On the Origin of a Species: The Red Panda, Ailurus fulgens

A look at this taxonomically, physiologically, anatomically confusing but absolutely, undoubtedly cute little species, the red panda, Ailurus fulgens. Once thought related to raccoons, or the giant panda, it now stands in a family of its own proving, even to cynics like me, that taxonomy is not just useless bickering about arbitrary classifications.

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Caturday Special: The Kodkod, Leopardus guigna

In this article we discuss the smallest cat in the Americas, the kodkod, of which little is known. We do our best to talk its habitats, diet and behaviours.

Also included is a discussion about the interdependent mutualisms between brazil nut trees, agouti and euglossine (or orchid) bees that maintain their ecosystem and why the study of smaller, lesser known species is important lest we ruin sensitive mutualisms like it without knowing.

Caturday Special: Serval, Leptailurus serval

A short Caturday Special about the wonderful and elegant-looking medium-sized African Wildcat, the Serval. Giving a rundown of what it is, what it eats, when it’s active, how it has babies and most importantly why breeding them with domestic cats to make savannah cats is a bad idea.

Top Ten Sharks #4 – The Hammerheads, Family Sphyrnidae

Exploring the similarities and differences between the members of the family of hammerhead sharks, the Sphyrnidae, with focus on the scalloped hammerhead and its overfishing, and the bonnethead shark which it turns out is omnivorous.