Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sloth Tee-Shirt Giveaway!

Did you know that sloths cannot walk and use their arms to drag their bodies?
...Or that one three-fingered sloth species can turn their head 300 degrees?
...Or that three-fingered sloths are excellent swimmers, moving faster in water than on land!
...Or that they only poop once a week!
...Or that all mammals have 7 cervical vertebrae except for the two-fingered sloth, the three-fingered sloth and the manatee!

Sloths are extremely unique and adorable slow-moving animals. There are two species of sloths, Bradypus (three-fingered sloth) and the Choloepus (two-fingered sloth) classified into 6 species. Although similar looking to those unfamiliar with the animal, these two sloths are vastly different in biological characteristics and behavior.

The Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica has pioneered sloth research, education and rehabilitation, and is the world's only sloth sanctuary! Here at Little Critterz, we support those animal advocates who champion awareness and care for the world's diverse animals.

It's your lucky day... We have decided to donate to The Sloth Sanctuary and want to give YOU a FREE Sloth Sanctuary 'Keep Calm and Hang On' tee-shirt and magnet!

To enter, simply tell us why you love sloths. It could be because of Kristen Bell's sloth meltdown, viewing this sloth crossing a road to I Believe I Can Fly video, or perhaps it's a because of a personal experience. Whatever the reason you love sloths, we believe you! We do too! Share it with us!

Please visit our Facebook page to enter the contest. The winner will be notified on Facebook and asked to email us with their shirt size and mailing address.

We have decided to create this contest to donate to the foundation while spreading awareness of the The Sloth Sanctuary and their work. If you do not win, please consider donating to the foundation on your own. Or perhaps a visit to the sanctuary in Costa Rica is on order? I know right, twist your arm! 

The tee-shirt and magnet can also be acquired with a $60 donation to the Sloth Sanctuary. You can view the tee-shirt and magnet by visiting their website.

Contests open Thursday October 2, 2014 at 10am PST and closes Monday October 6, 2014 at 11:59pm PST. One winner will be selected and asked to email with their shirt size (Unisex S-XL) and address. Shipping terms and conditions based on The Sloth Sanctuary.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Environmental Working Group Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen Lists Help You Eat Healthier

Curious about which foods are covered and pesticides and which ones have managed to stay chemical free? The Environmental Working Group releases a yearly list of the Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen.

To avoid the pesticides on the fruits and vegetables listed on the Dirty Dozen, consider buying them in their organic form or opt for 'clean' mangoes instead of 'dirty' nectarines.

For a list of 51 fruits and veggies and where they rank of the pesticide contaminant list visit

Thursday, June 19, 2014

21 Things You Didn't Know About Giraffes

The longest day of the year is June 21*, and is now dedicated to the longest-necked animal in the world!

June 21 is World Giraffe Day. And as such, we want to do our part by spreading knowledge and awareness of this amazing animal, and ways you can get involved too! Because we believe that action always starts with awareness!

Here are 21 facts you may not know about giraffes:
  1. For a long time, people called the giraffe a camel-leopard, believing it was a combination of a camel and a leopard! That's where the giraffe's species name camelopardalis comes from! 
  2. There are 9 giraffe subspecies: Angolan, Kordofan, Nubian, South African or Cape, West African or Nigerian, Reticulated or Somali, Rothschild, Thornicroft, and Masai.
  3. Giraffe coat colors vary from light tan to practically black. The differences occur due to what the giraffes eat and where they live. Each individual giraffe’s markings are as individual as our fingerprints!
  4. Giraffes are not dependent on drinking water, they stay hydrated through condensation and food.
  5. 200 endangered West African Giraffe exist today in 2008 was listed on the IUCN RED List as ‘endangered’.
  6. Giraffes only need 5 to 30 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period! They often achieve that in quick naps that may last only a minute or two at a time.
  7. The closest relative to the giraffe is the okapi, which has a much shorter neck relative to body size.
  8. It has been estimated that fewer than 5,000 Reticulated giraffes remain in the wild, from an estimated 28,000 as recently as the late 1990s! The Reticulated giraffe is one of the more common captive giraffe with approximately 450 kept in zoos across the world.
  9. Giraffes can live to be 25 years old, and even older in captivity!
  10. Once mature, the defensive kick of an adult giraffe is enough to seriously damage even the most determined predator, even lions have succumbed to the fierceness of the giraffe's soup bowl size hooves. 
  11. The average gestation period for giraffe is approximately 15 months (453-464 days)!
  12. Giraffes give birth standing up, requiring the newborn to fall 6.5 feet (2 meters) to the ground! A newborn can stand up and run within an hour of being born!
  13. A giraffe's tongue is 18-21 inches long!
  14. Even with its long neck, the giraffe has the same number of vertebrae in its neck as humans do, which is 7.
  15. A giraffe's head is 2m (7ft) away from it's heart, which makes for a very difficult challenge to pump blood to the brain! They have a relatively small heart yet extremely high blood pressure (twice what's found in humans), and a heart beat up to 170 times per minute (again, twice found in humans)!
  16. The patches on a giraffe's body, not only act as camouflage, but also as a thermal window releasing heat from the body.
  17. Giraffes' have legs about 6 feet long, allowing them to run 35mph for short distances!
  18. Giraffes may eat up to 75 pounds (34 kilograms) of food per day. They spend most of their day eating, because they get just a few leaves in each bite.
  19. Giraffe's favorite food, acacia trees, have long thorns that deter most animals — but not giraffes. Their 18-inch (46-centimeter) tongues can reach around the thorns, and their thick, sticky saliva coats any thorns they might swallow.
  20. There are fewer than 1,500 Thornicroft giraffes in the wild, and none in captivity. 
  21. There are almost no Nubian giraffes in captivity, and fewer than 250 in the wild. 

How you can get involved in honor of World Giraffe Day:
  • Share what you know to inspire others to get involved in the plight of the giraffe by sharing this blog post on social media using the links at the bottom of this post!
  • Attend an event in your area. Zoos and parks like Fossil Rim Wildlife Center and North Carolina Zoo are holding fun, interactive and educational activities on the day!
  • Donate to organizations like Giraffe Conservation Foundation, WWF, Defenders of Wildlife and African Wildlife Foundation
  • Symbolically adopt a giraffe. Your adoption will help protect giraffes and their habitat.
  • Visit a zoo. Did you know zoos play an integral role in wildlife conservation, education and research!

Which fact were you most astonished by? Share your thoughts in the comment box below! We want to hear!

-the team at Little Critterz

*The longest day of the year is on or around June 21 in the Northern Hemisphere.