Join the Puffarazzi to help protect and conserve the threatened “clowns of the sea”

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One of the most famous bird charity’s in the UK, RSPB (the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), has launched its latest citizen science photography project – Puffarazzi. Continue reading

My World Penguin Day article is now live on Forces.net

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Today is World Penguin Day and, what with being a (very) soon-to-be military wife, I have gotten involved with Forces Network – where the latest news on the UK Armed Forces and from the wider military world can be found Continue reading

Notre-Dame: the animals that inspired this famous landmark’s stone gargoyles

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On 16 April, news broke that one of the most famous landmarks in France, Notre-Dame Cathedral, was being engulfed by a huge blaze. In less than 24 hours parts of the 850-year-old’s Gothic structure, including the spire and parts of its original wooden roof, had been destroyed and collapsed. Notre-Dame is home to a number of sculptures including more than 100 gargoyles. But what are these unusual looking, animal-like stone creatures?

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Invertebrates: just creatures without skeletons?

StockSnap_SLQQ4XD1BZWhen you ask someone to name an animal, most people will say a type of furry mammal, feathery bird or scaly reptile. However, did you know that most of the animals that live on Earth are actually invertebrates. But what are invertebrates?

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Spotlight: Photographer, David Hicks, takes us behind the lens

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Photography has always been a passion of mine, even if I’m not very good at it (… yet). So when I was made aware of David Hicks’ recent gallery in which he photographed elephants in Asia, I knew I had to find out more about how he managed to take such unique pictures. I wanted to discover the story behind the photographs.

C: What inspired you to photograph elephants in Sri Lanka and Thailand? Continue reading

The world’s largest amphibian makes London debut

Chinese giant salamander arrives at ZSL London Zoo (3)

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This unusual looking creature hasn’t had the easiest start in life. It is one of the most Critically Endangered amphibian’s in the world, but was discovered in a cereal box by UK Border Force agents as someone attempted to illegally smuggle him and three others into the country. Today, this Chinese giant salamander Continue reading

10 fascinating facts about peacocks

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Many people refer to these majestic creatures as peacocks but did you know that is actually the name for the male of the species? These birds are called peafowl with the males known as peacocks and the females being peahens. Here are ten more fascinating facts about these incredible birds…

1) Peacocks fan out their lengthy feathered trains, which can measure up to 2.2 metres long, to attract the females. Their “eye-spots” are called ocelli.

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Spotlight: Claws Out founder, Beth Jennings, reveals the truth behind cub petting

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I was made aware of Beth’s story when in discussion with a fellow guest at this year’s Dr Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Awards in London last week. From the brief story I heard, I knew I had to find out more about her eye-opening campaign and short film on the cub petting industry, so got in touch with Beth myself. Here’s what she had to say…

C: How would you describe Claws Out?

B: Claws Out began as an awareness blog and soon snowballed into a full time role as a Campaign Manager for IAPWA (International Aid for the Protection & Welfare of Animals). The entire entity stemmed from my experience as a volunteer in 2015, hand rearing lion cubs after being led to believe that I was contributing towards conservation. It’s now the charity’s only lion welfare campaign, raising awareness about the plight of lions in South Africa Continue reading

Secretive galaxy-like dwarf frog discovered in the Indian mountains

This week, news broke of the discovery of a brand new species of frog – Astrobatrachus kurichiyana – which has been named by its finders as the ‘Starry dwarf frog’.

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Measuring approximately the width of a human adult’s thumbnail, this teeny tiny amphibian has managed to live undetected among the fallen leaves on India’s Western Ghat mountains for millions of years. As well as it’s size, these frogs have survived in secret thanks to Continue reading

Kangaroo Dundee: saving orphaned joeys

I caught the end of a BBC documentary yesterday called Natural World and from what I could gather, it was about a man in Australia working to help orphaned kangaroos. Brolga, otherwise known as Chris Barns, first established a kangaroo rescue centre for joeys in Alice Springs in 2005. He rescues and cares for orphaned baby kangaroos by becoming their mum and letting them live in safety on the sanctuary, which he opened in 2011, with other rescued marsupials.

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