Stuffed Safari Blog http://blog.stuffedsafari.com Seriously Fun Stuffed Animals! Tue, 29 Aug 2017 18:26:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/stuffed-safari-monkey.jpg Stuffed Safari Blog http://blog.stuffedsafari.com 32 32 Scooter and the Stuffed Purple Snake http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/scooter-and-the-stuffed-purple-snake/ http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/scooter-and-the-stuffed-purple-snake/#respond Tue, 29 Aug 2017 18:26:07 +0000 http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/?p=914 Having so many stuffed animals at hand, we at Stuffed Safari receive calls for every reason under the sun. “I need a stuffed teddy bear to ask my girlfriend to Prom.” “I need twenty-five different stuffed dogs for my daughter’s puppy party.” “I need a thousand personalized stuffed foxes to help promote my business.” Hundreds of orders come through every day and hundreds more stuffed animals are boxed up and shipped off to new homes.  Most of the time, these fluffy plush companions are never seen or heard from again.  But every now and then, someone takes the time to […]

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Having so many stuffed animals at hand, we at Stuffed Safari receive calls for every reason under the sun.

“I need a stuffed teddy bear to ask my girlfriend to Prom.”

“I need twenty-five different stuffed dogs for my daughter’s puppy party.”

“I need a thousand personalized stuffed foxes to help promote my business.”

Hundreds of orders come through every day and hundreds more stuffed animals are boxed up and shipped off to new homes.  Most of the time, these fluffy plush companions are never seen or heard from again.  But every now and then, someone takes the time to get in touch with as and tell us what happened after they received their package.  The stories the make a lasting impression are the ones letting us know exactly how much receiving their stuffed animal meant to them.  We decided to share the story of Scooter and the Stuffed Purple Snake with all of our readers.  So without further ado…Stuffed Safari presents:

Scooter and the Stuffed Purple Snake

Scooter and the Stuffed Purple Snake

Scooter and the Stuffed Purple Snake is a cute and touching tale about a little kitty in Canada and his favorite stuffed animal.  Scooter belongs to Don and Mary from Ontario.  When Scooter was about a year and half old, he fell ill.  They took their beloved pet to the animal hospital because he was not eating.  With no good prognosis from the vet, they took Scooter home to spend what time he had left in the comfort of a familiar place.  But the first thing he did was eat a bit of food, drink some water, and curl up next to his security blanket: a stuffed snake of all things.

Fourteen years later, Scooter is alive and well, and that stuffed snake had been a constant nap buddy for him throughout the years.  Unfortunately, one of Don and Mary’s other cats had a mishap with the stuffed snake, ruining it.  This, as you might imagine, put Scooter in a great amount of distress.  Poor little guy!  I can just imagine him pacing and meowing, wondering aloud where his stuffed snake had gone.  As loving pet owners, Don and Mary sought to find a replacement, and that’s how the found us.

While we were not able to find a snake of the exact likeness to the original, we were able to help provide a suitable replacement.  We boxed up the Multi-Print Lavender Snake Stuffed Animal by Aurora and shipped it off to its new home.  About a week later, we received the email with the pictures of Scooter snuggled up next to his new stuffed snake, and we only had one reaction.

“Awwwwwwww!”

With any business—even the stuffed animal business—it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day routine and forget that every one of our orders has a destination and a story behind it.  Don and Mary gave us a warm and heartfelt reminder at how big a difference something as simple as a purple stuffed snake can make.  They expressed several times how pleased they were with our customer service, our shipping efficiency, and the pleasant conversation they had with one of our representatives when they called to place their order over the phone.  It’s always nice to hear that we’ve done a good job, but it is far more rewarding to know that what we do every day, even if we don’t know it, is affecting people in a positive way.

And they tell us that Scooter is now a very happy cat.

Tell Us Your Story

Maybe you have ordered a stuffed animal from Stuffed Safari before.  Maybe it had some greater significance to you, your pet, or a loved one.  Would you like your story to be featured on our blog?  We’d love to tell it, and for Scooter and the Stuffed Purple Snake to be one of many such stories on our blog.  Feel free to contact us at support@stuffedsafari.com or 1-866-534-6604 and let us know what one of our stuffed animals meant to you.

I hope you enjoyed this story.  Feel free to leave any comments or questions in the comment section below.  And, as always, thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!

