A Zookeepers Diary: Break destructive, old habits

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They say, the busier you are, the quicker time passes, and this year really has flown by at the Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park. Although at...

A Zookeepers Diary: What colour is your footprint?

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For a zoo as small as the Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park (AWCP), collaboration is everything. The park is situated within the stunning Gibraltar Botanic...

A Zookeepers Diary November 2019

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As the nights draw in and Autumn is upon us, the staff at the AWCP have already been preparing the animals and enclosures for...

A Zookeepers’ Diary: Are you #SelfieAware?

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By Craig Pratts, Lucia Ferrary, Janella Borrell & Jess Leaper This month, the AWCP will be launching a zoo-based campaign to help raise awareness of...

Mola Mola: The Oceanic Sunfish

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The word ‘mola’ is derived from the Latin for millstone, a large round stone which was used to grind grain. This is mostly due...

A Zookeepers Diary September 2019

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Summer can take its toll on any green areas in the Mediterranean. Despite being situated in the lush green Botanic Gardens, the Wildlife Park...

Climate Change: The Greenhouse Effect

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BY MARILIS AZZOPARDI A greenhouse receives incoming radiation from the sun through the glass, as the earth does through its atmosphere. Part of that incoming...

The Invasive Japanese Seaweed

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Over recent years we have all become aware of vast volumes of rotting seaweed strewn all over Western Beach. The smell is pungently putrid...

Plastic Pollution: Phthalates

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BY MARILIS AZZOPARDI Phthalates belong to a family of chemical compounds called plasticisers and are used to make plastic more flexible and less brittle; as...

Cooked Alive: Mussels & Heatwaves

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On the 29th June 2019, The Guardian newspaper reported extremely high temperatures in California with researchers allegedly discovering scores of dead mussels which had...