Herpetologist in training! Having muddled my way through a degree I'm now counting down the days until I start my MRes in Endagered Species Recovery and Conservation...
There are no Lions in the Jungle
The jungle. Although there are many accounts available telling you what it is like and you have done all the research possible so you think you are prepared for it, you are not. Nowhere does it say that you should take two pairs of wellies because your first pair will be destroyed within the first week, or that you should remember to take nail clippers, or that there is no non-deet insect repellent that actually works despite what the packaging might say. You may be well versed in the flora and fauna you are likely to encounter, but that feeling of excitment that threatens to brim over and scare away the Tyra that's just been spotted is never described. It is one thing to know that the jungle exists, quite another to have lived in it.
The Disappearing Housemate
This is a cautionary story and quite a world away from anything I’m used to writing about! This is for all you people out there who, like me, cannot get on the property latter and have to rent. Everything in this post happened to me over the last year and a half and writing this down will not only be therapeutic, but I also hope that it will help some of you out there who are in a similar situation.
Gharials - The Best of the Crocodile Grins!
The first successful breeding of gharials (Gavialis gangeticus) in Europe took place at Protivin Crocodile Zoo in the Czech Repulic this year, an incredible achievement—congratulations! Following this, I decided to dedicate this entry to the urgent plight of the gharial and take this opportunity to nerd out about what are hands down my favourite species of crocodilian.
Iguanas: The Vegan Lizard
Many of us know that iguanas feed solely on plant matter, but the reason why goes much deeper than vegetation just being the most readily available food stuffs. Members of the Iguanidae family are described as being true herbivores, the reason for this is to do with their specially adapted digestive system.