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Stuffed Safari Photo Contest http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/stuffed-safari-photo-contest/ http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/stuffed-safari-photo-contest/#respond Thu, 24 Aug 2017 17:27:08 +0000 http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/?p=878 Why the Stuffed Safari Photo Contest?  Because we are crazy about stuffed animals.  So crazy, in fact, that we sell over 5,000 different ones on our website.  Over the years, we have had the opportunity to meet lots of people who are just as passionate about their plush companions as we are.  To give our valued customers the chance to showcase their stuffed animal collections and be the stars of the show, we held a Photo Contest.  We were pleased with the overwhelming response to this contest.  It was so hard After spending much time huddled together around the computer […]

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Why the Stuffed Safari Photo Contest?  Because we are crazy about stuffed animals.  So crazy, in fact, that we sell over 5,000 different ones on our website.  Over the years, we have had the opportunity to meet lots of people who are just as passionate about their plush companions as we are.  To give our valued customers the chance to showcase their stuffed animal collections and be the stars of the show, we held a Photo Contest.  We were pleased with the overwhelming response to this contest.  It was so hard After spending much time huddled together around the computer monitor and carefully reviewing each one, we came to a consensus of our favorites.

Stuffed Safari Photo Contest Finalists Announcement

Now, without further ado, we proudly present the finalists for our first (but not our last) Stuffed Safari Photo Contest.

Stuffed Safari Photo Contest Finalists

The Monkey Whisperer

Stuffed Safari Photo Contest Finalist 1

submitted by Shelley S.

Grandma Beth’s Stuffed Animals

Stuffed Safari Photo Contest Finalist 2

submitted by Beth G.

You Can Never Have Too Many Friends

Stuffed Safari Photo Contest Finalist 3

submitted by Lorena Y.

Cows!

Stuffed Safari Photo Contest Finalist 4

submitted by Danny B.

Got Puppies?

Stuffed Safari Photo Contest Finalist 5

submitted by CarrieAnne N.

Angela’s Crash

Stuffed Safari Photo Contest Finalist 6

submitted by Angela T.

Giraffe Lover

Stuffed Safari Photo Contest Finalist 7

submitted by Jodi Z.

And the little one said: “roll over, roll over…..”

Stuffed Safari Photo Contest Finalist 8

submitted by Clare P.

Can Barney and Skittles Go to School Too?

Stuffed Safari Photo Contest Finalist 9

submitted by Curtis D.

Kitten Birthday!

Stuffed Safari Photo Contest Finalist 10

submitted by Liset R.

I Love Stuffed Safari!

Stuffed Safari Photo Contest Finalist 11

submitted by Julue W.

The Comfort of Friends

Stuffed Safari Photo Contest Finalist 12

submitted by Curt D.

Summer Snuggles

Stuffed Safari Photo Contest Finalist 13

submitted by Holly S.

A Girl and Her Stuffed Animals

Stuffed Safari Photo Contest Finalist 14

submitted by Cara S.

And now that the finalists have been decided and announced, it is time for round two of the Stuffed Safari Photo Contest.  If you would like to vote on your favorite,

to visit our page. Vote once every 24 hours and get a coupon code that will save you 12% on your next order on our site.

Subscribe to our blog and like our social media pages to stay in the loop about future Contests, Giveaways, and Coupon Codes.

Feel free to leave any comments or questions in the comment section below.  And, as always, thank you for reading.

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The Wild Side – Great White Shark http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/the-wild-side-great-white-shark/ http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/the-wild-side-great-white-shark/#respond Sun, 30 Jul 2017 17:00:55 +0000 http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/?p=790 Great White Shark Information & Facts This may go without saying, but here at Stuffed Safari we love animals.  Not just the stuffed ones either.  Everyone who works here has at least one pet, and most of us have more than one.  When we’re not busy selling stuffed animals, we love to learn about the real-life counterparts to the plush toys we sell.  Today we explore the great white shark.  This post is packed with great white shark information and facts!  You can find these fearsome creatures in the coastal surface waters of all major oceans.  That’s right!  These carnivorous […]

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Great White Shark Information & Facts

This may go without saying, but here at Stuffed Safari we love animals.  Not just the stuffed ones either.  Everyone who works here has at least one pet, and most of us have more than one.  When we’re not busy selling stuffed animals, we love to learn about the real-life counterparts to the plush toys we sell.  Today we explore the great white shark.  This post is packed with great white shark information and facts!  You can find these fearsome creatures in the coastal surface waters of all major oceans.  That’s right!  These carnivorous fish are prowling the waters in every corner of our planet with the exception of the extreme north and south.  These marine predators have been around since the early Miocene epoch.  Shark ancestors are older than dinosaurs and have hunted in earth’s waters for roughly 450 million years!

