The people who live with tigers - 2 April 2019
'In the dense mangrove forests straddling the India-Bangladesh border, tigers and a mythical goddess unite Hindus and Muslims." Start the gallery! (BBC)
The people who live with tigers - with videos - 7 February 2019
"The Bay of Bengal is home to the largest mangrove forest in the world, the Sunderbans. The forest is famous as it is the habitat of the Bengal tiger. Here tigers and a mysterious goddess unite two of the world’s great religions."
Dozens of polar bears invade Russian town(February 14, 2019) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Polar bears on an island in Russia are scaring people in a small town. At least 52 polar bears have been seen." Try the same news story at these easier levels: Polar Bears - Level 0, Polar Bears - Level 1 or Polar Bears - Level 2 Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities,
crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)
Kings of the jungle on top in photo award - with photos - 13 February 2019
"A photograph of a pair of male lions, entitled Bond of Brothers, is the winner of the People's Choice Award at this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition." (copyright)
More than 50 polar bears have invaded a Russian settlement in the Arctic, forcing terrified residents to stay in their homes.
- with 2 videos - 12 February 2019
“People are scared. They are frightened to leave homes, and their daily routines are broken.” - with a video
The snake people of southern India - with pictures - 19 September 2018
"Known for their ancient and intimate knowledge of snakes, the Irula tribe’s skills form an important but nearly invisible part of the healthcare system in India."
Three New Fish Species Found in Pacific Ocean - Text + Audio + Video- 13 September 2018
"All three species were found in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Chile and Peru. They were deep in the Atacama Trench -- 7,500 meters below the surface."
"An exploration to one of the deepest places on earth has captured rare footage
of what is believed to be three new species of the elusive Snailfish."
Chinchilla Pet Care Basics
"If you are interested in a chinchilla for a pet, there are some things you’ll need to know. Here are some tips for caring for a chinchilla."
What It Takes - Jane Goodall- Text + Audio - 18 May 2018
"Her study of chimpanzees in the wild changed everything we know about our hairy, tree-swinging relatives.
It also led to profound changes in zoos, in the use of animals for scientific research, and in our understanding of the relationship between humans and the environment."
How Wild Animals Self-Medicate - 7 February 2018
"Borneo being short on physical therapists, orangutans, especially adult females, have been known to chew the leaves of a local plant
and rub the resulting paste onto the painful area...
Chimpanzees were observed consuming the bristly leaves of a bitter African plant.
The medicinal plants were purging parasites from the digestive tract, resulting in rapid health improvement."
Top ivory investigator murdered in Kenya - 5 February 2018
"Esmond Bradley Martin, whose groundbreaking investigations helped the fight against elephant poaching, died after being stabbed at home in Nairobi...
Latest figures show that 197 people were killed around the world last year defending land, wildlife or natural resources – almost four a week."
World record for Indian aviary that houses thousands of birds- 15 January 2018
"An Indian aviary has been awarded a Guinness World record for having the largest number of different bird species in one place.
Talkative cockatoos, colourful parrots and affectionate sun parakeets are among the 2000 birds on show at the Shuka Vana or parrot park in India's southern Mysore city."
Report Warns Against Selfies with Animals in Amazon- Text + Audio + Pictures - 7 January 2018
"A new report by World Animal Protection looks at the harm to animals in the Amazon caused by tourist touching them or taking photos with them."
The week in wildlife – in pictures- 24 November 2017
"Brown bears, grey seals and an errant crocodile are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world"
The Most Famous Dog Who Ever Lived
"This is the story of Hachiko, who is likely the most famous dog in human history. But what is it about this dog that convinced the world to take notice? We went around Japan to tell the story of the loyal dog who unwittingly saved his breed. Say hello to Hachiko, a very good dog."
Teenager attacked by crocodile after 'he was dared to jump' in Queensland river - 19 March 2017
“Reports from the scene are he was dared to jump into the water, which he did and unfortunately that area is well known for its crocodile population.”
"Saltwater crocodiles are one of Australia’s most dangerous land animals and have been responsible for eight confirmed fatal attacks in Queensland since 1985."
Migrations In Motion - an interactive map
"As climate change alters habitats and disrupts ecosystems, where will animals move to survive? And will human development prevent them from getting there?
This map shows the average direction mammals, birds, and amphibians need to move to track hospitable climates as they shift across the landscape." (maps.tnc.org)
Cat fence erected around volcano
"The National Park Service has built a five-mile-long fence around Mauna Loa on the Big Island in Hawaii.
The purpose of the fence is to keep cats out, making it the longest cat-proof fence in the country.
Isn't that nice, they're trying to save the poor kitties from death by volcano.
Except, while it might keep cats away from flowing lava, that's not the purpose of the fence. It's to protect nesting birds from the cats."
Wildlife Convention Protects Animals Great and Small - Text + Audio + Photos + Video - 5 October 2016
"Representatives from 183 countries attended the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species conference, known as CITES.
