A Wild Lockdown: April 2020

With April came longer evenings, brighter colours, a Toad rescue and creepy Caterpillars. We were a few weeks into Lockdown and I was much more settled into my life here in rural England. We headed out each day to keep us sane, exploring the nature reserves, and public paths in our local area. The CherryContinue reading “A Wild Lockdown: April 2020”

A Wild Lockdown: March

I am back ! It’s longer than I would like to think since my last article, but life is like that and the older you get the quicker time passes. I am back on the grid because during these strange times, like many others, I have a lot more time on my hands, and haveContinue reading “A Wild Lockdown: March”

Meet Ramsey – Rats as pets :)

Ramsey is the latest addition to the family, my beautiful pet rat! No doubt some of you just cringed; well let me assure you he is disease free and just as good (if not better) a companion then a dog or a cat. I got Ramsey just before Christmas 2013 from a friend who worksContinue reading “Meet Ramsey – Rats as pets :)”

Spotlight: The Giant Panda

Pyrenean ibex, Baiji Dolphin, Western Black Rhinoceros and the Japanese River Otter have all recently been declared extinct. How long until the Giant Panda(Ailuropoda melanoleuca) is to join this list? With less than 2000 recorded in the wild and only a handful more in captivity, the Giant Pandas time, sadly, may come sooner rather thanContinue reading “Spotlight: The Giant Panda”

Animal friendly European Election Candidates (Update)

4 days until voting starts in my home country Ireland. The number of Irish candidates who have signed the Animal Welfare pledge is now at 5. All four candidates are from the Dublin constituency so my followers from that area are now spoiled for choice 😉 Paul Murphy MEP (Socialist Party): Paul was the firstContinue reading “Animal friendly European Election Candidates (Update)”

Election Day – 19 Days to go

It has been over 2 weeks since I started my individual campaign to get as many Irish candidates on board the “Animal Welfare pledge” laid out by the Eurogroup for animals. The response (or lack thereof) is worrying … Still struggling on making a decision? Love animals? Want to see a Europe wide change inContinue reading “Election Day – 19 Days to go”

Spotlight: Bactrian Camel

Did you know that there are less than 1000 Bactrian Camels left in the wild? The number is currently estimated to be around 500-600. This is a startling number, considering how popular these two-humped ungulates are in zoos and circuses across the world, not to mention thousands of Bactrian camel herds which have been bredContinue reading “Spotlight: Bactrian Camel”

Python Challenge 2013: How not to take care of an invasive species

The Burmese Python, native to South-East Asia, has established a healthy breeding population where they are not welcome, in Florida. This is thanks to the exotic pet trade which led to several of these giant constrictors escaping or being released into the wild over the course of the 20th century. It is now estimated thatContinue reading “Python Challenge 2013: How not to take care of an invasive species”

Rhinoceros’s in South Africa: A grim 2012

(Nearly 2 months since my last post SORRY , I am going to blame it on Christmas 😉 ) South Africa is very well known for its Rhinoceros populations and it is no wonder given it is home to over ¾ of the worlds Rhinoceros. The five main species alive today are the White, Black,Continue reading “Rhinoceros’s in South Africa: A grim 2012”

Food for thought : Happy Thanksgiving

…. Just not for the Turkey. Did you know that every year in America up to 40 million Turkeys are slaughtered for the celebrations? Never mind the huge influx in poultry deaths, but what about all the cruelty surrounds the mass production of Turkeys. The same cruelty, unfortunately is common in any type of massContinue reading “Food for thought : Happy Thanksgiving”