Great White Shark Information

Physical Appearance

Size

Great white sharks are known for their size.  Males, on average, measure between 11 and 13 feet in length while the females can reach 14 or even 16 feet in length.  Unconfirmed, but recorded incidents of freakishly large great white sharks have been listed over the years. There are many claims of great white specimens reaching between 19 and 37 feet long.  While unconfirmed, just imagine that for a moment.  That’s a shark that is only slightly shorter than a school bus!

Teeth

Great white sharks might not say much but they sure do have some big mouths.  Here’s a fun tidbit of great white shark information: a complete set of teeth numbers 222.  They aren’t like our teeth, however.  Several inches long, serrated, and arranged in a series of rows, these natural weapons are meant for the sole purpose of sawing through large hunks of flesh.  Yikes!

Coloring

Another distinctive feature of great white sharks is their counter shading.  While their dorsal area most often appears gray, its underside is stark white, hence the name.  This coloring acts as natural camouflage for the great white shark as it makes it difficult for their prey to spot the shark because it mottles the shark’s outline when seen from the side.  As if these apex predators of the sea weren’t scary enough already!  Perhaps it’s not the best time to mention they can accelerate to as fast as 25 MPH in the water for short bursts.

Great White Shark Information

Behavior

Great white sharks predominantly feed upon marine mammals for food.  When it comes to the food chain in the oceans, great white sharks are at the very top.  Their only natural predators being killer whales, and mostly in the way of competition.  Studies show that these predators have varying tastes from shark to shark.  They have been known to hunt according to their preferences.  One of the things that makes them such effective hunters is their extra sense granted to them by special sensing organs known as electroreceptors.  These allow them to detect the electromagnetic field emitted by the movement of marine animals.  Great whites are so keen with this sense that they can even sense the heartbeat of immobile animals.

The sense of smell of a great white shark is so sensitive it can smell blood in the water from a mile away.  Since smells travel faster through the air than water, great whites have been known to regularly lift their heads above the sea surface to get a better look, or sniff in this case, at their prey.

Lifespan

Here’s another piece of great white shark information you might find interesting: they live for as long as 70 years or more.  These long-lived creatures take between 26 and 33 to reach maturity to produce offspring.

At Stuffed Safari, we are proud to carry a wide variety of Stuffed Great White Sharks and Plush Great White Sharks.  From small Mini Flopsies to jumbo 40 inch stuffed sharks, I think our variety and selection speaks volumes of our love for these amazing animals.  Take a look at what we have to offer and bring home a great white shark plush companion of your very own.

I hope you enjoyed this step into The Wild Side with great white shark information.  You can read about the other shark species featured in our 2017 Shark Safari here.  Subscribe to our blog to explore more animals in the future.  Feel free to leave any comments or questions in the comment section below.  And, as always, thank you for reading.

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The Wild Side – Hammerhead Shark http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/wild-side-hammerhead-shark/ http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/wild-side-hammerhead-shark/#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:00:25 +0000 http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/?p=806 Hammerhead Shark Information & Facts This might go without saying, but here at Stuffed Safari we love animals.  Not just the stuffed ones either.  Everyone who works here has at least one pet and most of us have more than one.  When we’re not busy selling stuffed animals, we love to learn about the real-life counterparts to the plush toys we sell.  Today we explore the hammerhead shark.  This post is packed with hammerhead shark information and facts.  You can find these fascinating creatures worldwide in warmer waters along the coastlines and continental shelves.  That’s right!  These carnivorous fish are […]

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Hammerhead Shark Information & Facts

This might go without saying, but here at Stuffed Safari we love animals.  Not just the stuffed ones either.  Everyone who works here has at least one pet and most of us have more than one.  When we’re not busy selling stuffed animals, we love to learn about the real-life counterparts to the plush toys we sell.  Today we explore the hammerhead shark.  This post is packed with hammerhead shark information and facts.  You can find these fascinating creatures worldwide in warmer waters along the coastlines and continental shelves.  That’s right!  These carnivorous fish are prowling the waters in every corner of our planet.  These marine predators have been around since the middle Miocene epoch.  Shark ancestors are older than dinosaurs and have hunted earth’s oceans for roughly 400 million years!

Physical Appearance

The most distinctive feature specific to the hammerhead shark is the peculiar shape of its head.  Flattened laterally extended into a hammer shape called a cephalofoil.  Scientists speculate a variety of functions for this distinct shape included prey manipulation, sensory reception, and maneuvering.  A theory has been advanced proposing the hammer-like shape of their heads may have evolved in part to enhance the animal’s vision.  Mounted on the sides of the shark’s distinctive hammer head, the positioning of the eyes gives the shark 360-degree vision in the vertical plane.  This adaptation allows them to see both above and below them at all times.

