Views of Paradise

A World Atlas of the Artificial Environments of Zoological Gardens by Frederico Câmara “Zoological gardens were created for the appreciation of animals and plants foreign to Europe; brought from the colonial territories that were then considered exotic to European taste. They occupy an ambiguous position in society, as both a space of protection and a […]

Kenny

By Taryn Simon “White Tiger (Kenny) Selective Inbreeding, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and Foundation Eureka Springs, ArkansasIn the United States, all living white tigers are the result of selective inbreeding to artificially create the genetic conditions that lead to white fur, ice-blue eyes and a pink nose. Kenny was born to a breeder in Bentonville, […]

Speaking

“Vocal imitation has convergently evolved in many species, allowing learning and cultural transmission of complex, conspecific sounds, as in birdsong. Scattered instances also exist of vocal imitation across species, including mockingbirds imitating other species or parrots and mynahs producing human speech. Here, we document a male Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) that imitates human speech, matching […]

TAZ

“Tasmaniandevil facial tumour disease is an infectious cancer that threatens the largest surviving marsupial carnivore with extinction. After emerging in 1996, it has spread across most of the range of the species, leading to a population decline of more than 60%. This bizarre disease, in which the cancer cells themselves are the infective agent, illustrates […]