27 year old Zoology BSc graduate. My most recent occupation has been fixed-term zoo keeper at Woburn Safari Park, I am a general animal fanatic and massive geek blogging about my life in the zoological world. I've worked in the Arachnida & Myriapoda department of the NHM in London and been to Madagascar to do lemur and herpetological conservation work. Here you will find: Zoology, animals, conservation, nature, science, taxonomy, anatomy, sustainable living, facts, funny things, geeky stuff, running, cycling, positive thinking, more zoology,

 

decemberpaladin:

fotisha:

Idk if I’m the last one to see this, but have you guys seen this volcano in Indonesia that’s spewing bLUE FLAMES. -its metal as hECK. so fucking cool looking.

PHOTOGRAPH BY OLIVIER GRUNEWALD

Fuckin’ hell.

(Source: Daily Mail)

amnhnyc:

Lonesome George, the Galapagos tortoise who was the last of his kind, is on view at the Museum through January 4, 2015. Below is a quick rundown of everything you need to know about Lonesome George.

Species: Last documented member of Chelonoidis abingdoni, native to Pinta Island

Age: Thought to be more than 100 years old

Diet: Cactus, shrubs, grasses, and broad-leaved plants

Turtle vs. tortoise? Tortoises are turtles that live exclusively on land.

Did you know? Lonesome George—the lone tortoise of his species for at least 40 years—was named after a famous 1950s American TV comedian, George Gobel, who called himself “Lonesome George.”

Notable traits: An extremely long neck and a “saddle-backed” shell that rises slightly in front, like a saddle

Weight: About 165 lbs (75 kg); males of various species of Galapagos tortoises can exceed 660 lbs (300 kg) and are the largest living tortoises

Discovery: In 1971, a Hungarian scientist spotted Lonesome George on Pinta Island. The discovery surprised researchers who thought Pinta Island tortoises were already extinct. A year later, George was taken to the Tortoise Breeding and Rearing Center on Santa Cruz Island, where he lived for the next 40 years. 

Saving Lonesome George: Staff at the Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station tried repeatedly to mate Lonesome George with females from closely related species. Those efforts failed, but a new strategy to revive the species is underway. The discovery of hybrid tortoises partially descended from Pinta Island tortoises on Isabela Island, where whalers or pirates likely moved them long ago, provides the opportunity for establishing a breeding colony whose young will initiate the recovery of a reproductive population on Pinta.

Can’t get enough Lonesome George info? Head to the Museum’s website for more.

biodiverseed:

The UK Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo: The Seed Cathedral

Theme - Better City, Better Life

"The UK pavilion at Expo 2010, colloquially known as the Seed Cathedral, was a sculpture structure built by a nine member conglomeration of British business and government resources directed by designer Thomas Heatherwick. It referenced the race to save seeds from round the world in banks, and housed 250,000 plant seeds at the end of 60,000 acrylic rods, held in place by geometrically-cut holes with the rods inserted therein.”

-Wikipedia

"The Seed Cathedral is 20 metres in height, formed from 60,000 slender transparent rods, each 7.5 metres long and each encasing one or more seeds at its tip. During the day, they act as optic fibres and draw daylight inwards to illuminate the interior. At night, light sources inside each rod allow the whole structure to glow. As the wind moves past, the building and its optic “hairs” gently move to create a dynamic effect.”

- Despoke.com

Images: Heatherwick Studio; REUTERS/Aly Song

#seed banks #art

sdzsafaripark:

With 165 rhinos born from 3 species, including 5 generations of black rhinos & 7 generations of greater one-horned rhinos, our breeding program for these ancient ambassadors is unparalleled. #WorldRhinoDay