We explore the battle in the UK between the previously widely distributed, native red squirrel (sciurus vulgaris) and the imported invader the grey squirrel (sciurus carolinensis) looking at why the grey could be harmful to the UKs ecosystems and habitats, how they managed to reduce populations of red squirrels and what we could possibly do to remedy the situation. We include discussion on the pine marten (martes martes) a natural squirrel predator, as well as effective woodland management and ensuring all development is led by a core premise to not only not harm, but to improve, UK habitats and ecosystems to promote native wildlife biodiversity.
We look at the cougar, or puma, or mountain lion – it’s a cat of many names mainly caused by its wide distribution. It is a big cat, but it is more closely related to small cats, it is absolutely beautiful, it loves the mountains and it rarely attacks people. We also discuss the hybridisation with texan cougar of the Florida Panther, in order to save that sub-population from inbreeding problems.
A defence of the fox in a PR war that the anti-fox lobby is definitely losing. The UK’s largest predator, a beautiful canid, the red fox, Vulpes vulpes, is a shining example of adaptive success. They are wonderful animals, a true blessing to see in our countryside and our urban environments, a great control of over-abundant rabbits and a consumer of our waste food saving us untold amounts of money on waste disposal. The fox still has a reputation, mainly due to a lobby determined to see it held up as a villain to justify their own bloodsport. Fox hunting is an abhorrent and unjustifiable practice that should be totally banned.
In this article we discuss the smallest cat in the Americas, the kodkod, of which little is known. We do our best to talk its habitats, diet and behaviours.
Also included is a discussion about the interdependent mutualisms between brazil nut trees, agouti and euglossine (or orchid) bees that maintain their ecosystem and why the study of smaller, lesser known species is important lest we ruin sensitive mutualisms like it without knowing.
A look at the Scottish wildcat, the reasons for its endangered status, and the conservation efforts being undertaken to save it from the brink of extinction.
Why am I following up the behemoth with a mouth that could crush the core of the Earth, the megalodon, with a 3m (around 10 feet) cuddly toy? Well because I think sharks are cute. I think the blue shark is one of the cutest animals on the planet. I think it’s absolutely gorgeous andContinue reading “Top Ten Sharks #9 – The Blue Shark, Prionace glauca”
One of the most beautiful and majestic creatures on planet Earth, the snow leopard, Panthera uncia, gets a brief. Find out how floofy they are, why their tails are amazing, a potentially sad theory why they bite them and why threats they face into the future.
Content Warning: This article contains images of animal predation. I left this one up to the community and your voices were heard. They were completely silent. Thanks, guys. So given how I feel you basically stuck your teeth on my skull and bit a hole in it, I put a cat in this place thatContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #7 – Jaguar, Panthera onca”
In case you hadn’t noticed by now I am a lexiphile. I love words for words’ sake. It separates me from the bibliophiles, who like words to be structured into tomes and books with contexts and narratives. I don’t mind so long as the word sounds good. Like with yesterday’s jaguarundi. Well Neofelis nebulosa isContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #8 – Clouded Leopard, Neofelis nebulosa”
What do I know about the jaguarondi? What don’t I know about the jaguarondi!? The answer to the first question is not a lot, the second is a lot. It’s a weird little cat, this, showing features more akin to the Viveriddae (feliforms like civets and genets) or the Mustelidae (otters, weasels, badgers, that sortContinue reading “Top Ten Cats #9 – Jaguarundi, Herpailurus yagouaroundi”