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Why does Wildlifedirect give me this error?

I get the following error every time i try to post a comment on another Wildlifedirect blog. My browser is set to accept cookies and i have no problem commenting on wordpress blogs elsewhere. What is the deal? Why does wildlifedirect discourage conversation about issues by making everything complicated? Before i had this problem I would comment on other’s blogs and I would never be notified of additional comments. This successfully killed any and all conversations that I would try to engage in. I wonder if there are others who have run into this problem and if there is a solution.
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Is this a pygmy toad ?

Found this toad the other night and it just seems different than the others. It lies flat to the ground and takes a different posture than the more upright “typical” toads. I put quotes around typical because i have trouble using the book to Id even our most common toad.pygmy

Exploiting African Sandlewood

Here is a link to a very interesting article on the exploitation of African Sandlewood (Osyris lanceolata). In our area smuggling Sandlewood has become a big business with many chiefs other politicians involved. In the article you can find a hotline which can be used to report incidents of theft of this rapidly dwindling resource.
http://www.kenyaforests.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=71&Itemid=87
Here is a photo of a plant i encountered on a recent walking safari:
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Mantis With some nice Camouflage

Found this guy recently in Nairobi on a trip back from a safari in the Mara.
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Karisia Walking Safaris
http://www.karisia.com

Interesting Nocturnal Spider

We have run into this species only three times while on safari. They seem to only spin their webs at night and retreat and hide during the day. I wonder if anyone else has run into this spider or something like it before…
Here he is as he hides during the day:
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Here his legs are exposed during the day only because he was trying to belay himself away from my hands:
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A web of life story

This is a fascinating story about Todd Palmer’s work in Kenya on whistling thorns, their ants and their browsers.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/11/science/11ants.html?_r=1&oref=slogin