UK Wildlife

The Great Ape Robbery

Mark Jones | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK
Mark Jones

Our remaining closest cousins are having enough difficulty coping with the damaging impacts people are having on their habitats. They can't afford any more losses through the greedy actions of a few people who only see their value in terms of what a foreign zoo or private individual will pay for them.

What's Next for the World's Captive Orcas

Frontier | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK
Frontier

The state of orcas in captivity is a very contentious debate. Anti-captivity proponents argue fiercely that these animals are not meant for an artificial life, and that keeping them captive brings no benefit outweighing the unethical treatment they receive.

The Hidden Cost of Wildlife Crime: Four Out of Five Animals Die in Transit

Mike Baker | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK
Mike Baker

With an estimated worth of between 10 and 20 billion dollars each year, the "zero tolerance approach to wildlife trafficking" announced by HRH Prince William in Washington this week is so very welcome.

Why We Need A Truly International Approach To Tackling Illegal Wildlife Trade

Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge

It is scarcely believable to imagine a world without elephants, rhinos, lions or tigers. Yet time is running out to save these creatures from being consigned to the history books and to stories of days gone by.

Aliens from Outer Wales

Gwen Potter | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gwen Potter

I was recently taking a break while working alone in the woods, it was completely silent and still. Suddenly, the whole area of 'just trees' became alive - a wren started foraging in front of me, a robin starting singing to me from about a metre away.

Fascinating Ways Animals Greet Each Other

Frontier | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK
Frontier

A handshake, a kiss on the cheek, a bow... We humans have many different ways of greeting each other, depending on context and culture. Animals, too, have a huge variety of greetings, some eerily similar to ours and some specific to their species. Here are the different ways in which animals say "hello" to each other.

Treating a Giant Bull Elephant Named 'Tim'!

Rob Brandford | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK
Rob Brandford

It was Monday 10 November when we heard the news, Tim the famous Amboseli Tusker had a serious injury and ground teams had been unable to locate him. It is the type of news you dread, and immediately brings to mind two other mighty Tuskers of Kenya, Mountain Bull and Satao, both killed this year by poachers.

Badgers Take Centre Stage for the Next General Election

Dominic Dyer | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Politics
Dominic Dyer

Badgers have friends and those friends vote. No longer can politicians arrogantly cook up backroom deals with farming and landowning interests to destroy badgers, without paying a high political price.

Costa Rica: A Spectrum of Colours

Max Lewis Barnard | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Max Lewis Barnard

Costa Rica has, in recent decades, emerged with one of the best tourism infrastructures in the world and a focus on ecological tourism that is central to the award-winning sustainable tourism that is ubiquitous throughout the jungles of this wildlife hotspot.

How to Avoid Wildlife Scams in South East Asia

Maria Sowter | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Sowter

There are plenty of wildlife experiences that might draw you to South East Asia, with its brilliant diversity of tropical species and being home to some of the world's most iconic species. Unfortunately there are many practices for tourists that can have a negative effect on the wellbeing of these animals, such as increasing the demand for species that are often endangered in the wild to be poached for shows and street spectacles.

Diary of a Bardsey Seal Watcher

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

The locals said they couldn't recall a storm like it. It seemed relentless, starting at dusk and continuing well into the early hours of the morning. The thunder rumbled, and forked lightning struck the sea over and over again, searing the eyes of those watching with vivid after-images...

10 Stunning Images From National Geographic Photo Contest

The Huffington Post | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK

The National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest has launched and the first selection of entries have been whittled down. As a leader in capturing our am...

Whither Japanese Whaling

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

For the moment, Japan seems intent on launching its plan for a new 'scientific' whaling programme in the Southern Ocean. Whilst it has some allies, the issue drives a wedge between Japan and many other nations. Japan may be able to deflect charges against whaling, including that it is cruel, by casting such criticism as a form of anti-Japanese cultural imperialism. Our only hope is that, given the ICJ ruling is above any rhetoric or politics, perhaps those in power in Japan will be better able to see that commercial whaling is ecologically unsound, uneconomic and, in terms of international relations, disastrous.

Carry on Whaling

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Countries worldwide must take decisive and meaningful action to bring the slaughter to an end, and the démarche is a good start on this march towards a fully effective worldwide ban on commercial killing of the whales.

The Rage Against Mortality: Eight Animals That Outlive Humans

Frontier | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK
Frontier

Okay, let's admit it. Being a mollusk might not be the most exciting thing in the world, but researchers have found a mollusk in Iceland that is believed to be 507 years old - so these silent sea mussels are certainly has a long lifespan...

This Is the Cutest Thing You Will See Today

Chloe Gunning | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Gunning

It's a strange life - after burying the eggs, she then heads back to the ocean and is unlikely to ever see her offspring. The turtle nesting season runs from May to October with each female laying around 100 eggs.

Why Are Some Animals So Weird Looking?

Frontier | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Tech
Frontier

There are plenty of adorable animals with majestic appearances such as pandas or tigers, however there are also many bizarre looking animals that may not appeal to us humans. Charles Darwin has taught us that animals undergo constant evolutionary selection so that the seemingly disfigured animals are actually naturally adapted to thrive in their habitats.

Heading for the Hillforts

Mike Collins | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK
Mike Collins

This place, which in area is the same as 50 football pitches, is dripping with the history that encapsulates the story of the British Isles... These jewels in the National Trust crown have drawn people for a huge variety of reasons. Whether as a place to escape the rat race, a place to be at one with nature or a place to fire the imagination.

This Is What Happens When A Monkey Starts Taking Selfies

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Tech

Wikipedia is refusing to delete a monkey selfie picture arguing that because the photo was taken by a monkey (non-human animal) it's in the public dom...

The World's Saddest Animal Has Something To Smile About

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK

A petition to free an elderly polar bear, dubbed the world's saddest animal from the sweltering heat of his current zoo has passed 400,000 signatures....

'Children Need To Be Stung, Slimed And Scratched'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK

Wildlife presenter Chris Packham has spoken out against parents who stop their children interacting with nature, adding: "They have got to be stung, s...

Teaching, Diving and Looking for Lemurs in Madagascar

Frontier | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

It took me a week to get used to the environment, as even though I liked the food, I struggled to eat much, though I soon got my appetite back to its usual size once I had adjusted to the climate and my malaria pills. Anyway despite my lack of energy I still enjoyed the quick intro into PADI (I found that I was at a slight advantage as I had already started working through the book).

Compassion - Not Cunning - Is the Greatest Gift We Can Gain From Foxes

Natalie Bennett | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Foxes are cute, fox cubs particularly cute, it's understandable that they get a lot of attention and attract compassion. But that compassion should be encouraged for all of our natural world, and all of our human world. The potential is there in all of us, but at the moment our political rhetoric and policies are all discouraging, repressing that.

If You Want a Photo With a Wild Animal, Take a Selfie on Safari...

Stephanie Allen | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Allen

Now summer is in full swing, social media sites are becoming quickly clogged up with holiday snaps of glorious beaches and scenery to lament over. But there's another photo appearing across British profile pages that we should all be concerned about...

The Problem With Whale Watching

Kevin O'Donnell | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kevin O'Donnell

Seeing a whale in the wild has always been on my bucket list. The grandeur of the creatures is undeniable. People I know who have become involved in organisations like the Sea Shepherds talk of their first encounter with a whale to be this all encompassing moment of epiphany that changed the course of their lives.