Category Archive: Animal Relationships

Nov 22

Animal Relationships: Honeyguide and Humans

The honey badger casually struts around the scrub as if to say ‘don’t mess with me’; and, indeed, few animals do. It has a reputation as one of the most aggressive and fearless animals in the world and despite its relatively small size will tackle predators as large as leopards and lions with reckless abandon. But …

Continue reading »

Feb 22

Animal Relationships: Ants and Aphids

One of the most vital turning points in the history of humanity was when we started to domesticate animals. Now, instead of going out to hunt animals for their meat in the wilderness, we could keep large groups of them close to our villages, enabling us to permanently settle down in one area. Not only …

Continue reading »

Nov 24

Animal Relationships: Oxpecker and Large African Mammals

The buffalo, chewing the cud on the African savannah, is a walking menagerie. So, too, is the giraffe, and the elephant, and all the other large mammals on the grassland. What on first glance appears to be a single individual is just an illusion, for all of these animals are ecosystems in their own right. …

Continue reading »

Sep 23

Animal Relationships: Drongo and Babblers

Meet the gangsters of the bird world – the drongo mafia. What is a drongo, you say? Well, it’s a small black fork-tailed bird from Africa, and whilst it doesn’t sound like much, it’s actually quite a sneaky little customer. That’s one in the picture underneath. The drongos have a relationship with another little bird, …

Continue reading »

Aug 20

Animal Relationships: The Goby and the Shrimp

It has all the hallmarks of a successful sitcom: a busy, near-sighted, workaholic landlord and a lazy tenant who is forced to help out, often begrudgingly, to earn his keep. Except this sitcom takes place beneath the sea and involves animals instead of people – namely a type of small fish called a goby and …

Continue reading »