Just two zoology course mates who love rambling about animals, conservation, the injustices of the world and everything in between! You can follow more of our weird and wonderful wildlife adventures on instagram: @emma_hodson_wildlife @robi_watkinson_wildlife
Legal protection for beavers, Hope for tunas, Nile Crocodiles, Reticulated Siren, Futuristic seed coatings and Jaguar Recovery in the USA
57:45In episode 14 of Zoology Ramblings Robi and I record the first ever episode in person rather than over Zoom! We stick to the new format of: News, Animals of the week and end with current wider conservation stories. In this episode I talk about the recent decision by the British Government to possibly give beavers native species status and legal protection, Robi talks about some hope for tuna species despite dwindling populations of other marine species. For our animals of the week, I talk about nile crocodiles and Robi about the little-known, bizarre reticulated siren. In the final wider conservation section, I talk about research to make seeds more drought resistant by using organic materials and Robi explores the possibility of recovering jaguar populations in the USA. Resources: Beavers: https://beavertrust.org Tunas: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58441142?fbclid=IwAR20gAxJD8pv0526uM47kyI7km9Orhy9xQBjuMpHOLDo3kocPWAwfhmuJ5U Nile crocodiles: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/facts/nile-crocodile https://researchspace.ukzn.ac.za/bitstream/handle/10413/10742/Champion_Garreth_2010.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y https://www.speciesconservation.org/case-studies-projects/nile-crocodile/574 https://www.nature.com/articles/news.2011.535 Reticulated siren: http://www.sci-news.com/biology/reticulated-siren-06694.html?fbclid=IwAR1NeRVqO80h2aSiWZbKdCXqs33O8N-4A0zub9ZE5ak3PK3_iPq_h36rVZ0 Jaguars: https://news.mongabay.com/2021/07/huge-wildlife-corridor-in-belize-sees-progress-boosting-hope-for-jaguars-and-more-commentary/?fbclid=IwAR14aHvYvgczlwojpw_Zjzuox1UXne-LrALNs5IAFcXN9aVKWo1RBW0DKy0 https://news.mongabay.com/2021/09/is-it-time-to-rethink-jaguar-recovery-in-the-u-s-commentary/?fbclid=IwAR0mDPYUkpTnyU-XE1KDRGnv19KSXSNCAVEg9cZfvJuSB9DWbLXU1a2hyDY And thank you Allie for the piano tune! We hope you enjoy our latest ramble :) Emma & Robi
Conservation News, Short-eared dog, Little Black Tapir, Vaquita update and Rice's Whale
1:11:50In Episode 13 of Zoology Ramblings, we introduce a new section called "conservation news" where Robi and I each talk about a recent positive conservation news story. We discuss our animals of the week: I decided to talk about the illusive, weird short-eared dog (thanks @wayne_wildlife for the suggestion) and Robi talks about the Little Black Tapir and whether this is in fact a new species or not. We then delve deeper into some wider conservation stories where I give a sad update about the status of Vaquitas and Robi talks about the newly discovered, yet already critically endangered Rice's Whale. Vaquita resources: Episode 4 of Zoology Ramblings: https://open.spotify.com/episode/6QtXRBbQ8d26LFFr5r3Z70?si=01ddd5e1d8474f5c Episode 19 of the Biome Podcast: The Vaquita Crisis https://open.spotify.com/episode/6lUf2Ax7DMqbEWBZJIUBk4?si=xFsf1PgFSe6qtLHsSXapfQ&dl_branch=1 https://news.mongabay.com/2021/07/mismanaged-to-death-mexico-opens-up-sole-vaquita-habitat-to-fishing/ Ivory Identification Guide: https://cites.org/sites/default/files/eng/resources/pub/E-Ivory-guide.pdf Thank you to the lovely Allie for the piano tune at the beginning and start of this podcast:)
Exciting news, All things beaver, White-Eyed River Martin & Cicadas
44:28In episode 12 of Zoology Ramblings, Robi and I reveal some very exciting news about our podcast and its selection as one of the 8 winners of the Spotify Next Wave Initiative! We are so thrilled to have been selected alongside 7 other amazing podcasts which cover some very important and pressing topics in our society today. We also talk about our recent beaver adventure down in Devon, where we had the amazing opportunity to film wild beavers in the UK! We were amazed how close we were able to see them during the day: they are chonky, stealthy and all round incredible animals. We are looking forward to releasing our 'Beavers part 2' documentary in the coming months. Robi and I are off to Mull to make a series of wildlife documentaries, so you might not hear from us for a while as we will be off grid looking for eagles and pine martens! But we will tell you guys all about it when we get back! We also talk about our animals of the week: Robi covers the elusive, possibly extinct White-Eyed River Martin, last seen in Thailand in the 1980s! I talk about cicadas (thanks Haley for the suggestion!) and their weird and wonderful lifecycle underground for 17 years!! We hope you enjoy our latest ramble :) Thanks to the lovely Allie for the piano tune and to the amazing Madeleine who designed our new cover art!
