oil Drilling in Africa's oldest national park. 
Posted Oct. 16, 2013

Helping Victims of Breast Cancer and Illegal Wildlife Trade

Posted by Khalid Mohieldin on October 13, 2013 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (1)

Helping Victims of Breast Cancer and Illegal Wildlife Trade


Every October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this month, Kingdom of Animalia has stepped in to help victims of breast cancer, as well as many rhino species affected by illegal wildlife trade. The use of rhino horn in Vietnam has exploded due to the untrue myth that rhino horn can cure cancer. One of the possible reasons for rhino horn use as cancer treatment is because Vietnam is still a developing country and most people cannot afford to buy real cancer treatment, so rhino horn is an alternative in the region. So what's Kingdom of Animalia doing? Kingdom of Animalia and Ayat Faragalla are working on helping Vietnam fight breast and other types of cancer with continuous research and funding. Happy Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Posted Oct. 13, 2013

Happy World Rhino Day!

Posted by Khalid Mohieldin on September 22, 2013 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)
Happy World Rhino Day!
Every September 22 marks a celebration for Rhinos all around the world-World Rhino Day. This day is the day for celebration of the 4 species of Rhino-the Black, the White, Javan, Sumatran, and the Greater-One-Horned Rhino. This day celebrates the conservation of Rhinos, the history of Rhinos, and just Rhinos in general!

However, not everything during World Rhino Day is a time for celebration. In South Africa, it is a time for mourning. Poaching of Rhinos increased by 5000% in South Africa from 2007 to 2011. You can take action against wildlife crime. Join Kingdom of Animalia to learn more on the threats facing Rhinos, and support Rhino Conservation. Happy World Rhino Day!
Posted Sep. 22, 2013

CDV, Canine Distemper Virus Affects Large Cats and Ferrets as Well as Canines

Posted by Khalid Mohieldin on September 18, 2013 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (1)

CDV, Canine Distemper Virus Affects Large Cats and Ferrets as Well as Canines


CDV, Canine Distemper Virus is an often fatal disease that can affect both Canines, Large Cats, and Ferrets. A recent study shows that at least 15% of the 400 remaining Siberian Tigers have been killed because of CDV. CDV in Tigers causes brain damage, making the Tigers, "fearless." This means that they will often lose their fear of humans, making them more vulnerable to attacks. Also, one-third of the Lion populations in Serengeti were affected due to CDV. Some ferret populations have also been infected by CDV, too. In fact, if it weren't for captive breeding projects, the Black-Footed Ferret could have been severely infected. Luckily, Kingdom of Animalia has recently began work on the CDV, along with Ayat Faragalla.

Posted Sep. 18, 2013

Arctic Sea Ice at its Sixth Lowest Extent Ever

Posted by Khalid Mohieldin on September 15, 2013 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Arctic Sea Ice at its Sixth Lowest Extent Ever


On September 14, 2013, around 4,000 Walruses were spotted ashore one beach. Why? Because 2013 is now the year of the sixth-lowest decline of Arctic Sea Ice. Normally, Walrus mothers and calves would rest on sea ice off shore. However, thanks to Climate Change and Black Carbon, Arctic Sea ice has melted at an extremely fast rate. This causes walruses-who would much rather be at home on Arctic sea ice-to beach close to the shores, a far more dangerous and un-favorable place for the Walruses. It is agreed by scientists that humans are the cause of Climate Change. Deforestation is one of the leading threats to the Arctic. About 20% of carbon emission comes from deforestation-that's more than every car, truck, and plane combined. Also Greenhouse Gases (pollution that come from humans and fossil fuels) is a major threat to the Arctic. Luckily, scientists are working to prevent Climate Change.

Sep. 15, 2013

New Information on the Ebola Virus

Posted by Khalid Mohieldin on September 9, 2013 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

New Information on the Ebola Virus:


New Info: Our Ebola Virus Campaign began about a week ago, aiming to discover some of the Primate Family's biggestthreats-the Ebola Virus. Throughout the process, Kingdom of Animalia and Ayat Faragalla-Kingdom of Animalia Doctor and Pathologist-have answered some of the mysteries on the Ebola Virus. We have learned that of the four Gorilla species, 3 are threatened due to the Ebola Virus. Those species are: the Mountain Gorilla, the Eastern Lowland, and the Western Lowland Gorilla.


Number 1, 2, and 3: We have also used our data to determine which species of Gorilla are most threatened due to the Ebola Virus. The number one Gorilla species affected by the Ebola Virus is the Mountain Gorilla, second the Eastern Lowland, and third the Western Lowland Gorilla.


