World Brain Day: exploring the brains of the Animal Kingdom

It’s said that we humans have the largest brain in relation to the size of our bodies but what about the brains of the species found within the Animal Kingdom? There are so many incredible brain facts out there… it’s difficult to choose the best ones. Did you know any of these awesome animal facts?

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Animal cloning: 25 years since Dolly the Sheep

On 5 July 1996, Dolly the Sheep became the world’s first mammal to be cloned successfully from an adult cell – something that no one thought was possible as it had only previously been achieved through embryo cloning. But, how did scientists achieve this and how has it changed the world we know today?

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Endangered Species Day: exploring our planet’s most endangered creatures

Today, 21 May, is Endangered Species Day. Celebrated every third Friday of May, thousands of people around the globe mark Endangered Species Day by learning about and taking steps to conserve and protect those species that are threatened and endangered. To celebrate, lets take a look at some of the world’s most endangered species.

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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.

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Get ready for National Mammal Week!

This year’s National Mammal Week launches this Saturday. Organised by the Mammal Society, the week long event takes place every year during the last week of October and aims to raise awareness of the challenges mammals in Britain are currently facing.

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Although details of 2018’s events have yet to be revealed, last year there was plenty for wildlife champions to get involved in. This included recording mammal sightings and submitting them to the Mammal Society to assist with their conservation research (which can be done through a simple app called Mammal Tracker).

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To find out what’s going on near you during National Mammal Week visit mammal.org.uk/national-mammal-week/ or follow the Mammal Society on Facebook.

ZSL welcomes baby tamandua!

On 31 May, London Zoo announced that they’d recently had a surprise arrival at the zoo. Meet Poco – the tiny tamandua.

Tamandua baby (c) ZSL London Zoo 1
Tamandua baby (c) ZSL London Zoo

Poco was born to proud parents Ria and Tobi (who only moved to the zoo last October as a hopeful companion). Keepers welcomed the newborn’s arrival, which took place just five months after the pair of tamanduas had been introduced. The cute Easter arrival clung to Ria’s fur but now, at two months old, Poco is beginning to venture away to explore the Rainforest Life home.

Tamanduas are nocturnal creatures, native to South America. Part of the anteater family, these mammals are impressive climbers and have tongues that can grow up to 40cm long. This species has very small eyes and poor vision, so relies on its hearing and strong sense of smell.

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Tamandua baby (c) ZSL London Zoo