The delegates discussed ways to save hundreds of animals from disappearing permanently."
Zambia's front line between elephants and humans - 26 September 2016
"As the Cites conference on endangered species meets in Johannesburg, the BBC's Matt McGrath travelled to Zambia to hear the voices of people with first-hand experience of conflicts between humans and wildlife."
The country with too many elephants - 12 September 2016
"In one of the largest animal translocations attempted, one team is in the process of moving 500 elephants to new pastures...
In June 2016, the process of moving 500 elephants from southern to northern Malawi began.
The reason for moving them is surprising – while Africa as a continent struggles to protect the elephant species from extinction, in Malawi's Liwonde National Park there are actually too many of these giant creatures roaming the plains..."
Pioneering 'diaries' reveal the secret lives of animals- Article + Photos + Video - 9 September 2016
"How do you tell if an elephant is having a good day? Or spy on the nocturnal squid-catching skills of the albatross?
This week at the British Science Festival, Prof Rory Wilson of Swansea University has been divulging the secrets of the animal kingdom,
including penguin diving habits, albatross hunting methods and the emotional states of elephants."
Careers With Animals - 16 August 2016
"Do you love animals? Have you ever thought of finding a career that lets you work with them?
Imagine spending your days tending to the needs of our furry friends. If you want a career with animals, you have many options from which to choose.
Take time to explore each one. They are very different from one another in terms of responsibilities, education and training, and earnings.
While one may not be a good choice for you, another could very well be."
10 of History's Craziest Cat People
"Many illustrious historical personages had a beloved cat or two, but some of them were full-on crazy cat people, filling their homes with felines
and far preferring their companionship to that of humans. Here are 10 famous historical figures who were unabashed crazy about cats."
US Military Dog Awarded Top Honor for Bravery- Text + Audio - 9 April 2016
"An American military service dog received some well-deserved recognition from a British charity. Lucca, a 12-year-old German shepherd, is credited with saving thousands of soldiers during war-time patrols."
The polar bears are coming to town - Scary neighbours - 16 October 2015
"For 15 years, Irish anthropologist Martina Tyrrell has studied the relationship between humans and animals in Arviat, an Inuit community on the west coast of Hudson Bay, where the townspeople are increasingly having to cope with a large and dangerous visitor - the polar bear."
Spotlight: Corduroy is crowned the oldest living cat- 13 August 2015
"This week, Guinness World Records has confirmed that Corduroy is the Oldest cat living after he recently turned 26 years old
- an impressive age considering domesticated cats have an average lifespan of 15 years."
New York Airport Will Have World's First Animal Terminal - 20 July 2015
"Behold The ARK. New York's Kennedy Airport is building a 4-acre facility on its grounds to house animals which are in the airport temporarily while traveling or for quarantine. When completed, it will have a bone-shaped dog pool, trees for cats, a private mating area for penguins, and stalls for horses..." (neatorama.com)
"For dog owners, The ARK will offer a 20,000-sqf (1,860-sqm) luxury “resort” run by the company Paradise 4 Paws, complete with bone-shaped splashing pools, massage therapy and “pawdicures with colored nail pawlish.”
Dogs can watch flat-screen TVs and their owners can check in on them via webcam.
Cats will have their own trees to climb. And all animals will have access to a 24-hour clinic run by Cornell University’s veterinary college." (The Guardian)
Animals Dying in California Oil Spill - Text + Audio + Video - 3 June 2015
"Thousands of liters of oil have been released into the ocean and along the coast of central California.
Dead animals have been found along the coast of Central California almost every day for the past two weeks.
Workers are trying to rescue animals affected by the spill." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
Medieval Pet Names
"In England we find dogs that were named Sturdy, Whitefoot, Hardy, Jakke, Bo and Terri...
Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Nun’s Priest Tale has a line where they name three dogs: Colle, Talbot and Gerland...
In medieval England domestic cats were known as Gyb – the short form of Gilbert ...
Belaud, a grey cat belonging to Joachim du Bellay in the 16th century...
A poem: I and Pangur Bán, my cat ‘Tis a like task we are at; Hunting mice is his delight Hunting words I sit all night." (medievalists.net)
US spending on pets 'passes $50bn'
"Food and veterinary costs accounted for about 65% of the figure, but the category of "pet services" grew faster than any other, totalling $3.79bn (£2.39bn) in 2011.
Pet services includes grooming, boarding, pet hotels, and pet-sitting..." (BBC)
Why do people dress up their pets?
"In the US and UK the market for clothing for pets is growing. But is it a sensible bit of indulgence or an inappropriate fad, asks Helen Soteriou." (BBC)
Cat owners are 'cleverer'
"Cats have long been thought to be cleverer than dogs - and now it seems the same is true of their owners...
The combined cat and dog population of Britain is more than 20.8 million..
People with cats are more likely to have university degrees than those with dogs, according to a scientific survey of pet ownership...
The study... also found that cat owners were more likely to be older and female. " (telegraph.co.uk)