Happy Earth Day everyone. Remember this year we march for science, so wherever you are, however you can, please get involved. Science serves us all, it protects our air and water, preserves our planet, saves lives, creates new industries, puts food on our tables, educates the next generation, and safeguards our future. We all have a voice and we can only bring about change if we band together to use it.

Dian Fossey loved gorillas so much, she dedicated her life to the study and preservation of them. In 1966 she went to live in the African jungle in order to get close to them, learn their behaviors and befriend them, while fighting off poachers who hunted them. She published articles to gain attention and support for gorilla conservation. In 1985, when she was 54 years old, Dian was found murdered in her jungle cabin. The mystery of her death was never fully resolved.

Okay, so I feel like contributing to the Humans Are Weird section and it’s just, humans and predators get along? Like, we have mutual beneficial relationships and companionship with animals that, in theory, we should be fighting with. 

Like, we have cats and dogs as pets, some people have wolves, we see lions and tigers and think they’re cute, hell, zoologists have been raising Big Cats for years, not to mention the stories about people care taking bears. 

And if Jurassic World became a thing, you can bet your ass someone would Chris Pratt a set of pack dinos

So like, imagine that theres a race of aliens who are, by genetic script, predatory, and vicious and every alien system are like “Theres no chance at establishing peace with them, it’s impossible.” But then humans come and we stumble across a wounded one like 

“this species ?? Is adorable ?” And all the other aliens are like 

“No, human Mike, it is a vicious predator! It’s bet to just avoid the quadrant where theyre from and destroy any that come too close.” 

“You want to kill him, but he’s just a wittle cutie!” 

“ … Human Mike, stand back!” And of course the humans rally around it and force the other aliens out and slowly feed/build up trust with the species and we form a bound with them and Aliens are like ???? 

Evetually humans teach the aliens how to respond to the species and while they’re still pretty dangerous if they’re hungry and you shouldn’t turn your back on them, there’s still like, relative trust between the species. 

Zoologists: spiders have eight legs

Pokemon: how’s this

Zoologists: no… eight legs

Pokemon: OH sorry our mistake, how about this one

Zoologists: this is not difficult, spiders have eight legs and that clearly has four

Pokemon: damn you right okay we’ll try again, give us a few years

Pokemon: how’s this

Fun Fact of The Day: This dolphin here is actually using the puffer fish as a drug to induce a trance-like state. The skin of the puffer fish, in small amounts, is known to produce a narcotic effect. The behavior was captured by an award winning wildlife documentary producer, John Downer, and a zoologist, Rob Pilley, who states “Young dolphins are purposely experimenting with something we know to be intoxicating. After chewing it gently and passing it around, they began acting most peculiarly, hanging around with their noses at the surface as if fascinated by their own reflection.”



Glaucus atlanticus is a species of small blue sea slugs. These sea slugs are pelagic: with the aid of a gas-filled sac in its stomach they are able to float upside down on the surface tension of the water, where they are carried along by the winds and ocean currents. They are found in temperate and tropical waters such as South Africa, European waters, the east coast of Australia and Mozambique.

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tea-with-a-trex  asked:

Hello, Newt! Have you ever met a muggle zoologist on any of your travels, and what the likelihood is of a non-magi-zoologist running into a magical creature? Asking because I feel an erumpent would be hard to miss whilst looking for rhinos in Africa.

Hello!  I’ve met a few muggle zoologists yes- I visited several zoos, to get a better idea as how to best create my creature habitats.  

And it’s very likely for a muggle zoologist to meet a magical creature. However it’s much less likely for them to not be obliviated afterwards.  And when they aren’t, you’ll notice that they’re quickly written off as mad.  Quite a few poor souls who have had this happen.  

Update re Lush’s Support of Anti-Animal Organizations

@lushcosmetics has been hearing the voices of people upset at their support of CompassionWorks International and their anti-zoo, anti-conservation misinformation.  (as detailed http://animalsustainability.tumblr.com/post/159695339626/the-lush-charity-pot-that-supports-an-organization ) The CSR I spoke to said they have been hearing a lot on social media. Let’s keep it up!

I called 188-733-5874 on my lunch break and was able to reach a CSR fairly quickly, and calmly and reasonably explained my concerns with Lush’s repeated support of CWI.  I explained that as an animal scientist who is passionate about sustainability and conservation, I was very frustrated to see a company whose products I enjoyed in the past support a group whose work was directly aimed at undoing the education and conservation myself and other animal scientists and zoologists devote our lives to. I explained that CWI was deliberately spreading misinformation about species reeintroduction and conservation (I believe the phrase I used was “the black-footed ferret would like to disagree”) and asked them to reconsider their support of an organization that is actually fairly anti-animal. I also did point out that if they were really pro-animal as their advertising says they’d stop partnering with groups that actively harass animal scientists, unless they were just doing it to get extra money from the gullible. His response was the same canned “well we want to hear from all sides, and I appreciate your passion about this”. It was a hard dodge.

Please, if you have a few minutes, call  188-733-5874 and let Lush know how disappointed you are in their support of groups that are anti-science and anti-conservation.