Hello Wild Quizzers,

Welcome to the 14th edition of Asia's biggest wildlife quiz, the Wild Wisdom Quiz, 2020!

Get ready to Re-imagine Our Planet and have the most fascinating experience of your lifetime! In this Super year of 2020, it's time that we learn to live in harmony with nature and save the only home we have - Our Planet.

So, are you all excited to be quizzed!? Here's the first edition of your Wisdom Nugget newsletter!

Good Luck!


The Tales of Tundra
Located in the Arctic and top of the mountains, it is one of the coldest and harshest biome on Earth. Did you know the word 'Tundra' comes from a Finnish word 'tunturi', which means a barren land, or as we may call it, a treeless plain! Yes, you read it right, Treeless plain!

The permafrost layer in Tundra is the layer of earth beneath the topsoil that remains frozen during the year and is usually only a few feet beneath the surface. This layer prevents trees from growing in the tundra because trees need to have deeper roots plus they cannot grow in the frozen ground. Hence, tundra is sometimes also referred to as the cold desert!

Therefore, common plants in tundra are shrubs, herbs, lichens and grass and usually grow in groups and remain closer to the ground for prevention against cold winds. Isn't that an interesting adaptation?!

Talking about adaptations, did you know that animals in the tundra tend to have thick fur, small ears and large feet! Well, the small ears and tails help them to lose less heat in the cold (Fig. A) while having large feet helps them give a strong grip and walk easily on top of the snow (Fig. B).

WWF WWQ 2020 Figure A: Arctic Fox with small ears and thick white fur


WWF WWQ 2020 Figure B: Canada Lynx has big feet with spread out toes


Around 20% of the Earth's surface is covered with tundra. Out of all the biomes in the world, the tundra is the coldest. Tundra biome is so dry that it receives about as much precipitation as the average desert, around 10 inches per year. Most of this is snow!

Let's get ready to explore more interesting facts about the coldest biome on our planet as we surf through the latest issue of Wisdom Nuggets, The Tales of Tundra!

WWF WWQ 2020

DownToEarth
As we all know that global warming is the chief threat to our planet, and to no surprise, it has not spared the Arctic tundra! This biome is changing dramatically due to global warming, or as we like to now say, Climate Change.The impacts in this region are broad and rather unpredictable. The shrubs are getting taller, contributing to declines in the sensitive groups of lichen that Caribou and other species depend on for food. Lakes and ponds are evaporating or draining away.
Watch this video carefully and gear up yourself to answer some questions in our fun quiz segment InQUIZitive!

DownToEarth
Believe it or not, but our life on earth depends on the coldest places on our planet!

Read this interesting article on our frozen worlds and explore more about the coldest parts of the world!

Do a small research and list down the type of flora and fauna found in Tundra region! Find out some interesting facts about how plants and animals
have adapted in Arctic's harsh and extreme conditions. For example: The birds of this northern land, such as the Arctic tern, can pull off amazingly long yearly migrations just to survive!
DownToEarth
Can you take a guess!?

Look at the image on your left and identify the name of the community which lives in the coldest parts of the world!

This community lives in the far northern areas of Alaska, Canada, Siberia, and Greenland. They originally made their home along the Alaskan
coast, but migrated to other areas. Everything about their lives is influenced by the cold tundra climate in which they live.

Hint: Each member of this group is called Inuk. In order to mark areas and to keep from getting lost, paths were marked with a pile of stones called an inuksuk!

(Stay tuned. Answer to be revealed in the next weekly edition.)

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