Usually light gray with a greenish tent, like their great white cousins, they have white underbellies allowing them to blend into the ocean when viewed from the bottom.  This makes it easier for them to sneak up on their prey.

Size

Here’s some hammerhead shark information you might enjoy.  Hammerheads range from 3 to 19 feet long and weigh between 6 and 1200 pounds.  That’s longer than most cars and over half of a ton. You can find hammerhead sharks in a huge spectrum of sizes!

Behavior

A unique attribute of the hammerhead shark: during the day, hammerheads swim together in schools, but at night they turn into solitary hunters.  Large schools of hammerheads can be found close to Malpelo Island in Colombia, Molokai in Hawaii, in shallow waters off the coast of southern and eastern Africa, and Cocos Island off Costa Rica.  In the summer hammerhead sharks participate in a mass migration in search of cooler waters.

hammerhead shark information

Hammerhead sharks have been known to attack humans but the occurrences are few and far between.  For the most part they leave us alone.  Humans, however, hunt these creatures for their fins as they are considered a delicacy in certain countries in Asia.  Not cool!

Reproduction

Here’s another interesting tidbit of hammerhead shark information for you: they mate only once a year.  Female hammerheads yield litters between 12 and 15 young and no parental care is given to newborns.  They huddle together, swimming toward warm water until they are old enough to hunt and survive on their own.

Diet

Hammerhead sharks are carnivorous feed on a large variety of prey.  Anything from crustaceans, squid, octopus, fish, and even other sharks.  Since stingrays also hang around near the ocean floor, hammerheads particularly enjoy hunting them.  Using its head to pin down the stingray, it feeds when its prey is weak and in shock.

At Stuffed Safari, we are proud to carry a wide variety of Stuffed Hammerhead Sharks and Plush Hammerhead Sharks.  From seven-inch stuffed sharks, to jumbo plush hammerheads sharks measuring forty-eight inches in length, I think our variety and selection speaks volumes of our love for these amazing animals.  Take a look at what we have to offer and bring home a hammerhead shark plush companion of your very own today.

I hope you enjoyed this step into The Wild Side with hammerhead shark information.  You can read about the other shark species featured in our 2017 Shark Safari here.  Subscribe to our blog to explore more animals in the future.  Feel free to leave any comments or questions in the comment section below.  And, as always, thank you for reading.

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The Wild Side – Tiger Shark http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/wild-side-tiger-shark/ http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/wild-side-tiger-shark/#respond Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:00:18 +0000 http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/?p=819 Tiger Shark Information & Facts This may go without saying, but here at Stuffed Safari we love animals.  Not just the stuffed ones either.  Everyone who works here has at least one pet, and most of us have more than one.  When we’re not busy selling stuffed animals, we love to learn about the real-life counterparts to the plush toys we sell.  Today we will explore the tiger shark.  This post is packed full of tiger shark information and facts that I hope you will find as interesting as I did.  Tiger sharks are found prowling tropical and subtropical waters […]

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Tiger Shark Information & Facts

This may go without saying, but here at Stuffed Safari we love animals.  Not just the stuffed ones either.  Everyone who works here has at least one pet, and most of us have more than one.  When we’re not busy selling stuffed animals, we love to learn about the real-life counterparts to the plush toys we sell.  Today we will explore the tiger shark.  This post is packed full of tiger shark information and facts that I hope you will find as interesting as I did.  Tiger sharks are found prowling tropical and subtropical waters close to the coast around the world.

Tiger Shark Information

Behavior

Tiger sharks (Galeocerdo tigrinus) are nomadic, moving freely from place to place.  Fossil records (teeth mostly) date tiger sharks as far back as the Eocene.  During the colder months in the year, they migrate close to the equator where the waters are nice and warm.  Tending to stay in deeper waters around reefs, they sometimes venture into channels to pursue prey in shallow waters.  Tiger sharks have been reported in waters as deep as 3,000 feet.

Here’s some fun tiger shark information for you.  The reflective layer behind a tiger shark’s retina, enables them to hunt stealthily at night, and are deemed by most to be nocturnal creatures.  Even without their enhanced vision, tiger sharks have an extra sense known as electro-reception enabling them to detect electric fields.  This includes something as minuscule as the heartbeat of a fish they might be hunting.

Appearance

The skin of a tiger shark ranges in hue from blue to light green with a white or pale-yellow underbelly.  These markings establish counter-shading camouflage for these magnificent predators, making them hard for prey to detect them from above or below.  Especially in the dark.  They also have dark stripes down either side of their flanks giving them tiger-like markings and their name.

