SEAHORSES – A curiosity of nature

Seahorses are an iconic fish whose name is derived from the Greek word hippos which means horse. The scientific name Hippocampus combines horse with...

Invasive Species

  The silver-cheeked toadfish. Shipping lanes have always formed artificial routes for certain species to take advantage of and invade new habitats. Traditionally, ship hulls were...

Plastic, Green and Over-Building!

We’ve been reminded, have we not, of the dangers of plastic and how it affects seabirds and marine life; even affecting the food we...

Cooked Alive: Mussels & Heatwaves

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

MARINE NUISANCES – A tide of jelly

Ask somebody to name you something that lives in the sea and the chances are that they will reply with a type of shark...

Climate Change: The Greenhouse Effect

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...

MAJA SQUINADO – Alien or local?

If I were to describe a creature which had blue blood, who had plates of armour for skin and could withstand over 1000 times the...

A Zookeepers Diary: What colour is your footprint?

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

MARINE NUISANCES – Nautilus: A living fossil

In 1870, a famous French writer published an epic tale of adventure whose influences are still evident in me today. The author was none...

A Zookeepers Diary September 2019

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