An introduction to marine biology and the role of a marine biologist.
On this page we take a look at the springbok, the national animal of South Africa, and also discover other South African national animals and plants.
Beluga Whale in the Thames: An Active Wild report on the recent sighting of a beluga whale in the River Thames, England.
*** Thames Beluga Update ***
The beluga is still present in the River Thames as of Weds 10th October. Experts monitoring its welfare believe it to be healthy. It is hoped that the animal will eventually make its way back to the sea without help.
Everyone knows that birds such as parrots can be trained to ‘speak’ (or at least to copy the sounds that humans make). But now the birds have got mammalian competition – in the shape of killer whales!
A new species of orangutan has recently been identified. On this page you can find out all about the newest member of the great ape family!
TRAPPIST-1 facts for kids & students. The discovery of seven new planets could take us one step further towards finding out whether or not we’re alone in the universe!
TRAPPIST-1 Facts: Introduction
In early 2017, NASA announced the discovery of seven Earth-sized rocky planets in orbit around a star that – in astronomical terms – isn’t very far away.
The planetary system was found by a robotic telescope, and further discoveries were made by a telescope in outer space.
As if that didn’t already sound too much like science fiction rather than ‘science fact’, NASA confirmed that three or more of the planets could potentially hold liquid water – one of the key ingredients for life!
On this page, you’ll discover facts about the star known as TRAPPIST-1, and the planets in orbit around it.
The planet Mars is named after the Roman God of War. It is the fourth planet from the sun, and our next-door neighbour in the solar system (Earth is the third planet from the sun).
Nasa has recently found evidence of flowing water on Mars, which raises the likelihood that life may exist on the planet! We’ll investigate their findings further down the page.
This article contains Mars facts for kids (and adults!). Let’s find out more about the Red Planet …
In the UK, in the early hours of Monday 28th September, 2015 (i.e. Sunday night) you’ll have a chance to see an amazing astronomical event: a total eclipse of the moon!
Viewing times vary in other parts of the world: check your local times!
Because the moon turns red during a total eclipse, the phenomenon has become known as a ‘blood moon’!
Have you seen a YouTube 360° video?
At Active Wild we’re always excited to find out about new ways of experiencing wildlife.
Earlier this year, YouTube added a new feature that allowed videos to be made and watched in 360 degrees.
It means that you can look around in every direction while watching a film. You don’t have to watch what the camera is pointing at!
It gives you a better feeling of ‘being there’!
Read on to find out how to watch YouTube 360° videos, and to view a selection of 360 degree animal videos.