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Fruit bats. By Jeffrey Paul Wade / Shutterstock.com

Perception in the animal kingdom: three unique information systems

Having an accurate perception of the environment is vital in the day to day of any animal and fundamental to its survival. Usually,...
Tiger swallowtail butterfly. By Scott Carroll

Invertebrates: importance, threats of extinction and conservation methods

If I were to put you on the spot and ask you to think of an animal, from any part of the...
Two wolves fighting on snow. By David Dirga | Shutterstock.com

The social system of dominance in animals: hierarchy and submission

As we have already discussed in previous articles, there are many species of animals around the world that have decided to live...
An adorable sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps) climb on the tree. By Arif Supriyadi | Shutterstock.com

8 fascinating animal facts about 8 different species

A spider that eats birds? An animal with five hands? An amphibious antelope? This week's article features eight animal facts related to their feeding...
Cheetahs. Instagram @africanheartbeat

African wildlife. In conversation with South African safari guide

Following a previous post on The Big Five, I decided to take a closer look at African wildlife and the safari tourism industry...
The Big Five: the wildlife stars of African bush

The Big Five: the wildlife stars of African bush

‘The Big Five’ is synonymous with African safaris. While the term is now widely used within the realms of wildlife tourism, the term (originally...
Squirrel monkey in Ecuadorian jungle. By Ludmila Ruzickova | Shutterstock.com

How does animal behaviour develop?

The study of animal behaviour allows us to understand how individuals solve the various problems that life throws at them, as well as to...
Big herd of wildebeest is about Mara River. By Gudkov Andrey | Shutterstock.com

Biogeographic movements: dispersal, dissemination and migration

Over half a century ago, Biogeography appeared in the scientific landscape as a new modern science, as a response to the urge to understand...
Zebras. By Fabrizio Frigeni

What is homeostasis?

Environmental factors are the characteristics of the external environment that have a direct impact on our organism. Sometimes, the alteration of some of these...
The environmental impact of palm oil farming. By nelzajamal and Oleg Senkov | Shutterstock.com

Cultivating a catastrophe: the environmental impact of palm oil farming

Palm oil is big business. The high yields, versatility of uses and nutritional value are just some of the reasons why it has become...
Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus melanoleucus). By Pablo Rodriguez Merkel | Shutterstock.com

Black-and-white hawk-eagle

The black-and-white hawk-eagle is a relatively unknown type of diurnal bird of prey. It is some 56 to 61 cm long overall, its wingspan...
Sheeps. By Monika23 | Shutterstock.com

Common sheep

Sheep are domestic mammals, descended from the wild mouflon of Europe and Asia (Ovis orientalis). Within this species, apart from domestic sheep, there are mouflons and urials....
Close-up of an emperor penguin infant and mother, Antarctic. By BMJ | Shutterstock.com

Emperor penguin

Penguins are a group of flightless seabirds that happen to be expert swimmers and divers. With 19 different species – most of which are found in...
Iceland horses. By Fabian Burghardt

The domestication of animals: origins, general characteristics and stages

In the last few years, the idea that human development has been altered by the cultural changes and transformations that have occurred throughout the...
Aldabra giant tortoise. By Daniel Wilson | Shutterstock.com

Longevity: a look at the shortest and longest lives in the animal kingdom

Life, but not as we know it. For all the scientific advances that humankind has made, we’re still grappling with some of the fundamental...