so water for elephants is on

about the elephant emojis

taken from emojipedia


a sweet baby, wants to be friends. trying their best.


a blue boi !!!! hes really friendly but knocks things over a lot. i love him.


wow there he is !!!!! he sure walks!!! o boy hes doin fine !!!!!!


very loving and gentle, just a baby. needs to escape where she lives.


his name is bob and he’s a father of three. i love him and support him.


oh man!!!!! shes a little on the wild side, even though she looks a lil plain. she might steal ur water with her beautiful trunk!!!!


a noble elephant!!! they protect their family and yours. likes to pose.


awwww. she;s a little shy and doesnt think shes all that much but!!! shes so good!! she loves her friends! :’)))


a small boy, still a baby! really wants to be a firefighter and has to be told not to spray things with water sometimes. he likes to help ppl!


this guy may look pure, but theyre a little mischievous! they like apples. 


another blue !!! this guys on the older side, but he still tries to take care of his friends and family. loves babies. i trust him 100%.

cute animal facts to cheer you up:
  • cats “headbutt” people because they make them feel safe, or they trust them.
  • when puppies play fight, boy puppies will often let girl puppies win.
  • the grizzly bear’s name comes from the word “grizzled” which means ‘streaked with gray hair’.
  • wombat poo is cube-shaped to stop it from rolling away…
  • dogs will sneeze to tell other dogs that they’re playing, so when they’re playing rough it doesn’t turn into a fight.
  • gray squirrels bury nuts all over the place, and often forget them, growing new trees. this makes them more ecologically friendly than red squirrels, who store nuts in piles on the ground which don’t take root.
  • infant pygmy marmosets babble to develop their language skills, similarly to the way human babies babble.
  • two-toed sloths cannot shiver to stay warm like other mammals due to their low metabolic rates and little muscle tissue.
  • yawning is infectious because it supplies a method for the most sleepy to forcefully communicate their need for rest and thus ensures that the group rests/sleeps together.
  • baby dolphins have spines on the sides of their tongue. the spines zip up to make a straw so that they can drink the mother’s milk without getting salt water in it.
  • when a rabbit is happy it will sometimes jump in the air twist it’s body. this is called a binky.
  • the red panda uses its long bushy tail not only for balance, but also as a blanket during chilly winter nights.
  • baby japanese macaques make snowballs. they do not use them for any survival purposes, they just like to have fun.
  • manatee calves nurse underwater from teats under their mothers flippers.
  • baby elephants will suck their own trunks for comfort. 

BEST FICS OF 2017 picked by notchopsuey
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#1. Runaway Land. 103k.
Louis is sure he’s stumbled upon a secret, underground nightclub, though that is far from the truth. He’s also pretty sure he’s stumbled upon Apollo, which… isn’t very far from the truth, actually.
Modern Greek mythology AU.

#2. You Might Want to Marry My Husband. 24k.
When Harry’s husband dies, he asks one thing of him; to find love and happiness again without him. It’s a request that Harry is happy to disregard, until he meets the one person who is impossible to ignore.

#3. Love’s Truest Language. 48k.
The first part was meant as a joke. He didn’t really expect Harry to buy anything. It was just Louis’ way of softening the ‘get the fuck out’ blow.
“Where’s your order forms, then?”
“I don’t want your flowers.” Louis chided before directing all of his attention to the arrangement in front of him.
Harry laughed under his breath as he stood to his full height, “Who said anything about them being for you, love?”

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I Know Your Wife (She Wouldn’t Mind) - Part Seven

Summary: You explain everything to Kathryn after faking your way through the rest of the convention. Back in Vancouver, you and Jared have to have a serious talk about the future of your pregnancy
Jared x Reader (mentioned Jared x Gen, Jared x Reader x Gen), Jensen, Kathryn Newton
Words: 4.6k
Warnings: pregnancy, angst, smut
Beta: @blacksiren

I Know Your Wife (She Wouldn’t Mind) - Series Masterpost

Your name: submit What is this?

For once, you were grateful that you were flying back on Monday morning so that you were able to spend Sunday night in the hotel.

You promised Kathryn that you’d tell everything to her that night, seeing as the small break for lunch really wasn’t enough time to explain yourselves properly.

She agreed to keep it quiet and, seeing as she didn’t have any panels left where she might accidentally slip up, you trusted her.