Tiger Shark Information

Diet

Tigers sharks will eat anything.  With one of the widest varieties in prey as far as sharks are concerned, tiger sharks are considered apex predators in the food chain.  Even dolphins, whales, and other sharks no better than to mess with these meanies of the sea.  Studies suggest, however, that while tiger sharks are not picky about their prey, they seem to prefer sea turtles as their meal of choice.

Teeth

Most sharks have pointed, triangle-shaped teeth arranged in jagged rows in their mouths.  Tiger sharks have a different setup.  Their teeth have noticeable serration and turn sideways in a pointed tip.  Scientists hypothesize this design helps with breaking through tougher substances like turtle shells with their vicious bite.  This unique set of chops gives them the versatility to prey on almost anything in the water; their only natural predator is humans.

Size

Tiger sharks are big.  They might not be as large as their cousins the great white, but compared to a human they are quite large.  On average, you’re looking at between ten and fourteen feet in length and weighing anywhere from 850 to 1,400 pounds.  That’s a massive fish with a lot of teeth!

At Stuffed Safari, we are proud to carry a wide variety of Stuffed Tiger Sharks and Plush Tiger Sharks.  From Mini Cuddlekins to lifelike plush tiger sharks twenty-three inches in length, I think our variety and selection speaks volumes of our love for these amazing animals.  Take a look at our selection and bring home a tiger shark plush companion of your very own.

I hope you enjoyed this step into The Wild Side with tiger shark information.  You can read about the other shark species featured in our 2017 Shark Safari here. Subscribe to our blog to explore more animals in the future.  Feel free to leave any comments or questions in the comment section below.  And, as always, thank you for reading.

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The Wild Side – Blacktip Shark http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/wild-side-blacktip-shark/ http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/wild-side-blacktip-shark/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:00:34 +0000 http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/?p=825 Blacktip Shark Information & Facts This might go without saying, but here at Stuffed Safari we love animals.  Not just the stuffed ones either.  Everyone who works here has at least one pet, and most of us have more than one.  When we’re not busy selling stuffed animals, we love to learn about the real-life counterparts to the plush toys we sell.  Today we explore the blacktip shark.  This post is packed full of blacktip shark information.  You can find these fearsome fish prowling the tropical and subtropical waters along the coast of almost every corner of the world. Habitat […]

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Blacktip Shark Information & Facts

This might go without saying, but here at Stuffed Safari we love animals.  Not just the stuffed ones either.  Everyone who works here has at least one pet, and most of us have more than one.  When we’re not busy selling stuffed animals, we love to learn about the real-life counterparts to the plush toys we sell.  Today we explore the blacktip shark.  This post is packed full of blacktip shark information.  You can find these fearsome fish prowling the tropical and subtropical waters along the coast of almost every corner of the world.

blacktip shark information

Habitat

The blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) is a species of requiem shark.  They prefer brackish waters which are waters saltier than fresh waters but not as salty as sea water.  You can usually find blacktip sharks in estuaries, partially enclosed coastal bodies with one more rivers or streams flowing into it, but still with a free connection to the open sea.

Behavior

While these agile and energetic predators have been known to leap from the water while preying on schools of fish, they are considered timid compared to other sharks in their family.  While they tend to be cautious and avoid humans, they have been known to become aggressive in the presence of food and have been responsible for several attacks on people over the years.

Blacktip sharks have no natural predators as adults, but the younger pups can fall victim to other larger sharks.  These sharks are social, congregating in their largest numbers surrounding offspring until they are old enough to fend for themselves.

blacktip shark information

Appearance

With a long, full-bodied, and streamlined physique, these marine predators are excellent swimmers.  Swift and able to make quick turns in the water, their prey has little chance of escape.  Their long, pointed snouts and fins give them every advantage in the water a piscivorous hunter could ask for.  Not as big as some of their shark cousins, blacktip sharks reach a maximum length of about nine feet, but five feet is closer to average.

Teeth

Here’s some fun blacktip shark information for you: blacktip sharks have fifteen of teeth on either side of their jaws.  Long, narrow, pointed, and serrated, these natural weapons are perfect tools tear through anything this shark chomps down on.  Blacktip sharks have been known to leap out of the water in a corkscrew, spinning three and even four times.  This comes from them sprinting vertically through a school of fish in hopes to catch its next meal.  The speed of these jumps reaches velocities of twenty-one feet per second.  That’s fast!

blacktip shark information

At Stuffed Safari, we are proud to carry a wide variety of Stuffed Blacktip Reef Sharks and Plush Blacktip Reef Sharks.  From Mini Flopsies to Jumbo Plush Blacktip Sharks, I think our variety and selection speak volumes as to our love for these amazing animals.  Take a look at our selection and brink home a blacktip shark plush companion of your very own.

