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Endangered Species

Posted by on Jun 23, 2020 in Big Toe Blog, Conservation, Farming | 0 comments

Endangered species are animals or plants or any life form (from fungi (eg mushrooms) to bacteria (tiny living cells)) that are at risk of dying out or becoming extinct (lost from our planet). What animals can you think of that are extinct? Illustration from mentalfloss.com You might think of animals like dinosaurs, dodos, wooly mammoths or saber-tooth tigers. How many others can you think of and what can you find out about them? The enormous Steller’s Sea Cow is extinct. Illustration by Pieter Arend Fokens from reddit.com Animals and other life forms did not just become...

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Saving Orangutans

Posted by on Apr 30, 2020 in Big Toe Blog, Conservation | 0 comments

Asian rainforests in countries like Malaysia and Indonesia are being chopped down and burnt so that palm oil can be grown instead. This story book shows what happens when palm oil plantations replace rainforest This is a big problem. Those rainforests are ancient; some of the oldest rainforests on the planet. They are home to incredible tree species and plants. These trees and plants in turn support all kinds of amazing animals such as butterflies the size of plates, orangutans, rafflesia flowers, clouded leopards, rhinoceros hornbills, Sumatran tigers, Sumatran rhinoceros and Bornean...

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Questions on Running & Wildlife in South America

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Big Toe Blog, Questions | 0 comments

We visited a marvellous Devon primary school, Landscore, who we have been sharing stories with ever since we sailed from the UK to work in international conservation in 2008. We were really excited to meet up with their Headmaster Mr Read again, as well as all the teachers and school children. The children asked us loads of fab, juicy, questions. We love asking questions and so are delighted that more have arrived! Check out our answers below…………… From Mrs Houston’s Class (Year 2) Q.1.How many schools did you go to in South America? (Archie) We had a...

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Why did we Choose to Run South America?

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Big Toe Blog, Big Toe Noticeboard, Birds, Mammals, Waddle on the Wildside, Wildlife Moment Of The Week, YouTube Channel | 0 comments

We chose to run South America because we thought we might only be able to run such a very long way, 6504 miles, once in our lives. And in that case, it would have to be the most wildlife and plant rich place in the world. With the largest tropical rainforest, the biggest river, longest mountain chain, most bird, monkey and amphibian species and so much more… it was very clear, South America it had to be! We got to know some amazing wildlife and wildlands along the way, including snakes, giant anteaters and guanacos. So why not check out this video and meet them! Then put on your...

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COME & JOIN US TO CELEBRATE RUNNING SOUTH AMERICA!

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Big Toe Blog, Running, The Run Up | 0 comments

Come and JOIN us in London on Saturday 26th October to celebrate RUNNING SOUTH AMERICA!!!  

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Q. How do you connect whilst in remote parts of South America?

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Big Toe Blog, YouTube Channel | 0 comments

People often ask us how we stay connected on the 5000mileproject.org whilst running through remote parts of South America for its wildlife an wild places. Here we explain one way, our Iridium satellite phone, with a surprising twist half way through!! More recently in more populated areas we make use of skype, for better line and better economy! We report our GPS position via the phone to our online IPADIO maps. To learn how GPS works and amaze your friends and family, why not download our easy-to-use worksheet...

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