It is not often that I present only one side of an argument. I like to give both sides of the debate, or at least not only represent my own opinion – in practice for my future career (fingers crossed!). In a lot of my posts, I look at why circumstances are as they are, … Read more LIVE Animal Key Rings – The latest fashion must have.
Those of you who regularly read my blog will be aware I have more than a soft spot for Elephants. I’ve never had a favourite animal but I think the Elephant is fast becoming a contender. Like so many animals, Elephants have never had it easy and it seems things won’t get better any time … Read more Ivory Crisis: A simple case of supply and demand.
Last weekend I took a trip down to London to visit a friend. As I haven’t been to the capital in around 10 years this was an ideal opportunity for me to “do the museums”. By that I mean the Natural History Museum (NHM) and the Science Museum. In particular, I found the NHM was … Read more The Natural History Museum – fantastic, if not a little misleading!
Britain’s badgers – is a vaccine enough to stop the cull? – Another case of too little too late. If you have read any of my previous blogs (if not I encourage you to do so!!) you will be aware that I grew up in the heart of the English Lake District. Well known … Read more Britain’s badgers – is a vaccine enough to stop the cull?
A month in the life of a Zoo Keeper – My experience of favouritism and guilt. For the last month I have been working at a local zoo, looking after 3 very demanding, very hungry female Asian Elephants. The last month has been a rollercoaster of emotions and opinions about the ethics and morality of … Read more A month in the life of a Zoo Keeper – My experience of favouritism and guilt.
The sad truth about British indigenous species – not exotic or exciting and too familiar? Those of you who have read my “About me” section will know that I am currently doing work experience at a local zoo on the Elephants and Big Cats section. The past two weeks have been excellent … Read more The sad truth about British indigenous species – not exotic or exciting and too familiar?
Humans vs. our 3.7 million year old ancestor: Not so different after all? I love my degree (Zoology), but if I had to choose a different degree which I think I would enjoy equally it would be Biological Anthropology, otherwise known as the physical development of the human species or more generally human evolution. I … Read more Humans vs. our 3.7 million year old ancestor: Not so different after all?
Humans: not so unique, not so special? The case of the clever Mandrill. Introduction Not so long ago the world of science was very different. Leading scientists of their age believed in alchemy, a 6000 year old (flat) Earth and that DNA was unimportant. Another belief was that humans were superior to any other … Read more Humans: not so unique, not so special? The case of the clever Mandrill.
The snow leopard: a forgotten casualty of war? Introduction In the busy modern world we all live in it is sometimes easy to forget the bigger picture. I for one will admit I don’t think about famine, poverty, global warming or war every day. That isn’t because I don’t care, but it is simply easy … Read more The snow leopard: a forgotten casualty of war?
Invertebrates telling water’s dirtiest secrets – L’Esteron River, Saint-Auban, France. As promised, here is a brief overview of the work I did in Saint-Auban, France on L’Esteron River. I decided to study the possibility of pollution from a water treatment works (WTW) that has recently been built entering the river. Introduction Pollution – At … Read more Invertebrates telling water’s dirtiest secrets – L’Esteron River, Saint-Auban, France.