I hope you enjoyed this step into The Wild Side with blacktip shark information.  You can read about the other shark species featured in our 2017 Shark Safari here.  Subscribe to our blog to explore more animals in the future.  Feel free to leave any comments or questions in the comment section below.  And, as always, thank you for reading.

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The Wild Side – Bonnethead Shark http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/wild-side-bonnethead-shark/ http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/wild-side-bonnethead-shark/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:00:50 +0000 http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/?p=810 Bonnethead Shark Information & Facts This might go without saying, but here at Stuffed Safari we love animals.  Not just the stuffed ones either.  Everyone who works here has at least one pet, and most of us have more than one.  When we’re not busy selling stuffed animals, we love to learn about the real-life counterparts to the plush toys we sell.  Today we will be taking a dive with the bonnethead shark.  This post is packed with bonnethead shark information.  These fascinating creatures are very like their cousins, the hammerhead shark.  In fact, they come from the genus (Sphyrna).  […]

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Bonnethead Shark Information & Facts

This might go without saying, but here at Stuffed Safari we love animals.  Not just the stuffed ones either.  Everyone who works here has at least one pet, and most of us have more than one.  When we’re not busy selling stuffed animals, we love to learn about the real-life counterparts to the plush toys we sell.  Today we will be taking a dive with the bonnethead shark.  This post is packed with bonnethead shark information.  These fascinating creatures are very like their cousins, the hammerhead shark.  In fact, they come from the genus (Sphyrna).  Bonnetheads are known to swim around in the more tropical regions of the planet.

bonnethead shark information

Behavior

Like their hammerhead cousins, bonnethead sharks typically swim in small schools of between 12 and 15 individuals.  However, schools numbering in the hundreds and even thousands have been reported.  Migrating constantly, these sharks like to stay where the water is warmest.  Because these sharks rank among the negatively buoyant of marine vertebrates, they sink if they are not in motion.  This is why they prefer shallow waters and can oftentimes be found on or near the ocean floor.

Diet

Crustaceans like crabs and shrimp comprise the bulk of a bonnethead shark’s diet.  Patrolling the ocean floor using electroreception to detect disturbances, these sharks bite right into the sediment.  As a result, they digest a large amount of seagrass which makes up around 50% of its diet.  While these creatures are still categorized as carnivorous fish, arguments to them being omnivorous can be made as they are able to digest more than half of the matter in seagrass.

Reproduction

Here’s some bonnethead shark information you might find interesting.  Bonnetheads stand alone among sharks in several aspects.  They have one of the shortest gestation period among sharks, giving birth after only 4.5 to 5 months.  They are viviparous and give birth to live young (as opposed to laying eggs) and the females can produce offspring through parthenogenesis.  That means they can reproduce without the need of fertilization.  This is not exclusively the case in the wild, as record of this birth occurred within captivity at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Nebraska.

Appearance

While not as hammer/anvil shaped as their shark cousins, bonnethead sharks have a strange morphism involving their heads.  Called bonnethead for the rounded shape and unusual eye placement, scientist speculate this helps give them better agility and mobility while swimming or hunting.  Sexual dimorphism between male and female is evident in this species.  Females have a broadly rounded head while the males have a bulge along the anterior of their heads.

We hope you enjoyed this edition of The Wild Side with bonnethead shark information.  While these sharks account for more than half of all small shark landings in the Eastern United States, these sharks are not as popular as you might think.  We only have one plush companion to represent this unique shark, but we’re very fond of the Stuffed Bonnethead Shark Conservation Critter by Wildlife Artists.  Take a look and see if this shark is one you’d like to have of your own.

I hope you enjoyed this step into The Wild Side with bonnethead shark information.  You can read about the other shark species featured in our 2017 Shark Safari here.  Subscribe to our blog to explore more animals in the future.  Feel free to leave any comments or questions in the comment section below.  And, as always, thank you for reading.