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Quetzalcoatlus goes down in history as the largest flying organism of all time, with a wingspan of 12 metres, which is larger than some planes. Quetzalcoatlus was the undisputed king of the Late cretaceous skies, so it seems fitting that its name is derived from an Aztec god, Quetzalcoatl. Although its wingspan is impressive, Quetzalcoatlus also had a huge 2.5 metre long skull, that is the average height of an Asian elephant!
To get such a huge animal in the air, a complex system of air sacs was needed inside the bones, this meant that Quetzalcoatlus probably weighed no more than 250kg. Quetzalcoatlus, along with many pterosaurs, was originally thought to spend most of its time gliding over the oceans, skimming fish out from the surface of the water with their elongated beaks. However, due to the skull and beak morphology and the presence of fossils far inland it has become more widely accepted that Quetzalcoatlus stalked prey far below on the land. The fore and hind limb morphology of Quetzalcoatlus also suggests that they were competent walkers on the land, they would have stood up to 3 metres tall. 

The feeding habits of Quetzalcoatlus still remain something of a mystery. It was originally thought to be more of a scavenger, but the blunt beak was unsuited to stripping and picking flesh of a bony creature. It is more likely that Quetzalcoatlus hunted like modern-day storks, stalking the land from the skies above for smaller animals and then swooping down to eat them whole.

Libra Drags 🔪

It needs to happen. Anyone feel free to add or join in. (I’m a double libra with libra dominance so I like to think this comes from a truthful place. I work on fixing this stuff everyday)

-sucks at taking advice. Will agree with the advice giver, think about it, and then continue with their destructive ways because it’s what they are more familiar and comfortable with
-desperately needs people to like them and think of them as kind, thoughtful, intelligent. If Libras sense someone dislikes them, it can become an obsession to change their minds
-speaking of obsessions, often will fixate on celebrities, idols, movies/music/books to escape from reality
-special snowflake syndrome, needs to feel superior (but will act inferior around others to gain their trust/sympathy)
-is quite smart but does not put it to good use. has really dumb oblivious moments.
-unhealthy detaches themselves from their emotions because they are too overwhelming to properly deal with
-either too goofy or too serious
-actual diet of an amusement park raccoon. incredibly unhealthy food habits. counts sitting up in bed as exercise. denies how they actually look.
-mostly aware of their faults but will continue to project onto others anyways
-many acquaintances, few friends, doesn’t 100% trust anyone
-angsty af
-puts effort into the wrong people, wrong outlets, wrong everything
-mood fluctuates like crazy
-sleep affects mood. Bad sleep = cranky af. Good dreams = blissful angel
- says “chill” but has never once been chill in their lives
-escapism through imagination
-pessimistic and idealistic at the same time and it’s confusing
-knows how to act mature, chooses to be immature
-snaps easily and takes it out on the wrong people
-angry. rage rage rage rage. hides it poorly
-is mean to the ones they care actually care about
-possessive of friends and their stuff
-incredibly perverse and dark thoughts.
-knows they are an asshole, continues to act like an asshole
-ego is either nonexistent or the size of 100 elephants stacked on top of each other
-can actually be hollow
-sad af and feels they have no reason or right to be, waters-down emotions
-purposely picks fights just so they have something to complain about
-would willing cut off a limb for you but secretly hold it against you forever and hate you for it
-thinks they are entitled to success and people’s affections
-scared of actually doing something to improve themselves because it would mean they’d have to change

any of you feel these? let me know 😄🔥🔥

if you do, take this as a sign to work on fixing your problems. This post is mostly for fun but astrology is meant to help us understand ourselves. If you know you need to work on things, do it. Words are nothing. Action is everything. Start now. Be the best version of yourself everyday ✨

In the Feral!Adrien AU, I’m thinking Adrien’s hair isn’t long like the typical Tarzan. He thinks it’s hard enough that his skin color sticks out so much, but the hair on his head does NOT help. At all. Plus, it gets so long, it gets in the way. So he takes to slicing off his hair to a manageable length, using the knife he got that one time he and Plagg scared off a human from their family’s territory. He likes that knife; his claws aren’t sharp like Plaggs, after all, so that could be the substitute.

