January 2013



50th birthday special

We examine the most significant wildlife photographs, conservation milestones and species discoveries of the past 50 years. Plus we open the magazine’s archives.

  • Portfolio: Decisive moments Our pick of the many era-defining natural-history photos printed in BBC Wildlife.
  • Animals to BBC Wildlife A brief survey of this magazine’s history.
  • A green and pleasant land? Steve Harris considers the successes and failures of conservation in the UK.
  • 50 new species From orangutans to poison frogs: the most exciting animals and plants new to science.



GM chimps controversy, new insights into bush dogs, British bogs under threat, and why urban birds have less to fear. Plus Mark Carwardine on Madagascar madness.


Skeleton tree foxes 

Alex Badyaev shares his gorgeous photos.


Big red kangaroos

Meet the ultra-tough kangaroos that thrive against the odds in Australia’s arid centre.


Wild Alaska

Discover the US state that’s home to bears, belugas, bald eagles and moose on the loose.


Wildlife Photographer of the Year call for entries

Jim Brandenburg launches 2013’s contest – and we offer top tips on how you can win.


Reader holiday Orkney

Don’t miss the painting trip of a lifetime.



January’s best reads, and Dame Fiona Reynolds reveals her favourite book.


Tales from the Bush

A close encounter with courting blue whales.


The Big Question: why do birds change plumage?

We investigate the amazing phenomenon of moult and how birds control the process.

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21st December 2012
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