Chimpanzees: Information on the Ebola Virus has also been studied on Chimpanzees. Tough little information has been recorded, we now know that 3 out of 5 species of Chimpanzees are affected by the Ebola Virus. Those species are: the Bonobo, the Eastern Chimpanzee, and the Central African Chimpanzee.

Posted Sep. 9, 2013

Panda Populations Discovered?

Posted by Khalid Mohieldin on September 2, 2013 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (1)

Panda Populations Discovered?


Just recently, Kingdom of Animalia began its Panda Population Campaign, determined to find the current population of Giant Pandas in the wild. Kingdom of Animalia experts reported some sad news-they believed that the Giant Panda population was actually decreasing since 2004, when it was estimated 1600 pandas still survived. Now, Kingdom of Animalia has estimated some 1067 pandas surviving. However, there still might be hope for the Giant Panda. 1067 was only an estimate, and more research is being conducted. There still is some hope for Giant Pandas.

Posted Sep. 2, 2013

Kingdom of Animalia Begins Work on the Ebola Virus

Posted by Khalid Mohieldin on September 1, 2013 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Kingdom of Animalia Begins Work on the Ebola Virus


The Ebola Virus is a deadly that can often be transmitted from humans to primates. The three species affected by the Ebola Virus; Chimpanzee, Gorilla, and Red Colobus Monkey; often are diagnosed with the Ebola Virus, killing thousands of Great Apes and Monkeys each year. However, Kingdom of Animalia has recently began a study along with Doctor and Pathologist, Ayat Faragalla, on the Ebola. Its hope is to learn more about the disease, what can be done to prevent it, and possible cures, too. Currently, information such as sub-species affected and most threatened species have been recorded.

Posted Sep. 1, 2013

Happy International Whale Shark Day!

Posted by Khalid Mohieldin on August 30, 2013 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)
Happy International Whale Shark Day!

Today, August 30, represents International Whale Shark Day, a day to celebrate the giants of the ocean! They are the largest fish and shark species in the world, yet only feed on a diet of small fish-like plankton and krill. Celebrate today by subscribing to Kingdom of Animalia to put these world-celebrated fish under protection. Once again, Happy International Whale Shark Day!
Posted Aug. 30, 2013

Project Lemur

Posted by Khalid Mohieldin on August 23, 2013 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Project Lemur


According to primatologists, all lemur species are expected to go extinct in the next twenty years unless serious measures are taken. All lemur species are found in Madagascar- an island off the coast of Africa. However, due to political instability, people in Madagascar have been forced into hunting and cutting down trees to live. And, 91% of all Lemur species have been identified by the IUCN Red List, making Lemurs the most endangered mammal group. After hearing this, Kingdom of Animalia immediately took action. Kingdom of Animalia created Project Lemur. It's mission is to ensure the survival of Lemurs in Madagascar, as well as spread awareness for these amazing species.

Posted August 23, 2013 

6 Months in the Making

Posted by Khalid Mohieldin on August 4, 2013 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)
Happy 6-Month Anniversary-to us!
It has been exactly 6 months ever since our founding on March 4, 2013. Our logo, the incredible and striking Mountain Gorilla, was founded the same day. And after six months, we've done so much! Our first two projects: Project African Lion and Project Gray Wolf-have just been founded, we've began helping save the few remaining wildlife habitats in North Sudan, and started our expedition in the Rockies of Colorado. All in six months. 
Posted Aug. 4, 2013

Project Gray Wolf

Posted by Khalid Mohieldin on August 3, 2013 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Project Gray Wolf


August 2, 2013 marks the anniversary for our 2nd official project: Project Gray Wolf. Gray Wolves all around North America are being hunted as revenge for killing livestock. Prey Decline is not so much of the issue. The real issue is Habitat Loss. Gray Wolves have lost one-third of their former range, so it is not uncommon for these canines to mark their territories at den sites. What Kingdom of Animalia is doing is understanding the communications and intelligence of the Gray Wolves. That way, we can provide information if these wolves really are what we think they are. Most people consider Gray Wolves are dangerous carnivores, but they are more likely to be killed by humans than the other way around. The communications will help us understand whether the wolves are putting up a fight or not, so that farmers and livestock managers won't need to hunt these canines.

Posted August 3, 2013


Project African Lion

Posted by Khalid Mohieldin on July 23, 2013 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Project African Lion


Kingdom of Animalia has now released its first official project! Project African Lion, meant to bring back the regionally extinct lions in the 15 African countries that may be able to support these beasts, was announced on July 21, 2013- which also was the date of Khalid Mohieldin's, founder of Kingdom of Animalia, birthday. African Lions are regionally extinct some 15 African countries, and 26 countries in general. Right now, research on lions and their habitat requirements are being studied. This information will help Kingdom of Animalia figure out if these countries will be able to support African Lions in the nearby future. Research includes: Climate of current habitats of lions, Climates of 15 countries, Diet of both lions and other predators, Predators in 15 countries, Climate Change in Africa, Habitat left in the 15 countries, etc. Please support this project by becoming a member or giving feedback. For the few lions still surviving in Africa.