When Marinette teaches Adrien how humans bathe–“We don’t lick each other, mon chaton. I mean- not for bathing, that is- we do it for- JUST. ANYWAY HERE’S HOW HUMANS CLEAN OURSELVES.”–she also takes the appropriate scissors so she can trim his hair nicely. His chosen hairstyle is fine, she tells him with a wince, albeit horrendously jagged and unevenly chopped.

Adrien doesn’t hate water, unlike most cats, probably due to the fact that Plagg once pushed him into a freshwater spring. Adrien discovered that he liked the feel of water on his skin, and he enjoys having fun with the elephants. But when Marinette sits him down and leans his head back against a water basin, he feels the hair on the back of his neck stand on end. He trusts her, he does, but he has no idea what she’s going to do.

And then Marinette’s fingers gently card through his hair as she carefully pours water onto his hairline, and Adrien feels all tension leave his body. Grooming, even for panthers and apes and everyone in the jungle, is an enjoyable bonding experience. He’s been groomed by his family before, but it wasn’t like this. It didn’t feel like this at all. His eyes close involuntarily as a purr vibrates in his chest at the delicious sensation of Marinette’s fingertips and the water sluicing over his scalp. She giggles above him, telling him that if he’s enjoying this, then he’d probably melt when she brushes his hair. Adrien opens his eyes to look up at her then. And in that moment more than any other, he’s so thankful that he followed the little ladybug into the clearing that day.

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19/100 Days of Productivity

This month, I’m reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen! Started taking some notes to use in my Literature class, and I’m so amazed by just the prologue of the book.
The book’s binding is brown, red, and green, and the stripes on my headphones are brown, red, and green! Am I cool yet? 😆

the arcana + entire history of the world, i guess quotes

Asra: ♫the sun is a deadly laser♫

Nadia: get the hell out of here. will you get the hell out of here if i give you 500 elephants? okay, thanks, bye

Julian: hi, you’re on a rock floating in space. pretty cool, huh? some of it’s water. fuck it. actually, most of it’s water. i can’t even get from here to there without buying a boat. it’s sad. i’m sad. i miss you.

Muriel:  now the animals can go on land. come on, animals, let’s go on land! “nope, can’t walk yet. and there’s no food yet, so I don’t care”

Portia:  who’s the buddha? this guy, who sat under a tree for so long that he figured out how to ignore the fact that we’re all dying. you could make a religion out of this.

Lucio: oh, fuck, now everything’s dead

Faust: some stars burn out and die. bigger stars burn out and die with passion! and make some brand new way crazier shit. ♫space dust!♫ which allows for newer and more interesting stars to be made, and then die and explode into ♫even crazier space dust!♫

Valerius:  “let’s overthrow the palace and cut all their heads off!” said robespierre, cutting everybody’s heads off until someone eventually got mad and cut his head off.

“I’m Late” Steve Harrington Imagine

When your time of the month isn’t on time, you and your boyfriend, Steve, understandably, freak out. Happy ending!

Warnings: Very tiny mention of the dirty

“I’m late”

   Steve felt as though an elephant had been dropped on his chest and knocked all the air out of his body. The lump in his throat was the size of a boulder and even if he could think of anything to say he was certain it wouldn’t come out. So, he just sat there like a fish out of water, trying desperately to breathe.

All he could do was look up at you from the coach where you had told him to sit. And there was nothing else he could do besides sit there and tap his foot.

“Steve, please say something.” The sound of your voice and the amount of worry in it was the only thing keeping Steve from deciding to stay quiet until the day he died.

“You’re pregnant?” He said as he pulled at the collar of his shirt. He hadn’t planned to say those exact words, but he hadn’t planned to say anything in particular. He just planned to speak.

“No!” you said quickly, “I don’t think so at least”

“But, doesn’t that mean your pregnant? That’s what it means, right?” He said more confused, slightly less scared, but very much confused. He sped up the now vigorous tapping of his shoe against your floor.

“Not necessarily,” you sighed nervously, “Sometimes, I’m just late. It’s pretty normal. I just kinda thought you should know because we… you know. It could totally be nothing, but I thought you should … know, I guess”

“Oh,” he said looking at you, “That’s good.” Despite the situation looking less and less concerning by the word he just seemed to be getting more worried.

