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By all means, see the world’s wildlife – just make sure you’re respectful and responsible. Maridav/Shutterstock

Five ways to be a responsible wildlife tourist

Seeing wild animals can be the highlight of a holiday, and help pay for conservation efforts too, but we have to respect the animals.
Habitat loss to palm oil plantations in Central Kalimantan, Borneo. The forests of Borneo are home to the few remaining Bornean orangutan Pongo pygmaeus, Sumatran rhinoceros Dicerorhinus sumatrensis harrissoni, and the Borneo pygmy elephant Elephas maximus borneensis, among other endangered species. © Ulet Ifansasti/Greenpeace

Habitat loss doesn’t just affect species, it impacts networks of ecological relationships

New research has found that different types of habitat loss can change the stability of whole plant and animal communities.
From cats to dragonflies, Leonardo sketched scores of animals. Leonardo da Vinci/Royal Collection Trust

Leonardo da Vinci saw in animals the ‘image of the world’

Rather than prioritizing human beings at the pinnacle of the animal kingdom, Leonardo revered all living beings. When he compared people and animals, it's the animals that often came out on top.
Tigers have whisker hairs even on their front legs and chin! thedigme/flickr

Curious Kids: why do tigers have whiskers?

Whiskers are not just ordinary hairs. They are thicker and go deeper into the tiger's skin and send messages to its brain about what is happening in the world around it.

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