• Question: What was the most intreaging animal you have seen/researched and why?

    Asked by allyallyalex99 to Charlotte, Jo, Kevin, Louise, Valeria on 15 Jun 2012. This question was also asked by cearasteadmanx, biginside, scientificgrapefruit, bethy203, chloestyles.
    • Photo: Kevin Mahon

      Kevin Mahon answered on 15 Jun 2012:

      Hmm, that’s a tough one. I’m going to have to say Moon Bears. I’d never really heard of them before researching them but there are so many odd things about them that are fascinating – specifically their very strangely shaped bodies (which are close to what we think ancestral bears looked like) and the fact that they’re arboreal, which means they are adapted to climbing and spending time in trees.

      Seeing a full grown fat bear on top of a tree is the strangest sight I’ve ever seen as a researcher!

    • Photo: Louise de Raad

      Louise de Raad answered on 15 Jun 2012:

      There are so many it’s hard to pick just one. I’d go with bushbaby probably! These are one of the smallest primate species alive and they are nocturnal (live by night). They have the funniest face, with big eyes and big ears and jump from branch to branch. While I was studying baboons in South Africa, a bushbaby got hurt and they brought it to us and we took care of it for a while before releasing it again in the wild. It had seen every corner of the house by that time!

    • Photo: Joanna Cruden

      Joanna Cruden answered on 17 Jun 2012:

      I find them all really interesting but I think that prey species overall are the most intriguing because they are ore shy than the predators