Posted July 23, 2013

More Pressure to Save New Zealand's Dolphins

Posted by Khalid Mohieldin on June 11, 2013 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

More Pressure to Save New Zealand's Dolphins


55 adults still swim off the coast of New Zealand. Maui's Dolphin. It is the world's most endangered dolphin, and New Zealand's most fragile antique. IWC, the International Whaling Commission set foot on South Korea's Jeju from June 3 to June 16, where delegates were once again set to urge Wellington to act. 2030 could be the end for the dolphin unless immediate conservation efforts are put. Associate professor of zoology at Otago University, Liz Slooten, says that 5 of 55 Maui's Dolphins were killed in a bycatch incident. The Government introduced restrictions on gill nets and trawling in the dolphins' habitat last year but didn't meet an IWC call for an immediate ban to save the species. Instead, a threat management plan will be put down to "the potential impact of this extended ban on the local fishing community." Submissions should be set at no later than November, but still, no further action has been taken.

Posted Jun. 11, 2013

Don't Delist the Wolf!

Posted by Khalid Mohieldin on June 11, 2013 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (2)

Don't Delist the Wolf! 

After 4 years of recovery efforts, the Gray Wolf has been brought back from the brink of extinction. But now, Obama plans to delist (take off the endangered species list) in the lower 48 states. This means that all conservation efforts to help Gray Wolves will soon come to an end. This also means that hunting of wolves are allowed to continue. State and federal agencies have spent more than $117 million re-populating Gray Wolves since 1974, when they were put on the Endangered Species List. Today, about 6,100 Wolves remain. Now, this is one of the biggest conservation arguments in history. If you would like to save the Gray Wolf, please tell us immediatly.

Posted Jun. 10, 2013

Helping Save the Arctic-Matevz Lenarcic

Posted by Khalid Mohieldin on May 27, 2013 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (71)

Helping Save the Arctic-Matevz Lenarcic


Matevz Lenarcic, environmentalist and adventurer, became the first man ever to fly an eco-friendly ultra-light plane from Europe to America and back over the North Pole. But he did it for the environment The plane was used to collect data on air pollution in the North Pole, the center of Global Warming. Other areas where Global Warming is still a threat have shown to support less heat than the North Pole. Black-Carbon and light-absorbing particles over the Arctic are the outcome of fossil-fuels, just another reason Global-Warming continues. Not only that, last year he circled around the world in an aircraft known as SW914, a Pipistrel Virus. "I've had more trouble than I had expected, and that prolonged the expedition but what matters is that me and the plane have arrived safely," the 54-year-old told a crowd of well-wishers after landing in Ljubljana on Sunday.

Posted May 27, 2013

26 Elephants-Estimated-Slaughtered in Africa

Posted by Khalid Mohieldin on May 10, 2013 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

26 Elephants-Estimated-Slaughtered in Africa


17 individual poachers were spotted at the Dzanga Bai World Heritage Site in the Central African Republic, and slaughtered at least 26 elephants with Kalashnikov rifles. "The Village of Elephants" were found dead on Monday of May 4. The depressing part is-four were calves. 50-150 forest elephants gather around this heritage site every day, so the elephants were easy targets to the Sudanese poachers. This, however, was not the first massacre elephants there faced. Scientists estimate that over two-thirds of their population has been slaughtered in the last decade. Conservationists and rangers believe that the poacher may or may not have been part of the Séléka group-a group that is organized against animal conservation. The poachers have been punished for their actions, but Kingdom of Animalia and other conservation groups fear the killing may resume.

Posted May 10, 2013

Clouded Leopards Now Extinct in Taiwan

Posted by Khalid Mohieldin on May 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Clouded Leopards Now Extinct in Taiwan


Scientists once worked hard to find and save the rare Clouded Leopard in Taiwan-13 years, actually. But now, the scientists have stopped looking. Why? The answer is obvious-Clouded Leopards are now extinct in Taiwan. The Formosan Clouded Leopards, once found in mainland Asia, once roamed thousands. But after excessive poaching for its coat and because of the threat it is to humans, it became Regionally Extinct. A paw print was uncovered during the search, but both scientists and Taiwanese citizens believe that there is nothing left of the wild species. There may be some surviving, but not enough to be brought back. They are still found in other habitats, but they are VU, Vulnerable. The last official sighting of one in Taiwan was recorded in 1910, well around 100 years ago. Now, efforts must be put into saving Clouded Leopards and other species.

Posted May 7, 2013


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