Tayra, Monito del Monte, Zoonotic diseases, African elephants, Welsh Beavers and White Storks
1:24:21In episode 11, Robi and I ramble about our animals of the week- I talk about the tayra and Robi talks about the tiny Monito del Monte. We each tackle large global conservation topics including zoonotic diseases and the lessons we can learn from the Covid 19 pandemic. Robi discusses why the taxonomic classification of African elephant species is important! For our UK conservation topics I talk about the very exciting reintroduction of beavers to Wales for the first time in 400 years. Robi talks about the fantastic white stork project and our recent interview with the wonderful conservationist and project manager of the white stork project Lucy Groves. We hope you enjoy our latest ramble- here are the links to some of the resources used in the Zoonotic diseases section if you wanted to read more about the Manhattan and Berlin principles. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969720364494 https://oneworldonehealth.wcs.org/About-Us/Mission/The-Manhattan-Principles.aspx https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24933240-800-how-our-abuse-of-nature-makes-pandemics-like-covid-19-more-likely/ https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/zoonoses Thanks as always to the lovely Allie for the piano tune!
Sunda Island Tigers, Albatross, Eagle Owls in Britain, Cumbria Coal mine and Coral Gardening
1:23:40This week in episode 10 of Zoology Ramblings we talk about an animal of the week each: Robi talks about the Sunda Island Tigers and throws in a bit of epic tiger taxonomy and palaeontology! I talk about the Laysan Albatross following an article about the world's oldest wild bird 'Wisdom' who has just had her 37th chick! For our UK conservation stories, Robi talks about the majestic Eagle Owl in Britain and how a mysterious group of them has 're-appeared' in the UK. I talk about the controversial Coal mine proposal in Cumbria and whether this is a good idea in the face of a climate emergency where we should be moving away from our reliance on fossil fuels. For our global conservation story, we discuss coral aquaculture/ coral gardening which is offering hope for re-building and recovering coral reefs threatened by global warming and bleaching events. Here is the link to the petition to campaign against the Cumbria Coal Mine: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-the-cumbria-coal-mine Thanks Allie for the lovely piano tune :)
Ebo Forest and Invasive American Mink
26:58Welcome to episode 9, part 2 of Zoology Ramblings with Emma and Robi. This is a continuation from part 1 of episode 9. In this episode we talk about the Ebo Forest in Cameroon and the incredible biodiversity of animal life which is supported there. We also talk about threats to this forest and how public pressure can be important in lobbying governments to change. We also talk about the invasive American Mink which has exploded in numbers here in the UK and across Europe. This mink is threatening native species like the water vole and is partly responsible for driving the European mink to the brink of extinction across its range. https://whitleyaward.org/winners/community-protection-of-the-great-apes-of-ebo-forest/ We hope you enjoy this latest ramble! Thank you Allie for the wonderful piano tune :)
Hot pink slugs, Alien-like Hirola and The Elephant Ivory Trade
50:04Welcome to episode 9, part 1 of Zoology Ramblings with Emma and Robi! Apologies we haven't released one of these in a while- we have been busy with our other podcast 'The Biome Podcast'. Please feel free to check that one out if you wanted more regular content. This week we talk about neon-pink slugs which live on one mountain-top in Australia and nowhere else in the world. They really are hot pink and awesome but are also threatened by climate change. Robi talks about the Hirola, which is an alien-looking antelope with very large scent glands below its eyes, which is threatened by political turbulence and harsh environmental conditions. We also talk about elephants and the ivory trade which has been catastrophic to African elephant populations. We discuss an amazing conservation project called elephants and bees which is helping reduce human-elephant conflict as well as empowering farmers. https://elephantsandbees.com Thank you Allie for the wonderful little piano tune :)
The plight of the pangolin
24:09In episode 8 of Zoology Ramblings, Robi and I talk about the illegal pangolin trade and the threats which both the Asian and African pangolins are facing. We highlight some amazing people and organisations which are doing fantastic work to try and conserve these incredible animals. We also briefly touch on the links between the pangolin and the SARS-CoV-2 virus which is currently causing the covid 19 pandemic. We hope you enjoy our latest ramble and learn lots about the amazing pangolin!
Orca in Scotland
32:48In episode 7 of Zoology Ramblings, Robi and I talk about the remarkable creatures that are Orcas. We talk about their distribution around the world, their complex social structures, the global threats they are facing and we explore the dynamics and the plight of our Orca pod here in the UK. We hope you enjoy our latest ramble!
Cave Bears and Ethiopian Geladas
45:11In episode 6 of Zoology Ramblings, Robi talks about the enormous cave bear which used to inhabit the UK, which weighed up to 1000kgs and was entirely vegetarian! I talk about the Gelada monkeys of the Ethiopian highlands and how they have been driven to the roof of the world by humans and aggressive ancestors of baboons. Sorry we haven't released an episode for a while, we have been busy with the launch of our new project "Biome". We are collaborating with a production called Grizzly, making exciting video podcasts about wildlife re-introductions to the UK as well as global and local conservation topics. To check out our video podcast, search for "The Biome Podcast" on YouTube. For more wildlife content you can also check Robi and I out on Instragram under emma_hodson_wildlife and robi_watkinson_wildlife We hope you enjoy our latest ramble with a slightly different structure but hopefully equally engaging animal content!