16 episodes

Just two zoology course mates who love rambling about animals, conservation, the injustices of the world and everything in between!

You can follow more of our weird and wonderful wildlife adventures on instagram: @emma_hodson_wildlife
@robi_watkinson_wildlife

Zoology Ramblings Emma and Robi

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    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Just two zoology course mates who love rambling about animals, conservation, the injustices of the world and everything in between!

You can follow more of our weird and wonderful wildlife adventures on instagram: @emma_hodson_wildlife
@robi_watkinson_wildlife

    COP26, A new shark species, Hog badgers, Potoos, Rhino breeding program update and Tuskless elephants

    COP26, A new shark species, Hog badgers, Potoos, Rhino breeding program update and Tuskless elephants

    In episode 15 of Zoology Ramblings, Robi and I record our first episode from Leeds, where we are living together for our final year of university. For our news section we talk about COP26 and whether it is going far enough to tackle the climate crisis and Robi talks about a new species of shark. For our animals of the week, I talk about the bizarre and wonderful hog badger and Robi talks about the slightly terrifying Potoo bird. For our conservation section, I talk about the decision to withdraw one of the last two northern white rhinos from the breeding program and Robi talks about tuskless elephants in response to ivory poaching. 

    Resources:

    COP26 and climate change: 

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-59116611

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-56901261

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f8iF-Ktf-c&t=116s

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b10P0ya828&t=3s 

    https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/climate/cop/science-pavilion#Sat06

    Sharks:

    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353128440_Apristurus_manocheriani_Carcharhiniformes_Pentanchidae_a_new_species_of_catshark_from_the_Southwest_Indian_Ocean

    Hog badgers: 

    https://animalia.bio/hog-badger 

    Potoos: 

    https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/A-molecular-phylogenetic-survey-of-the-nightjars-on-Mariaux-Braun/4b1ddad44525faa9f15a9049ed8538aafe97d1ff

    Rhinos:

    https://news.mongabay.com/2021/11/one-of-worlds-last-two-northern-white-rhinos-withdrawn-from-breeding-program/

    Tuskless elephants: 

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-59008037 

    Thanks as always to the wonderful Allie for the piano tune. 

    We hope you enjoy our latest ramble! 

    Emma & Robi 

    • 46 min
    Legal protection for beavers, Hope for tunas, Nile Crocodiles, Reticulated Siren, Futuristic seed coatings and Jaguar Recovery in the USA

    Legal protection for beavers, Hope for tunas, Nile Crocodiles, Reticulated Siren, Futuristic seed coatings and Jaguar Recovery in the USA

    In episode 14 of Zoology Ramblings Robi and I record the first ever episode in person rather than over Zoom! We stick to the new format of: News, Animals of the week and end with current wider conservation stories. In this episode I talk about the recent decision by the British Government to possibly give beavers native species status and legal protection, Robi talks about some hope for tuna species despite dwindling populations of other marine species. For our animals of the week, I talk about nile crocodiles and Robi about the little-known, bizarre reticulated siren. In the final wider conservation section, I talk about research to make seeds more drought resistant by using organic materials and Robi explores the possibility of recovering jaguar populations in the USA. 

    Resources:

    Beavers: https://beavertrust.org  

    Tunas: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58441142?fbclid=IwAR20gAxJD8pv0526uM47kyI7km9Orhy9xQBjuMpHOLDo3kocPWAwfhmuJ5U 

    Nile crocodiles: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/facts/nile-crocodile

    https://researchspace.ukzn.ac.za/bitstream/handle/10413/10742/Champion_Garreth_2010.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

    https://www.speciesconservation.org/case-studies-projects/nile-crocodile/574

    https://www.nature.com/articles/news.2011.535

    Reticulated siren: http://www.sci-news.com/biology/reticulated-siren-06694.html?fbclid=IwAR1NeRVqO80h2aSiWZbKdCXqs33O8N-4A0zub9ZE5ak3PK3_iPq_h36rVZ0 

    Jaguars: https://news.mongabay.com/2021/07/huge-wildlife-corridor-in-belize-sees-progress-boosting-hope-for-jaguars-and-more-commentary/?fbclid=IwAR14aHvYvgczlwojpw_Zjzuox1UXne-LrALNs5IAFcXN9aVKWo1RBW0DKy0

    https://news.mongabay.com/2021/09/is-it-time-to-rethink-jaguar-recovery-in-the-u-s-commentary/?fbclid=IwAR0mDPYUkpTnyU-XE1KDRGnv19KSXSNCAVEg9cZfvJuSB9DWbLXU1a2hyDY 

    And thank you Allie for the piano tune! 