For a while, you just stood there, looking at every previously boring item in your living room that was becoming more brilliant than the Louvre. Steve still sat with his hands gripping the side of your coach and his foot making the only sound in the room.

“Wanna watch a movie?” You said breaking the silence.

Steve agreed with one letter and soon you were 15 minutes into a movie that you couldn’t summarize if your life depended on it. Steve had moved around every 30 seconds until he settled on his arm draped over the coach behind you. It was nowhere near comfortable as you were scared to move at all for fear the sudden movement would spook Steve into sprinting home.

“I’m going to go to the bathroom.” You said standing up, more for the reason of wanting a break from the awkward silence than anything else. You were already halfway there when Steve started to nod his head yes.

Steve sat staring blankly at the screen watching some bad plot he didn’t understand when you came running back in.

“Steve, I’m not pregnant!!. I’m not pregnant!” You practically screamed as you ran back into the room.

“OH THANK GOD!” He screamed and jumped up faster than you’d ever seen him move. You then saw him jump over the couch and run over to you. He swept you off the ground and into a hug before spinning you around.

“You have no idea how scared I was!” You bubbled.

“I was shaking, Y/N, shaking!” He responded.

“I’m so happy, I can’t even believe this is happening!” You exclaimed like you’d won the lottery.

“I’m not going to be a dad!” he said as he started to jump up and down, “We’re not going to be parents yet!!!”

“We should get some of my parent’s liquor!” You said victoriously.

“Cause you’re not pregnant!” He shouted back excitedly and kissed you.

annahray  asked:

Hi there, I'm taking college level Spanish this fall and I wanted to know if you had any recommendations on note taking and studying? I really want to do well.


These are some things that I use when learning a new language.


Classify the new information

You can take the last pages of your notebook or have a separare notebook for this. You can classify all the new words by grammatical use, for example, nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, etc. I do this classification because I’m very meticulous, but you can make your own classifications. For example:

  • words (nouns)
  • describing (adjectives & adverbs)
  • actions (verbs)
  • connectors (prepositions & conjunctions)
  • phrases
  • others

You can label your classifications however you like as long as it makes sense to you. This is just to keep the new knowledge organized.

Also make another classification for grammar. For example:

  • patterns (Tener + que + [verb] - Tengo que estudiar)
  • conjugations (regular verbs and main irregular verbs)
  • rules (things like “más …. qué (more …. than)”, about indirect object  pronouns, etc.)
  • don’t forget (for example “a” before people “Conozco a Mariana [I know Mariana], “Saludé al profesor” [I greeted the profesor]”).
  • And any other classification you need.

Quick notes

I know sometimes teachers speak too fast and you have to write down everything very quick. If the teacher writes on the board or says something new that you consider important, write it in a post-it or make a notes box in a corner of your book or notebook, so when you have more time you can classify the new knowledge, and later you don’t have to be like “where did I write it? I’m sure it was somewhere here”.

Long and difficult explanations

First, don’t use your pretty notebook for this, just use any paper or recycled paper. Then find all key points and key words, then you can make bullet lists, tables, mind maps or diagrams to organize the information. Use colors, drawings, arrows, boxes or anything that helps you understand the explanation. Don’t try to make it look pretty in the beginning because you will find yourself starting over and over again. Just try to find logic on the topic. Then, when you feel you finally understood you can write it again clean and neat, if you want. Try to make your notes as simple as you can :)

Make your notes look good

I’m sure you have seen all those beautiful notes out there in the studyblrs, but not all of us can make such pretty notes. However, there’s a video of @studyquill which I found very useful and easy to help you make your notes look better. You can take a look here.


There are many memorization techniques, but I highly recommend mnemonics and memory palace. You can learn about it here.


Sometimes it’s difficult to find words to create mnemonics, but you can use websites to help you out. If your native language is English you can try Wordplays or RhymeZone. I’m sure there are websites like these in many languages.

So, for example you want to learn the word “jugar” (to play).

  1. First, you have to know how it sounds. You can use forvo for this.
  2. Look for words that have the letters or rhyme with “hoo” and “gar”
  3. We have for example “hoop” and “garden”
  4. Now try to make a story with these words. The funnier or weirder the better.
  5. We have for example. “I PLAY with a hoop in the garden.” Now you have to make it look weird or funny so your brain doesn’t forget it. Remember if the mnemonic is too obvious or natural your brain just will throw it away because it will think it’s not important. So maybe you can imagine that you are playing not with just one hoop, but with 20! and the garden is super big, or like a jungle or has your favorite flowers. Try to exaggerate everything you can. I recommend you to close your eyes and feel it while repeating the little story you just created.
  6. Done!

