BBC Wildlife Magazine May 2021

BBC Wildlife Magazine is a celebration of the natural world, featuring all the latest discoveries, news and views on wildlife, conservation and environmental issues. With strong broadcasting links, authoritative journalism and award-winning photography, BBC Wildlife Magazine is essential reading for anyone with a passion for wildlife who wants to understand, experience and enjoy nature more.

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that’s neat, that’s neat...

While I was celebrating my first birthday, glam rockers Mud were celebrating their first number one hit. I remember nothing of either occasion, but I do know the song, and whenever I see a tiger, it’s Mud’s Tiger Feet (rather than Lulu’s earlier I’m A Tiger) that becomes my instant earworm. But it’s a tiger feat of a wholly different kind that we’re talking about this month, as we paw ever closer to a deadline set by the world’s 13 tiger countries. Their 10-year pledge was to double tiger numbers ahead of next year’s Chinese Year of the Tiger. If the targets are met then it’ll surely be cause to stomp our feet in celebration. One might even call it the perfect platform for success. On another topic, I wanted to…

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the people behind our stories

KATIE STACEY The writer and camerawoman finds out if tigers are making a comeback. “The success of those countries that have already significantly increased their populations has proven it’s possible,” she says. See p36 CAL FLYN Curious about what happens when nature reclaims abandoned places, writer Cal discovers remarkable sights. A nuclear testing ground is now “a whirl of kaleidoscopic life, hosting one of the most impressive coral reefs on the planet”. See p48 STAFFAN WIDSTRAND Award-winning photographer Staffan showcases China’s most biodiverse region as part of the Wild Wonders of China project. “It’s a production centre of species,” he says. See p66 MICHAELA STRACHAN The much-loved TV presenter shares her passion for African penguins. “They are my local charismatic bird and I think everyone just loves penguins,” she says. “I can’t imagine Cape Town without them.”…

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drop in the ocean

“To see a world in a grain of sand,” wrote poet William Blake, but what might our eyes be opened to in a drop of sea water? By using laboratory micropipettes and photographing specially lit water drops, a hidden world of tiny alien organisms is revealed. The magical creatures are plankton – the collection of microscopic plants (phytoplankton) and animals (zooplankton) that drift through the world’s waters, humbly providing the base for all marine life. This image was among the finalists in the Sony World Photography Awards 2021.…

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fast food

A far cry from the ease of a Saturday-night takeaway, this black-backed jackal must stretch every sinew to catch its meal. One of three species of jackal to be found in Africa, it is not a fussy eater – happily hunting everything from reptiles to insects, grazing on grass and berries, and scavenging on scraps. Occasionally, a few jackals will group together to take down an antelope. After patiently watching doves drinking at a waterhole in South Africa, this individual seizes the moment, running and jumping right over the water in an attempt to grab its prey. The final score? Dove: 1. Jackal: 0.…

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tree hugger

Beautifully disguised among the dappled greens of the verdant rainforest, the Amazon wood lizard is a master of crypsis – remaining motionless, just its spying eyes swivelling in search of insects. Days tend to be spent vertically, clinging to shrubs and small tree trunks; nights are spent horizontally, lying on branches or palm fronds. Fifteen per cent of the Amazon’s forest cover has been lost in the last 50 years. Thankfully, this lizard is still classed as being of Least Concern by the IUCN.…

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wild month

1 | LIME HAWK-MOTH Along the avenue A real dandy, one of our best-looking moths, the lime hawk-moth launches on warm May evenings. Its distinctive scalloped wings and bold pattern that ranges from green to chestnut are quite a statement, but also make it harder to spot when resting among dappled leaves or against tree trunks during the day. Our love of avenues of limes and other trees along our streets brings the lime hawk-moth to the heart of urban areas, and it is common in parks and gardens. It is not the lime’s fragrant flowers that attract it – this moth doesn’t feed at all as an adult – but its heart-shaped leaves, on which the females lay their eggs. In the absence of lime, the moths will also use elm or…