A Wild Life is a blog dedicated to unusual, exotic and dangerous wildlife. There are plenty of blogs where you can read about generic wildlife topics but comparatively few that focus on these groups of animals.
I’ve got a lifelong passion for wildlife and have always been fascinated by unusual and exotic species — be they venomous snakes, spiders, insects or man-eating big cats, crocodiles and sharks. There is something about dangerous wildlife that taps into the primitive parts of our brains. Our ancestors evolved alongside these animals and we are hardwired to fear (or respect) them. There is nothing like entering the domain of a large predator to remind you that you are made of meat.
I have a particular interest in human-wildlife conflict, which is one of the biggest drivers of biodiversity loss. As human populations continue to grow and expand into our diminishing wild spaces, conflict with wildlife is only set to increase. It can range from attacks on humans and depredation of livestock to crop damage and loss of livelihoods. In many instances human-wildlife conflict and a widespread misunderstanding of species that are perceived to be dangerous leads to retaliatory killings and wildlife persecution.
This is not a sensationalist blog and as a scientist I hope to provide a range of articles on the biology, ecology and conservation of these groups of fascinating yet misunderstood organisms.
Who am I?
I’m Richard Storey and I have a degree in marine biology and a Masters of Research in ecology. For most of my career I specialised in reptile and invertebrate ecology and have worked on various projects for governments, NGOs and academia – including describing two new species of snake.
I’ve performed field work (terrestrial, intertidal and offshore) in remote, tropical and often dangerous locations.
I’ve walked across two countries, been in a war zone, tracked tigers, relocated snakes, hunted for tropical pitcher plants and was one of the first people to summit a remote jungle mountain to set camera traps to record threatened species. I love being out in the field but more often than not I’ll be at home in Wales reading and writing about wildlife.
If you would like to hire me, work with me or have any questions then please get in touch with me on: awildlifebloguk [at] gmail [dot] com or via social media.