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Can orcas ever be healthy in captivity?

Can orcas ever be healthy in captivity?

Last month SeaWorld announced it was ending its orca breeding programme and said the 29 orcas currently in its parks would be the last. But the company did not step back from its long-held claim that its orcas - also known as killer whales - live long healthy lives. Liz Bonnin was granted unique access to SeaWorld to investigate this claim and weigh the scientific evidence.

Time to remember the power and beauty of nature

Time to remember the power and beauty of nature

The Western Ghats of India are home to one of the world’s greatest tropical rainforests and a staggering number of floral and faunal species, which is some- what confounding when you consider the 400 million people who also live here. Somehow, some of the most biodiverse wildlife on the planet manages to survive among a fragmented landscape of forests, plantations and villages.

It’s up to tiger country governments to put a halt to wildlife trafficking

It’s up to tiger country governments to put a halt to wildlife trafficking

Reports at the beginning of the year that tiger numbers in India had increased by almost a third was indeed welcome news.

Pragmatic conservation efforts and a resolute will to protect India’s most iconic species seem to have resulted in a much-needed positive result. Some conservationists have expressed concerns that the final count of 2,226 tigers may be somewhat overestimated and advise caution on the interpretation of such a figure. Others worry about what this might mean for the Government’s plans to prioritise economic growth on the subcontinent, with the fear that more land will now be devoted to industry.

Liz Bonnin on Animals In Love: How a pair of greylag geese could rival any great romance

Liz Bonnin on Animals In Love: How a pair of greylag geese could rival any great romance

Filming Animals In Love was an eye-opening experience in so many ways. Not only did I witness animal behaviours I hadn't seen before, but it also allowed me to understand a lot more about emotional intelligence in animals. 

Until very recently we believed animals were not capable of emotion. But over the past two decades great advances have been made in the study of animal behaviour and we now know that many animals experience emotions like fear and joy.

A touching encounter - but is it ethical?

A touching encounter - but is it ethical?

A whale-watching encounter is one of the most memorable wildlife experiences you can have, not least because of the elusive nature of our marine giants. But in their eagerness to deliver, fleets of noisy tourist boats often congregate en masse to pursue the briefest glimpse of a whale as it dives to escape the intrusion. Perhaps not quite the experience you were hoping for.