Island Days Smoothie – Travel Animal Doctor

Island Days Smoothie – Travel Animal Doctor

Today my mother and I made up a scrumptious smoothie that we decided to call the Island Days Smoothie. -Travel Animal Doctor This week I am in Chattanooga, Tennessee for a visit with my parents. My mom and I enjoy experimenting with recipes in the kitchen.  We both enjoy the nutritional value that we get from the natural ingredients in smoothies. It is great being able to control what we eat through the use of nourishing and substantial ingredients. The smoothie we created today really put a smile on our faces. It reminded me of a pina colada, except without the coconut. I could picture the advantage of adding coconut milk or the fruit to the smoothie if it happened to be available in the kitchen.  This healthy smoothie takes 5 minutes to make and is subtly sweet. The only fruits you need to recreate this island days smoothie are pineapple, 1/2 of a lemon, and cherries for garnish. Honey and ground ginger add to the already sweet flavor from the pineapple. We used almond milk, but as already stated, coconut milk would make the island days smoothie taste more like a pina colada.  With a little bit of ice to make the island days smoothie extra refreshing, our midday snack was complete. Main ingredients for the smoothie: The ground ginger appears in the back, with the honey by its side and pineapple chunks on the end. Featured in front is greek yogurt and 1/2 of a lemon. Island Days Smoothie Ingredients: 1 1/2 c. pineapple 1 tsp ground ginger 2 TBS honey 1/2 lemon 1/2 c. almond milk 1/2 c....
Traveling Veterinarians Help Reintroduce Kihansi Spray Toads

Traveling Veterinarians Help Reintroduce Kihansi Spray Toads

Traveling veterinarians help reintroduce once extinct in the wild, Kihansi Spray Toads in Tanzania. Veterinarians For the first time ever in the history of our world, in 2012, a special amphibian species was returned to their natural ecosystem after being extinct in the wild. Veterinarians played an important role in the success of the reintroduction of the Kihansi Spray Toads. It just goes to show that while veterinarians are popularly known to take care of cats, dogs and farm animals, they can also help to save an entire species. The job of a zoo veterinarian is to ensure the toads are healthy so that reproduction is successful. Collaboration It is the collaboration of Tanzanian universities, conservationists, scientists, animal keepers, directors and all of zoo administration, that made the success of release of the Kihansi Spray Toads possible. While many may think that this is a good ending to a story, I believe it is only the true beginning. Which is where I will start; at the beginning of a story. What drove these toads to extinction in the wild? Chytridiomycosis In an age when chytrid fungus is killing off the amphibian population at large throughout the world, the kihansi spray toads are only one of at least five-hundred affected amphibian species. Chytrid fungus causes a devastating disease called chytridiomycosis, which appears as infections of skin cells on the pelvis, belly and digits of frogs, toads and salamanders. The condition causes thickened skin, also known as hyperkeratosis, followed by sloughing of the affected skin. The chytrid fungus was not the main cause of extinction in the wild of the kihansi spray toads in 2009. The...
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