Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Our plastic proboscis monkey
This engaging-looking plastic proboscis monkey replica is made of solid plastic and stands on a branch. It is 2 inches tall from the ground to the top of the branch. The color is somewhat imaginative, but has distinctive highlights. Our proboscis or long-nosed monkey miniature has a concerned expression but promises not to bite. This proboscis monkey replica makes an interesting pet or gift and fits nicely into a shoebox diorama for a school project. Check out our other monkey toys and gifts.
About proboscis monkeys
Proboscis monkeys or long-nosed monkeys are an endangered Old World monkey. It is found in Borneo in south-east Asia. It gets its name from its unusually long nose which can protrude up to 7 inches. They use their long nose to attract females which also have long noses, but not quite as long. It allso fills its nose up with blood and uses it to make a resonating sound to warn of predators. It is arboreal but also amphibious. It is a deft swimmer. It lives in mangrove swamps where it eats leaves and berries. As a troupe, the proboscis monkey walks in single file through the forest.
I especially want to thank Lee for his identification, research, and help getting these animals onto our web site!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Our stuffed chinchilla
This engaging, realistic-looking stuffed chinchilla is soft and cuddly. The chinchilla replica is sewn with soft plush mottled synthetic fur and is sturdy enough to stand on its feet and rump. It reflects the total quality of stuffed animal toys made by Hansa. The head is accentuated with large realistic looking eyes, a light muzzle with fine whiskers and large fur-lined pink ears. This plush chinchilla is about 11 inches long, including its beautifuly curled, gray tail. Our stuffed chinchilla has a kindly expression and promises not to bite. This chinchilla makes a wonderful gift for chinchilla pet lovers and nicely complements any stuffed animal collection. Check out our other chinchilla toys and gifts.
Our Chinchilla (Chinchilla lanigera) is the common long-tailed chinchilla. It is the size of a small rabbit, crepuscular, and is found in the Andes of South America. Its name, chinchilla, comes from the name of a tribe of Andean people, the Chincha, who adorned themselves with furs from this rodent. In their native habitat, chinchillas live in burrows or crevices in rocks. They are agile jumpers and can leap up to five feet. Predators in the wild include hawks, skunks, felines, and canines. Chinchillas have a variety of defense tactics including spraying urine and releasing fur if bitten. In the wild, chinchillas have been observed eating plants, fruits, seeds, and small insects. Chinchillas were brought to the United States in the 1920s and were domesticated and sold in pet stores. There are several chinchilla owner pet clubs and lots of information on how to care for a domesticated pet chinchilla. The native Chilean chinchillas have been hunted for human apparel since the early 1900s. Around 1900, an estimated 500,000 chinchilla skins were exported annually from Chile. Chinchilla pelt is considered by some to be the most valuable pelt in the world, and coats have sold as much as $100,000. This scale of hunting seriously depleted the number of wild chinchillas, and the international trade in wild chinchillas or their skins is now restricted by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
Saturday, July 25, 2009
With its soft plastic nose and no-scratch felt claws (turned under and in like a real anteater, we think this stuffed giant anteater looks inquisitive enough to be searching for a hill of termites (its favorite food). Or maybe it just wants to play. It is so lifelike and compelling with its shiny plastic eyes, natural markings and coloration, you almost won't believe it's a stuffed toy and not the real thing. Note the pleasing flow of the long fur. The fur of the dark brown body and tail are tipped with black to add authenticity to this anteater's look. Although, the fur is not real, but is made of synthetic material, the color and design help bring your stuffed friend to life. The designer of this remarkable line of stuffed animals takes pride in the European heritage of his realistic animal design. Each piece is hand-cut and stitched.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Until further notice, we are giving free gifts with your order of $50.00 or more! We will choose a gift we think you'll like based on the amount and the items in your order.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Oddly enough, we've never actually had a logo for Tapir and Friends Wildife World Gift Shop. Strange? It didn't feel like we needed one. We use lots of fun photos on our web site, and they attract tons of visitors; and we have loads of nice tapir pictures in the Tapir Gallery. We have a logo for the Tapir Preservation Fund, although we don't use it much any more, but it kind of slipped my mind to get a logo especially for the gift shop. Now that I've made a page on Facebook just for the gift shop, I'm starting to think about logos. It may take awhile to come up with just the right thing, and meanwhile I've used this drawing of Stanley K. Tapir from one of our t-shirts.
Are you a member of Facebook? If so, please visit the Tapir and Friends gift shop page! If not, it's easy to sign up, and it's free. In either case, right at the top of the page next to our name is a button that says, "Become a Fan." Click that button and you'll receive updates on your Wall. If you get tired of them, you can "un-fan" us at any time. It's totally up to you! You'll learn about free stuff, new products, and learn fun things about real live animals.
The fan page is our ONLY MAILING LIST. Along with not creating a logo, we've neglected another thing that a business is supposed to have - a mailing list! Why? Well, things got complicated once spammers started taking over the cyberwaves. You hate spam, we hate spam, and we didn't want our e-mail to be considered spam. Spammers also make it hard to run a legitimate opt-in e-mail list, because if you send group e-mail to more than 12 people at one time, YOU CAN BE CONSIDERED A SPAMMER. Did you know that? You can get your e-mail address blacklisted by many e-mail providers. We didn't want that, either.
