The Asiatic Lion - Panthera leo persica The Asiatic lion population has recovered from the brink of extinction. Asiatic Lions are listed as ''Endangered'' by the IUCN. They once prowled from the Middle East to India. Now, only a fraction of these magnificent animals, c.650 individuals, are left in the wild. The Gir Forest's dry teak… Continue reading #FridayFact- The often forgotten Asiatic Lion
Here’s a special #FridayFact with a family of animals that have a huge misconception around them... the Hyaenidae!! 🤗 They are pretty awesome! There are 4 extant species - from largest to smallest - Spotted, Striped, Brown Hyena & of course the Aardwolf Aardwolves are insectivores, and they only eat termites, The other hyena species are carnivores… Continue reading #FridayFact – The Family of Hyaenidae!
#FridayFact time!! Say Hi to The Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta) ... And yes it’s named after that hammer-shaped head!🔨 The Hamerkop is currently placed in the pelican and cormorant group, Pelecaniformes They occur across Africa & Madagascar. Often preferring wetland and coastal habitats. They have a HUGE wingspan of almost a 1m long! One of the… Continue reading #FridayFact – Hamerkop
I'm sure a lot of people are aware of the term 'Citizen Science' but aren't quite sure about what it means and how you can be a 'Citizen Scientist'. Citizen science aka crowd science is basically when the general public give a helping hand in scientific research. It's a great way to engage the wider communities in science and… Continue reading Citizen Science – How you can be a non-scientist scientist!
A huge 16 years after the original Blue Planet is back!! With bird-eating fish, surfing dolphins, a fish that changes gender and one that uses tools the first episode did not disappoint! For me it was an emotional roller coaster especially when we got to the scene with a mother walrus & her calf struggling… Continue reading Blue Planet II: The Deep – more Stranger Things than The Upside Down
As most of you may have seen I love taking photographs of nature and wildlife. I would consider myself still to be an amateur, especially when compared to the talented photographers in this blog post. Photography has been used for a long time by the media to spread messages about global events, but it has also… Continue reading The Power of Photography in Conservation
It shouldn't come as a surprise that dung beetles do indeed feed on faeces. This makes them one of the natural world's greatest recyclers, removing waste, destroying parasites and pests, and returning nutrients to the soil. Here are a few amazing facts about these robust fascinating critters. There are three main types of dung beetles:… Continue reading #FridayFact – The Dung Beetle