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Mon May 20

And the World’s Favourite Species is….?

Find out now! 

Mon May 6

Manatee Monday - Vote Manatee

Happy Manatee Monday! 

Does this look like a mermaid to you? Possibly the West Indian manatee was mistaken for one by Christopher Columbus on a voyage to America.

Go on, give the manatee your vote today in our search for the World’s Favourite Species. 

Sun May 5

Humphead wrasse for World’s Favourite Species

Can you help the humphead wrasse become the World’s Favourite Species

The humphead wrasse is one of the largest reef fishes in the world, it’s got an awesome hump on its forehead and thick lips! What else do you need in your favourite species! 

Vote today

Sat May 4

Cat lovers, which is your favourite big cat?


Nine big cats are in the running to become the World’s Favourite Species. Only you can decide which one wins…

So… which will get your vote? Or are your more of an African wild dog person? 

Vote today

Fri May 3

The kakapo is in the lead…

It comes as no surprise to us that the cute (but sadly Critically Endangered) kakapo is in the lead in our search for the World’s favourite species. 

  • The kakapo is the world’s only flightless parrot and is also unusual in being nocturnal.
  • As well as being the world’s largest parrot, the kakapo is also the heaviest.

Do you want the kakapo to win… or would you prefer another species? Vote now

Thu May 2

Is the red or grey wolf your #favespecies?

You must all love wolves because two of these magnificent species made it to our top 50 favourite species list - the red wolf and the grey wolf

But which should be voted the World’s Favourite Species

In the grey wolf corner…

The grey wolf is the largest wild canid, or member of the ‘dog’ family

And on the red wolf’s side…

The red wolf is one of the rarest canids in the world.

Vote today!

Wed May 1

Go Monarch Butterfly for World’s #FaveSpecies

During southward migration in the autumn from the breeding grounds to the wintering grounds, monarch butterflies can cover distances as far as 3,000 miles at speeds of up to 80 miles per day!! Surely they deserve to be crowned World’s Favourite Species

The beautiful monarch butterfly is the only invertebrate to make it to our top 50 shortlist of favourite species as nominated by you. 

So it needs extra love to give it up for the invertebrates! Vote today

Tue Apr 30
Is the giraffe your favourite species? Is it the World’s Favourite Species? 
Vote now! 

Is the giraffe your favourite species? Is it the World’s Favourite Species? 

Vote now

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Red foxes live around the world in many diverse habitats including forests, grasslands, mountains, and deserts. They also adapt well to human environments such as farms, suburban areas, and even large communities. The red fox’s resourcefulness has earned it a legendary reputation for intelligence and cunning.

Red foxes are solitary hunters who feed on rodents, rabbits, birds, and other small game—but their diet can be as flexible as their home habitat. Foxes will eat fruit and vegetables, fish, frogs, and even worms. If living among humans, foxes will opportunistically dine on garbage and pet food.

Like a cat’s, the fox’s thick tail aids its balance, but it has other uses as well. A fox uses its tail (or “brush”) as a warm cover in cold weather and as a signal flag to communicate with other foxes.

Foxes also signal each other by making scent posts—urinating on trees or rocks to announce their presence.

In winter, foxes meet to mate. The vixen (female) typically gives birth to a litter of 2 to 12 pups. At birth, red foxes are actually brown or gray. A new red coat usually grows in by the end of the first month, but some red foxes are golden, reddish-brown, silver, or even black. Both parents care for their young through the summer before they are able to strike out on their own in the fall.

Red foxes are hunted for sport, though not extensively, and are sometimes killed as destructive pests or frequent carriers of rabies.

Vote Red Fox for World’s Favourite Species

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So good it makes me want to scream

Vote pygmy three-toed sloth for World’s Favourite Species! 


So good it makes me want to scream

Vote pygmy three-toed sloth for World’s Favourite Species

(Source: slothsgonewild, via slothville)


green-crowned brilliant
(photo by deep green photography)


green-crowned brilliant

(photo by deep green photography)

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Wild Camel - is it the World’s Favourite Species?

The wild camel is extremely well adapted for the harsh desert climate that it inhabits.

  • Sandstorm damage is reduced by the dense eyelashes and the narrow nostrils that can be closed tightly against the storms.
  • Its  two toes are able to spread widely, allowing the camel greater ability to walk on sandy ground.

So does it get your vote? Vote for your favourite species now

Wed Apr 24

This is our most popular video ever… but is the osprey the World’s Favourite Species? 

You decide. Vote now! 

Tue Apr 23

Is the secretary bird the world’s favourite species?


To celebrate our 10th birthday, we’re searching for the world’s favourite species. Could it be the secretarybird

Here are some reasons to vote secretarybird! 

  • The secretarybird was supposedly named because it resembles an old-fashioned secretary carrying quill-pens tucked behind her ears.
  • Although it can fly, the secretarybird prefers to move around on foot and can cover 30 km a day, earning it the title ‘Africa’s marching eagle’.

Help us find the world’s favourite species! Vote now! 

Sun Apr 21

Is this the world’s favourite species?

Here are some facts to help you decide. 

  • While its scientific name means ‘fire-coloured cat’, the red panda actually shares more similarities with bears and racoons.
  • Like the giant panda, the red panda’s diet is largely made up of bamboo, although it also eats roots, fruit, eggs and small lizards.
  • And it’s laid back and cute! 

Vote now!