Adélie to Waitaha: Why you should care about World Penguin Day

Today marks an important day in highlighting the issues facing some of the natural world’s most charismatic creatures. It’s safe to say that penguins are adored by both young and old across the globe. These dopey and clumsy, adorable birds are featured in countless documentaries and are arguably the most recognised icon of Antarctica. There …

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Tilikum: A Star in Changing the Conservation Conversation

After the heart-breaking death of world-famous killer whale Tilikum, the debate about the role of zoological parks has come into the limelight again. Tilikum principally rose to fame through the documentary Blackfish, which highlighted the cruelty subjected to orcas as they are captured and forced into the entertainment business. Most importantly, the lesser-known intelligence and …

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How far is captivity responsible for increasing counts of psychosis and health problems in Orcinus orcas?

Orcinus orcas, or killer whales as they are more commonly known, are one of the most intelligent species on the planet. In their natural environment, such as the Arctic region, orcas can swim hundreds of miles a day in close-knit family pods, often forty orca-strong. In the wild, there are no records of orcas attacking …

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Hacked to Death: The Politics of Africa’s Elephants & The Ivory Trade

Illegal trade in ivory is an exceedingly hot topic now. Ivory is big business. The controversy surrounding poaching and the illegal trade in ivory is widely publicised, with programmes such as Hugh and the Ivory War on BBC One and documentary films like The Ivory Game on Netflix being extremely popular. Trying to imply people are ignorant to elephant poaching for ivory would …

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