20 episodes

Ever wondered how dolphins sleep, what a snail sees, or why praying mantises eat their lovers? Animalia is a science podcast about the weird and interesting things that animals do. Each episode join Annie, Farley and David as we interview, debate and field-trip our way through this fascinating world of animal behaviour. Really love what we do? You can support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/animalia

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    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

Ever wondered how dolphins sleep, what a snail sees, or why praying mantises eat their lovers? Animalia is a science podcast about the weird and interesting things that animals do. Each episode join Annie, Farley and David as we interview, debate and field-trip our way through this fascinating world of animal behaviour. Really love what we do? You can support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/animalia

    Cicadas: The Sound of Summer - Interview

    Cicadas: The Sound of Summer - Interview

    Summer is here in Australia, and that means one thing - you’ll be hearing a lot of a certain noisy insect.

    We spoke to Dr Nathan Emery to learn about these more often heard-than-seen creatures, including their life cycles, how they can be so noisy and just why Australia is the “cicada capital”. The jury is still out on the pronunciation however...

    Keen to get more involved with cicadas? Visit:

    https://www.facebook.com/cicadarama

    https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/the-great-cicada-blitz-nsw-australia

    You can find Nathan’s book at:

    https://cicadarama.square.site/

    We mention this classic song in our episode - “Cicada That Ate Five Dock - Outline”

    • 48 min
    Werewolves, Vampires and Zombies - Halloween Special

    Werewolves, Vampires and Zombies - Halloween Special

    In this spooky Halloween special, Ashton Dickerson joins us to discuss werewolves, vampires and zombies of the animal kingdom. We even throw in a witch and some Frankenstein’s monsters.

    We reference some visual media during our recording, see what we were seeing below:

    Vampire finches: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year-vampire-finches.html

    Lungfish: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/media/west-african-lungfish/

    To learn more about Ashton’s research, you can find her on Twitter (@aScienceBird).

    • 40 min
    Toad-Smart Quolls - Interview

    Toad-Smart Quolls - Interview

    In 1935, cane toads were introduced to Australia. This proved to be a terrible mistake. Australia now has hundreds of millions of toxic toads advancing across the country. How can we stop native predators from eating these highly poisonous toads?

    In this episode, we chat with Dr Ella Kelly and Dr Naomi Indigo about their innovative efforts to save the endangered northern quoll – involving not-so-silly sausages, toad-smart traits, and the smell of “death”.

    To read more about Ella and Naomi’s research, check out their peer-reviewed scientific papers (we provide a list on our website). You can also find Ella and Naomi on Twitter (@ecology_ella and @NaomiIndigo).

    • 49 min
    Isolation Animals: The Bad

    Isolation Animals: The Bad

    In the third and final part in our Isolation Animals series, we look into the negative effects of COVID-19 on animals. In keeping with this episode’s “bad news” theme, this episode was much harder to record and took much longer to get out than the others - one challenge being keeping up with news in rapidly changing situations.

    Here, we discuss how COVID-19 is changing attitudes towards some animals, how changing human behaviour is affecting wildlife conservation, and how certain wildlife protections are being weakened.

    • 23 min
    Isolation Animals: The Good

    Isolation Animals: The Good

    Need some good news? In this episode, we discuss how lockdown is affecting wildlife - in good ways. From brighter bees to healthier hedgehogs, find out how animals might be making the most of this situation.

    If this episode feels one-sided, don’t worry…there’s more to come in our next episode.

    This episode features audio from the Dawn Chorus project by BIOTOPIA and the Nantesbuch Foundation: https://dawn-chorus.org/. You can find links to each of these recordings at: https://www.animaliamedia.com/listen/isolation-animals-the-good

    Grampians, Australia (https://dawn-chorus.org/sound/birdsong_7142-vogelstimme_7142/)

    Bengaluru, India (https://dawn-chorus.org/sound/birdsong_1343_05-17-2020/)

    South Africa (https://dawn-chorus.org/sound/birdsong_8017-vogelstimme_8017/)

    Dresden, Germany (https://dawn-chorus.org/sound/sound_413_05-07-2020/)

    Umeå, Sweden (https://dawn-chorus.org/sound/birdsong_8516-vogelstimme_8516/)

    Taiwan (https://dawn-chorus.org/sound/birdsong_8203-vogelstimme_8203/)

    North Carolina, USA (https://dawn-chorus.org/sound/birdsong_10072-vogelstimme_10072/)

    Saskatchewan, Canada (https://dawn-chorus.org/sound/birdsong_11216-vogelstimme_11216/)

    Playa del Carmen, Mexico (https://dawn-chorus.org/sound/birdsong_10075-vogelstimme_10075/)

    São Paulo, Brazil (https://dawn-chorus.org/sound/birdsong_5840-vogelstimme_5840/)

    • 31 min
    Isolation Animals: Facts and Myths

    Isolation Animals: Facts and Myths

    What have animals been up to, with humans in lockdown and isolation? In this episode, we chat about window-shopping goats, a kangaroo on the run, penguins viewing art, and bust some viral myths.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

asica09 ,

Love the energy and curiosity

I am also a graduate student (biophysics) and just love the energy that both the hosts and their guests have towards science. This is a really fun podcast to listen to on the way to my lab to get my pumped up for the day. I do wish they would place links to the papers they mention or that back up what they are talking about (although I did see they have links to their guests’ lab websites). Thanks for doing this!

MV Listener ,

That voice

Love this podcast but most of all I love the dulcet tones pumping out of those American lungs. The Aussie girl sounds great but that American.....perfection.

Brack Harmon ,

Well worth listening to

This professionally crafted podcast is guaranteed to excite your inner biologist. With a variety of topics and guests this brilliant podcast is sure to keep you entertained.

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