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

Cooperative Hunting in Moray Eels and Grouper Fish

Read time: 5 minutes Symbiotic relationships are a fascinating occurrence in the animal kingdom, and can be a sight to behold in species deemed the most unlikely of allies. For most of us, when we think of mutualistic inter-species relationships we conjure images of remora fish hitchhiking on sharks, oxpecker birds stationed atop hippos or … Continue reading Cooperative Hunting in Moray Eels and Grouper Fish

The Complexity of Animal Emotions: What Are They, and How Can We Measure Them?

Read time: 20 minutes What you will learn in this article: How do scientists view animal emotions? What are Cognitive Bias Tests, and what can the brain tell us? Are animal emotions sentient experiences? As the dominant species on our planet, we are quick to anthropomorphise. We readily assign human emotions to much of the … Continue reading The Complexity of Animal Emotions: What Are They, and How Can We Measure Them?