IN THIS EXCITING ISSUE:
Portfolio: whale sharks
Spectacular new pictures of the world’s largest fish, by Thomas P Peschak.
Pythons prowl the Everglades, peat-swamp orangutans at risk, and a tool-toting bear. Plus Mark Carwardine on ‘pure’ science.
Is this the world’s weirdest wolf?
James Fair profiles South America’s curious maned wolf and explores its bizarre three-way relationship with a fruit and an ant.
Coots: The world’s worst parents?
Your local reservoir or park lake harbours a dark secret. Ornithologist Tim Birkhead reveals why chick killing is rife among Britain’s coots.
New, easy-to-use technology means we can all have a go at filming Springwatch in our own back garden. Kate MacRae shows us how.
Name that hatchling
Our unique photos show baby birds as you’ve never seen them before.
Conor Mark Jameson examines the legacy of this environmental landmark book.
Mike Unwin swims – and sings – along with the Arctic’s ‘sea canaries’.
Travel writer of the year
We reveal the winner of our 2012 competition.
The Big Question: How Do Animals Glow?
Zoologist Stuart Blackman sheds light on the amazing phenomenon of bioluminescence.