Animals

How long before Baby Sussex slips down the line of succession?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Endangered species The UN claimed a million species of plants and animals could become extinct. If they all died out,…

Let there be light: the Atlantic footballfish dwells 3,000 feet below the surface of the ocean. [Paulo Oliveira / Alamy Stock Photo]

How to live in a world without light: Life in the Dark at the Natural History Museum reviewed

18 August 2018 9:00 am

Like most of our ape ancestors, we have really had only one response to the fall of night. We have…

Why the scream of the elephant is much more chilling than the roar of a lion

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Raw, earthy, ear-piercing. It’s hard to decide which was more terrifying and unsettling: the roar of the elephants in Living…

When will the Tories learn: murdering animals isn’t a vote-winner

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Buoyed by its huge popularity in the opinion polls and the fact that it is managing Brexit so well, the…

Do animals really have feelings? Plutarch thought so

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Whatever the government decides about post-EU regulations on animal sentience, the Greek biographer and essayist Plutarch (died c. ad 120)…

Monkey business: Jane Goodall

An exceptional new film about Jane Goodall unearths a remarkable love story

2 December 2017 9:00 am

There are times when our national passion for cutting people down to size is a little tiring. I left Brett…

It’s hard to preserve the primacy of head over heart while watching this doc about refugees

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Anybody who wants to maintain a strong and untroubled stance against mass migration to Europe should probably avoid BBC2’s Exodus:…

Voting in? You have the blood of Spanish bulls on your hands

4 June 2016 9:00 am

We British have always had a strange relationship with animals. We spend £5 billion a year on our pets and…

What do we gain by burning ivory?

4 June 2016 9:00 am

To mark World Environment Day this Sunday, Angola will celebrate its zero-tolerance approach to the illegal wildlife trade — the…

The Spectator, 1916: To win the war, lose the dogs

28 May 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Food dictatorship’, The Spectator, 27 May 1916: Nobody would like to see the whole race of dogs exterminated, but…

David Attenborough used to steal the animals he found in the jungle and take them home

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Let me start this week with an admittedly hard quiz question: in 1954, how did the sudden illness of Jack…

Meet London’s senior mayor (no, it’s not Sadiq)

7 May 2016 9:00 am

London’s other mayor How many people could name the capital’s other mayor, the Lord Mayor of London? The office, officially…

Elephants are special – the Romans knew it too

7 May 2016 9:00 am

In order to deter poachers, hundreds of tons of elephants’ tusks are being incinerated in Kenya. But even for Romans,…

Gentlest and sweetest of dogs

Beautiful, wilful, never dull: in praise of Clumber spaniels

7 May 2016 9:00 am

For the first time in more than 30 years we have no Clumber spaniel. We have had five: Henry, Judith,…

Snakes, kookaburras and bandicoots: a garden in Australia’s rainforest

23 April 2016 9:00 am

When I suggested that I might build a little tin house in the subtropical rainforest of south-east Queensland, I was…

The chief executives who volunteer for pay cuts

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Boss cuts The chief executive of the Co-operative Group, Richard Pennycock, asked for a pay cut, saying his job had…

Why compulsory microchipping is bad for caring dog-owners

9 April 2016 9:00 am

When Laura Rennie was told that the cat she lost as a kitten had been found 18 years after it…

Rebuilding phase: shipping-container shopping in Christchurch

Aftershocks and polo ponies in Christchurch, New Zealand

12 March 2016 9:00 am

On my first night in Christchurch, I woke at 3.32 a.m. to what felt like an explosion. My bed was…

The noisy, filthy, scary glory of geese

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Grumpy Gertie was killed in a drive-by shooting. This resident of the village of Sandon, near Letchworth, was shot at…

How humanity learned to love whales (and what they taught us in return)

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Last week a sperm whale was beached at Hunstanton in Norfolk and there was much horrified concern. A terrible sight,…

Dear Mary: Must I have name badges for guests at my wedding?

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Q. My husband-to-be and I both work full time. We are getting married from his family HQ and his kind…

Henry Worsley and the annals of heroic British failure

30 January 2016 9:00 am

So near and yet so far Henry Worsley died in a Chilean hospital of peritonitis after being airlifted from Antartica,…

The many fights over the Lord’s Prayer

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Amen corner Digital Cinema Media, a company which distributes adverts to cinemas, refused to allow an advert which involves the…

Dreaming of bringing your favourite pet back to life? Soon it could be reality

14 November 2015 9:00 am

The super-rich are already bringing beloved dogs and horses back to life. Soon the rest of us will be able to do it too

A piece of primeval England reborn in Sussex

30 May 2015 9:00 am

It was the nightingale I liked best. Or maybe the auroch. The nightingale sang strong and marvellously sweet when all…