I know it sounds silly and weird, but trust me, it works. Remember mnemonics work better if you create them. This takes time at the beginning, but it will help you retain better the information for a longer time. If you keep practicing it will get easier.

You can also make flashcards to keep remembering the words, only the Spanish word and the translation! You can write your mnemonics in a notebook or a document. You can try Anki to make your flashcards, or you can make your own decks on Memrise, too.

You can use it with everything you want, like irregular verbs.
For example we have the verb “poder” (can) but when you conjugate it, it becomes “yo puedo”. So you can imagine that you CAN swim in a pool with an elephant and you can add some dogs if you want. Again, make it look funny, maybe the pool has a weird shape or the water is pink or green. Maybe the elephant is wearing a swimsuit and the dogs are swimming with floating boards. You can create whatever helps you remember difficult stuff.

Memory Palace

For regular verbs, we can make a longer story. For example, AR verbs as hablar, in present is: Yo hablo; Tú hablas; Él, Ella, Usted habla; Nosotros/as hablamos; Ustedes, Ellos hablan. So we have to remember the endings -o, -as, -a, -amos, -an. Here we can use the memory palace.

  1. Choose any location that you remember very well, like your house, your school, your town’s park, your room, your car etc. (I will use my house for this example).
  2. Choose 5 places in that location, like living room, bathroom, dining room, kitchen, garden. Try to make a linear journey from point A to B, C, D and F.
  3. Here comes the story. First I place myself in the living room and wow! I’m covered with oil, but why? At least is an aromatic oil, it smells like fruits. Then I go to the bathroom and omg! I’m sorry you were there asking the mirror about your future, I thought that was only on fairytales. Then I go to the dining room and I see my brother (he) and sister (she) with an important business man (usted) at the table, and wait a minute, that man is Abraham Lincoln in person! in my house? This is weird. Then I go to the kitchen and I find my friends, mis amigos, but there are so many big mosquitos we have to kill them all! When we finish I go to the garden where there are many scientist and they are looking for an antidote in the weird flowers I have in the garden, I think it’s an antidote for mutant ants.
  4. Now remember the key words: yo-oil; tú- asking the mirror; él, ella, usted- Abraham Lincoln;  nosotros - amigos, mosquitos; ustedes, ellos - antidote. So the endings are yo -o; tú -as; él, ella, usted -a; nosotros -amos; ustedes, ellos -an.
  5. Done!

Also try to remember your story backwards and without order, for better retention. So, what’s the ending for “nosotros”? You just have to remember the kitchen where, me and my amigos had to kill big mosquitos. So the ending is -amos. Now, the verb cantar (sing) is regular too. How would you say “they sing”?, just remember the scientists in your garden looking for an antidote, so the answer is “ellos cantan”.

You can make this with anything you want. I recommend you a book, it’s called Unlimited Memory by Kevin Horsley. It explains many memory techniques for beginners.

I hope this has helped you! Happy learning! :)

Of Wine and Friends

a/n: saw @illumegeoff anon q about fics with shawn and the boys and totally agree with the fact that there’s not enough of it out there (i.e. there’s none at all lol) and wanted to challenge myself to write something I’m not used to. Prepare for cringe and awkwardness lol

There’s a knock on Shawn’s hotel door followed the beep of the keycard and a thud as the door closes.

“Rise and shine sweetheart! It’s 6AM and time for your workout.” yells Geoff as he walks over to the living room area, though all he can hear is groaning from a lump on the sofa.

“Fuck off man. Today is not the day for that. I’m hungover. I can’t move right now.”

“Hey, it’s not my fault you’re such a lightweight. You’d think with your size that you can take a few shots, but shit man, Andrew can outdrink you into oblivion.” Geoff’s at the window pulling open the curtains to let the morning light in as Shawn covers his head in an attempt to drown out the light and Geoff’s voice. 

“Not to mention, you were a dumbass last night. Really Shawn, a tattoo?”

