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Jan 29, 2010
*****Ending Soon! GET YOUR ENTRY IN NOW! The last day to submit your paragraph about your favorite Sifaka World Character is Monday by midnight Pacific Standard Time*****

Hi everyone!

I’m so excited! Starting today we’re going to be giving away some fabulous Sifaka World prizes!

For this one all you have to do is write a paragraph (or more!) about your favorite Sifaka World animal. We’ll pick our five (5) favorite entries and will be awarding the winners each a free 6-month Animal Lover Membership to Sifaka World! If you've been using a free membership and really want access to everything cool in Sifaka World, now's your chance!!

Here’s what you need to do to win:

1) Write a paragraph about your favorite Sifaka World Character (any animal is fine--think about all the characters around Sifaka World, like Kintana, Tuffy, Fast Eddie, Professor Fizzlesicks, and some of our new characters in the Arctic too! Include the reasons you like that character so much. Is it the way he or she looks? Is it the animal’s personality? Be creative!

2) We’re looking for well-written entries by kids. It’s okay to have a parent type the entry, but it’s YOUR words that we want, not theirs.

3) Submit your entry to the comments section of this blog with your Sifaka World USERNAME. That’s very important because without your username we won’t know who to award the prize to! DO NOT USE YOUR REAL NAME. If you use any personal information to submit your entry it will be disqualified.

4) Tell us how old you are.

5) Submit your entry by February 15th, 2010.

That’s it! That’s all you have to do to win free access to all of Sifaka World’s exciting features for six months.

Prizes will be announced and awarded by February 19th, 2010.


Cheetahs and...Rhinos?!

Jan 27, 2010

Did you know that we have black rhinos here at the Cheetah Conservation Fund? The black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis), also called “hook-lipped” rhinoceros, is an extremely endangered animal. To help the government of Namibia with the conservation of the black rhinoceros, CCF has set up a reserve for a few of these animals.

Although our reserve is home to six black rhinos, there is a young female that keeps escaping! A little while ago, the Namibian government sent their best veterinarians here to catch our escaped rhino. They found her, caught her, and then they returned her to the reserve. She didn’t stay there very long though, because only a few days later she had escaped again!

We think that this young female has set up what is called a “home range” just outside of our reserve. A home range is where an animal spends its time, or the area that an individual animal chooses to live. You can understand home ranges by thinking about the places you often go. Your home range would not include the place that you once visited for holiday, but the common places that you visit like your home, your school, maybe the store, or even your best-friend’s house. For now we are just tracking the young female rhinoceros to make sure that she is staying in the same area. Maybe she just thought that the grass was greener on the other side – the other side of our reserve’s fence that is!

What's New in Sifaka World

Jan 24, 2010
Hi everyone!

There’s a lot going on behind the scenes here in Sifaka World! I bet you can’t wait to see what’s coming. I know I’m really excited about all of it!


I’m especially excited about a new adventure that will be released in February, so keep your eyes peeled for that one. It’s going to be a little different from adventures we’ve had in the past. You’ll have to take extra good care of your avatar to make it through this one! Are you wondering what it’s about? GOOD! Keep wondering! If you feel like it, post your thoughts about what it *might* be or what you’re hoping Sifaka World will be adding—even if you’re not right about this one your ideas might find their way into our games at a later date....


We're also going to be offering some amazing 6-month gift membership prizes. If you've been wanting a full membership so you can enjoy everything Sifaka World has to offer now's your chance! Sifaka Prizes may be featured here on the blog or on Twitter and Facebook, so if you’re on Twitter and Facebook, be sure to follow us (@sifakachef and @sifakaworld ) Be the first to know when you'll have the chance to win a Sifaka Prize.

See you in the Treetops!

Pesky Baboons!

Jan 17, 2010
There has been a baboon troop in the area lately, and they’re being a bit pesky. We had to put special chemicals in our drinking water not long ago because baboons had pulled off the top of one of our water tanks. This has made our drinking water taste kind of like pool water because it has chlorine in it!

Just yesterday, there was a large baboon playing with our volleyball net. I even had to chase a baboon out of Matti’s garden because it was eating all of his new plants!

Also, a few weeks ago, there was a great deal of commotion coming from outside. I ran out to find a large male baboon inside of Quasar, Phonix, and Soraya’s enclosure! I started yelling and running around trying to grab the three young cheetahs so that they wouldn’t go near the baboon and get hurt, but luckily my yelling scared the baboon and he climbed over the fence and out of the yard. All of the cheetahs were just fine, but baboons can certainly hurt a cheetah if they got into a fight. During the whole episode, I have to admit that my heart was beating super fast!

Make Time for Breakfast!

Jan 13, 2010
Getting ready in the morning is hard some days, isn’t it? It seems like we’re all rushing around trying to make it to the bus and school on time and boy does it get hectic! I bet some of you hastily grab something not so healthy on the way out the door and a few of you probably even head out with empty bellies because you run out of time. Or maybe you’re just not a morning person and don’t feel like eating much before you head off to school.

