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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 the second most cultivated oil crop in the world. It’s found in thousands of household products, from cosmetics to cookies, and can even be used to...
Autumn landscape. By Marina Zezelina | Shutterstock.com

Shades of autumn: how and why leaves change colour

North of the equator, in temperate regions, autumn is paving the way for winter. Deciduous trees, such as oak, ash and maple, decorate our towns and cities with every shade of yellow, orange and red. The life-cycle of leaves is so integral to our image of autumn, but have...
DNA research molecule. 3D illustration. Analysis of structure human genome. By Yurchanka Siarhei | Shutterstock.com

Genetics, genomics and their role in wildlife conservation

Within genetics there are many areas of research, each impacting on our lives in a different way. From the genetic engineering of animals and plants, to gene therapy in medical treatment, and the use of DNA in genetic profiling. Agriculture, medicine and security are just some of the areas of...
Iberian lynx. By omas Calle Boyero | Shutterstock.com

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: conservation status of species

A few weeks ago, the Red List of Threatened Species was updated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This list reveals the conservation status of the different animal and plant species worldwide, classifying them into different protection and conservation categories. IUCN is a membership union, composed by...
Urban Gardening, Malacca, Malaysia. By Jakob Fischer | Shutterstock.com

Living cities: 4 practical ways you can help local wildlife

Today, 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas and, by 2050, this is expected to reach 68%. Urbanisation can bring great benefits, such as access to education, health care, employment and social services. However, it could also cause a disconnect between ‘our world’ and the natural world. Some...
Portrait of a typical traditional family of farmers with their cow. By HQuality | Shutterstock.com

Beyond veganism: Capitalism, Feminism and Self-awareness

Talking about the pros and cons of veganism has become a sort of war of words. Anyone who holds a position on either side will come up against a barrage of critics waiting to weigh in on the matter with their words of wisdom. But an opinion, and that's...
View of two beaches on Bartolome Island in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. By Jess Kraft | Shutterstock.com

Re-imagining the wild: the art of nature writing, past and present

What is nature writing? Nature writing in not a single genre. It’s a term that encompasses a great range of literary forms. Whether it’s a poem, an essay, a fictional story or a travel journal, nature writing is bound its theme, not by its style. For each of the great writers...
The Amazon molly does not produce any male offspring. The females reproduce asexually through gynogenesis. Nevertheless they need sperm to trigger the cloning process. By Manfred Schartl

The Amazon molly: the small fish making a big splash in science

What is the Amazon molly and how did it get its name? The Amazon molly (Poecilia formosa) is a small, inconspicuous freshwater fish. It belongs to a genus of around 40 fish species, which includes the well-known guppy. Amazon mollies are omnivores and spend their days feeding on small invertebrates,...
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Vital viewing: 6 must-watch wildlife and nature documentaries

Tired of the prequels, sequels, reboots and remakes currently dominating the big screen? If you’ve just about had enough of lycra suits and fictional universes, it might be time for a documentary binge! Below you have a hand-picked selection of wildlife and nature films with all the thrills, pains and...
Pigs and piglets grazing in a field pasturage under blue sky. Natural organic agriculture. Farming. Por Slavko Sereda | Shutterstock.com

The five freedoms: animal welfare around the world

Animal sentience In 1859 Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was published in a storm of controversy. For the first time, he had demonstrated that humans were evolutionary descendants of non-human animals. We would never look at animals in quite the same way. With the knowledge that animals are not...
Beijing, China - September 24, 2014: A vendor sells food at the Donghuamen night market in Beijing, China. Pic by Alexandru Nika | Shutterstock.com

Six-legged superfoods: could insects be the answer to food security?

“2,086 species of insect are eaten by 3,071 different ethnic groups in about 130 countries.” Bugged, by David MacNeal Insects form a big part of everyday diets for around two billion people around the world. Yet, for many of the remaining 5.58 billion, just the thought of eating an insect is enough...
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Animals on Screen: Wildlife documentary filmmakers reveal the tricks of their trade

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...
A baby orangutan in the wild. Indonesia. The island of Kalimantan (Borneo). An excellent illustration. Pic by Gudkov Aandrey | Shutterstock.com

Wild words: etymologies from the natural world

Our pick of the most intriguing names we give to plants and wildlife Animals and their names 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...
Closeup of bees on honeycomb in apiary. By Diyana Dimitrova | Shutterstock.com

Amazing bees: a look at life inside the hive

The amazing behaviour of bees, their importance for the survival of mankind and the bee crisis. 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...
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Introducing the all-new Zoo Portraits site!

We’re delighted to finally cut the virtual ribbon and welcome you into the newly completed home of Zoo Portraits. 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...