UK Wildlife

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 10.07.2014 | 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 26.06.2014 | 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 26.06.2014 | 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 09.06.2014 | 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.

Namibia, the Ultimate Tourist Destination!

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jasmine Dotiwala

Usually every African holiday destination is titled ''wildlife filled safaris, castaway coastlines, beach & bush breaks, etc but this really had been an incredible, unique experience. Today's demanding travellers want this and a lot more and Namibia is one of the only countries I've visited that I can truly say has it all.

A Jumbo Problem for the Travel Industry

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

Nothing makes a good holiday brochure richer than the generic picture of a couple aloft an elephant, trekking through lush forest. What could be more authentically backpackery than that? A truly 'real' experience - just add some fire-juggling, a full moon party and copious amounts of local spirits and you have 1000 Facebook likes right there...

Endangered Species - Oh How Things Have Changed... Or Not

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

Care for the Wild is 30 years old this year, and has spent three decades trying to rescue, protect and defend wildlife. Like many others, we've fought hard to stop animals becoming extinct. Surely after all that time and effort, the battle should have been won by now? Apparently not.

19 Pictures To Celebrate Sir David Attenborough's 88th Birthday

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK Entertainment

Patriarch of wildlife TV Sir David Attenborough turns 88-years-old today. Last year the beloved naturalist, whose six-decade career includes a str...

International Dawn Chorus Day

Dr Daniel Allen | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Dr Daniel Allen

Dawn is accompanied by thousands of individual birds advertising their whereabouts and protecting their territories. Together this avian choir awakens the new day with birdsong. The time of the chorus varies around the world, from around 4 a.m. in northern temperate areas, 6 a.m. in the tropics, and as late as 8 a.m. in the southern hemisphere.

Watch Out For The 'Killer Shrimp'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK

Live something from an old B-movie, alien species such as "killer shrimp" and zebra mussels are invading Britain at a rate never seen before. The E...

The Nasty Truth About Animal Tourism in Thailand

Jane Mountain | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Mountain

We are at Elephant Nature Park, just outside of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. It's a rescue centre and sanctuary for Asian elephants who have been abused or injured on the job. It also might be the only truly animal-friendly attraction in Thailand.

Why Volunteers Are Vital to Conservation Research Projects

Frontier | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK
Frontier

When volunteers come out to conservation projects they like to get involved with surveys in the hope of seeing interesting animals. But volunteers don't always realise where the data they are helping to collect goes.

My First Kiss, Bored Birds and Kismet!

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

I recalled this happy event recently. His name was Wayne and we kissed as How Deep is Your Love by the Bee Gees played in the background. I was 13 years old and he was 16. I remember being completely enthralled and in love. That was then.

Redefining a Genre?

Doug Allan | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Doug Allan

I believe that we as documentary makers in general and natural history commissioners and producers in particular have a responsibility to lead by some kind of example. Blurring the edges of truth with overly elaborate recreations doesn't help viewers re-establish that human bond with the natural world which has always been important, and which I think is going to be utterly essential in the coming years.

German Tigers' Lives Saved In The Nick Of Time By British Park

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK

Two mistreated tigers from a German circus who were only hours away from being put down have been rescued by a wildlife park in England. The pair w...

Volunteer Stories: Teaching, Diving and Wildlife in Madagascar

Frontier | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

Madagascar is a place like no other. I never knew much about it until I stumbled over the Madagascar Teaching, Wildlife and Diving project on the Frontier website. I don't really know why I chose that project, it just happened. Next thing I knew I was on the plane to Nosy Be.

Volunteer Stories: Experiencing South Africa

Frontier | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

I wanted to travel to Africa because my dad is South African and had lived there for most of his life. He talks about the things he'd experienced which made me want to go! The South African experience, for me, looked perfect! Doing voluntary work, but also travelling combined with a set route made me at ease because I like to have a plan.

The World Is Bigger Than Us, Things I Saw in the Woods Today, on Biodynamic Farming

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK
Samantha van Dalen

There is a saying in Latin- a language I continue to vainly attempt to learn. Utendum est aetate; cito pede labitur aetas. We should make use of time for time slips quickly by. - Ovid.

Serenity in the Seychelles

The Spa Spy | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

The Crusoe-chic Islands of the Seychelles are one of the top luxury relaxation destinations in the world. A favourite amongst the glitteratti, from royals to rock stars, the scattered archipelago houses some of the most lavish accommodations in the Indian Ocean - with some wonderful state of the art spas to boot...

Flooding Is Bad News for People and Wildlife, But Science Can Provide the Answers

Philip Blaen | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK
Philip Blaen

There has been an exceptionally high number of storms in the UK since the start of December. With more rainfall on the way this is already the wettest winter ever recorded, and in line with what is expected to become more common with climate change...

We Have Our Own Talk

Joanna Eede | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK
Joanna Eede

Towards the end of World War One, the German army had become adept at decoding the Allied Forces' radio codes. To avoid the enemy 'listening in', the ...

Can a London Summit Save our Wildlife from Extinction?

Mark Jones | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK
Mark Jones

Something historic happened in London on 13 February. Representatives from 41 countries, plus the European Union and a handful of multilateral environmental agencies, came together for the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade.

If We Want to Save Wildlife, We Must Save the Rainforests It Lives In

Andrew Simms | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK
Andrew Simms

The trade and policing measures agreed today do not fit the nature and scale of the challenge. Many of Africa's most precious species will soon face extinction unless we tackle this problem at its roots, and keep the door to rainforest destruction closed.