As we near the end of the year, we decided to look back at ARKive’s most popular blog posts of 2011 – from conservation news stories to our terrific top tens. Which one will be your favourite?
This year saw the launch of ARKive’s free mobile app, a fun, addictive and educational game in which you have to tap, drag, scroll, swipe and pinch your way through a series of quick-fire mini-games. Read more about our app and our survival characters, such as the Komodo dragon, and let us know if this is your favourite blog in our poll!
A post that many seemed to enjoy featured an animal work out with some of our favourite species, such as this leaping Verreaux’s sifaka, to inspire you to get active yourselves. Read more about some active animals, you never know this may be handy for that post-Christmas bulge!
Have some fun trying to spot these elusive creatures, which are all well adapted to hide in their habitats. From a pygmy seahorse to this well hidden Arctic hare, can you find them all? Let us know if this is your favourite!
One of our most popular blogs featured the sad news of the extinction of the Eastern puma, a subspecies of the puma, ending its 38 years on the Endangered Species Act. Read more on this story, and let us know if you think this is the most important story of 2011.
It is great to see that so many of you care that many spiders are vulnerable to human impacts, such as this Critically Endangered peacock parachute spider. Have a look at our blog about this study, and vote if you are a creepy crawly fan!
A fascinating and diverse group, our blog about sharks proved popular this year, with ten of our favourites and some great facts about them. With species like this tasselled wobbegong, it is not surprising this blog was so popular!
Something to make you laugh, this blog features some great pictures of some of the least beautiful animal babies! With shrivelled-looking hedgehogs and this ghoulish turkey vulture chick, this blog is sure to make you chuckle! Let us know if it is your favourite.
Another blog to giggle at, with some of ARKive’s grumpy-looking species. We all feel grumpy at some point, so this blog celebrates some animals we can all relate to, featuring some weird and wonderful creatures like this forlorn looking shortnose batfish.
Another serious story with the terrible news that in the first half of this year alone, 200 rhinos were killed in South Africa. Read more in our blog, and let us know if you think this is the best or most interesting blog of 2011.
And the blog that was read the most in 2011 was…
The fascinating news that Africa’s most endangered antelope, the Critically Endangered Ader’s duiker, was caught on camera traps in the highly threatened Boni-Dodori forest in Kenya. Is this your favourite blog?
Have a read of our top ten blogs from this year - from those that make you laugh, to those that inform about the latest endangered species stories from the news, and vote in our poll for your favourite!
Rebecca Taylor, ARKive Media Researcher