    We hope you enjoy our latest ramble :)

    Emma & Robi 

    • 57 min
    Conservation News, Short-eared dog, Little Black Tapir, Vaquita update and Rice's Whale

    Conservation News, Short-eared dog, Little Black Tapir, Vaquita update and Rice's Whale

    In Episode 13 of Zoology Ramblings, we introduce a new section called "conservation news" where Robi and I each talk about a recent positive conservation news story. We discuss our animals of the week: I decided to talk about the illusive, weird short-eared dog (thanks @wayne_wildlife for the suggestion) and Robi talks about the Little Black Tapir and whether this is in fact a new species or not. We then delve deeper into some wider conservation stories where I give a sad update about the status of Vaquitas and Robi talks about the newly discovered, yet already critically endangered Rice's Whale. 

    Vaquita resources:

    Episode 4 of Zoology Ramblings: https://open.spotify.com/episode/6QtXRBbQ8d26LFFr5r3Z70?si=01ddd5e1d8474f5c

    Episode 19 of the Biome Podcast: The Vaquita Crisis https://open.spotify.com/episode/6lUf2Ax7DMqbEWBZJIUBk4?si=xFsf1PgFSe6qtLHsSXapfQ&dl_branch=1

    https://news.mongabay.com/2021/07/mismanaged-to-death-mexico-opens-up-sole-vaquita-habitat-to-fishing/

    Ivory Identification Guide:

    https://cites.org/sites/default/files/eng/resources/pub/E-Ivory-guide.pdf

    Thank you to the lovely Allie for the piano tune at the beginning and start of this podcast:) 

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Exciting news, All things beaver, White-Eyed River Martin & Cicadas

    Exciting news, All things beaver, White-Eyed River Martin & Cicadas

    In episode 12 of Zoology Ramblings, Robi and I reveal some very exciting news about our podcast and its selection as one of the 8 winners of the Spotify Next Wave Initiative! We are so thrilled to have been selected alongside 7 other amazing podcasts which cover some very important and pressing topics in our society today. 

    We also talk about our recent beaver adventure down in Devon, where we had the amazing opportunity to film wild beavers in the UK! We were amazed how close we were able to see them during the day: they are chonky, stealthy and all round incredible animals. We are looking forward to releasing our 'Beavers part 2' documentary in the coming months. Robi and I are off to Mull to make a series of wildlife documentaries, so you might not hear from us for a while as we will be off grid looking for eagles and pine martens! But we will tell you guys all about it when we get back!

    We also talk about our animals of the week: Robi covers the elusive, possibly extinct White-Eyed River Martin, last seen in Thailand in the 1980s! I talk about cicadas (thanks Haley for the suggestion!) and their weird and wonderful lifecycle underground for 17 years!! 

    We hope you enjoy our latest ramble :) 

    Thanks to the lovely Allie for the piano tune and to the amazing Madeleine who designed our new cover art! 

    • 44 min
    Tayra, Monito del Monte, Zoonotic diseases, African elephants, Welsh Beavers and White Storks

    Tayra, Monito del Monte, Zoonotic diseases, African elephants, Welsh Beavers and White Storks

    In episode 11, Robi and I ramble about our animals of the week- I talk about the tayra and Robi talks about the tiny Monito del Monte. We each tackle large global conservation topics including zoonotic diseases and the lessons we can learn from the Covid 19 pandemic. Robi discusses why the taxonomic classification of African elephant species is important! For our UK conservation topics I talk about the very exciting reintroduction of beavers to Wales for the first time in 400 years. Robi talks about the fantastic white stork project and our recent interview with the wonderful conservationist and project manager of the white stork project Lucy Groves. 

    We hope you enjoy our latest ramble- here are the links to some of the resources used in the Zoonotic diseases section if you wanted to read more about the Manhattan and Berlin principles. 

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969720364494

    https://oneworldonehealth.wcs.org/About-Us/Mission/The-Manhattan-Principles.aspx

    https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24933240-800-how-our-abuse-of-nature-makes-pandemics-like-covid-19-more-likely/

    https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/zoonoses

    Thanks as always to the lovely Allie for the piano tune! 

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Sunda Island Tigers, Albatross, Eagle Owls in Britain, Cumbria Coal mine and Coral Gardening

    Sunda Island Tigers, Albatross, Eagle Owls in Britain, Cumbria Coal mine and Coral Gardening

    This week in episode 10 of Zoology Ramblings we talk about an animal of the week each: Robi talks about the Sunda Island Tigers and throws in a bit of epic tiger taxonomy and palaeontology! I talk about the Laysan Albatross following an article about the world's oldest wild bird 'Wisdom' who has just had her 37th chick! For our UK conservation stories, Robi talks about the majestic Eagle Owl in Britain and how a mysterious group of them has 're-appeared' in the UK. I talk about the controversial Coal mine proposal in Cumbria and whether this is a good idea in the face of a climate emergency where we should be moving away from our reliance on fossil fuels. For our global conservation story, we discuss coral aquaculture/ coral gardening which is offering hope for re-building and recovering coral reefs threatened by global warming and bleaching events. 

    Here is the link to the petition to campaign against the Cumbria Coal Mine: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-the-cumbria-coal-mine 

    Thanks Allie for the lovely piano tune :) 

    • 1 hr 23 min

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This podcast is amazing!! They go so in depth on each species, and I always stay interested. I love the banter between the two of you.

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