Euphorbia pulcherrima or poinsettia was native to the area around Taxco, Mexico. It was cultivated by the Aztecs long before Christianity arrived in the new world. In the seventeenth century Franciscan Priests settled near Taxco. Because of the bloom season and bright colors, the poinsettia was used in an annual nativity procession called "Fiesta of Santa Pesebre." This was the first time the poinsettia was associated with a Christian event. LA CUETLAXOCHITL
Smallest Chelonian: Of all the chelonians-turtles, tortoises and terrapins-the smallest is the speckled cape tortoise or speckled padloper (Homopus signatus). It has a shell length of 6-9.6 cm (2.3-3.7in)-so small that the tortoise can hide in tiny gaps between rocks.
But because of the increasingly poor water conditions in our oceans, extreme jellyfish blooms are increasing as they move in to take over where fish can no longer survive. Overfishing can also reduce fish population, giving jellyfish ample room to move in. Because of this, it is likely that we will more such shut downs in the future.
Dec. 27, 2016 | Visit the Zoo Day. #8 of 10 Best Zoo Lights: Zoolights at the Smithsonian National Zoo in DC. More than half a million eco-friendly LED lights provides an environmentally friendly lights display. Visitors can ride a solar-powered carousel!