This got Shawn’s attention as he springs up into a sitting position, regretting the decision immediately when the vertigo hits him like a truck.

“What the fuck are you talking about? I’m wouldn’t get a tattoo while drunk yeah? It wasn’t me right? It wasn’t… right?”

Geoff’s shaking his head, rummaging around the drawers for ibuprofen. “I don’t know buddy, why don’t you take a look at your hand?”

Shawn nervously frees his limbs from the confines of the blanket. Guitar tattoo? Check. Lightbulb? Check. Elephant? Check. B? Check…?

“Why the fuck is there a ‘B’ on my finger?”

“That’s an 8 you dumbass,” Geoff slumps down onto the sofa handing Shawn pills and a glass of water. “We tried talking you out of it but you kept saying ‘I’m Shawn and I’m 19. I’m an adult, I can do whatever I want’. So there you have it dude, you got a new tattoo.”

Shawn’s addled, eyes trained on the floor as he mutters—more to himself than anyone—”What the fuck am I going to tell Livia?”

The types as sentences from stories I told as a child.

So apparently my mom wrote a lot of these stories down and today she gave them to me… and of course I have nothing better to do than this :D 


The parents of the fawn allowed the boy to take it with him because he had a zoo at home. 


There was a man who took ice cream and didn’t pay for it because he had no money. 


Five people drowned in the lake because they swallowed saltwater and didn’t listen to their moms.


There was a kid with rollerblades and it was a gold-human 


Once upon a time there were two Zebras with nothing to eat and there was also a giraffe, but the giraffe had food.


There was a boy who got ice cream because he could pay for it. 


There was a car that ran over a very stupid person without looking back. 


While the people were drowning there was a guy reading newspaper. 


The elephant-dog watched over the elephants.


The girls were very very nice and didn’t fight. 


Once upon a time there was a motorcyclist who drove a motorcycle and there were two policemen and they send him to prison. 


Once upon a time there was a hippo that terrified a man so much he let his bowl with popcorn and juice fall onto the ground.


The cow was so impatient that it bit off the farmers arm. 


The hedgehog jumped into the water and drowned. 


He grabbed a monkey and put it to the lions and they ate it.&nbsf;


A bear jumped into the water and didn’t drown because he knew he could swim. 

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Jin’s mansion was overwhelming, stretching over acres and acres of land. It was safe to say that it could be double or triple the size of Yoongi’s (which Yoongi defensively said that it was simply because his own parents didn’t care much for a luxurious house). It had perfectly shaped hedges, some in the shape of hearts or elephants. Numerous windows brought light into the rooms, a courtyard so large that it held two limousines and a fountain literally shooting water straight into the air like it’s own water show. It was too much.

You were more than overwhelmed, pinching yourself to make sure it’s not some sort of delusional dream or you’re hallucinating; it might as well have been Cinderella’s castle.

“Why do I have to come along again?” You tug on Yoongi’s sleeve, whispering.

He smirks to which you roll your eyes at. “Because from when school ends to seven, your time is mine. I payed for it.”

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Succulent Gardens - A Fun & Easy Activity for Littles!

Succulents are fun and easy to grow, and that makes then great for littles. You can easily manage a garden of multiple succulents with little effort. Since they come from deserts and other hot, dry climates, all they need to be happy is a sunny spot by the window and water once a week.

And you can’t tell me they’re not absolutely adorable. Just look at these cuties.

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How do I start a succulent garden?

You will need the following things to start your garden.

🌵 Succulent Plants 

🌵 Succulent Potting Soil

🌵 Very Small Rocks or Gravel

🌵 Flower Pots or Terrariums

🌵 Succulent Fertilizer

Once you have all the things you need, you’re ready to start your own little garden! To begin, make sure your flower pot has a draining hole and a saucer to catch the water. If it doesn’t have a hole, you’ll need to drill one, because succulents don’t like standing water. If you don’t want to drill a hole, you can put a layer of small rocks or gravel at the bottom to help the water drain away from the succulent’s roots.

Next, fill your pot with succulent potting soil. Regular potting soil doesn’t drain as well, so make sure you’re using succulent potting soil. Make sure you leave about an inch of room at the top. After the pot is filled with soil, you want to cover the soil with small rocks or gravel. This will protect your succulents from excess moisture that can cause rot.

