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Fruit Bats & Koala Bears

Posted on March 24th, 2019 by Agent Littlejohns

Australia had 75,000 speckled flying-foxes – or fruit bats as they’re also called – before the most recent heat wave in November 2018, where temperatures surpassed 42C in Cairns, wiping out one-third of the population. As the biggest bats in …

Jane Goodall Gives us Our Award

Posted on March 22nd, 2019 by Agent Littlejohns

I’m thrilled to share that last Thursday on 14th March we collected a very special trophy for winning Mad Hatters Nursery their first ever Award! This was from Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots education programme for young people. Roots & Shoots encourages …

Chimpanzees & African Wild Dog

Posted on March 13th, 2019 by Agent Littlejohns

7th March 2019
Stumbling across a story last month about how some chimpanzees in Belfast zoo managed to escape by using a tree branch as a ladder, reminded me of just how intelligent these beautiful …

International Polar Bear Day

Posted on March 5th, 2019 by Agent Littlejohns

27th February 2019
It was International Polar Bear Day last Wednesday, 27th February, so my workshop focussed on the Arctic. Polar bears and walruses took centre stage, with reindeers chilling in the wings (excuse the pun) as they’re of least concern with the International Union for Conservation of Nature …

Insect Conservation & Pangolins

Posted on February 19th, 2019 by Agent Littlejohns

February 12, 2019
Insects are wonderfully, busy little creatures often overlooked as they’re so tiny we might not always pay them much attention, but they play a really important role in our planet. A recent global study has shown that more than 40% of insect species are declining …

National Nest Box Week

Posted on February 13th, 2019 by Agent Littlejohns

In preparation for National Nest Box Week starting tomorrow, aka Valentine’s Day, until 21st February, I focused last weeks’ workshop on British Bird Conservation. One in four birds in the UK are now on the Red List of Conservation Concern and some of these; puffins, turtle doves, pochards and …

Coral Reef Conservation

Posted on February 9th, 2019 by Agent Littlejohns

The ocean is the largest ecosystem on earth and as such, it’s effectively earth’s life support system. It absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduces the impact of climate change, so the diversity and productivity of our oceans is crucial for human survival. But as we know, they’re in need …

Dolphins & Seahorses

Posted on February 5th, 2019 by Agent Littlejohns

With a new year comes excitement as to what it may bring and what we could do to better ourselves, and our surrounding environment, where possible. I was looking forward to my first workshop in 2019 and was very thankful to have been greeted by such a lovely group …

It Appears to be Working

Posted on January 6th, 2019 by Agent Littlejohns

12th December 2018
‘Wow’ was the resounding sound the children made when I explained that chimpanzees are from the same family as us. Watching their little faces light up we chatted about how special chimpanzees are; that they use tools to get food and can walk on two legs …


Posted on January 2nd, 2019 by Agent Littlejohns

5th December 2018
The WWF estimate that around 20,000 African elephants are killed each year for their ivory – an average of 55 a day. During the 1970’s large-scale poaching of black rhinos saw their populations decline from around 70,000 to 2,410 in 1995 – a 96% decline over that …

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