Breakfast is so important! You should never skip breakfast. Your body has been without nutrition all night and you need to eat to give your body (and brain!) the fuel it needs to get going and do some effective learning while you’re in class before lunch. Lots of really good studies have been done and they all say that kids who eat breakfast do better in school. Wouldn’t you love to do better just by eating a good meal in the morning? It’s so easy to do and doesn’t require any extra studying!

When things get crazy around here and I don’t have time to cook for my kids, we like to make some tasty, filling smoothies in the morning. They’re quick, easy, and you can even drink one on the go if you have to.

Here are two of our favorites (look for another one in Sifaka World soon!). Give them a try, but experiment with your own combinations and amounts too. Make them your own and be sure to get an adult to help you with the blender.

For both of these recipes all you have to do is put all the ingredients in the blender and process until smooth.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
(Serves 4)
If you like chocolate and peanut butter you’ll love this one!

2 cups chocolate soy milk (or fat free milk)
2 bananas
1 cup ice
2 Tablespoons peanut butter
1 squeeze of honey
Dash of cinnamon

Acai Bluraspberry Smoothie

(Serves 4)

Okay, you’re right! There’s no such thing as a Bluraspberry it's just a silly way of combining blueberries and raspberries. Although I do think a bluraspberry would be a very cool-looking fruit! There are such things as Acai berries, though. They are the fruit of the Acai Palm tree, which grows in Central and South America.

Acai is thought to help with digestion, heart trouble, and cholesterol levels. It is high in antioxidants, which are believed to prevent and fight cancer. In the past couple of years Acai has become popular and these days we can find its juice in the supermarket. Best of all, it’s super tasty!

2 /3 cup frozen blueberries
¼ cup frozen raspberries
1 cup acai berry juice
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1 teaspoon lemon zest

The Chase

Jan 10, 2010
There is a large slender mongoose (Galerella sanguinea) that lives somewhere near my office.

Just the other day, it ran right inside! Immediately the dogs were chasing after it and it was trying to hide behind bookshelves and filing cabinets. My roommate, Cheri, and I started chasing after the mongoose, and we were luckily able to get it to run outside. The only problem was that the dogs chased after it outside and into the yard. I was able to grab one dog, named Finn, and Cheri ran after the other dog, named Isha. In fact, Cheri chased Isha all the way into a big cactus plant! The mongoose was able to get away from the dogs safely, but poor Cheri was covered in prickly little cactus hairs for the whole day!

Backyard Eats

Jan 6, 2010
When I was a little girl I used to sit on the back stoop with my great-grandmother and shuck corn or shell peas in the summer. They were usually gifts from neighbors’ gardens—a bounty too large for them to consume on their own, so they shared. And what they shared tasted so much better than anything we could get in the grocery store. I think that’s probably truer today than it was back then.

Big farms tend to grow fruits and vegetables that travel well because they have to be trucked across the country, or even from one country to another, and they’re often picked before they get ripe so they won’t go bad before they get to us. Fruits and vegetables ripened by the sun taste better than ones that aren’t—just try some and you’ll see!

Right now there’s snow on the ground, so growing something green and tasty in the back yard is a little trickier than it is in the spring and summer, but our chickens, which we got at the end of the summer last year, are flourishing and are laying eggs at an awe-inspiring rate in spite of the low temperatures and lack of daylight.

And I have to tell you, those eggs taste better than any eggs we’ve ever had before! They’re smaller than what we’re used to getting in the grocery store, but wow are they full of flavor! Just look at this picture and you’ll see the difference. The egg from our backyard chicken is the one with the dark orange yolk.
Our chickens (we have four—Wiggles, Chickadee, Peeps-a-Lot, and Gladys) have a two-story coop, with their nesting boxes upstairs, and we let them roam during the day, which gives them the opportunity to vary their diets the natural way. They love to eat bugs! Their shells are thicker than the eggs we get in the grocery store, and they’re as fresh as can be. The eggs they lay are better for us and our chickens lead a much better life than chickens raised for laying supermarket eggs.

They’re pretty entertaining too. One of our chickens likes the buttons on my jacket and pecks away at them while I rummage around for eggs or fill their feeding troughs. They also talk to us a lot, clucking loudly when they want us to visit with them or give them some food.

Have you ever grown food in your back yard? If so, how did it taste?

What's New in Sifaka World

Jan 3, 2010
Hi Everyone!

Kintana here! Just stopping by to let you know that our holiday gift hunt was so popular that we've decided to leave it up for a little while longer. If you haven't yet completed it, head on up to the treetops and get started. Hint: Head to the North Pole to see some new friends and to find out more about the holiday gift hunt.

Speaking of holiday gifts, Sifaka World is offering 6-month gift memberships at 50% off that you can buy for yourself or even a friend or relative. Follow this link to find out more!

See you soon!