Remembering Rhinos: a kick start in the right direction

With rhino population figures at a crucial level, there has been no better time than now to introduce an innovative new incentive to raise money to protect an animal that has roamed the earth for more than 50 million years. Rhinos are critically endangered, with only around 29,000 left across the entire world, which includes all…

Rare species of woodlouse glows in the dark

An incredibly rare species of woodlouse has just been discovered to have glow in the dark properties. The critically endangered spiky yellow woodlouse can only be found on St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. It is one of many endemic and rare species on the remote island. The rare woodlouse is normally incredibly difficult…

New insect species discovered: Katydid

I always seem to get strange looks when I tell people that I love insects. I have a deep fascination with them and people always question 'why?!'. A friend recently asked me why I like them so much, and my immediate answer was that I find it so fascinating how they are so small and…

A pea in an elephant herd pod

Nature is full of unpredictable surprises. And there are few things more heart-warming to watch than the unlikely friendships and bonds of two completely different species in the wild. In 2014, two ostrich chicks were bestowed upon the world-renowned wildlife organisation The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. These two sibling chicks, a female named Pea and…

Do you want to dance with a bear?

If you thought that our modern times and forward way of thinking had evolved past the use of should-be wild animals as entertainment through torture was long gone, then think again. A nightclub in western France has been brought to the frontline of media attention as the club thought it appropriate to include a chained…

Silent fireworks to honour our pets

With bonfire night approaching this weekend, we're all ready and prepared for the bright and beautiful lights and sizzling sounds of fireworks erupting in back gardens and designated parks. However, something that we don't usually consider whilst we are enjoying the colourful explosions is our pets and resident animals who don't quite feel the same…

The world’s last ocean

  An official decision was made today to ban all commercial fishing in Antarctica, and so creating the world's biggest marine reserve area. The area, which is more than six times the size of the UK, will protect 1.55 million square km of the Ross Sea, and has been hailed as a "milestone for conservation".…

Noble responsibility

"When the (Kruger) Park was proclaimed by President Paul Kruger, attitudes toward wild animals were still based on a literal interpretation of the biblical injunction that God has given Man dominion over the birds of the air and the fishes of the sea. By the time the pioneers bowed out the world was coming to…

Lions extinct by 2030?

Today's Cites decision brought disappointing news for lions as the call to up-list them to Appendix 1 was not agreed upon. The outcome of the discussions by Cites - the Convention for the International Trade in Endangered Species who decides upon the listings of each animal and plant, and therefore its level of protection worldwide…

Rhino horn trade – for or against?

This week celebrated World Rhino Day, which is all about spreading awareness about the rapidly depleting rhino population! I recently attended a debate in London about the legalisation of the trade of rhino horn. An interesting and very often sensitive and controversial topic, I went in to the debate being firmly against the trade, but…

The ethical lion volunteer

So what is wildlife conservation and how can we know if our money is going to the right place? With social media being at the forefront of most people's focus these days, it almost seems as if people are doing things with the sole initial intention of being able to upload the proof onto their social media…

Nature 2.5

It’s currently 16:31 and 32 degrees Celsius in the Timbavati, I haven’t spoken to a real human being in about seven hours, I’ve got a raging cold from being exposed to 20 hours non-stop air-con on my way here, mix all that with having been up and active since 4.45am, and I’m feeling pretty delirious.…

A life in concrete

By now you should all know the name Tilikum. Tilikum is the beautiful big orca who has been a resident at SeaWorld, Orlando for the past 24 years. He is the star of the brilliant shows that you have indulged in with awe, whilst thinking how incredibly lucky those killer whale handlers are to work…

Make your change…

I've lost count of the amount of times that friends have sent me photos of people that I know involved in the terrible wildlife tourism trade that is in the media so much these days, and how many times that I have wanted to write ranting long comments on those social media photos, asking them…

What wildlife are worth

Earlier this week I sat with my family to watch Davina McCall's new wildlife documentary 'Life at the Extreme'. Whilst the premiere received mixed reviews about Davina's capability of presenting a wildlife documentary, I thought it was good to see an 'ordinary' person immersing themselves in the wilds of Africa. Near the end of the…

Paying to break the elephant’s spirit 

Staring at the TV I can feel the anger rising inside of me as the news report unfolds. This is the story that no doubt many of you have heard about since it was first reported yesterday. A man was killed by an elephant in Thailand whilst his daughter watched. Having studied journalism I know…

A response to my Lion Selfie

After revealing the truth behind my lion selfie, I received a fantastic following of over 320,000 people from all around the world. I now want to take this opportunity to set a few things straight from my previous article, and give you more of an insight into my experiences undercover, and what you can do…

Toilet excitement on the decking

I can’t believe I’ve only got a week left here, it’s going SO QUICK!!! Again, SO much has happened I don’t know where to begin – I’ve been so busy immersing myself in absolutely everything that I can that I haven’t had time to post anything. However, an incredible amount to rave about as always,…