Tag Archives: apex predators

Are you a threat to the Siberian tiger?

You are probably unintentionally contributing to the future demise of the Siberian tiger. Tiger habitat, predominantly Mongolian oak, is being destroyed by illegal logging. As consumers of oak furniture, which has potentially been illegally sourced from tiger habitat, we are … Continue reading

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Good news: Lions in Sambaru National Park

African lion  populations are declining, due to poaching, habitat loss, and poisoning. But there is hope, thanks to the Ewaso Lions organisation created by wildlife conservation researcher Shivani Bhalla. She is working with the Samburu tribe to collect data on … Continue reading

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Orca society

I’ve got a lot of respect for orcas (sometimes called killer whales): they’re intelligent, showing an ability to learn, solve problems, and teaching learned behaviour; they have a complex and stable communication system; and they’ve been observed exhibiting playful behaviour … Continue reading

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Biodiversity favourites

I’ll be off work for a week or so, and while I’m gone I’d like to leave you with some of my favourite posts on biodiversity. Cephalopod magic: the amazing abilities of cephalopods to camouflage and hypnotise. Beetling away for … Continue reading

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Biodiversity month

September is World Biodiversity Month, so it might be a good time to revisit some past posts that emphasise the value of biodiversity. Time for some shark love and Sharks – who needs them? These two posts talk about what … Continue reading

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Shark-o-rama

To add a final flourish to shark week (last week), here’s a link to a great post listing a whole swag (posse? herd? *See below for collective nouns for sharks) of shark names. Some of the sharks are pretty, some … Continue reading

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Time for some shark love

This week is shark week, so given that they’ve been around for 420 million years, I thought it time to show a little love for these vital and efficient predators.

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Tiger, tiger, burning bright*

Since yesterday’s post was a bit of a depressing one (and there’s the understatement of the year), today’s will be a bit lighter. It seems that I missed out on marking International Tiger Day, which falls on 29th July. And … Continue reading

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Extinction – to intervene or not? (Biodiversity ethics part 3)

A friend (h/t Justin) sent me this article a couple of weeks ago – it seems that this summer, the wolves of Isle Royale in Lake Superior did not produce any pups. Not a one. The total wolf population of … Continue reading

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Wildlife robocop

Ever wondered how ecologists gather information about the behaviour of animals in the wild? If you guessed long uncomfortable hours sitting motionless for months on end in all sorts of weather, waiting for an animal to wander by so the … Continue reading

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