Category Archives: mammals

Pandas falling all over the place

I’m tired and have just finished a paid piece of writing, which still needs work. This is the break both of us need: a video compilation of teenage pandas at the Toronto Zoo, apparently unable to balance themselves. Good thing they’re round and fat, immune to damage. h/t: Matthew Cobb

Readers’ wildlife photos

Stephen Barnard sent some great photos of local elk; note the reproductive success of the male in the last photo. Take that, Cordelia Fine! This is the time of year when migrating (and mating) elk (Cervus canadensis) move through the ranch. The first couple of photos are noisy, taken in dim light and cropped. The bull […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I implore you to send in your good photos. I have a backlog but it’s getting thin.  Today we have some Darwin-themed photos from reader Terry, who wrote these notes (ID the plants if you know them): My wife and I celebrated 30 years married this year, and back in July we stayed in Dover […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Don’t forget to send me in your good photos. Please make sure everything’s in focus and the animals aren’t hard to see. It’s Bafftime for Beasts! Today we have two sets of photos by Reese Vaughan. Squirrels (yes, they’re wildlife) first: In Texas, in August, enjoying the new birdbath/fountain. Then a female Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today is Potpourri Day, assembling the photos from readers who sent only one or two. The first is by reader Tim Anderson from Oz (all readers’ notes indented): This is a picture of the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud (the nebula is identified as NGC2070). The picture comprises sixty images each of red, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have a new contributor today, so put your hands together and welcome aboard reader Bill Turner, who sends some photos from Oz. We recently corresponded about the Talkeetna Airport cat and I promised to send you some wildlife photos. The attached are not the ones I intended (I have thousands from trips to the […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I have a comfortable backlog of photos now, but please keep sending them in. Good ones, please. They don’t have to be professional quality (some readers think they have to match the very best photos that have appeared on this site), but they should be appealing and well composed–and in focus! Please add the Latin binomial […]

Beautiful white giraffe and white calf

Since both mom and calf are white, and the chance she mated with another white giraffe are low, this is probably a dominant form of whiteness. It’s not albinism, which is recessive, nor do the animals have the pink eyes of albinos. It could be leucism, which stops the migration of pigment-containing cells into the […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Karen Bartelt sent some “some lepidoptera from Illinois.” Her notes are indented: Giant swallowtails (Papilio cresphontes) courting in my backyard yesterday.  They flapped around the house for at least two hours. It was very difficult to get both of them in focus!  Finally, she landed on some ironweed (Vernonia sp). More sex.  Orange sulphur butterflies […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Amy Tovar sent us some “giraffe emojis” taken at the Columbus Zoo in Columbus, Ohio. Your job is to name the emotions.