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I can answer questions about wild mammals and other animals, as well as extinct animals and zoos. I am not an expert about every animal species. I can look up information from books and the internet, but can't verify if all the information is true. Please don't ask questions about: 1. Pets. I am not a vet. Please contact a vet if your pet is ill. You may need to spend some money if you want your pet to live. Don't get a pet if you don't know how to look after it and if you can't provide it with the space, food and possible companions that will help it live a healthy life. Don't take animals from the wild, unless they are ill and/or injured and you can protect them until a wildlife charity can help. It is cruel to take animals from their parents, especially if the parents will look for the babies, while putting their other babies at risk. You may be breaking the law by keeping wild animals or you may need a licence to look after some species. Please check with a local wildlife group. 2. Eggs: Please don't remove eggs from nests. The mother birds provide the right temperature for the eggs and won't sit on them if the temperature is warm enough for them to develop naturally. It is illegal to remove eggs of some species and, unless you have an incubator or a broody hen, the egg may not develop. If you are allowed to touch the eggs, you can candle them to see if they are fertile. If theys aren't fertile, they won't hatch. 3. Fights: Please don't ask about fights between different animals. These questions assume that individuals of two species fight each time they meet and that one species will always be victorious over another. This is untrue. There are cases where a live mouse has been fed to a venomous snake, bitten the snake leading to the snake's demise. 4: Diseases: Please ask doctors or other medical experts about diseases that you may catch from animals. I can't advise on how to deal with viruses, bacteria etc.

Experience in the area

I have a zoology degree and have been interested in animals since I was two. I am a zoo volunteer at London Zoo. I have appeared on a BBC Radio Quiz, 'Wildbrain'.

Organizations

WWF. ZSL. Natural History Museum. RSPB. London Bat Group.

Publications

Newsletters of London Zoo volunteers and the London Bat Group

Education/Credentials

BSC degree in Zoology. 'A' level in Zoology. 'O' Level in Biology.

What do you like about this subject?

I like the fact that scientists are finding and studying new species. There are also more books and television programmes about unusual animals.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I want to write a series of animal books. I would like to see living mammals belonging to orders which have eluded me - flying lemurs (sometimes included in primates), marsupial moles, colocolos and rat opossums.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Most mammals are much smaller than humans. People seem to be more attracted to large mammals, rather than small mammals. Over 30% of mammals are rodents and about 20% are bats. There are also many small species of primates, marsupials and insectivores.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Scientists considered that humans were created separately from all other animals. Linnaeus included humans in a distinct order, Bimana, due to having two hands. Recently, great apes have been placed in the same family as humans, namely the Hominidae.


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Recent Answers from Jonathan Wright

2017-02-11 Whales:

Dear Geoffrey    Thank you for your questions. I also wish to thank the authors of the websites I used.    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cetacean_stranding says that whale species most susceptible to strand

2017-02-10 The mysterious predator of a 3 meter long Great White Shark.:

Dear Skyler    Thank you for your question. I also wish to thank the authors of the websites I used.    I agree with Casey Chan ( http://sploid.gizmodo.com/mystery-solved-heres-the-animal-that-ate-the-9-foot-gr)

2017-02-09 Longest life span in Animals.:

Dear Prashant    Thank you for your question. I also wish to thank the authors of the websites I used. I have compiled details of animals that have been estimated to live for over 200 years.     Paul Butler

2017-02-07 Birth disabilities in Pets.:

Dear Prashant    Thank you for your question. I also wish to thank the authors of the websites I used.    Please note that some pets are often bred with disabilities. These include various goldfish with

2017-02-05 Tiger Paws:

Dear Citlally    Thank you for your question. I also wish to thank the authors of the websites I used.    Apart from size, I doubt if there would be much difference between paw prints of different subspecies

 

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