Staying #GlobalFromHome: Animals

by Stranger’s Guide

From wildlife to man’s best friend, animals have been on our minds here at Stranger’s Guide. This week, stay global with our furry and scaly friends, through activities that the whole family can do! Whether you’re 8 or 88, here are some fun ways to stay connected to the animal kingdom.

What’s your favorite animal encounter? Share with us by replying or using #GlobalFromHome when you post on social media.

1. Read

Meet creatures from around the globe in Theodore Wood’s beautiful book from 1909, The Animal World — A Book of Natural History. From its delightful sketches, paintings and detailed descriptions, learn about the differences between apes and baboons or crocodiles and alligators, among other subjects. It’s all available for free through Project Gutenberg.



2. Watch

For the rest of April, the people at WildEarth Kids, an online educational platform based in South Africa, have made their virtual safaris available to everyone. Kids can ask questions in real time to the rangers and naturalists on the program. Check out this live-streamed safari from April 20.



3. Make

Shruti Acharya’s website is a treasure trove of arts and crafts ideas. In this lesson, Acharya, a writer and photographer from Bangalore, India, teaches us how to paint fish and peacocks mobiles in the Madhubani style, a vibrant, colorful form that originated in the state of Bihar. Want want more inspiration? Check out some of the other Madhubani how-to videos on YouTube




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The Wrestler

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798–1861) was a master of the Japanese ukiyo-e tradition, a uniquely Japanese style of art which began with paintings and moved on to woodblock prints as inexpensive alternatives. Kuniyoshi was known for depicting samurai battles. His piece above shows a wrestling match in which wrestler Roshi Ensei sports tattoos over his entire body.