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A Collection of Wonders and Curiosities from the Animal Kingdom. Zoology, natural history and sometimes human history too. Amazing stories about amazing wildlife.

The Wild Episode Brian Ruckley

    • Science
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

A Collection of Wonders and Curiosities from the Animal Kingdom. Zoology, natural history and sometimes human history too. Amazing stories about amazing wildlife.

    (REBROADCAST) Northern Fulmar : The Foul Gull of St Kilda

    (REBROADCAST) Northern Fulmar : The Foul Gull of St Kilda

    To fill an unanticipated, COVID-related gap in the schedule, this is a rebroadcast of an episode from the first year of the podcast - one that mysteriously became unavailable in the podcast feed a while back. Hopefully it sticks around this time, though no promises since I don't know what went wrong with it the first time round.
    The northern fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) is one of the commonest seabirds in the North Atlantic, and a true master of the air. But most importantly for this episode, it is a central character in the story of how, for centuries, a village of perhaps two hundred people survived in one of Britain's most isolated, bleak locations ...
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    Music
    Opening & Closing Themes: Running Waters and Acoustic Meditation by Audionautix (Jason Shaw), from audionautix.com. CC BY 3.0.
    Modified versions of:
    Bloom (Instrumental) and Fight the Sea (Instrumental) by Josh Woodward. CC BY 4.0.
    The Return by nisei23. CC BY 3.0.
    In A Moment and Reflections by Lee Rosevere. CC BY 3.0.
    Field Recording of fulmars by neilg. CC BY 3.0

    • 33 min
    Pig-Nosed Turtle : One of a Kind

    Pig-Nosed Turtle : One of a Kind

    The Pig-Nosed Turtle of New Guinea and northern Australia really does have a pig-like nose. But this is one of the most unusual, distinctive turtles in the world, so there's a whole lot more going on than just that ... 
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    Music
    Opening & Closing Themes: Running Waters and Acoustic Meditation by Audionautix (Jason Shaw), from audionautix.com. CC BY 3.0.
    Modified versions of: Quizitive and Everywhere by Lee Rosevere, CC BY 3.0

    • 30 min
    Fenyes's Strepsipteran : You Have Got To Be Kidding

    Fenyes's Strepsipteran : You Have Got To Be Kidding

    Fenyes's strepsipteran (Caenocholax fenyesi) is one of the most extraordinary insects in the world. A parasitoid living a deeply strange life - twice over, in fact, since males and females both get up to some remarkable stuff but are wildly different in both form and behaviour ... 
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    Music
    Opening & Closing Themes: Running Waters and Acoustic Meditation by Audionautix (Jason Shaw), from audionautix.com. CC BY 3.0.

    • 31 min
    Tri-Spine Horseshoe Crab : Survivors

    Tri-Spine Horseshoe Crab : Survivors

    The Tri-spine Horseshoe Crab (Tachypleus tridentatus) is one of four living horseshoe crab species (probably, marginally, the biggest). Animals that have survived, superficially very little changed, for hundreds of millions of years. They've come through multiple mass extinctions, but are still facing new and unexpected challenges today ...
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    Music
    Opening & Closing Themes: Running Waters and Acoustic Meditation by Audionautix (Jason Shaw), from audionautix.com. CC BY 3.0.
    Modified versions of: Modum by Kai Engel, CC BY 3.0, Another Version of You and An Extraordinary Camera Was Custom Built and Used Only Once by Chris Zabriskie, CC BY 3.0

    • 32 min
    Colugo : Glide Path

    Colugo : Glide Path

    Colugos (often called, entirely inaccurately, flying lemurs) - there are two officially recognised species at the moment - are more dramatically and completely adapted to gliding than any other mammal. They've essentially turned their entire bodies into one big gliding surface. Extraordinary animals which also, as it happens, have extraordinary teeth ...
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    Music
    Opening & Closing Themes: Running Waters and Acoustic Meditation by Audionautix (Jason Shaw), from audionautix.com. CC BY 3.0.
    Modified versions of: Another Brilliant Age and The Last Whale by Jelsonic. CC BY 4.0.

    • 28 min
    Wasp Mantidfly : Spider's Bane

    Wasp Mantidfly : Spider's Bane

    First in a series of listener-suggested shows! The Wasp Mantidfly (Climaciella brunnea) is a stunning little insect with some amazing stuff going on. Mimicry, convergent evolution, phoresy, egg predation, hypermetamorphosis and much, much more. 
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    Music
    Opening & Closing Themes: Running Waters and Acoustic Meditation by Audionautix (Jason Shaw), from audionautix.com. CC BY 3.0.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Neil UK Wildlife ,

Brillant and informative

One of the best researched wildlife podcasts and presented in a great way. Go listen now!

Andy Pym ,

The Wild Episode

One of the best, if not the best, natural history podcasts I've listened to. I can't recommend them highly enough. Many thanks for doing them Brian.

Rubyru04 ,

Love it! Zoologist’s seal of approval.

I’m a zoologist and am currently studying for my masters degree in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation, and this podcast is amazing for some easy listening supplemental knowledge about the natural world and it’s many wonders. Wonderful story telling, species range, production quality and delivery. Thank you!

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