Your little garden is all set up! Now all you have to do is place your new friends in front of a nice, sunny window. During the summer, you’ll want to be careful that your succulents don’t get sunburnt. 

You’ll want to give them a bit of succulent fertilizer once a month. (Make sure you read the instructions on the bottle of fertilizer to ensure proper usage.)

If you prefer, you can also buy one big pot and grow your succulents together to make a collage! :D

How often do I need to water?

Succulents don’t need to be watered very often, but make sure you soak the soil each time you do. Water your succulents whenever the soil is dry. Check on them weekly, and if the soil is wet, check again in a few days. Once the soil is completely dry, you’ll know it’s time for watering.

You can tell that your succulents are thirsty if the leaves start to pucker. If the leaves start to look translucent and soggy, you’re giving them too much water.

If you have a pot with a drainage hole, make sure you have a saucer underneath to catch the water. Empty the saucer every time you water. Remember, your succulents don’t like standing water!

There are so many kinds! Which one should I buy?

Whichever kind catches your eye :) They’re all wonderful little companions. My personal favorite (which I have grown myself!) is the Moon Cactus. They come in several bright, pretty colors, including red, yellow, and pink.

Another pretty one is the Desert Rose. It’s as gorgeous as the name sounds, and comes in a lot of colors. It’s like a rose-cactus hybrid- pretty like a rose, and easy to care for like a cactus :)

Do you have any other tips?

Yup! Here are a few tips that may come in handy.

🌵 Clear out dead plant material from the pot. Dead leaves could cause your cactus to rot, or be a point of attraction for bugs. (Bugs are more of a threat if you’re raising your succulents outdoors.)

🌵 If you do decide to make your garden an outdoor one, bring your little guys inside as soon as it starts getting cold. Succulents may be hardy, but they’re definetly not resistant to cold.

🌵 If you encounter bugs on your succulents, don’t spray them with insecticide. Most succulents don’t like that. First, try removing the bugs using a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol. If that doesn’t work, I would take a picture of the bugs and go to a local Home Depot for advice.  

🌵 If you’re going to use a terrarium, choose one that’s not very deep, and has holes that allow the water to evaporate. You’ll have a lot of problems if you don’t pick a suitable terrarium. I’ve linked to some suitable terrariums in the next section.

I want some cute planters for my succulents!

My favorite part of succulent gardens is they stay in their pots permanently, unlike regular plants, so cute pots are a must!

🌵 Big Elephant & Baby Elephant Ceramic Pots Set $12.99

🌵 Giraffe Resin Pot $11.59

🌵 Doggy Resin Pot $9.99

🌵 Panda Resin Pot $7.99

🌵 Corgi Resin Pot $8.58

🌵 Long Ceramic Planter $14.95

🌵 Pink Whale Resin Pot $10.99

🌵 Bulbasaur Ceramic Pot $16.55

🌵 Hippo Resin Pot $10.99

🌵 Hanging Ceramic Pot $14.50

🌵 Round Hanging Glass Terrarium $12.48 6 Terrariums $17.50

…And that’s about it! Have fun gardening, cuties :)

More animals facts from a zoo docent

So my previous post along these lines is rapidly becoming one of my most-popular posts ever. People often ask for MOAR FAX PLZ so I shall try to come up with more.

1. The Pere David’s deer (a large species of deer found in sub-tropical China) is actually semi-aquatic. It is also extinct in the wild, although quite a few live on sanctuaries (we have a large herd of them at The Wilds, a 300,000 acre conservation park near Columbus) and re-introduction may be possible. They love mucking about in pools and bogs and the males usually have weeds and crap from the water all over their antlers. For the Aesthetic.

2. Kiwi are horrible parents. The female kiwi is quite a bit larger than the male - she lays the egg but that’s it. The egg is enormous and takes up almost her entire body. Once the egg is laid the male incubates it, but once it’s hatched, neither parent cares for the chick AT ALL, it’s on its own - it can live on its internal yolk for up to a week or so but after that must find its own food and water. In fact, the males will often kill newly-hatched chicks, even if they just spent months sitting on that damn egg. Mortality is extremely high for kiwi chicks and even in a zoo setting, incubating and hatching them is non-trivial (our zoo just successfully hatched a Kiwi chick and they are so excited. His name is Haka). Also, New Zealand is quite prickly about allowing kiwi to leave the country to live in non-New-Zealand institutions. And they are required to name them something related to their heritage (you can’t name a kiwi chick Ralph, for example).

