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November 2011

Should You Be Eating Meat?

Tue 29th November 2011 (0 comments)

In the early days of the Human, life was much more basic as people had to learn about the natural world around them. Early Humans had to learn to know which plants and berries were edible and which were toxic but it is not a purely vegetarian diet that has made the Human species as intelligent as it is today.

Early hunter-gatherers would have fished in the rivers and streams close by and hunted animals that lived around them in order to sustain themselves. However, things today are very different with packaged products in supermarkets and the vast array of convenience food available, numerous people that eat meat tend to have no idea what animal it comes from.

The Unique Evolution Of Islands

Fri 25th November 2011 (0 comments)

Although many of the world's hundreds of thousands of islands appear to be isolated and barely inhabited, these individual eco-systems are actually home to some of the rarest and weirdest species on the planet that have evolved in these remote regions without disturbance for thousands, if not millions of years.

Island species differ greatly from place to place as they have each adapted individually in these unique habitats, and historically, often without the presence of both large and small mammalian predators. This has led to numerous species behaving in ways not seen in other areas of the world, as this has been their most effective course of survival.

Changes In Avian Behaviour

Tue 22nd November 2011 (0 comments)

As the autumn months draw to a close and we begin to look towards the colder months ahead, a number of seasonal activities in the world of wildlife have started once again as animals all around the world are preparing themselves for the coming winter.

However, recent reports have indicated that the situation this year is not quite as "normal" as it has been in the past with a significantly warmer European November having led to some rather unexpected results, particularly in the avian world.

Different British Trees

Fri 18th November 2011 (0 comments)
Crab Apple

Crab Apple

As the nights seem to be starting earlier and the temperature begins to drop, we soon seem to realise that we are nearing the cold winter months once again. Rich colours cover forests, parks and gardens as the leaves change colour on the trees and eventually fall to the floor, revealing the bare tree branches beneath and really displaying the shapes of individual trees.

Numerous species of native British tree are still common and can be found growing throughout the country, still sometimes standing strong and proud after hundreds of years. Although a number of our more iconic species did once arrive from different parts of Europe, they have integrated seamlessly into their varying habitats but it can often be tricky to identify different species.

Saving The Spoon-Billed Sandpiper

Tue 15th November 2011 (0 comments)
Spoon-Billed Sandpiper

A small population of one of the world's most threatened birds has recently arrived in the UK in an effort to try and save the species. The Spoon-Billed Sandpiper is a small species of wading bird that is natively found in Russia, migrating south into South-East Asia for the winter.

Their uniquely adapted shovel-like beaks are used to sieve small prey animals out of the mud, but they have a naturally small breeding range that is restricted to the north-east of Russia and is an area that is subjected to increasing levels of development which has severely affected population numbers.

Palm Oil Free Treats - 4. Gingerbread Men

Fri 11th November 2011 (0 comments)
Wild Orangutan

With ever increasing awareness about the negative effects that the palm oil industry is having on the environment, it remains a great shame that more and more everyday products seem to contain it. However, as companies are permitted to list it as "vegetable oil" in their ingredients consumers are unable to make an informed decision.

The worst thing for many consumer-level palm oil activists is not just the fact that basic products contain it, but also that those rare indulgences are now a thing of the past with palm oil found (but listed as vegetable oil) in all kinds of treats including chocolate, sweets, ice cream and numerous types of biscuit. So, at A-Z Animals we have prepared a number of palm oil free recipes for you to enjoy!

Watching Wildlife - November

Tue 8th November 2011 (0 comments)


As we near the beginning of winter our forests look bare with the trees having lost nearly all of their leaves. This however, reveals a world that has been under-cover for the rest of year and all sorts of animal signs begin to appear from birds' nests in the trees, to the corridors in the undergrowth that are used by small mammals so they can move about unseen.

Not only are some animals already thinking about hibernation but others are preparing for winter in a different way as their colours change from greys and browns to a bright white, which helps them to camouflage themselves more easily into the coming snow. Large flocks of birds can also be seen as numerous individuals come over to Britain for the winter from the continent.

The Sad Extinction Of Rhinos In Vietnam

Thu 3rd November 2011 (2 comments)
Picture Javan Rhino

Recent reports have sadly confirmed that Vietnam has lost it's Javan Rhinos from the wild. Only one Javan Rhinoceros subspecies individual was known to exist in the entire country (in a national park) but it has sadly been confirmed dead.

Thought to have been killed by poachers, the death of the last remaining wild Javan Rhinoceros in Vietnam is not only devastating from both an ecological and a cultural point of view, but it also means the extinction of an entire Rhinoceros subspecies.

Animal Awareness On Bonfire Night

Tue 1st November 2011 (0 comments)

The celebrations of the 5th November every year almost mark the end of Autumn and the beginning of Winter, as it is at this time of year when small mammals are preparing for the months ahead by either collecting the last nuts and berries for their winter stash, or by finding somewhere safe and secure to hibernate.

However, many people will begin building their bonfires soon (if they haven't already started) to set alight on Bonfire Night in remembrance of the attempt to overthrow King James in 1605, when Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up the Houses Of Parliament in London with 36 barrels of gunpowder.