Easter in the Wildlife Calendar

Easter is a holiday that a lot of us look forward to, especially in the Northern Hemisphere, and even more especially when you’re involved in wildlife conservation and have a general interest in wildlife. Easter marks the start or very near start of baby season in the wild and in a lot of farm animalsContinue reading “Easter in the Wildlife Calendar”

Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)

Total length: 3.4-4.2m Shoulder Height: 1.5m Tail length: 30-50cm Weight (mass): 1,000-2,000 kg (males), 1,000-1,700kg (females) IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable  Population Trend: Stable Population numbers: estimated at 115,000 – 130,000 individuals Hippos are semi-aquatic mammals, spending most of their day in water. They are large animals, with smooth, hairless skin, short legs and aContinue reading “Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)”

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

The Red Fox is the only member of the Canid (dog) family in the UK. A lot of the time, they are seen as pests by farmers and the public as they have a reputation for stealing chickens and going through our rubbish when scavenging for food.  Red Foxes however do have quite a variedContinue reading “Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)”

Spotted Hyaena (Crocuta crocuta)

The Spotted Hyaena (Crocuta crocuta) is a fairly common animal to spot on safari in Africa, with them being found mostly in protected nature reserves. They have otherwise been eliminated throughout South Africa, southern Namibia, and central Zimbabwe. Other than these areas, they are found in most African countries, as far north as Guinea, GhanaContinue reading “Spotted Hyaena (Crocuta crocuta)”

CITES

What does CITES stand for?  CITES stands for: the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. So what is CITES about exactly?  CITES is an agreement between governments, which has aims to ensure that any trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not have an impact on thatContinue reading “CITES”

Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas)

The Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill is found throughout southern Africa including south-west Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, southern Zambia, southern Malawi, western Mozambique and northern South Africa.  It is a very common bird, and easy to recognise. They measure around 40cm from head to tail. They have a combination of pied white-spotted plumage (set with black). TheContinue reading “Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas)”

In-situ Conservation

In-situ conservation summed up in basic terms, is just conservation on the ground in the natural environment of the species you’re saving. There is a large variety of different types of in-situ project that contributes towards the conservation of a species, sometimes helping to conserve multiple species at the same time.  Types of in-situ conservationContinue reading “In-situ Conservation”

The Importance of Zoos in Conservation

As I mentioned briefly in my last blog post, zoos are one of the most underappreciated and underestimated forces of the conservation world. Without zoos, there would be an even larger number of extinct animals than there already is.  Not only do zoos keep animals to show off to the public and to use themContinue reading “The Importance of Zoos in Conservation”

Wildlife Conservation

What exactly is wildlife conservation? Wildlife conservation is primarily working to protect plant and animal species, and their natural habitats.  Who is involved in wildlife conservation? There are many organisations and individuals involved in conservation; from environmental law makers, to wildlife rehabilitators, to wildlife veterinarians, safari guides, game rangers, ecologists among many others. Some big,Continue reading “Wildlife Conservation”

Adventures in Africa – Story 5

Adventure 5 was organised mostly by my university as it was a field work trip for one of my modules. I, however, arranged the first 5 days of my trip to go and see my best friend who lives in Cape Town, South Africa. The same friend’s house that I sadly had to leave beforeContinue reading “Adventures in Africa – Story 5”