Monkeys’ and apes’ cultural learning

With a stone and a nut the bearded capuchin can easily demonstrate his tool-using ability, or his bad temper. Capuchin image; Credit: © Shutterstock When we use a tool, the influence of culture is obvious. The role of ecology in 3 tool-using primates is to …

Oil palm ecology suits some.

Found in Borneo, the large stork-billed kingfisher, Pelargopsis capensis, needs to be rehabilitated to its novel habitat of oil palm plantations if at all possible. Many others will be unable to fly or crawl back or find any food in the barren environment. Perhaps some …

Cultures can exist beyond the (naked) apes.

In the Gambia, family life imparts culture naturally, while 15 French baboons may well be ready for their Baccalaureate; Papio image; Credit: © Shutterstock The evolution of culture among intelligent animals such as primates and cetaceans presently rates highly among scientists studying how innovation infiltrates …

Horse Sense

Looking a little inbred, this herd of Przewalki’s horse are the ideal-more than a simple breed-an actual subspecies that has remained wild (and stubborn) since their speciation; Przewalski herd image; Credit: © Shutterstock The Yukon horse and the Nevada horse represented the last traces of …

We’re mad about Madagascar.

The tomato frog, Dyscophus antongilii, is a near-threatened endemic from Antongili Bay in Madagascar’s north east. The species’ situation is yet another example of gross negligence and lack of understanding, as pet-traders profited from the export of vast numbers from the island. Beautiful and endangered, …

Interesting albatross personalities

Albatross and chick image; Credit: © Shutterstock The albatross is perhaps one of the iconic birds, with its traditional mythology among ancient and modern sailors of different views! The personality of the bird is likely to be well-developed, given the great life-span, the niche as …

Horses look back

Przewalski horse via Shutterstock Przewalski’s horse represents the only physical link to ancestral horses, but after the dog, the boar and many ovines and bovines came the horse. We domesticated horses last. Perhaps we couldn’t catch them earlier! Science has advanced now to the extent …