Natural History Museum Lates: Party animals

Find out what it takes to party like an animal at this month’s Lates. Relax with food and drink, wander the Museum’s galleries after hours and delve deeper by booking an activity with experts. Events this month include: discovering the party tricks of the animal kingdom, working with a mixologist to take a closer look at intoxication in […]

The Lyrebird

Deep in the rainforests, there is a bird call which mimics a chainsaw… or is there? James Doyle investigates the truth about the legendary Lyrebird.

Cuckoos and their victims: An evolutionary arms race

The sight of a little warbler feeding an enormous cuckoo chick has astonished observers since ancient times. It was once thought that cuckoos were unable to raise their own young because of defective anatomy and behaviour, and so other birds were only too delighted to help them. This quaint view was overturned by Darwin, who suggested that the cuckoos’ parasitic habits were advantageous and that their host species were tricked.

Health and disease in translocated wild animals

Over the last 50 years, an increasing number of wild animal translocations have been undertaken for conservation purposes. This two-day symposium will review the impact of disease on species restoration through translocation, and consider lessons learned to guide effective planning and implementation of future translocation projects.

Authors for Animals – Andrew Motion ‘Consider the Seahorse’

Former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion considers the seahorse – a creature with a rich mythical history, whose existence is beautiful, mysterious, and yet precarious. The event will also feature a ZSL aquarist talking about seahorse habits and husbandry and a ZSL conservationist working on Project Seahorse supporting species and marine habitats worldwide.

Global land-use change: causes and consequences for biodiversity

Anthropogenic environmental changes, such as global land use and land cover change, driven by rapid human population growth and increasing demand for agricultural and forest products, are impacting the balance of the Earth system. This meeting will highlight the causes of land use and land cover change, investigate the impacts on biodiversity loss, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services, and explore how non-market and public benefits, including wildlife conservation, can be incorporated into land-use planning.

Science Behind the Photo #3

This picture is of a family of penguins living on Magdelena Island, just off the coast of Southern Chile. The new members of a 65,000 strong colony, seen above, initially weigh 100g each. But, in this image they are approximately 6 weeks old and are beginning to leave the nest for short periods. After only 8 weeks they will […]