Central America

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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.

Vietnam’s milky breast fruit

The Vú Sữa fruit is particularly popular in Vietnam and is said to taste like coconut!

Wintery myths and legends

We know that spring will soon be here, but in the past people couldn’t be so sure. So what did folk around the world think caused the cold conditions and long nights?

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.

Bahá'í: The religion with only 9 places of worship in the world

Bahá’í: The religion with only 9 places of worship in the world

Pretty much wherever you are in the world, you’re probably within walking distance of a church, a mosque, a synagogue or a temple of some kind. But I bet you’re not within praying distance of a Bahá’í House of Worship right now – because there are only nine of them in the whole world.

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.