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Hansa Creations USA Manufacturer Exposé http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/hansa-creations-usa-manufacturer-expose/ http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/hansa-creations-usa-manufacturer-expose/#respond Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:46:05 +0000 http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/?p=776 History Founded in 1972 by German-born Hans Axthelm, Hansa Creations USA has cornered the market on realistic stuffed animals.  Originally created exclusively for European collectors, this company has grown over the years to be one of the leaders in manufacturing plush toys.  Unlike most companies that stamp out their stuffed animals’ coats with a machine, every single stuffed animal by Hansa is cut and stitched by hand.  One look at the rich detail, and it’s easy to see what makes them so special. Attention to Detail Every Hansa stuffed animal comes with a teaching tag featuring information concerning the animal’s […]

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History

Founded in 1972 by German-born Hans Axthelm, Hansa Creations USA has cornered the market on realistic stuffed animals.  Originally created exclusively for European collectors, this company has grown over the years to be one of the leaders in manufacturing plush toys.  Unlike most companies that stamp out their stuffed animals’ coats with a machine, every single stuffed animal by Hansa is cut and stitched by hand.  One look at the rich detail, and it’s easy to see what makes them so special.

Attention to Detail

Every Hansa stuffed animal comes with a teaching tag featuring information concerning the animal’s history, habitat, lifestyle, and location.  They possess a deep appreciation for education and offer detailed information about the stuffed animal’s the customer receives.  Encountering these stunning pieces is quite an experience.

Lifelike Capuchin Monkey Stuffed Animal by Hansa

Lifelike Capuchin Monkey Stuffed Animal by Hansa

Pictured above is a stunning portrayal of the Lifelike Capuchin Monkey Stuffed Animal by Hansa.  The real thing is even more mesmerizing.  It’s so realistic looking, at a glance you might think he climbed down a tree off the coast of Panama.  Holding it up close is the only way to truly witness the breathtaking details that all but brings this stuffed monkey to life.

Lifelike Lying Red Fox Stuffed Animal by Hansa

Lifelike Lying Red Fox Stuffed Animal by Hansa

The quality and coloring of this Lifelike Lying Red Fox Stuffed Animal by Hansa looks so much like the real thing.  With quality you find in animal exhibits, zoos, museums, and even stage or film productions, the realism of this stuffed fox compels you to take a second look.  When you run your fingers over the plush, it feels like what you imagine fox fur to feel like were to pet one.

Lifelike King Cobra Stuffed Animal by Hansa

Lifelike King Cobra Stuffed Animal by Hansa

Here, you see the Lifelike King Cobra Stuffed Animal by Hansa.  The intricate scale pattern outlined in soft, durable plush proves this snake stuffed animal has no parallel.  Even the proportions of this toy are expertly crafted!  The attention Hansa pays to detail is really evident with this piece.

These are only three great examples of the amazing line of stuffed animals made by Hansa and available through Stuffed Safari.  I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into our world with these fine products by Hansa, one of our favorite manufacturers.  Thanks again for reading.  Feel free to leave any comments or questions in the comment section below.

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The Wild Side – Three-Toed Sloth http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/wild-side-three-toed-sloth/ http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/wild-side-three-toed-sloth/#respond Wed, 31 May 2017 15:53:33 +0000 http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/?p=767 The Wild Side – Three-Toed Sloth This may go without saying, but here at Stuffed Safari we love animals.  Not just the stuffed ones either.  Everyone who works here has at least one pet, and most of us have more than one.  When we’re not busy selling stuffed animals, we love to learn about the real-life counterparts to the plush toys we sell.  We thought that you, our readers, might find it interesting to explore some facts about some of our favorite animals too.  That’s why we decided to start The Wild Side.  It’s a blog series that gives captivating, […]

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The Wild Side – Three-Toed Sloth

This may go without saying, but here at Stuffed Safari we love animals.  Not just the stuffed ones either.  Everyone who works here has at least one pet, and most of us have more than one.  When we’re not busy selling stuffed animals, we love to learn about the real-life counterparts to the plush toys we sell.  We thought that you, our readers, might find it interesting to explore some facts about some of our favorite animals too.  That’s why we decided to start The Wild Side.  It’s a blog series that gives captivating, educational information about some of our favorite animals.

Three-toed sloth information

This week we explore the three-toed sloth.  This post is packed full of three-toed sloth information.  You can find these cuddly critters making their home in the rain forests of South America.

Characteristics

Three-toed sloths measure approximately eighteen inches from head to toe, and typically weigh between eight and ten pounds.  Unlike their two-toed cousins, they have short tails measuring between two and three inches in length.  As implied by their name, on the end of each limb they have three long clawed toes.  Here’s some three-toed sloth information you might not be privy to: all sloths have three toes, but only some of them have three fingers.  So, if you think about it, three-fingered sloth would be a better name for these adorable animals.

