Animals & beasts

Cute animals, scary animals and just plain strange animals

The many hummingbirds of Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is home to 52 species of hummingbird – one for every week of the year!

Hanging with the sloths in Costa Rica

Home to two different sloth species, Costa Rica is considered the best place in the Americas to “hang out” with these laid back animals.

All about seals, sea lions and walruses

Pinnipeds come in many forms – seals, sea lions and walruses. They’re similar in many ways, but what sets them apart?

Everything you always wanted to know about spiders (and maybe some stuff you didn't)

Everything you always wanted to know about spiders (and maybe some stuff you didn’t)

First off, I’m sorry. As something of an arachnophobe myself, I know how scary these creepy crawlies can be. Just ask my wife about the time I walked through the spider exhibit at the London Zoological Society, while making a small keening noise and trying to make myself as tiny as possible.

4 animals who sleep in a surprising way

4 animals who sleep in a surprising way

I once knew an absolute animal who would fall asleep while eating a kebab at the end of the night. But that’s not the sort of animals I’m talking about here. Going to sleep is the highlight of my day. Don’t pity me – I live a full and well-rounded life. It just so happens that napping down brings me a huge amount of joy. Maybe I was a desert snail in a past life…

Everything you’ve always wanted to know about penguins

Is there more to these flightless birds than an odd gait and a fancy tuxedo? Let’s find out together.

Medium-sized cats from around the world

Medium-sized cats from around the world

Cats come in two kinds, right? Big huge things that roam the wilds of Africa and Asia, hunting prey and roaring everywhere. And the humble domestic cat, leaving you half-dead birds and lounging in the most inconvenient places.