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Pigeon powers: 3 reasons to start appreciating the 'rats of the sky'

Pigeon powers: 3 reasons to start appreciating the ‘rats of the sky’

Pigeons are divisive creatures. For some, pigeons are treasured pets; for others, they're troublesome pests. Whether it’s ‘rats of the sky’ or ‘rats with wings’, the sentiment in these nicknames is clear. Apart from pigeon fanciers or mediocre tourists in the main square of [insert any capital city], most of us have…

Borneo jungle trekking. Woman trekking through a small stream at Mulu National Park

Wildlife hotspots in Southeast Asia: Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Borneo

SE Asia is home to an extraordinary 20% of global plant, animal and marine species and boasts four biodiversity hotspots. From the tropical rainforests of Thailand to the islands of the Sunda Shelf, SE Asia has so much to offer nature-lovers. We’ve hand-picked a selection of must-see national parks and reserves from…

Invasive species. Bull Moose and Caribou

Controlling invasive species: 3 ways to join the fight

In Europe alone, there are around 16,000 plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms that are alien to their natural environment. Of these, 15% pose a threat to biological diversity and can defined as ‘invasive’. Besides their impact on biodiversity, invasive alien species (IAS) can have enormous economic…

Invasive alien species

Unwanted Aliens: the impact of invasive species

According to the Convention on Biological Diversity, “an invasive alien species (IAS) is a species that is established outside of its natural past or present distribution, whose introduction and/or spread threaten biological diversity”. In other words, this can be any form of biota (flora, fauna, fungi, etc.) that…

Mosquito. Pic by Natnarong | Shutterstock.com

4 animals and their fascinating feeding habits

A part of growing up is learning how to eat, but mealtime etiquette can be a tricky business. From culture to culture, there are a range of elaborate rules that apply. For example, in China, leaving some food on the plate is a sign of politeness. While, the same gesture in Southern Italy may be seen as a grave insult.…

A polar bear sitting on the edge of an ice floe in the Svalbard Archipelago. Pic by Ritesh Chaudhary | Shutterstock.com

Beyond the Bear

For many, conservation is an emotional issue. Speaking on the BBC’s Life Scientific programme, conservation biologist Georgina Mace explains that people feel a connection to certain species. Unsurprisingly, these tend to be the more charismatic members of the animal world, often mammals like the giant panda or polar…

Action nature and wildlife documentary filming, cameraman, photographer and actress in Madagascar. Pic by Hajakely | Shutterstock.com

Animals on Screen

On a stoney beach on one of the Galapagos Islands, an iguana looks around tentatively. It has only recently hatched, but it faces immediate danger. Snakes lie in wait. As the camera cuts back and forth between the iguana and one of the snakes, tension builds. Backing music adds to the suspense. We can also hear the…

Endemic Indri lemur in natural habitat. Madagascar. Pic by Dudarev Mikhail | Shutterstock.com

Wild words: etymologies from the natural world

Animal names are funny things. They are among the first words a child learns: dog, cat, frog, squirrel. For my nephew, growing up in leafy part of North London, these words have been learned through regular, real-life encounters. But his knowledge of nature goes far beyond this, stretching west to the Amazon…

Close up of bees in a beehive on honeycomb. Pic by Shaiith | Shutterstock.com

Amazing bees: life inside the hive

When discussing wildlife, the generic term can mask a wealth of biodiversity. Just as the name we give to a species can trivialise its true value within an ecosystem. When we say ‘bee’, it’s usually in reference to the prototypical bee: the honeybee. There are obvious reasons for the honeybees’ flagship status.…

The Grey wolf. A pack of four European Grey Wolves playing in grass. Pic by Alan Jeffery | shutterstock.com

The Grey Wolf – Canis Lupus

You close your eyes and picture a wolf. Your mind will probably conjure up a snarling canine with pointed ears, wide eyes and sharp, white teeth. This is the image that forms in early childhood, reinforced by stories and folklore. We all know Aesop’s cautionary fable, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and tales like Little Red…

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Introducing the all-new Zoo Portraits site!

Since its creation back in 2013, Yago’s unique collection of fashion-forward fauna has attracted an enormous amount of attention from around the world. In four years, what started out as a simple idea one afternoon has become an artistic project with a style that is instantly recognisable for its freshness, clarity…

The elegance of the Quetzal

The elegance of the Quetzal

Quetzal ´s are bright, vibrant coloured birds from the family trogon. They are a medium sized bird typically seen inhabiting the moist, tropical rainforests of Central America, and even in Mexico and Panama. They are known for their strikingly beautiful coloured plumage and is considered one of the most beautiful…