Legitimate businesses with real customer lists have gotten around that in several ways, but the most recommended way is to pay another company to send out your e-mail for you via a program that sends one e-mail per "send." In that case, it's no longer considered spam. To be honest, it just felt complicated. We keep busy enough here in the store. But, when I found out about the nice-looking Pages you can create on Facebook, and when I found out that anyone interested can become a Fan, I thought this might be the way to go. Won't you join us?
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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Sunday, July 5, 2009
Our plastic seagull
This engaging, realistic-looking flying plastic seagull is soft and floppy. Its body is made of hollow plastic and is detailed with feather etchings. It is 14 inches from wingtip to wingtip and is 7 inches from beak to tailfeathers. It is painted white with gray accents, has a yellow beak, orange tongue, and yellow feet. When squeezed, our seagull also makes its familiar squeaky call. It can be suspended by its attached elastic cord. It makes for an interesting ornament, table setting, or serves well in a diorama or school project. Check out our other seagull toys and gifts.
Our beautiful fying plastic seagull reminds us that the seagull is a coastal bird that rarely ventures far out into the ocean. Closely related to terns, it is a carnivorous scavenger, which picks at almost anything organic. It loves small fish and crustaceans which it snatches from the surface. It swims on the top of the water, but does not swim underwater. It is an intelligent bird with a myriad of calls and, like most birds, outstanding eyesight. The adult gull is gray and white in color, whereas younger gulls are a mottled light brown. The Pacific gull (Larus pacificus) has a continous presence here at Tapir and Friends. It wheels above us and perches on rooftops outside our windows. His calls accompany our work and our play.
Our stuffed mosquito
This engaging, realistic-looking stuffed mosquito is soft and floppy. The wings are securely sewn onto the back and are made of a shimmery fabric which reflects the light in rainbow colors. The legs are long and gangly and are made of soft plush fabric allowing for a myriad of postions. The feet have soft plastic tips. Check out our other mosquito toys and gifts.
The word "mosquito" means "small fly" in Spanish (the word for "fly" is "mosca"). Mosquitoes (the plural can be spelled "mosquitos" or "mosquitoes") are any of a number of two-winged insects of the family Culicidae. The females suck the blood of mammals (inlcuding humans) and some mosquitoes transmit yellow fever and malaria.Usually, the "bite" results only in a small bump that becomes red and itchy for a few days. Mosquitoes feed on nectar, and neither the males nor the females need blood to survive. The blood provides protein for the development and laying of eggs. This is why only the females seek blood. The "bite" is not actually a bite. The mosquito injects a tiny feeding tube into the skin of the animal or human in order to withdraw blood. Mosquitos are believed to have evolved in the Jurassic Period (the age of large dinosaurs), but the first known fossils are from the Cretaceous Period (the last of the dinosaurs and an age when many new species began to proliferate), between 144 and 65 million years ago. There are currently about 3,500 species of mosquito worldwide. Some of their past ancestors were about three times the size of the mosquitos that live in the world today. Mosquitos usually shelter in shaded areas during the day and feed at dawn and dusk. They can also be active at night, and sometimes fly up to about 5 miles in a night.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
These items are unique in the world of animal jewelry! Made in Washington and Idaho by a team of three U.S. artists, these high-quality pins or tie tacks are exceptional. Each exquisitely detailed piece is cast in pewter and painted by hand. The finish is extremely smooth and shiny, as you can see by the highlight from the scanner. Each pin is secured by two sturdy tacks on the back so it doesn't skew sideways or turn upside down, and the finished product is not only gorgeous, but satisfyingly substantial in weight. They can be used as lapel pins, hat pins, tie tacks, and more. These collectible animal pins are heirloom quality, and the details are so realistic, they are found in museum gift shops and bought by organizations in need of the perfect animal to represent their group. In fact, if you're interested in having the name of your organization put on an item, write to us for details. You will find more fish and animals by the same artists listed on our Hand-Painted Jewelry page.
Our great white shark pin or tie tack measures 1-3/4 inches long. Be sure to see our other shark jewelry.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Did you know that there are about 28 known species of anemonefish? The clown anemonefish is the one we usually think of when we think of these reef-dwelling tropical saltwater fish. The false anemonefish was popularized in the movie, Finding Nemo. True anemonefish have some differences in shape. Clown anemonefish are orange with three distinctive white bars. They measure about 4 inches long, while other anemonefish may reach up to about 7 inches. Clown fish are found in warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, and the western Pacific, including the Great Barrier Reef off of Australia. They are not present in the Atlantic, Caribbean, or the Mediterranean. All clown fish are born as males, and some change to females to become the dominant female of a group. Clownfish were the first tropical saltwater fish to be bred in captivity and are often found in saltwater aquariums. The clownfish has an almost unique relationship with sea anemones. The damselfish is the only other fish that is immune to the sting of the anemone's lethal tenticles. There are two ideas about how these fish can live among the tentacles: one is that a particular mucus protects these two fish species from the poison tentacles; the second is that the fish have evolved an immunity to this poison. Clown fish are omnivorous, eating live food such as algae, plankton, molluscs, and crustacea. They clean the sea anemones of particles that could be harmful to them, and their fecal matter feeds the anemone. The anemones provide a safe haven for the clownfish, as predator fish cannot tolerate the toxin in the anemone.