Migration – only human nature

    THE hardships that animals, birds and fish suffer in their annual migrations in order to survive was brought home to me while watching the live Great Migration of thousands of wildebeest, zebras, elephants and antelopes in Kenya’s Masai Mara National... more »

    Don’t spill oil on troubled waters!

    IN March 1967, the world’s press highlighted the SS Torrey Canyon disaster, when a supertanker was wrecked, spilling between 94 and 164 million litres of crude oil into the seas off the Cornish coast in South West England. Coming from... more »

    Cetaceans – dolphins and porpoises

    THE word cetacean is derived from the Greek ketos meaning whale, which for many centuries, observers thought of as aquatic mammals, for they saw whales as giant fish. Ancient historians did not realise that these are marine mammals with wombs,... more »

    Bird myths in Britain and Borneo

    IN folklore, passed down through generations, birds play a prominent part. For instance, in Britain two magpies bring good luck whereas a single magpie is an ill omen. I remember well, on the morning of my father’s early death, visiting... more »

    Fauna-back from the void?

    WITH the gradual thawing of the Siberian permafrost tundra lands, owing to climate change, thousands of corpses of once frozen and extinct woolly mammoths, with their very long and upturned tusks and long woolly hairs, have been exposed. It is... more »
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