To Cull, or Not to Cull? Feral Cats and Australia’s Extinction Crisis

Read time: 10 mins Australia is facing a crisis. It has the worst mammal extinction rate out of any other country on Earth: in the last decade, 3 of its native species have become extinct and hundreds more are currently on the verge of disappearing forever, too. Although a longstanding issue, in recent years this … Continue reading To Cull, or Not to Cull? Feral Cats and Australia’s Extinction Crisis

Nature’s Invisibility Cloak: Astonishing Symbiosis Between Bobtail Squid and Vibrio Fischeri

Read time: 2 mins Forget the ethereal glowing world of James Cameron's Avatar, here on Earth we have plenty of our own bioluminescent creatures and the effects can look magical. Organisms have evolved this ability for various reasons like attracting mates, escaping predation, scanning for prey and even to communicate. Creatures with this ability can … Continue reading Nature’s Invisibility Cloak: Astonishing Symbiosis Between Bobtail Squid and Vibrio Fischeri

Dugong Mystery: World’s Second Largest Group Discovered off Qatar

Read time: 2 minutes The world's second-largest population of dugongs, a marine mammal that mainly eats underwater grass, has recently been discovered in waters off the coast of Qatar. Also known as "sea cows", these amazing animals can live for roughly 70 years and are 8 - 10 ft long; known to perform tail stands … Continue reading Dugong Mystery: World’s Second Largest Group Discovered off Qatar

The Elephant in The Room: The State of Welfare for UK Zoo Elephants

Should elephants be kept in captivity? This controversial question has caused a rift in the scientific community and public eye alike. We know that elephants are faring notoriously poorly in zoos worldwide; in the early 2000's, zoo elephant welfare was widely criticised in numerous reports (for example this one), and in 2008 the situation was … Continue reading The Elephant in The Room: The State of Welfare for UK Zoo Elephants