3. My zoo has vervet monkeys. If the name isn’t familiar, I promise you’ve seen them. If you just imagine “small monkey that steals food on safaris” you’re probably picturing a vervet monkey. They’re considered pests in Africa (they’re sometimes called the “raccoons of Africa”) and WILL mess with all your shit if you are in the wild. Not many zoos have them. They’re a pretty ordinary gray/beige color - except the males’ genitalia. Their penises are BRIGHT red and their balls are BRIGHT teal. Like, it’s startling how blue they are, like we’re talking 1980s-fast-food-restaurant-decor teal. Google “vervet monkey balls” if you need the visual.

4. Elephants drink with their trunks, not through their trunks. The trunk is essentially a nose, so they can’t pull water through it into their stomachs - or at least, not comfortably. They suck it up into the trunk and then spray it into their mouths. The trunk of a full grown elephant can hold about 2.5 gallons of water. A elephant trunk contains over 40,000 muscles (the entire human body contains 639, just for comparison) - an elephant can use their trunk to rip down a tree, or to pluck a single blade of grass. It’s one of the most highly-complex structures in the animal kingdom.

5. Moose are the largest members of the deer family. The males grow and shed a set of antlers every year, but it takes some time to develop the huge, palmate antlers (antlers with points and big flat areas between them called palms) that are so characteristic of moose. A male moose’s first set of antlers, when he’s a year old, will be small and just pointy. Each year after he sheds them, the new set will re-grow bigger and wider with bigger palms, until the moose is about 5 years old. After that, as the moose ages, the antlers will diminish in size a bit each year.

6. Gorillas live in family groups - generally the groups are pretty static and don’t mix with other groups. For many decades, zoos have done their best to replicate this social environment. Gorillas in human care also live in family groups (if the zoo in question has breeding groups - some just have bachelor groups of males) consisting of one adult male, assorted females (usually 3-5) and whatever offspring they have. But forming these groups can be tricky. Gorillas are like people - sometimes they get along, sometimes they don’t. When a zoo gets a new gorilla (we just got a new male a few months ago), they’re rolling the dice a bit on whether he’ll get along with their females. When doing introductions, especially when forming an entirely new family group, the most important thing is for the adult females to have a strong bond - if the male gets too aggressive, the females need to back each other up and stick together. If one female is left alone without support, she could get hurt. Sisters before misters.

7. Penguins are often described as monogamous and mating for life. That’s not – entirely accurate. At least with the Humboldt penguins that we have at my zoo (this may or may not be true of other penguin species), the penguins do mate for life, but they’re not necessarily monogamous. They’ll breed with other birds, but always come back to their mate for nesting. So they have open marriages, you might say. 

8. Black bears are not always black. The American black bear comes in a variety of colors, including red (usually referred to as “cinnamon”), blonde, and gray.

9. There’s a mistaken impression that grizzly bears are the largest bears - they’re not. On average, polar bears are the largest species of bear. After the polar bear, the brown bear, specifically the Alaskan or Kodiak brown bear, is the largest. The average inland grizzly bear male weighs about 600 lbs - we have two Alaskan brown bears at my zoo and they weigh about 1200 lbs each. They’re mind-bogglingly enormous, guests are amazed by them.

10. Red pandas are not related to giant pandas, which are ursids (the family that includes bears). The red panda is the only living species in the family Ailuridae, which is part of the musteloid superfamily, which also includes raccoons, skunks, weasels and ferrets. It’s often said that the word “panda” means “bamboo eater,” which is really the thing that the giant panda and the red panda have in common - they both eat bamboo - but that word origin isn’t super clear.

11. The Przewalski’s horse (pronounced shuh-VAHL-skee) is the only horse species never to have been domesticated, and is the only living species of wild horse (other wild horses are descendants of previously-domesticated horses that went feral). The P-horse (as it’s called) was hunted nearly to extinction in the early 20th century - at one point there were less than 30 animals alive - but has rebounded significantly thanks to efforts by zoos, wildlife parks and conservation centers. The Wilds, which I mentioned above, has a sizable herd of them. They’re beautiful and surprisingly small. And also cranky.