The Gerenuk

Nicknamed the 'giraffe gazelle', the gerenuk (Litocranius walleri) is a long-necked antelope found in the woodland forests and open plains of the Horn of Africa (including Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti and Tanzania). At first glance, this mammal may seem rather strange, but their unique appearance only highlights the gerenuk's superb adaptability. Like many other species - … Continue reading The Gerenuk

The Common Octopus

With their extraordinary camouflage techniques and ingenious defences, the common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) is one of the most intelligent of all the invertebrates. This species is a mollusc belonging to the class Cephalopoda, and is widespread in tropical and warm temperate oceanic waters. Their vast distribution is a testament to the octopus' ability to continuously adapt. The common … Continue reading The Common Octopus

The Nile Crocodile

The largest freshwater predator in Africa, the Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) is a formidable hunter with a great historical significance. They are widespread throughout sub-Saharan Africa, where they feed mainly on fish - like their Indian relative, the Gharial. However, these reptiles are opportunists so will attack almost anything unfortunate enough to cross its path, … Continue reading The Nile Crocodile

The Red Panda

The red panda (Ailurus fulgens) is an arboreal, solitary mammal native to the high-altitude, temperate forests of the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. The red panda's unique appearance has caused some confusion among zoologists. Up until recently, some zoologists classified the red panda with the raccoons (Procyonidae), whilst others placed it in the bear family … Continue reading The Red Panda

The Wild Turkey

With Christmas just around the corner, I thought it would be nice to pay some appreciation to the quintessential Christmas meat - the turkey. The wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is a fascinating, ground-dwelling bird native to North America, and carries a huge historical significance. Their name originates from Britain, whereby domesticated turkeys were being imported … Continue reading The Wild Turkey