Behavior

Three-toed sloths are arboreal (tree-dwelling) animals.  Their bodies have adapted so they can easily hang by their limbs.  Making their home high up in the tree canopy, they still come down to the forest floor about once a week to…take care of business.  Were you to encounter a three-toed sloth in the wild, their fur might appear green at a glance.  This is not due to pigmentation, but because of the algae that tends to grow on their fur.  This serves as a natural camouflage for them; predators will oftentimes mistake a three-toed sloth as nothing more than a bundle of leaves.  While three-toed sloths are primarily diurnal, they have been known to climb around during the night as well.

Life Cycle

Three-toed sloths do not have a mating season, and breed all year round.  Mother three-toed sloths yield a single offspring after a six-month gestation period.  After caring for their young for a period of about nine months, the mother sloth will leave her original territory as a parting gift to her young and find fresh territory.  Apart from the mother-baby interaction, three-toed sloths are largely solitary creatures, living between twenty-five and thirty years in age.

At Stuffed Safari, we are proud to carry a wide variety of Stuffed Sloths and Plush Sloths. From tiny, clip-on stuffed animals to a 30-inch jumbo plush sloth, I think our variety and selection speaks volumes of our love for these amazing animals.  Look at our selection and bring home a sloth plush companion of your very own.

I hope you enjoyed this step into The Wild Side with three-toed sloth information.  Subscribe to our blog to explore more animals in the future.  Feel free to leave any comments or questions in the comment section below.  And, as always, thank you for reading.

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Aurora World Manufacturer Exposé http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/aurora-world-manufacturer-expose/ http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/aurora-world-manufacturer-expose/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 20:43:33 +0000 http://blog.stuffedsafari.com/?p=753 Aurora World Manufacturer Exposé History Aurora Trading Inc. started as a toy manufacturing company in Seoul, Korea in the 1980s.  With their quality products in high demand, business boomed and they expanded by establishing manufacturing factories in Indonesia and China in the early 1990s.  They also set up sales networks in Hong Kong and the U.S.  By the late 90s, their sales networks had expanded to England and Germany as well.  With their products spread so far across the globe and having received recognition as a toy company with the fifth highest brand awareness in the U.S. gift market, they […]

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Aurora World

Aurora World Manufacturer Exposé

History

Aurora Trading Inc. started as a toy manufacturing company in Seoul, Korea in the 1980s.  With their quality products in high demand, business boomed and they expanded by establishing manufacturing factories in Indonesia and China in the early 1990s.  They also set up sales networks in Hong Kong and the U.S.  By the late 90s, their sales networks had expanded to England and Germany as well.  With their products spread so far across the globe and having received recognition as a toy company with the fifth highest brand awareness in the U.S. gift market, they changed their name to Aurora World Inc.  Today they operate as one of the leading companies in the global gift industry as people around the world enjoy their products.

Products

When you look at an Aurora stuffed animal and hold it in your hands, you see and feel the quality and care going in to their designs.  Soft, durable plush fur on the outside, high-quality material for the stuffing, and neat, tight seams for the stitching.  Quality counts for nothing without the cuteness factor you expect to find in a stuffed animal, and Aurora’s stuffed animals possess no short supply of that.

Mini Flopsies

mini flopsie by aurora world

Pictured above you see some of the Mini Flopsies by Aurora.  Measuring approximately eight inches in length, bean-weighted for a floppy-bodied feel, and stuffed to the max to be utterly squeezable, little competition exists in the way of mini stuffed animals.  These cute and cuddly critters fit in the palm of your hand.  With over 120 different stuffed animals to choose from with this line, a wide variety of options present themselves.  Now take a look at the outrageous and affordable price.  Get as many of these as you want for just $4.99!

Flopsies

Flopsies Aurora World

Like their miniature counterparts, Flopsies by Aurora have long, bean-weighted limbs to give them a loose and floppy feeling.  They possess the same impeccable design as their mini counterparts, differing only in the way of size.  Many of the Mini Flopsies have a full-sized stuffed cousin in this line.  Measuring at twelve inches in length, these stuffed animals are more traditionally sized.

Super Flopsies

Super Flopsies Aurora World

Sometimes bigger is better, and the same goes for the world of stuffed animals.  You’ve probably already guessed what comes next, but check out the line of Super Flopsies by Aurora.  These adorable plush animals measure twenty-eight inches in length, big enough to wrap your arms around.  Stuffed well and super soft, use one of these as a pillow if you feel so inclined.

The list of amazing Aurora World products goes on and on.  I’ve just posted some of my favorites and most popular items available.  You can check out our full collection at Stuffed Safari.  I hope you enjoyed this little exposé on Aurora World Inc., one of our favorite manufacturers.  Thanks again for reading.  Feel free to leave any comments or questions in the comment section below.

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