Over the past several weeks social media feeds have been buzzing with the latest Internet craze: the #2019Challenge, or the #10YearsChallenge as it’s been dubbed. Essentially, people upload a photo of themselves 10 years ago with a side-by-side photo of themselves today to see how much they’ve changed. The “challenge” has sparked some concern, with naysayers … Continued
Catch them at the right moment, and Pallas’s cats look like little gremlins, with wild eyes and sharp fangs. If you’re a small bird – watch out. But as scary as they look, they’re not a threat to us. It’s more the other way around. They’re quick to hide. And they’re pretty small, even if … Continued
From majestic sea creatures to the common household fly, animal lifespans vary greatly on this planet. While some critters are only meant to last hours in this world, others have lived through dynasties we’ve only read about. Click through for 24 creatures that have a lifespan worth talking about.
The destructive path humans are forging on ocean life continues. While most of us are aware of the detrimental effects plastic, pollution, and carbon emissions have on the ocean and its wildlife, it seems like another unexpected source is causing strife with swimmers these days too: noise pollution. One whale of a study In a … Continued
Not a fan of insects? We can’t really blame you—creepy crawlies are repeatedly portrayed as ugly, scary, dangerous or downright boring. But take some time to get to know a few species from the mindbogglingly massive world of invertebrates, and you’ll be amazed at how adorable these minibeasts can be. To aid you on your insect … Continued
Most people know that hippos are large, live in water, wallow in mud and eat a whole lot. But apart from those things, is there anything particularly interesting about these whopping African mammals? As it turns out, yes. We’ve gathered some of the most intriguing nuggets of information about the humble hippopotamus, so you can … Continued
To those who doesn’t believe in global warming, consider this a wake up call: climate change is happening, and it’s destroying our world. Of course, it’s far easier to ignore the scientific claims about rising sea levels, fluctuating weather patterns and altering landscapes while we go about our privileged lives the way we always have. … Continued
Imagine a footpath that follows the coastal border of an entire country, and you’ll have a basic understanding of the Wales Coast Path, an uninterrupted 1,400-kilometre walking path that follows the beautiful and wild coastline of Wales. Wales sometimes gets overshadowed by the other countries in the United Kingdom, but it is a trailblazer (literally!) … Continued
Who doesn’t love eating? Mealtimes provide us with the chance to relax, catch up with friends and savour some of our favourite flavours. Unfortunately, mealtimes are also a horrifying opportunity to pick up an array of common human parasites—looking to turn your body into their host and home. Munch with caution; these seven human parasites … Continued
Think plants are boring? These ones certainly aren’t. From trees that cause grotesque, burning blisters to poisonous plants capable of killing famous philosophers and Abraham Lincoln’s mum, here’s the fear-inducing flora that you’ll want to keep out of your garden.
Penguins are some of the most popular animals around, but did you know that there are 17 recognized species of these lovable birds? They don’t just hang out in Antarctica either: penguins live across the globe, from South America to Australia. Ranging from the unstoppable emperor penguin to the adorable gentoo penguin and the unlikely … Continued
It’s easy to have a moan about the rain and wind when it’s all wintery outside, but the truth is that most of us have it pretty easy when compared to the world’s most extreme climates. From sweltering heat to frostbite-inducing cold onto land-shuddering earthquakes and air twisting tornadoes, here are the Earth’s wildest weather conditions. More … Continued
Australia is home to some of the most unique animals in the world: geographic isolation means it contains the majority of our planet’s marsupials, some of the only egg-laying mammals and a frightening variety of venomous species including snakes, spiders and jellyfish. Those who are willing to brave the perils found down under will be … Continued
Chameleons aren’t the only animals capable of blending in with their surroundings. Mother Nature has filled her world with multiple masters of disguise, whose stealthy camouflage makes them difficult to spot. Try to spy these crafty creatures, whose heroic hiding skills help them to survive.
If you’re here on this page reading about animals, chances are you’re rather familiar with what they look like. We all know the generalities—elephants are huge, sharks are sleek, and hedgehogs spiky. But apart from that, have you ever stopped to consider the specific outline of your favourite critter? Well Diana D’Achille has. Born and … Continued
With winter’s arrival, thoughts of never-ending sunshine and warm sand beneath your feet probably sound idyllic. In reality, many of the places on Earth that fit this description are far from the tropical paradises you’re imagining. Deserts are some of the most dangerous terrains on the planet; seemingly endless landscapes with extreme weather conditions and … Continued
Trees are often overlooked in favour of more charismatic mega fauna (normally critters with fur and four legs). But just as there are endangered animals in need of conservation, many tree species are under threat too. Here’s 10 of the most iconic trees from around the world, to remind us that these magnificent species need our love and … Continued
For centuries explorers and pioneers saw the natural world as inexhaustible. From fish stocks to forests, it was thought that no human activity could possibly impact nature on any significant scale. Unfortunately, we now know this is wrong. We can, and have, made vast changes to our world. Here is just a taste of what … Continued
We’ve all heard of the world’s largest mammals, from whales to bears, elephants to hippos. But could you name the smallest? Dive in below to discover primates the size of your thumb, shrews a little larger than a paper clip and more.
If you’re not the snowboarding or skiing type, it might be tempting to batten down the hatches and snuggle up inside with a mug of hot chocolate during the colder months. However, don’t let the frosty weather fool you; this is the best time of year for viewing some of Earth’s most curious animals. Here are … Continued
Mighty natural monuments that reach higher than the clouds and provide homes for our planet’s most fascinating survivors—it’s no wonder that humans have always had a fixation with mountains. A gauntlet of dangers, from subzero climates to volcanic eruptions, exist in these harsh environments. Perilous though they are, people are still willing to put up … Continued
Monkeys are among our favourite animals, with their comical antics and sometimes human-like behaviour. But some of our closest relatives are at risk of extinction, facing threats from human activities. As their populations decrease, they are placed in even greater danger because they are at risk of inbreeding or the chance of a natural disaster … Continued
While we do agree that fireworks can be pretty cool, they’re nothing when compared to some of the natural light shows that can be spotted around the world. Everyone should aim to see at least one of these incredible phenomena in real life—if nothing else, they serve as a reminder of how cool our planet … Continued