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

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

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?